Thursday, December 20, 2007
The plot thickens!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Duncan Taylor have been given the green light to build their distillery by the planners in Huntly. It appears that there is only one hurdle left before building begins in the old creamer buildings.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
"unchill-filtered whisky as a dram for those who like their meat on the bone and crust on their bread."
The man was a genius! Beats my its like the difference between full fat milk and semi-skimmed hands down!
Was just in a bar that claimed to have a decent whisky list - note the term claimed! So i picked a dram that I haven't had for a while, namely Glenmorangie and in this case the 18 year old. I believe this bottling is no longer available in the new wine bottle Glenmorangie range - not that I am that bothered after trying this was this. I must point out that this was tried in a hotel bar this evening that makes me want to have a rant about how shite hotel bars can be -but I will save that for another day! - so it was served in a big as tumbler so maybe I am being unfair on it. Anyway here goes!
Nose: Light soft and creamy but nothing jumping out at all. Some vanilla and a touch of bourbon biscuits.
Taste: Tastes a little bit watery, touch of typical pear drops but soft and quite a lot of vanilla.
Finish: Short - very short! Slightly musty - infact stale custard creams!
Comment: Not a huge fan of this could have been a good dram if it had some balls about it - very much a featherweight. Nothing really wrong but yet nothing really right!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I wonder how many people from each of these groups it took to come up with this idea? And how much are tax payers paying to come up with this?
Anyway wee rant over!
Also another pointless website - unless you are looking to only visit the big boys?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Nose: Cheap yellow vanilla ice cream. Caramac bars and digestive biscuits with melted butter.
Taste: Rich, velvety a touch spicy with lots of toffee notes and maybe a touch of cheesecake.
Finish: long, very long a touch rye like and a little dry.
Comment: Stunning whisky, if it wasn't for the slight dry note on the finish this would score even higher.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Nose: Turkish delight and flat cherry coke. And maybe a hint of orange - and bizarley the smell of blood!
Taste: More oranges, sweet sherry hint of wood and a little dry but also loads of raisany fruity notes.
Finish: Lingering sherry and a hint of wood.
Comment: Fecking amazing whisky!
Score: 96 / 100
Nose: The cream in custard creams, warehouses and also bourbon biscuits and a faint trace of smoke.
Taste: Vanilla is over powered by soft dry peat and wood smoke and a little dry grassiness.
Finish: lingering dry ashiness at front of mouth and then more vanilla and some green apple skins.
Comment: Absolutely cracking peat is in perfect balance.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Anyway enough rambling - saw today that whisky Giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard are to slash prices across India! http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/4867/Diageo-and-Pernod-Ricard-start.ehtml So not only are they going to steal our whisky they are going to get it on the cheap!!!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Although as we have seen before I wouldn't count your chickens to early!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
By the sounds of the advert sounds like a fun job! Brand Ambassador - I could do that - or perhaps not!!!!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
What a cracking ploy! drive away with a lorry load of whisky make on you have hijacked and then split the profits with your mate. Only thing you have to ask is why would you steal a lorry load of Dewars?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Anyway enough rambling lets taste!
Nose: Big sherry rum and raisin notes, and a little meaty note.
Taste: Again big sherry and slight toffee notes. Like warm caramel sauce on "yellow" vanilla ice cream with a hint of chocolate!
Finish: Not to long for something so richly flavoured - coats the side of the mouth and lingers there but short otherwise.
Comment: A very pleasant dram - maybe that is the only thing wrong with it - its pleasant and yes I would happily drink this again and again but its not something amazing.
Score: 86/100 recommendable!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Ah well I say vintage..... I have been told that up until 1981 it was a true vintage but it changed to have older whiskies in it, recently as you See on this miniature it will say "the youngest whisky was distilled in wxyz year"
Anyway on with the tasting!
Nose: initially very big (is it to big?) obvious big sherry notes but meaty slightly sulphury notes. After giving it time it gets more Calvados like.
Taste: Again this is a big dram, huge sherry a touch of cream as well though - some slight orange notes and a touch of spice.
