Review

Reviewing Box 2nd Step Collection 03

2017-04-14

A serious Peat Monster rounds off the Box Second Step Collection! The second Step 03 is Box Distillery’s final step in the much talked about Second Step Collection series. A triptych, trio, that has showcased Box Distillery’s character; what the northern Swedish climate, careful cask choices and passionate craft can achieve with a young whisky. The Second Step 03 was released as a web release …

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Reviewing new Tobermory 21 (Manzanilla Cask Finish)

2017-03-16

Tobermory Distillery has recently launched two limited edition malts – Ledaig 19 Year Old and Tobermory 21 Year Old. The Ledaig 19 Year Old (51% ABV) is some of the first spirit distilled when peated single malt production commenced at Tobermory distillery in the late 90’s. Peat-dried malted barley was married with naturally peat-infused water from a lochan high in the mountains above the village. …

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Reviewing Bruichladdich’s Octomore 10 years old (2nd edition)

2017-03-02

A few months ago (nope, no need to tell me how late I am on my review schedule… shhh), Bruichladdich revealed its Troïka of Tens, including a new Laddie Ten bottling, a Port Charlotte 10 and… the all-mighty Octomore! While I really enjoyed the first 2, I wanted to tell you more around here about this latest expression (I know many of you are die-hard peatyheads so…). …

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Reviewing Teeling 24 Years Old

2017-02-15

In November last year, the dubliners of Teeling Whiskey released 2 exclusive vintages including a 33-year-old expression (said to be the “oldest bottling of Irish Single Malt”) and a 24-year-old baby that I was fortunate enough to sample. Let’s have a closer look at it!  Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey was first distilled in 1991 and matured in Bourbon casks then allowed …

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Reviewing Mackmyra rum-finished expression Vinterdröm

2017-01-23

The story of Mackmyra, Sweden’s first whisky distillery, famously began with a ski trip in 1998, when eight friends from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology went on holiday together and all brought bottles of whisky to share. In conversation during the evening, the friends’ national pride was somewhat piqued by the fact that all of them had brought Scotch and discussion turned to how a …

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Reviewing Highland Park Fire Edition

2017-01-13

Highland Park Fire Edition completes a two-part series of special edition bottlings that celebrate myths and legends of the Viking age and follows the launch of Highland Park Ice Edition in March last year. I had the chance to receive a sample a few weeks ago, so let’s have a closer look at this highly-awaited expression! It is the first single malt whisky from Edrington-owned …

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Dream Dram: a closer look at AnCnoc 35 Year Old

2017-01-09

In October last year (last year already… Oh boy…) AnCnoc released the limited edition bottling of its 35 year old second release. The liquid had been introduced with just 670 bottles available globally. I was lucky enough to receive a sample to taste, so let’s do just that! Rested for over three decades in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, the casks were chosen by distillery manager Gordon …

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Weekly Review: Claxton’s Glenrothes 19 Year Old (1997)

2016-12-14

In the early years of Scotland’s ancient and most world-renowned industry, many merchants bought single casks of whisky and bottled them as they were, preserving their unique character and flavour. As a family-owned, independent company bound to no single distiller, Claxton’s proudly continue this ancient tradition by hand-selecting individual casks that reach only the highest benchmark. The marriage of wood and spirit in a cask …

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