Tag Archives: Virgin Oak

Oban 12, Freshly-charred American Oak Casks, 56.2% – Diageo Special Releases 2021

One of the prettier distilleries, in the very lovely town of the same name, is part of Diageo, and part of a lot of the special releases. This one was released in 2021 and matured in freshly charred oak casks. … Continue reading

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Caol Ila 15, Feis Ile 2022, Refill and Virgin American Oak, 55.2%

Even though I have a sample of this lined up somewhere, Tom van Engelen beat me to it by writing this tasting notes, and sending them to me for publication. Freak out with Caol Ila Sawdust The Festival of Malt … Continue reading

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Glen Moray Distillery, and their tasting kit

Last October I was staying in Speyside with my family. And even though my kids are 6, 4 and 1 years old, I found I had the moral and educational obligation to show them a whisky distillery. The closest one … Continue reading

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Tomatin 9yo, 2006-2015, Virgin Oak, 60% – Handbottled at the Distillery

When I visited Tomatin in a snowy November last year, with some mates, we had a great tour and did an extensive tasting of all Handfills available at the moment. This is a good thing because the things aren’t cheap … Continue reading

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The annual ‘Islay’ tasting at De Whiskykoning

Every year for quite a while I’ve been going to De Whiskykoning‘s ‘winter tasting’, which consists of only peaty drams. Mostly, that boils down to six whiskies from Islay. Sometimes there’s another one in the tasting from Jura or another … Continue reading

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BenRiach 1989-2011, 20 years old, Virgin Oak Finish, 50.6%

My whisky buddy Martin was kind enough to give me a sample of this when I was at his place on Friday (see this post). We had a way too large whisky menu to go through on a single evening, … Continue reading

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BenRiach 2005-2014, 9yo, Peated, Virgin Oak finish, 58.7%

My father in law has a developed a taste for Virgin Oak matured (or finished) whiskies. Over the years he’s gathered a few here and there with the idea of hosting a tasting for us at some point. That hasn’t … Continue reading

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Glenmorangie Ealanta, 46%, 19 year old Virgin Oak, Private Release

Every time Glenmorangie release a new Private Release the internet buzzes with reviews of it, and generally the bottling sells out really quickly. So far the only ones that didn’t sell out fast were the Sonnalta and the Finealta. And … Continue reading

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Trick or Tweet with Rachel Barrie

Yesterday Morrison Bowmore and Rachel Barrie hosted a Twitter Tasting a bit of a Halloween theme. There hadn’t been much information available so it wasn’t until a sizable box arrived earlier this week and I had a peak that I … Continue reading

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