Tag Archives: Best of Whiskies

Springbank 20, 1998-2018, Sherry cask, 48% – Antique Lions of Spirits

When I saw the price tag on this one I had to check whether there was a typo there. The ‘cheapest’ one clocks in at almost € 450. For a twenty year old Springbank. The danger of such ridiculously expensive … Continue reading

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Springbank 22, 1997-2020, 55.4% – Private cask for HMMJ

Private casks are a bit more rare these days, than they were a decade or so ago. This is in part because it’s much harder to purchase casks from Springbank, and in part because Springbank started buying casks back year … Continue reading

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Rhumerie du Simon 15yo, 2004-2019, 61% – The Duchess

I decided that the summery weather warrants a summery drink, and what’s more summery than rum? Daiquiris maybe, but apart from that I can’t really think of anything. So, I picked this sample that Best of Wines recently sent me, … Continue reading

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Foursquare 2001-2019, 18yo, 56.9% – The Duchess

Yet another rum from The Duchess, which is a series from Best of Wines in Bussum, The Netherlands. They’ve been bottling some whisky, but lately it is mostly rum that’s coming from their stables. In this case there are two … Continue reading

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Enmore 1990, 28yo, 54.9% – The Duchess

I feel like a bit of a douche for not reviewing this rum earlier, since I’ve had the sample sitting on my shelf for months. Unfortunately, I put another bottle in front of it, and with me having to switch … Continue reading

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Diamond Distillery 20yo, Guyana, 50.8% – The Duchess

This is a bit of an interesting one, as was the Foursquare from a few days ago. The Foursquare was matured in both bourbon casks (fairly regular) and sherry casks (fairly unique). This one is matured in Armagnac casks, even … Continue reading

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Caroni 21yo, Trinidad, 64.1% – The Duchess

Caroni is more or less the Port Ellen of the rum world. It’s been closed for a decade or two, and prices are soaring since most people are only now (the last couple of years) discovering the quality of the … Continue reading

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Foursquare 13yo, 2005-2018, 59% – The Duchess for Whisky & Rum aan Zee

This Whisky & Rum aan Zee festival is actually pretty close to where I live. If I’m not mistaken my local bottle shop even rents a bus to drive her customers there for a tenner (if that’s still the case). … Continue reading

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Caroni 20yo, 1998-2018, 64.6% – The Duchess

The guys at The Duchess seem to be on the rum train! I talked to Nils about this and he told this was mostly due to availability. The whisky market is booming and therefore caskes are scarce. With rum this … Continue reading

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Two new releases from The Duchess

Since Best of Wines in Bussum, The Netherlands, has been bottling whisky, they’ve not released a lot. As far as I know there have been only three bottlings prior to these. Three are in their Shieldmaidens range, and one was … Continue reading

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