Finish: A touch of maple syrup in the finish and again big sherry.
Comment: Yes I like this - I like it a lot but actually when you come to scoring it there is nothing amazing about this due to the huge over influnece of sherry (maybe fine oak is a good idea!)
ps: will taste again some night when I haven't had 5 whiskies and three pints of guinness!
Monday, July 16, 2007
So this great review on http://www.liquorsnob.com/ today and just about split my sides so thought i would share it with you below.
Great to see a site that truly says what it thinks!
"We're usually huge fans of Miller products (Champagne of Beers 4 Life!) but we tried Miller Chill recently and were unimpressed. It's described as a Chelada and judging by all the Spanish on the site, it's being aimed at the Latino market. We hope they like the taste of salty, lime-flavored ass, because that's what they're being given."
Oh you can find out more about salty ass beer at http://www.millerchill.com/ if your interested.
Will be interesting how the ever so "smug" (OK they were last week) SWA react to this.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Various reports have came out in the last few days that it turns out that that the majority of India's new middle class and young fashionable drinkers prefer rum or white spirits in particular in cocktails. It is however the 35-40yo plus brigade that is keeping whisky sales high. What we tend to forget is that although yes duty will becoming down on whisky in India - I am yet to be convinced as a punter is a good thing for me struggling to buy malt at a decent price in Scotland - it will also becoming down for white spirits and if they market themselves correctly which in all honesty they usually do a lot better than whisky then perhaps the boom will not be so sonic for whisky as we all think!
So its going to be a green distillery - and its going to cost £40million blah blah blah have we not heard this in the Scotsman before or am I cynical!
Still good to see new distilleries opening!
Monday, July 02, 2007
All good news for the industry though!
Very much a session beer for drinking on a hot summers day with a bit of spicy food. If had to rate it then I would say about a 7/10.
Interestingly on the Greene King website http://www.greeneking.co.uk/ they do not mention this beer - may be as some of the stuff I found on this beer on the internet people were complaining that Greene King perhaps have chickened out and went to far down the commercial route!
The best quote I found on the internet about this though came from http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/greene-king-hop-(formerly-the-beer-to-dine-for)/24678/
"Comes in a bottle that looks like a butt plug, so my expectations weren’t very high." - Classic!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
I imagine that now all whisky companies will be following up this first move and stating that they will have to put prices up to cope with the demand from China which the experts predict will only get great and greater.
May be ab idea to stock up on the cheap whisky while we still can!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Nose reminds me of a Bowmore 1966 without the alcohol! A lot cheaper than a 66 bowmore though!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Another old Macallan from DTC this one is at 44.6% so it had a year or so left. They have this on http://www.singlemaltsdirect.com/ at £211.00 a decent amount of money but when you consider the distillery bottling on http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/ is selling for £1700.00
Anyway lets try it:
Nose: Soft, sweet fruits and a touch grassy and oily. Tropical fruits, kiwi fruits and bananas. A great nose with a whiff of orange sherbet.
Taste: A little zesty to begin with, then deeper richer oily nutty notes with and a touch of parma violets briefly enters the mix. Then more typical chocolatey orange notes.
Finish: A hint of spice, orange peel and nutmeg!
Comments: An excellent example of an old yet vibrant whisky that hasn't been over powered by the cask. As they say in the Lilt adverts - A totally tropical taste!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Conversley how often do people sit and drink beer all night and as soon as they call last orders people order a whisky. Funnily these are the people who after drinking 15 pints have one whisky at the end of the night and think that it is the whisky that has made them ill the next day!
Ok obviously I have had a few drinks tonight - now drinking a 10yo rip van winkle pretty good stuff but will need to taste it properly when I am soberer! So will try and do this soon.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I hope that Pernod Ricard don't make the same mistake again!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
This whisky does have a redish hue from the finishing, interestingly it doesn't say how long it has been finished in the rioja cask. This also is part of Douglas Laings Platinum collection which is suppossed to be reserved for their very best casks, I am a little sceptical as if it was that good why did it need finished? Will taste with an open mind though - it is also at a decent strength of 55.% so that should help.
