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Would you ever pay £80 for Aberlour a’bunadh?

Well… would you? Let me be quite clear here. This, shockingly, isn’t a hypothetical question. I’m not talking about the very first five batches of a’bunadh; the un-numbered batches produced way back in single malt’s dark ages, the late ‘90s. No, I’m talking about the current batch, the next batch, and the batch after that. [...]...

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Tullibardine The Murray Châteauneuf-du-Pape Finish

Following swiftly on the heels of the second addition to Tullibardine’s Marquess Collection, The Murray 2005 (reviewed here), a third instalment has been announced. The first two expressions were both matured entirely in first fill ex-bourbon casks for around 12 years before being bottled at cask strength. This third expression has also been matured for [...]...

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The Glenlivet Code – can you crack the code?

In late mars I took part in The Glenlivet Hackathon, which was part of the activity surrounding the launch of the newest addition to Glenlivet’s no-cask-info-no-tasting-notes-no-nothing range, The Glenlivet Code. Following on from Alpha and Cipher (reviewed here and here), the challenge was to once again decode the tasting notes by selecting from various flavour [...]...

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Benriach Temporis 21yo

A few weeks ago I was invited to a very intimate gathering of whisky folks at The Scotch Maltwhisky Society Vaults in Leith, to be one of the first to sample Benriach’s new expression, Temporis 21yo. Led by Matt Chambers (off of that there excellent whisky website, www.whiskyforeveryone.com), we were guided through Benriach’s core [...]...

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018 Port Cask Matured

A new month, and some new whisky. Two new whiskies, actually. Kilchoman’s annual release of Loch Gorm is usually accompanied with a 100% Islay expression, but that has been shifted to an autumn launch and has made way for the second release of the highly regarded Port Cask Matured. First released in 2014 to much [...]...

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Glendronach Batch 16 – a trio of drams

Every few months since mid-2009, Glendronach have released a new batch of single cask bottlings. Each batch is more hotly anticipated than the last, given the distillery’s now-rock solid reputation for producing stellar heavily-sherried whiskies. Many fans were concerned, quite rightly, that a change in ownership from Billy Walker and co at the Benriach Distillery [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2018/04/12/glendronach-batch-16-a-trio-of-drams/

Wemyss Malts Nectar Grove

A quick dram for you all this Easter Monday. Wemyss Malts, those single cask extraordinaires from Fife, have released a blended malt with a difference. Purportedly bursting with notes reminiscent of a ripe fruit grove, the whisky is aptly called Nectar Grove and is comprised exclusively of Highland malt whiskies which have been blended together [...]...

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Benriach Triple Cask Matured Cask Strength Batch 2

It’s quite a mouthful isn’t it? *That’s what she said* Yeah, yeah, very funny. In all seriousness though, what is this second batch of triple cask matured whisky from Benriach which has been bottled at cask strength? Let’s break it down. Triple cask matured: matured in three types of cask. D’uh. These are bourbon barrels, [...]...

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#BalblairLive – brand new 2005, 2000 1991 Vintages from Balblair

A few weeks ago I took part in my first ever Facebook Live event – imagine a cross between a regular whisky tasting, where you physically turn up to a venue in person and speak to other real life human beings face to face, and a tweet tasting, where a bunch of whisky nerds get [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2018/03/24/balblairlive-2005-2000-1991-vintages-balblair/

Glenmorangie Spìos

Another year, another Glenmorangie Private Edition. I’ve rather enjoyed the recent Private Editions – Bacalta and Milsean – and I have no reason to expect anything will change here. Dr. Bill Lumsden, ‘Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks’ at Glenmorangie Plc, has really pushed the envelope here. Those familiar with Bill know he [...]...

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Glendronach Grandeur Batch 9

What a few weeks it’s been. From hosting tastings for Heriot-Watt University’s Maltwhisky Society and Edinburgh Napier University’s Whisky Society, to taking part in #BalblairLive, Balblair’s online Facebook launch of three expressions, to attending the Whisky Show Old & Rare in Glasgow, februari just flew past. Now that I’ve been snowed in for a [...]...

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Midleton Very Rare 2017

So, after the deep, dark Glendronach earlier in the week, the next sample waiting to be tasted is something quite the opposite. Midleton Very Rare is heralded as the pinnacle of luxury Irish Whiskey, and the latest release has been matured entirely in ex-bourbon casks. As the brain child of Midleton distiller emeritus Barry Crockett, [...]...

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Cambus 1991 25yo ‘Bottled for Edinburgh’

In the middle of last year, I was invited along to a very special tasting with Jonny McMillan, the assistant spirits buyer at Berry Bros & Rudd. Actually, it wasn’t so much of a tutored tasting, more of an in-depth cask sample analysis session with the who’s-who of Edinburgh’s whisky retailers and on-trade outlets. Those [...]...

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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 [...]...

Läs mer http://www.edinburghwhiskyblog.com/2018/01/11/glenglassaugh-wood-finishes/

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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