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Stories from May, 2014

Whisky The Manual by Dave Broom Review

By Miguel in Books

Reviewing today another new whisky book, “Whisky The Manual” by Dave Broom. Personally I have high hopes on this book because I really enjoyed Whisky by Dave Broom.


Whisky the Manual is a book about how to drink whiskies: single malt and blended, but not like you may be thinking ( or I was thinking ) but about how to mix them with six different mixers and how the mix works. Dave tasted 102 whiskies with six different mixers each of them and scored the resulting beverage.

It is quite a odd thing that I have been added recently to a facebook group called Whisky Blasphemy were people mix ultra-top-of-the-shelf drams with other stuff to make cocktails. Oh my God, my heart can’t stand the sight of a Laphroaig 30 years old mixed with vermouth. #thereisnogod #mayyourwhiskyturntintowater.

So to start the book, that it is a interesting blasphemous reading, Dave debunks ( try to, I mean ) six whisky myths. Particularly there are three that I am not so sure… Myth #3 “Whisky should be drink neat”, and then he explain how much people have rejected whisky because of that fire it creates on your mouth. On my case I really love cask strength whisky because that fiery sensations that create inside you. I wouldn’t dilute for any reason and personally I don’t care all that bullshit about adding water ( to dilute it to 20% ABV ) to release aromas. No.

Another one that made me laught was #5 Single Malts are better than blends. Well… I am from Spain, the land of DYC, the county of Johnnie Walker, the kingdom of Cardhu. Here in Spain you can only find blends and eventually a few Cardhu 12 years old, lately you can easily spot Macallan and sometimes, if lucky, a Lagavulin. So my experience with whiskies was mostly with blended whiskies like Johnnie Walker Red ( or the “luxury” Black edition. By the way, read why I can’t stand Johnnie Walker ) or Chivas Regal. And I didn’t like them. God bless the day I tasted my first single malt, a Macallan Elegancia. It started all this. So yes, Single Malts are better than most blended whiskies because usually more care is placed on the final product. Of course there are blended whiskies that are fantastic like anything Compass Box does or Royal Salute 21 years old or Hibiki… but I feel they are more an exception than a rule.

And the final myth #6 “Scotland does the best whisky”. I here agree with Dave but really I don’t think that even the SNP believe this. There are whiskies in Japan that make Scotch whiten and I really love the style that comes from Asia: India and Taiwan are creating awesome stuff.( Anyway, if I had to choose only one, I would die drinking Lagavulin 16 years old. )

Well, the book continues the with the History of Whisky where Dave proposes a few different points of view on whisky history. Then he explains how the whisky is made and where the main ingredients came from: grains, water, peat, yeast, stills and oak. It is worth reading definitively.

And now comes the blasphemous part: He present the six mixers that he is going to use. Water, Soda, Ginger Ale, Coca Cola, Green Tea and Coconut water ( OMG! ). I save you the pain that suppose reading whisky after whisky with all the mixing results. Anyway, there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel… he scored as no mix several whiskies like A’bunnadh, Royal Salute 21 years old or Macallan 18 years old. #hope

Finally the book has a very interesting Cocktails recipes that are really worth trying. I am more of Tequila for cocktails but I have developed a certain love for Manhattan lately. I have to try it with a decent whisky any day…

If you need help mixing your whiskies this book is definitively for you. If, on the other hand, you drink whisky neat ( Aye! Arrghh! Yes! ) then this book propouses a blasphemous point of view with a interesting cocktails section. That’s my two cents… sorry I have to go. I am collecting wood to burn Dave Broom. #Blasphemy

Glencadam 22 years old The Rare Casks

By Miguel in Tasting , Glencadam

A few days ago I received a sample of this fourth addition to the Rare Casks range of whiskies by Abbey Whisky.

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So as I was a huge fan of their Bunnahabhain and their Caperdonich I hurried myself into tasting this whisky…

“Fantastic whisky with a good nose that turns into a great taste after the first sip. Great addition to The Rare Casks range”

Glencadam 22 years old The Rare Casks

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, vanilla, spices, toffee, citrus, wine, cream.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, spices, vanilla, cherry, wood, cinnamon, apples.

Finish (92): longer than average. honey, spices, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glencadam 22 years old The Rare Casks with 92 points over 100.

Miguel says…

At first it is nice with toffee and wine notes but then after the first sip it turns in a fantastic whisky. Pretty much in love with it… as much as the Glendronach I got from them.

The Reference Series: Learn about whisky drinking it

By Miguel in Tasting , Master of Malt

When you start drinking whisky two things can happen: that you decide to mix it with everything at hand or that you decide to enjoy the spirit as it is. The second path usually makes you want to learn more and more about it.


So here comes Maverick Drinks at the rescue with a very educational and interesting proposal: a range of whiskies that allow you compare and contrast different production techniques and ingredients. Have you ever wondered how a whisky differs after Chill-filtration, Met Karamel? Well… now it may be your chance to learn and grow.

A few weeks ago I received a set of samples for the initial launch. They are three blended whiskies with different proportions of aged whisky. The whiskies are made with three ingredients A – young blended malt, B – complex and spicy blended malt, C – old single malt and D – very old single malt.

So let’s taste them

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Bowmore Whiskies and Montezuma's Chocolates: Perfect Match

By Miguel in Tasting , Bowmore

Is there anything more exciting than getting whisky or chocolate on your mail? Yes! You are right, getting whisky AND chocolate on your mail?

Today I review two Bowmore, the new Small Batch aged in bourbon casks and the 15 years old Darkest and I will pair them too with two new Chocolates from British Chocolatier Montezuma’s: Bowmore Small Batch and Darkest.

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So, what are we waiting…

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Japanase whiskies #FT

By Miguel in Tasting , Yoichi , Yamazaki , Miyagikyo

Japanese whisky is something that makes you wonder why you didn’t discovered it before… they are damn good whiskies, they are all you want from a single malt and much as their Scotch cousins they are increasing their prices quite fast. Here we have a Yamazaki 18 years old, Hibiki 12 years old, Miyagikyo 10 years old, Yoichi 12 years old and Yamazaki 12 years old.


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!

Let’s review them, but let me do the tasting in a different order.

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