Tullamore DEW

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

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Additional information
Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple distilled irish whiskey. It’s aged for 4-7 years in a combination of mostly american ex-bourbon barrels and some spanish ex-sherry casks.

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Talisker 8 YO – Special Release 2021

ABV: 59.7 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This whisky is one of Diageo’s special releases 2021. The is no information about which casks are used. It’s bottled at natural cask strength.

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Laphroaig Four Oak

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is peaty and medicinal. At first, this is a burning log fire. Behind the heavy layer of peat there are notes of a salty seashore breeze and a medicinal iodine. Strong notes of vanilla together with a sweetness moves forward. It gets ashy with time in the glass. Assorted ripe red berries are found in the background somewhat integrated into the wall of flavours. This is a decent nose which suffers slightly due to low ABV.

Mouth: A lemon note rushes by and sweetness spreads out. It doesn’t take long before it turns very peaty and medicinal though. The fruitiness is still found, but it’s covered by vanilla and honey. A more earthy and grassy peatiness also comes through. The oak starts to move forward with a tiny bitterness. The note of honey is still very noticable and there is a savory note somewhere in the middle. A spicyness slowly builds up over time.

Finish: A mild burst of spicyness quickly pass by and then the medicinal peat and the oakiness takes over again. The oakiness is dry but not astringent and it brings more of the vanilla and a hint of walnuts. There’s no fruitiness nor honey found in the late finish but the savory note comes through once again. The peaty notes stay for a long time after everything else has subsided. This is a decent whisky which could be a lot better with a more powerful impact.

Additional information
This travel retail exclusive expression was released in 2017. The maturation is done in four different cask types; Ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin oak casks and european hogsheads. It has about 40 ppm.

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Mannochmore 13 YO 2008 – The Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Cask Series Parcel No. 7 (Elixir Distillers)

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

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Additional information
This whisky is a vatting of 6 hogsheads. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2021. It’s part of the Reserve Casks series from SMS.

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The Glenlivet 15 YO – The French Oak Reserve

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

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Nose: Soft sweet fruits, vanilla, dust, pleasant and rounded, feint smell of Apple juice.

Taste: Smooth, a bit dusty, some spices on the tip of the toungue, sweetness, dry oak.

Finish: Spices intensify, nice lasting dry oak flavour, hint of vanilla intertwined with the oak. A hint of apple comes and goes.

Additional information
The Glenlivet 15 YO is matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks and then finished for 3 years in new limousin french oak barrels.

Jura 18 YO

ABV: 44 %
Origin:
Islands
Type:
Single Malt
Bottles in collection:
0
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0
Impression:
4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and mild peat. At first, a mix of overripe dark berries and raisins create a top layer above a sweet core of vanilla and honey. There are baking spices and a slight dustiness within. A funky complex note is sitting in the middle of it all which makes this quite interesting even though it seems to lack some flavours from the long maturation. The peat is creating a nice backdrop. It feels like the red wine finish sort of creates a lid on top instead of being integrated with the rest of the content.

Mouth: It starts out with a nice and mild spicyness. The peat comes through as a mild bottom layer with a touch of sulfur, leather and tobacco. The main part is still a sweet honey and vanilla core with the ripe berries and raisins on top. The cinnamon is not detectable anymore. It does a better job in taste than on the nose to create a whole. After a second or to there’s a bitter coffee note coming up from the back. It still feels a bit younger than its age.

Finish: It picks up where it left off and the flavour profile is intact all the way through. There’s still a mix of vanilla and honey together with ripe grapes and raisins. The peat is still very mild and creates a nice surrounding layer of leather and tobacco as the oak starts to show up. It’s a very nice oakiness with a walnut nuttiness and a coffee bitterness to it and the late finish is the first time it feels like its age. This is a great whisky, yet it feels a bit manufactured to cover up less active casks used for the long maturation period.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2018. It’s matured for 18 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux red wine casks.

Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition 2009/2021

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: This is sweet and very fruity. At first there are raspberries and strawberries and a hint of liquorice,honey and vanilla. Underneath lies a sweet white wine note as well as a tiny, leathery mix of smokiness and oak. There’s also an outside layer of citrus fruits, with both oranges and lemons surrounding the edges. This is a mild nose with a pretty decent array of things to be found.

Mouth: It starts out with vanilla, caramel and a funky ripe note of red berries and a nice and bright fruity layer on the outside. It’s very mild and slightly smoky. It’s still leather and now also a hint of pipe tobacco. It feels like it contributes to the funky ripeness as well. The oakiness is detectable as a top note throughout.

Finish: The transition passes without spikes and the malty vanilla and caramel center is first to come through. A hint of the dark fruits mixed with oak is in there as well, but the fresher, brighter fruits are dulled down. The oak eventually takes over and brings a nutty touch with hazelnuts which makes the tail somewhat dry. The smokiness gets more noticable in the later part of the finish. This is a good whisky. It’s a bit too round and mild to be interesting but it’s a nice and easy sipper.

