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Tasting Highland Park 25 years old scotch whisky

By Miguel in Tasting , Highland Park

“Marvelous! Incrediblely good Highland Park. A sherry marvel if you ask me”

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Highland Park 25 year
Highland Park 25yo is a terrifically complex, rich, woody, sherried dram.

Distilled at the remote island of Orkney on the north of Scotland in the Highland Park distillery. One of the last that still does in-site malting.

It seems as if this release will be the last at cask strength as the company is running low on stocks, so don't tarry too long if you want one of these great single malt whiskies.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (93): more than average. honey, wood, fruits, plums, smoke, floral, spices, pepper, a little cinnamon.

Palate (92): smooth, powerful. honey, wood, spices, pepper, leather, nuts, cocoa. Impressive sherry character.

Finish (93): longer than average. honey, nuts, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Highland Park 25 year with 93 points over 100.

Impressive Highland Park 18 years old whisky

By Miguel in Tasting , Highland Park

“First class whisky with a lovely integration of heather and smoke. Thumbs up for this Highland Park whisky.”

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Highland Park 18 year
One of our all-time favorites, this has to be one of the most consistently excellent malt whiskies of the last ten years.

Showered with awards and praise from all quarters, it was named as 'Best Spirit in the World' by F. Paul Pacult of the Spirit Journal in 2005.

If you enjoyed this Highland Park single malt, you should try the 25 years old that it is a awesome sherry Orkney monster.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, floral, heather, wood, spices, cinnamon.

Palate (91): smooth, powerful. honey, wood, spices, floral, citrus, cocoa.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Highland Park 18 year with 91 points over 100.

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Buy whisky: Best shops to get your single malts

By Miguel in Orders , News , Whisky

If you have never bought your whisky online you may be missing the best thing ever invented since sliced bread. More bottles, better prices, the best drams

I buy all my whisky in four or five whisky stores, and usually before buying I check on A Wardrobe of Whisky to find the best prices just to make sure where it is cheaper. Don’t do it you will get a few surprises that you will regret!

So here is the sorting that I use oftenly.

Stagnetto at Gibraltar

Located at Gibraltar, Stagnetto is a brand of liquors and tobaconist retailer that has several stores at Gibraltar. The biggest selecction of single malt whisky can be found in the shop near the catholic cathedral.

stagnetto-gibraltar-whisky-shop

But not only the range of bottles is awesome. You will have to squeeze your eyes several times to believe the prices. Being a duty free shop, Stagnetto has, for most bottles, the very best prices your will ever see.

The personal is really friendly and helpful and the shop has webpage were you can check bottles available and prices although they don’t do mail orders.

Just one thing, if you plan to move later to Spain you need to know that Spanish Customs will allow only 1 litre of alcohol per person. This is my favorite place to go after monthly income arrives :).

The Whisky Exchange

I don’t remember how I discovered this online store, but it turned my passion into madness. My first order was a bottle of Ardbeg Supernova and a Macallan Liqueur. I was so impressive by the huge range and the fair prices that I have been visiting this one once per month and even more.

Prices are usually fair, but it won’t hurt you check it against other shops. Usually The Whisky Exchange don’t have the best prices but just a few pences over it.

They have a physical shop located in London that every whisky lover must visit.

Master of Malt

The first time I entered Master of Malt site I though “Wooo!”. Master of Malt has had one of the best web sites of the whisky world and has done a great investment in user friendly technologies.

But the real thing that hooked me there was the prices. Until a few months ago, they were without discussion the retailer with the best whisky prices on the Internet. Now you have to double check them because they aren’t the cheapest option most of times.

My heart belongs to them, and A Wardrobe of Whisky spirit too, thanks to the great idea ( and business ) behind Drink by the dram. How many times you were not sure about a bottle and ended up buying something you don’t like? Master of Malt gives you the chance of tasting small samples of literally hundred of bottles for a fraction of the real retail price. Let’s put this simple, A Wardrobe of Whisky wouldn’t be possible without them.

Don’t miss the Master of Malt single cask bottlings, awesome value whiskies.

The Whisky Barrel

The new king of web design is here to stay. After a powerful rebranding and with a better looking site than ever The Whisky Barrel is here with an huge amount of single cask, limited releases and collector’s bottles of whisky. If you are looking for something uncommon, they have it.

