Single malt

Whiskies made out of malted barley from a single distillery.

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 1, 2014
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Glenfiddich 15 year old review

I’M GOING HOME without it I’m Going Home (Vou Para Casa) suits well with this Glenfiddich. The title of that Portuguese movie came to mind, when I first tasted this dram. Portuguese oak tuns are also used for Glenfiddich 15 year old single malt. Glenfiddich 15 yrs is matured in American […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 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 […]
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 20, 2014
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Glenfiddich 12 year old review

THERE WILL BE BLOOD before I’m through with this dram! I feel bad for making a movie reference of something good compared to a poor showing. There Will Be Blood was good but that was the first thought that came to my mind after Glenfiddich 12 year old single malt. […]
August 19, 2014
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Dalmore 12 year old review

HELLO, DOLLY! I’m leaving you Dolly The Dalmore 12 year old single malt is matured in American white oak and Oloroso sherry casks. For my taste, a contradictory dram. Pure with fruity sweet notes, yet with a bad twist. I detest marzipan and unfortunately Dalmore 12 yrs had it a […]
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 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 14, 2014
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Bruichladdich Links Valhalla 15 year old review

Matured for 15 years in bourbon casks, this dram is part ten of the Golf themed Links series from Bruichladdich distillery. Limited edition of 18 000 bottles, each bottle has been made of casks selected by Master Distiller Jim McEwan. The label has a painted golf themed Valhalla in it […]
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 8, 2014
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An Cnoc 12 year old review

Like tasting 500 DAYS OF SUMMER The 12 year old single malt by An Cnoc didn’t rock my world too much. Not a bad whisky, but a bit too flat-lined on the taste and finish. Yet, very easy to drink but not offering anything special. This sweet and spicy dram […]
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 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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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