Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Nose: Light, fresh, rose wine like and ice cream. A bit of mint and a touch of raspberry jam and maybe plums.
Taste: The soft fruits are coming through and this is exceptionally smooth. There is also a more creamy notes coming through.
Finish: A little bit short actual, softer than the LeSanta. But the brief finish is pleasently fruity.
Comment: Dangerously drinkable - I like this actual but as an everyday drinker or session whisky not something that is overly complex.
Royal Mile Whiskies - £32.89
The Whisky Exchange - £32.49
Loch Fyne Whiskies - £32.90
Single Malts Direct - £35.99
Monday, July 21, 2008
This is a new independent bottler - whisky grotto introduces it and tells us that it is the "brainchild of armchair bottler Yossi Schwarts" who I must admit isn't someone I have heard of. I wish him luck however I am a little confussed by looking at the label a little closer. This says that it is selected by Milroys of Soho and bottled by A Dewar Rattary.
So who does pull the strings in this Glencadam bottle - maybe it should be called single single and single! Is it Yossi, Milroys or Dewar Rattary!
The new sherry wood finish from Glenmorangie - now know as Extra Matured as alledgedly consumers didn't understand what sherry finish meant! This whisky has been finished in oloroso sherry casks for 2 years. The good news is that it is bottled at 46% ABV and is non-chilfiltred.
Have tried to stay away from the obvious christmas tasting notes that the Santa Claus name suggests.
Nose: Custard creams, but also covered in raisans, maybe some cherries and some chocolate, water makes it drier.
Taste: Thick, you can feel the raisans and creaminess come through, much bigger in the mouthfeel.
Finish: Still a little dry especially with water. But also more cream notes.
Comment: Not a bad dram benefits from being non chilfiltered helps but the dryness lets it down a wee bit. On a session I could drink a lot of this.
Royal Mile Whiskies - £31.50
Loch Fyne Whiskies - £31.90
The Whisky Exchange - £31.49
Single Malts Direct - £29.99
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
They say that experiments are not on going but that the feel that it does not affect the flavour - this I doubt very much however I would imagine that Diageo would prefer to keep this experiment quiet. Come to think of it in a day and age when everyone is eco-friendly and keeping their carbon foot print down as much as possible - how enviromental friendly is plastic wrap!
Anyway the real question is who will be the first which company will be the first to release a limited edition cling film cask finish. I would say you would get short odds on Bruichladdich, Arran, Benriach or Glenmorangie. Now whats Gaelic or Latin for Cling Film!
I recently got the chance to try several of the new Glenmorangie range. I have to say that I am not a fan of this new bottling range but at the end of the day you don't drink the packaging! To be honest me as a typical male Scot that likes my whisky and a pint and is not adverse to a fish supper or a plate of mince and tatties I am probably not the clientele LVMH have in mind.
I quite liked the old 10 year old as an everyday drinker so lets see how this fairs:
Nose: Cheap yellow (school lunch) ice cream and custard creams, milk chocolate and tangerines. A little waxiness and with water it becomes a little dusty with soft custard creams.
Taste: Smooth and light and a little bit dry aswell. a faint hint of spice (maybe cloves) and then a orangey note.
Finish: The dryness in the finish of this just lets it down a little bit - still soft and pleasent but a little bit more musty fruits in grocers story than sparkly zesty sherbet that I expected.
Commnet: If it wasn't for the finish this would be an excellent whisky - overall still a bloody good easy drinking number.
For an alternative review please try Whiskyfun.
Royal Mile Whiskies - £27.50
The Whisky Exchange - £25.99
Loch Fyne Whiskies - £25.90
Single Malts Direct - £21.99
Any way I have a few posts to get caught up on so lets get started!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
But after congratulating Yoichi and trying not to take anything away from them Awards like these to say best whisky in the world is a bold statement. Whisky is a personal thing and each of us like different things. I know it was an excellent panel that picked this whisky as top dog but one other thing you have to think? This was maybe the top whisky in the competition but how many whiskies were tasted?
Food for thought - and just in case you think I am being anti Yoichi I am not and will have a dram or two tonight when I get in!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Also being on their site you see a lot of tongue in cheek humour coming through which I feel is there because the guys who put it there are funny and it's mnot just marketing bollocks. Make sure you look up their business plan under the brewery section. Priceless!
Anyway there is an IPA and a lager to try so there will be more on here.
A must try!
Friday, February 15, 2008
1. The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by or under control of Trappist monks.
2. The brewery, the choices of brewing, and the commercial orientations must obviously depend on the monastic community.
3. The economic purpose of the brewery must be directed toward assistance and not toward financial profit.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Just as well Ken Livingstone isn't running!
Monday, February 04, 2008
Since I saw that this was getting released I wanted to try it and now I can. This is an unusual release from Balvenie having been entirely matured in Sherry casks for 17 year in warehouse 21. They don't tell you why the warehouse 21 bit is important but they put it on the label! Anyway I thought this would be a fairly readily available release but Royal Mile Whiskies have sold out of it so maybe I have got lucky. Although the label does also say first release so maybe there will be more!
