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Alexander & James: Luxury Whisky at your door

By Miguel in Whisky

A few weeks ago I was asked about Alexander & James, an online shop with a big focus on luxury spirits, and after a few minutes on the website I had a clear idea of what they have there.


Really, don’t go to Alexander & James for a wide range of whiskies or other spirits. They have a limited offering of whiskies, but some of the greatest between them, like you know, Talisker, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Cardhu,…, one gin, one vodka ( who need another vodka anyway ), Zacapa rums and Don Julio Tequila. So, why I am writing about them?

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Ardbog & The Macallan 1824 Collection

By Miguel in Laphroaig , Glenlivet , The Macallan , Whisky , Longmorn


Yay! Lots of interesting stuff this month! Finally grabbed my bottle of Ardbog and completed The Macallan 1824 Collection range of bottles. Also got a old Longmorn 15 years old and the new Talisker Port Ruighe that I plan tasting really soon. Also just I have just got a bottle of Laphroaig QA and a Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask.

So mysterious Alpha was that I forgot the mention it. Not sure that it is worth £100 but a really nice whisky.

What have you got lately? Any interesting dram that you have missed?

Why I hate Johnnie Walker

By Miguel in Featured , Ardbeg , Johnnie Walker , The Macallan , Whisky

Well, hate is a too strong word, so maybe dislike may be better. Umm!… no, hate is fine, pure distilled clear hate. But anyway, let me explain it to you…


As you know I am from Spain, a country that in less than forty years moved from very poor to reasonably rich ( and it looks like back at fullspeed to poor again ) place. So, as in most in-development countries we had an special interest in those kind of luxury products that come from abroad, for example, Rolex watches, Mercedes Benz cars and Scotch whisky.

Fusion TIFF File

So imagine, a country where monthly income moved from £150 to £1500 in less than twenty years… so we were a nice market niche for Scotch Whisky industry, despite the fact that Spanish biggest selling whisky is DYC. So we were invaded with hordes of best whiskies Scotland could produce; Johnnie Walker Red Label, Ballantines, J&B, Cutty Sark, Dewars White Label,… you get an idea of the situation, don’t you?

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How to make whisky matured cheese

By Miguel in Ardbeg , Whisky , Cooking

I am not sure if you have tasted this Islay Whisky matured cheese.

It is a mature cheddar cheese with a delicious taste of whisky. It is expensive but it really worths the money. So far so happy.
The problem arised when my supermarket decided they were not going to stock it anymore (Why?! You have sold it out! Go buy more!). So after a few weeks of investigation and trials and error I got the correct way of doing it myself at home.

So keep reading with me for this unfathomable resource of pleasure.

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Why you won't become rich by investing in Whisky

By Miguel in Featured , Whisky

After my article about why I think it is a bad idea to invest in whisky and after reading an excellent piece of Oliver from Dramming about the same subject, I come back again with a graph about money and time

All the bubbles are denied, so “trust” me, there is no such thing as a whisky bubble, emergent economies will take the drop in sales of countries under recession right now and later a herd of unicorns will appear and mature to perfection any booze the industry can produce at ten gazillion litres per seconds… finally only old Captain McCallister will be able to drink the stuff…

In which point do you think we are right now? Here are my two cents

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The Best 3 Reasons for not Investing in Whisky

By Miguel in Featured , The Macallan , Whisky

In the last five years I have seen a constant increase in whisky prices I am interested in. I remember when a interesting new Ardbeg was only £60 or when a 25 years old Ardbeg Lord of Isles was so expensive at £150…

Many persons are now joining the wagon of whisky investment just for the future ( or immediate sometimes ) reward. So read why I think that this is quite a bad idea if you don’t know what you are doing.

I am a whisky collector, I collect whisky, really. Many friends have told me as an insult that I don’t open bottles. And yes, I don’t usually open them. I collect because I love the way the bottles look and love to see them one after the other, to put my hands on them. There is so little moments better than opening a box full of whisky… well, maybe having a dram of them may be better :)

An open bottle of whisky last several years on my cabinet, so I have an extra problem keeping open bottles at hand.

But I don’t buy whisky as an investment. I haven’t sold a single bottle of my collection nor I will (by now, until my country’s economy finally collapse I am forced to beg on a street corner). The whisky collection profit is an interior growth in knowledge and pleasure.

So, why do I think it is a bad idea to invest in whisky?

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Tasting Nikka Taketsuru 12 years old

By Miguel in Nikka , Whisky

“Fruity nose and a floral dry palate on this Taketsuru 12 years old by Nikka”

Nikka Taketsuru 12 year
A new (to us) blended malt from the Nikka family, Nikka Taketsuru is named after Masataka Taketsuru, who founded the company in 1934.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, fruits, pears, mango, apples, pepper.

Palate (88): dry, oily. honey, floral, citrus, flowers, liquorice, pepper, wood. Very floral and slightly dry towards the end.

Finish (88): average. honey, smoke, citrus.

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

Malt Maniacs Awards 2012 results

By Miguel in Recommended , Whisky

With a few days of delay here they are! Malt Maniacs Awards 2012.

They hold our 10th edition of Malt Maniacs Awards and as they say: “it is with great pleasure we now present to you the results of our labours over the last two months as 10 strictly amateur judges from our collective have tasted, nosed, sampled and re-sampled all the entries and submitted their final scores.

Ten judges, almost two hundred numbered samples, two months, only ten Gold medals.

What I like most of Malt Maniacs Awards is the fact that everything is run blindly. It is really a great way of awarding the best whiskies and forget about the PR. As usual, hurry up if you want to buy any of the awarded whiskies for their original prices ( that’s the downside :( )

So here they are the whiskies awarded…

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