.bulleit – bourbon

I am at a loss where the Bulleit spirits are distilled. One source states the The Stizel-Weller distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, others state the Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The truth may be a little of both, and the bourbon may come from one distillery, while the rye comes from the other, but what … Continue reading .bulleit – bourbon

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.caol ila – 18yo

Sometimes I am sipping a Caol Ila on the shores of the island of Islay. My feet dipped in the ocean, the heat from a fire roasting a good local beef nearby, the smoke coming from the Port Ellen maltings filling the air around me, just enough not to bother or overwhelm me. Too bad … Continue reading .caol ila – 18yo

.yula – batch #1

"Inspired by the ancient Islay legend of a beautiful but tragic Norse goddess, Douglas Laing presents Yula, the first of a three part trilogy of limited edition Island Malt Scotch Whisky. Douglas Laing’s Yula is comprised of several of the Islands’ most sought after, peated malts. To be released consecutively in three limited edition batches, … Continue reading .yula – batch #1

.deanston – that boutique-y whisky company – batch #2

"Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's bottling of Deanston single malt features a graphic-novel-style label showing the stills being installed at the cotton mill where Deanston made its home in the 1960s. A pair of hippies watch as this happens, sat on the roof of their camper van alongside the River Teith, which powers … Continue reading .deanston – that boutique-y whisky company – batch #2

.invergordon – 50yo

Day 24 of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent calendar 2015. The Guys and Dolls at the office must have thought to go out with a bang, and they have found something that fits this description perfectly...43% abv, €450, single grainNose: sweet, pear drops, liquorice root, fruit, warm apples, herbal, cloves, laurel, spicy, cinnamon, cumin, star … Continue reading .invergordon – 50yo

.big peat – christmas 2015

Ho ho ho... Big Peat is back with the fifth Christmas edition of his all-Islay blended malt (still including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and even Port Ellen), and his sleigh is on fire! Smoking hot at that because of the cask strength release...53.8% abv, €50, blended maltNose: sweet, liquorice, salted butter, cinnamon, smoke, charcoalPalate: hot, smoky, sweet, … Continue reading .big peat – christmas 2015

.teeling – small batch blended – rum cask finished

Day 22 of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calendar 2015. Only 2 more days to tick off before Christmas, we make a sidestep to the middle-Americas with this Nicaraguan rum-cask finished Irish whiskey.46% abv, €35, blend, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: Cuba Libre, sour red apples, rums soaked raisins, milk chocolate, creamy, citrus, limes, olive oil, salt, … Continue reading .teeling – small batch blended – rum cask finished

.mackmyra – midvinter

"Mackmyra Midvinter was the second edition in a standalone season series that has followed the popular Mackmyra Special series. Mackmyra Midvinter was a complex limited edition whisky, something new to experience for both new consumers and collectors. With finish from French Bordeaux casks, glühwine casks and sherry casks, it’s a grownup alternative to other traditional Winter … Continue reading .mackmyra – midvinter

.dalwhinnie – winters gold

Day 21 of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calendar. This time, the door revealed the latest official release of the Dalwhinnie distillery. A dram that is said to come from matured stock that has been distileed between October and March, when the picturesque location of the distillery is normally covered in snow.43% abv, €35, single maltNose: … Continue reading .dalwhinnie – winters gold

.dewars – 18yo

40% abv, €50, blendNose: sweet, honey, a whiff of smoke, fruit, apples, pears, spicy, cinnamon, cuminPalate: sweet, honey, caramelized apples, fruit, apples, spicy, cinnamon, a touch on cuminFinish: medium long, sweet, honey, spicy, cumin, cinnamonMark: +++++ Conclusion: Much better as her 12yo sibling, not something to run to the store immediately after you have emptied another bottle.