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A Pilgrimage to Peat – A Few Days on Islay, Home to the Whisky That Sparked my Infatuation With Scotch. What was the Dram That opened Your Eyes to the World of Whisky?

  Let’s be honest, nobody is born a whisky connoisseur, every whisky enthusiast will have at one point had their view of the amber liquid turned on its head, the pivotal moment when a truly great whisky passes the lips and you realise that you’ve just taken your first step on a journey that will… Continue reading A Pilgrimage to Peat – A Few Days on Islay, Home to the Whisky That Sparked my Infatuation With Scotch. What was the Dram That opened Your Eyes to the World of Whisky?

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#100! Glen Marnoch 28 – possibly the best whisky I have had this year…and it’s from Aldi

Review #100 – Glen Marnoch 28 Year Old 96/100 The time has come for me to do my 100th review, I was looking for something special to mark this milestone and I have found it.  I had a few bottles lined up to choose from, most of which were fantastic, some bottles costing over £100… Continue reading #100! Glen Marnoch 28 – possibly the best whisky I have had this year…and it’s from Aldi

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‘Sherry Bomb!’ whisky arms race – what are distilleries doing to create these sherry monsters?

The world of single malt Scotch is a broad spectrum of colour, aroma, taste, history and geography – this is mainly due to the fact that unlike bourbon which has to be aged in virgin American oak, Scotch whisky can be aged in a vast array of different cask types, including but not limited to… Continue reading ‘Sherry Bomb!’ whisky arms race – what are distilleries doing to create these sherry monsters?

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#74 SMWS After The Rain 36.102 – A nice refill ex-bourbon from Benrinnes

Review #74 – SMWS After The Rain 36.102 82/100 A nice single cask ex-bourbon refill bottled at 12 years old and 1 of 228 bottles, this particular example takes a little dilution to be fully appreciated, the aromas and flavours are delicate, yet complex and plentiful. Poured into a Glencairn, the Benrinnes is the colour… Continue reading #74 SMWS After The Rain 36.102 – A nice refill ex-bourbon from Benrinnes

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#71 Glen Moray(Cadenheads) 23 YO – Full Term Sauternes Cask

Review #71 – William Cadenheads Glen Moray 23 YO Full Term Sauternes Cask 95/100 I have been so excited to crack this bottle open, and between all of the bad weather we’ve been having in Liverpool we managed to get a clear night and enjoyed this bottle with some good food and cigars around an… Continue reading #71 Glen Moray(Cadenheads) 23 YO – Full Term Sauternes Cask

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#54 Stronachie 12 – A commemoration to the lost distillery

Review #54 – Stronachie 12 Year Old 75/100 Stronachie distillery is now nothing more than a than a few small ruins.  This particular bottle of whisky is made in commemoration to the distillery and has no relation to the long-lost distillery other than its name, however, the people at A. D. Rattray had a bottle… Continue reading #54 Stronachie 12 – A commemoration to the lost distillery

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#40 Glenmorangie Lasanta 12YO – The Lord giveth with one hand…

Review #40 – Glenmorangie 12YO Lasanta 80/100 I sat with this one for a good while, asking myself over and over what did I prefer…this or the original 10YO?  It’s a difficult decision to make really, as the two whiskies have the same base flavour profile. The Lasanta brings something new into the mix, but… Continue reading #40 Glenmorangie Lasanta 12YO – The Lord giveth with one hand…