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Flaviar: Whisky Samples At Your Door

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenmorangie , Glengoyne , Old Pulteney , Dalmore , Glen Garioch

You know that much, if not all, of the whisky that I drink for A Wardrobe of Whisky comes from samples. You can’t imagine how hard is to get decent whiskies here in the south of Spain, well.. you can easily get great whiskies like Chivas Regal 12 years old or the all-mighty Johnnie Walker Black Label ( Oh God, Take my live! ). So as you can see most of my experience comes from samples which it is a great way of tasting new malts for a fraction of the price.

It is always good news to welcome a new samples bottler, Flaviar, on the arena. But what Flaviar does different from the rest of players?


Flaviar features a monthly subscription service where you get a pack of five samples with enough whisky for three persons to taste it. The idea of Flaviar is to be an exploration tool, helping beginners in discovering the world of spirits, while for the more experienced spirits lovers it’s a great way of discovering new drinks and keeping their spirit shelves updated without wrong purchases. If I had had such chance when I started drinking whisky… I have now a full wardrobe full of vile whiskies that I don’t dare drink ( yes, you know who am I talking about! )

As well as the pack of five 5ml samples you get also some “experts” insights as well as tasting instructions ( quite useful really for newcomers ) and fun trivia games. One thing quite fun is the fact that each pack is theme like “Schnaps of the Alps”, “There were pirates” or “Whisky’s Big in Japan” and they came in a precious little black box.
Each of the samples is labelled with the spirit inside and its strength ( note to Flaviar: Blind tastings are usually more fun, just an idea ).


My pack was called “Highlanders: There can be only one” and features five Highlands whiskies, some of them tasted some years ago in this blog. So let’s taste the whisky.

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WTF 004: The Older, the Better, right?

By Miguel in Tasting , Kilchoman , North British , Glengoyne , Glenglassaugh , Glenrothes

Hello friends,

Welcome to another blind tasting session with lots of interesting surprises. Three really old whiskies followed by two new whiskies introduced recently. This is exactly the other way round I like to do tastings but surprisingly I was shockingly impressed with the little ones.


So, in case you missed it, WFT Tasting sessions ( like this and this one ) is just a way to force myself into tasting stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise… I love young peated whiskies, mid age sherried monsters and those lovely very old bourbon cask matured whiskies. So I tend to taste more of this stuff and less of other proposal that are quite interesting but go under my radar.

Soooo, worry no more. I just introduced my hand blindly on the samples’ box and grabbed four or five random, and I mean random!, samples of whisky, bourbon, rum, vodka… Life is like a chocolate box, you never know what you are gonna get.

So, the whiskies…

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Glengoyne 12 years old Cask Strength Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glengoyne

“A stunning malty whisky with awesome notes of honey and vanilla and bottled at cask strength. Get one!”

Glengoyne 12 year Cask Strength
Completely unpeated, unusual in the highlands, this Glengoyne is soft, fruity and very quaffable. A fine single malt!

This Glengoyne single malt whisky is bottled at cask strength and has a wonderful sweet malt character.

Definitively this whisky is something you shouldn't miss. If you enjoyed this, you should try this awesome Linkwood bottled by Duncan Taylor

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (92): strong. biscuits, honey, vanilla, citrus, almonds. Incredible malty whisky. Lovely.

Palate (91): light, oily. malt, fruity, honey, wood, vanilla.

Finish (91): long. malt, honey, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glengoyne 12 year Cask Strength with 91 points over 100.

Glengoyne English Merchants Choice Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Glengoyne

“First class Oloroso sherried whisky. Just make sure you like Oloroso :)”

Glengoyne English Merchants' Choice
A stunning sherry matured Glengoyne, selected by a group of England's whisky retailers. The cask was number 2716, a sherry hogshead. There are just 291 bottles of this incredibly dark whisky,

This dram has a old oak-like color.

Nose (92): strong. citrus, nuts, some oloroso, a little vanilla.

Palate (93): powerful. nuts, floral, peaches, wood, spices, rubber, honey, smoke, incense.

Finish (91): very long. nuts, wood, leather.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glengoyne English Merchants' Choice with 92 points over 100.

Glengoyne 10 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Glengoyne
Glengoyne 10 year
One of very few Scottish whiskies to be distilled from unpeated malt - the malt is allowed to dry naturally before fermentation and distillation begin, resulting in an elegant, medium-bodied style.

This dram has a white-like color.

Nose (96): inexistent. sweet, wood, mature fruits like apple and peach, tobacco, sherry, good nose, cocoa. First nosing data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

Palate (88): . sweet, wood, mature fruits, spices, pepper, citrus, a little floral. Bouquet data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

Finish (84): no finish. floral, citrus, wood,a little honey. Finish length is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glengoyne 10 year with 89 points over 100.

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