I love their single cask releases.

Almacenes Porto at Ceuta

Another duty free retailer, Almacenes Porto is located in Port of Ceuta just on the main floor. One of the biggest range of bottles that I have seen with nice prices on cheap whiskies and fair prices on the rest.

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You won’t get any discount from them but the prices usually worth it.

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Review of Highland Park 12 years old Single Malt

By Miguel in Tasting , Highland Park

“More smoky than peaty but a very nice Highland Park.”

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Highland Park 12 year
The first proprietary bottling of Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky was as a 12 year old in 1979.

It remains the core expression of the Highland Park range and is a smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and a gentle smokey finish.

In fact this is the smokier bottling of all the range. If you like this Highland Park 12 years old, you should try the 18 years old.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. peat, honey, heather, citrus, malt, spices.

Palate (90): smooth, oily. peat, honey, floral, spices, vanilla, wood, cocoa.

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

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

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Karuizawa 1990 22 years old First fill Sherry

By Miguel in News , Karuizawa

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I have just bought from The Whisky Exchange this awesome bottle of japanese sherried whisky.

This bottle looks rather interesting from what I read on the Whisky Exchange description:

A first fill sherry cask of Karuizawa from the 1990 vintage, bottled at cask strength after full-term maturation in a first fill sherry butt. This isn’t as sweet as some previous Karuizawas we’ve had, tending more to the dry, spicy, savoury side of Karuizawa’s character.

It sounds to me like a great cask strength sherry whisky and it is in fact the first Karuizawa I can afford to buy. Just ordered it!.


Tasting Highland Park 1998

By Miguel in Tasting , Highland Park

“Very floral Highland Park whisky”

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Highland Park 1998 1l
Released in April 2010, this litre bottle vintage edition of Highland Park was distilled in 1998, the year of the distillery's bicentenary and was originally only available in travel retail.

This Highland Park single malt is one of the members of the vintage selection that this Orkney distillery has released lately.

Fruity, with a honeyed sweetness after 12 years maturation in American oak.

It is a real pity it wasn't bottled at cask strength.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. heather, honey, toffee, malt, citrus. Lots of lovely floral sweet aroma

Palate (88): smooth. heather, wood, honey, citrus, spices, pepper, dark chocolate.

Finish (87): longer than average. floral, spices, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Highland Park 1998 1l with 88 points over 100.

anCnoc 16 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , anCnoc

“Delicious taste, so sweet with a spices melody along floral notes”

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anCnoc 16 Year Old
An Cnoc,formerly Knockdhu, is a top-quality proponent of the non-sherried Speyside style.

This Speyside single malt whisky is deliciously malty with a good amount of spices. Really lovely.

If you enjoyed this AnCnoc 16 years old, you should try the 12 years old

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (90): average. honey, barley, floral, citrus, vanilla, pears.

Palate (91): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, candies, vanilla, malt, citrus, floral, spices.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this anCnoc 16 Year Old with 90 points over 100.

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Review of Caol Ila 25 years old

By Miguel in Tasting , Caol Ila

“The softest Caol Ila peat. Very good but this distillery has more exciting bottles.”

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Caol Ila 25 Year Old
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottling 70cl / 43% This official 25yo from last year was too quickly swept aside due to its lower bottling strength of 43%. But in this case it really works, this is a beautiful and gentle example of aged Caol Ila. If you are interested to see how peat notes change and evolve with age then this is the perfect bottling. Beautiful, symphonic stuff.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): average. peat, honey, floral, citrus, vanilla. Soft peat with the deliciously sweet floral aroma of Caol Ila

Palate (89): smooth, powerful, oily. peat, wood, pepper, a little earth, citrus, pepper.

Finish (88): average. peat, floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Caol Ila 25 Year Old with 89 points over 100.

Ardbeg 18 years old 1993 Mission by Murray McDavid Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Ardbeg

“Oh my! Such peat explosion! A great Ardbeg that is even better than some of the distillery cask strength expressions.”

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Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1993 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
A 1993 vintage from Ardbeg bottled as part of Murray McDavid's Mission series, collecting together some of the rarer and more interesting casks that they have hiding in their warehouse.

