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Drinks by The Dram Whisky Crackers 2015

By Miguel in Master of Malt

Oh my God, I did it again. So busy this time of the year that I forgot about this fantastic whisky crackers what I got from Drinks by the Dram. This year, instead of a yummy surprise inside each cracker ( open it with care! There is glass inside! ) we have a six whiskies version… it isn’t as crazy as last year where I drank really strange stuff that I have never tasted before. By the way, for your own sake… don’t read the jokes…

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So, let’s crack them open!

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Ready for Drinks by the Dram's The Whisky Advent Calendar 2015

By Miguel in Tasting

I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like lately mainly because… ummm… eeehhmm…. let me find an excuse :), I still have to write about a few Ardbeg whiskies I have been tasting and about the Laphroaig Live whiskies ( pretty awesome stuff there that nor me nor you will be able to buy )… but well, from time to time you can give yourself a treat like this amazing Whisky Advent Calendar.

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Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar 2015 is packed with 24 whiskies ranging from amazing to just damn good amazing stuff… I was surprised last year to find only two or three whiskies that they weren’t top stuff… and I am quite happy to see that this year selection is perhaps even better. Here is the list, judge by yourself.

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Laphroaig Live 2015

By Miguel in Laphroaig

Ouch! It is that time of the year again, Summer is just ending, leaves start falling form trees, shorter days, more cold days, back to work after a great holidays… buuuut at least as each year we have a Laphroaig LIVE event.

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This year event will take place in Islay, September 24th at 20:00 (UK Time).
Previous shows have brought you the flavours of Spain, Germany, America and even Australia but this year will be tasting 4 very special expressions.

The one off’ Laphroaig 15 YO – The official 200th Expression, Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015, Laphroaig 21 YO – Created for the Friends of Laphroaigs 21st Birthday and a unique Laphroaig 32 YO 100% sherry matured- A very rare, special expression.

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Original Grain's The Barrel Watch Review

By Miguel in Recommended

So, I bet you are right now wondering why do I am reviewing watches in a Whisky blog… and it is a very cool question. I am reviewing Original Grain’s The Barrel watch because the watch is actually made of reused whiskey casks!

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When Andrew Beltran, founder of Original Grain, told me about the watch, I was really curious about the idea of a wooden watch… so when I actually got the watch I was hugely and positively surprised. Let’s review it!

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Two Canadian Crown Royal surprises: Rye Whiskey and Selected Barrel

By Miguel in Tasting , Crown Royal

I received about a month ago two new Crown Royal whiskeys and I haven’t have time to properly write a review till now. I really enjoy the sweet delicate profile of Crown Royal whiskeys so I was pretty excited when I got two new additions: a rye whiskey and a single cask higher strength whiskey.

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The style of Crown Royal is closer to Scotch whisky than to their American cousins: Bourbon and Rye whiskeys, so for me it is a pretty interesting experiement how close they can be to a real rye whiskey without forgetting about their own heritage. So let’s review the first whiskey.

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Discover Hard To Find Whisky & Their Masterclasses

By Miguel in Featured

Hard To Find Whisky is located in the Jewellery Quarter, one of Birmingham’s most historic areas. The frontage exudes style and luxury with a modern glass door and marble steps leading in.

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Once inside, it’s hard not to be impressed. There are over 22 units displaying 3,500 bottles, from entry level Grants’ blend to their jewel in the crown bottling, the Macallan 1928 50 Year Old, on sale at £35,000. This is very clearly a shop for whisky enthusiasts. All the ultra rare whiskies are displayed in glass cabinets, lit with beautiful led lights. This really brings the colour of the whiskies to life and displays them in their best way possible.

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Antiquary 12 years old Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Antiquary

A world well-known blended… and I really had very low expectations here. I thought I would taste something much like Johnnie Walker or Chival Regal. But let’s review it anyway…

“I was expecting something like Chivas 12yo and found instead a fantastic lovely smoky blend. So much spices and such a lovely smoky hug. Quite enjoyable”

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Antiquary 12 year
A rounded, smooth blend, the Antiquary 12 year old is a great whisky which Jim Murray awarded an incredible 92 points to!. It comes in a diamond shaped bottled.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (87): average. honey, spices, vanilla, smoke, citrus, candies.

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

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Antiquary 12 year with 89 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

I don’t mind saying I am wrong when I am really wrong. And I was wrong with this whisky, quite nice and complex definitively a blend to consider



The Whisky Barrel's Burns Malt Exclusive bottlings

By Miguel in Linkwood , Tobermory , Springbank , Littlemill

The whisky fairy ringed my door a few days ago with a set of exclusive bottles for The Whisky Barrel. A nice set of single cask, cask strength whiskies from Springbank, Tobermory, Linkwood and a stunning Littlemill.

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I have reviewed on the past several exclusive whiskies from The Whisky Barrel and they bottle quite fantastic drams for their Burns Malt series, so my expectations for this set of samples is quite high… let’s see if they live to it!

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Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

A special release of Bruichladdich for the Feis Ile 2011 Festival and quite an interesting whisky. Let’s review it.

“Fantastic! Good earthy peat and a delicious fruity spices aromas that are taken to the next level with some notes of ground roasted coffee”

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Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011
This was bottled in 2011 by Bruichladdich for the Feis Ile (Islay Festival). It was distilled on the 11th September 2001, and was aged in bourbon wood before bottling at the age of 9 years old. Very interesting this. Well worth a try.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, peat, fruits, plums, wood, spices, apples, cinnamon, salt.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, wood, spices, citrus, peat, coffee, cinnamon.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011 with 90 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Slightly peated and utterly delicious. This is the Bruichladdie kind of whisky that I love.



Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchel Reserve 2013 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Caol Ila

Diageo’s Special Releases are quite an event on the World of Whisky. I really stopped paying attention to them a few years ago, tired of prices going up and up and age of the whiskies down and down… but still… if you have the money and don’t have anything better to do with it they are usually fantastic drams.

So after a few years with no so unpeated whiskies, this Caol Ila really delivers what it promises. Let’s review it

“Unpeated, really unpeated but crazy delicious whisky. The taste is really awesome, damn Diageo... I will have to spend my money”

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Caol Ila Unpeated / Stitchell Reserve / Bot.2013 Islay Whisky
2013's unpeated release of Caol Ila is named for distillery manager Billy Stitchell, who is retiring after almost 40 years at the distillery. This year it's been bottled without an age statement and despite being 'unpeated' there's a definite smoky tang to the whisky, although less so than in previous years.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, citrus, toffee, spices, vanilla, salt.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, salt, citrus, spices, pepper, candies, cinnamon, wood.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Caol Ila Unpeated / Stitchell Reserve / Bot.2013 Islay Whisky with 90 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

Lovely! I am a peat head but this whisky is fantastic even if there is no trace of peat in it. Make if half the price and it is a good deal.