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Malt Nuts: A Big Ol’ Grain Whisky Tastin’

I missed the live event for this whisky tasting, but the head malt nut Barry was kind enough to supply me with samples after I dropped off a grain whisky, a bourbon and a bunch of empty sample bottles. Barry then filled them and labeled them the same as the flights and I didn’t find…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ardbeg 10 years L10 165 Review

Ardbeg 10 years L10 165 Review

Ardbeg 10 years L10 165 joins the ranks as the 10th Ardbeg 10 I’ve reviewed and we have another coming shortly. When I did Ardbeg April back in 2014 I didn’t expect to find myself in a position of having reviewed so many different expressions of Ardbeg 10, but at this point if I can…

Ardbeg 10 2015 Release Review

Ardbeg 10 2015 Release Review

Ardbeg 10 2015 Release marks the removal of the L convention previously used to date a bottle of Ardbeg. The codes are now quite easy to read with the date simply laid out, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss picking up a bottle, seeing L15 XXX and knowing what it meant; having…

Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength Review

Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength Review

The Arran makes some great non-peated whisky. It’s subtle, nuanced, silken and often sublime – basically the polar opposite of this Arran Machrie Moor Cask Strength. This is The Arran’s yearly peated release which they distill at the end of every season before they shut the place down and give it a thorough cleaning. Which…

Laphroaig 30 Review

Laphroaig 30 Review

Laphroaig 30 is the second oldest Laphroaig I’ve ever had. The distinction of oldest ever goes to that crazy awesome Laphroaig 32 Years I got to try earlier this year. Besides two years of aging, the big difference between the two tricenarians is their use of casks. The Laphroaig 30 uses a double casking of…

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