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Glenburgie 27, 1995-2022, Hogshead 6668, 57.7% – Signatory Vintage for Wu Dram Clan

The last of the three bottlings for Wu Dram Clan’s third anniversary. I wonder whether they picked three because there’s three of them, or because they’re three years old. If it’s the latter, we’re in for some interesting follow up … Continue reading

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Balcones 4, 2017-2021, American Oak Barrel 16993, 63.6% – Archives

It’s not often that a four year old whisky scores richly above 88 points on Whiskybase, but this one does. It’s 28 votes, so not the most in the world, but not insignificant either. This Texas single malt whisky was … Continue reading

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Teaninich 20, 1999-2019, Hogshead 307938, 55.7% – Archives

Teaninich is one of the work horse distilleries of Diageo, situated in Alness where I happened to reside for a couple of days at the end of October. Didn’t go to the distillery though, since they don’t receive visitors and … Continue reading

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Clynelish 18, Refill Bourbon Barrel 26.70, 54.7% – SMWS (Gobstoppers in the Headmaster’s Office)

Yes, one of those names that doesn’t mean anything to me unless I Google it. And even then relevance is highly limited. But in the end, it’s what in the bottle that counts. Interestingly, this whisky is a bottle I … Continue reading

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Macallan ‘Rich Cacao’, The Harmony Collection, 44%

The fifth of twelve whiskies in this year’s Blind Tasting Competition. Because age-guessing is part of the game, I never think of NAS whiskies. But, apart from that, I would never have guessed Macallan. Just on principe. Value for Money … Continue reading

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Watt Whisky, in person

With a group of friends that I’ve known for almost 20 years, we go to Scotland more or less every two years. The previous trip was in 2018, to Islay, which meant the next one was planned for the spring … Continue reading

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On scoring whiskies

Over the last year or so, I’ve gotten some questions about whisky ratings. In general, as to what means what, why most things score in the eighties, but also about my ratings in particular. Some people find my ratings a … Continue reading

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Black Friday 2021, 22yo, 49.2% – The Whisky Exchange

At The Whisky Exchange, they’ve become quite adept at creating traditions. Apart from hosting some festivals, they also release some very special limited releases that I always look forward to. The same is true for their Fine Christmas Malt, and … Continue reading

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Closing the door on 2020

Fair warning: I’m going to ramble. Let’s do some reviewing of 2020, shall we? Of course, there’s a million other pages out there doing that, going on about how Corona affected their lives and their livelihood and such. I’m not … Continue reading

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De Struise Brouwers, anno 2020

When I started drinking craft beers some years ago, De Struise Brouwers were right at the top of everyone’s list. They made innovative beers that broke the Belgian mould (The Belgian Mould being Blonde, Double, Tripel, sometimes a Quadrupel). They … Continue reading

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