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Bowmore Black Rock ~2014 vs Bowmore White Sands 17 yo ~2014

I feel like I have written a lot about Bowmore already. And nowadays one doesn’t even need to do a cursory introduction on this most illustrious of names. Some of … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glen Grant 40yo 1973 Samaroli #6588 vs Glen Grant 31 yo 1970 #1025 Samaroli

Those contemplating a visit to Speyside should certainly factor in a visit to Glen Grant. The grounds are large and carefully laid out with a horticulturalist’s zeal. There is a … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Irish Whiskey: Knappogue Castle 1995 vs Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood Batch 1, Tree 9

Knappogue Castle 1995 40%  This is a label that has been used to bottle various unnamed Irish distilleries of various vintages, but this 1995 is known to be a Bushmills. … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Royal Brackla 33 yo 1976 #6920 Mackillop’s Choice vs Royal Brackla 30 yo 1984/2015 Cadenhead

Like Royal Lochnagar and Glenury Royal, Brackla has a story on how it got its Royal prefix. No, you cannot use ‘Royal’ as your given name in the UK, this … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Butler October 2016 Box: Omar and Kavalan

Right so it’s November and I am late with this one… This October Box features whiskies from Taiwanese distilleries Nantou and Kavalan. Kavalan we know, but Omar whisky, disitlled at … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 25 yo 1969/1994 Centenary vs Longmorn 20 yo 1964/1985 Intertrade

Longmorn befuddles me. The modern stuff seems so unyielding and passive-aggressive, but the old stuff is so expressively rich and luxurious. Is it just a question of time, whether spent … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ardbeg 21 yo 1992 #10065 Old Particular vs Ardbeg 23 yo 1991 #10274 Directors’ Cut

New Ardbegs at 20+ years exists but are fairly uncommon. And now that news on the new official 21 yo has done the media circuit, seems like a great time … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Aberlour 12 yo vs Aberlour 16 yo vs Aberlour 18 yo

Don’t really see a lot of Aberlour around, and if it is Single Malt, it’s usually one of the A’bunadhs. It may be because Pernod doesn’t really market their Single … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Classic of Islay (Lagavulin) #1964 vs Lagavulin 7 yo Jack Wieber vs Lagavulin 12 yo 2015 annual release

So I had done this over the weekend, figuring to put it aside as I just posted on the utterly bespoke Boyao Zhao, and really .. how many mad people … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Glendronach 39 yo 1971 oloroso sherry butt #489 vs Glenfarclas 21 yo 1980 Imported by Filliers Graanstokerij

Sherry vs sherry, or..  Just because it’s sherried doesn’t mean it’s the same. Glendronach 39 yo 1971/2010 oloroso sherry butt #489 Batch 2 48.8%  Nose: Glorious. Perfect thick old time … Continue reading

October 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lagavulin 23 yo 1992/2016 ‘Selected by Boyao Zhao’ #5745 vs Lagavulin Feis Ile 1991/2015

So no waffling about. Everyone who tunes in onto whisky news knows how big a deal it is to have a cask of Lagavulin issued for you. Or a new issue … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 18 yo 1996/2014 Hunter Laing #10854 vs Highland Park 25 yo 1988 Signatory #746 vs Highland Park 24 yo 1988/2012 Mackillop’s Choice #716

Needs no introduction. Everybody knows Highland Park but go to a BYOB tasting or event and you won’t often find one – everyone’s got their other first choice. Not sure … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Butler’s September 2016 Box

Irish 14 yo 2001 Maltbarn 48.3%  Nose: Hints of banana, sour kiwis and green mangos. Somewhat dusty too, and brown paper. Fruit comes back in the form of jelly gummies. … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 1991/2015 Gordon & Macphail #2775 2776 2780 vs Kininvie Batch 2 23 yo 1990

So I don’t have a lot of Bruichladdich – I just happened to have had a few heavily wine finished ones early one and never looked back. Which is a … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Springbank 10 yo 100 prood (70s) vs Springbank 1998 Malts of Scotland #15038 vs Springbank 2004Malts of Scotland #15039 vs Springbank Green 13 yo

Springbank doesn’t seem to be a whisky that people fall in love with first. I understand why because it is not an easy whisky, peatheads are just born peaty, everyone … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Benriach 11 yo 1994/2005 peated #805 vs Benriach 28 yo 1984/2013 peated PX cask for ‘Independent Spirit’ #1050

