Dailuaine 4 Year Old Strictly Limited (Carn Mor)
Dailuaine 4 Year Old Strictly Limited (Carn Mor)

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.

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey

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)

Teeling Single Grain  Irish Whiskey
Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey

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.

Irish Single Malt no.1 13 year old batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
Irish Single Malt no.1 13 year old batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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.

Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Year Old - 2002 Vintage
Balvenie Peat Week Aged 14 Year Old - 2002 Vintage

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.

SMWS 10.95 Smoky Porky Perky Poke
SMWS 10.95 Smoky Porky Perky Poke

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.

Glen Moray 2007 Port Finish Cask 20050 Fill Your Own
Glen Moray 2007 Port Finish Cask 20050 Fill Your Own

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 09.1 5 Year Old 156PPM
Octomore 09.1 5 Year Old 156PPM

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.

Tamdhu Single Cask Distillery Team Edition
Tamdhu Single Cask Distillery Team Edition

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.

Benriach Cask Strength Batch 2
Benriach Cask Strength Batch 2

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.

GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 1
GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 1

The first set of releases since Billy Walker, formally of the Benriach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh fame took over the helm at GlenAllachie and it is at cask strength and matured in a combination of American oak, Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and virgin oak casks.

Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 06
Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 06

Back in November 2018 (which deoesn't feel that long ago but was around 3.5 months ago) Barry, from The Whiskyphiles, and I had a really pleasant trip up to Glengoyne distillery for the launch of the latest, Batch 6, of their Teapot dram.

Bowmore 18 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive
Bowmore 18 Year Old Travel Retail Exclusive

I think I may have been subconsciously picking unpeated whiskies recently to drink and review so today I picked up a dram I know is usually fairly gently peated to sip and sip and write about so this Bowmore 18 year old, only available at Travel Retail (Duty Free) retailers was my choice for today.

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Old Particular Cask 12545 (Douglas Laing)
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Old Particular Cask 12545 (Douglas Laing)

The standard Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old bottling ( review.php?articleid=1200 ) was one of the first whiskies I enjoyed as I begun my journey into whisky in my late teens and early twenties, with a nose that was all chocolate and would make you instantly think Speyside, this ex bourbon single cask variant i am sure will hold something completely different.

Tobermory 2005 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish
Tobermory 2005 12 Year Old Fino Cask Finish

Tobermory a distillery i tend to enjoy more in it's heavily peated Ledaig form than it's unpeated form and one i've had some odd notes from in the past so interesting to check out some finished in a Fino Sherry cask (yeah I'm not good with Sherry) so this could go one of a number of ways.

Glen Moray Bourbon Cask 2008 Fill Your Own
Glen Moray Bourbon Cask 2008 Fill Your Own

Like many distillery visitors centres the friendly and knowledgeable folks at Glen Moray have some Fill Your Own (or Bottle Your Own, or Hand Fill or whatever you want to call them) single casks at the distillery which for a reasonable fee they will let you fill straight from the cask into a bottle.

Glengoyne Balbaina
Glengoyne Balbaina

Another from the Travel Retail exclusive range from Glengoyne this is the Balbaina, with first fill hand selected European oak casks at it's heart I'm expecting a lot of dried fruit character from this dram.

Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)
Glenrothes 1997 19 Year Old Cask No. 7157 Burns Malt (The Whisky Barrel)

So I've had this sample for while, it's been one of the difficult ones for me to pick up ... My love of Glenrothes means i want to drink it, my hate of rubbery oloroso casks has me fearful, but it's time to give it a try.

Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza
Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza

Compass Box have been an independent bottler that I've loved since trying Orangerie and Peat Monster at a Whisky Fringe around 2002/2003 and i absolutely loved them.

Tullibardine The Murray Marsala Cask Finish
Tullibardine The Murray Marsala Cask Finish

Tullibardine is a distillery I've not spent nearly enough time with, despite liking a number of their drams, from the old discontinued Banyals Finish to the 225 Sauternes cask i tend to like them a little sweeter and in both these circumstances finished in wine casks.