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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