Nose: Rich, sweet creamy with summer fruits and a hint of toffee.
Taste: alcohol initially prickles - then you get well not much! But in a good way sort of nothing jumps out at you. You know it whisky and its rich and warming and bit fruity. Water brings out more woody notes and a little bit of mustyness
Finish: you get more of the winey notes coming through in the finish almost like a fruit bubble gum
Comment: overall a decent enough whisky - nothing tastes bad about it just think that the Rioja cask has maybe just dulled everything down a little to much without adding a huge deal.
Looks like the Indians are going to cut the tax on Imported whisky good news for the Scotch Whisky industry - perhaps not for drinkers though? If India opens up thanks to Vijay Mallaya then demand for whisky will increase further and this will only raise the prices to the final consumers world wide - so the Indians might get cheaper whisky but its not such great news for the rest of the world I fear!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Nose: Closed, musty and oily with a waxy fruity note and a faint trace of smoke.
Taste: Initially salty then a smoky oily note rushes through before giving way to heavier chocolatey notes.
Finish: Long a combination of saltiness, wood varnish and musty lemons.
Comment: I like this always have like the springers - would be interesting to try this against some of the first launched 10yo stuff as it has been rumoured that this has been getting better. Would say if anything the nose lets it down slightly.
Score: 85/100 - happy to drink this any day!
Anyway enough of my spiel - lets taste it:
Nose: Rich, with a warm caramel and appley nose with a touch of citrus
Taste: Dusty, touch woody and a little bit dry. Trying to be fruity but a little bit dull. maybe a hint of woody oranges!
Finish: Dryness continues to last and then a faint orangey note
Comment: Decent enough whisky but nothing short of unremarkable. Non memorable whisky not great and not crap! Well not too crap just dull and disappointing.
Score: 78 / 100
Came across this curious miniature from Dunglass a heavily peated version of Littlemill. Curiously the label on the miniature has no ABV or volumetric information! I have found a similar bottle on the Internet that was bottled in a green bottle for the Italian market and that was bottled at 43% ABV. I don't know when this was distilled but going by what I have found on the wonders of the Internet! they stopped producing this style of whisky in 1972.
Nose: Soft and green, grassy and typical young lowlander style after initial hit of alcohol. Faint hint of chlorine but no smokiness.
Taste: Dry, malty with a faint whiff of peat coming through but more wood taste than peaty. Also lots of lemon sherbet notes:
Finish: Short and crisp leaving a citrusy / banana feeling.
Comments: Not a bad we dram but would say they must have been pretty shy with the peat!
Score: 81/100 Difficult one to score though!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Nose: quite a bit of perfume and a dryness comes out beyond the typical toffeeish Longmorn.
Taste: orange sherbert, touch woody and a little musty. More citrus notes.
Finish: funny - and not ha ha! Dry wood and more dusty sherbert notes. Ok but dissapointing.
Comment: maybe I am tasting this in a negative frame of mind. All in all not bad but not great - buy the 15 while you still can.
Monday, April 30, 2007
See today the Prince of Wales has launched his own 12yo vatted -sorry blended malt - whisky. The whisky was alledgedly selected by the Prince himself so therefore it will taste of Laphroaig his favourite dram - or has all that changed now he is working with Inverhouse and it has been reported that Pulteney is new whisky of choice! Anyway a pound from each bottle goes to help the highlands - no doubt this will sell well to the tourists - if I see it I will try but I wouldn't be holding your breath! The whisky is to be called Barogill the original name for the Castle of Mey in Caithness, the Queen Mother's home in the Highlands.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Nose: initially the caramel kicks in - then typical hp heather honey nose is there. Hints of the sea and and faint whiff of peat.
Taste: rich rounded bit of soft peat and a cracking orangey note. Quite thick mouthfeel with a little woodiness.
Finish: toffee notes and then some more fruity notes
Comment: not a bad dram - hp never is a bad dram - but nothing overly exciting, would rather save money and buy a 12yo.
