Bimber 2 Year Old London Single Malt Spirit Ex Bourbon Cask
Bimber 2 Year Old London Single Malt Spirit Ex Bourbon Cask

Park Royal London based distillers Bimber are nearing the vital three year mark to call their spirit whisky. This will happen around June 2019 and they already have a number of products available to preorder from their distillery online shop

Bimber Single Malt New Make Spirit batch No 094
Bimber Single Malt New Make Spirit batch No 094

Bimber, a distillery many will not yet have heard of, was set up in Park Royal in London in 2015, they began with some Vodka in early 2016 before going on to make single malt spirit later in the year in their two alembic stills (Doris & Astraea).

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11030) - Old Particular (Douglas Lain
Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11030) - Old Particular (Douglas Lain

Looking at the label this dram combines a lot of my favourite things. There is the act is was bottled by the awesome Douglas Laing and Co, the fact it was matured in an ex port hogshead and then there is the fact it is a Port Charlotte heavily peated dram from Bruichladdich distillery.

Blair Athol 2002 14 Year Old Prevenance (Douglas Laing)
Blair Athol 2002 14 Year Old Prevenance (Douglas Laing)

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 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Finish
Glencadam 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Finish

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.

Speyside 15 Year Old – Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
Speyside 15 Year Old – Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

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.

Balvenie Cuban Selection 14 Year Old
Balvenie Cuban Selection 14 Year Old

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.

Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old
Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 Year Old

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.

BenRiach 1992 Cask #979 Port Hogshead Finish
BenRiach 1992 Cask #979 Port Hogshead Finish

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 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12624) - XOP (Douglas Laing)
Tullibardine 25 Year Old 1993 (cask 12624) - XOP (Douglas Laing)

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 19 Year Old 1996 cask 79229 (Signatory Vintage)
Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 cask 79229 (Signatory Vintage)

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.

Scallywag 10 Year Old Blended Malt
Scallywag 10 Year Old Blended Malt

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.

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Exclusively for Drinks by the Dram
Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Exclusively for Drinks by the Dram

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.

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.