.redbreast – #redbreastdreamcask 41207

An Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey from Redbreast is always a certainty to receive a "cask driven" whiskey, starting in ex-Bourbon casks for a number of years before being recasked into ex-Sherry casks for another year or two, three before they are bottled. From cask #41207, a surprise 10cl sample at cask strength that was … Continue reading .redbreast – #redbreastdreamcask 41207

.north of scotland – 1964-2008 – scott’s selection

The North of Scotland, funnily a distillery in the Lowlands of Scotland, built by Robert Christie in 1958, on top of an old brewery. He built a the grain and "Strathmore" malt distillery in the same location, both producing for the blending industry. After the whisky overproduction in the early 1980's, Christie was forced to … Continue reading .north of scotland – 1964-2008 – scott’s selection

.knockando – 15yo – 1995 – richly matured

"richly matured in sherry and refill bourbon casks" as the label stated. We were served this during our visit to the distillery in April 2016, took home a small sample (responsible driving and such) and I tried it at my own convenience, which happened to be when we just finished our article on WhiskySpeller about our … Continue reading .knockando – 15yo – 1995 – richly matured

.knockando – 12yo – 2000

When we were visiting the distillery in 2016, we were treated to a tasting including their 12 year old, all of which was distilled in 2000. This is something the distillery likes to uphold; bottling a vintage and add an age statement to the label nonetheless, making each individual batch slightly different from the previous, … Continue reading .knockando – 12yo – 2000

.glengoyne – 12yo

If there ever was a distillery that has a debatable region, it is the Glengoyne distillery - depending who you ask. The distillery part of the facility is in the Highlands of Scotland, the warehousing facility is at the Lowlands side of the main road, which splits the two regions geographically. For all sense and purposes, … Continue reading .glengoyne – 12yo

.teeling – 13yo – revival II

An Irish single malt, created from a batch of single malt Irish whiskies distilled in 2002. After having had a 12 year maturation period in ex-Bourbon casks, an extras year in ex-Calvados was awarded to the spirit. The Teeling family now has their own distillery, but was the previous owner of the Cooley distillery, producing … Continue reading .teeling – 13yo – revival II

.kilchoman – sanaig

A classic Kilchoman (can I already say that, after only eleven-ish years of distillery existence?) with added layers of ex-Sherry to the ex-Bourbon maturation, perfectly positioned between her siblings Machir Bay (predominantly ex-Bourbon) and the Loch Gorm (fully ex-Oloroso Sherry), with a predominance from ex-Oloroso casks, designed to stay as a continuous addition in the … Continue reading .kilchoman – sanaig

.caol ila – 2004-2016 – g&m

Caol Ila - do we really need an introduction here? By far the largest distillery on the Island of Islay on the west-coast of Scotland, producing the vast majority of peated content of the mother company's blended whiskies, and undoubtedly their competitors' as well. Still, there is enough left to have a small range of … Continue reading .caol ila – 2004-2016 – g&m

.glen elgin – 1998-2014 – g&m

Glen Elgin, one of Diageo's malts which disappears into blends for most of its production since their production started in 1900. Small parts of their production is kept aside for their own small bottling range. Since most is sold to blenders, the malt is (relatively) easy obtained by independent bottlers, who in their turn make … Continue reading .glen elgin – 1998-2014 – g&m

.glentauchers – 1996-2016 – g&m

It is a shame that most of the four million litres of the 1898 founded Glentauchers distillery ends up in today's blends, as it has for most of its existence. Lucky enough, the good people at Gordon & MacPhail have the rights to bottle their distillery labels range and rescue small amounts to release it … Continue reading .glentauchers – 1996-2016 – g&m