April 2018

A new distillery for Islay… Again.


It’s this sort of news that we’ve been hearing quite a few times those past 2 years. “XX Whisky Corp. to open a distillery on the all-mighty whisky island!” “Breaking News: Islay gets 9th whisky distillery!”, “Peat freaks, you’ll be drinking some new Islay whiskies in a few years!”… After Ardnahoe (currently under construction) and Gartbreck (well… is it really going to take shape one …

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4 Islay whiskies for non-peat freaks


Maybe you thought Islay was all about peaty/smoky malts – I don’t blame you, you’ve probably been told so at a tasting, while touring a distillery or in a bar, and well… That’s mainly right. But did you know that Islay was also home to some exquisite unpeated whiskies (and that peated whiskies were produced elsewhere than on Islay ;)) ? Here are a few …

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10 rum-cask finished whiskies you need to try


After focusing on sherry bombs, Irish whiskeys, Rye whiskies and port-cask finished delicacies, you’ve been asking for the series to continue – so here I am, back with another episode of my “must-try”,  this time focusing on rum-cask finished whiskies ! As weird or disappointing as it may sound, I’ve never really been into rum as such (and yes, before you ask, I’ve tried many) …

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Bar Tips: How to Spot The Fake Connoisseur


I know him. You know him – maybe you’ve even been this guy ! The annoying know-it-all-but-actually-knows-nothing-(John Snow). If you’re new to whisky, here are a few situations that will help you spot the guy and avoid him at all costs! –> He has visited one distillery during his honeymoon trip to Scotland 10 years ago and took all the storytelling – he remembers – …

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March Sample Clearance: favourite drams


It’s already episode 2 of my new monthly “sample clearance” series – and what a great month it was on the liquid sunshine planet ! 🙂 Here’s what I received, purchased and tasted this past month: / = I’ll pass ♥ = enjoyable ♥♥ = great ♥♥♥ = awesome Criteria include my personal taste but also the value for money, experimentation in distillation/maturation techniques, packaging and overall …

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My April Whisky Wishlist


This past month saw the release of so many exciting expressions that building this wishlist ended up being a very tough job! But here it is, so without further ado, let’s have a look at the liquid wonders that raised by interest… Aberlour Casg Annamh Batch 1 “The first release in Aberlour’s Casg Annamh series! This expression (named after the Gaelic for “rare cask”) is …

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