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Whisky Tasting Session 2012-08

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Caol Ila , Bunnahabhain , Bowmore , Tomatin , Glen Keith , Longmorn

This Whisky Tasting Session was the last event of the 2012.

In case you missed previous tasting sessions, WTS are a blind tasting of six whiskies chosen by Jean Marie of Whisky-distilleries.info. Our task consists on tasting them, rating and find the right price range of the bottle.

I have been a bit stressed so I decided to do the tasting in a short break that I had and send Jean Marie the results as soon as possible. I have learn two things:
a) Don’t taste on a rush.
b) Don’t trust my skills to guess age of a dram.

Jean Marie placed on this tasting some awesome and incredible bottles some of them over 30 years old. So now that I know what I was tasting I will take a bit of time to retaste them and check if the score or the tasting note departs for the previous blind tasting.
It would be a huge dissapointment if they do, as I do my best not to score the distillery, the color, the price or the bottle but the whisky for itself. I will keep you updated.

The tasting was interesting but nothing close to sensational, but after filling the tasting notes I realized that I have tasted some very special whiskies: a 38 years old Bunnahabhain, a 35 years old Bunnahabhain and a more than 30 years old Caol Ila.

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Master of Malt Single Cask: Whiskies dram-arathon!

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Arran , Bunnahabhain , Master of Malt , Tobermory , Springbank , Clynelish , Auchentoshan , Tormore , Braes of Glenlivet

As I was writing you yesterday, whisky fairy knocked my door with a box ( well, two in fact ) full of whisky samples of Master of Malt’s Single Cask Whiskies.

Apart of three very interesting That Boutique-y whiskies, the box had eleven samples of the new bottling, that if you know them are stunning most of times… just thinking of this Bowmore, this Glenturret or … ejem… well… to the point, about these eleven single cask whiskies.

Kids! Don’t do this at home! Eleven drams, one evening. Let’s find the best one.

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Tasting an awesome Bunnahabhain 40 years old

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

“Mindblowing subtlely good! This is bottled perfection. I need this”

Bunnahabhain 40 year
A long awaited 40 year old whisky from Bunnahabhain, a bit hit at The Whisky Show 2012.

It's limited to just 750 hand numbered bottles and features an intricately designed label showing off the history of the distillery that's signed by the illustrator. The tube is made from heavy wood and features a hidden compartment in the bottom...

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (94): more than average. floral, lavender, honey, cinnamon, candies.

Palate (93): dry, powerful, oily. floral, honey, pepper, wood, candies. Marvelous! One of the best old whiskies I have ever had.

Finish (93): longer than average. honey, floral, flowers.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 40 year with 93 points over 100.

Bunnahabhain 25 years old: Tasting perfection

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

I tasted this Single Malt whisky from Bunnahabhain The Whisky Show 2012 in London just after tasting a nice 18 years old sherry monster and close before tasting the amazing new Bunnahabhain 40 years old.

“Marvelous! One of the best Bunnahabhain single malts I have had”

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old
Bunnahabhain 25 year old is delivered in the smoked oak glass bottle but its labelling is on aged parchment and it finds its bed in an Alder wooden box lined with Hessian and closed with solid brass fittings.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (92): more than average. honey, smoke, citrus, floral, spices, vanilla.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, peat, fruity, citrus, salt, wood, cinnamon.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old with 92 points over 100.

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Tasting Bunnahabhain 1991 20 years old Director's Cut

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

“A nice Bunnahabhain but doesn't taste like 20 years old”

Bunnahabhain 1991 / 20 Year Old / Directors' Cut Islay Whisky Douglas Laing
A 20 year old single cask Bunnahabhain bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their shiny Directors' Cut range. Distilled in December 1991 and bottled in December 2011 after sitting in a refill hogshead.

This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. peat, honey, citrus.

Palate (89): powerful, oily. peat, honey, citrus, fruits, wood, spices, liquorice, coffee.

Finish (88): longer than average. peat, pepper, liquorice.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 1991 / 20 Year Old / Directors' Cut Islay Whisky Douglas Laing with 88 points over 100.

Bunnahabhain: Tasting the softest Islay whiskies at 12, 18, 25 and 40 years old

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain is the most subtle whisky of Islay, with is unpeated malt it really departs from the peated consensus that rules the island. But don’t let this turn you down. Bunnahabhain single malts are among the best I have had and at the The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show I had a chance of tasting some very exclusive ones.

As I was in a real hurry that day, I have now added at home a few Bunnahabhain whiskies more that I really wanted to taste but I wasn’t able.

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Berry Bros Tweet Tasting: Perhaps best tasting of the year

By Miguel in Featured , Bunnahabhain , Isle of Jura , North of Scotland , Littlemill , Berry Bros

Incredible evening with Berrys Bros & Rudd Whisky, Steve Rush and the rest of the amazing panel of tasters with @OliverKlimet, @cowfish, @BBRrob, @weheartwhisky, @EdinburghWhisky and @themisswhsiky between others under the #BerrysWhisky hashtag. (By the way, follow me @whiskywardrobe if you aren’t already :) )


This tasting has been quite an odyssey for me. The parcel was supposed to arrive home at beginnings of the week and it was Wednesday and it still haven’t arrived yet. I was starting thinking that I may miss the most incredible Tweet Tasting of the year so far.

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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

This post continue from TWE Whisky Show [Part 3]

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.


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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