Whisky Review Tasting Notes: Linkwood 24 Year Old (Whisky Broker)

After yesterday’s review of the Tobermory, let’s review another bottling from the Whisky Broker, this time a 24 Year old Linkwood.

Linkwood distillery is owned by Diageo and most of what it produces goes into their blends, most notably Johnnie Walker (The JW green contains 15yo Linkwood) & White horse.

This was bottled from Hogshead #3540, distilled 30.04.1990 and bottled 25.11.2014, so without further ado, let’s try it.

Linkwood 24 Year Old (Whisky Broker) (51.7%, 293 bottles)

imageNose : The distillery floral trademark is very evident here along with light honey sweetness, meadow flowers at sundown. baked pie dough. It’s very...

Läs mer http://whiskygospel.com/2015/03/17/whisky-review-tasting-notes-linkwood-24-year-old-whisky-broker/

Whisky Review Tasting Notes: Tobermory 20 Year Old (Whisky Broker)

Time to divulge into a distillery I’m not too familiar with: Tobermory Distillery from the Isle of Mull. I’ve recently tasted and reviewed their official 10 Year Old bottling (see here ), but there aren’t too many officail bottlings to help exploring the distillery. They provide only 10yo and 15yo so we have to resort to indie single casks releases (Yeah, sad thing, I know… ;-) )

Let’s check a 20 Year old offering from the relatively unknown (yet a favorite of mine) Scottish bottler Whisky Broker.

The whisky comes from Hogshead number 188063, it was distilled 14th juni 1994 and...

Läs mer http://whiskygospel.com/2015/03/16/whisky-review-tasting-notes-tobermory-20-year-old-whisky-broker/

Whisky Review and Tasting Notes: Lost Spirits Leviathan II

Craft whisky is one hot buzzword and many small-scale distilleries pop-up around the globe producing said craft whisky.

Today I’ll review an american single malt whiskey from Lost Spriits comapny, the brainchild of Bryan Davis, the second batch of their Leviathan whisky, formally known as Leviathan II.

What we have here is American malted barley, peated with Canadian peat to a 110 ppm, distilled in  a wooden pot still and filled into Semillon (Late harvest Californian wine) casks and bottled at pretty young age.

Wow, that’s a very ambitious and mind boggling whisky, ain’t it? So many unfamiliar variables are involved here.

The peat is from a Canadian evergreen...

Läs mer http://whiskygospel.com/2015/03/15/whisky-review-and-tasting-notes-lost-spirits-leviathan-ii/

Is basic Scotch quality degrading or is it just our imagination? Musings following a blind tasting competition

Last month I participated in a blind tasting competition. Yeah, again. I know, I should see a shrink about this but I don’t have spare $$ for it as I spend the money on whisky. Besides, if I stop buying whisky in order to save the money for the shrink, The problem will naturally get dissolved and I won’t need it so why bother? ;-)

Anyway, the competition was held here locally in Israel and contained 14 blind drams ranging from Glenlivet 12yo to Talisker 18yo with a few oddballs thrown in. Naturally I had many failures but too many revealed whiskies made...

Läs mer http://whiskygospel.com/2015/03/13/is-basic-scotch-quality-degrading-or-is-it-just-our-imagination-musings-following-a-blind-tasting-competition/

Whisky Review – Talisker Skye

Talisker distillery is restless and so it released another new release – Talisker Skye. It’s the fourth new release in the last two years. Yes, your eyesight is perfect. Read it again, it ain’t no mistake: four new Talisker NAS releases in the last two years.

For a distillery that used to have a very thin yet muscled core line-up, this is quite a big change, doubling their lineup offerings from four whiskies to eight. So what’s the reasoning of releasing yet another (NAS) whisky (beyond the growing demand for single malts)?

This time it looks like they are trying to target a new audience...

Läs mer http://whiskygospel.com/2015/03/12/whisky-review-talisker-skye/

Whisky Review – Glendronach 12 Year Old Sauternes Finish

Just mention Glendronach Distillery to any whisky aficionado and there are good chances the words ‘Sherry Casks’ will popup in the discussion quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. After all, Glendronach are recognized for the fabulous work they do with Oloroso and PX sherry casks, either with the OB bottlings or with the single casks batches.

But it’s not a catholic marriage as Glendronach do Squint sideways  and ‘sin’ with different cask types and finishes. There are port finishes (like the 15/18yo I reviewed here ) and wine finishes. Lately Glendronach releases a few new interesting non-sherry finishes: Sauternes and marsala wine finishes...

Läs mer http://whiskygospel.com/2015/03/11/whisky-review-glendronach-12-year-old-sauternes-finish/

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