Nose: Wow, big smack in the face of sherry cask (well what do you expect) but "good" sherry cask nose - rummy creamy and sweet.
Taste: Big but not to big (medium big I would imagine that is then!) Lots of heavy fruity notes, quite creamy - dairy milk chocolate and raisans.
Finish: Long lingering creamy caramel and toffee with heavy dark fruits.
Comment: I like this a lot - maybe not enough to pay £59.00 for another bottle - extremely well balanced which almost goes against it as it is a little too integrated making it very easy to drink. (what rubbish I speak at times!).
Anyway this 5.0% traditional lager is bottom fermented which means it is fermented at lower temperatures with as little air contact as possible and then cold stored for as long as possible. As Sierra Nevada seem to be a very traditional company I would imagine that this would be nearer to the traditional six months than the mass produced 6 weeks of some companies. Ok this is all new to me - I am learning as I go - so bear with me!
Anyway I have chilled my beer as instructed by beer pages so lets see what its like:
First of all an excellent head on it - soft hoppy style - very soft and refreshing but with a zingy bite (in a good way) on the finish also some lemony notes. Overall I like this and look forward to a day when I can drink this in the sun! Prefer the Pale Ale but thats just my personal taste.
Nice beer though!
Sunday, February 03, 2008
With the Mortlach 16yo Flora & Fauna now unavailable rumours having it that it will never return or if it does it will be 4 years I have been reccomended this Dewar Rattray bottling as a suitable replacement so here goes:
Nose: Big Huge sherried Mortlach Nose, darl treacle then a creaminess - typical mortlach meatiness and then toffee doughnuts!
Taste: Big bitting sherry, cinnamon and lots of dried fruits in tupperware boxes.
Finish: Thick tingling and warming. Tails off into a little bit of sulphur but not too unpleasant.
Comment: I really like this - if it wasn't for the slight sulphur end this would score more.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Nose: Quite a funny sweet and creamy nose, vanilla toffees and a touch of linolieum? Poach pears and sweet grassy notes. Actually gets creamier with time - love this nose. Bizarely I get ice cream powder stuff that spacemen eat! The joys of friends who have been to Orlando!
Taste: A little dry and maybe even a touch sour but not unpleasant, actually quite malty and not as creamy as the nose would have suggested. There is a bit of fruitiness but not the full on Glenmorangie pear drops that i expected.
Finish: An orangy sweetness battles with the drying maltiness. The sweetness perhaps wins on points!
Comment: A nice wee dram - but won't be running out to buy a bottle me thinks? However the nose was sublime. If only the dry maltiness wasn't there this would be so much better.
Score: 81/100 Nectar d'Or but not J'adore!
Looking over at Serge's review he seems to like it a lot more than me, and I think it may well be because he also has an appreciation for what Sauternes wine actual is - which may work against me!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Was having a look at this blog last night and while looking at two of my favourite sites Whisky Fun and Dr Whisky (first checks every morning) I had to think what an amature at this I am. I haven't added a whisky for months and all my stuff is fairly standard. What I makes me think there sites are even more amazing is how the hell do they get to try all this whisky. Don't get me wrong I try a lot of whiskies but am not always able to take notes etc no way I would be able to seriously do over 200 whiskies in a year like these guys do!
Any way I thought I would try and put things right by starting with a 1972 Glen Grant Cask from Duncan Taylor so here goes:
Nose: Sweet, lots of vanilla a touch of spice, really creamy with pepper notes and maybe some pineapples! Cracking Nose!
Taste: Big coating mouth feel and initially spice comes through warming the mouth, some lime and and then creaminess coming through and maybe a touch drying
Finish: linger spice a touch of oak and then some of the zesty lime and some lemon coming through and maybe god forbid a salty note!
Comment: This is bloody stunning - I would definitely recommend this. If that slight dryness wasn't there then this really would be really really top drawer. Try it!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Anyway this is a very traditional hand made beer from Anchor and I would definitely recommend that you try it. Nice and refreshing with a fruity middle and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Nice soft hoppiness throughout. Cracking stuff.
For a decent review try Beer Pages.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Anyway which company could it be? We have already been told that it was not Bruichladdich so lets see who else has been nominated:
So the nominees are:
The Edrington Group
William Grant and Sons - (I think The Knot is done by them?)
Gordon & MacPhail
Kittling Ridge Wine and Whiskies
Single Malts of Scotland
Stranahans Colorado Whisky
So lets look at the ones who are "Very large" That would leave
The Edrington Group
Place your bets now? Cheeky buggers who ever they are? Doubt it would be The Edrington Group or William Grants and would doubt Pernod Ricard would care (no disrespect Kevin) so my horses would be Diageo or LVMH but then again I could be wrong!