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Stories from October, 2012

Tasted 250,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka and survived

By Miguel in Tasting , Master of Malt

Holy shit! This is the vilest, nastiest, hottest dram from Master of Malt I have ever tasted… and I love it!

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Just kidding! This vodka is infernal! I haven’t even properly tasted it… I just had a small drop, not even a sip, to taste it. As soon as the vodka’s little drop touched my lip a burning feeling started spreading all along the mouth, the throat and the stomach.

Master of Malt’s 250,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka

“Infernal beverage! So hot that a simple drop of this vodka turn your drink in a hot hot dram.”

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250,000 Scovilles - Naga Chilli Vodka 50cl
Master of Malt has created a monster, summoned from the very bowels of hell, formed in a vile carboy filled with a horrid mound of Naga Jolokia chillies (the worlds hottest chillies), steeped in grain vodka. We've packaged it in a handsome, heavy glass bottle with industrial-grade sealing wire and lead security seal (with a skull and crossbones embossed on it).

To get to this bottle, you'll literally have to open it with wire cutters, but we strongly recommend you don't. In fact, this unspeakable 250,000 Scovilles vodka is a chilli vodka so horrendous we suggest you dont even purchase it. Please just shut down your computer and have a nice cup of tea instead. Try to forget what you saw.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (65): weak. green chilli, citrus, alcohol. Not sure I want to taste this...

Palate (30): powerful. sweet, hot, hot, WTF! Mother of God! Arrgghhh! Arrrgggahh! Water! Water! WAAAATTTEEERR!.

Finish (0): no finish. finish?! Finish! what finish? It killed my tasting buds for hours!.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this 250,000 Scovilles - Naga Chilli Vodka 50cl with 32 points over 100.

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I desperately needed water, but water can’t calm this fire. Good luck that I have a yoghurt in the freezer. It did the work.

Miguel says…

So how this infernal beverage is best used?! Master of Malt discourages using it as a joke… umm… I am going to be really popular in the next party as the “guy that dropped something in my drink” :D

This stuff, just a few drops of it, can turn a Bloody Mary in a hot infernally delicious stuff. I will give a try and tell you.

By the way… they infused the vodka using those motherfu***… they don’t look so dangerous.


DYC Red One: Redvolution

By Miguel in Tasting , DYC

Today I am tasting a new different thing. It is a cherry infused whisky with a twist: DYC is using Spanish blended whisky to create this liquor. The first of its kind on the spanish market.

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Against all the advices I decided to taste DYC Red One straight, although the brand really recommends it as a mixing drink.

“For academical purposes tasting. Really recommended for mixing, works great with a Coca Cola and ice”

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DYC Red One
DYC has created a cherry infused Spanish blended whisky targeting a youngsters market.

If you like cherry-like drinks this liquor is really smooth and pleasant.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (81): more than average. cherry,honey, floral.

Palate (79): light, smooth. cherry, vanilla, citrus, honey, bubblegum.

Finish (75): very short. cherry, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC Red One with 78 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Don’t be fooled by the tasting score. This kind of beverages is best enjoyed with mixers.

So how this is expected to be drunk? Like we do it! This is Spain!

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Compass Box Flaming Heart 4th Release: Incredible!

By Miguel in Tasting , Compass Box

“Five stars whisky! Compass Box has created an awesome value whisky in this Flaming Heart: complex, old , well matured and peated. I can't ask anything else”

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Compass Box Flaming Heart - Release 4
This is the fourth release of this peaty blended malt from the whisky artisans at Compass Box.

Inspired by a rock song, this blended malt is made using whisky from refill Bourbon barrels, new (heavily toasted) French oak and some sherried oak which is a great new addition!

The whiskies are from distilleries across Scotland but there is a fair whack of a south shore Islay (Laphroaig, Ardbeg or Lagavulin) and a malt from the village of Brora ( Clynelish? ).

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. peat, salt, honey, earth, citrus, apples, plums.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. peat, honey, pepper, iodine, salt, wood, citrus, coffee.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Compass Box Flaming Heart - Release 4 with 92 points over 100.

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Find cheapest whisky prices at Best Whisky Deals

By Miguel in Orders , Recommended , Distillery , Brands , Whisky

Have you ever bought a bottle of whisky and then find it a hell cheaper in another place? Be welcome friend.

I have been working really hard to create Best Whisky Deals, the whisky price comparator between the most relevant UK whisky retailers. Just search for a bottle and you get the prices shorted from best to worst of the shops that are stocking it.

Also as a bonus, you can read tasting notes on more than 600 bottles from several whisky blogs, A Wardrobe of Whisky between them.

You can browse whiskies by distilleries, bottlers, regions and styles. But what I find most useful is the fact that you can check bottles by awards. So if you feel uninspired when buying whisky this little page can help you or get inspired with house favorites.

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With more than 9000 whisky bottles indexed, if you can’t find it at Best Whisky Deals, you can’t buy it at the UK. By the way, all listed shops do worldwide deliveries so don’t hesitate to order from outside Britain.

Next time you order whisky make sure you order through Best Whisky Deals and save money and time.


