Review

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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Great Value Drams: Knappogue Castle 12 years old

2017-05-31

I recently had the great pleasure to receive the whole Knappogue Castle Whiskey range to sample, so without further ado, let’s start this “Knappogue” review series with the youngest of those Irish babies, a 12-year-old expression bottled at 40%. In 1966, Mark Edwin Andrews purchased Knappogue Castle, a 15th century castle in Ireland, which was then in ruins. He and his wife, a prominent architect, …

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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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