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Bowmore Small Batch Review

Bowmore Small Batch Review

Bowmore Small Batch is 100% aged in ex-Bourbon casks and when I first tried it at a Bowmore tasting (2013, shortly after its 2012 UK launch) I quite enjoyed it. In-fact it was my favorite thing we had that night at the tasting. A few months later I tried it at a whisky festival and… Continue!

Port Charlotte Islay Barley Review

Port Charlotte Islay Barley Review

Furthering their “Terroir Matters” experiments Bruichladdie released this whisky, the Port Charlotte Islay Barley, which is a blend of barley from six different farms on the island of Islay. It was then aged, from what I can tell, in ex-bourbon barrels for almost 8 years if it went straight from the barrel to the glass… Continue!

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Review

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Review

Before Jim McEwan retired he was adamant about telling the story that “Terroir Matters” when it comes to barley and both this Port Charlotte Scottish Barley its counterpart the Islay Barley resulted from those location based barley experiments. I was a little skeptical about it at the beginning, I thought the distillation process would likely… Continue!

Malt Nuts: Dufftown Tasting

Malt Nuts: Dufftown Tasting

A few weeks back the Malt Nuts gathered to tackle the often overlooked Dufftown distillery. Outside some of the Singleton of Dufftown releases I’ll readily admit I haven’t had much more than a passing exposure to Dufftown. It’s one of the distilleries that just don’t come up too often in polite, or even impolite, whisky… Continue!

2002 Burns Malt Port Charlotte 12 years Review

2002 Burns Malt Port Charlotte 12 years Review

Heavily peated whisky, like this 2002 Burns Malt Port Charlotte 12 years, being made at the Bruichladdich distillery is a fairly new thing in the distillery’s history as is the use of “exotic” wine casks for aging and finishing. Built in 1881 the whisky put out by Bruichladdich has traditionally been lightly peated, as low… Continue!

Octomore 6.1 Review

Octomore 6.1 Review

Octomore 6.1 is the 6th edition of the Bruichladdich’s mega peated whisky. In fact it’s the most heavily peated whisky in the world and the folks at Bruichladdich continue to push the push the boundaries of peat that barley can absorb. In Bruichladdich’s Words: Octomore 6.1 “Titanic amounts of peat but with a light, delicate… Continue!

BenRiach Peated Oloroso Single Barrel Review

BenRiach Peated Oloroso Single Barrel Review

BenRiach Peated Oloroso Single Barrel is exactly what it sounds like. It’s BenRiach’s peated whisky first aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-Oloroso barrels. The BenRiach distillery was built in 1898, but then closed in 1900 and remained shuttered for 65 years, at least for distillation. During its closure Longmorn utilized BenRiach’s floor… Continue!

1992 Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 12 Years Review

1992 Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 12 Years Review

This 1992 Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 12 Years was distilled under Allied back when Ardbeg was open only 2 months of every year (89-96). This was a time of uncertainty for the distillery and is a far cry from the peated powerhouse it is today. Despite producing some amazing whisky it wasn’t being marketed well… Continue!

Ardbeg 10 yr 2016 Release Review

Ardbeg 10 yr 2016 Release Review

Well, there’s not much to say about the Ardbeg 10 yr 2016 Release that I haven’t already said about the 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2010 SiB so I’ll let Ardbeg do some talking instead. In Ardbeg’s Words: Ardbeg 10 yr 2016 Release “Aroma: A burst of intense smoky fruit… Continue!

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