More Benriach, a rather good whisky that ought to be drunk more than it is, especially the single casks editions. Benriach 11 yo 1994/2005 peated #805 46%  Nose: Peated malt bins, … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brora 3rd Edition 2004 vs Brora 22 yo 1972 Rare Malts vs Clynelish 12 yo Ainslie & Heilbron Edward & Edward

I don’t think an introduction is needed. This is Clynelish – until 1968 when it closed in favour of the new distillery, a modernized copy of the older, opened under … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Yoichi “Yoichi” NAS 45% vs Yoichi 10 45%

I was in Hokkaido holidaying recently, and saw an opportunity to visit the Yoichi distillery. The place is massive. I knew it was big but I was not prepared for … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 17 yo 1995 Signatory #12796 vs Clynelish 18 yo 1996/2015 Whiskybroker #11448 vs Clynelish 17 yo 1997/2015 Lady of the Glen #12363

Some 90s Clynelish. The vintages you commonly see are 1995, 1996 and especially 1997, so in a vertical: Clynelish 17 yo 1995/2012 Signatory #12796 ‘Ibisco Decanter’ 43%  Nose: Classic! Starts with … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 15 yo 1997 Director’s Cut vs Laphroaig 25 yo 1986 Old & Rare Douglas laing vs Laphroaig 25 yo 1990/2015 ‘The Oceans’ for Whisk-e Japan #5940

Laphroaig head to head, plus a special one on the fly: Some older Laphroaigs available today, which is always fun as heavy peaters at good age trade monstrous peat for elegance … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Miltonduff 10 yo Gordon & Macphail vs Miltonduff 7 yo 2006/2014 Krugers No. 12

Since I had some Mosstowie the last session it seems only right that I should round it off with some regular  Miltonduff. Since there are virtually no official releases this … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mosstowie 34 yo 1979/2013 Signatory #1305 vs Glenury Royal 36 yo 1970/2006

Two old one, both gone but for different reasons. Mosstowie is Miltonduff distilled in its Lomond stills – that’s a pot still base matched with a columnar neck in which three … Continue reading

July 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Port Ellen 30 yo 1982 Fasszination Vom Fass vs Port Ellen 24 yo 1978 2nd Annual Release

Reopned in 1967, closed for good in 1983. This short period saw a number of important changes: When it reopened in ’67 it had been expanded to 4 stills heated by … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rum: Rhum St. Andrew’s, Branca vs Uitvlugt 16 yo 1998 #35 Duncan Taylor

Rum night: 2 rather obscure bottles, the first due to time, the second because it is from an ‘open’ closed rum distillery in Guyana. Rhum St. Andrew’s, Branca, 45% ~circa … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dalmore 26 yo 1986 #3101 Montgomerie’s vs Glenmorangie Lasanta. Also, Ballantine’s 30 circa 80s

Two highland neighbours nary half an hours drive apart. Both are players in the superpremium price range, both utilize sherry maturation heavily – in the case of Dalmore, sherry maturation … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Benriach 16 yo vs Benriach 20 yo

Benriach is one of those distilleries you might see a date of founding (1898) but virtually no bottles till the early 70s. Once upon a time, it was dreamed Benriach … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Butler June 2016 Box – Samaroli quartet

The Butler has chosen four expressions from Samaroli for this next round. Samaroli is of course the very storied independent bottler from Italy (in fact there are a number of … Continue reading

July 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Agency Speyside Region 43yo 1973 vs Avonside 100 proof James Gordon

A lot of undisclosed malts being released of late. This one comes highly recommended, fortunately I have a sample of another young one from the 70s for purposes of comparison. … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Arran 14yo vs Arran The Bothy Batch 1

The Isle of Arran distillery is new. Production started in 1995 so the oldest there is anywhere will be from that vintage – though there is likely to be little … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 26yo 1968 Hart Brothers 43%

It’ll be a single bottle night. But what a bottle. A number of distilleries have non-regular distillation regimes. Laphroaig, with it’s 7 stills, also does something different, but here it … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Butler June 2016 Box: Bowmore Box. 15yo Darkest vs Tempest Batch 5 vs 24yo Carn Mor #616 vs Devil’s Cask III

Is there really a need to introduce Bowmore? Big name, major reputation, one of the oldest distilleries still producing.. and now owned by Suntory. I think that’s a good thing … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Ardbeg 1975 43% vs Ardbeg 1972/2001 First Bottling Silver Seal 43%

This session proved to be a bit of a surprise. I had chosen these 2 because they were both pre-77 distillate, and produced during the period of semi joint ownership … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 18yo Sestante 57% Sherrywood (circa 1978) vs Caol Ila 14yo Sestante for Novocento 64.3% (1978)