This Ardbeg single malt whisky was matured for 18 years in a bourbon cask selected by Jim McEwan before bottling in 2011 at Bruichladdich.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (93): more than average. peat, honey, citrus, some vanilla, spices, sea.

Palate (93): smooth, powerful, oily. peat, honey, wood, spices, vanilla, earth, salt.

Finish (91): longer than average. peat, honey, citrus, earth.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1993 - Mission (Murray McDavid) with 92 points over 100.

Laphroaig 10 years old Cask Strength Batch 003 Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Laphroaig

“Very good Laphroaig but the old batch-less cask strength whisky was better.”

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength / Batch 003 / Bot.2011 Islay Whisky
The third release of Laphroaig's riotously popular small batch editions of their famed ten years old cask strength Islay single malt. No doubt this will be as big a hit as the previous editions - this is an expression that never disappoints.

There is a previous batch-less expression of the Laphroaig 10 years old Cask Strength that is better in my opinion to this one. Try it if you can.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): average. peat, honey, iodine, citrus, floral. Very closed nose

Palate (92): powerful, oily. peat, iodine, honey, citrus, vanilla, spices, apples. A superb Laphroaig with everything you come to expect from them.

Finish (91): longer than average. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, seaweed.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength / Batch 003 / Bot.2011 Islay Whisky with 91 points over 100.

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Aultmore 9 years old Cigar Malt Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Aultmore

“Great Aultmore with just a few off notes of new make on the nose.”

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Aultmore 9 year Cigar Malt
A 9 year old Aultmore, bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

This was selected for its spicy sweetness, which the bottlers wanted for it to be the ultimate cigar malt - a whisky destined for pairing with a cigar.

A nice light sherried whisky. A good one even if you don't smoke.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, toffee, peach, vanilla, citrus, floral. A few notes of new make on a rather good nose.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, smoke, wood, spices, fruits, peach, citrus, tobacco.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Aultmore 9 year Cigar Malt with 90 points over 100.

anCnoc 12 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , anCnoc

“Great whisky! Very malty. Great without ambitions.”

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anCnoc 12 year
An Cnoc (formerly Knockdhu) is a top-quality proponent of the non-sherried Speyside style, showing polished malt and a delicious spiciness throughout a warm, complex palate and lasting finish.

This Speyside single malt whisky is deliciously malty. It is a whisky that achieve greatness without ambition. Really lovely.

If you enjoyed this AnCnoc 12 years old, you should try the 16 years old

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, malt, vanilla, pears, citrus. Quite good, like whisky should smell.

Palate (90): smooth, powerful. honey, barley, citrus, vanilla, pepper, spices, cherries.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this anCnoc 12 year with 90 points over 100.

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Reviewing Highland Park Leif Eriksson

By Miguel in Tasting , Highland Park

“Adorable vanilla and toffee aromas on this non age statement whisky from Highland Park”

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Highland Park Leif Eriksson
Originally released in March 2011, Highland Park Leif Erikson was originally a travel retail exclusive.

In celebration of Erikson's trip to the New World this Highland Park single malt without age statement is made up of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, all made from American oak.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. toffee, floral, malt, vanilla, spices.

Palate (89): smooth. honey, floral, spices, wood, heather, apples.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Highland Park Leif Eriksson with 90 points over 100.

Laphroaig 10 years old Original Cask Strength Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Laphroaig

“Awesome Laphroaig! Heaven tastes like this whisky!”

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Laphroaig 10 year Original Cask Strength
Original cask strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength with all the depth of genuine taste and texture normally associated with sampling whisky at source.

Matured in seasoned oak barrels, charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only, to remove the small char particles present. However cask strength is non chilled filtered. This means you will enjoy Laphroaig exactly as we made it.

This whisky has been replaced by a new small batch version.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. peat, citrus, honey, iodine, seaweed, floral.

Palate (93): powerful. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, vanilla, iodine, apples, coffee, earth.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, coffee.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig 10 year Original Cask Strength with 92 points over 100.

Tasting Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey range: Nŗ7, Gentleman and Single Barrel

By Miguel in Tasting , Jack Daniel

One of my readers asked me what I thought about Jack Daniel’s range. Eh! Wait, don’t reply yet. Let me write the article!

