Tag Archives: Islay

Ardbeg Perpetuum, 200th Anniversary, 47.4%

It was about 5 years ago that a lot of distilleries on the south coast of Islay celebrated their bicentennial. And by a lot I mean all three of them. Lagavulin released their 8 year old which I thought was … Continue reading

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Bowmore Tempest II, 10yo, First Fill Bourbon casks, 56%

It’s no secret that I love Bowmore. It’s one of those distilleries that I enjoy from the young to the old releases, although most older releases are way out of my league. What I also love(d) are the series they … Continue reading

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Bruichladdich 2003-2017, 14yo, Bourbon Barrel MoS 17015, 56.8% – Malts of Scotland

I’m not alone in this, although there are many who aren’t exactly agreeing with me too. I generally really love Bruichladdich with a bit of age, from a bourbon cask. I know I can count on a lot of nodding … Continue reading

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An Islay Distillery 12, 2008-2020, 54.2% – First Cask

Recently, Whisky Import Nederland, the company behind the First Cask brand, released a series of six whiskies. There were some interesting bottles in that batch, but the one that stood out was this ‘An Islay Distillery’. Why, you ask? This: … Continue reading

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Kilchoman 13, 2007-2020, Bourbon Barrel 69/2007, 55.5% – OB for Max & Julia

I got a wee sample of this from the guy who owned the cask, and he asked me to review it. Of course I didn’t do that right away, since that’s not really how I operate. Shameful, but true… A … Continue reading

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Kilchoman, Fino Sherry Butt, 2020 release, 46%

This whisky is a recipe for success. The two main reasons for that are the fact that Kilchoman generally makes good whisky AND I love Fino Sherry casks used for whisky. Combine those two, and you get the coastal notes … Continue reading

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Ardbeg Wee Beastie, 5yo, 47.4%

It’s been ages since I bought any Ardbeg. Generally when something new comes out it is either matured in weird casks, combined with a ridiculous marketing blurb, or ridiculously expensive. Often it is a combination of several of these factors. … Continue reading

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Laphroaig Càirdeas Triple Wood, 59.5% – OB for Feis Ile 2019

Another Feis Ile bottling. One I must I admit I had already forgotten about. I’m pulling from a backlog of tasting notes since I’ve not been tasting much the last few months. It’s only very occasionally that I feel my … Continue reading

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Caol Ila 10, 58.2% – OB for Feis Ile 2018

As every year, there’s a Caol Ila Feis Ile bottling. Even this year there are bottlings, even though there was no festival due to COVID-19. Also as always, Diageo tries to come up with something they haven’t done before for … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Lagavulin with Port Ellen influences

Tom climbs his pen once again to write down his thoughts on the new Lagavulin 12 years old. An annual highlight in the world of special releases. A highlight in the year is always the Special Releases announcement of Diageo. … Continue reading

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