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Speyburn 15yo

After years of perceived neglect, Inverhouse Distillers have revitalised the Speyburn brand somewhat, with a tummy tuck, a minor facelift, and the odd botox injection here and there. The new branding is quite sleek and unfussy, and the new 15 year old has been causing a bit of chatter in various whisky circles. I agree [...]...

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Green Spot Chateau Montelena

januari is a struggle. There’s no denying it. Those heady, festive, and seemingly endless, days around Christmas and New Year where having a gin and tonic and a mince pie for brunch is totally acceptable (just me…?) are long gone. The cruel reality of getting ‘back to normal’ and getting ‘back into a routine’ hits [...]...

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Glenglassaugh Wood Finishes

After new releases at Glendronach and Benriach, it seems only right that Glenglassaugh, the final one of the triplets in the Brown-Forman family, releases something new. Or four somethings new, actually. The Glenglassaugh Wood Finishes series is a limited release collection consisting of a Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish, Port Wood Finish, Peated Virgin Oak [...]...

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Tullibardine The Murray 2005

Tullibardine have added a second expression to their Marquess Collection; The Murray 2005 vintage. The collection was launched last year with a 2004 vintage, and this year’s addition follows in a similar vein; 12 years old, cask strength and matured entirely in first fill ex-bourbon casks. Tullibardine whiskies have always been very hit or miss [...]...

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Christmas Competition with Shackleton Whisky!

Oh how we love to bask in the spotlight of altruism. We simply can’t help it sometimes. The season of goodwill is upon us and the Christmas spirits are flowing through us; mainly whisky with the odd splash of gin and touch of dry vermouth (who doesn’t love a cheeky martini now and again?). But [...]...

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Glendronach Peated Port Wood

Peated. Port wood. Glendronach. Four words I got quite excited about when they were strung together in the same phrase a little while ago. Glendronach have released a peated port matured whisky, taking inspiration from an ‘old style’ of whisky making; using barley dried with Highland peat coupled with the 19th Century practice of importing [...]...

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Jura One And All

Jura have released a limited edition 20 year old whisky, which has been chosen by the distillery workers to celebrate the community spirit on the island, and has therefore been aptly named ‘One And All’. It’s not your typical Jura whisky, or even single Maltwhisky for that matter, having been matured in ex-bourbon barrels, [...]...

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Glenturret Cask 100 Peated Drummond Edition

A smoky Glenturret… at cask strength… wha…?! You bet. The ‘Peated Drummond Edition’ takes its name from the distillery founders, John and Hugh Drummond, who signed an agreement in 1775(ish) with the neighbouring Ochtertyre estate in order to be able to use the estate’s peat in order to dry the distillery’s barley. This whisky was [...]...

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Kilchoman 2009 Vintage Red Wine Cask

Kilchoman have released two new whiskies in the past couple of months, both peated to 50ppm; one is their oldest whisky to date, and one has spent its entire life in ex-red wine casks. A rather interesting duo, I’m sure you’ll agree. The 2009 Vintage was bottled earlier this year as an 8 year old [...]...

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Blair Athol 23yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

I hope you’re ready. We’ve got a helluva week coming up. After reviewing Lagavulin 12yo, Caol Ila 18yo, Collectivum XXVIII, Teaninich 17yo and Glen Elgin 18yo, things move up a notch this week as we work through the second half of this year’s Diageo Special Releases. We start today with Blair Athol 23yo before reviewing [...]...

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Port Dundas 52yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

From Blair Athol yesterday, we head into closed distillery territory for the remainder of the week as we conclude this year’s Diageo Special Releases reviews. The first of four releases from closed distilleries takes us to Port Dundas, which was situated on the north side of Glasgow. Established in 1811, it went on to become [...]...

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Convalmore 32yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

I’m not going to lie, after yesterday’s shenanigans with Port Dundas, this Convalmore has a lot to live up to. We’ve moved back to Speyside today, and to a distillery which still exists in body, but perhaps not spirit. Situated on the outskirts of William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich/Balvenie/Kininvie complex, the remnants of Convalmore can [...]...

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Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

Where there is access to good barley, and good water, good beer and good whisky should follow. For both, patience, and a good business sense are required. Business needs ideas, an ability to be flexible at the right time, while sticking to your convictions. This business sense came across talking to the founder of Spirit [...]...

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Brora 34yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

What a week it’s been so far. And things don’t let up much at all… today we taste this year’s Brora Special Release. I’m a bit of a Brora fan boy, if I’m honest, and a visit to the distillery earlier this year only served to ensure I look at whisky from this distillery through [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2017/10/19/brora-34yo-diageo-special-releases-2017/

Port Ellen 37yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

Well done. You’ve made it. Today marks the tenth, and final, review of this year’s Diageo Special Releases. We started last Monday with Lagavulin 12yo, and worked our way through Caol Ila 18yo, Collectivum XXVIII, Teaninich 17yo, Glen Elgin 18yo, Blair Athol 23yo, Port Dundas 52yo, Convalmore 32yo and Brora 34yo. We end our series [...]...

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Glen Elgin 18yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

Wrapping up the first week of the Diageo 2017 Special Releases reviews is an 18yo Glen Elgin matured entirely in ex-bodega European oak butts. Not a bad way to start a Friday, and certainly not a bad way to lead us into next week’s line-up which consists of Blair Athol 23yo, Port Dundas 52yo, Convalmore [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2017/10/13/glen-elgin-18yo-diageo-special-releases-2017/

Port Ellen Brora to be resurrected… and a Lagavulin 12yo review.

So, this article was supposed to begin at the point below the dashes. And then I received the following press release at 9am this morning: “Port Ellen and Brora, two of the most revered ‘lost’ distilleries in the global spirits industry, are to be brought back to life in a powerful statement of confidence in [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2017/10/09/lagavulin-12yo-diageo-special-releases-2017/

Caol Ila 18yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

Well, thanks very much Diageo. Trying to torpedo my nicely constructed fortnight of reviews of your 2017 Special Releases by announcing you’re going to reopen Brora and Port Ellen?! Jerks. In all seriousness, that’s the biggest news to come out of the industry for a long long time, and it certainly caused the digital Twit-book-agram-osphere [...]...

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