Review: GlenDronach 18yo Tawny Port Finish

glendronach-18-year-old-tawny-port-cask-finish-whiskyGlenDronach 18yo Tawny Port Finish – 46%

Info: Initially matured in European oak and thereafter in a very small batch of Tawny Port casks.

Colour: Warm gold with a reddy pinkish hue.

Nose: Fairly powerful and full of flavour. A hearty, full malt laden with medium sweet fruits, red berries with a honeyed and nutty background.

Palate: Rich and thick, mouth coating with spiced berries and plenty of malt, oak, nuts and honey.

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News & Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2014

Supernova2014BottleArdbeg Supernova 2014 (third edition) – 55% ABV

Info: Today Ardbeg launches it’s third edition of their peatiest Single Malt. The story is that Ardbeg sent a vial of whisky into orbit on ISS for 3 years to see what would happen to it… it’s now come back down to earth and this release coincides with that.

Colour: Straw to light gold.

Nose: Sweet peaty Ardbeggian smoke interlaced with light autumnal fruits. A little coastal nature with a slight spirity nip from the highish abv. However a generally relaxed and inviting nose, especially for something classed as their peatiest malt.

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Review: 3 x Wemyss Malts recent releases (’82 Bowmore, ’91 Bunnahabhain, ’88 Invergordon)

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For those of you that follow Wemyss Malts you’ll know that they release various bottlings a few times a year, and the most recent summer releases include some real beauties including a single grain single cask whisky for the first time and the most valuable whisky Wemyss has ever released – a 31 year old single cask from Bowmore distillery.

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Review: Four Jim Beam Whiskeys

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Four Jim Beam Whiskeys
Bourbon, Devil’s Cut, Honey & Red Stag

Jim Beam is brand of bourbon whiskey produced in Clermont, Kentucky by Beam Suntory. It was one of the best selling brands of bourbon in the world in 2008. Originally started by a group of German immigrants who moved to America during the eighteenth century who changed their name from Böhm to the more Anglo-American ‘Beam’.

I check out four of the whiskeys from their range…
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Review: Makers Mark

MakersMarkBottleMaker’s Mark – 70cl / 45% ABV
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Info: Maker’s Mark is a ‘small-batch’ bourbon whisky that is distilled in Loretto, Kentucky, by Beam Suntory. It’s aged for around six years and is unusual in that no rye is used as part of the recipe. Instead red winter wheat is used, along with corn and malted barley.

Colour: Golden orange. Unknown if colouring is used.
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Review: The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum

the-duppy-share-caribbean-rumThe Duppy Share – Caribbean Rum – 40% ABV

In the whisky world, the angels take their share of whisky from the casks maturing it. In the Caribbean, it’s the mischievous Duppy spirits that travel from island to island, taking their share of rum from the casks. This legend is where the stylish Duppy Share Caribbean Rum takes its name. It’s made from a blend of bourbon-barrel-matured 5 year old rum from Barbados and 3 year old rum from Jamaica. A bright, bold and altogether very handsome rum. (Thanks to Master of Malt for that precis).

I enjoy a good rum from time to time, but I’m very new to them in general, so here’s my thoughts as a newbie..

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News & Quick Reviews: Tomatin’s new Cuatro Series

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Tomatin’s sherried Cuatro Series

(Quick reviews below…)

The Tomatin Cuatro Series presents four unique limited edition expressions of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

All distilled on the same day, the whisky was matured for nine years in traditional American Oak casks and was then transferred to four different types of Sherry butts for a period of over three years. As a result each of the four expressions have developed their own unique characteristics. The range includes: Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez.

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