86-89 points

March 17, 2014
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Octomore 5.1 and 4.2 Comus reviews

Bruichladdich Octomore 4.2 Comus/167 ppm Bruichladdich Octomore 4.2 Comus is peated to a great 167 ppm and finished in premium, sweet Sauternes Chateau d’Yquem casks. The finish surely tames the peaty beast, but we are still talking about a very powerful dram. QUANTUM OF SOLACE with peat A big disappointment […]
March 19, 2014
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Ardbeg Galileo review

Ardbeg Galileo has an age statement (1999-2012), unlike recent Ardbegs. Containing whisky matured in ex-Marsala and first and second fill ex-Bourbon casks. It has the same ppm as standard Ardbeg whiskys but the Marsala softens it quite a bit. Rich and sweet dram with an Ardbeg touch. Ardbeg Galileo is […]
March 21, 2014
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Suntory Hibiki 12 year old review

This Suntory owned Hibiki 12 year old whisky is actually a blend. I couldn’t believe it for the first time I got to taste it. Another curiosity: some of the whisky has been part-matured in Umeshu plum liqueur casks. The malts are from Suntory owned Hakushu and Yamazaki distilleries, with […]
March 25, 2014
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Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006 review

Found a nice review of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006 from Dramstats. Here’s a quote from that review, which I totally agree: “I remember saying that the organic was like the laddie ten on speed. Well this is up another notch!” Islay Barley 2006 is Bruichladdich’s speedy version of Laddie Ten. […]
April 25, 2014

Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice review

In Finnish, Kaski means burn-beaten land. In spite of the name, Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice isn’t like something smoky from Islay. I guess it still is a soft version of something “swidden”. I tried Teerenpeli Kaski at Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta’s distillery tour. And I have to tell you, this […]
May 23, 2014
Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey review

Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey review

My first encounters with Chicago’s Koval distillery were Koval Single Barrel Organic Rye Whiskey and Koval White Rye Whiskey. And what a start it was! White Rye is closer to the average side, being very young, though fresh and very funky. But The Single Barrel Rye felt very nice for […]
May 23, 2014
Koval White Rye Whiskey review

Koval White Rye Whiskey review

Chicago’s Koval distillery has already made its mark on the whisky scene with their true artisanship. I sampled their Single Barrel Organic Rye Whiskey and White Rye Whiskey. Both being very fresh, White Rye a experimental dram. At first, Koval White Rye felt weird with solvent kind of scent and pointy taste […]
May 27, 2014
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Redbreast 12 year old Single Pot Still review

Redbreast is an Irish whiskey brand coming from New Midleton distillery in Cork, Republic of Ireland (along with Green Spot and many other famous brands). Made with traditional Irish way, it is a Single Pot Still (also known as Pure Pot Still) whiskey. Made from malted and unmalted “green” barley […]
May 28, 2014
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Bushmills 16 year old “Three Wood” single malt review

Had a great Irish INTERMISSION with this dram Enjoyed in an intermission of a Team Finland’s important hockey game, this was like the Irish movie Intermission – humorously dark and good. Like this dram’s eccentric nose. Bushmills 16YO Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a wee light on the taste but […]
May 31, 2014
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Smokey Joe Islay Malt review

MEET JOE BLACK by Angus Dundee I have to congratulate Angus Dundee, they’ve managed to make a nice mystery Islay blended malt. Which wasn’t the case with Glen Parker Speyside Single Malt. Smokey Joe could be Meet Joe Black, because it has a dark but also a gentle side. There’s […]
June 9, 2014
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Port Askaig 12 year old review

BURN AFTER READING its label and tasting This is a single malt Scotch from a mystery Islay distillery, produced by Speciality Drinks for The Whisky Exchange. In my opinion, Port Askaig is like Coen brothers production, that isn’t critically acclaimed. Islay being like the Coen brothers, producing only good products. […]
June 18, 2014
Caol Ila 12 year old review

Caol Ila 12 year old review

Caol Ila means “Sound of Islay” in Gaelic. Their whisky is mainly used for blending, ingredient for Johnnie Walker, Bells and Big Peat for example. Only 5% of Caol Ila whisky is used for single malts. The distillery is located near Port Askaig at the North of Islay, overlooking the […]
July 20, 2014
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Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky review – Single Cask P1 164

BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD type of whisky Single Cask P1 164, a cask strength dram from Paul John Whisky from Goa, India. Matured in ex-bourbon casks. This third single cask release from John Distilleries got a Silver medal from the International Spirits Challenge 2013. It is not a Slumdog Millionaire, more like a Bollywood film. Groomed […]
July 22, 2014
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Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof review

