Review: Oban Little Bay

ObanLittleBayBottleOban Little Bay – 43% abv

Info: Oban in Gaelic means ‘little bay’, and this release forms a new member of the core family of Oban’s whiskies. It’s made from a range of different ages of whisky which have been matured in three types of casks… European oak ex-sherry casks, re-fill casks with new oak cask ends, and re-fill American oak hogsheads. These have then been combined and married in small oak casks for a short period of time to allow integration of flavours.
Colour: Orangey gold. Looks a little caramelly but who knows.
Nose: All sort of flavours; orange (and candied orange peel), spice, malt, caramel toffee, salt, smouldering hints of smoke, and touches of coffee grouts along with green apples and chocolate hints. In many respects, the regular house style of Oban, but a little mixed up.
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News: The Dalmore Release 2015 Distillery Exclusive


The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015_Bottle shot_13567_2489BLatest release from The Dalmore – The 2015 Distillery Exclusive

The Dalmore has released a limited edition bottling “The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive 2015” which will be sold exclusively at the brand’s iconic home in the Scottish Highlands.

The latest bottling embodies the art of The Dalmore for which the brand’s esteemed Master Distiller, Richard Paterson, has hand selected a collection of port, Moscatel and Madeira casks to mature this exquisite whisky in, before finally being finessed in first fill bourbon barrels.

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Review: Benromach 10yo and 15yo


A wee twitter tasting of Benromach is in the offing as I write this, and here’s my thoughts and tasting notes from the evening!

First a little info… Benromach has been making whisky since 1898 using spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. After being bought by Gordon & MacPhail in 1993, the Benromach Distillery was restored & reopened in 1998. Since reopening the distillery has gained a reputation for producing an innovative range of distinctive Speyside whiskies with pre-1960s character. Benromach uses locally grown barley which is malted with a little peat smoke.

On to my notes…

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News & PR: Tomatin releases 36 year old


36 Year Old small batch Tomatin released

Tomatin 36yo


The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd has announced an addition to its range of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – a 36 year old small batch release – which will be available in all markets later this month.

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News: Get to know your whisky/whiskey basics


If you’re fairly new to whisky/whiskey and looking to know a little more, then Fix have published an article called “Know Thy Whiskey” that you may find interesting…

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News: New £25m Dalmunach Distillery opened by First Minister



Dalmunach Distillery External Day

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has moved to secure future malt supplies with the launch of the Dalmunach Distillery. The £25m state-of-the-art operation has been opened on the site of a former silent distillery on the banks of the River Spey.


Dalmunach Distillery, named after the nearby pool in the River Spey on whose banks the new facility sits, was officially opened on the 26th June 2015 by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.  The completion of the distillery in Carron sees the culmination of an investment package which has increased Chivas Brothers’ malt whisky distillation capacity by 17% as it looks to support long-term global demand for its brands.

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Review: Compass Box’s Hedonism Quindecimus

compass-box-hedonism-quindecimus-whiskyHedonism Quindecimus – Compass Box – 46% abv

Info: This limited edition blended grain scotch whisky release from Compass Box was created in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their Hedonism blended grain whisky (which was their first bottling!). Made with a selection of grain whiskies of various ages from a number of different distilleries.
Colour: Bright light golden, nice and natural.
Nose: Similar to the colour suggestion, it starts off light and bright, but soon backed up by layers of nicely aged grain… there’s oak notes and hints of old leather. It takes a moment for the lighter alcohol vapours to evaporate leaving a smooth, buttery, rich nose behind with plenty of nuttiness and some minty hints.
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