October 23, 2020
Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release #17

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt Release 17

Released on June of 2020, this is Helsinki 100% Rye Malt #17 by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC). Like the name states, this whiskey has been made using 100% malted rye. They also produce rye whiskey with a mash bill of malted rye and barley. The distillery was founded in […]
October 20, 2020
Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice Portwood Finish for Tallink Silja

Teerenpeli Distiller’s Choice Portwood Finish

This special Distiller’s Choice was released for travel retail and exclusively for Tallink Silja ferries tax free shops by Finnish whisky maker, Teerenpeli distillery. Only 1176 bottles were released in 2014. Teerenpeli DC Portwood Finish has no age statement. I believe it’s been resting in old bourbon casks before getting […]
August 6, 2020
Ailsa Bay Sweet Smoke

Ailsa Bay Release 1.2 Sweet Smoke Single Malt

Ailsa Bay single malts come from Girvan distillery, which is famous for its grain whisky. The distillery is located in Lowlands and it was built in 1963 under the direction of William Grant’s great grandson Charles Gordon. This 1.2 Release called Ailsa Bay Sweet Smoke is their second single malt […]
July 25, 2020
Muteman Rye Whiskey

Muteman Rye Whiskey Review

Quick notes of Muteman Rye Whiskey by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC), a sample I got from my buddy. This is small batch rye whiskey from Helsinki, although it doesn’t feel and look like one. I can imagine people thinking that it’s core range bulk whiskey by HDC, when looking […]
July 17, 2020
Williamson 6YO whisky review

Williamson 6 year old by That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Review of Williamson 6 year old single malt by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler. Their range includes limited edition single malts, single grains and bourbons from various renowned distilleries. They also produce blended malts and blends. That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) is owned by […]
July 2, 2020
Kyrö Single Malt Rye pre-release 5

Kyrö Single Malt Rye Whisky – Batch 5

Kyrö Single Malt Rye whisky pre-release 5 has been distilled from 100% Finnish malted rye and matured over 3 years in bourbon and new oak casks by Kyrö Distillery. This is a very small batch edition. Only 2000 pieces of 10 cl bottles and 200 pieces 50 cl bottles. You […]
June 17, 2020
Angel's Envy Bourbon Whiskey

Angel’s Envy Bourbon with Port Finish

Angel’s Envy bourbon comes with a unique twist, a port finish. It has a very traditional mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley. But the finishing touch it gets from spending 3 to 6 months in sweet port wine barrels, is interesting. Eight to ten barrels […]
June 11, 2020
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask

Kavalan Solist Ex-Sherry Cask Strength

Kavalan is single malt from Taiwan made by King Car Kavalan distillery. King Car is a large Taiwanese group established in 1956. It has several business fields under its name. They’ve started whisky making in 2008 and have built quite rapidly grown reputation as quality brand. Their reputation unfortunately shows […]
June 9, 2020
Braeval 20 Year Old Cask Strength by Hart Brothers

Braeval 20YO Cask Strength by Hart Brothers

This Braeval 20 year old cask strength single malt comes from the independent bottler Hart Brothers. I was fortunate enough to have a sample at Turku Beer and Whisky Festival. Needless to say, this whisky is something you’d definitely have to have full bottle in your cabinet. Distilled at Braeval […]
May 18, 2020
Tycho's Star by Spirit of Hven

Spirit of Hven Tycho’s Star single malt whisky review

This Swedish single malt whisky was named after the renowned astronomer Tycho Brahe who discovered the supernova in 1572. Spirit of Hven distillery is located at Backafallsbyn on an small island between Denmark and Sweden. Brahe lived on this small Swedish island back in the late 1500’s. Hven’s statement about […]
April 20, 2020
Helsinki Whiskey Rye Malt Release #14

Helsinki Whiskey Rye Malt Release 14 Rum Cask Finish

Quick notes on the 14th release by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC). This rye whiskey is 70% rye, 30% malted barley and it comes from Finland’s capital. They also make 100% malted rye whiskey. The distillery was established in 2014. With an annual production of 30 000 liters, HDC produces […]
March 20, 2020
Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye

Michter’s US*1 Straight Rye Whiskey Review

Michter’s US*1 is a single barrel straight rye whiskey from Kentucky. The brand name is old but Michter’s distillery is quite new. Resurrection of Michter’s brand started in 1990’s when Joseph J. Magliocco and Richard Newman decided to honor the Michter’s legacy by filing for its unused and abandoned trademark. […]
December 18, 2019
Wild Turkey 101 Rye

Wild Turkey 101 Rye Review

Wild Turkey 101 Rye is a rye whiskey from Kentucky. The name comes from the 101 proof which means 50,5% alcohol by volume level. Wild Turkey brand also has 81 proof version but for my experienced palate this 101 proof rye of course sounds better. Aged in charred new oak […]
December 7, 2019
Amrut Single Malt Cask Strength

Amrut Single Malt Cask Strength review

This is the cask strength version of Amrut Single Malt which is normally bottled at 46% alcohol by volume level. In my opinion their normal single malt is decent, but I do like the Amrut Fusion. So I really didn’t know what to expect. Something in between? Amrut Cask Strength […]
November 23, 2019

