Johannes Lindblom

December 28, 2016
Compass Box Flaming Heart

Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Whisky review

Celebrating Compass Box’s fifteenth anniversary, the 2015 edition of Flaming Heart is another fine example of top notch blending by John Glaser and his company. Glaser has been named “Innovator of the Year” four times by Whisky Magazine and “Pioneer of the Year” twice by Malt Advocate. He has stated […]
December 13, 2016
Clynelish 14YO review

Clynelish 14 year old review

Located in Highland region, Clynelish 14 year old single malt whisky comes from a distillery built opposite the nowadays silent Brora distillery. The original, Old Clynelish distillery was built in 1819 but in 1969, changed its name to Brora. Brora made heavily peated whisky in 1969-1973 for blending, covering a shortage of […]
December 12, 2016
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt review

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt is a non-age-statement blended malt expression from The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Japanese call blended a.k.a vatted malts as pure malts. So named after the company’s founder Masataka Taketsuru, this blended malt is called Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt. It has plenty of malt whisky from the […]
November 26, 2016
Lagavulin 8YO single malt whisky

Lagavulin 8 year old single malt review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Lagavulin 16 year old single malt is my all-time favorite, so needless to say, I’m a big fan of Lagavulin distillery. Lagavulin is not known for wide range of whiskies: they have their flagship whisky, the 16YO, and a cask strength 12YO – both absolute beauties. […]
October 22, 2016
Compass Box Hedonism

Compass Box Hedonism Blended Grain review

Compass Box Hedonism was first released in the year 2000, and it was the first of its kind – a blended grain whisky. Another innovation by the tireless innovators from Compass Box. This small independent bottler has really been a pioneering facet in whisky industry, they’ve even managed to upset […]
October 22, 2016

Edradour Hand Made Whisky Fudge review

Had a chance to taste some handmade whisky fudge by Gardiners of Scotland, a company famous for Scottish fudge and traditional confectionery. They’ve manufactured delicious fudge laced with Edradour Highland single malt whisky and presented in a protective oval gift tin. Package size is300g/10.5oz. I’ve tasted whisky chocolate and whisky […]
October 22, 2016
Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend Scotch Whisky Review

Hankey Bannister Heritage Blended Scotch review

Hankey Bannister is a famous Blended Scotch Whisky brand by Inver House Distillers (owned by International Beverage Holdings Ltd.). The brand was established in London’s West End in 1757 – Beaumont Hankey and Hugh Bannister founded the company seeking to enter the wines and spirits business, and the hearts of […]
October 2, 2016
Compass Box Enlightenment

Compass Box Enlightenment review

Compass Box Enlightenment was made in the spirit of Compass Box’s Campaign for Scotch Whisky Transparency. You can read the backstory of this campaign from my Spice Tree review – long story short, production of Spice Tree had to be stopped because of Scotch Whisky Association’s ridiculous regulations (Fortunately they […]
October 1, 2016
Compass Box Spice Tree

Compass Box Spice Tree review

Compass Box Spice Tree gained much reputation because of Scotch Whisky Association and its regulations. Making Compass Box Spice Tree “illegal whisky”. I’ll get to that later on but first: some basic information about this vatting of Northern Highland malt whiskies. Clynelish malt is the core of this blended malt […]
September 10, 2016
Rittenhouse Rye logo

Rittenhouse Straight Rye 80 proof review

Nothing states tradition more in rye whiskey making, like mentioning the classic Pennsylvania or Monongahela style rye whiskeys in the label. That’s what Rittenhouse Rye is all about – coming from Continental Distilling Corporation in Pennsylvania, USA. Owned by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Rittenhouse is a serious contender in the world of […]
September 8, 2016
Helsinki Distilling Company logo

Helsinki Distilling Company – distilling whisky in the capital of Finland

Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC) opened its doors in August 2014 in The Abattoir (Teurastamo), a former slaughterhouse from 1930’s to 1990’s, which is one of the cultural hearts of food in Helsinki. The building where Helsinki Distilling Company is located, has been used as a power plant for 30 years, […]
August 27, 2016
Beer Hunter's logo

Beer Hunter’s – first Finnish Single Malt maker

Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s is a brewery restaurant located in Pori, which is a city in the west coast of Finland. Beer Hunter’s is also officially the first Finnish Single Malt producer. They only made whisky to be sold in their restaurant and not for retail markets. So the first commercial […]
July 27, 2016
Bowmore Tempest 10YO review

Bowmore Tempest 10 year old Batch 6 review

Like the name states, Bowmore Tempest VI 10 year old single malt is the 6th batch of the nowadays famous Tempest series by one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Bowmore was founded in 1779 and it is the oldest distillery in Islay region. Bowmore is one of only 6 […]
July 24, 2016
Gabriel Boudier Dijon's Saffron Gin

Saffron Gin review & recipes

Saffron Gin comes from a respected French distillery called Gabriel Boudier. Based in Dijon, France, they’ve been around since 1874. Gabriel Boudier distillery is one of the pioneers of French fruit liqueurs, owned by the Boudiers, continuing the family tradition of making great crème de fruits. So even though Saffron […]
July 20, 2016
Kyro Distillery Company logo

Kyrö distillery – pioneers of Finnish rye whisky

In Rye We Trust Kyro distillery, or Kyrö distillery, as we Finns and Nordic people will say and write it, is probably the most anticipated Finnish whisky distillery. At least in my book. Along with Valamo Monastery’s distillery, they will offer a special kind of whisky for the market. They […]
July 19, 2016
The Macallan Ice Ball Maker

Ice ball machine for making big spheres – cools fast and dilutes slow

Cirrus and Macallan ice ball machine sets are perfect for sculpting well rounded and large ice spheres for your drink. You have probably read about the Japanese ice ball sculpting skills. I recently made an article about usage of ice with whisky, you can read the backstory about Japanese culture and ice, […]
July 18, 2016
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible review

Whisky Bible by Jim Murray – controversial but necessary?

