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The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 4 Reviewed

By Miguel in Master of Malt

Master of Malt launched a few years ago a blended whisky called The Lost Distilleries Blend. The idea is that the whisky is created, crafted, using malts and grain whiskies from silent distilleries.

The list of closed distilleries of Scotland is a bit long but malts that can be obtained nowadays are Littlemil, Port Ellen, Caperdonich, Brora, Glenury Royal, … so the idea of creating a blended whisky with this is simply awesome. The second batch of this The Lost Distilleries Blend has recently won the World’s Best Blended Whisky at World Whiskies Awards ( or WWA for friends ) 2014. And this is no minor achievement, other years winners are whiskies like Hibiki 30 years old or Jameson Select Reserve.

The recipe is undisclosed but let’s taste it and let discuss what it can be and how old you would say it is.

The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 4

“Lovely floral... I wasn't expecting this kind of whisky... it is much like nosing in a spring garden with a tiny bit of peat hidden there. Littlemill?”

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The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 4

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. floral, ginger, honey, citrus, vanilla. Fantastic nose. It is something quite familiar between floral and fruity but I can't spot it... maybe ginger but not sure.

Palate (93): powerful, oily. floral, candies, parma violets, honey, citrus, wood, vanilla, spices.

Finish (92): longer than average. floral, honey, spices, peat.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 4 with 92 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

Well, I have to say that I was expecting something like a crazy old Port Ellen and well… definitively this is not. The whisky has something old inside, around 20 or 30 years old and ex bourbon cask. It isn’t crazy old whisky and if there is sherry here it is in a little proportion. It has a trace of peat on the taste so it can has a tiny drop of Port Ellen or Brora… but due to the way it tastes I really think the main component here could be an old Littlemil. But who knows… have you tasted it? What do you think it could be?

I have enjoyed each drop of it… certainly is a magnificent whisky.



Piece Of Islay: The new Bowmore Duty-Free Single Malts

By Miguel in Bowmore

Yesterday Bowmore did a twitter tasting introducing their new (to me) Duty Free bottles: Black Rock, White Sands and Gold Reef.

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Ally Dickinson manned the twitter tasting with many fellow bloggers. One really interesting experience of this tasting was that it was paired with chocolate: little cocoa with crushed coffee beans and toffee filled chocolates.

Well, let’s taste them.

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Glendronach 15 years old Tawny Port Finish Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Glendronach

Ok, more Glendronach today… a 15 years old Tawny Port, a type of Portuguese Port wine.
This whisky is aged in bourbon barrels and then finished in Port Pipes, a huge kind of cask.

“It is a nice whisky with notes of fruits, spices and chocolate... but the Virgin Oak finish was so nice”

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Glendronach 15 Year Old Tawny Port Finish Speyside Whisky
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - Introduced to the Glendronach range in 2011 the 15 year old Tawny Port finish continued the distillery's new owner's plans of taking the bourbon matured whisky from the old owners and bringing it more into line with their idea of the traditional taste of Glendronach. This one has spent the last few years of its time in cask in Tawny Port casks, picking up lovely red fruit flavours.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, fruits, citrus, vanilla, apples, cinnamon, cocoa.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, wood, fruits, apples, citrus, spices, cinnamon, chocolate.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, citrus, cocoa.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glendronach 15 Year Old Tawny Port Finish Speyside Whisky with 88 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

Umm… still… I prefer the Revival or the Virgin Oak finish. Not my favorite… but I don’t really enjoy this kind of “experiments”. Whisky is for ageing in Oloroso sherry oaks ano nothing else :)



Diageo to release NAS Port Ellen whisky

By Miguel in Port Ellen

Today Diageo has unveiled their plans to satisfy the hordes of deep pocket whisky investors connoisseurs with the release of a non age statement bottle of Port Ellen: an Espens Iveone

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This new addition to the range of Diageo’s whiskies will be bottled at 53.9% ABV and they have promised that only the best of the best of Port Ellen whisky is inside this bottle. In fact they have reopened the distillery to add a dash of young whisky to invigorate this ancient single malt. With a retail price of barely £59999.99 it will surely make the delight of whisky aficionados all around the world.

As Mr. Hallmark said “We saw everyone was releasing NAS whiskies like mad so I proposed why not making a NAS bottle of that pesky Port Ellen to see if we can finally get rid of all that woody stock and well here is the bottle: Port Ellen An Espens Iveone that translates into the bottom of the glen full of gold”.

You can go now and reserve yours on online retailers before it is too late.