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The answer was easy but I decided to take the hard way and actually taste the whiskey.

The short conclusion is that Jack Daniel’s whiskeys isn’t as bad as you think. Sponsored reply. Just joking, the stuff is a bit below the mean bourbon scores and slightly overpriced, but as I said whiskeys as the Jack Daniel’s Single barrel are in fact a nice experience.

Let’s see the range.

Jack Daniel's Tennesse Whiskey

“Not as bad as I remember. Blind tasting it I would have said that it was a fair bourbon with a weak nose.”

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Jack Daniel's Tennesse Whiskey
Perhaps America's best known whiskey, Jack Daniel's hails from Tennessee and it best known for its smooth flavor.

Jack Daniel's is always charcoal mellowed and aged in proprietary white oak barrels for a rich amber color, distinctive flavor and finish.

If you like this whiskey you definitively need to move up to something more interesting like Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (83): more than average. corn, spices, honey, floral, vanilla. Slightly alcoholic nose. Not unpleasant but it is there.

Palate (84): smooth, powerful. corn, wood, vanilla, honey, spices, citrus.

Finish (84): average. honey, corn, pepper.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Jack Daniel's Tennesse Whiskey with 84 points over 100.

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Gentleman Jack

“Slightly less powerful than Jack Daniel's. It is more fruity and spicy”

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Gentleman Jack
This is a softer, more round, Jack Daniel's whiskey, that is the direct result of charcoal-mellowing the whiskey twice, before and after the aging process.

It is more expensive that the standard Jack Daniel, so my suggestion is that if you love this, you should taste something like Blanton's Single Barrel

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (82): average. corn, vanilla, honey, pineapple, wood.

Palate (83): powerful, oily. corn, spices, honey, vanilla, pepper.

Finish (83): average. corn, spices, fruits.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Gentleman Jack with 83 points over 100.

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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

“Without being a great bourbon, this whiskey is by far the best option in the Jack Daniel's range”

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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is always found in the upper most parts of the barrelhouse - they like to call this the 'Penthouse'. Because every barrel is different and in various locations in the barrel houses no two barrels are the same. Those barrels usually portrait the best and most intense flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

This Jack Daniel's whiskey is a hell better than the standard Jack Daniels bottling but the price step is quite important to dismiss it. I recommend you to give a try to something like Buffalo Trace so you see what you are drinking.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (85): more than average. corn, varnish, vanilla, honey, spices, pepper. More polished than the others two and slightly older.

Palate (87): powerful, oily. honey, corn, spices, citrus, vanilla, pepper, wood.

Finish (86): longer than average. corn, honey, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Jack Daniel's Single Barrel with 86 points over 100.

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Review of Glenglassaugh Revival

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenglassaugh

“Promising whisky from Glenglassaugh. Looking forward to see what a few years more can do on this one.”

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Glenglassaugh Revival
The Glenglassaugh Distillery was mothballed from 1986 until 2008 and this the first whisky to be made from spirit distilled at the distillery since it reopened.

It was matured in a mixture of first and refill bourbon casks before a final 6 months finishing in first fill oloroso sherry butts.

It already shows the character that made this distillery so nice but in my opinion it needs yet a few years more on the cask.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (81): more than average. floral, honey, meat stock, spices. A bit newmake-like for my taste... erm... my nose.

Palate (83): smooth. honey, nuts, floral wood, spices, cocoa. A bit young, it still needs to round itself.

Finish (83): longer than average. honey, floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh Revival with 82 points over 100.

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Thanks to Stuart Nickerson, Managing director of Glenglassaugh distillery for this nice sample of Glenglassaugh Revival.


Dalmore Tay Dram Rivers Collection Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Dalmore

“Great Dalmore whisky that could have been mindblowing awesome have it been bottled at 46% instead of 40%.”

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Dalmore Tay Dram / Rivers Collection Highland Single Malt Whisky
Produced by Dalmore with the object of raising up to £400k for a quartet of beautiful Scottish fishing rivers.

Like the rest of the Rivers Collection the Tay Dram has been produced from quality bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks and at least £4 per bottle sold will go to the Tay Foundation that protects and conserves the river.

