.highland park – fire edition

Second in a series of two, the chaps from Highland Park have put together something quite outside of their comfort zone; the FIRE edition. Matured for 15 years in ex-Port casks, some of which were newly built and seasoned with port for an (unmentioned) period of time, others which were used shortly for the finishing … Continue reading .highland park – fire edition

.johnnie walker – blue label

WhiskySpeller HQ recently received an invite to a Christmas release party for the Johnnie Walker Blue Label, showing off his new Denim Blue Winter Edition Jacket. Sadly, Ansgar and myself could not make it that given day, but Diageo was friendly enough to engrave one of the limited edition bottles with our name and ship it … Continue reading .johnnie walker – blue label

.merlet – sélection saint-sauvant

From their website, one could think the Cognac producers Merlet only produce one blended cognac. Besides their earlier reviewed Brother's Blend, they appear to have another expression, that is made from some of their finest stocks, including Petit Champagne from 1993, Fins Bois from 1992 and 2003 and Grande Champagne which has aged for over ten years. … Continue reading .merlet – sélection saint-sauvant

.smith’s glenlivet – 1948 – g&m

This must be one of the older whiskies I have ever tasted. From the ridiculously kind Gordon & MacPhail, we received a package of six sampled from their Speyside Collection, for us to review. Smith’s Glenlivet 1948 was distilled on the 11th of February 1948, was matured in first fill Sherry butt #545 and then got … Continue reading .smith’s glenlivet – 1948 – g&m

.camus – vsop elegance

"CAMUS VSOP Elegance is a Cognac rich in mellow, fruity aromas. For the VSOP Elegance, Maison CAMUS selects aromatic eaux-de-vie partially distilled on the lees, including some from our famous Borderies cru, to strengthen the aromatic richness of this Cognac as it ages." 40% abv, €40 cognac Nose: Like so many cognacs, this also starts with … Continue reading .camus – vsop elegance

.glen grant – 1949 – g&m

In 1949, my father was still playing in a sandbox with his brothers somewhere in the Netherlands, and my mother wasn't even born yet. The Glen Grant distillery in Rothes, Scotland however, was distilling the whole year around and sold some of their spirit to Gordon & Macphail. They were frequent visitors that year, and … Continue reading .glen grant – 1949 – g&m

.mortlach – 1954-2012 – g&m

Mortlach is one of the distilleries that has often been named as a hidden gem amongst whisky enthusiasts. I myself have become one of the may fans of this distillery that offers a small set of official distillery bottlings, but has a large number of independent bottlers who regularly release casks of the meticulously crafted spirit … Continue reading .mortlach – 1954-2012 – g&m

.makers mark

So, with door number 12 of the Drinks by the Dram Bourbon Advent Calendar, we pulled an old familiar. When I was looking at the Maker's Mark website for some more information about the drink I have in my glass, it took me about ten minutes to find the slightest information about the product. What … Continue reading .makers mark

.linkwood – 1972-2013 – g&m

Forty. I remember becoming forty. Joining the club with the secret handshake - which I probably already said too much about... Forty is also the age of this Linkwood we recently received from the family run Gordon & MacPhail, a sample parted from the set of six malts from their Speyside Selection. Distilled on the … Continue reading .linkwood – 1972-2013 – g&m

.hine – bonneuil 2005

"The year is 1791. A young Englishman sets out from his native Dorset to learn the secrets of how cognac, his father’s favourite tipple, is produced. Thomas Hine is the sixth of twelve children and has just turned sixteen. His sense of timing is questionable though, given how inopportune a moment it is for an … Continue reading .hine – bonneuil 2005