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 […]
March 4, 2015
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Highland Park 18 year old review

Edit 7/7/2019: I’ve kept my old bottling of Highland Park 18 year old stashed away in my cabinet. In fear of too much oxidation, I’ve transferred it to a smaller bottle after halfway through. Then, in autumn of 2018 we decided to have a Highland Park tasting with the 18YO […]
February 27, 2015
Säntis Appenzeller Single Malt

Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit Peated whisky review

Säntis Malt Edition Dreifaltigkeit is a cask strength peated whisky from Switzerland. This beauty has been matured in old (60-130 years old) oak beer casks that were smoked with oak wood by the “Swiss Highlander”. Säntis whisky is a product of Locher brewery – famous for making a wide range […]
February 21, 2015
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey review | 12 year old cask strength Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey review

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a small batch 12 year old bourbon by Heaven Hill Distilleries. Bottled cask strength, this batch in question has a whopping 67,4% alcohol per volume level. I had to test this devil neat and boy oh boy, was it spicy and strong! Tough but good […]
February 19, 2015
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Willett Single Barrel Rye 4 year old review

Family Estate Bottled Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey Aged 4 years, this straight rye whiskey has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% barley. This rye dram is truly a craft whiskey coming from private family-owned Willett Distilling Company (also known as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers). Willett Single Barrel whiskeys are selected […]
February 18, 2015
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Yoichi 10 year old review

Nikka Yoichi 10 year old single malt comes from the Hokkaido island in Japan. Matured in new oak Hogshead barrels, which are built on-site. In conditions, where the temperature varies very much. Yoichi 10YO is like velvet in your mouth. Manages to be oily enough, but not too oily to […]
January 30, 2015
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Ardbeg Uigeadail review

Obviously I’ve already heard that Ardbeg Uigeadail is a legendary non age statement whisky by the famous smoke whisky producer in Islay. But I didn’t know that when I first discovered this whisky by accident (got a miniature gift bottle while purchasing the Ardbeg 10yo). Ardbeg Uigeadail has made quite […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
August 22, 2014
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BenRiach 17 year old Septendecim review

WHEN WE WERE KINGS – old time whisky from Speyside BenRiach 17 year old Septendecim (means seventeen in Latin) is a great addition into BenRiach’s peated range. Finished in Ex-bourbon casks, it is a robust dram, apparently made more like a Speyside whisky from the past. And what a past Speyside […]
June 17, 2014
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Highland Park Vintage 2001 review – distilled 2001, bottled 2012

Highland Park Vintage 2001 was made for travel retail and duty free shops, high proportion matured in first-fill American oak casks to bring up the smokier side of Highland Park. It was my very first encounter with Highland Park. I actually didn’t know what to expect. I certainly didn’t realize, that […]
June 16, 2014
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GlenDronach 15 year old Revival review

GlenDronach is a well respected whisky distillery, offering quality stuff mostly matured in sherry casks. And so is The GlenDronach 15 year old Revival, matured in Oloroso casks. The distillery was founded in 1826 and is one of the first licensed distilleries in Scotland. Nowadays it’s owned by BenRiach. GlenDronach […]
April 1, 2014

Big Peat review

Big boy – A DIE HARD whisky Big Peat is Die Hard. Offering smoky explosions and heavy blasting, yet hints of the soft and tender side, mostly for the nose. Big Peat’s personification, Beauregard I. G. Peat, is surely a citizen of Islay. You can tell that from miles away, […]
April 1, 2014
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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2012 Cask Strength review

Great sequel – DIE HARD II whisky I already reviewed the original Big Peat. This is the same stuff but cask strength. Nice sequel for the “Die Hard whisky“, as I referenced Big Peat. Same ingredients but with more power and explosions. Just like Die Hard II, this dram follows […]
March 28, 2014
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Lagavulin 1996 Distillers Edition review

Lagavulin 1996 Distillers Edition, also stated as the double matured, is evidently their 16 year old with a Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry cask finish. A fact, that really explained a lot to me about this dram afterwards. Actually I didn’t know it before I started the tasting, even though Lagavulin 16 years […]
March 28, 2014
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Lagavulin 16 year old review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Other Lagavulin reviews Where can I start? Still, after over 200 whiskies tasted, my absolute favorite dram. I could go on and on about the grandeur of Lagavulin 16 year old. It is the reason, why I started my whisky tasting hobby. Whisky has been one […]