Johannes Lindblom

June 18, 2014
Caol Ila 12 year old review

Caol Ila 12 year old review

Caol Ila means “Sound of Islay” in Gaelic. Their whisky is mainly used for blending, ingredient for Johnnie Walker, Bells and Big Peat for example. Only 5% of Caol Ila whisky is used for single malts. The distillery is located near Port Askaig at the North of Islay, overlooking the […]
June 17, 2014
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Labour Of Love of Bruichladdich Distillery by Philippe Grenade

Another great video from Bruichladdich Distillery Bruichladdich, and their fans have really managed to capture the art of storytelling. And how to get the message go viral as well (of course). Just saw a moment ago this great 20 minute documentary by Philippe Grenade of Fortune Films. Another great example […]
June 17, 2014
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Highland Park Vintage 2001 review – distilled 2001, bottled 2012

Highland Park Vintage 2001 was made for travel retail and duty free shops, high proportion matured in first-fill American oak casks to bring up the smokier side of Highland Park. It was my very first encounter with Highland Park. I actually didn’t know what to expect. I certainly didn’t realize, that […]
June 16, 2014
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GlenDronach 15 year old Revival review

GlenDronach is a well respected whisky distillery, offering quality stuff mostly matured in sherry casks. And so is The GlenDronach 15 year old Revival, matured in Oloroso casks. The distillery was founded in 1826 and is one of the first licensed distilleries in Scotland. Nowadays it’s owned by BenRiach. GlenDronach […]
June 15, 2014
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Bulleit Bourbon review

BILLY THE KID dram from Kentucky Bulleit is a good “bang for the buck” bourbon from Kentucky. A Gold medalist from the 2004 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It has approximately 30% rye content, which shows in the taste. The nice old fashioned bottle completes a nice whiskey experience. Bulleit […]
June 10, 2014
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Nikka Blended Whisky review

Nikka’s product range can be a bit confusing, because there’s products with similar names. Blended whisky is a good example: Nikka has The Blend and Blended Whisky – 2 different products. I actually didn’t know, which one I was getting, when ordering my dram. Well, the one I got and am reviewing […]
June 9, 2014
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Port Askaig 12 year old review

BURN AFTER READING its label and tasting This is a single malt Scotch from a mystery Islay distillery, produced by Speciality Drinks for The Whisky Exchange. In my opinion, Port Askaig is like Coen brothers production, that isn’t critically acclaimed. Islay being like the Coen brothers, producing only good products. […]
June 3, 2014
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Suntory Yamazaki 12 year old single malt review

12 year old single malt by Suntory Yamazaki has been in the market since 1984. It was the first Japanese whisky with big marketing on the background. Michael Jackson of Whisky Magazine has stated: “Yamazaki 12 year old is a pioneering malt in Japan, for which Suntory deserve great credit. […]
June 2, 2014
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Jack Daniel’s Silver Select Single Barrel review

Jack Daniel’s Silver Select has big alcohol level but it is surprisingly subtle. It balances between sweet and spices nicely, being complex but mellow. All the barrels are aged in a different location in JD’s warehouse. Jack Daniel’s Silver Select really caught me off-guard. To be honest, I didn’t expect […]
May 31, 2014
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Smokey Joe Islay Malt review

MEET JOE BLACK by Angus Dundee I have to congratulate Angus Dundee, they’ve managed to make a nice mystery Islay blended malt. Which wasn’t the case with Glen Parker Speyside Single Malt. Smokey Joe could be Meet Joe Black, because it has a dark but also a gentle side. There’s […]
May 28, 2014
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Bushmills 16 year old “Three Wood” single malt review

Had a great Irish INTERMISSION with this dram Enjoyed in an intermission of a Team Finland’s important hockey game, this was like the Irish movie Intermission – humorously dark and good. Like this dram’s eccentric nose. Bushmills 16YO Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a wee light on the taste but […]
May 27, 2014
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Redbreast 12 year old Single Pot Still review

Redbreast is an Irish whiskey brand coming from New Midleton distillery in Cork, Republic of Ireland (along with Green Spot and many other famous brands). Made with traditional Irish way, it is a Single Pot Still (also known as Pure Pot Still) whiskey. Made from malted and unmalted “green” barley […]
May 23, 2014
Koval White Rye Whiskey review

Koval White Rye Whiskey review

Chicago’s Koval distillery has already made its mark on the whisky scene with their true artisanship. I sampled their Single Barrel Organic Rye Whiskey and White Rye Whiskey. Both being very fresh, White Rye a experimental dram. At first, Koval White Rye felt weird with solvent kind of scent and pointy taste […]
May 23, 2014
Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey review

Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey review

My first encounters with Chicago’s Koval distillery were Koval Single Barrel Organic Rye Whiskey and Koval White Rye Whiskey. And what a start it was! White Rye is closer to the average side, being very young, though fresh and very funky. But The Single Barrel Rye felt very nice for […]
May 20, 2014
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Macallan 18 year old Sherry Oak review