This is whisky from a closed distillery. No, Caol Ila is very much open for business. But this Caol Ila was distilled at the old distillery before it’s 1972 complete … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glendronach 18yo Allardice vs Glendronach 21yo Parliament

By now the news is long out, and apologies, if this was a news blog it’ll be a disaster. Billy Walker and partners have sold Benriach Distillery Company, and with … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Benriach 25yo Authenticus Peated vs Ardmore 19yo 1992/2011 Single Malts of Scotland

Right so these are 2 non-Islay, non-island but peated whiskies. Generally we know that certain scents and flavours are attributable to the kind of peat. Islay peat is island peat, … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Macallan 2002 Speymalt G&M vs Macallan 19yo 1987 Premiers Choice vs Macallan 26yo 1966

Well I am a few minutes late. This is meant for 4th May oh well…  I’ll start regular but end with something special today, because it is quite a special … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Butler May Box – Cadenhead set: Glen Garioch vs Clynelish vs Glen Grant vs Mortlach

This May box contains 4 Cadenhead Small Batch whiskies. This range is garnering something of a reputation as showing consistently excellent releases, and now writing this introduction having done the … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Clynelish: 1982/2011 28yo Silver Seal 30th Anniversary vs 18yo 1984/2003 Silver Seal

Something of a special weekend, good and bad in parts. And so in selecting what to taste, I find myself drawn back to the 80s. This Clynelish distillery is itself … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glen Scotia 1991/2006 MacPhail’s Collection vs 21yo 1991 Duncan Taylor #710394 vs Kilkerran WIP6 Bourbon wood

I feel a little sorry for Glen Scotia. While neighbour Springbank is beloved by many, hoarded by more, and has a long check list of legendary issues that anyone serious … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 32yo 2015 vs Lagavulin 37yo 1976/2013

It’s great that Laphroaig has enough old stock to be able to issue specials like this <fairly> recent 32 year old. We will just have to accept the pricing that … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Benromach 10yo 100 proof vs 21yo vs 35yo

Funny how some distilleries have always been owned by the same owner, and others seem to live the cycle of death and rebirth. Benromach is one such resuscitated distillery that … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whisky Butler April 2016 Box – including very special Glenfiddich

New month rolls round and a new Whisky Butler box is set to go out. This one represents a real opportunity because 2 of the whiskies sampled here are from … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lochside 1981 Gordon & Macphail RO/15/07 vs Littlemill 24 yo 1990/2015 Cadenhead Small Batch 53.7%

This session is for lost and gone fruity malts that show maybe less fruit but allow more individual characteristics to surface. Lochside 1981 Gordon & Macphail Rare & Old RO/15/07 … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 51% vs Laphroaig 15yo 1998/2013 Signatory for The Whisky Exchange 60.8%

It is International Whisky Day 27th March, the one and only  genuine whisky day because it was not birthed from the grey goo of commercial intent mixed with a less … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Springbank 15yo ~2005/7 vs Springbank 16yo 1999/2015 Local barley

Springbank has had so many variations in its core range, I find it extremely difficult remembering which were the earlier labels and what their production years were. For instance this … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Paul John Classic vs Peated and Ardmore for Whiskyonline 1993/2015 #5750

Amrut is the name most think of when you say Indian Single Malt, but there’s another distilled at John Distilleries’ Goa plant called Paul John.  The parent company has been around … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

Bowmore Jug 1955 vs Samaroli Bouquet 1966

End of the week and feeling like something absolutely first-rate? It’s a no-brainer then, back to Bowmore we go. The way I do this blog seemed great at the beginning: … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Whiskybutler March 2016 box – Nikka Date, Ichiro’s Malt Double Distilleries, Hakushu 18, Nikka Taketsuru 21

Whiskybutler’s March box comes with a Japanese theme, with 2 Nikka blends – one on the younger fresher end, the other a grandpa for blends. Also a Suntory Hakushu and … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Karuizawa 1984 #3663 vs Kavalan Fino Solist #SO60814013

Karuizawa I feel saying Karuizawa can be really good is like preaching to the choir. Well. It can. But it can also be overwoody and overly ‘sulphurous’. Of course many … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 18yo ~2015 vs Cairdeas Origin 51.2%

Two maybe, just maybe, slightly less intense Laphroaigs. We know the rule of thumb that the more time a peated whisky spends in the cask the less peated it will … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment
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