Bruichladdich Laddie Eight review

This is a review of Bruichladdich 8 year old single malt – The Laddie Eight whisky. The progressive Hebridean distillers at Bruichladdich distillery have a great track record of producing fresh, tasty whiskies. At least in my book they do. One of my all-time favorites is Laddie Ten. Laddie Eight is […]
November 15, 2019
Mossburn Blair Athol 10YO Review

Mossburn Blair Athol 10YO 2007 Cask Strength

This 10 year old Blair Athol single malt comes from the independent bottler Mossburn’s cask strength collection. This small batch whisky was distilled in 2007 and bottled 30th of November 2017. The bottler is called Mossburn – Distillers & Blenders (MBD). They have Vintage Casks collections from various distilleries, this […]
November 15, 2019
Redbreast Lustau Edition

Redbreast Lustau Single Pot Still review

Redbreast Lustau Edition is an Irish single pot still whiskey by the New Middleton distillery in Cork. They are famous for making single pot still, also known as pure pot still whiskeys. Redbreast has so far been the only single pot still brand producing age stated whiskey. Lustau Edition being […]
July 17, 2019
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Kilkerran 12 year old single malt review

This whisky comes from the Campbeltown region in Scotland. It is Kilkerran’s first core release of single malt whisky. While working their way to the 12 year old single malt, Glengyle distillery released Work In Progress expressions for retail each year. You can check out my tasting notes and review […]
July 17, 2019
Springbank 15YO Review

Springbank 15 year old single malt review

This 15 year old single malt comes from the Springbank distillery. Springbank has become one of my favorite distilleries. Especially their 12 year old single malts are great – check out reviews of batch 10 and batch 13. It is a family-owned whisky distillery located in Kintyre Peninsula of Western […]
July 7, 2019

Highland Park 14YO Loyalty of the Wolf review

This 14 year old Highland Park is another exclusively for travel retail market produced whisky by the Orcadian distillery. They introduced a trio of single malts for duty free shops in 2018. The other two would be Voyage of the Raven and Spirit of the Bear. All animals important in […]
June 24, 2019
Highland Park Sisu Single Cask Review

Highland Park Sisu 13YO Single Cask review

This 13 year old single cask Highland Park called Sisu was distilled in 2003, bottled in 2017. Made specially for Finnish retail market during Finland’s 100 years of independence anniversary year. According to Highland Park’s brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen, Sisu single cask whisky was named after some dog. The definition […]
June 7, 2019
Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky Review

Lot No. 40 Small Batch Rye Whisky review

The story of Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye whisky is interesting. Making of this rye whisky started in 1990’s but it was discontinued early 2000. Which created some negativity among whisky enthusiasts who preferred its bold rye notes much more than the usual mellow Canadian rye whisky notes. Regarding this, […]
June 5, 2019
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Highland Park Dark Origins review

This was just a result of fast sampling in a Finnish restaurant during a business trip, so my review of Highland Park Dark Origins might not be the most accurate one you’ll end up finding on the internet. Like the name states, this HP is a dark character. For maturation […]
April 3, 2019
Helsinki Distilling Company's 100% Rye Malt

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt review

The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC) launched their first official release for retail markets in 2017. This 100% Rye Malt comes from Finland’s capital, where HDC was established in 2014. HDC has 300 and 1500 liter pot stills with an annual production of 30 000 liters. Their spirits portfolio includes rye […]
July 26, 2018
James E. Pepper Rye

1776 Straight Rye Whiskey by James E. Pepper

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes This straight rye whiskey comes from MGP of Indiana distillery at Lawrenceburg. 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey is part of the legendary American whiskey brand called James E. Pepper. The brand comes from Lexington, Kentucky, where they are planning to open a renovated distillery in 2018. So […]
May 5, 2018
The Macallan 12YO Double Cask review

The Macallan 12YO Double Cask review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Quite new age stated expression from Macallan, released in 2016. This single malt whisky was described as: “A new interpretation on the signature 12 Years Old Macallan” Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask whisky has been matured in a combination of American and European Ex-Sherry oak […]
September 30, 2017
Glen Moray 10YO Chardonnay Cask

Glen Moray 10YO Chardonnay Cask Whisky review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Ralfy’s notes This 10 year old Glen Moray is quite extraordinary single malt whisky – it’s been matured completely in Chardonnay casks. Glen Moray, the most northerly Speyside distillery, has a non age stated version with Chardonnay cask finish as well. But this beauty has been […]
September 2, 2017
Malted Rye Whisky by Kyrö Distillery

Kyrö Single Malt Rye Whisky – Batch 1

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes First batch ever of Finnish rye whisky for retail markets. Kyrö Single Malt Rye is made from 100% malted wholegrain rye. The most anticipated whisky of the year for me and I almost didn’t get a chance to taste it. That’s right, the success of Napue […]
August 7, 2017
Willett 3 year old Single Barrel Small Batch Rye Whiskey

Willett Single Barrel Rye 3YO review

Tasting notes Willett Distilling Company (a.k.a Kentucky Bourbon Distillers) has been sourcing whiskies since the 1980’s but recently they’ve been maturing their own distillates too. So there’s a chance that this Willett 3 Year Old Single Barrel Small Batch Rye Whiskey is completely their own product. I purchased this from […]
August 7, 2017
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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 6 review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes GlenDronach’s sixth batch of the Cask Strength expression comes with a great 56.1% ABV (alcohol by volume). Bottled with great strength and coming from a distillery with good track record, this GlenDronach sounded tempting when I received a sample from a buddy of mine. Just like […]