[ Happy April Fools' Day ]



Best from Ireland: #JamesonWhiskey Tasting

By Miguel in Jameson

Tasting Jameson’s range of whiskeys for celebrating St. Patrick day. A wonderful sweet and delicate pot still experience like only Irish know how to do. It is about time for a Jameson whiskey review!

Ouch! I am seriously lagging behind. I were going to do this tasting for St. Patrick’s day with Steve from The Whisky Wire but unfortunately was ill and couldn’t attend. So Miss Whisky stood up and manned this tasting with a lot of great whisky friends.

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To be fair, I tasted some of the Jameson on the old days when I began drinking whisky and the experience wasn’t nice or interesting at all. I am curious to revisit some of them about 1,200 whiskies later.

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Science and Commerce of Whisky Review

By Miguel in Books

Today I don’t review a whisky but a book about Whisky: “The Science and Commerce of Whisky” written by Ian Buxton and Paul S Hughes ( and you can guess which part has each of them has written :P ).

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If you come to me and ask me a good book about whisky this won’t be my first recommendation but once you have read Michael Jackson’s Whisky book and you start wondering how whisky is done, how whisky became what it is nowadays and what is its future then this book is a great reading.

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FT: Ardbeg-eddon

By Miguel in Ardbeg

This one looks like from a big fish because it is too perfect. It lacks of the heat that human made photos exude… nice Ardbeg bottles, many of them from their Committee release, yeah, those whiskies that members of the Commiitee were able to buy before the big release to give feedback to Ardbeg… closed. Sad.

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Another post for the Fucking thief. Stealing other persons’ whisky so you can know about it. Is this your photo? Write me to fthief@awardrobeofwhisky.com and I will pay you… homage… and share with A Wardrobe of Whisky’s readers your experience on the tasting. Slainte!

I haven’t taste all of them. They are so expensive and rare now… but let me tell you about the one that I tasted.

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Compass Box Great King St. Experimental Whiskies Review

By Miguel in Compass Box

Compass Box isn’t just about whisky… and they show you it in each of their whiskies. So when I went to the Whisky Show and I saw some people wearing a sticker that says “I love smoke” that I though it was some kind of protest against smoking bans.

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When I finally entered the show I saw the answer at the Compass Box stand, they have created two version of their Great King St. Blended whisky: one with a sherried character and the other with a smokey touch. You had to choose between them.
So let me show you both whiskies and then I tell you what I chose.

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Glen Mhor 30 years old 1982 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Glen Mhor

I had already tasted a Glen Mhor before but being a rare whisky which distillery was closed on 1983 and not being as famous as Port Ellen it is a rare occasion to find a bottle of it.

“Deliciously floral single malt whisky from this lost distillery. A tragic loss with hints of candies and spices. *sniff* *sniff*”

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Glen Mhor 1982 / 30 Year Old / Cask #1606 / Signatory Speyside Whisky
A 1982 vintage Glen Mhor bottled by independent bottlers Signatory at the end of 2012. This was distilled a year before the distillery closed, one of the many casualties of the cull of 1983 and bottlings are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. floral, spices, candies, wood, citrus.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, floral, citrus, spices, pepper, vanilla.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glen Mhor 1982 / 30 Year Old / Cask #1606 / Signatory Speyside Whisky with 90 points over 100.

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A real privilege to taste this dram… and also a great whisky.



Glendronach 15 years old Moscatel Finish Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Glendronach

And to finish my review of finished Glendronach whiskies, today I review the 15 years old Moscatel finish dram. Moscatel is a kind of Spanish wine doing with grapes from the Moscatel variety. They are very sweet and most of them are half-grape, half raisin.

So let’s review this Glendronach 15yo Moscatel Finish.

“That's a pretty interesting whisky. Not as great as the 15yo Revival but quite quite drinkable. From a man that doesn't enjoy sweet wines finishes”

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Glendronach 15 Year Old / Moscatel Finish Speyside Whisky
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - This 15yo Glendronach was originally matured in European oak before a finishing period in Moscatel, the (normally) Iberian fortified sweet wine, which has added an extra layer of tropical fruit and marzipan aromas and flavours.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, citrus, vanilla, raisins, wood, toffee.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, wood, citrus, spices, wood, leather, chocolate, sultanas.

Finish (89): longer than average. honey, spices, raisins.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glendronach 15 Year Old / Moscatel Finish Speyside Whisky with 89 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Quite interesting I say, if you enjoyed Parliament go and give it a try you will enjoy this one.