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Bunnahabhain until we succumb, part one

Bunnahabhain 11 yo (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, Discovery, 2018) - Bunnahabhain 12 yo 2005/2018 (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask # 12545, 355 bottles) - Bn7 16 yo (55.7%, Elixir Distillers, Elements of Islay, oloroso sherry butts, 2018) - Bunnahabhain 16 yo 2001/2018 (53.4%, The Single Malts of Scotland, oloroso sherry butt, cask #1254, 602 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 9 yo 2008/2017 (58%, Duncan Taylor, The Octave, cask # 3813679, 67 bottles)...

Läs mer http://www.whiskyfun.com/2019/Bunnahabhain-part-one.html

Assorted rarities and shameless maltoporn

Speyside Region 43 yo 1973/2016 (47.1%, Whisky Agency for The Auld Alliance & Three Rivers Tokyo, sherry wood) - Glenury Royal 30 yo 1973/2004 (49.7%, Signatory Vintage, cask #6860, sherry cask, 168 bottles) - Glenugie 31 yo 1966/1998 (53.9%, Signatory Vintage, Silent Stills, cask #5082, hogshead, 206 bottles) - Glenlochy 27 yo 1974/2002 (53.3%, Signatory Vintage, cask #4459, hogshead, 212 bottles) - Ledaig 1972/1995 (51.9%, La Maison Du Whisky) - Port Charlotte 4 yo 2001/2005 (61.4%, OB / Private bottling, bloodtub sherry cask, 39 bottles) - Bowmore 1968/1977 (59.7%, OB, Feschio & Frassa, sherry cask, cask #222) - Glen...

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Three Caol Ila

Caol Ila 11 yo 2007/2018 (57.4%, James Eadie, Palo Cortado finish, cask#314431, 300 bottles) - Caol Ila 30 yo 1984/2014 (56.2%, Riegger?s Selection, rum cask finish, 360 bottles) - Caol Ila 36 yo 1982/2018 (54.4%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 120 bottles)...

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Laphroaig The Search For Fruit

Islay Mist 8 yo (43%, OB Mario Rossi Import, 1970s) - Laphroaig 21 yo 1996/2018 (48.9%, Scotch Maltwhisky Society, 29.258 ?Remembrance of fruits past?, bourbon hogshead / oloroso hogshead, 231 bottles) - Laphroaig 25 yo (52%, OB, 2018, bourbon casks) - Laphroaig 25 yo (48.9%, OB, 2017, bourbon & sherry) - Laphroaig 25 yo (46.8%, OB, 2015, bourbon & sherry) - Laphroaig 10 yo ?Original Cask Strength? (57.3%, OB, mid 1990s, litre) - Laphroaig 10 yo (40%, OB, unblended, late 1980s) - Laphroaig 10 yo (45%, OB, Buckhingham Wile Co NY NY, late 1980s) - Laphroaig 15 yo (45%,...

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Some more Cognac

Jean Fillioux ?Star Gourmet? (40%, OB, Grande Champagne, +/-2017) - Camus ?Borderies VSOP? (40%, OB, 2015) - Francois Voyer ?XO? (40%, OB, Grande Champagne, +/-2015) - Jean-Luc Pasquet ?Nostalgie? (45.6%, OB, Grande Champagne, 500 bottles, 2017) - Jean-Luc Pasquet ?Tres Vieille Reserve? (44.2%, OB, Grande Champagne, 336 bottles, +/-2017)...

Läs mer http://www.whiskyfun.com/2019/Some-More-Cognac.html

Perhaps a few grain whiskies

Girvan 12 yo 2006/2018 (60.3%, Cadenhead, World Whiskies, bourbon barrel, 216 bottles) - Cambus 30 yo 1988/2018 (45.5%, Cadenhead, 258 bottles) - Cambus 29 yo 1988/2018 (45.4%, Cadenhead, Single Cask, hogshead, 294 bottles) - North British 28 yo 1990/2018 (61%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, first fill sherry puncheon, cask #73847, 181 bottles) - Invergordon 44 yo 1974/2018 (46.5%, The Whisky Blues, Taiwan, refill butt, cask #29, 250 bottles) - Cameronbridge 34 yo 1984/2018 (53.2%, Cadenhead, for HNWS Taiwan 13th anniversary, bourbon barrel, 210 bottles)...

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Perhaps a few more grain whiskies

Cameronbridge 34 yo 1984/2018 (50.3%, Cadenhead, World Whiskies, bourbon hogshead, 180 bottles) - Invergordon 25 yo (49.8%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, batch 9, 1093 bottles) - Strathclyde 27 yo (51.8, Artful Dodger Whisky Collective, 2018) - Strathclyde 29 yo 1989/2018 (55.7%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, bourbon hogshead, 330 bottles) - Cambus 30 yo 1988/2018 (45.2%, Hunter Laing, The Sovereign, for The Whisky Barrel, refill hogshead, cask #14857, 313 bottles) - Dumbarton 31 yo 1987/2018 (50.5%, Hunter Laing, The Sovereign, for The Whisky Barrel, refill hogshead, cask #15477, 207 bottles)...

