90 points and over

February 18, 2020

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Review

Laphroaig Quarter Cask is quite famous single malt from the region of Islay. It was first introduced in 2004 and it has ever since made quite a reputation for itself. The whisky used is only around five years old when it’s being transferred to quarter casks for finish. The finishing […]
December 7, 2019
Old Buck 7YO

Old Buck 7 year old single malt whisky review

Here’s a quick review of Finnish 7 year old single malt called Old Buck, served straight from the restaurant brewery which made the whisky, called Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s in Pori. Old Buck is officially the first Finnish single malt whisky, coming from a micro distillery as small as it can […]
August 30, 2019
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Ballechin SFTC 13YO 2004 Port Matured – cask number 199

Ballechin SFTC 13 year old comes from one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, Edradour distillery which was founded in 1825. SFTC means Straight From The Cask so this whisky is cask strength. Ballechin whiskies are heavily peated Edradours, so this single malt is a smoky one, with 13 years […]
August 10, 2019
Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Review

Tyrconnell 16 year old single malt review

Tyrconnell 16 year old is an Irish single malt whiskey by Cooley distillery Cooley also produces brands like Kilbeggan, Greenore and Connemara. This one’s a double distilled malt coming from Cooley’s unusually shaped copper pot stills. Those stills are small sized with a long neck. This way the shape gives […]
August 10, 2019

Tomatin 27YO Single Cask 1990 – Distillery Exclusive

Tomatin Single Cask 27 year old, distilled 24th of September 1990, bottled 22nd of May 2018. Cask number 16366, bottle number 185. Hand bottled and bought exclusively from Tomatin distillery, received a sample from my whisky buddy here in Finland, while doing a whisky tasting at friend’s summer cottage. Couldn’t […]
July 10, 2019
Orkneyinga Legacy Highland Park 12YO 46% ABV

Highland Park 12YO Orkneyinga Legacy review

I have to call this one a legend right away. This is the regular Highland Park 12 year old single malt whisky on steroids. Orkneyinga Legacy is a rarity you can usually get straight from the distillery. Yes, no retail possibility for this beauty. 2018 spring being the exception when […]
July 5, 2019
Highland Park Sydäntalvi Review

Highland Park Sydäntalvi 15YO Single Cask review

Sydäntalvi is a 15 year old single cask Highland Park distilled in 2001, bottled in 2017 for the Finnish retail market. Since their first single cask release for Finnish retail market in 2016, Highland Park has continued to launch new ones because of their success. The first four releases, including […]
May 18, 2019
Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye

Millstone 100 Dutch Single Rye review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes In honor of World Whisky Day (18/5/2019) I’ll release a review of great rye whisky from the Netherlands. Millstone Single Rye 100 comes from Zuidam distillery. These Dutch experts have been producing whisky since 1996. Millstone 100 – not 23 Like Jim Carrey’s character in that […]
April 2, 2019
Malted Rye Whisky by Kyrö distillery in honor of Finland's 100 years of independence

Kyrö Suomi100 Malted Rye Whisky review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Kyrö Suomi100 celebrates Finland’s 100 years of independence. This single malt rye whisky has been distilled from 100% Finnish rye and matured over 3 years in American oak casks by Kyrö Distillery. Released on 6th of December 2017 (on Finnish independence day). Limited edition of only […]
February 16, 2019
Redbreast 12YO CS

Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength review

This Redbreast 12 year old is an cask strength Irish Single Pot Still whiskey from New Middleton distillery. Single Pot Still whiskeys are also known as Pure Pot Still, a traditional yet rare Irish way of making whiskey using malted and unmalted “green” barley. So far New Middleton is the […]
July 18, 2018
Booker's True Barrel

Booker’s 6YO True Barrel Bourbon Batch 2017

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes An interesting cask strength whiskey release by Jim Beam. Booker’s True Barrel Bourbons are 6 year old bottlings straight from the barrel, originally hand selected by Jim Beam’s grandson Booker Noe. The product has been around since 1988. Ever since then, Booker’s True Barrel releases have taken […]
July 12, 2018
Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye Whiskey Review

Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye Whiskey

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Old Potrero is an American rye whiskey brand by Anchor Distilling Co (renamed Hotaling & Co. in 2018) located at Potrero Hill, San Francisco. Their 18th Century Style Rye Whiskey is something that I’ve been dying to try ever since I heard about this weirdo. Yes, […]
April 14, 2018
FEW Rye Whiskey

FEW Rye Whiskey review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes FEW Rye Whiskey is a 3 year old, 70% rye from a young American craft distillery by FEW Spirits. Established in 2011 just outside Chicago (Evanston, Illinois) by Paul Hletko, FEW distillery makes American gin, white whiskey, bourbon and rye whiskey. They’ve already managed to produce […]
September 2, 2017
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Pikesville 6YO 110 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Well, where can you start with Pikesville 6 year old 110 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey? This fantastic rye whiskey has gained quite a reputation. Released in 2015, it has received great acknowledgments in a short period of time. Pikesville 6YO Rye has received: Double Gold at […]
August 12, 2017
Port Charlotte 10YO review

