October 2009

Bruichladdich 15 yo

October 31, 2009

A very nice balance of spice and fruity sweetness. The amount of finish is just about right making it a very enjoyable malt.
– Score: 84/100

More Funny Whisky Search Terms

October 28, 2009

In the past two months, more than 800 different search terms brought visitors to this site. It’s always interesting to see what people are looking for. Here is a selection of the funniest: how to get drunk off of whiskey Get a glass, fill it with whisky, drink, repeat. Do I really have to tell […]

New Addition: Price Informations

October 27, 2009

In order to make this site even more useful, I added information about the prices of the whisky bottlings and my personal opinion about the value you get for your money. Price levels are indicated by dollar signs as follows: Price Tag $$$$$ – under € 20 Price Tag $$$$$ – € 20 to € […]

Jameson Irish Whiskey

October 26, 2009
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Quite spicy for an Irish whiskey, too much for me as it isn’t balanced out by the other aromatic components – Score: 62/100

Bowmore Bordeaux Matured 1992/2008

October 21, 2009

I like this even better than the 2007 Port Wood. Distinctly maritime with only little peat and quite fruity. Powerful! – Score: 92/100

Whiskey Fun: Mahagonny ?

October 19, 2009
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Glengoyne 1997/2009 Malts of Scotland

October 18, 2009

I was a little disappointed with this one. It’s hard to pin it down, but somehow it lacks “depth”. But I am sure that some will find it excellent, it’s just not quite my taste. – Score: 82/100

Whisky Recipe: Salmon with Bell Peppers

October 17, 2009
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Here is an easy recipe that profits from the addition of whisky. You need (for one person): 1 slice of salmon (steak or fillet as you prefer) 2 bell peppers coloured to your liking 100 ml liquid 30% cream salt, pepper, thyme (fresh or dried) olive oil a dram of heavlily peated whisky. Dice the […]

Highland Park 1989/2005 Murray McDavid

October 16, 2009

A very nice whisky, perhaps it would have been even better if the finish was a little less dominant. – Score: 88/100

Poll: Your Favourite Place to Buy Whisky

October 16, 2009

Time for another whisky poll. This time, the question is straightforward: Where do you buy your booze?

Mortlach 1991/2008 C&S Dram Collection

October 15, 2009

This is a typical Mortlach. If you like the “oxtail soup” style, then this one is a must. – Score: 91/100

Bruichladdich Links IV – Turnberry 10th

October 15, 2009

A nice unpeated Laddie, good balance of fruit and spice – Score: 82/100

Talisker 18 yo

October 14, 2009
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A very fine whisky, perfect balance between peat and spice. Too bad they raised the price to stellar leveles. – Score: 90/100

The Return of the Spice Tree

October 14, 2009

Compass Box just announced that their award-winning Spice Tree is available again!

For those who don’t know the story behind that whisky: The Scotch Whisky association (SWA) disapproved of the Spice Tree

Balvenie Double Wood 12 yo

October 13, 2009
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This whisky has a marvelous nose, the palate is a bit weaker but still quite complex. Not at all “woody” despite the name. Very good return for the price. – Score: 86/100

Cask Management and Whisky Quality

October 13, 2009
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In my last post about bastard malts I touched the question how difficult it is to recognize the distillery of an undisclosed malt. Taking this thought a step further leads to an interesting conclusion about cask management.

Glen Mhor 1982/2008 Vom Fass

October 12, 2009

Not very complex for its age. Not bad at all, but I expected a bit more. A bit too one-dimensional. – Score: 84/100

St. Magdalene Cask No. 20 – 1975/2003

October 11, 2009

G&M Reserve – 49% My Tasting Note Nose: Slightly smoky, caramel, leather, spices Palate: Ginger, tea, a bix waxy, “farmy”, some caramel and a touch of lemon Finish: Long with a bit of smoke Overall: They don’t make Lowlanders like this anymore. Very full-bodied, noticeably smoky and with a kind of earthy spicyness that is […]

Poll results – Colouring and Chill Filtering

October 9, 2009

After somewhat more than a month, 21 visitors have cast their votes about that controversial issue. Here are the results:

I support colouring and filtering: 1 vote

I reject colouring and filtering: 13 votes

I reject colouring, don’t care about filtering: 2 votes

I reject filtering, don’t care about colouring: 3 votes

I don’t care about neither: 2 votes

Bastard Malts 2/2 – Do You Really Want to Know?

October 8, 2009

How do we react, when whe drink a malt that we don’t know what distillery it is from?

With the cheap supermarket malts this is not much of a a problem. You get a whisky that is just about drinkable, and it’s not really important to know if it’s from Glen X or Glen Y.