Speyside

June 30, 2015
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Longmorn 12YO 1994 by Murray McDavid review

This is a whisky from the independent bottler Murray McDavid and it is part of their “turquoise series”. I had a chance to try it on our way to Teerenpeli distillery tour in Lahti, Finland. It is Longmorn 12 year old single malt from 1994 and it has been matured in a bourbon but. Finished on […]
June 3, 2015
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The Glenlivet 18 year old review

I’ll continue with Glenlivet theme, so here’s a review of The Glenlivet 18 year old single malt. Which, after a great experience with the 12YO, was bit of a disappointment. The 18YO is surprisingly rough for its age, though it’s not the only reason for my reasonably humble scoring. Probably […]
May 31, 2015
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The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve review

I recently heard that this Glenlivet replaces their 12 year old single malt in the UK market. Being a fan of The Glenlivet 12YO, I had to get my hands on this dram. Even though I felt that this has to be a step back from the whisky it was […]
May 28, 2015

The Glenlivet 12 year old review

The Glenlivet 12 year old single malt plays a great part in my memory lane. I received a bottle of this smooth Speysider while celebrating the birth of my second kid in 2011. So my opinion might be biased because there’s lots of emotions going on with this whisky. Then […]
May 26, 2015

BenRiach 13 year old Maderensis Fumosus, Madeira Finish review

This BenRiach, the 13 year old Madeira Finish, also known as “Maderensis Fumosus” (smoky Madeira in Latin), was my favorite in Speyside blind tasting within our local whisky community here in Finland. In overall scoring it came second just behind GlenDronach 21YO Parliament. I did manage to guess the distillery and […]
May 17, 2015
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BenRiach 1994 18 year old Tawny Port Finish review – bottled for Finland

My BenRiach filled May continues with 18 year old Tawny Port Finish 1994 specially selected and bottled for Finland by the great Speyside distillery. The one I’m reviewing was bottled October 2012, cask number 3585 and bottle number 102 of 301. BenRiach 1994 18YO Tawny Port Finish for Finland is […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
March 13, 2015
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The Naked Grouse blended malt whisky review

This BIRD is hard to comprehend, yet it’s rich The Naked Grouse is a blended malt whisky from The Famous Grouse brand by The Edrington Group. The malts are from Highland Park and Macallan, matured in first-fill Sherry casks. It has a higher proportion of above-mentioned malts, than in the […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]
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 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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