Port Charlotte 10YO Second Edition review

WhiskyRant conclusions Tasting notes Port Charlotte 10 year old Second Edition single malt whisky was released in 2016 – as part of a trio of 10 year old whiskies, along with Octomore & Laddie Ten, released by Bruichladdich. Second Edition is a successor for Port Charlotte PC10. Its alcohol by […]
July 31, 2017
Amrut Fusion review

Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky was selected Jim Murray’s “3rd Finest Whisky in the World” for 2010. This Indian single malt was launched in 2009 and ever since then it has gathered praises from all over the world. It even won “The Best Whisky for a […]
July 27, 2017
Springbank 12YO Cask Strength Whisky

Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength batch 13 review

I had previously tasted batch 10 of Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength single malt. I fell in love with it. Now it was time for batch 13 in a local Finnish whisky tasting. And what another wonderful release of Springbank’s 12YO CS it was. This Campbeltown based distillery malt, […]
April 11, 2017
Compass Box The Lost Blend

Compass Box The Lost Blend review

Compass Box The Lost Blend is a continuum to their first blended malt called Eleuthera, released in 2001. First whisky ever by Compass Box was Hedonism by the way, a blended grain whisky which I got a chance to taste in 2016. Eleuthera was a blended malt containing approximately 80% […]
December 28, 2016
Compass Box Flaming Heart

Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Whisky review

Celebrating Compass Box’s fifteenth anniversary, the 2015 edition of Flaming Heart is another fine example of top notch blending by John Glaser and his company. Glaser has been named “Innovator of the Year” four times by Whisky Magazine and “Pioneer of the Year” twice by Malt Advocate. He has stated […]
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 […]
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 […]
January 16, 2016
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Mackmyra Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke) review

Mackmyra Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke in English) is the first peated whisky by the artisans of Sweden. Usually Mackmyra releases cask strength whisky, but this is not. Mackmyra website states, that this whisky is made completely out of Swedish ingredients only. Matured in a selection of Swedish oak casks. According […]
December 18, 2015
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Bushmills 21 year old Rare review

I heard lots of good things about Bushmills 21 year old Rare single malt before we had an Irish whiskey tasting with our local whisky club. And believe me, those good things turned out to be true. Truly, a magnificent whiskey by the Northern Ireland distillery, The Old Bushmills. I’ve […]
November 12, 2015
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Redbreast 15 year old Single Pot Still review

This expression came up in Irish whiskey tasting with our local whisky community. Redbreast 15 year old comes from the New Middleton distillery in Cork, famous for making Single Pot Still whiskey (also known Pure Pot Still). So far they are the only ones making it with an age statement […]
October 15, 2015

Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 47 review

Finally got my hands on a release of this well respected Aberlour A’Bunadh. The name is derived from Gaelic, meaning “return to origin”. That’s because the whisky has been produced according to the methods that were common around 1870’s. I ordered a sample of Batch 47 of the popular A’Bunadh […]
October 2, 2015
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Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength batch 10 review

Welcome to my review of Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength version. Springbank is a fairly small distillery with an annual production capacity of 750 000 litres. Owned by the Mitchell’s, which is the same family who founded the distillery in 1828. That makes Springbank the oldest distillery continually owned by […]
September 6, 2015
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Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask review

Kavalan is Taiwanese single malt produced and bottled by King Car Kavalan distillery. They started bottling of Kavalan in 2008 and their whiskies have good reputation, which has been growing fast. It also shows in the price tag and availability, which is why I’m reviewing a sample. My 5 cl […]
July 11, 2015
Highland Park Valhalla Series – Freya

Highland Park Freya 15 year old review

I haven’t tasted the first two, but I got a chance to try the third release of Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection: Freya, a 15 year old single malt whisky. This one was named after the Norse Goddess of Love. Freya the Goddess was sensitive and wise – a valiant protector of human […]
May 11, 2015
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BenRiach 17 year old Solstice (2nd edition) review

17 year old Solstice from BenRiach is the second edition of the series in question, replacing the 15 year old single malt whisky, which was well appreciated by Whisky Bible’s Jim Murray. Solstice is distilled from heavily peated malted barley and matured in ex-bourbon casks. Finished in tawny port pipes. […]
April 8, 2015
Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon from Frankfort, Kentucky

Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon review

For a brief moment, I was MAVERICK taking a sip Blanton’s Original is a product by Sazerac Company, made by Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, Kentucky. According to Wikipedia (4/2015), it was the first bourbon marketed under the single barrel statement. There’s so much old school in it: the history, the […]
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