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Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Chivas Regal 21 yo Royal Salute

This is an old blend, Chivas launched this in 1953 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The constituent malts are not known, except for the heart malt which is … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Teaninch 30yo 1975/2006 Dewar Rattray Cask Collection cask 9419

Teaninich distillery is located in Alness, making it another Eastern Highlander. Built in 1817, the original 4 still distillery chugged along till 1970, when a new distillery with 6 stills … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glenugie 29yo 1977 Part des Anges ‘Closed Distilleries’ cask PDA 360

Glenugie. How rare! Glenugie was located in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, putting it in the Highlands category. It was the most easterly distillery, today that title has moved 20 miles inland to … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arran 12 yo Cask Strength

It’s a strange time of the year. Decidedly undecided between 2 great big holidays, it’s a bit of a no man’s land between working off Christmas’ inertia plus related excesses, … Continue reading

January 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flavour wheels across beverages

First off, there’s really nothing I can do to top the research and study that went into this fantastic blog on flavour wheels. Besides whisky, I also enjoy fine teas … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 12 yo OB

Caol Ila is a huge distillery, at 6 stills and 3.75 million litres of newmake a year. Most would know it as the blending beast feeding Diageo’s blends, but did … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Scoring System

When I decided to start Whiskyrific, I believed that tasting notes and descriptors were sufficient to convey my interpretation of a whisky’s quality (and how much I liked it). I … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

St. Magdalene 26 yo 1982/2009 Chieftain’s cask 2219

St. Magdalene otherwise interchangeably known as Linlithgow, because it was located in the town of Linlithgow, but specifically on the grounds of the former St. Magdalene hospital for lepers. Here … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dailuaine 2002/2013, Gordon & Macphail, cask 7068

Here’s a distillery whose output goes primarily into blends – if you’ve had a Johnnie Walker, you’ve had Dailuaine. In terms of pure production capacity, Dailuaine is big. Churning out … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Johnnie Walker Double Black

How ’bout a blend. as any person serious about whisky knows, Single Malts are not always better than blends – though I myself would rather be drinking a cheap cheap … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Barrel finishing at home

A while ago I made a post on the DramFull Facebook group on some data I found on the Islay distilleries, that can be found here. A shorter while ago … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Old Pulteney 17yo

One of the most strangely shaped bottles around, said to resemble the shape of the stills:   Nose: Orange peel and beeswax. Wood polish. Mentholated, then sea water and fruit … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glenglassaugh 33yo, 1979

If a distillery could have a run of bad luck, Glenglassaugh certainly qualifies. Built 1875, but nearly silent between 1908 and 1960, and again after 1986. Purchased from the Edrington … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Perfumery vs Whisky

I wonder if some lesson can be gleaned from the method of olfactory analysis used by the perfume industry. After all perfume is 70-80% methanol, whisky is 40-60ish% ethanol. Ahem, … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

PE5 ‘Elements of Islay’

Elements of Islay is a range by Specialty Drinks, the indie bottle line of Whisky Exchange*. Whether a result of marketing or contractual limitations, no distillery name is printed. Instead … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glendronach 12 vs Glenfarclas 15

Alright, so it’s not a fair fight. The Glenfarclas has 3 years over the Glendronach, but while the Glendronach is matured ‘in a combination’ of PX and olorosso sherry casks, … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glendronach Cask Strength ‘Batch 1’

Yum Glendronach.. bound to be good.   Nose: Dusty cocoa powder, moist raisins, treacle, candied ginger. With water, more perfumed and floral. So much more than I can tell. Hey, grape … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pappy Van Winkle 20yo ‘Family Reserve’

Had a Japanese in an earlier posting, why not a bourbon tonight, lest this blog appears overly scotch-biased. Crowds of people queuing outisde Macallan for the Easter Elchies bottling? Meh, … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 15 yo ‘Links’ series, Birkdale, England

A smokeless whisky from Islay? Yup. Those familiar with Bruichladdich would know the story of it’s convalescence and revival, and the stock of old whisky ‘rescued’ by wood finishing in … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nikka Taketsuru 21 ‘Pure Malt’

Nikka Taketsuru 21 yo ‘Pure Malt’ Time for a Japanese treat. I don’t drink enough Japanese, but the quality is almost always great. Note for the nerds – Pure Malt … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brora 1981 23 yo ‘Unfiltered’ by La Maison Du Whisky cask no. 05/593

THE original Clynelish, till 1968 when an expansion next-door was completed. This new distillery became the Clynelish we know today, and the old distillery became known as Brora. Interestingly the … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Balmenach 1988, 25 yo, Signatory Vintage

This is bottled for the Whisky Exchange, cask no. 1132, which yielded 187 bottles. That’s 130.9 out of 250 litres after 25 years, slightly over half full. Angels were thirsty … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Peat

Peat, we hear about it all the time. Often used to describe whiskies with either an effusive joy that stems from true love, sprinkled with terms like ‘ppm’, ‘heavy’, ‘medicinal’, … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment
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