Aged for 4 years like the milder version, Rittenhouse Straight Rye 100 Proof is surely one famous rye whiskey worth a review. This Monongahela style Rye from Pennsylvania was actually my first great rye whiskey experience. Rittenhouse brand is owned by Heaven Hill Distilleries. Rittenhouse 100 Proof Straight Rye, also […]
August 5, 2014
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Ardbeg Auriverdes review

Ardbeg Auriverdes, though very different from the usual Ardbegs, continues with the great quality standards, which this distillery has set in the past. This limited edition single malt whisky was launched on Ardbeg Day 2014 and it was limited to 1110 cases (6660 bottles). Ardbeg Auriverdes was distilled in 2002, […]
August 7, 2014
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Ballechin #5 The Marsala Casks review

Ballechin #5 The Marsala Casks turned out to be a great rugged single malt. Full of rough but pleasant peat, a whisky with attitude! Malt Maniacs gave it a Silver Medal. This heavily peated whisky from Edradour distillery is the fifth release from the Ballechin series, aged in Marsala casks. […]
August 8, 2014
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Old Buck VYS single malt whisky review

Old Buck got famous in whisky circles, when Jim Murray rated the cask number 5 of the second release with 96 points and “European Mainland Whisky of the Year 2009” award. The first release had gotten 93,5 points and the third release got 95, so there was great consistency in […]
August 23, 2014

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or – 12 year old review

Not JUST DESSERTS – rich and characteristic whisky This Glenmorangie was relaunched in 2011 with a Sauternes cask finish. Nectar D’Or might be an indication to the golden nectar, held in the casks to finish the whisky. Rich with fruity and vinous character, I like it. And I am surprised […]
August 26, 2014
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Suntory Yamazaki 18 year old review

Yamazaki distillery is located in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture in Japan. The distillery was opened in 1923, and it is owned by Suntory, being Japan’s first commercial whisky distillery. Yamazaki 18 year old was the first ever Japanese whisky for me. What a way to start! After this dram, I was […]
September 5, 2014
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Dalwhinnie 15 year old review

Dalwhinnie distillery is located very high above sea level. It is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland, which gives some marine quality to it. Located high in the Grampian mountains in Highland region, Dalwhinnie is also very near to the geographical center of Scotland. Matured in ex-bourbon casks, this […]
September 5, 2014
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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 year old review

Green Label is a discontinued 15 year old blended malt by Johnnie Walker. In my opinion, the only nice whisky from them. “Drawn from the four corners of Scotland”— Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila were being used in the Green Label. Each of the malts matured for minimum 15 years. […]
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 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. […]
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. […]
January 20, 2015
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Glenturret 10 year old review

Glenturret is “the spiritual home” of The Famous Grouse brand, because it is the core malt in their whiskies. So it is Scotland’s most visited whisky distillery, because of the The Famous Grouse Experience, a 5 Star visitor experience. The distillery was officially established in 1775 but there’s been claims, […]
February 15, 2015
Compass Box Peat Monster review

Compass Box The Peat Monster blended malt review

Compass Box The Peat Monster is a vatted malt of Islay, Speyside and Isle of Mull, created by John Glaser from Compass Box. The Speyside malt comes from Ardmore distillery. Islay is represented by a village of Port Askaig and some south coast Islay too. Also with some peated malt from […]
March 7, 2015
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The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 year old review

Glenlivet Nàdurra 16 year old is a small batch cask strength single malt whisky, “nadurra” meaning natural in Gaelic. Based on the alcohol per volume level and the time I bought it, I think that this sample is from the batch bottled in January 2014. Resembling a lot of Glenlivet 12YO, which i […]
April 18, 2015
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Smokehead Extra Black 18 year old review

Smokehead 18 year old single malt is a 6000 bottle limited release by Ian Macleod – a mystery dram from Islay. There’s also a non age statement whisky under the Smokehead brand, launched in 2006. It is much cheaper and presumably, better available than this 18YO Extra Black. The name, […]
May 4, 2015
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BenRiach 15 year old Single Cask Release 1998 review

Like The Whisky Exchange puts it, “a slightly crazy entry” this BenRiach’s 10th single cask release – malt whisky triple distilled, unlike their regular double distilled spirit. It’s been matured for 15 years and finished in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon. 630 bottles has been released. Mine was only a […]
May 6, 2015
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BenRiach 15 year old Dark Rum Finish review

This dram is BenRiach 15 year old single malt whisky matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks and after that, finished in Jamaican dark rum casks. Released in 2006, it is part of BenRiach’s “Wood Finish Series”, there’s been 350 six-packs made available world-wide. The series also includes Pedro Ximenez Sherry, […]
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