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Bowmore Mizunara Cask – £450+ Surcharge Per Bottle For A Finishing Cask

August 19, 2015
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A while ago I made the decision not to comment on indivudual bottle prices anymore on this blog. There are just too many overpriced offerings these days. But I will make an exception for the new Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish.

Glann Ar Mor – Or What’s The Point Of PGI?

August 6, 2015
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It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for the Glann ar Mor distillery in Brittany. In early July they announced that the distillery will close for good. Today the news is out that the distillery will not close after all.

Laphroaig 16 yo 1998/2015 Signatory for TWE

September 2, 2015
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Sherry cask Laphroaigs are hard to come by, and this reflects in the price. This is an excellent example that has a stronger peat punch than you would expect. – Rating: 90/100

Clynelish 18 yo 1996/2015 Signatory for TWE

August 29, 2015
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Even though this is a refill cask the sherry influence is still quite strong. It’s a solid whisky but does not show very much of the Clynelish distillery character. – Rating: 85/100

Rittenhouse Single Barrel Rye 1984/2009

August 24, 2015
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A wonderful old rye that is very wood-forward without being too much dominated by it. It still has a surprisingly gentle base. – Rating: 88/100

Brenne Estate Cask

August 13, 2015
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This is made in alembic stills just like cocgnac. The sweet fruit is very dominant, to an extent that you might not recognize it as whisky in a blind tasting. It is nice, though. – Rating: 80/100

Lessons From The Silver Trail Distillery Disaster

July 30, 2015

As many of you certainly know there was a fatal accident on 24th April at Silver Trail Distillery in Kentucky. A still exploded and severely hurt two stillmen, one of which later died from his injuries. Now the report of the Kentucky State Fire Marshal on this accident has been published.

Whisky Myths Debunked #11 – Spelling Is Important

June 16, 2014
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Oh, how I wish I did not have to write this article

Whisky People #14 – Lawrence Graham

January 10, 2013
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Name: Lawrence Graham
Year of Birth: 1958
Place of Residence: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Whisky Involvement: Festival organizer, blogger

Whisky People #13 – Dave Broom

August 23, 2011
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Year of Birth: 1959
Place of Residence: Hove near Brighton
Profession: Writer
Whisky Involvement: books, magazine articles, masterclasses etc.

Bowmore Mizunara Cask – £450+ Surcharge Per Bottle For A Finishing Cask

August 19, 2015
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A while ago I made the decision not to comment on indivudual bottle prices anymore on this blog. There are just too many overpriced offerings these days. But I will make an exception for the new Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish.

Glann Ar Mor – Or What’s The Point Of PGI?

August 6, 2015
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It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for the Glann ar Mor distillery in Brittany. In early July they announced that the distillery will close for good. Today the news is out that the distillery will not close after all.

Is Older And More Expensive Whisky Really Better?

January 15, 2015
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Some number crunching with the results of the Malt Maniacs Awards 2014

Are You Being Priced Out Too?

July 23, 2014
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I haven’t been buying much whisky lately. Not because I did not want to, there are plenty of interesting bottles on the market.

Ardbeg Day Oberschleißheim 2015

June 6, 2015
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Imagine my surprise when I received an invitation to what was called “Ardbeg Day Munich”, only to find out that the venue actually was in Oberschleißheim where I live.

Slyrs Revisited

June 23, 2014
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Last weekend I invited my fellow Malt Manaics to a barbecue. We were also invited by Slyrs to a special tour of their distillery.

Photo Finish Between Age Statement And NAS Whisky In Big Blind Tasting

June 21, 2015
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Three months ago I announced my plans for a large scale blind tasting in order to compare pairs of Scotch NAS bottlings to age statement counterparts of the same distillery. Finally, the results are ready to be published.

The Ugly Side Of Whisky Geekery

April 12, 2015

Despite all efforts to interest more women in it, whisky is still very much dominated by men. And apparently it is a natural law that where there is an abundance of men, there is also sexism.

Red Onion Confit With Maple Syrup And Bourbon

February 25, 2015
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I haven’t used whisky in cooking for a while which is a bit of a shame for a combined food and whisky blogger. Here is a recipe for a condiment that can be served with most kinds of barbecued and roast meat as well as steaks.

Whisky Christmas Dinner – Dessert: Whisky Soufflé

December 13, 2012
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The Soufflé au Grand Marnier is a French classic, so why not swap the orange liqueur for a nice whisky?

The Dramming.com Whisky Survey Part 2 – Analysis

December 8, 2013

While the overview only showed the raw answers to the questions, in this part I will be looking at the information that can be gathered by combining several questions.

The Dramming.com Whisky Survey Part 1 – Overview

October 23, 2013
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One of the biggest projects ever on this blog has come to an end. From 5th May to 30th September 650 people have partcipated in a survey about their relationship with whisky.

Mark Bylok – The Whisky Cabinet

January 29, 2015
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A while ago I was contacted by Canadian author Mark Bylok if I was interested in a review copy of his book “The Whisky Cabinet”. New whisky books are always interesting to look at, so I agreed.

John Lamond: Whiskey – Instant Expert – Book Review

October 1, 2013
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In the “Instant Expert” book series of US based publishers Princeton Architectural Press, the Scottish whisky expert John Lamond gas contributed a title about whisky

Master Of Malt Reference Series Update – E150a Influence

October 13, 2014
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Back in April Master of Malt released a special range of blended malt whiskies that they were going to use for experiments. Now there have been the first additions

How To Turn Ardbeg Into Bowmore

April 6, 2014
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Many of you will have heard about the FWP (“French Whore Perfume”) phenomenon of some Bowmores distilled in the 1980s. Now a cunning plan sprang into my mind.

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