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Glen Albyn 1976-2012, Refill Sherry Butts, 43% – Gordon & MacPhail

Jon Beach’s Advent Calendar wouldn’t be complete without a dram of all three former Inverness distilleries! The other two are reviewed already (Millburn and Glen Mhor), but the Glen Albyn was still lying in wait. To be honest I am … Continue reading

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Macallan 10, bottled in the late eighties, 40%

Macallan is one of those distilleries that have spent ages getting their reputation to a stellar level. Age was important, golden promise barley was important, the best sherry casks from Jerez were important. Only to be kicked down again by … Continue reading

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Mortlach 1978-1998, 20yo, 62.2% – Rare Malts Selection

By now the Rare Malts Selection is quickly becoming the stuff of legend. It’s not even that all of them are stellar whiskies, but enough of them are to lift up the entire series. And when they are stellar, I … Continue reading

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Ballechin 15, 2004-2019, Bourbon casks 74+76, 52% – The Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland

I tried this whisky on two different occasions. Once at Fiddler’s in 2019, and recently when it also popped out of the Advent Calendar I’ve been going on about for a while now. Ballechin, as some of you might know, … Continue reading

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Speyburn 26, 1988-2015, Cask 2114, 52.3% – Berry Bros. & Rudd

Speyburn, one of those distilleries that does things more or less the same as they did it when the distillery opened. At least, that’s the way their official bottlings taste. Made more or less infamous by the insessant unwanted marketing … Continue reading

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Girvan 27, 1989-2017, Bourbon Barrel 167863, 51.4% – Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I generally don’t care much for grain whisky. In most cases, especially in the last eight years or so, I consider it to be bottled too young. Before then, there were lots of really tasty … Continue reading

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Blended Malt, 1993-2017, Ex-Sherry Hogshead 17, 53.6% – The Thompson Bros.

Yet another whisky from the Fiddler’s Advent Calendar. And a bottling from the yet-to-be-visited Thompson Brothers. As in, I still need to visit the Dornoch Castle Hotel and its whisky bar. Of course, with this being a blended malt, there’s … Continue reading

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Millburn 1978-2008, 46% – Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage

A bottle of Millburn was my first ‘expensive’ whisky, years ago. It unfortunately set a precedent and things have been going in every which way since. I remember trying that bottle based on a sample Rob Stevens, of De Whiskykoning … Continue reading

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Glen Mhor 1980-2011, Refill Sherry Butts, 43% – Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage

Yet another obscure whisky from the Fiddler’s Advent Calendar. It has been a few years since I tried any Glen Mhor, which is not strange considering the place has been closed for 38 years. This gentle 43% whisky was bottled … Continue reading

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Arran 22, 1996-2019, Sherry Hogshead 624, 54.5% – OB for Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland

A second whisky from the advent calendar from Fiddler’s in Drumnadrochit. So far I’ve reviewed only one, but tried the first nine drams and if there is going to be a calendar this year, I’m getting it. The whisky’s are … Continue reading

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