Tag Archives: Highlands

Balblair 9, 2012-2021, Bourbon Barrel, 58.7% – Whiskybase

With another 10,000 bottles on the wall, as they call it, at Whiskybase, another bottling had to be released. Of course, by now the 200k bottling has been out as well, as it the 210k one. So yes, another reasonable … Continue reading

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Tomatin 14, 2008-2022, Cognac Barrique finish, 50% – Thompson Brothers

Some time ago I was talking with my in-laws about whisky. My father-in-law and both brothers-in-law are quite enthusiastic about whisky too, so we tend to end up drinking a dram and chatting about good booze quite often. In this … 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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Glen Garioch 10, 2011-2022, Bourbon Cask, 53.4% – Michiel Wigman

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed that virtually all of Michiel Wigman’s whiskies have been reviewed here. I bet I missed some, and I do know I have some other spirits of his … Continue reading

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Fettercairn 14, 2007-2021, Oloroso Sherry Puncheon 1823, 55.2% – Infrequent Flyers

One of those blind-spot whiskies because I generally don’t care about the distillery’s output. This one wasn’t that bad at all, but because of my limited knowledge, I never even really considered Fettercairn. I randomly guessed BenRiach, because it was … Continue reading


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Lochside 29, 1981-2010, Fino Hogshead, 52.7% – The Whisky Agency

During the first Advent period of the lockdowns, back in 2020, my good friend JPH and I decided we wanted to try some awesome whiskies. Online, of course, so we had to get our hands on two sets of samples. … Continue reading

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Tomatin 21, bottled in 2020, Travel Retail Exclusive, 46%

Another COVID leftover. This one, like many others, was bought to be part of a tasting. At this point, I’m not even sure that ever happened, but the bottle did end up in my collection during lockdown. Anyway, Tomatin can … Continue reading

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Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 008, 2020, 59.2%

The fact that this is labeled as batch ‘008’ sounds rather presumptuous, if you ask me. I don’t think there’s a whisky company that doesn’t consider rebranding their entire line every six to eight years. So, from that perspective, it’s … Continue reading

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Jura ‘Two-One-Two’ 13, 2006-2019, American White Oak Barrels, 47.5%

It’s not often that I try whisky from the Isle of Jura (distillery). From the early onset of my whisky fanaticism I’ve not held much love for Jura. In some cases I figured I had to get over that and … Continue reading

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Ardmore 1999-2018, 43% – Gordon & MacPhail

Interestingly, among the whisky geeks I know, these distillery labels by Gordon & MacPhail are not very popular. Being bottled at 43% doesn’t help, because it’s not cask strength. It’s not even 46%, which sits above the threshold for whisky … Continue reading

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