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Month: January 2017

Whisky Magazine Battle of the Blends – Challenge 2

Whisky Magazine Battle of the Blends – Challenge 2

Following on from last year’s battle, it’s time for the blenders to lock horns again in their epic struggle. Who will be victorious between Neil ‘General Mashtun’ Ridley and George ‘Aegir’ Keeble? Time and tastebuds will tell. Luckily I get to have a say in the matter, as I’ve signed up to be a taster. Below are my tasting notes for each blend, but I won’t be revealing my choice until the final result is published later in the year. Blend…

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Balblair 99

Balblair 99

Big thanks to Vin from No Nonsense Whisky for firing over this sample for me, helping me tick off another 101 whiskies. Bottled at 46%. Nose: Quite oaky and peppery, and then vanilla pushes through. Overall it’s quite leathery with some cinnamon and a sudden hit of granny smith apples. Palate: Spicy as the nose suggests and the granny smith is there in abundance. Cinnamon and salted caramel make their way through in time. Finish: Warm, spicy and lingering. I…

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West Cork Blended Irish Whiskey

West Cork Blended Irish Whiskey

I found this in Dublin airport and had to give it a try. West Cork Distillers is responsible for some nice Irish offerings, I wonder what a blend will be like. This blend of grain and malts has been finished in bourbon casks. Bottled at 40% with colouring added. Nose: Quite a lot of ethanol initially. It’s quite harsh. Eventually there’s vanilla, green apples, and a little oak. Palate: It has that typical irish prickle. It’s quite sweet: sugar sweet….

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Lagavulin – 8 Years Old

Lagavulin – 8 Years Old

This is a limited edition 8 year old Lagavulin to honor the 200th anniversary of the distillery. When you consider that the standard offering is 16 years old, it’s quite a surprise that this hits a similar price point. I guess that’s what a limited release will do. There’s a lot of chatter on sites about it being a disappointment because it’s quite different to the 16 year old. In my opinion though, if you want the 16 year old,…

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Famous Grouse – Smoky Black

Famous Grouse – Smoky Black

This is a rebrand for the Black Grouse which has had some acclaim as a blend. The packaging claims to have Glenturret whisky in the blend, along with a specially selected gamut of others. Yes it’s a cheap blend. Let’s see if you get what you pay for. Bottled at 40% ABV and with colouring added. Nose: Initially foam bananas, vanilla, quite a lot of acetone which evaporates quite quickly. There’s hardly a hint of the promised smoke. The vanilla…

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Buffalo Trace – George T. Stagg 2016

Buffalo Trace – George T. Stagg 2016

I am incredibly lucky to have a small (3cl) sample of this incredibly highly sought after whiskey to try. Huge thanks to Master of Malt for giving me the chance to try it. George T. Stagg is one of a collection of very limited releases from Buffalo Trace called the Antique Collection. It consistently wins awards, having topped Jim Murray’s Bible at times, along with a plethora of other awards. Consequently the releases are incredibly over-subscribed, with bottles selling at…

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Wemyss Malts – Sea Haar Bound

Wemyss Malts – Sea Haar Bound

The lovely folk at Wemyss Malts sent me a care package just before Christmas as a prize for a competition they were running. I’m opening this one first. It sounds delicious. Mind you all the others do too. I fancied something maritime though. Behind the rather enticing name given by Wemyss lies a 17 year old Bunnahabhain single cask that was distilled in 1997 and bottled at 46% ABV back in 2014. It was matured in a hogshead. Haar means…

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