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Review #139, #140, #141, #142, #143 and #144. Six private cask selections from Shinanoya, tasted at The Elysian whisky bar in Melbourne.

We’ve just left Melbourne to pursue another few months of agricultural work in rural Queensland, but before we left we had the opportunity to attend a great whisky tasting at our favourite whisky bar in Melbourne, The Elysian.  If you ever find yourself in Melbourne looking to sample some great independently bottled whiskies then you… Continue reading Review #139, #140, #141, #142, #143 and #144. Six private cask selections from Shinanoya, tasted at The Elysian whisky bar in Melbourne.

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Review #136, #137 and #138. Three whiskies from The Whisky Warehouse, Warehouse Collection: Tomatin 2007, Macduff 1997 and Strathmill 1988.

I’m sat here ready to meet Becky (my fiancee) at our favourite whisky bar in Melbourne: The Elysian in Fitzroy.  It’s our last weekend in Melbourne so it’s guaranteed that we’re going to sample some amazing drams throughout the night, but right now I am going to go back ver my tasting notes for three… Continue reading Review #136, #137 and #138. Three whiskies from The Whisky Warehouse, Warehouse Collection: Tomatin 2007, Macduff 1997 and Strathmill 1988.

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#133 Compass Box The Peat Monster

Review #133 – Compass Box The Peat Monster 80/100 I believe that this blended malt is primarily composed of malt whisky from the Ardmore distillery in Speyside, with small amounts of malt from undisclosed Islay distilleries.  If I were to hazard a guess I’d say that this bottling contained less than 10% Islay malt, since… Continue reading #133 Compass Box The Peat Monster

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#124 Glenfarclas 1971 Vintage (Bottled Autumn 2014) – I Have Sipped From The Holy Grail!

Review #124 – Glenfarclas 1971 Vintage Cask 147 (Bottled Autumn 2014 at 43 years old) 100/100 Glenfarclas is one of the very few distilleries that are still family owned and not operating under a massive conglomerate, they have a massive stockpile of really old whiskies at their warehouses – some of which are the most… Continue reading #124 Glenfarclas 1971 Vintage (Bottled Autumn 2014) – I Have Sipped From The Holy Grail!

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#123 Karuizawa 1st Release 1999-2000 Sherry Cask – Expectations Were Surpassed!

Review #123 – Karuizawa 1st Release 1999-2000 Sherry Cask 96/100 Since the Karuizawa distillery on the foothills of a volcano in Japan ceased production in 2000, bottles became somewhat of a unicorn of the whisky world.  I remember being in Japan in 2011 with my friend Karl, who is also a massive whisky enthusiast –… Continue reading #123 Karuizawa 1st Release 1999-2000 Sherry Cask – Expectations Were Surpassed!

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#122 Karuizawa 16 Year Old Rare Vintage (ex-Bourbon Cask) – My First Taste of Karuizawa Didn’t Disappoint

Review #122 – Karuizawa 1997/2013 16 Year Old Rare Vintage 90/100 I asked in the bar if they had any Karuizawa on the off chance they had some of the cheaper versions such as the Spirit of Asama that may have been within my price range.  They said they had two bottles, and brought them… Continue reading #122 Karuizawa 16 Year Old Rare Vintage (ex-Bourbon Cask) – My First Taste of Karuizawa Didn’t Disappoint

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#121 Gordon and Macphail Mortlach 15 Year Old – A Solid Representation from the Beast of Dufftown

Review #121 – Gordon and Macphail Mortlach 15 Year Old 78/100 Mortlach is my favourite Scottish distillery, the indie bottlings can be pretty hit and miss, and I’m yet to come across a Mortlach bottling that beats the 16YO from the Flora and Fauna range.  This particular bottle from Gordon and Macphail is 15 years… Continue reading #121 Gordon and Macphail Mortlach 15 Year Old – A Solid Representation from the Beast of Dufftown