Review

A closer look at Mackmyra Ten Years

2017-05-17

Sweden most famous distillery Mackmyra has recently launched Ten Years, a Swedish 10-year old single malt whisky. It’s actually the first Mackmyra whisky with an age statement, and I had the chance to receive a sample for review… So let’s have a closer look at this new baby! Ten Years has been matured in ex-bourbon casks as well as new American oak casks that held …

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Reviewing the brand new Slane Irish Whiskey

2017-05-11

Slane Irish Whiskey has come to the market nearly two years after Brown-Forman announced the purchase of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Limited. The company broke ground for its state-of-the-art distillery on September 29, 2015, in partnership with Henry and Alex Conyngham, of the Slane estate.  Whiskey production at the distillery is set to commence upon the completion of construction later this summer. Let’s then have a closer look at …

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A closer look at Bowmore 15 years old (GTR)

2017-05-03

You probably heard the news: Beam Suntory has launched a brand new travel retail range last month, inspired by Bowmore distillery’s legendary No.1 Vaults, the world’s oldest Scotch whisky maturation warehouse. The new range will be available exclusively in global travel retail and most importantly, marks a return to age statements for the first time in five years! Michael Cockram, Global Marketing Director, Travel Retail …

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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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