Jim Murray is the author of Whisky Bible – a controversial, yet comprehensive whisky publication. Each year Whisky Bible offers new ratings and lots to talk about. Jim Murray has said that he fiercely guards his independence and honesty. Two factors, which have often been doubted by whisky enthusiasts. I […]
July 12, 2016
Valamo Monastery and Herman's vineyard logo

Valamo Monastery Distillery – Whisky matured in Church Wine casks

“Valamo Monastery Distillery – Heavenly spirits from Valamo” States Arto Liimatta, one of the owners of Valamon Viiniherman and Hermannin Viinitila (Hermanni Winery). Latter being the company which provides Valamo Monastery the wine casks for whisky maturing. And not just any wine casks – we’re talking about church wine casks. […]
July 9, 2016

Longmorn 16 year old review

Longmorn 16 year old single malt whisky was released to replace their 15 year old as part of the relaunch of Longmorn distillery. The discontinued 15YO by the way, is a high rated single malt in Whisky Connosr community – with an average of 91 points it used to be […]
July 9, 2016
Rusty Nail cocktail

Rusty Nail recipe – classic cocktail from 1937

Once in a while I like to share recipes of whisky cocktails. This one is a simple one – true classic of its kind. A whisky drink called Rusty Nail. Rusty Nail is made with Drambuie and Scotch whisky mixed together. Drambuie is a sweet liqueur with 40% alcohol per volume […]
July 8, 2016
Buy whiskey decanter set online

Whiskey decanters – any good or just eye candy?

Unique whiskey decanters Decanting whiskey How to find the best whisky decanters? Where to buy whiskey decanters in the US? Where to buy a whiskey decanter in the UK? More of those unique whiskey decanters There is some debate on whether a whiskey decanter has any effect on the quality […]
July 7, 2016
Lagavulin 12 year olds in Ardbeg glasses

Engraved whiskey glasses – cool gift idea

As a whisky enthusiast – when thinking the best gift I can ever get – engraved whiskey glasses come to mind. When not thinking about actual whisky, which is of course, the best gift I can ever get. Engraved whiskey glasses have been a dream of mine for quite a […]
July 6, 2016
Benromach 10yo review

Benromach 10 year old single malt review

Many people state that Benromach 10 year old single malt is a great value for money whisky – a bang for buck single malt ever since it was released in late 2009. This core range product comes with nice 43% alcohol per volume level and there is also a cask […]
July 3, 2016
Suntory Royal 15 years label

Suntory Whisky Royal 15 year old review

I recently had a chance to try a sample of Suntory Whisky Royal aged 15 years. I got a sample from a friend of mine at a local social evening. There’s not much information about this blended Japanese whisky. Apparently it was first released in 1997 and it is known […]
July 2, 2016
Complete Cirrus ice ball press kit

Ice ball press gives you a perfect sphere

If you read my wide article about the usage of ice with whisky, you probably are familiar about the Japanese ice ball making skills. In Japan, great bartenders can easily create a perfectly round ice sphere for your drink, especially for whisky. You can read the article from here. So […]
July 1, 2016
Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey review

Jameson whiskey is a blended Irish whiskey produced by Irish Distillers, established in 1780. Jameson has been selling internationally since 19th century and it’s the best selling Irish whiskey in the world. In 2013 they sold 48 million bottles of Jameson whiskey, which topped the brand sales then. Jameson whiskey […]
June 30, 2016
Mufloni Saison matured in Jameson barrels

Mufloni Saison Gaelach – beer aged in Jameson casks

Mufloni Saison Gaelach is a limited edition beer made for Uisge festival in Finland. Originally the plan was to launch it for Beer Expo in Finland, but it did not quite make it. The original Saison used for this whisky cask matured beer had an ABV of 7%. After maturation […]
June 12, 2016
Black Bottle label of new bottling

Black Bottle (new bottling) review

Black Bottle was relaunched in 2013 by Burn Stewart Distillers. They decided to change its nature – the old version (which was revitalised in 1990) was a blend of almost every Islay malt whisky and grains from different regions. This new bottling of Black Bottle Blended Scotch whisky is a […]
June 7, 2016
Julma Juho Porter

Teerenpeli Julmajuho Savuporter review

Julmajuho (Cruel John in English) was a new addition to the Teerenpeli beer range in the fall 2015. In 2016 this smoke porter came into retail market in Finland, as part of the craft beer 2016 campaign by Alko (Finnis liquor store in monopoly position). Mildly smoky with porter type […]
June 7, 2016
Clontarf Blended Whiskey

Clontarf Irish Classic Blend review

Clontarf Classic is a blended Irish whiskey that used to be a single grain whiskey from Cooley distillery. That’s not the case anymore, nowadays this Irish dram contains a very small amount of malt. The grain comes from Irish Distillers. Jim Murray scored Clontarf Classic Blend 86 points, so in […]
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