Review

April & May Sample Clearance: Favourite Drams

2018-06-06

It’s already episode 3 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 impression. …

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Tasting the peatiest whisky in the world

2017-12-19

Earlier this year, the progressive distillers of Bruichladdich have released their Octomore Eights series, 4 heavily-peated whiskies following the path of their smoky predecessors but one of them took peat to a whole new level… Let’s have a look at Octomore 8.3, said to be the most peated whisky in the world with 309 PPM on the label ! (New to whisky and want to …

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Dewar’s 25 on the tasting table !

2017-10-30

I recently received a sample of the newest addition to the Dewar’s portfolio: a 25-year-old baby, so let’s give it a try ! “A meticulous search of the cask inventory revealed an intriguing array of fine aged malt and grain Scotch whiskies aged 25 years and older. Each cask was individually sampled and assessed by Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod before being chosen. Once MacLeod was satisfied that …

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Reviewing the reborn Glenmorangie Astar

2017-09-11

Back in 2008, Glenmorangie created Astar (Scots Gaelic for “journey”), a single malt whisky entirely matured in bespoke oak casks from the Ozark mountains of Missouri, designed to impart the wood’s maximum flavour to the spirit.  Today, Glenmorangie Astar returns with a limited-edition release and I had the chance to receive a sample 😀 Glenmorangie has always regarded the oak casks in which whisky matures as vital to the quality of the …

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Reviewing Glen Scotia 25 years old

2017-07-31

A few months ago, I had the chance to receive some Glen Scotia & Loch Lomond samples for a special Tweet Tasting night… Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the event that night BUT still sampled the drams on my own [don’t judge ;)] – Let’s then go all the way to Campbeltown and see what I thought of the recently-released 25-year-old expression from Glen Scotia! Glen …

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Dream Dram: Glen Moray Mastery on the tasting table!

2017-07-11

Recognising the work of his predecessors, Graham Coull, Glen Moray’s Master Distiller, selected five different vintages of Glen Moray to create MASTERY, the ultimate ‘blend’. Three of the five vintages used were laid down by Graham’s Glen Moray forefathers, Robert Brown (manager from 1959-1987) and Edwin Dodson (manager from 1987-2005). Two of Graham’s own vintages are in there too, as well as evidence of techniques …

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Reviewing Knappogue Castle 16 Twin Wood

2017-06-27

Finally! After having a closer look at both the 12-year-old & 14-year-old expressions from Knappogue Castle Whiskey, I’m now putting the older brother on the tasting table! Twin Wood is a 16 year old single malt from the Knappague Castle range, which was initially matured in bourbon barrels before being transferred over to casks seasoned with Oloroso Sherry for a finishing period and bottled at …

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A closer look at the new Highland Park Valkyrie

2017-06-19

For Viking Warriors, death was not an end but a glorious beginning and it began with the Valkyries… In partnership with renowned Danish designer Jim Lyngvild, VALKYRIE is the first in a series of three Viking Legend releases inspired by rich Viking history and mythology. Having once been part of Denmark and Norway, Orkney became the raiding headquarters for Norwegian Vikings in the 8th and …

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Review: Knappogue Castle 14 years old Twin Wood

2017-06-14

If you’re an avid TWL reader, you must know I already reviewed Knappogue’s 12-year-old expression around here a couple of weeks ago. Let’s now have a closer look at his older brother ! Knappogue Castle 14 years old is the result of a marriage of 14 year old single malts aged in two types of wood: bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks. It is non-chill …

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