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Bunnahabhain Dram An Stiureadair Feis Ile 2014 Review

By Miguel in Bunnahabhain

I am making peace with my box of samples and drinking the stuff that I have been neglecting for the last four months, so what better way of starting than drinking peated whisky… and so I happened to have on my box a few samples of the Feis Ile whiskies, in fact all but the expensive Bowmore and the Ardbeg Auriverdes ( wtf is doing people with Ardbeg?! Is this artificial scarcity? )

“Lightly peated they said! Muahahahaha fantastic stuff! A pity it is so hard to grab a bottle of this for a reasonable prize”

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Bunnahabhain Dràm An Stiùreadair - Feis Ile 2014
Dràm an Stiùreadair is pronounced 'Draam an Yoù-radar' or 'Dram on your radar'.

It's a heavily peated Bunnahabhain released especially for Fèis Ìle, the legendary Islay whisky festival, in 2014. Matured in Bourbon casks for 9 years, it then spent a final year in a Marsala wine cask the outturn from which was 632 bottles.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, smoke, fruits, citrus, plums, apricot, coffee. Fantastic. Peated and quite fruity... sauternes finish?

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, peat, earth, fruits, coffee, citrus.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, earth.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain Dràm An Stiùreadair - Feis Ile 2014 with 92 points over 100.

Pretty nice! And to think that I started with this one because I though it was lightly peated! Lovely surprise! Pretty much like a peat hug!



Does darker whisky taste better? Maverick's Reference Series

By Miguel in Tasting , Maverick Drinks

A few months ago I reviewed a wonderful proposal from Maverick Drinks called Reference Series, a set of whiskies names I, II and III that where crafted with a different proportion of single malt whiskies of different characteristics.

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So today I review part of the first addition to this crazy educational whisky range. There are for each of the three original bottles, 3 new whiskies called: .1, .2 and .3.

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Kilchoman 2009 PX Finish Single Cask AbbeyWhisky Exclusive Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Kilchoman

I have finally had time to write the review of this Kilchoman from Abbey Whisky. I really love Kilchoman malts since I tasted their first bottle a few years ago, here we have a five years old Kilchoman aged in bourbon casks for most of its life to end being finished in a PX cask for four months. But before I review the whisky you must know that I am not really fond of PX finished whiskies… I really prefer Oloroso aged… but… anyway… let’s try this.

“Fantastic Kilchoman, and that is said by a person that really doesn't enjoy PX whiskies. Add a drop of water and let it breathe a bit to reveal its true shape. Delicious!”

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Kilchoman 2009 PX Finish Single Cask / AW Exclusive
Established in 2005, Kilchoman distillery holds true to tradition, it’s one of only a handful of distilleries to still practice floor maltings; they even grow their own barley! We’ve always greatly admired Islay's farm distillery and what it stands for, so to team up and release this wonderful dram makes us incredibly proud indeed!

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. The PX finish on this release works a treat, softening things down a little but still allowing the dram to hold the traditional taste & characteristics you would expect from a Kilchoman whisky of this age. A perfect combination.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. peat, honey, cocoa, spices, cinnamon, fruits, citrus, salt.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. peat, honey, cocoa, salt, malt, wood, pears, chocolate.

Finish (90): longer than average. peat, honey, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Kilchoman 2009 PX Finish Single Cask / AW Exclusive with 90 points over 100.

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Miguel says

Wooo! Awesome dram. I definitively can recommend you this Kilchoman if you like peated whiskies as much as me.



Glen Grant 1948 66 years old Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Glen Grant

Wealth Solutions has raised the bar one more time. If the Glenfarclas 1953 was fantastic and the Karuizawa 1964 was something worth of trying once in a lifetime, this group of Polish investors with a special passion for fine spirits has bottled something unique.

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With the help of Gordon & MacPhail they have source the cask #1369 of a Glen Grant whisky that has been there for a whopping sixty six years. So… Are you interested in knowing how good this is whisky?

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Arran Hidden Jewels: #ArranWhisky Twitter Tasting

By Miguel in Tasting , Arran

Finally I found the time and peace of mind to write my review of the #ArranWhisky tasting that was on June, 30th with Steve Rush from The Whisky Wire and a good amount of fellow whisky lovers.

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I really like a lot Arran whiskies so this chance of tasting the new 17 years old was a thing I could’t reject. And well… the other expressions were also quite exciting specially the Miss Black bottle that was specially bottle for Miss Black’s wedding.

So let’s review the whiskies…

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Syndicate 58/6 12 years old Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Syndicate

“Nose is quite nice with a wonderful sherry note but the taste is light, too light for my taste. The kind of blends that I don't enjoy”

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Syndicate 58/6 12 Year Old

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, cocoa, vanilla, citrus, spices, wood.

Palate (86): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, spices, salt, cocoa.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, citrus, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Syndicate 58/6 12 Year Old with 87 points over 100.


The Bomb Oloroso Cask Finish

By Miguel in Tasting , The Whisky Lounge

Another boutique whisky from yet another blender… but ka-boom! This stuff is really nice. Not sure why but The Whisky Lounge went totally under the radar for me.

“Maybe 10 to 12 years and a bit over the limit on the sherry side. All what you can expect from a sherry bomb. I like”

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The Bomb - Oloroso Cask Finish (The Whisky Lounge)

This dram has a treacle-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, leather, raisins, wood, cinnamon, citrus.

Palate (90): . honey, raisins, cocoa, wood, citrus, leather, wood, spices.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, leather , wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Bomb - Oloroso Cask Finish (The Whisky Lounge) with 90 points over 100.

Keep an eye on these guys because there is good sincere whisky there.



anCnoc Peter Arkle 4th edition Review

By Miguel in Tasting , anCnoc

I quite enjoyed the first and second batches of this whisky… so let’s try this 4th edition to see what they have done…

“I love anCnoc whiskies and this Peter Arkle has a little touch of sherry that turns it into something quite interesting”

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anCnoc - Peter Arkle  Limited Edition 4th Release

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, peaches, salt, citrus, vanilla, spices.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, vanilla, citrus, spices, plums, wood, toffee.

Finish (91): longer than average. honey, spices, raisins, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this anCnoc - Peter Arkle Limited Edition 4th Release with 90 points over 100.

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Darkness Single Malt Whiskies: Sherry treats

By Miguel in Tasting , Ardbeg , The Macallan , Master of Malt , Clynelish , Benrinnes

Welcome to the Darkness… Darkness is a range of single malt whiskies finished, and some of them aged, in sherry casks to give them that characteristic dark color that is a promise of spices, christmas aromas, cocoa and nuts.

Maverick Drinks send me five samples of their initial batch, an Ardbeg 21 years old finished in PX between them. I were going to explain you about how it was done and what was the finish process and what it does mean to whisky… but I am so anxious to taste them that I don’t really want to lose any more time on small talk.

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So the whiskies…

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