If you enjoyed this awesome Dalmore single malt, you should try one of the Aberlour a'bunadh whiskies, for example, batch 35.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, citrus, nuts, apples, vanilla, wood, spices. Really nice nose.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, tobacco, spices, vanilla, pepper, wood, cocoa, cinnamon.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Dalmore Tay Dram / Rivers Collection Highland Single Malt Whisky with 90 points over 100.

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 35 Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Aberlour

“Wonderful whisky!. This Aberlour is really a no-brainer buying option if you like sherried whiskies. Batches vary between them but they are all rather good.”

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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 35
If you want intense, spicy Oloroso sherry, masses of character, and at natural cask strength, all for under £40, it has to be a'Bunadh. Batch 35 is a stinker!

Aberlour A'bunadh is a cask strength Speyside single malt whisky that is released by the distillery in small batches each with a slightly different profile but all on the sherry monsters style.

Really a must have and a whisky that is almost near to the almighty Macallan 10 years old Cask Strength.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, nuts, citrus, floral, cocoa. Nice nose but it is slightly closed. A bit hard to nose it at 60% abv.

Palate (93): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, nuts, leather, citrus, spices, wood, raisins.

Finish (90): long. honey, nuts, citrus, spices, cinnamon.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 35 with 91 points over 100.

Laphroaig Triple wood Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Laphroaig

“Nice Laphroaig whisky with one foot on the woody area. Interesting.”

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Laphroaig Triple wood
The complex, peaty flavour of Laphroaig Triple Wood is the result of maturation in three different types of barrel: ex-Bourbon barrels, European oak casks (‘butts’) and traditional Quarter Casks.

Laphroaig Triple Wood is then bottled – without being chill-filtered – at 48% ABV.

You can think about it as a extra-aged Laphroaig Quarter Cask single malt whisky were sweetness has been replaced by a moderate woody profile. Interesting scotch.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, sea, wood, spices. Very Laphroaig nose with a surprising notes of wood and spices.

Palate (90): powerful. peat, honey, wood, raisins, spices, iodine, coffee.

Finish (89): longer than average. peat, citrus, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig Triple wood with 90 points over 100.

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The Macallan the 1824 Collection Whisky Maker's Edition Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , The Macallan

“It is hard to find an Oloroso cask aged whisky that let the character of Macallan shine in such a way. Absolutely delicious.”

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Macallan The 1824 Collection Whisky Maker's Edition
According to The Macallan, "Containing rare whisky distilled from barley grown on The Macallan's Estate which brings a velvety mouthfeel, Whisky Maker's Edition recognises the skill and dedication of The Macallan's Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno. Bottled at Bob's preferred strength of 42.8%, this has an intensity and robustness of flavor."

Less obviously sweet on the nose than Select Oak, this Edition offers a nose of toffee, raisins, figs and honey. The palate is rounded, full and spicy, with nutmeg, leather, hazelnuts and chocolate orange. Lengthy in the finish, with nutty, dark chocolate, a whiff of smoke and mild oak.

It is one of the nicest sherried Macallan that allow the true characteristics of the Macallan spirit to shine. Lovely one. Part of the 1824 Collection that was originally created as a travel retail exclusive.

If you like this whisky you should try some of the Sherry Oak Macallans.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. honey, toffee, floral, citrus, nuts, cocoa.

Palate (90): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, wood, nuts, leather, tobacco, nuts. Wonderful! Oloroso cask! Like I love it!

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Macallan The 1824 Collection Whisky Maker's Edition with 89 points over 100.

Don’t miss the interview with Bob Dalgarno, whisky maker at the Macallan and responsible of the successful 1824 Collection.


William Larue Weller 2011 Release Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Buffalo Trace

“Mindblowing bourbon! Your dram for the coldest winter nights.”

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William Larue Weller / Bot.2011
The 2011 release of Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection edition of Weller whisky. It's the wheated entry in the collection and bottled at an eye-watering 66.75%.

One of the stars of an already impressive line-up for 2011.

If you like this Kentucky straight bourbon, you should check the other two bourbons of the Antique Collection: Thomas H Handy and George T Stagg. Mindblowing stuff if you ask my opinion.

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. corn, old, wood, spices, honey, raisins, cinnamon, floral.

Palate (93): smooth, powerful, oily. corn, wood, spices, honey, pepper, cinnamon, wood. Very hoy whiskey. It burns.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this William Larue Weller / Bot.2011 with 92 points over 100.

