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Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Heavily Peated Review

The peated Port Charlotte whisky (from Bruichladdich distillery) is a fan favorite, very much liked just like the ultra-peated Octomores. I’ve had my share of previous official Port Charlotte limited editions and of course many independent bottlings (which I must add that many of them are excellent) But I was looking forward this kind of release, a core line-up release.

This Port Charlotte 10 Year Old was released last maj and is the first on-going and permanent release of age-statement carrying Port Charlotte bottling and while I’m late in reviewing it, it kinda beat the alternative which is finishing the...

Läs mer https://whiskygospel.com/2019/02/18/port-charlotte-10-year-old-heavily-peated-review/

Deanston 15 YO Organic Whisky

Deanston 15 YO Organic Whisky, 46.3 %

Today I am taking a closer look at whisky from Deanston Distillery . We have not really seen that many products from this Highland distillery before. Deanston started off as a Cotton Mill in 1785, and was converted into a distillery in 1966.

The Deanston 15 YO Organic Whisky is certified organic by the Organic Food Federation. Here are the official details from the distillery:

To achieve certified organic status we have to start in the field with organic barley, from approved local farmers. We then insist that the full production process, from...

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Deanston 12 YO

Deanston 12 YO, 46.3 %

I continue testing core range whiskies from Deanston Distillery in the Highland region. Subject to testing this time is the Deanston 12 YO. In previous incarnations this has been bottled at 40 % ABV, but since a few years back it is bottled at 46.3 % like the rest of their core range.

I have no information on the type of casks used, so I will assume it is a mix of 1st and refill casks, both sherry and bourbon.

The Deanston 12 YO is available to buy in Norway at NOK 504 ( 10733101...

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Bowmore Tempest 10 YO - Batch V

Bowmore Tempest 10 YO - Batch V, 55.9%

I have no idea why Bowmore Tempest 10 YO - Batch V is released in Norway this week. It was originally released by the distillery in 2015/2016. The newest of this previously annual release, the batch VI, was released in 2016. Strange, but who cares. majbe someone (tm) found a forgotten pallet somewhere.

The Bowmore Tempest 10 YO - Batch V has been matured in 1st fill bourbon casks. It is termed “small batch”, but I believe the batch size is around 20 000 bottles.

See previous reviews of batch 1...

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Blairmhor 8 YO Blended Malt

Blairmhor 8 YO Blended Malt, 43 %

The Blairmhor 8 YO Blended Malt will get a wider distribution in Norway starting mars 1.

This blended malt is made up from about 20 different single malts, predominantly from the Speyside and Highland regions. 

You can buy the Blairmhor 8 YO Blended Malt in Norway at NOK 400 ( 2664601 ).

Nose : Mild and shy on the nose. I find it to be softly herbal, with hints of heather honey and oak. With time I pick up more fruitiness in the form of ripe red apples.

Taste : Medium body and...

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Ny rutine ved nyhetslansering på Vinmonopolet fra 1. mars 2019

Her følger en kort redegjørelse fra Vinmonopolet om ny rutine ved nyhetslanseringer. Dette vil forhåpentligvis løse problemet vi ofte har sett med at fine whiskyfolk har opplevd å bestille en whisky som tilsynelatende har vært tilgjengelig, og så noen timer (eller dager) senere få beskjed om at varen likevel var utsolgt.

Her er meldingen:

Ny rutine ved nyhetslansering 1. mars

Vi har i lang tid vært nødt til å sende utsolgtmeldinger til kunder flere dager etter nyhetslanseringer, og nå endrer vi på rutinene for å sikre bedre kundemøter ved bestilling av nyheter:

Fra og med marslanseringen vil ikke Kundesenteret registrere...

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Naked Grouse Blended Malt

Naked Grouse Blended Malt, NAS, 40 %

This is rather unusual. A relatively new whisky (Naked Grouse was first launched in 2011) is relaunched as a different type of whisky. Naked Grouse was previously a blended Scotch whisky, but is now changed into a blended malt. The grain component is removed, and I would assume the composition of single malts is also adjusted. The Naked Grouse Blended Malt was released around one year ago.

Amongst the main components of the Naked Grouse Blended Malt we find Glenturret, Macallan and Highland Park. The age is not given, but we do know...

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New whisky releases Norway - mars 2019

Well, it is almost that happy time again. New whisky will wash over the shores of Norway. On Friday mars 1 we will see 36 new releases, as listed below.

An exciting, and very expensive, series of Rare Casks from Bruichladdich this time around. Also exciting to see a Rye from Sweden (Spirit of Hven’s Hvenus). Looking forward to tasting this in a few days. We will now also see the release of the first three bottlings from That Boutique-y Whisky Company in Norway.

As always I’ve added links to any reviews already published here on Whisky Saga.

“Basisutvalg” -...

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Lordly

Lordly, NAS, 40 %

Well, this is rather special. Lordly is a blended whisky, made from whisky produced in Scotland and in France. The blend has received a finish in cognac casks that previously held De Luze Cognac.

The company behind this product is Maison Boinaud, a compnay that has produced cognac for 24 generations. They are today the largest land owner in Grand Champagne, and own brands like De Luze, Naulin and J. Dupont.

The bottle for Lordly is very easy to spot due to the rather extravagant stopper. It is all summed up with the subtitle Just for...

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Nordic Whisky #210 - Spirit of Hven Hvenus Rye Whisky

Spirit of Hven Hvenus Rye Whisky, NAS, 45.6 %

There seems to be something of a rye revolution going on, or a rye-volution as some call it. Quite a few distilleries in Scotland have started dabbling in rye, and the same goes for many other European distilleries. Time then to review to the first Swedish rye whisky, the Spirit of Hven Hvenus Rye Whisky.