Macallan 18YO Sherry Oak is an okay whisky but it was bit of a small disappointment for me. That’s because I tasted it very early, while starting my “whisky tasting career”. Nowadays I already know, what kind of whiskys I might like. Back then, when I tasted this, Macallan 18 […]
May 16, 2014
Macallan 12YO Elegancia and 10YO cask strength reviews

Macallan 12 year old Elegancia review

First of all, Macallan Elegancia is a interesting addition to the whisky world. Especially for whisky drinkers, who love wine. I’m not one of those but still this dram managed to capture me a bit. The Elegancia, which I tasted, was a part of Macallan tripack: that included 3 x […]
May 16, 2014
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Macallan 10YO Sherry Oak and Sherry Oak Cask Strength reviews

10YO Sherry Oak – SHERRYBABY right from the start Macallan Sherry Oak is matured in selected sherry oak casks from Jerez. Unlike the Macallan Fine Oak, which is matured in different kind of casks. I got the Macallan tripack, which includes 3 x 33,3 cl of the 10YO, 12YO Elegancia and the […]
May 14, 2014
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Speyburn 10 year old review

For many years, Speyburn 10 year old has been one of the cheapest single malt whiskys in Finnish liquor stores. And compared to the low price, many people might call this one a “cost efficient whisky”. If you may use that kind of term about the king of alcohol – […]
May 13, 2014
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Cragganmore 14 year old (Friends of the Classic Malts) review

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS I wouldn’t want to waste in this dram Well, I didn’t waste any dollars in Cragganmore 14 year old single malt – it was a dram in one of our whisky society’s tastings in Finland. But if I ever had bought one, I’d be very much […]
May 12, 2014
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Sheep Dip whisky review

The name Sheep Dip comes from the insesticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. Back in the day, farmers used to make “home made whisky”, because they didn’t want to pay any taxes for it. To help hiding their whisky, they marked each barrel with “SD”. Great story and […]
May 2, 2014
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Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Batch 1 review

One or the other from THE ODD COUPLE Bunnahabhain Darach Ur is most definitely one of The Odd Couple, when it comes to whisky from Islay. The Darach Ur, which is Gaelic for New Oak, is there. But it is reasonably smooth. Overall, this un-peaty dram from Islay is a […]
April 30, 2014
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Nikka Black Special review

RUSH HOUR dram from Japan Nicknamed as “Bearded Black” Black Nikka Special has been in the market since 1965. A Japanese classic blend made from coffey grains. For a blended whisky, it was fairly drinkable, a househould dram suitable for people on the go. Nikka Black Special is a takeaway […]
April 29, 2014
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Teerenpeli distillery tour 4.5.2013

Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta @ Lahti, Finland If you translate Teerepeli in English the most direct way, it means mating display of the black grouse. In slang or everyday Finnish, it means flirtation. Inspired by Highland Park and some other craft distilleries, Teerenpeli whisky isn’t flirtatious. Like Ian Buxton wrote couple of years […]
April 25, 2014

Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice review

In Finnish, Kaski means burn-beaten land. In spite of the name, Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice isn’t like something smoky from Islay. I guess it still is a soft version of something “swidden”. I tried Teerenpeli Kaski at Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta’s distillery tour. And I have to tell you, this […]
April 14, 2014
Teerenpeli 8yo whisky review

Teerenpeli 8 year old review

Teerenpeli is the producer of first commercially available Finnish single malt whisky. The 8 year old is matured in a mixture of 200 liter Ex-Bourbon (60%) and 2nd fill Ex-Sherry (40%) casks. I had a chance to taste it when attending a distillery tour at Teerenpeli’s Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta […]
April 14, 2014
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Teerenpeli 3 year old review

The first ever Finnish single malt called Old Buck, comes from Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s from Pori. It is very hard to get your hands on it but some day I will get tasting notes of Old Buck too (edit: tasted Old Buck VYS edition). Teerenpeli comes from the city of […]
April 7, 2014
Jim Beam Rye review

Jim Beam Rye review

A POCKET FULL OF RYE – nice start for my rye whisky experiences Jim Beam Rye was my first rye whiskey ever. I have to admit, there was some suspense in the air while opening the bottle. Like opening Agatha Christie’s book. And I have to say: A Pocket Full […]
April 4, 2014
Monkey Shoulder review

Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 review

Tried a sample of Monkey Shoulder Batch 27. A blended malt from William Grant & Sons, mixed together with malts from Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. The funny name comes from the temporary injuries, that malt men suffered at distilleries, when turning the barley by hand. EMMANUELLE without any risk taking […]
April 3, 2014
Mackmyra First Edition review

Mackmyra First Edition review

This is the first standard release by Swedish Mackmyra distillery, most of it matured in virgin Swedish oak casks. I had high hopes because of Mackmyra’s good reputation and of course I was keen on taking my first taste of Nordic single malt craftsmanship. Sad to say but this Swede […]
April 2, 2014
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Teacher’s Highland Cream review

BAD TEACHER, yet a nice blend Teacher’s Highland Cream is one of the most famous blended whiskys. Jim Murray gave it 90 points in his Whisky Bible. Over 45% of Teacher’s is single malt, with Ardmore being the main scotch in the mix. I do like Teacher’s Highland Cream. It […]
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