Thomas H Handy Sazerac 2011 Release Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Buffalo Trace

“Incredible rye whiskey! Spicy hot liquid honey!”

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Thomas H Handy Sazerac / Bot.2011 Straight Rye Whiskey
The 2011 bottling of Thomas H Handy's Sazerac, the multi-award winning straight rye and one of the cornerstones of Buffalo Trace's yearly Antique Collection releases.

A vibrant and super-spicy rye that is worth the hype.

If you like this rye whiskey, you should check the other two bourbons of the Antique Collection: William Larue Weller and George T Stagg. Mindblowing stuff if you ask my opinion.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. floral, honey, spices, bread, wood.

Palate (92): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, corn, spices, pepper, gnger, wood.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Thomas H Handy Sazerac / Bot.2011 Straight Rye Whiskey with 90 points over 100.

George T Stagg 2011 Release Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Buffalo Trace

“Awesome bourbon with a more cereal nose than its partners: William Larue and Thomas Handy.”

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George T Stagg 2011 Release
George T Stagg is an utterly superb high strength bourbon.

Weighing in at a potent 71.3%. Every year this is a critically acclaimed whiskey from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection. Roughly 15 years old.

If you like this Kentucky straight bourbon, you should check the other two bourbons of the Antique Collection: Thomas H Handy and William Larue Weller. Mindblowing stuff if you ask my opinion.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. corn, biscuits, honey, wood, spices, cinnamon, herbs.

Palate (91): smooth, powerful, oily. corn, floral, honey, spices, cinnamon, wood, pepper, vanilla.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this George T Stagg 2011 Release with 91 points over 100.

Ardbeg 17 years old 1994 Mission by Murray McDavid Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Ardbeg

“Sublime nose! Greatly well aged Ardbeg whisky with all its peat muscle still there.”

92
Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
A 1994 vintage from Ardbeg bottled as part of Murray McDavid's Mission series, collecting together some of the rarer and more interesting casks that they have hiding in their warehouse.

This Ardbeg single malt whisky was matured for 17 years in a bourbon cask before bottling in 2011 at Bruichladdich.

This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (93): more than average. peat, honey, earth, citrus, vanilla, iodine, coffee. Sublime! Most delicate peat punch with the sweetest honey.

Palate (92): smooth, powerful, oily. peat, honey, citrus, floral, earth, cocoa.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid) with 92 points over 100.

Four Roses Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Four Roses

“Good amount of wood and spices in this bourbon”

84
Four Roses Bourbon
Four Roses is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon whisky.

A worldwide favourite, especially when creating mixed drinks with a sophisticated, contemporary flare. Smooth, mellow with a unique, long finish. 80 proof.

Not bad, but I recommend you to try Jim Beam White label instead.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (84): average. corn, honey, spices, pepper, citrus.

Palate (85): smooth, powerful. corn, honey, wood, spices, floral.

Finish (83): average. corn, honey, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Four Roses Bourbon with 84 points over 100.

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Whisky Fest'12: Fly for your whisky!

By Miguel in News , Whisky

You will never look at a plane in the same way after you know what I am about to tell you.

World-Duty-Free

World Duty Free through their specialist store World of Whiskies are celebrating from 18th April to 22nd May the Whisky Fest'12.

Yet another whisky festival? No way.

WhiskyFest2012

The proposal behind Whisky Fest'12 is different to other whisky festivals, a bit more commercial if you ask me, but still incredible.

On World of Whiskies shops, that you can find in most UK airports, you will find up to a hundred bottles of whisky open and ready for tasting before you buy. With the help of the shop personnel, who are also whisky enthusiasts, who can find the whisky that best suits you.

But the real nice thing is the amount of money you save on each bottle, from 20% to 35% off the RRP, as well as the amount of exclusive retail only bottles of whisky, like some very interesting Highland Park or Old Pulteney whiskies.

So if you want to expand your cabinet this is a fantastic opportunity to taste new whiskies and get them at a discounted price. Here you have some highlight bottles that I have found on their site:

Aberfeldy 21 years old

I haven't tasted this one yet… but the best price i have found for it was £86.75 and the World of whiskies is selling it for £58.98. I would go for one of it for sure.

