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Stories from January, 2014

Yamazaki Puncheon 2013

By Miguel in Tasting , Yamazaki

Yamazaki has released their range of single malts recently and here it is my tasting of the Puncheon bottle. If you, like me, are wondering what the hell is a Puncheon, it is a cask of around 480 litres, double the size of a hogshead but smaller that a butt. That means that the whisky will age slower in this bigger casks.

“Cracking stuff! Assaulted by surprise... it is an amazing whisky even with that price tag”

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Yamazaki Puncheon 2013

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. honey, vanilla, toffee, citrus, cinnamon.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, spices, cinnamon, wood, vanilla, citrus.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Yamazaki Puncheon 2013 with 90 points over 100.

Miguel says…

The whisky is quite nice but I think that the price is a f$%$#@ joke. I can’t afford to pay over £100 for a whisky one month and another… what used to be an exception is nowadays the rule… bad days we live.
PS: It is slightly cheaper on The Whisky Exchange… but still…


FT: Talisker & Four want-to-be Single Malts

By Miguel in Tasting , Cardhu , Talisker

Muahahahah! Talisker and four jokes, I mean whiskies… This tasting doesn’t look interesting at all. In fact the best thing that Diageo could have done with Cardhu would have been close it after all the Pure Malt issue… at least their stock would be more valuable now. And nobody drinking Johnnie Walker would notice the change anyway…

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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!

This one looks like take from a whisky show or something like that… anyway… who cares? Let’s taste them.

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St. George English Whisky Classic Range Review

By Miguel in Tasting , St George

A few days ago I write my review of English Whisky Chapter 13,14 and 15 and today I want to review with you their new additions to the range, their NAS Classic and Peated bottle.

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( Image from http://www.guidscotchdrink.com/)

The idea behind this new range of whisky is,… well… you can read on their page. The point is to join again the wagon of NAS whisky… if Scotland is doing it, why not?! You all know what I think of NAS whiskies ( many of them are just for ripping you off… maybe not now but you will see… ) , but in this case I will do an exception and I will set my prejudices to a side, these whiskies are priced around £30 and they are both quite good ( with very ugly labels! ).

Let’s taste them…

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What the ... does Jameson do there?

By Miguel in Glenlivet , Chivas , Aberlour , Midleton , Random drams

Welcome to my new range of posts, the Fucking Thief!. What are they about? Well, I stealthy run across the social networks and grab photos from whisky lovers to taste their whiskies.

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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!

Well, today we have a bit of mixed feelings, Aberlour and Four Roses with Chivas 18yo and Glenlivet 15yo… and what the fuck… Jameson. Someone drank a bit of here and there before putting these bottles together.

This is how I would taste them…

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Armorik Range of Single Malts Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Armorik

I have had a bottle of Armorik since I started collecting whisky four or five years ago but I never found a moment to open it. I even bought some samples and they are still on the samples’ box for the same reason… #lazyass so when I saw Armorik stand on The Whisky Show 2013 I though it was a pretty decent time to give them a chance.

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I was introduced to the range of Armorik whiskies by their distillery manager, who explained me that they have recently reached an agreement with Gordon & Macphail to distribute their whiskies in UK.

I am not expecting anything awesome… but anyway… let’s taste them

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Is there anything better than Kilchoman?

By Miguel in Tasting , Kilchoman

There are great moments in one person’s life… and tasting Kilchoman is one of these :) #serious

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The Kilchoman stand was strangely empty on The Whisky Show 2013 so I went there to get good whisky with a complete lack of social interaction. They had there the whole range of bottles they placed for sale on 2013 plus a special single cask bottling for The Whisky Show that was for sale short after the show at The Whisky Exchange.

So these were the whiskies I tasted

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Glenfarclas: The Serious stuff

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas, what I can tell you about Glenfarclas that you don’t know. Glenfarclas is a distillery located on the heart of the Speyside that has been run by the same family for six generations by now. Their whiskies don’t have pretty labels, their boxes are not cool, they don’t spend a gazillion pounds on marketing but they do an awesome malt whisky that is pocket friendly even today.

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I am a huge fan of the style Glenfarclas portraits. So when I saw all, and I mean ALL their core range on the Whisky Show I decided that I had to taste all of them ( again ). I am pretty sure that you would love to read about the 10 years old, the 12yo, the 15yo or even the 17yo… but I moved directly to the serious stuff. I remember tasting them when I began drinking whisky and I was astonished by the 25 years old… will it remain true to my memory after these years?

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English Whisky Chapter 13, 14 and 15 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , St George

English Whisky you say? Yep, and it is not the only one but the first of this new wave of world whiskies. St. George distillery is located at Norfolk, England and has been producing whisky since 200(6?). Yet another one jumping in the whisky wagon? Well, so I thought until I tasted it.

My first experience with St. George Whisky was with their peated spirit ( not yet whisky! ) Chapter 4. I did a tasting of several Ardbeg and I wanted to start with something soft and light and Kaboom!. The little Chapter 4 almost eclipse the peat punch of Ardbeg.

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(Photo by Photo: ARCHANT SYNDICATION)

So when I saw Andrew at The Whisky Show 2013 at the English Whisky stand I decided that this year I had to give them a fair chance and not tasting their whiskies right after Karuizawa :) #badluck

By Andrew suggestion I tasted them in the following order…

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Dewar's Signature Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Dewar

I have seen this bottle of Dewar’s Signature a few times and I have been one or two times close to buy it… but it is so expensive. Does it worth the money? Is it a good whisky? Let’s see…

“It is as awesome as light and subtle. Really, I am not fan of blended whiskies but this one is incredible and loyal to the style”

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Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
75cl / 43% - A deluxe blend launched to compete with the likes of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. This has proven extremely popular, and received 95 points from Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, toffee, vanilla, citrus, spices, candies. Respect! There is some very old grain whisky in this bottle.

Palate (90): light, smooth. toffee, citrus, vanilla, spices, wood, cloves, white chocolate.

Finish (90): longer than average. toffee, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky with 90 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

Well, so after the tasting note… this whisky is fantastic. And I am a person that dislike blends because they are quite light. But this whisky is really tasty and although delicate it has a great personality.

Unfortunately the price is in the line of Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Chivas 25 years old. It is a luxury item and you know that you are paying for one.


Girvan Tasting Session WTF

By Miguel in Tasting , Girvan

There is a joke among whisky bloggers that says that many of them ( or us ) just write the reviews to get free whisky. I don’t find it fun because I get almost no free whisky ( and I would love guys! I am here! Send me samples!). But definitively, there are times, when this freedom that paying for your own stuff gives you, is #priceless

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So, imagine. You are on The Whisky Show 2013 you can either go to a Single Grain Whisky tasting ( mysterious ) and spend around one hour there or taste, who knows…, 6-10 drams. Isn’t life full of hard decisions? For a reason I yet don’t understand I attended the Single Grain Whisky Tasting, just to find that it was about Girvan whiskies.

Three whiskies. Nothing on the labels. The guy running the tasting explains how the column still works and show us a bit of the Girvan distillery and then we start tasting…

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