Johannes Lindblom

January 16, 2015
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Bowmore Small Batch review

Bowmore Small Batch is matured in first and second fill ex-bourbon casks. Coming from Islay, it is surprisingly light all the way. Yes, there is some of that signature peat smoke buried on the back. But we’re talking about wee hints of it. And even when talking about other things […]
January 15, 2015
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Black Bottle (old bottling) review

I’m glad I got to taste the discontinued old bottling of Black Bottle. According to rumours, it has malt from almost every distillery in Islay (Kilchoman not included). And grain whisky from Speyside, Highland and Lowland. Whiskies contained in this old bottling are thought to be at least 7 years […]
January 12, 2015
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The Irishman 70 review

The Irishman brand is fairly new, established in 1999. It started out as a company, which was blending and bottling Irish Coffee. In 2007 they started to bottle Irish whiskey. This Irishman 70, the Founder’s Reserve is made out of 70% single malt and 30% single pot still, created by founder […]
December 31, 2014
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Herrgårds glogg and Wigren whisky mettwurst

Here are couple of whisky related products for the Christmas holidays. First, Herrgårds glögg med whisky from Sweden. Glogg is a traditional Nordic drink during Christmas time. It is to be served warm. Glogg, or mulled wine, is kinda like warm and spiced sangria. Herrgårds whisky glogg felt like a sherry […]
December 19, 2014
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Amrut Peated Blackadder Raw Cask review

My sample of Blackadder’s Peated Amrut Raw Cask was from the batch of BA14/2012 (62,7% ABV). Amrut’s Peated Blackadder Raw Cask (63% ABV) batch BA18/2013 won Best Peated Whisky 2013 in The Malt Maniacs Awards. The Raw Cask Series contains whisky, that’s been bottled directly from the cask without any filtration. I don’t have […]
December 17, 2014
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Peat’s Beast Intensely Peated single malt review

Peat’s Beast is a heavily peated single malt whisky, with phenol level of 35 ppm (parts per million). Coming from a mystery distillery from Speyside in Scotland. Matured in bourbon casks, bottled by an independent bottler, Fox Fitzgerald. The first release (2011) was a 5000 bottle edition. Like BEAUTY AND THE […]
December 15, 2014
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Armorik Edition Originale review

Armorik Edition Originale is a Breton Single Malt from France. It’s been double distilled in copper stills, made from local malted barley and granite filtered water from a well on the Armorik distillery. Matured mainly in ex-bourbon casks but also some refill ex-sherry butts are used. According to Armorik, it […]
December 12, 2014
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Old Pulteney 21 year old review

Voted “World Whisky of the Year 2012” by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible, with a stunning 97,5 points. Old Pulteney is the most northerly mainland distillery in Scotland. Old Pulteney 21 year old single malt is a marriage of spirits matured in second fill American oak ex-bourbon casks and […]
December 12, 2014
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Chivas Regal 12 year old review

Chivas Regal, a very famous Scotch brand can trace its roots back to 1801. Strathisla, built in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla, is the distillery in the highlands of Scotland, which was bought by Chivas Brothers in 1950. Strathisla is also known for nice Speyside single malt […]
December 11, 2014
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English Whisky Chapter 9 review

Some TROPIC THUNDER in a whisky from England English Whisky Co. Chapter 9 is the first peated English single malt ever, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2010. A small batch, that was matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Very sweet and smoky dram. Fresh addition to the world of peated […]
December 10, 2014
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Bowmore 12 year old review

One of THE USUAL SUSPECTS of smoke Even with 40% ABV level, Bowmore 12 year old is one of the heavy hitters of smoke. Not as heavy as the 10 year old drams from Ardbeg or Laphroaig. But still, one of The Usual Suspects, when it comes to smoke whisky. […]
December 10, 2014
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Michael Jackson Blend review

After Michael Jackson, the famous whisky and beer writer, passed away, Whisky Magazine and Doug McIvor (Berry Bros & Rudd’s spirits manager) decided to make a blend from his impressive whisky collection. The Michael Jackson blend was first available at Whisky Live London in February 2009 and part of the proceeds […]
December 9, 2014
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Dalmore King Alexander III review

Dalmore King Alexander III was crafted in honor of the act of saving Scotland’s King in 1263. It is an expression, where 6 specially selected casks have been united. This Dalmore contains whiskies matured in Kentucky bourbon casks, Matusalem Oloroso Sherry wood, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, port pipes and Cabernet […]
December 8, 2014

Ardbeg 10 year old review

WhiskyRant conclusions Tasting notes Warehouse Pack Ardbeg distillery can be traced back to 1794, but it had to be closed in the 1980’s. It almost became one of the lost distilleries of Scotland, but fortunately Ardbeg was bought by Glenmorangie in 1997. The distillery got a major investment programme and […]
December 5, 2014
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Penderyn Madeira Single Malt review

Tried to tame MOBY DICK This is a Welsh whisky matured in bourbon casks and finished in Madeira casks. Penderyn distillery was launched in 2004 and at the moment this whisky is part of their core range (also called Penderyn Madeira Finish at some web shops). Too stingy and fruity […]
November 20, 2014