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Ben Nevis 1990 27 Year Old (SCOMA.de) Review

Ben Nevis distillery garnered a lot of positive publicity in the last 2-3 years with lots of successful independent releases. We even see shortage of stock for the official 10 Year Old in the markets as it becomes a fans favorite.

I have a few opened Ben Nevis bottles at home but today I’ll focus on another Ben Nevis – a 27 Year Old from 1990 which appeared in the latest blind tasting competition I participated in (sort of).

This Ben Nevis was a bottling for the 40th birthday of SCOMA shop in Germany. It was distilled in 14.12.1990, filled...

Läs mer https://whiskygospel.com/2019/01/13/ben-nevis-1990-27-year-old-scoma-de-review/

Talisker 25 Year Old (2013 vs 2017) Review

I don’t think I need to introduce Talisker to you my readers, but it’s a review way long overdue as I was always delaying reviewing and publishing the Talisker 25 Year Old 2013 review.

But then I tasted the Talisker 25 Year Old 2017 Release in a blind tasting competition and the opportunity to have a side by side review of both edition was so tempting that I finally gave up and went for it. Let’s check out which edition is better.

Talisker 25 Year Old 2013 Edition (45.8%, 5,772 bottles, £262 )

imageNose : Soft smoke, honey, dried fruit...

Läs mer https://whiskygospel.com/2019/01/10/talisker-25-year-old-2013-vs-2017-review/

Bergen Whisky Beer Festival 2019 about to kick off

The doors will open today at 3.30 PM. For full details and information on tickets etc see here .

I have had a sneak peek at the facilities already and can reveal a few details.

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The entrance on the 1st floor of Grand Hotel Terminus, Bergen, Norway.

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A few glasses lined up. Ticket sales are on par with last year, which means the festival is mostly sold out. All attendees will get a whisky glass and a beer glass when entering.

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The festival is split over two floors. Here you see the floor plan for the 1st floor. Note that...

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Nordic whisky #209 - Isle of Lime Kutkäldu Shareholders Edition III

Nordic whisky #209 - Isle of Lime Kutkäldu Shareholders Edition III, 4 YO, 46.2 %

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Here is the third release exclusive for shareholders at Swedish distillery Gotland Whisky. The Isle of Lime Kutkäldu Shareholders Edition III is a light to medium peated whisky matured in bourbon barrels and Hungarian oak (presumably virgin oak), with cask sizes given as 200 and 100 litres. The total outturn was 5250 bottles (50 cl), and the whisky was launched in november 2018.

Gotland Whisky used organic Propino Tipple barley grown locally on thye island of Gotland. The casks were filled in weeks 2, 5,...

Läs mer https://www.whiskysaga.com/blog/isle-of-lime-kutkldu-shareholders-edition-iii

This Is A Golden Age for Irish Whiskey Blends

Irish whiskey lovers are luckier than ever. More blended Irish whiskeys have appeared in the last five years than in the previous 50. The transformation of blended Irish whiskey from a lifeline thrown by the few surviving distillers of Ireland to the life force driving forward one of the most thrilling whiskey-making nations is a truly remarkable feat. Irish pot still whiskey and Irish single malts deserve the love of aficionados, but for Ireland, the blend is savior, champion, protector, hero, and guardian angel.

Learn Everything You Need to Know About Irish Whiskey

Unlike their Scottish counterparts, Irish blenders often...

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List of Craft Whiskey Acquisitions

Making whisky is an expensive business, and many small distilleries who start out independent turn to bigger partners for help growing their production, distribution, and other business moves. Selling a stake in their distillery—or being acquired outright—doesn’t make these people sellouts, but it does open the door to questions .

Buyouts, Partnerships, and Majority/Minority Stakes in Independent Whiskey Distilleries and Brands

This list will be continuously updated as new acquisitions and other business partnerships occur.

Black Button Distilling —Rochester, NY

Sold minority stake to Constellation Brands in februari 2019

Wyoming Whiskey —Kirby, Wyoming

Formed strategic partnership with Edrington Group in...

Läs mer http://whiskyadvocate.com/list-of-craft-whiskey-acquisitions/

An Irish Whiskey Blend for Every Taste

Our 2018 Whisky of the Year proves that blends deserve to be taken seriously, and in the field of Irish whiskey, there are an array of options. From advanced aging to inventive finishes, there is enough diversity within Irish blends to fit almost any palate. Below, we highlight 19 blends that cater to single malt fans, cocktail champions, and curious sippers alike. What’s more, most of these picks register below $50 making the leap a bit easier to take.

The Artful Ascent of Irish Blends

For Pot Still and Single Malt Fans

Ideal for everyday sipping, these whiskeys allow you...

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