Glenfiddich Experimental Series – IPA Cask Finish

Glenfiddich Experimental Series – IPA Cask Finish

I’ve been skeptical about this whisky for quite a while. I mean, I drink whisky because I want whisky, and I drink beer because I want beer. I don’t really want my whisky to taste of beer and vice versa. But then everyone keeps writing complimentary reviews of this, and it was on offer in the local supermarket, so I bought a bottle. I hope it’s good! Here goes. For those not in the know, this is a whisky that…

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Master of Malt Affiliate

Master of Malt Affiliate

This morning I signed up to be an affiliate for Master of Malt. The great news for you is that you need to do nothing. The great news for me is that if you happen to buy anything from Master of Malt after clicking through any link from my website I will get a small percentage as commission. So in essence, if you buy from Master of Malt, it will help to fund adding more content here as I’ll be…

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Aberlour – A’Bunadh Batch 56

Aberlour – A’Bunadh Batch 56

This is one of those fabled drams I’ve been dying to try for ages. I am, therefore, very indebted to my very good friend Crask for sending me a good sample of this, the 56th batch of the A’Bunadh. A heavily sherried finish on this. It’s bottled at a powerful 61.2%. Nose: As soon as you pour, sherry notes waft through the air. Milk chocolate, raisins, hints of cinnamon, toasted walnuts, freshly cut straw on a hot day, that smell…

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Ben Bracken – Speyside

Ben Bracken – Speyside

There seems to be a real move towards supermarkets producing their own brand scotch at exceedingly low prices (for what you’re apparently getting). Aldi’s 8 year old Highland Black has made it into the latest edition of 101 whiskies to try before you die, and it’s worthy of the spot there in my opinion. This is another example of a whisky coming in at a good price, and promising much. Bottled at 40%, as you’d expect for something at this…

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Eagle Rare – 10 Years Old

Eagle Rare – 10 Years Old

The people have spoken. Well 3 of you have anyway. I recently ran a twitter poll asking people to indicate which whisk(e)y I should mark my return to blogging with. You may have noticed this channel go a little quiet of late, but never fear, I’m still here. The whiskey the people chose, by 2 votes to 1 was this Eagle Rare, 10 year old. Bottled at 45% ABV. Excellent value for money. Nose: Oak, some vanilla, it’s a little…

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Tincup American Whiskey

Tincup American Whiskey

This whiskey has a high proportion of Rye in the mashbill, but is profiled more like a bourbon. It comes with a neat tin cup as a lid, in keeping with the name. It exudes the classic Colorado style you see in the movies about the gold rush. Bottled at 42%ABV. Nose: Vanilla, fresh oak, almonds and a little mint 8/10 Palate: Fairy liquid, rye spice, quite sweet but very drying from the oak. I find the oak quite overpowering….

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Glen Moray – Elgin Classic

Glen Moray – Elgin Classic

I bought a bottle of this malt with the intention of reviewing it properly, having had it in a Tweet Tasting a couple of years ago. It’s lasted a few weeks only and suddenly I was on the last small drop last night so thought I’d best get a review written up. It’s the trouble with Glen Moray: the bottles never last long! Nose: Slight acetone, bananas, a little vanilla, peaches, some hay. Marzipan as it opens out. 8/10 Palate:…

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Mystery Malt – RIP!

Mystery Malt – RIP!

Every now and again something truly delightful comes along to woo us in the whisky world. And every now and again something truly, mind-bogglingly awful comes along to bring balance to the force. This is undoubtedly one of the latter. Thanks to Maltman Mike for posting over this worrying looking bottle of mystery malt for me to get my nose and chops around.  I’ve no idea what it is or where it comes from, all I know is it isn’t very inviting….

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Eden Mill – Art of the Blend

Eden Mill – Art of the Blend

Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the Eden Mill brewery and distillery near St Andrews in Scotland. I went with a friend for a beer tasting and tour. It turned into more than I’d bargained for. We started off with a glass of cold beer and a chat about the history of the site they are on, as well as the history of the brewery/distillery. I won’t repeat it here – you’ll have to go along yourself for…

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UK vs USA Tweet Tasting (Glen Grant, Wild Turkey)

UK vs USA Tweet Tasting (Glen Grant, Wild Turkey)

I’m very late to the party on this one! 22nd March saw Steve Rush of the Whisky Wire host a taste off with Glen Grant and Wild Turkey spirits in the ring. Due to a mix up on dates I was unable to make the night itself, but Steve very kindly sent me through the samples anyway, so here are my thoughts. Round 1 (ding ding) Glen Grant – 10 Years Old This is available for less than £30. Bottled…

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