May 27, 2022

Bunnahabhain An Cladach Review

Bunnahabhain An Cladach single malt whisky comes from the region of Islay, known for its famous smoky peated malt whiskies. Yet Bunnahabhain distillery is the one that’s most known for its non-peated whiskies. This expression is yet again, another release for travel retail market, a sherry-driven expression like Bunnahabhains tend […]
May 25, 2022

Macleod’s Islay Single Malt

Macleod’s Islay Single Malt Scotch is a product by independent bottler Ian Macleod Distillers. They’re probably most famous for Smokehead brand which also contains unknown Islay whiskies. I owned a bottle of Smokehead 18 year old single malt, which was fairly good. My expectations for this one weren’t high, though. […]
April 21, 2022

Hvenus Rye Whisky by Spirit of Hven

This one I just had to have the first time my eyes set on it. Swedish rye whisky! As a fan of rye whiskies, and an admirer of Swedish distilleries, it surely was a concept I just had to get a chance to try. Spirit of Hven’s unique bottle design […]
April 21, 2022

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2019 review

Quick notes of Kilchoman Feis Ile 2019 bottling, also known as Kilchoman 2008. I had an opportunity to try this gem at Brewery Restaurant Beerhunter’s during my trip to taste our private cask Old Buck. According to Whiskybase, this vatting of two 11 year old casks (Oloroso & bourbon) was […]
February 7, 2022

Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

This one was a pleasure, not only because of the legendary name and stunningly shaped bottle, but because we’re talking about a traditional American rye whiskey. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans, dating back to the 1800’s. To a time when coffee houses and saloons […]
February 7, 2022

Kyrö Wood Smoke Rye Whisky

This “delicately smoked” 100% malted rye whisky is a limited pre-release by Kyrö distillery. As a fan of both, smoke and rye whiskies, it’s very nice to know that Kyrö is making room for a smoked expression in their rye whisky range. This is what Kyrö has to say about its […]
December 28, 2021

Kyrö Malt Rye Ruby Port Finish

This exotic Kyrö Malt Rye was produced in honor of the Finnish Whisky Day (May 23), which also happens to be the birthday of VYS (Viskin Ystävien Seura = Fellowship of Whisky). Released on May 2021 as a limited batch of 666 bottles, it instantly got my attention because of […]
December 27, 2021

Old Buck Private Cask Tasting

We have a local whisky appreciation community in Turku region. It’s called “Viskiryhmä Turku” and it has its own group in Facebook. On April 10th of 2019 there was an offer posted on the group, spotted from Brewery Restaurant Beer Hunter’s Facebook profile. Beer Hunter’s is the home of first […]
July 3, 2021

Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 67 review

Aberlour A’Bunadh series is definitely a legend in the whisky world. Name deriving from Gaelic, meaning “return to origin”. Because it’s been produced with methods commonly used around 1870’s. Here’s the backstory taken from Wikipedia: “The distillery cite the story during distillery tours that when the second pair of stills […]
July 2, 2021

Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Midleton’s Method and Madness is a single pot still whiskey from New Midleton distillery in Cork, Ireland. Single pot still is a traditional Irish way of producing the spirit out of malted and unmalted (green) barley. A category, where Midleton is the best (in my opinion). This expression is very […]
July 1, 2021

Kilbeggan Small Batch Irish Rye Whiskey Review

Kilbeggan Small Batch Irish Rye Whiskey is a limited edition whiskey from Kilbeggan distillery, based in County Westmeath, Ireland. It was first launched in 2018. This happens to be their first release completely produced on-site. Made from a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley and approximately 30% of rye. […]
June 7, 2021

Kolme Leijonaa Savu Blended Scotch Whisky

This is the smoky version of legendary Scottish blended whisky Kolme Leijonaa (Three Lions in English) produced by Alko/Altia (Finnish liquor shop/producer). So not in fact a Finnish whisky but because of its name and exclusivity, I’ve labeled it under Finland. This whisky is only available in Finland, produced for […]
March 30, 2021

GlenAllachie 12 year old single malt review

This 12 year old single malt whisky comes from GlenAllachie distillery, founded in 1967. The GlenAllachie has been known for producing malt whisky for blended whiskies but recently they’ve introduced lots of single malts. This expression was first introduced in 2018 after Billy Walker took over the distillery in 2017. […]
March 4, 2021

Pow-Wow Botanical Straight Rye Whiskey

Bottled by Georgetown Trading Company, Pow-Wow Botanical is an 2 year old sourced straight rye whiskey. It’s been infused using mostly saffron and orange peel (other botanicals are not disclosed). So you can call this one a flavored whiskey. The name of this rye whiskey comes from the Algonquin term […]
January 18, 2021

Glina Rye Whisky Distillery Edition 2019

Glina Rye Whisky comes from Germany. This is their limited Distillery Edition released from 2019. It’s been matured for 5 years in former sherry casks and like all of their whiskies, it comes in natural color without chill filtering. This 2019 edition is a small batch of only 349 bottles, […]
January 18, 2021

Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky Review

Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky is the first core range rye whisky by Kyrö distillery, launched in 2020. Kyrö has already made quite a reputation with their award winning Napue gin, or Kyrö Gin, as they call it today. They’ve also managed to release various batches of rye whiskey and finally […]
January 4, 2021

GlenAllachie 10YO Batch 3 Cask Strength Single Malt

This is Batch 3 of 10 year old cask strength single malt by The GlenAllachie distillery. A distillery known to produce malt whisky for blends under Pernod Ricard and Chivas Brothers ownership. Chivas sold the distillery in 2017 to The GlenAllachie Distillers Company (Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson). […]
January 4, 2021

GlenAllachie 15 year old single malt review

Here’s a 15 year old single malt from a distillery known to produce malt whisky for blended whiskies. Because it’s been used for blends, GlenAllachie has an impressive annual production capacity of 3,2 million liters. The GlenAllachie Distillery was founded in 1967 and is located at Aberlour of Scottish  Speyside […]
October 23, 2020

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release 17

Released on June of 2020, this is Helsinki 100% Rye Malt #17 by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC). Like the name states, this whiskey has been made using 100% malted rye. They also produce rye whiskey with a mash bill of malted rye and barley. The distillery was founded in […]
October 20, 2020

Teerenpeli Distiller’s Choice Portwood Finish

This special Distiller’s Choice was released for travel retail and exclusively for Tallink Silja ferries tax free shops by Finnish whisky maker, Teerenpeli distillery. Only 1176 bottles were released in 2014. Teerenpeli DC Portwood Finish has no age statement. I believe it’s been resting in old bourbon casks before getting […]
October 20, 2020

Ledaig 10 year old single malt review

Ledaig whisky is the peated single malt by Tobermory distillery, located in the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Founded in 1798, the distillery went a number of periods of closure and was formerly known as Ledaig (Gaelic for Safe Haven). I really like the Tobermory 10 year old single malt […]
October 19, 2020

Valamo 3YO Monastery Peated Single Malt

This is the first peated single malt whisky release for retail market by Valamo Monastery Distillery from Finland. Their story is interesting as they are a monastery distillery producing peated and unpeated single malt whiskies. For example they’re making peated whisky matured in old church wine casks. I always like it […]
August 6, 2020

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke Single Malt

Ailsa Bay single malts come from Girvan distillery, which is famous for its grain whisky. The distillery is located in Lowlands and it was built in 1963 under the direction of William Grant’s great grandson Charles Gordon. This 1.2 Release called Ailsa Bay Sweet Smoke is their second single malt […]
July 27, 2020

Nagu whisky distillery from Turku archipelago

Nagu or Nauvo (Finnish version) is a group of islands on the coast of southwestern Finland. From there you can find Nagu Distillery Ab, located in an old Flipper boat factory. The company has produced alcohol since 1996 for the Nagu marina restaurant called L’Escale. But serious alcohol making for […]
July 25, 2020

Muteman Rye Whiskey Review

Quick notes of Muteman Rye Whiskey by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC), a sample I got from my buddy. This is small batch rye whiskey from Helsinki, although it doesn’t feel and look like one. I can imagine people thinking that it’s core range bulk whiskey by HDC, when looking […]
July 25, 2020

Mackmyra Svensk Rök Amerikansk Ek review

Mackmyra distillery has two active distilleries in Gävle, Sweden. First one was launched in 2002 and the second started in 2011, combining an annual capacity of over 2 million bottles. In 2011 Mackmyra Svensk Whisky AB also listed on Nasdaq OMX’s alternative-investment market First North, making it a publicly traded […]
July 23, 2020

Expensive and Cool Whiskey Glasses

Before I go on with the list, let me remind that whiskey glass doesn’t have to be expensive. Expensive whiskey glasses are usually cool and that way, worth buying if you’re into whiskey. But tasting the liquid gold of gods out of a pricey glass won’t make it taste better. […]
July 17, 2020

Williamson 6 year old by That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Review of Williamson 6 year old single malt by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler. Their range includes limited edition single malts, single grains and bourbons from various renowned distilleries. They also produce blended malts and blends. That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) is owned by […]
July 14, 2020

Kalevala Small Batch Distilled Gin

Kalevala organic gin comes from Finland. It’s a small batch release from 2017 in honor of 100 years of Finnish independence. “To celebrate 100 years finnish independence we created a Dry Distilled Gin, the “gindependence” edition. the recipe is based on our original gin, supplemented by blackcurrant leaf and Jerusalem […]
July 11, 2020

Edradour Caledonia 12 year old review

Edradour Caledonia 12 year old comes from the “smallest traditional distillery” in Scotland as the distillery claims, located in Highland. They say traditional because there smaller distilleries founded since 2010. So they are the smallest non-modern distillery, founded in 1825. Edradour distillery has an annual full capacity of 130 000 […]