The mash bill is given as 78.6 % rye, 11.9 % wheat, 4.8 % corn and 4.8 % barley. Furthermore it has been aged for three to six years in American oak. A total of 42...

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Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, NAS, 40 %

So here it, finally. The follow-up to the Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition (see review ). The Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is the result of another collaboration between Midelton Distillery and the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork, Ireland.

Jameson shipped off a few casks to the brewery, which used them to age IPA beer, then the casks were returned and were used to give a beer-y finish to Jameson whiskey.

The official info is gathered here .

You can buy the Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition in Norway starting mars 1 at NOK 420 (10766601)....

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Nikka Days

Nikka Days, NAS, 40 %

This is a brand new blended whisky from Nikka. It is made from single malt and grain made at both of Nikka’s main distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo. It is a slightly peated whisky. The official info can be found here .

The Nikka Days is expected to be released in Norway and Sweden shortly, but for now you have to order it from La Maison du Whisky at around € 40 .

Nose : Soft maltiness. Vanilla and mild summer fruits. A touch of toasted oak.

Taste : Medium body and sweetness. White pepper. Bitter-ish...

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Learn the Basics of Barrel Proof Whiskey

Although whiskey has just four simple ingredients: water, grain, yeast, and oak, it can get complicated. To understand the term ‘barrel proof,’ for instance, you must understand the oak barrel’s role—to house the whiskey as it matures, imparting pleasurable flavors and also eliminating undesirable ones. Then there’s proof, which is simply a measure of alcohol content equal to twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. For example, a 100 proof spirit is 50% alcohol.

Although it is not part of the federal government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, the term ‘barrel proof’ is officially defined. In 1979, the Federal...

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A Quick Guide to Irish Whiskey Blends

Irish whiskey is a rich and diverse style, encompassing many grains, techniques, and flavors. The whiskey often hits its apex through blending with this rich palette—and right now might be considered the golden age of Irish blends .

An Irish Whiskey Blend for Every Taste

If you want to get deep into the fundamentals of Irish whiskey, check out Instant Expert . For a quick-and-dirty summary of the different whiskeys that go into blends, and where they typically originate, use this guide.

The Four Types of Irish Whiskey

Legally, Irish whiskey can fall into one of four categories.

Single Malt...

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Ardbeg Drum, Teeling 29 Year Old Single Malt More New Whisky

With many new whiskies to look forward to this week, there’s one that will be out of reach for everyone but a single lucky (and wealthy) bidder.

Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson has collaborated with chef Massimo Bottura to create a one-of-a-kind 49 year old whisky that will be available only via a Sotheby’s online auction from april 25-maj 9. The lot will also include dinner for two at Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and the proceeds will benefit his non-profit community organization Food For Soul. The Dalmore L’Anima 49 year old (“l’anima” is Italian for “soul”) is a...

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Rare Whiskies to Be Auctioned—Sight Unseen

Bidding has opened on Hart Davis Hart’s mobile-only auction of fine and rare spirits , which the Chicago-based wine auction house claims will be the largest spirits-only auction in U.S. history . Just over half of the 1,656 lots are American whiskey, roughly a third are scotch, and the remainder are Japanese and other world whiskies and miscellaneous spirits. Hart Davis Hart (HDH) predicts the mobile-only auction will realize $1 million–1.6 million over the two day sale mars 14-15. Bids must be placed using the HDH app or website, with no in-person bidding.

Online auctions can be a great way...

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Essential Whiskey Cocktail: Sazerac

When we think about cocktails, the base spirit usually comes to mind first. But the Sazerac began with its bitters.

In the late 1700s, Antoine Amédée Peychaud immigrated to New Orleans from Haiti, bringing with him a recipe for bitters. When he opened a pharmacy in the 1830s, he began serving his bitters medicinally with sugar and cognac.

“Eventually people began asking for Peychaud’s bitters about town,” says cocktail historian Elizabeth Pearce , author of Drink Dat New Orleans. “One place [that had them] was the Sazerac Bar, located in the 100 block of Royal Street.” This bar combined the...

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Meet our 2018 Top 20 Sweepstakes Winner

Blake Borah estimates he had about 50 bottles of whisky in his Harlem studio apartment before adding three more when the 36 year old was selected as the winner of Whisky Advocate’s 2018 Top 20 sweepstakes. For Borah—who is the beverage director at New York City restaurant Barn Joo —a love of whiskey started in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky when he got a job bartending at The Oakroom in the Seelbach Hotel .

“They had a very nicely curated bourbon and whiskey selection. This is when I was first starting out, and I was just doing bartending, so I...

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The Must-Grab Whiskies When Visiting Canada

If Canada isn’t yet on your must-visit list, it should be. Not only is the country home to some of the best spots for whisky tourism— many just a short jaunt across the border —Canada also keeps some of its best bottles for the home market. Take a trip and scoop a few up—use these suggestions to make your shopping list. (Prices in Canadian dollars.)

Canadian Classics

Start here for prime examples of Canadian-style whisky.

Canadian Rockies 21 year old —92 points, $110 Lush, creamy corn whisky from Highwood Distillers, Canada’s last privately owned traditional distillery. With a maple leaf...

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How to Taste Butter Flavors in Whisky

Picture the cool creaminess of butter slathered over fresh bread, browning to a sizzle in a hot pan, or dripping from a glistening ear of corn. A slightly oily, mouth-coating quality is the calling card of a buttery whisky, but the tasting experience can span the aromas and flavors of butter as well.

The buttery textural sensation that appears in many types of whisky is derived from diacetyl, a compound that arises naturally from yeast activity during fermentation that can accumulate due to the action of bacteria in the washback. Distillers aim to keep the level of diacetyl in check:...

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