Connemara

This one MUST be a typo! They are selling this fantastic irish peated single malt whisky for £16.99. The very best price I have paid for this one was £22.98. If you like Islay whiskies don't miss the chance to taste this Irish whiskey. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Greenore 8 years old

Unique in its genre this whiskey is the very first Irish single grain whiskey. And it is a crack. Again World of whiskies stock it for £10 less than the best price I ever paid for it. Feeling dumb already.

Dalmore 15 years old

This is a great sherried whisky from the Dalmore distillery, don't miss this one if you can taste, and World of Whiskies sells it for £43.99… pss! You can find it at TWE for £41.95

I have spotted some interesting bottles that have not yet been on my site, for example some of the new Auchentoshan whiskies: Heartwood and Springwood or the travel retail exclusives of Highland Park like 1998 vintage or Leif Eriksson. Don't miss the chance of tasting them!.

If you are interested in any whisky it would be a good idea to write World of Whiskies about stock in the airport you plan to use.

You can have a look at the PDF Brochure at http://issuu.com/worlddutyfree/docs/wdf_whiskyfest_2012_brochure_wdf_wow_28p_aw_h?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

My advice is go and check it out, you will be able to taste great whiskies and save a good amount of money, but it won't hurt you to check prices before buying.

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Tyrconnell 10 years old Port Finish Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Cooley , Tyrconnell

“Plum flavoured bolos de belem!”

86
Tyrconnell 10 year Port Finish
Created by Cooley distillery, the last of the Irish independent distillers before Beam Global bought them.

This Tyrconnell whiskey was aged in American oak before being finished in Port wood, this Tyrconnell offers a great balance, with lots of jammy thickness.

There is a similar bottle finished in sherry cask

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (84): more than average. honey, fruits, plums, custard, vanilla, wood.

Palate (88): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, plums, liquorice, floral, spices, pepper.

Finish (85): average. honey, spices, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Tyrconnell 10 year Port Finish with 86 points over 100.

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Jim Beam White Label Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Jim Beam

“Nice bourbon. Nothing spectacular but does its job really well.”

86
Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Jim Beam bourbon has been aged to perfection in new, charred oak barrels and bottled at a full 86 proof.

This Kentucky straight bourbon is a producing a whiskey of truly distinctive character, one that is smoother and more flavorful than other premium whiskies.

Without being great, I have to agree that it does its job really well. If you like this whiskey, you should try Elijah Craig 12 years old whiskey

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (87): more than average. corn, honey, vanilla, wood, spices.

Palate (86): smooth, powerful. corn, honey, spices, pepper, wood, vanilla. Very powerful palate. Doesn't looks like 40% at all.

Finish (84): average. corn, spices, honey, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with 86 points over 100.

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Tasting of Bunnahabhain 21 years old Jubilee Malt II

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

“Marvelous! The first batch of this Bunnahabhain was a sherry monster, this one although matured also in a sherry cask is a different and even better whisky. I love it!”

91
Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old Jubilee Malt II Sherry Cask
After selling out the first batch in a matter of hours, here it is the second batch of Bunnahabhain Jubilee Malt from The Whisky Barrel.

This Bunnahabhain has been matured in a single fresh sherry butt cask #3.

To commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee (1952-2012) TheWhiskyBarrel.com present our second release of Jubilee Malt, this time Extra Regal.

Superb whisky! Really don't miss it even if you are republican!

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. some honey, peat, peaches, vanilla, tobacco, citrus. Lovely honey aroma! The way Bunnahabhain does! I like it.

Palate (92): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, peat, fruits, peaches, spices, pepper, vanilla, citrus. Powerfully awesome!

Finish (91): longer than average. wood, honey, pepper.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old Jubilee Malt II Sherry Cask with 91 points over 100.

Thanks to The Whisky Barrel for this great sample.


Woodford Reserve Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Woodford Reserve

“More fruity that the rest of bourbon I have had, this Woodford Reserve has a style more similar to rye whiskies.”

85
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
Woodford Reserve is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a twist.

The mashbill for Woodford Reserve features a high percentage of rye: 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt.

Unusual also for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel where it matures for at least six years.

A must have Kentucky bourbon. Makes a wonderful Old-Fashioned cocktail!