I have been very impressed with all that has happened at BenRiach since they were taken under the Billy Walker's control. They have done some cracking bottlings - this all from a whisky that actually made me cry! That was an incident with the old blue label bottle - it wasn't a great whisky but it was the fact that I some how missed my my mouth and the whisky ended up in my eye that made me cry!
Anyway enough blethering lets try the whisky.
Nose: Sweet, very sweet. Lots of vanilla and milky bars and a faint coastal note.
Taste: Warming, more sweet creamy notes - but lots of fruit, bursting with tropical fruits.
Finish: A little dry - maybe a little to much cask influence but still good and then the fruits develop.
Comment: I like this a lot - if that dry note wasn't there this would score a few extra points.
This whisky was bottled in 1998/99 in time for Ardmore to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This was about the time that I started really getting into whisky and this was always a favourite of mine at the time so when I saw an open bottle I thought that it would be a good idea to try it again properly and see if it was as good as I remembered - or thought I rememered!
Nose: Sweet, slightly meaty - almost a touch sickly but in a good way...hmmm. A hint of peat, citrus and sherried notes.
Taste: Rich, nice balance between sherry and peat. rich mouth coating with a hint of milk chocolate.
Finish: Clawing sherry and soft peat smoke lingers for some time with the sherry notes building.
Comment: So glad I still like this as was worried it wouldn't be as good as I remembered it was. This is a cracker if it was bottled at a higher strength than 40% then it could have been an all time stunner!
I am a huge fan of all things "Imperial" I am talking about the whisky obviously and not the soap! So when I saw an open bottle of this 15yo I had to try it. Good to see that it is bottled at 46% but by the colour I wouldn't be surprised if there is a wee splash of caramel in it. Top marks must also be given to the label design - which I would say probably merits a place in the top three of crap labels - only defeated by the hideous new Tamdhu labels and the probably worse Battlehill labels from Duncan Taylor!
Nose: Straight from the bottle my suspicions of caramel are confirmed, however this soon passes. Initially quite dry on the nose - smells youthful - malty with a touch of toffee. The burnt toffee not again grows given time.
Taste: Quite thick, more toffee notes becoming creamier with a touch of spice and also slightly bitter notes.
Finish: Finish is fairly short and quite uninspiring.
Comment: Not as fresh and vibrant as most Imperials I have tried, not a bad dram just pretty unmemorable.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Thing is though when you are used to drinking cask strength whisky 20% port is like drinking wine!
This bottle was bought for me at Christmas by a good friend and drinking buddy I am amazed that it has lasted this long - as will he be!
Anyway enough of the rambling this is a very decent drinking port and is very concentrated with rich fruity flavours and a clawing rich mouthfeel with a creamy finish and then a touch of warmth.
I can not really score this as my port-ommitter isn't up to scratch would say an 87 / 100 if pushed.
What I would say is I would certainly look out for this again when buying port again. Cheers mate.
Could make for some interesting reading!
I have been curious to try this since I heard it was coming out so I was glad to see it in my local last night so gave it a bash. Must admit though that I had partaken in several pints of Guiness before sampling so perhaps taste buds were not at there best! Any way this 1993 Caol Ila has been finished for 6 months in Dark Moscatel casks.
Here is what I thought last night!
Nose: Almost smells pink! A bit bigger than a standard Caol Ila but has a nose of raspberry jam as well.
Taste: Taste is not so big. Touch of orange and peat. Quite oily would maybe mistake it for a soft lagavulin. A little metallic actually I like it though.
Finish: Quite a short finish for an Islay
Comment: I like it but maybe the Moscatel dominates a little to much and dulls the Caol Ila character a little.
Will try again when not already three sheets to the wind and will re-evaluate. Could be interesting!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Not so - the advert for the job states that the applicant should have "A good knowledge of the wine and spirit market (whisky knowledge preferred but not necessary)".
There are many great ambassadors for whisky out there but why make a mockery of it all by giving people titles that they do not deserve. All I can say is get a grip Diageo and make sure you employ whisky people!