Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Glen Scotia Sherry Double Cask

Glen Scotia's Double Cask has been around for a number of years - an ex-bourbon matured whisky finished for up to 12 months in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks offering rich spicy fruits, overlaid with the characteristic sea spray and oak spice typical of Glen Scotia.

Alongside this year's Tawny Port Limited Edition Glen Scotia have released a second Double Cask, this time though it's a batch strength Limited Edition.....

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Side by side : Loch Lomond Core Range 12yos

As you know I'm a bit of a fanboy when it comes to @LochLomondMalts distillery, it comes top in the list of distilleries I've tried the most drams from! 

They have recently launched a new packaging range so I thought I'd take some time to try the three 'new' 12 year olds central to the core range.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

The Whisky Cellar @TweetTastings

@whisky_cellar chose @TheWhiskyWire to launch their new range with a @TweetTastings - those who were successful received a lovely package through the post.

Five bottles from the new 10 bottle range along with a branded notebook and @MiaWoodCrafts cask pen were included - let's see what the drams were like!

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Lakes Distillery WhiskyMaker's Editions - Colheita

If you've been following my blog over the last 12 months or so you'll have seen my complete turn-around in respect for the @LakesDistillery The release of their three WhiskyMaker's Reserves showing what they can really do without resorting to blending with imported Scotch.

Now along comes the start of a new series - WhiskyMaker's Editions - what are they all about?

Monday, 21 September 2020

Tomintoul Mystery Drams

 "You've got to be in it to win it" is a common shout when talking about competitions and in this case I was and I did! I added my name into the hat for a Tomintoul Mystery Dram Tasting and won!

So a couple of days later a parcel arrived containing 3 mystery drams....

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Mackmyra Seasonal Releases - Jaktlycka

Well known Swedish distillery @Mackmyra release two annual 'seasonal' whiskies usually featuring innovative seasonal characteristics focusing on unusual finishes often reflecting the prevailing season.

I've tried a number of them including Gront Te, Äppelblom, Blomstertid and Vintersol, this season's release is the completely unpronounceable Jaktlycka, let's see what it's like...

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Pour & Sip

Pour & Sip is the name of a new whisky tasting subscription club from Master Of Malt. Using the 30ml bottles from Drinks by the Dram packs they'll send out 5 samples for you to try at home.

Let's see what it's all about!

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Batches : Kilkerran Heavily Peated

Distilleries often release whisky in batches, the same name but subtly different recipes, ABVs, maturation periods etc. In this new, occasional series, I'm going to review a number of different Batches in my Side-by-side format to see if I can detect any differences, does each batch get better or are they to all intents and purposes the same?

This time I'll be reviewing batches #1 to #3 of Heavily Peated from @Kilkerran2004 distillery, what differences are there?

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Blind Tasting Consortium

 You may have followed one of my #BlindTasting or #MiniTasting sessions over the last few years - a group of friends who swap samples and try to discover what they are - sharing their thoughts on Twitter. 

The Blind Tasting Consortium is the logical next step in expanding our #BlindTasting group, we've always struggled to think of a way of expanding it and this seems like a good way of doing it.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Side by side : Redbreast

Redbreast is one of the most iconic Irish Pot Still whiskey brands, it's now owned by Irish Distillers and distilled in Midleton.

Redbreast Rebrands Core Range - Potstilled

In this blog I'm trying 4 of the range - 12yo, 12yo CS, 21yo and 27yo!