I’ve been ramping up activity over on my whisky website recently, with a view to growing traffic and using it as a platform for other things in the future. (Basically, I’m not just blogging for the sake of blogging, I’m writing to a strategy.) The whiskies I’ve reviewed recently are a very nice limited Caol Ila release; a very nice offering from Deanston distillery; an amazing bourbon; and the David Beckham whisky (yes, that’s right). I’ve also reviewed a very interesting technical book on whisky production.
I’ve been sampling quite a few treats of late, which I’ve written up over on my whisky site. First up is the Longrow 14 Year Old Burgundy Cask – this from one of the first distilleries I ever visited. Second is the Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof, which didn’t quite work for me. I managed to try a couple of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings, which were very nice indeed. And a couple of weeks ago, I was sent a selection of rums to review! I was actually very impressed.
Another month, another few drams. This time they’ve all been rather good. First up was the Bruichladdich Cuvee 640, a pricey but philosophical whisky from one of my favourite distilleries. The bargain of the year, for me, was the Suntory Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve – £40 for a tasty Japanese single malt is rare indeed. I received a couple of samples from Abbey Whisky (yes, I got sent free whisky – and both samples were tremendous). Finally, The Dalmore 18 Year Old – a distillery that’s one of my guilty pleasures…
Over on my whisky site, I’ve been trying quite a few indie bottlings of late. The first is from Braeval distillery, a cheeky little 15 year old in Douglas Laing & Co’s ‘Old Particular series.
There’s been a blend, too – an amazing value bottle (£15!) I bought from the Bruichladdich distillery shop last year.
And finally, a cracking new peated whisky from anCnoc distillery – the Flaughter.
Three drams of note this month (one of which is to avoid). The first is from Springbank, one of the very first distilleries I ever visited. The second is an indie bottling from Cadenhead, of a distillery I’d never tried before. Finally, the latest iteration of the Black Bottle blend is very disappointing – even at a low price.
Or rather this time, whiskey with an ‘e’. It’s been all about the American whiskies over at my other site.
First up, the Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon, followed by a very average Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002. But I quite enjoyed the Willett Family Estate 4 Year Old Single Barrel Rye, which was pretty good value for money.
I’ve been sampling some interesting whiskies as ever, over at the whisky site. The best discovery of the past month has been that of the GlenDronach distillery, as discussed in this review of their core range of whiskies.
Another whisky blogger sent me through five drams, without at first telling me what they were. I was up for the challenge, and I reviewed those here.
I sampled a decent but not great Japanese whisky, the Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old.
And finally, a pretty interesting Fettercairn 24 Year Old.
I haven’t posted any reviews from my whisky site lately, but there have been quite a few – mostly whiskies from Islay, as well.
First up was a limited edition Lagavulin, which I actually won in a competition (it’s worth a good couple of hundred quid, so I’m extra happy with this).
Next up is a young Islay distillery, and a young offering from them – the Kilchoman 100% Islay.
Speaking of young Islay whiskies, here’s a Bruichladdich distilled from grain taken from just one farm.
And finally, a really tasty 21 Year Old grain whisky – the Clan Denny Girvan 1992.
One of the great things about running a whisky site is that people send me whisky to review. Let me repeat that: people send me whisky. Free whisky. They’re samples, admittedly, but they’re still free whisky.
So recently I’ve been able to look at a lovely Glen Garioch small batch release.
I was part of a Twitter tasting group to try a bunch of seriously impressive Douglas Laing ‘Old Particular’ releases.
And lastly, one I bought myself on Islay, is the Bunnahabhain Toiteach. Try saying that after a few drams…
For those of you interested in what whiskies I’ve come across lately – I’ve been working through some of those I bought on Islay.
First up, the Caol Ila Feis Ile Release 2013 is probably the best whisky I’ve had in ages, certainly this year.
Another cheeky Caol Ila – very enjoyable, but not quite as good as the special bottling.
The Bowmore Tempest Batch 3 was pretty good value for money.
I was also sent a Japanese whisky tasting set by Flaviar, which featured some great drams as well as an abysmal one. But hey, free whisky is never bad, right? Well…