Weekly Review to 11th January
As part of a new update on the blog for 2015 I'm going to post a review of the previous week, in this case a bit over that, which will arrive late Sunday, or early Monday every week.
The purpose will be to go over the recent reviews, pointing out some of the special ones, and to go over some of the news and releases over the last week (if any).
So as i didn't do this last weekend this will cover everything since 1st January 2015.
In that time the following 19 reviews (in alphabetic order) have been posted:
Arran 17 Year Old
Arran Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Auchentoshan Bottle Your Own 2001
Balcones True Blue 100
Cask Islay (AD Rattray) - posted by Neil (@neilmackinnon1)
Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
Dalwhinnie Friends of the Classic Malts 2013
Glenburgie 10yr (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glendronach 20yr cask 3400 (Abbey Whisky Exclusive)
Glenlivet 1998 (Whiskybrother Exclusive)
Glenlivet The Master Distillers Reserve
Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish
Oban Distillers Edition 1997
SMWS 10.77 Beware of the Monster
SMWS 41.60 Fun To Chase
SMWS 46.26 Killer Bee Surf Wax
Springbank 17yr Port Cask (One Off)
Tamdhu 10 Year Old
Tomatin Bottle Your Own 2002 ex bourbon
This brings the total reviews posted in 2015 so far to 19.
Of the reviews thus far in 2015 the Glenlivet 1998 (Whiskybrother Exclusive) from Whiskybrother and the Glendronach 20yr cask 3400 (Abbey Whisky Exclusive) from Abbey Whisky have really stood out, rally unusual as i've not been taking to heavily sherried whiskies much recently after a Benrinnes last year left me with nothing but rubber, but these two drams are absolutely fabulous, there's not a hint of rubber, or sulphur, in either and both are great value for money in their respective shops.
If you're looking for a bit sherry hit with lots of other flavours going on then both of these drams will really do well for you and come highly recommeded.
From the other goings on this month one story was the listing of all those whisky distilleries in Scotland for which i have yet to post reviews but thanks to Johnnie (@JohnnieStumbler) from The Nosing Arse blog for some samples this week i've managed to check 3 off that list.
The most popular non-review article this week was my article on How Whisky Blogging made me Rich which is a look at how people outside whisky blogging believe that there's a lot of money to be made doing this as other types of blogging has ways of monetising quite easily. It brought out a few comments on the blog and a lot through social media, especially Twitter.
In the last week there's also been a few new releases, the most interesting of the lot is the release of a new distillery bottling series from Aultmore, with the 12, 21 and 25 year old now available to buy, although the official notes are a bit too filled with metaphors for my liking.
The Isle of Skye blend have also announced new 18 and 21 year old releases, available exclusively from their own website or via Harrods.
There's also more news and image of the Prometheus from the Glasgow Distillery Company, the start of a range of single cask whiskies bottled by them, without naming the original distillery, lots of social media chat about the use of Greek mythology here, which doesn't bother me at all, i do however really like the bottle design.
Onto the week to come, I've already got some interesting reviews lined up for this week, Neil (@neilmackinnon1) might be adding in some more reviews also and I'm really looking forward to Tuesday evening where i'm off to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Queen Street for their Ultimate 2014 Highlights Tasting which i'm hoping includes a number of drams i've missed out on over the last 12 months.
Until next week...