Johannes Lindblom

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
June 4, 2016
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Lagavulin 12 year old single malt whisky review (2015 and 2014 editions)

Lagavulin 12yo 2015 edition Lagavulin 12yo 2014 edition Lagavulin 12 year old single malt is a yearly special release by one of my favorite distilleries in the world, the Lagavulin distillery from Islay. I just absolutely love their 16 year old peated single malt from the core range. Well, I […]
June 2, 2016
The Wheat Is Out There – American Wheat beer type from Finland

The Wheat Is Out There review

Radbrew is a small craft beer brewery in Finland. They recently opened their own pub in the city of Turku and the brewery is located in Kaarina (near Turku). The pub itself is a place worth visiting with gas masks and post-apocalyptic scenery all over the place. And their beer, […]
March 24, 2016
Whisky in movies, fantasy whisky called Kiltyrie 12yo

Whisky in movies: Kiltyrie 12yo in Filth the movie

Whisky in movies is not uncommon. If you are a whisky or a bourbon enthusiast, you’ve probably recognized Blanton’s Original in the opening scene of Gone Girl or Suntory Hibiki 17 year old single malt in Lost in Translation. And nobody, not even a non whisky drinker could have missed […]
March 21, 2016
Whiskey aging kit for making own whisky

Age your own whiskey with whiskey aging kit

As you might have noticed, whiskey aging kits have become more and more available online. Seems like each year there’s a new whiskey aging kit provider. And I don’t blame them, I love the concept of trying to mature the whiskey yourself. And as the lazy guy that I am, […]
February 24, 2016
Jaloviina Kaski feature image

Jaloviina Kaski review

Jaloviina aka “Jallu”, is a traditional Finnish cut brandy. The Finnish Jaloviina, also known as Brännvin is a cut brandy with strong taste and just a little bit of sugar. The brandy used for “Jallu” is French cognac. Altia, a Finnish government owned company, started making Jaloviina in 1932, ever since […]
February 24, 2016
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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA review

Torpedo Extra Indian Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Sierra Nevada – what an ale! In this case, Indian Pale Ale. Folks at Sierra Nevada were so serious about their full-cone hops, they invented their own patented device, the Hop Torpedo. This device extracts the volatile hop oils more […]
February 23, 2016
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Maku Brewing IPA review

Maku Brewing IPA, also known as Maku Indian Pale Ale, is a great showcase of Finnish craftsmanship. I just had to make a “shout out” to them, even though the beer doesn’t get full ten points from me. Usually that’s the reason why I post a beer review. We are talking […]
February 23, 2016
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Suntory Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve review

The whisky industry is booming with NAS products (non age statement) so two of Suntory’s malt distilleries, Yamazaki and Hakushu decided to jump on the NAS wagon by releasing Distiller’s Reserve whiskies without age statement. Released in the spring of 2014, I finally got my hands on Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve. Well, […]
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