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (84): average. corn, fruits, mango, floral, honey, wood. Not like a typical bourbon at all. Very fruity.

Palate (86): powerful, oily. corn, floral, honey, spices, pepper, cinnamon, wood.

Finish (86): longer than average. corn, honey, floral, pepper.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon with 85 points over 100.

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The Macallan 10 years old Sherry Oak Cask Strength Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , The Macallan

“Most mindblowing awesomeness! And to think that I bought two of this Macallan for €50 just a few years ago... best buy ever!”

92
Macallan 10 year Sherry Oak Cask Strength
The Macallan Sherry Oak is exclusively matured in selected sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain instead of using different kind of casks as the Fine Oak range does.

This expression is matured for 10 years and then bottled at original cask strength without chill filtration or the addition of water. The result is a particularly rich Single Malt, best enjoyed with a splash of water to release the complex aromas and sumptuous flavours.

Even if the prices on the Internet are high this Macallan is worth every penny you pay for it.

This dram has a old oak-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. nuts, honey, citrus, wood, cinnamon. Marvelous!

Palate (92): powerful, oily. nuts, honey, wood, citrus, cocoa, tobacco. The epitome of sherry aged drams. I love this profile.

Finish (92): longer than average. nuts, honey, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Macallan 10 year Sherry Oak Cask Strength with 92 points over 100.

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William Larue Weller 12 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Buffalo Trace

“Old Bourbon with lots of spices around.”

88
William Larue Weller 12 Year Old
A 75cl bottle of Buffalo Trace's stunning bourbon William Larue Weller, named after the man famed for being the first to create "whetted bourbon", in which the spicy rye grain is substituted for wheat in the mash bill.

The result is a smooth, supple little sippin' whiskey.

If you like this bourbon, you really must try the high strength William Larue Weller

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. corn, spices, pepper, a little cinnamon, old, wood, honey, floral.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. corn, honey, pepper, wood, old, floral, cloves.

Finish (87): average. floral, corn, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this William Larue Weller 12 Year Old with 88 points over 100.

The Cigar Malt 15 years old Chieftain's Choice Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Ian Macleod

“I am not a smoker... this is a nice whisky but nothing really huge or special.”

88
The Cigar Malt 15 year Chieftain's Choice
This Cigar Malt was specially selected by a panel in Glasgow.

They chose from a shortlist of ten incredible casks, selecting this as the best whisky which could both hold its own as a malt in its own right, and as a perfect accompaniment for a cigar.

This was aged in a sherry butt number 3661, from an unnamed Speyside distillery. The result is rich plummy and is excellent when paired with a medium to full-bodied cigar.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (87): more than average. honey, dust, wood, flowers, pepper, vanilla.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, toffee, floral, spices, wood, pepper, apples, malt, vanilla.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Cigar Malt 15 year Chieftain's Choice with 88 points over 100.

Imperial 13 years old 1997 NC2 Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Imperial

“Very kind Imperial whisky with a good amount of spices.”

88
Imperial 13 year 1997 NC2
Distilled in 1997, this 13 year old Imperial was bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2010 for their range of non chillfiltered, non caramel coloured single malts (NC2).

This single malt whisky from this Speyside distillery is quite interesting with a good amount of spices on nose. Interesting option.

This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. honey, floral, vanilla, citrus, wood.

Palate (89): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, spices, wood, vanilla, pepper, floral, citrus.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, spices, pepper, cinnamon.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Imperial 13 year 1997 NC2 with 88 points over 100.

Tyrconnell 10 years old Sherry Cask Finish Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Cooley , Tyrconnell

“Nicely finished sherry whiskey from Cooley”

87
Tyrconnell 10 year Sherry Cask Finish
Created by Cooley distillery, the last of the Irish independent distillers before Beam Global bought them.

A 10 year old from the Cooley distillery and an Irish single malt, finished in sherry casks, this is a limited edition Tyrconnell.

There is a similar bottle finished in Port cask

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (85): more than average. honey, nuts, floral, pears, banana, vanilla.

Palate (89): smooth, powerful. honey, nuts, floral, citrus, wood, cocoa, raisins, vanilla.

Finish (86): longer than average. nuts, honey, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Tyrconnell 10 year Sherry Cask Finish with 87 points over 100.

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