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old review

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old single malt has been matured in two different wood types. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and then transferred into first fill European oak sherry casks. Full and smooth dram, that manages to be moderately dry. Suits well for me, who isn’t that passionate for über […]
November 7, 2014
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Auchentoshan 12 year old review

Auchentoshan distillery is also known as “Glasgow’s Malt Whisky” because it’s located near Glasgow. Also known as “the breakfast whisky” because of its sweet and delicate nature. Auchentoshan 12YO replaced their 10 year old in 2008, and according to few sources across the internet, it’s been an improvement. Unusually for […]
November 7, 2014
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Glen Scanlan Blended Scotch Whisky Reserve review

Whisky OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN There’s not much info about Glen Scanlan. They do have other whiskies than this 3 year old blended one. Distributed by Slaur International from France, that’s about the only info I know about this Scotch whisky. A blended whisky of malted barley and grain, this is […]
October 24, 2014
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Pyynikin KDC Viskigate Stout

Pyynikki Craft Brewery and Kyrö Distillery Company are going to make #Viskigate stout Finnish blogs called JaskanKaljat and mushiMALT gave an idea for Pyynikki Craft Brewery (Pyynikin Käsityöläispanimo in Finnish) and Kyrö Distillery to brew a #Viskigate called beer. This weekend at Beer Expo event in Helsinki, Finland, Kyrö Distillery […]
October 23, 2014
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Label 5 blended whisky review

THE FRANCO-SCOTS ALLIANCE of whisky The Label 5 is a blended Scotch whisky, owned by a French company called La Martiniquaise. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2014 claimed it to be 10th overall in total whisky sales in 2012, with total of 28 million bottles shipped all over the world. Surprisingly it […]
October 21, 2014
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Scapa 16 year old review

Scapa 16 year old single malt whisky is matured in New American oak casks. Coming from the island of Orkney, the sea breeze does show in it. The package already tells you a story, what’s coming. Looks like a view from a lighthouse. And the whisky surely feels like it. […]
October 20, 2014
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Tobermory 10 year old review

WHEN WE WERE KINGS – again Tobermory 10 year old single malt is a very energetic whisky, matured in ex-bourbon casks. It has a dry and fruity kick, which is nicely gentle and that’s why it fits very well to my mouth. I usually don’t like the very dry and fruity […]
October 15, 2014
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Arran Lochranza Reserve review

I experienced THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT with this whisky Arran Lochranza Reserve is matured in bourbon and sherry casks. Named after the home village of Arran Distillery built in 1995. Created by the famous distiller James MacTaggart to to show an even lighter side of Arran, And this is where it gets […]
October 10, 2014
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Talisker Port Ruighe review

Talisker Port Ruighe is matured in re-fill American and European oak casks. After that it’s been transferred to deeply charred barrels and finished in Port wine casks. This single malt was released quite soon after Talisker Storm’s launch in early 2013. Another no age statement release quickly after Talisker Storm. Port Ruighe is pronounced […]
October 9, 2014
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Highland Park Vintage 1994 review – distilled 1994, bottled 2010

Highland Park 1994 Vintage is 16 year old whisky matured in first-fill European (Spanish) oak sherry cask. Not at all like their Vintage 2001, which got a very good score from me. The 2001 version had a smoky palate because of the high proportion of first-fill American oak casks used in […]
October 8, 2014
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Isle of Jura Prophecy review

Prophecy is a peated Jura released in small batches. Matured in (French) Limousine oak casks and finished in 1989 Oloroso Sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass. Needless to say, with phenolic level of 35 ppm, this Jura is powerful with peat. And even though spicy, it’s not like the usual Jura […]
September 13, 2014
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Longrow Peated single malt review

This is the Longrow CV by Springbank distillery, renamed and in a new package. I have to admit, I had kind of an elitist approach for this one. Expecting absolutely nothing from it. Just because it was one of my first heavily peated (50-55 ppm level) whiskies outside Islay. I’m […]
September 12, 2014
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Murray McDavid Bowmore 9 year old 2001 Port Casks review

A single malt whisky distilled at Bowmore in 2001, where it was aged in bourbon casks. Then taken to Bruichladdich distillery for Port Pipes finishing in 2010. Limited release of 1066 bottles. Bottling of Murray McDavid. STARSKY AND HUTCH whisky – complimenting ingredients Magnificent whisky just like many of the sherry […]
September 10, 2014
Cardhu 12 year old review

Cardhu 12 year old review

Cardhu 12 year old single malt is a Speysider matured in American bourbon casks. It has won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011. According to The Whisky Exchange,  “Cardhu is the biggest selling single malt whisky in Spain, with its soft, sweet character the perfect […]
September 10, 2014
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Port Charlotte The Peat Project review

I didn’t say HOLY SMOKE! Port Charlotte The Peat Project is a heavily peated (44ppm) single malt from Bruichladdich. This dram is a gentle one, when it comes to smoke. It surely has smoke but it isn’t strong. Like the title suggests, this whisky is not as weird and complex, […]
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