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Whisky Review #127 Leviathan II American Peated Single Malt 53%

This is a special one. Lost Spirits is a small craft distillery based in Salinas, California that produces single malt whisky peated to the raging level of 110ppm. But we all now how unreliable a ppm measuring is when it comes to anticipating the actual taste of a whisky. Anyway, this is a single cask bottling, bottled at… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #126 Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye (Vermouth finish) 47%

Okay, so I bought this bottle at a liqour store when visiting Pennsylvania a couple of weeks ago. This is a rye whiskey distilled at the Grundy Mill distillery in Bristol, PA using local rye in the mash. It spent 6 months in virgin oak quarter casks and then 3 months in sweet vermouth casks… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #125 Glenmorangie ‘The Original’ 10yo 40%

Standard, classic and very available stuff from Glenmorangie now. This is actually the most selling single malt in Scotland. Bottled: +/-2013 On the nose: Sweet, honey, green fruityness. Easy yet very satisfying and delicious. Mint in the background. A bit spicier with water, less mint. On the palate: Fresh, light and sweet, very delicous. Greener than expected.… Continue reading

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Whiskyreview #123 Royal Lochnagar 1998 Distillers Edition 40%

So this is a 12 year old malt from Royal Lochnagar, released 2010. Like all the DE’s from Diageo, this one too has been finished in some sort of untraditional cask. This particular one spent its last 6 months in a Muscat wine cask before being bottled. On the nose: Sweet, apple cider, tropical fruits, fructose, currant and vanilla. Loads… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #122 Aberlour A’bunadh Batch #44 59.7%

This is the 44th batch of A’bunadh. Matured exclusively in oloroso sherry butts and bottled at cask strength.. I would say we’re off to a good start! On the nose: Rich! Leather, dust, raisins, dates, marzipan, dark chocolate, orange peel, burnt wood, cocoa.. loads of cocoa, actually! Some oil paint in the background. More caramel… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #121 Glen Moray 1991 (Svenska Eldvatten) 57,5%

Another Glen Moray now, this time from a swedish IB – Svenska Eldvatten(swedish firewater). The whisky was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead(#162112) in 2013 that gave 270 bottles in total. On the nose: Sweet and fruity. Oranges and mango.. yes, definately mangos. Getting hints of sugarcoated cereals as well, like Frosties or Honey Corn.… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #120 Glenlivet ‘Nadurra’ 16yo 48%

Allright, so this is the travel retail version of Nadurra(‘Natural’ in gaelic) from Glenlivet distillery. The only difference between this one and the original one is that this one is not bottled at cask strength. Bottled: +/-2013 On the nose: Honey, beeswax/scented candles and vanilla. Loads of bourbon notes here! Very sweet, but with a crisp, green… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #119 W.L. Weller ‘Special Reserve’ 45%

So this is a Kentucky straight bourbon named after William Larue Weller – a Kentucky distiller from back in the days who supposedly was the first distiller that prodused straight bourbon using wheat as an ingredient instead of rye, as well as corn of course. W.L. Weller is distilled at Buffalo Trace distillery. Bottled: +/-2013 On the nose: Sweet caramel and vanilla, clean… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #118 SMWS 33.124 ‘An Engineer’s Lunch-box’ 59.7%

Ardbeg time! This Ardbeg was distilled back in 2005 and after 7 years in a first fill sherry butt, the SMWS decided to bottle it. This Butt gave 602 bottles in total. On the nose: Rich and big sherry! Leather, dusty smoke, furniture polish and wet cardboard. Absolutely FAB! Young/green apples in the background. Some cigarette… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #116 Bunnahabhain 1999 (Cadenhead’s) 54.4%

Onto another Bunna now. This is an 11 year old whisky, drawn from a single bourbon hogshead that gave 294 bottles in total. Bottled in 2011. On the nose: Juicy, canned tropical fruits, light peatsmoke, lime and some kind of mineraly note(flint). A bit drier with a dash of water, some ash, but still fruity. On… Continue reading

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