Tag Archives: Virgin oak cask

Balcones 4, 2017-2021, American Oak Barrel 16993, 63.6% – Archives

It’s not often that a four year old whisky scores richly above 88 points on Whiskybase, but this one does. It’s 28 votes, so not the most in the world, but not insignificant either. This Texas single malt whisky was … Continue reading

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Dalmore 11, 2001-2012, Virgin European Cask 6984, 52.1% – Creative Whisky Company

Even though the Creative Whisky Company no longer exists, their bottlings are still around and in quite some cases, still rather affordable. This one, even though it’s been out there for nine years and was well received, is still available … Continue reading

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Waterford Hook Head 1.1, 3yo, 50%

I’ve not done the tally, but it feels like Waterford has released whisky from about 300 different farms in Ireland in the last year or so. I understand they’re going for terroir, and you need to be able to compare … Continue reading

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Cragganmore 20, 1999-2020, Recharred American oak casks, 55.8%

Of course I had already forgotten about it, but I did get a sample of last year’s Cragganmore Special Release by Diageo. It’s not even that the announcement of the special releases for this autumn reminded me of it, I … Continue reading

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James Eadie bottlings, guided by Trademark X

Ages ago, a while before this entire Corona period started, a representative of the Dutch importer for James Eadie whiskies came by and gave me some samples for reviewing. We talked whisky a little bit, and got to the brand … Continue reading

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GlenDronach 2003-2016, 13yo, 53.9% – OB for The Duchess

For who? The Duchess? Well, yes. It’s a fairly new Dutch brand from a shop called Best of Whiskies and/or Best of Wines. A friend and fellow club member runs the whisky division and has been making a way for … Continue reading

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GlenDronach 2003-2015, 12yo, Virgin Oak Hogshead, 54.7% – OB for The Netherlands

So, first a bit of background on the weirdness that is a Virgin Oak cask. Initially, I, and lots of others with me, figured that a virgin oak cask means that a cask hasn’t been used before. Like every cask … Continue reading

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The Vaults in Leith, the SMWS, booze and dinner

On the last day of our Scotland trip in November, we decided to visit The Vaults in Leith. This is the quintessential SMWS venue, and I have been wanting to visit this ever since my first trip to Edinburgh in … Continue reading

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Millstone Rye, 10yo, 58.6% – OB for The Whisky Exchange

A little while ago I organized a bottle share of this baby, after tasting some great samples of Zuidam Rye. I got enthused by this one from the moment they announced it at The Whisky Exchange, but I found the … Continue reading

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Millstone Rye, 6.5 yeard old, 43.3%, bottled for the Usquebaugh Society, 2014

Last year the Usquebaugh Society, by far the coolest whisky club in The Netherlands, bottled this six and a half years old (to the day) Millstone Rye Whisky. In March 2014 a delegation of some sixty members made the trip … Continue reading

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