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If you read my account of the launch of Kingsbarns’ inaugural bottling, Dream to Dram, earlier in the year, you may have come across the term ‘STR cask’. If not, let me explain. A brainchild of the late Dr. Jim Swan, ‘STR’ stands for Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred, which is exactly the process that a [...]
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First Glenrothes, and now Balblair. Until recently, both distilleries released their whisky with the vintage and bottling year emblazoned on the label, which was pretty cool if you were after your birth year or such like, but I imagine it was a real pain in the ass for the brand in terms of managing stock, [...]
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One of my absolute stand out whiskies of last year was Redbreast Dream Cask 32 year old. This magnificent single Pot Still Irish Whiskey completely blew me away, and having spoken to several others who have had the privilege of tasting it, I know I’m not alone in my praise. It was launched on World [...]
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I have something rather special on the blog today – a 26 year old Glenmorangie which has been released as the latest expression in the distillery’s Bond House No. 1 Collection. This latest expression brings together two parcels of stock laid down in 1991, with some whisky being finished in oloroso sherry casks and some [...]
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A double whammy from Tamdhu today, as we taste our way through their new 15 year old and the latest release of their Batch Strength – their NAS, cask strength offering. I’ve had the privilege (along with The Drinks Lady) of being shown around the warehouses at Tamdhu, and spending a fair amount of time [...]
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Following a two year period of closure for essential maintenance and renovations, Tobermory has now reopened with a bang. After the release of a 2005 Fino Cask Finish, and a couple of limited edition Ledaigs last year, the distillery’s flagship expression has been launched; a 12 year old whisky matured entirely in ex-bourbon casks and [...]
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Its been a busy few weeks at EWB, hosting tastings and events, attending dinners and product launches, and generally having a good ol’ time of it. However, it has meant that I’ve been lacking somewhat in keeping up with new releases. Not that I’m complaining whatsoever, but it’s about time I got back up to [...]
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Spring has now most definitely sprung, and in terms of the whisky calendar that usually means one thing; the annual release of Kilchoman’s Loch Gorm expression. With the Loch Gorm recipe evolving over the years, the 2019 release contains 12 and 13 year old whisky for the first time. Twenty oloroso sherry butts from 2006, [...]
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Benromach, in my opinion one of Speyside’s most well hidden gems, has recently released its first peated whisky matured exclusively in first fill sherry hogsheads. It was only launched just over a fortnight ago and already a lot of retailers have sold out of it. Pretty good going when you consider there’s 6,500 bottles to [...]
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A couple of months ago the very kind people at Claxton’s Spirits got in touch and asked if they could send me a wee box of their single cask releases. Out of sheer politeness I said yes*, and now here we are. When I popped the parcel open I was hugely excited by what I [...]
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