Speyside

February 28, 2014
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Glen Parker Speyside Single Malt review

CIDER HOUSE RULES gone bad If you know about Glen Parker Single Malt’s reputation and wonder why I bother reviewing this one, it’s because Whisky Bible’s Jim Murray gave it 86 points. Well, actually this isn’t much of a review. I can’t come up with much words for it. I hardly […]
March 31, 2014
Glen Elgin 12yo review

Glen Elgin 12 year old review

KILL BILL VOL. 2 experience for me Glen Elgin 12YO is a tricky single malt. I had this one in a whisky tasting and sampling just isn’t enough for me to get a hang of it. Glen Elgin 12 years felt like a sequel to something more full. Kill Bill […]
April 2, 2014
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Knockando 1993 12 year old review

SOME LIKE IT HOT but this is mildly hot Knockando 12 year old is always a product of one single season. I got a chance to taste the 1993 version at our local whisky society tasting in Finland. If Knockando 12YO was a movie, it might be a typical Friday […]
April 4, 2014
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Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 review

Tried a sample of Monkey Shoulder Batch 27. A blended malt from William Grant & Sons, mixed together with malts from Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. The funny name comes from the temporary injuries, that malt men suffered at distilleries, when turning the barley by hand. EMMANUELLE without any risk taking […]
May 12, 2014
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Sheep Dip whisky review

The name Sheep Dip comes from the insesticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. Back in the day, farmers used to make “home made whisky”, because they didn’t want to pay any taxes for it. To help hiding their whisky, they marked each barrel with “SD”. Great story and […]
May 13, 2014
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Cragganmore 14 year old (Friends of the Classic Malts) review

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS I wouldn’t want to waste in this dram Well, I didn’t waste any dollars in Cragganmore 14 year old single malt – it was a dram in one of our whisky society’s tastings in Finland. But if I ever had bought one, I’d be very much […]
May 14, 2014
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Speyburn 10 year old review

For many years, Speyburn 10 year old has been one of the cheapest single malt whiskys in Finnish liquor stores. And compared to the low price, many people might call this one a “cost efficient whisky”. If you may use that kind of term about the king of alcohol – […]
May 16, 2014
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Macallan 10YO Sherry Oak and Sherry Oak Cask Strength reviews

10YO Sherry Oak – SHERRYBABY right from the start Macallan Sherry Oak is matured in selected sherry oak casks from Jerez. Unlike the Macallan Fine Oak, which is matured in different kind of casks. I got the Macallan tripack, which includes 3 x 33,3 cl of the 10YO, 12YO Elegancia and the […]
May 16, 2014
Macallan 12YO Elegancia and 10YO cask strength reviews

Macallan 12 year old Elegancia review

First of all, Macallan Elegancia is a interesting addition to the whisky world. Especially for whisky drinkers, who love wine. I’m not one of those but still this dram managed to capture me a bit. The Elegancia, which I tasted, was a part of Macallan tripack: that included 3 x […]
May 20, 2014
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Macallan 18 year old Sherry Oak review

Macallan 18YO Sherry Oak is an okay whisky but it was bit of a small disappointment for me. That’s because I tasted it very early, while starting my “whisky tasting career”. Nowadays I already know, what kind of whiskys I might like. Back then, when I tasted this, Macallan 18 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 14, 2014
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Johnnie Walker Blue Label review

The Blue Label by Johnnie Walker tries to capture some of the earliest whisky blends from the 19th century. In my opinion, most overpriced whisky there is. Cardhu distillery malts have been used as the core of this blended whisky. This is like CUTTHROAT ISLAND Johnnie Walker Blue Label is […]
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 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 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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
October 23, 2014
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Label 5 blended whisky review

THE FRANCO-SCOTS ALLIANCE of whisky The Label 5 is a blended Scotch whisky, owned by a French company called La Martiniquaise. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2014 claimed it to be 10th overall in total whisky sales in 2012, with total of 28 million bottles shipped all over the world. Surprisingly it […]
November 20, 2014

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old review

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old single malt has been matured in two different wood types. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and then transferred into first fill European oak sherry casks. Full and smooth dram, that manages to be moderately dry. Suits well for me, who isn’t that passionate for über […]
December 12, 2014
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Chivas Regal 12 year old review

Chivas Regal, a very famous Scotch brand can trace its roots back to 1801. Strathisla, built in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla, is the distillery in the highlands of Scotland, which was bought by Chivas Brothers in 1950. Strathisla is also known for nice Speyside single malt […]
December 17, 2014
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Peat’s Beast Intensely Peated single malt review

Peat’s Beast is a heavily peated single malt whisky, with phenol level of 35 ppm (parts per million). Coming from a mystery distillery from Speyside in Scotland. Matured in bourbon casks, bottled by an independent bottler, Fox Fitzgerald. The first release (2011) was a 5000 bottle edition. Like BEAUTY AND THE […]
February 14, 2015

Johnnie Walker Red Label review

I decided to get back to my roots by reviewing Johnnie Walker Red Label, one of the biggest selling whiskies in the world – usually the “cheapest whisky in the house”, when you ask the bartender. Nothing great but along with Jack Daniel’s one of the first whiskies, I’ve ever […]
February 24, 2015
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Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt review

In 2006, The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust found three cases of Chas Mackinlay & Co’s whisky in the ice under Ernest Shackleton’s hut. Shackleton made an expedition to Antarctic in 1907-1909. The expedition didn’t go well, forcing Shackleton to abandon their hut and leave stuff behind – including the whisky […]
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 […]
March 13, 2015
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The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky review

Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. started the Famous Grouse production in 1897 and nowadays it’s been made by The Edrington Group. Named after the famous British moorland bird called red grouse (lagopus lagopus scoticus), which is Scotland’s national game bird. “It has been the highest selling whisky in Scotland since […]
March 13, 2015
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The Black Grouse Alpha Edition review

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition is a peated version of the Famous Grouse. This is a little bit peatier than the ordinary Black Grouse whisky released in 2007, developed for Swedish market. In the label, there’s that grouse again, this time it’s a black one (tetrao tetrix). Miss Whisky has a […]
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