80-85 points

April 2, 2014
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Knockando 1993 12 year old review

SOME LIKE IT HOT but this is mildly hot Knockando 12 year old is always a product of one single season. I got a chance to taste the 1993 version at our local whisky society tasting in Finland. If Knockando 12YO was a movie, it might be a typical Friday […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 19, 2014
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Connemara Peated whiskey review

Connemara Peated Irish Single Malt is what I call, a contender. Contender in the world of peated whiskies – not a super heavyweight nor even a heavyweight. Nice addition into the smoky whisky category. It really got me excited to try Connemara’s whole range, especially the Connemara Turf Mor. Connemara […]
June 23, 2014
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Glenfarclas 12 year old review

Truly ROCKY when it comes to sherry whiskys Glenfarclas 12 year old single malt whisky became one of those sherry whiskies, that fits into my palate nicely. Big sherry influence is usually not “my cup of tea”. Of course there’s lots of factors in the whisky making process, that affect. […]
June 24, 2014
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Glenfarclas 105 whisky review

Tasting notes Glenfarclas was the first distillery to release a cask strength single malt whisky in 1968. That CS bottling has since been renamed to 105, which is the British alcohol proof equivalent for 60% ABV (alcohol by volume). Nowadays 60% ABV is referred as 120 proof. That is simply […]
August 4, 2014
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Balblair Vintage 1989 review

CHAMPAGNE of single malts Champagne of single malts. At least that’s what Ralfy said. That expression fits to my world as well, at least when it comes to movies. This is like Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Champagne. Not the best one, he’s done but a fair showing. Just like Vintage 1989 […]
August 6, 2014
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Ledaig 1996 Connoisseurs Choice review

Ledaig (peated Tobermory) 1996 Connoisseurs Choice by Gordon and MacPhail was bottled in 2013. Matured in refill remade Hogsheads, the young age does show, putting this dram more on the mediocre side. According to Ralfy, whisky from Tobermory distillery tend to need much aging. The new version of the 10 year […]
August 15, 2014

Laphroaig 10 year old review

Laphroaig 10 year old single malt is a smoky medicinal whisky, a legendary Islay malt, which I don’t have to explain so much. Very cost efficient dram. Matured in 1st fill Bourbon casks by Maker’s Mark. Maker’s Mark barrels are air dried more than others, which takes out some of the […]
August 16, 2014
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Isle of Jura 16 year old review

Mellow whisky of SUGAR & SPICE Isle of Jura 16 year old single malt was matured in American White Oak Casks. It got a bronze medal at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Like other Djurachs, it is spicy, but it´s much more mellow. Which suits very well for […]
August 22, 2014

Glenmorangie 18 year old Extremely Rare review

Like having BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S This “Extremely Rare” edition from Glenmorangie is a delicate 18 year old single malt. This is like Audrey Hepburn of whiskys, a delicate flower. This is as delicate as it can get, when tasting whisky. Like Holly Golightly, seducing me the way she was luring George Peppard’s […]
August 25, 2014

Aberlour 10 year old review

Aberlour 10 year old single malt is matured in a combo of ex-bourbon and sherry casks. I guess I can say, it is a typical Speysider. Popular dram that has a good supply, it’s been exported to over fifty countries. Almost like Jack Daniel’s but with better quality of content. […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 23, 2015
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Teeling Single Grain Cabernet Cask Finish review

This Irish whiskey surely is not the most usual dram, you will bump into. Single grain whiskies aren’t made that much at the moment. And on top of that, Teeling decided to finish their single grain in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. In 2014, it won “World’s Best Grain” at the World […]
February 24, 2015
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Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt review

In 2006, The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust found three cases of Chas Mackinlay & Co’s whisky in the ice under Ernest Shackleton’s hut. Shackleton made an expedition to Antarctic in 1907-1909. The expedition didn’t go well, forcing Shackleton to abandon their hut and leave stuff behind – including the whisky […]
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