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Whisky Review #115 Kilkerran ‘Work in Progress 2′ 46%

This is the second WIP bottling from Glengyle distillery, a 6 year old malt, that was released june 2010. On the nose: Salt, a bit spicy, big peaty notes – not a lot of smoke though. Very “Springbanky”. Getting oranges/orangejuice and cloves now, as well as wood and green olives. More herbs with water, icy mint… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #114 SMWS 125.66 ‘Fruity sweetness and floral perfumes’ 59.7%

Distilled the 23 of january 1996, this SMWS bottling is a 6 year old Glenmorangie that was drawn from a 1st fill bourbon cask that gave in total 249 bottles. On the nose: Oh, it’s ‘morangie allright. Fresh and sweet initially, with hints of pears. Floral and summery. Lemon sorbet and vanilla(creme brulee, panacotta ect.). Fantastic!… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #112 Laphroaig 7yo ‘Dr.Jekyll’s Expression’ 54.5%

Another Laphroaig now. This is a quite rare bottling from this distillery as it’s exclusively bottled for Dr.Jekylls pub in Oslo. It’s matured 4 years in an ex-bourbon barrel and then another 3 years in a Pedro Ximenez hogshead from warehouse 9. On the nose: Smoky and medicinal. Redwine, dark berries, menthol, winegums, seasalt and… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #111 Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon 40%

Time for some American spirit again, this time from the Four Roses distillery. On the nose: Toffee.. no, artificial toffee. Glue, thick maplesyrup, corn on the cob covered in butter, fir, gingerbread, milkchocolate and coconuts. Loads of coconuts actually. Water brings out icing sugar, fructose and ‘vannbakkels’. Some of the gluey and artificial notes disappears as… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #110 Arran 10yo 46%

Now onto the youngest malt in Arran’s core range. On the nose: Seasalt, citrus, honey and oystersauce/noodles(!?). Quite Delicious though. Oranges and raisins coming through after a while. Water brings out leather, dust and gooseberries. Lovely nose this. On the palate: Salt and citric, sweet and a bit spicy. A little rough in the edges, but… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #109 Rosebank 21yo for TWE(Retro Label) 48%

This Rosebank was bottled by Specialty Drinks for The Whisky Exchange and was drawn from a single bourbon cask  before being bottled at a fairly decent strength – 48abv. It bears a prettty cool looking retro label as well, inspired by yesteryears whisky design.. On the nose: Sweet and refreshing. Vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, sawdust and a… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #108 Yamazaki 18yo 43%

Now onto a standard bottling from Yamazaki distillery. This particular 18 year old bottling has won dozens of awards over the years, so I’m quite eager to see what all the fuss is about. On the nose: Rich and acidic, fruity pipetobacco, cardamom, oranges, green apples, lemonoil and furniture polish. Water makes it more oaky and ashy… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #107 Nikka Whisky From The Barrel 51.4%

Time for some blended Japanese whisky. Whisky from the Barrel is a blend of grain whisky from Miyagikyo distillery and malt whisky from Yoichi distillery. The whisky is then married together in firstfill bourbon casks and bottled at cask strength. Batch: 22B52B. On the nose: Spicy(cinnamon and pepper), red apples and sweet toffee. With water I’m… Continue reading

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Tasting three nordic IPA’s.

A few IPA’s now, just because… CAP Exciter IPA 6% Appearence: Pilsner Nose: fresh hops, pineneedles, and resin. Straightforward and refreshing stuff. Palate: BIG fresh hops. Slightly sweet with a hint of pinecones. A light and easygoing IPA with a very prominent hoppyness. If you’ve ever chewed on raw hops during a brewing session ect, I… Continue reading

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Whisky Review #106 Glen Ord 25yo 58.3%

Now onto an OB from Glen Ord distillery in the highlands. Distilled: 1978, bottled: 2004. On the nose: Prominent boubon notes! Rich and warm, nutty, toffee, furniture polish and honey. Good balance between sweet sugary notes and spicy cinnamon. With water the nose gets more velvety with raw vanilla and vanilla icecream. On the palate: BOOM!! This is massive! Sweet… Continue reading

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