Additional information
The Distiller’s Edition is a limited yearly release of the Diageo series ”The classic malts of Scotland” finished in special ways. This is matured in american ex-bourbon barrels and finished in port pipes.

Glenlivet 12 YO – Licensed Dram

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This is the second release from ”The Original Stories” series. It’s matured for in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and first fill european ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered.

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Glen Grant 12 YO (Travel Exclusive Version)

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This whisky is a travel retail exklusive version of the standard 12 YO. The cask types aren’t disclosed. It’s has higher ABV than the original and it’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glenlivet 12 YO – Illicit Still

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and floral. At first there’s a thick layer of red apples, vanilla and marzipan. On top there’s a cloud of menthol and flowers. There’s a honey sweetness starting out in the back but then moves forward on the edges as time goes by in the glass. There’s a sweet liquorice note coming through as well. Overall it feels very rich and mild without any sharp or pointy edges. This is a fairly straight forward nose but it’s very pleasant and welcoming.

Mouth: It starts out with a lemon note in the back and a sweet maltiness up front. The fruity and floral elements are still in there but they are reduced and have left the spotlight. It’s a sweet and sour mix with a bitter tang in the back. It’s quite mild even though it presents a slight ABV spicyness after a few seconds. It’s just as sweet as on the nose and there’s nothing especially interesting happening at this point except for the sweetness moving forward a bit.

Finish: The honey sweetness flare up out on the edges before the center core starts to come through. Here the apples and the floral notes return as well as the maltiness. It’s still mild with a soft layer of menthol hovering above everything else. It stays consistant for quite a while before everything dies down and leave room for the oakiness. It’s a nice enough oak but it’s quite generic. In the tail end of the finish the marzipan note makes a quick revisit. This is a great whisky with a lot of nice flavours. It’s not a whisky to explore, it’s a whisky to enjoy.

Additional information
This is the first release from ”The Original Stories” series. It’s matured for in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and european ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered.

Bunnahabhain 18 YO

ABV: 46.3 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and complex. At first there’s a sharp layer of nail polish remover sitting on top of a dark raisins and overripe plum fruitiness. In the beginning there’s a certain unpleasant vibe to the whole which is hard to pinpoint. A mixed wood note comes through with both pine and oak. After it settles down the nail polish remover disappears and leaves a menthol cloud floating around. After a long wait there are notes of mixed dried fruits and berries, leather and tobacco taking over. There’s also a sweetness hiding behind the fruits. This is a nose which at first feels very weird. The lack of sweetness really makes it sharp and one-dimensional. This changes a lot with time in the glass and when it settles it’s quite nice.

Mouth: It starts out with a pine and oak note surrounding a dark and sweet center. It’s got a nice spicyness to it. The center part brings black coffee, dried fruits and tobacco together with a nice salted caramel note. It’s dark and slightly inaccessible and the absense of sweetness is tangible but after a good 20 minutes in the glass it balances itself out and becomes quite lovely. There are some damp and dusty notes in the background which reflects the age, but the dark and bitter center part is not giving away the limelight easily. It’s quite nutty as well. For those who wait there’s a salty sensation arising from within and the texture is absolutely to die for.

Finish: The spicyness becomes a mild chili heat but never spikes through the transition. The fruitiness is not as dark as before and the start of the finish is really complex and interesting. It’s still a mix of dried fruits, salty butterscotch, black coffee, leather and tobacco. There’s a nice nutty side to it with walnuts leading in to the oakiness. It’s a mellow oak which is slightly dry. This is a great Jekyll and Hyde whisky. Which one you get depends on how long you wait before you approach the glass.

Additional information
This whisky is supposedly ”small batch distilled”. There are ex-sherry casks involved in the aging, but no cask types are disclosed. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Arran The Smuggler’s Series Volume 1 – The Illicit Stills

ABV: 56.4 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and slightly peated. At first there’s a vanilla, honey and sweet liquorice mix sitting on top of a mild herbal peat and some fresh red berries. When it settles it becomes maltier and a vanilla fudge note comes through in the center. There’s a squeeze of lemon and a slight dustiness in the background as well as a gritty note, which gives the whole a nice complexity. There’s also a hint of nail polish remover floating around on top. The peatiness resides after a while and becomes more of a floaty top note. This is a great nose with a lot of nice, small things to discover.

Mouth: It starts out with a honey sweetness up front and a quite strong sour lemon in the back. The spicyness is strong at first but once it settles reveals a very funky mix of herbal peat, rubber, dark ripe fruits and leather sitting together with vanilla fudge in the center. There’s also a savory note in the background and a mild bitter black coffee note close by. It feels slightly dusty, complex and interesting but the spicyness interfers with the exploration. It gives it a nice powerful character though.

