Multi Review: Five Glen Garioch Whiskies

GariochLogoYou might remember earlier in the year I was lucky enough to be invited up to visit Glen Garioch… It was a fantastic trip and really helped shine a light onto what is an excellent big bold drop of drammage. To read about the trip go here.

It’s about time I now reviewed some of their official range, so I’m going to take a look at their entry level dram, Founders Reserve, their 12y0, their new release – Renaissance (Chapter 1) 15yo and two of their vintage releases, the 1998 Wine Cask, and their 1995.

So without further ado let’s take get reviewing…

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News & Review: The Ardmore Legacy (vs Traditional Cask)

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The Ardmore Legacy (vs Ardmore Traditional Cask)

So the news is that Ardmore has become “The” Ardmore, I’m guessing some rebranding / brand refresh is going on…

Anyways, they’ve released a new whisky! A lightly peated Highland single malt called Legacy. Here’s some of the PR Blurb:

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Review: Three of New Zealand Whisky’s Collection

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The New Zealand Whisky Company may not be that well known in the UK, but they’re keen to get to know us!

In 1997 the Willowbank Distillery on New Zealand’s South Island – the last whisky distillery in New Zealand – was closed down and its hundreds of filled casks were auctioned off or mothballed. In 2010, The New Zealand Whisky Company bought the last 80,000 litres (443 barrels) which had until then been stored in an old airplane hangar. The whisky now resides in the towering seaside bonds store in Oamaru. These are exceptionally rare drams from what was once the world’s southernmost distillery.

Let’s take a look at three whiskies from the Collection…

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Review: Glenfiddich’s Core Range (12yo, 15yo & 18yo)

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Glenfiddich’s core range reviewed (12yo, 15yo & 18yo)

A while back someone mentioned to me that I should review more core ranges, including whiskies from my own stock and not just PR samples that are sent to me for review. Well here’s one such review… Glenfiddich. Very well known, and easily available via supermarkets at good prices. A whisky that many malt whisky drinkers will have tried from time to time, or maybe even started their malt journey with.

Let’s take a look at the main three expressions from their standard range…

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Review: Kilchoman 5yo PX finish (AbbeyWhisky)

Kilchoman-Abbey-Whisky-Exclusive-Cask-285-09-PX-finish-whisky-380Kilchoman 5yo PX finish – AbbeyWhisky – 58.3%

Info: An Abbey Whisky Exclusive single cask from Kilchoman distilled in 2009. Cask #285/09 has been matured for over four and a half years in a fresh bourbon barrel before being transferred to a Pedro Ximénez cask for a further four months maturation. Bottled at cask strength, 58.3% abv with 270 bottles filled.

Colour: Sunny golden, slight reddish tint.

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News & Interest: Laphroaig Live 2014 comes to Stockholm

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Tomorrow (Wednesday 24th September) at 8pm Swedish time (7pm UK time) the eighth annual Laphroaig Live will broadcast live from Sweden.

This year’s show will be streamed live from a tiny island called Fjäderholmarna which is part of the archipelago just outside Stockholm.

You can watch the broadcast live as it happens on Somerset Whisky Blog right here:

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Review: Bowmore Devil’s Cask Batch 2

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Info: Bowmore’s well priced, very limited, all sherry matured 10yo comes back for more… The round church in Bowmore kept the Devil from hiding and staying around the first time, but he’s back for a second go!

Colour: Dark burnt rust.

Nose: Argh wow, it’s easy to forget how good this whisky is. The nose is powerful and instantly takes me back to bonfire night around the fire watching fireworks as a kid. It’s smoky, woody, full of fire. Yet it’s sweet, it’s coastal in nature, tarry, malty and it’s spicy.

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