TWE Whisky Show 2012: What I couldn't taste [Part 4]

By Miguel in Laphroaig , Cooley , Chivas , Johnnie Walker , The Macallan , Dewar , Penderyn , Bunnahabhain , Compass Box , Monkey Shoulder , Glenfiddich , The Balvenie , Kilchoman , Highland Park , Bowmore , Yoichi , Nikka , Suntory , Balblair , Redbreast , Glenfarclas , Connemara , Ichiro , Rosebank , Benriach , Glendronach , Old Pulteney , Dalmore , Glen Garioch , Big Peat , Glenglassaugh , Glenrothes , Maker's Mark , Hibiki , Four Roses , Glencadam , Wemyss , Douglas Laing

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The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2012 took place at October 6th and 7th and although it has been a great experience it has been a short one. With over 450 whiskies to taste and just barely six hours ahead it was impossible to taste them all.

What I couldn’t taste

This post is just a set of photos of what I couldn’t taste. Sorry, people… I can write about this because I get sad… so great stuff that I had to skip… *sniff*

I visited Compass Box stand for saying hi to Chris and I take a few photos with the people on the show.

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TWE Whisky Show 2012 [Part 3]

By Miguel in Tasting , Ardbeg , Bunnahabhain

This post continue from TWE Whisky Show [Part 2]

After almost six hours I have tasted 43 single malt whiskies, some of them transcendentally amazing. Now I had an extra chance of tasting something that I missed on TWE Whisky Show.

Extra day: The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show Trade day

Ok, just waked up for The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show Trade Day [wooa!, that’s long]. I have another nice and expensive breakfast for another whisky day that unfortunately I will not be able to enjoy fully as I have a plane to catch.

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TWE Whisky Show 2012 [Part 2]

By Miguel in St George , Bunnahabhain , Glenfiddich , Bowmore , Bruichladdich , Amrut , Glenfarclas , Ichiro , Rosebank , Talisker , Tobermory , Karuizawa , Douglas Laing , Carsebridge , Paul John

This post continue from TWE Whisky Show [Part 1]

I have just complete the first floor of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show, and after tasting very nice whiskies as Talisker 35, Midleton Rare or several Kavalan Solist. Now I run for the ground floor where more whisky is awaiting me.

Hurry up! Hurry up Miguel! Ok, first floor has the whisky and food pairings, sure, very interesting. Thank you very much sir.

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Going one floor under it. Wooa! Mother of God! So much whiskies and so little time. Only two and a half hours for the show to close. ok! Ok! Don’t panic!.

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TWE Whisky Show 2012 [Part 1]

By Miguel in Featured , Jameson , Glenlivet , Chivas , Johnnie Walker , Cardhu , The Balvenie , Talisker , Kavalan , Brora

Taking place during October, 6th and 7th, The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show is a fantastic, although expensive, experience that you can’t miss if like me you love single malt whiskies.

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Day One

Here I am! In London! For TWE Whisky Show. As Oliver Klimet from Dramming is also going to attend it we plan together a meeting in London for a few beers and nice british pub food at Lord Wargraves. Billy Abbot from The Whisky Exchange also join us.

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Tasting Kraken Black Spiced Rum

By Miguel in Tasting , Kraken

I was walking during my holidays when I saw this very nice bottle on a shop for just 19, around £16, so I thought what the hell, let’s buy it.
And here I am reviewing it for you.

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“Umm! First time I tasted this one I was quite dissapointed but after tasting it again on a copita glass this Kraken shows a really nice side”

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Kraken Black Spiced Rum
70cl / 40% - A dark spiced Caribbean rum introduced to the UK in Spring 2010, Kraken's old-style bottle and superlative packaging seem to earmark it out for greatness, and perhaps it will help some of those many thousands of punters nursing an old-recipe-Sailor-Jerry-sized hole in their hearts.

This dram has a treacle-like color.

Nose (82): more than average. sugar cane, vanilla, citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Palate (87): smooth, oily. sugar cane, brown sugar, nutmeg, candies, coca cola, spices, cinnamon.

Finish (85): longer than average. sugar cane, brown sugar, spices, burnt sugar.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Kraken Black Spiced Rum with 85 points over 100.

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Tasting a lovely Littlemill Burns Malt 21 years old 1990

By Miguel in Tasting , Littlemill

This Littlemill single malt bottled by The Whisky Barrel to celebrate Scotland’s favorite son, Robert Burns.

“Lovely fresh and fruity with a floral nose and lots of spices on palate. Quite an interesting dram to celebrate Scotland's favourite son, Robert Burns”

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Littlemill 21 Year Old Burns Malt
Littlemill 21 Year Old Lowland single malt Scotch whiskey. From a single sherry hogshead cask #35 limited to just 60 bottles. Exclusive to TheWhiskyBarrel.com!

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, fruits, citrus, wood, spices, candies.

Palate (89): dry, powerful, oily. honey, spices, pepper, citrus, floral, spices, anise.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Littlemill 21 Year Old Burns Malt with 90 points over 100.

You can buy this Littlemill Burns Malt 21 years old at The Whisky Barrel.

A huge thanks to The Whisky Barrel for this sample.