Finish: The spicyness carries over without any spikes and very generously lets everything through early on. There’s still a nice contrast between sweet and sour as the main feature while the ripe dark notes and the herbal peatiness merges and creates the same complexity found earlier. It’s still dusty and the sweet liquorice note returns at this point. When it starts to fade out the lemon note comes forward together with a newfound oakiness. The oak feels like a mix of old and new. There’s a slightly bitter walnut note which lingers when everything else die down. This is a very good whisky which feels like it’s trying to be everthing at once, which results in a disarray of flavours.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2015. This is made from both peated and unpeated distillates. It was aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-port pipes for an undisclosed amount of time. 8700 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Ardnamuchan AD 4.21:3

ABV: 46.8 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and peaty. At first there’s a fresh green apple note, hints of dark fruits and a sweet vanilla cream note and it battles with a seaside style peatiness which comes through as mild and mineral rich. There’s a hint of seaweed within and it’s connected both to the peat and the sherry cask influence. With time in the glass there’s an oakiness slowly moving up towards the edges of the glass. A young, spirity note is present throughout but it’s not protruding or metallic. There’s a mix of assorted cooking spices in there as well. This is a nice nose which lacks a bit of depth but offers an interesting experience.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild and sweet outer surface and a young and sprawling center. It takes a second or two before the peat shows up and it’s a very unique peatiness with a coffee note attached to it. The sweetness increases in size and brings a standard vanilla/honey mix, but it is very contrasting to the unique peatiness. The fruitiness is contained to a sour note in the back and a miniscule dark fruitiness up front. There are many small flavour circling around such as spices, chalk and anis root.

Finish: The finish starts off with a spike in intensity which hides most of the flavours for a second or two. The first thing that reappears is the peatiness around the edges of the palate. A black pepper note is residing in the back and as the sweetness slowly returns together with the green apple note, the dark fruitiness and dark chocolate. The bitterness remain throughout and the coffee note gives it a pleasant contrast to the sweet notes. This is a very good whisky with a lot to offer to the explorer. It’s not complex but it delivers a fresh take on flavour combinations found in a single malt.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in 65 % ex-bourbon barrels and 35 % ex-sherry casks. The content is ~6 years old. 17502 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Benriach Smoke Season – Double Cask Matured

ABV: 52,8 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

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Additional information
This whisky was released in 2021 as a part of Benriach’s new core range. It was aged in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and virgin oak casks for an undisclosed amount of time. It has natural colour.

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Nikka Coffey Grain

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Japan
Type: Single Grain
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

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Additional information
This whisky was released in 2012z It’s made from mostly corn. It was aged in a mix of rebuilt, recharred and refill ex-bourbon barrels. The distillate comes from Miyagikyo. The content is said to be ~8-12 years old.

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Laphroaig Select

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. Smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine, salt and menthol are first to arrive. There’s vanilla, butterscotch and honey behind. It’s a bit underwhelming compared to other Laphroaigs. Far behind there are notes of some red molten fruits. There’s an oakiness that’s detectable within the peat notes and it moves forward with time in the glass. This is a decent but slightly subdued nose.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery. A lemon note comes through just before the peatiness kicks in. It’s kind of fruity but it doesn’t reveal which specific fruits it is. It’s wet ashes, fresh oak and after a while it becomes very salty. The honey note comes through after a few sips and the spicyness builds up slowly and prickles the tip if the toungue.The vanilla and butterscotch is far behind in the background.

Finish: An uneventful start moves over to lemon and ashes, the menthol note returns and stays all the way down the line. The oak isn’t up front, but brings a little bitterness without it being noticed as a specific flavour. It’s still honey sweet. There’s a metallic note left in the mouth together with the menthol and ashes. This is a decent whisky. It’s a little ambigous and feels like a laphroaig wearing fake glasses with a big rubber nose attached to them.

Additional information
The Select is created from blending different styles of Laphroaig. The main whisky is drawn from american oak casks and then mixed with Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and the 10 YO. Natural color.

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Arran 1998 (Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice)

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

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Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2007 which makes it ~ 9 YO. It’s aged in refill ex-sherry hogsheads.

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Auchroisk 23 YO (Dun Bheagan)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This whisky was aged in a single hogshead for the full maturation time. The cask No. is 2061 and it yielded 236 bottles. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glengoyne 21 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-sherry casks for the full maturation time. It has natural colour.

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Blair Athol 10 YO (Lady of the Glen)

ABV: 55.8 %
Origin: Highland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and fruity whisky with a lot of dark fruit notes mixed of a sticky sweetness with toffee, honey and vanilla.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2020. It’s aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead and finished in a first fill ex-PX sherry cask. Cask No 301290. The bottle tried was 124/274. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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