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  • Peat & Sherry / Peat Cubed Root (Elements of Islay)

    Read More Peat & Sherry is the sherried version of the peated blended malt from Elixir Distillers. Peat Cubed Root is an even more complex version which involves three kinds of spirits. We’ll have three versions today, each exclusive to a local retailer. We start with a Kensington Wine Market exclusive, the darkest sherry bomb. No […]

  • Tomatin 1990 (The Whisky Agency)

    Read More Another release from the Winter 2020 series from The Whisky Agency: Tomatin 1990, after 30 years of ageing in a hogshead. The unofficial name of the series is Keep going, as each label contains a curious, busy character with some kind of briefcase, going up and down but never stopping for obstacles.   […]

  • Lagavulin Offerman Guinness / Teeling Whiskey Cherry Wood / Kornog 2005

    Read More Lagavulin Offerman Edition – Guinness cask finish Lagavulin will soon present a new version of its Lagavulin 11 Years Offerman Edition. Same age as before but this time finished for five months in barrels that previously held Guinness beer at the Open Gate brewery in Baltimore. It will be launched for St Patrick’s Day […]

  • Tomatin 2011 / Miltonduff 2008 / Ledaig 2009 (Double‑V)

    Read More Double-V is the french prononciation of the letter W, referring to Whisky. It is the brainchild of Manu and Bruno, two Belgian whisky lovers who started buying casks a couple of years ago. In July 2020 they released the first three bottles. Contrary to most other start-up bottlers, they don’t go for ready-to-bottle whisky […]

  • Secret Speyside 1973 (Whisky Agency)

    Read More The Whisky Agency has just announced its Winter 2020 releases, probably arriving in stores in the next couple of weeks. As always there are several very interesting bottlings but something we like to try first is the Secret Speyside 1973. These whiskies are now approaching 50 years of age…   Secret Speyside 47 […]

  • Dalwhinnie 30 Years (Special Releases 2020)

    Read More One of the oldest Special Releases 2020 was this Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old, a 1989 vintage drawn from refill hogsheads. Mostly ex-bourbon casks but also ex-sherry. The style of this distillate is slightly peculiar. In 1986 Dalwhinnie switched from worm tubs to shell and tube condensers which create a lighter style. They weren’t […]

  • Jura 1990 (Whisky Sponge)

    Read More Another Jura from Whisky Sponge, don’t mind if we do… This one was distilled in 1990 and matured in a refill hogshead.   Jura 30 yo 1990 (49,7%, Whisky Sponge 2020, refill hogshead, 217 btl.) Nose: wet gravel, chalk and leather, mixed with hay and sunflower oil. Something muddy. Waxed papers and a […]

  • Dailuaine 20 Year Old (Boutique-y Whisky)

    Read More On the label of this Dailuaine 20 Year Old there’s a representation of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide. Two sulphur molecules, one is fine in whisky (for most of us), the other reeks of rotten eggs. I wonder which one can be found in this bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.   Dailuaine […]

  • Secret Orkney 2007 (The Nectar of the Daily Drams)

    Read More Plenty of sherried Highland Park recently: a vast array of official single casks and also a series of Secret Orkney whisky that can only come from the same distillery. Today we’re trying a 2007 vintage bottled by The Nectar of the Daily Drams at the end of December. One of the darkest whiskies […]

  • Tobermory 15 Years – Spanish Oak

    Read More This Tobermory 15 Year – Spanish Oak was part of the rarities collection: six releases with colourful boxes and rather unique maturation. In this case the whisky was matured in ex-bourbon casks and given a second maturation of almost 4 years in Spanish brandy casks. Spanish brandy can go in different directions. Different […]

  • Suntory Announces New Yamazaki & Hibiki Single Malts

    Read More In the first major Japanese whisky news of 2021, Suntory announced that they are launching two brand new expressions in their Yamazaki and Hibiki ranges – The Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021 and the Hibiki Blossom Harmony 2021. Whisky fans the world over will be delighted to know that both of these exciting new […]

  • Ardbeg Traigh Bhan (Batch #2)

    Read More Launched in 2019, the first release of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan was the first age statement whisky added to the list of permanent expressions from Ardbeg distillery in the past two decades. It is meant to be a an annual small batch release – we’ll try the latest 2020 edition, Batch No.2. Pronounced tri […]

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