Review No.18 – Midleton Very Rare 2017 Edition

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Started in 1984, this is the 34th release from Midleton's Very Rare series, which is oft-cited as being the top end of the Irish Whiskey market in terms of quality and popularity. Every year the best casks are selected from the distillery's warehouse and married together to produce each new bottling. Situated 30 minutes east … Continue reading Review No.18 – Midleton Very Rare 2017 Edition

Review No.17 – A Trio of Glen Garioch Samples

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I recently received three samples from a friend who had visited Glen Garioch (for non-Doric speakers and those unfamiliar with the distillery, it's pronounced 'Glen Geery') to purchase a few distillery exclusives and, as he's aff the bevvy for the time being, was generous to send them my way with an accompanying mini tasting glass. … Continue reading Review No.17 – A Trio of Glen Garioch Samples

Review No.16 – Suntory Kakubin White Label

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I don't know how some of you do it - the prolific, relentless whisky reviews and blogging. It's impressive dedication and I only wish I had such drive. However, I'm lazy and this is a hobby, but even my laziness has limits. Given I am now working from home, and in between mundane tasks such … Continue reading Review No.16 – Suntory Kakubin White Label

Review No.16 – Arran 20 Year Old Explorer Series Volume 1 Brodick Bay

Welcome back to the whisky blog that uses a pet dog on a zero-hours contract for poorly taken photos, which, on the evidence provided, don’t seem to be improving. However, Elsie’s Sports Direct-like existence isn’t in vain, particularly given the exposure she enjoys to all 15 16 17 readers. Today’s review is from The Arran … Continue reading Review No.16 – Arran 20 Year Old Explorer Series Volume 1 Brodick Bay

Review. No 15 – Glendronach Revival 15 Year Old (2015 Bottling)

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One Aberdonian, a fawning appreciation for Glendronach, and an old bottling of the 15 Revival? Well, you aren't mistaken for thinking this would be another puff piece - an uninspired, slavish display of adoration for a whisky world cult favourite - and I was a bit troubled that all of my reviews had become overwhelmingly … Continue reading Review. No 15 – Glendronach Revival 15 Year Old (2015 Bottling)

Review No.14 – Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength 57.1% (2019 Release)

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I'm a bit behind the times on this one having missed out on a bottle when it was released at the tail end of last year, however after a concerted effort to hunt it down - which meant trawling through the Kilkerran trade list, then emailing and calling shops - I was fortunate to locate … Continue reading Review No.14 – Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength 57.1% (2019 Release)

Review No.13 – Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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Many thanks to Whiskey Nut More Irish whiskey! Rude not to, I do live here after all. So, 2019 was drawing to a close and I was a mildly unimpressed consumer of this island's offerings. I am not sorry to say that I found it all a bit samey, even a bit repetitive. Probably a … Continue reading Review No.13 – Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Review No.12 – T.B.W.C Irish Single Malt #1 13 Year Old Batch #3

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Sean Dyche Having seen several people mentioning this dram found in their whisky advent calendars, I decided to pick up a bottle from Master of Malt for the princely sum of £34.95. That's a fairly wild saving given the RRP was £59.95 and, at Christmas, with my looking for a New Year bottle, it proved … Continue reading Review No.12 – T.B.W.C Irish Single Malt #1 13 Year Old Batch #3

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Review No.11 – Seven Stills of San Francisco Russian Imperial For The Czar Whiskey

Massively out of my comfort zone here, if I even have one, as this is probably the strangest dram I have ever tried. Hailing from joint brewery and distillery Seven Stills of San Francisco, this whiskey is created by double distilling their craft 10.8% Russian Imperial Stout and, during the second distillation, passing the spirit … Continue reading Review No.11 – Seven Stills of San Francisco Russian Imperial For The Czar Whiskey

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Review No. 10 – Ballechin SFTC 12 Year Old Chateuaneuf-du-Pape Cask Matured

Ballechin is Edradour's peated whisky, and the name is a wee head-nod to a nearby silent distillery that closed in the 1920s. Part of an expansion of Edradour's core range in 2006 by owners Signatory, their Straight From The Cask series features a multitude of different cask finishes and age statements. I received this sample … Continue reading Review No. 10 – Ballechin SFTC 12 Year Old Chateuaneuf-du-Pape Cask Matured