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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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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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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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The Singleton of Glen Ord 11yo, 2008-2019, 54.8% – Distillery Only / Highland Whisky Festival

I got this sample in Jon Beach’s Advent Calendar, which I only started drinking this week, and only got in between Christmas and New Year’s. As usual, late to the party… Anyway, my good friend JPH (aka Shrek) and I … Continue reading

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Chichibu IPA cask, 2017 edition, 57.5%

I have very limited experience with IPA cask whiskies. Mostly because there aren’t many around. And, honestly, if Glenfiddich’s version is anything to go by, that’s not a bad thing. I tried a sip of this whisky at Maltstock last … Continue reading

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White Horse, OB,1960s, no ABV

This sample comes from Jon Beach (of Fiddler’s fame), from a 6 liter bottle. Jon opened it during this year’s Feis Ile and sold samples for the Beatson Cancer Unit in Glasgow. A nice gesture if there ever was one, especially since … Continue reading

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