Back in 2016 as part of my Douglas Laing and Co Fellows membership I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to write the tasting notes that go on the bottle and this was for a 2002 14 year old Blair Athol.
Glencadam is another of the distilleries i need to spend more time with, I have tried a lot of the range but at times when taking notes was anything but the best option, I do not think it is fair to do notes at certain times without giving the whisky all of your attention.
The Douglas Laing and Co Single minded range of Single Malts from unnamed distilleries are genuinely great value for money and its always good to try a whisky just for the sake of it being a whisky and not because it is a specific distillery.
The Balvenie Caribbean cask is one of my favourite Balvenie expressions, the rum cask adds a real sweet rum note to the juicy fruit spirit underneath.
This is a really interesting Ardbeg, released in November 2017 aged 23 puts it around 1994 which was during the 1990-1996 period for which Ardbeg was only occasionally being run, and this will have been in the iconic still that stands outside the distillery today.
So lets look at this 1992 25 year old Benriach from cask number 979, so for one it's a Benriach, so big tick in the I like them box, then two it's been in a Port Hogshead so even bigger tick as port matured whisky is literally my jam.
Tullibardine seems to be a distillery I've enjoyed much of but not really drank much of, and I think this is the first time I've reviewed an independent bottling of Tullibardine so I was really looking forward to seeing how tasty an independent bottling of this would be.
Glenlivet, one of the best selling distilleries in the world, is one that I tend to enjoy, the standard 12 year old is one that I happily enjoy on a regular basis.
Anyone who has ever met me will know that I'm a huge fan of drams from Douglas Laing and in fact so much so I have a large tattoo of Scallywag on my forearm so this 10 year old, which was released to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Douglas Laing and Co in 2018.
The standard bottle of Glenfarclas 12 Year Old, which I've just realised I haven't reviewed on here, which is an absolute travesty, is great but does lack a little something, this really has me interested.
I like it when whisky companies have the balls (sorry I know that’s not entirely PC but it’s the best term for it) to put the age of a young whisky. Not many do it, mainly independents when they are or bottles like Kilchoman who did this for some time.
Continuing the celebration of Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick, this is the Teeling Single Malt, a vatting of 5 different wine cask (Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon)
It's that national day that is celebrated throughout the world more than any other of it's like, yes that's right it's St Patricks Day, the celebration of Irelands patron saint is one you will find celebrates throughout the world.
I have been lucky enough to try a great number of whiskies and whiskeys over the years and I am always happy to see some interesting Irish whiskeys as i tend to enjoy their generally lighter notes, reminiscent of Lowland Scotch.
Since 2002 for just one week a year the team at Balvenie run peated barley through the production process and make a peated product. This was the first release from that and is bottled at 14 years old.
There's an old adage of not reading a book by it's cover and when it comes to Scotch malt Whisky Society bottlings I tend to try not reading the whisky by it's name, but with a name like Smoky Porky Perky Poke it's not as easy as you would think.
The Fill Your Own at Glen Moray is a thing of legend around many experienced whisky drinkers, the whisky is always tasty, the price is always fair and the staff at the distillery are always friendly, and that is a winning combination.
Octomore, the super heavily peated dram, is one that will definitely split opinions. It's a difficult dram to have much else afterwards but due to the short cut on the distillation it can also be sweet and tasty.
This Single Cask Distillery Team Edition was bottled to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the distillery and was selected by the 15 strong distillery team.
The second batch of Benriach Cask Strength combines whisky matured in american oak, ex oloroso sherry and virgin oak casks and is bottled at a pretty massive ABV.