September 2010

Whisky People #3 – Ralf Mitchell

September 11, 2010
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Year of Birth: 1962
Place of Residence: Glasgow, Scotland / Isle of Man
Profession: Undertaker
Whisky Involvement: Video commentator

Three Ships 5 yo

September 10, 2010

A very interesting blend that does not need to shy back behind proper Scotches. Not a real cracker, but plenty of flavours can be found in this sippable whisky from South Africa. – Rating: 78/100

Glen Scotia 1974/2005 Signatory

September 9, 2010

The marvelous nose makes lots of promises but there is a subliminal soapiness on the palate that destroys all hopes of getting to enjoy a fine aged Campbeltown malt. – Rating: 72/100

Mackmyra First Edition

September 8, 2010
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A nice dry fruityness that is underlined by slightly herbal notes. A bit unusual, but after all it’s Swedish and not Scotch – Rating: 83/100

St. George’s Chapter 4

September 7, 2010
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I find this not-yet-whisky amazingly good for only 18 months in the cask. It already has a surprising complexity. – Rating: 81/100

St. George’s Chapter 9

September 7, 2010
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This 3 year old malt has a great nose that is not unlilke one the gentler Islay drams. The palate is nice as well but lacks some of the complexity I found in the Chapter 4. And it’s also a tad edgier. – Rating: 79/100

Bunnahabhain 1978/2009 Murray McDavid

September 6, 2010

It it were not for the mint hint, this fine sherried dram might be mistaken for a Macallan or Glenfarclas. Surprisingly fresh and un-woody for its age. – Rating: 88/100

Has Whisky Become Better, Worse or Just Different?

September 6, 2010
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Among whisky lovers there is a constant debate on how whisky has changed over the years. It is not recommendable to generalize. And to answer the question prematurely: “Yes, but all of it”

Whisky People #2 – Keith Wood

September 5, 2010
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Place of Birth: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Place of Residence: Erding, Bavaria, Germany
Profession: Business Analyst, currently unemployed
Whisky Involvement: Reviewer and commentator

Benriach 1990/2007 A.D. Rattray

September 4, 2010

The sherry is not very obvious, so it could have been a fino cask. A very pleasant dram, rather light and complex at the same time. – Rating: 85/100

Whisky BBQ: Barrel Smoked Pork Neck

September 4, 2010
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Jack Daniel’s have a hidden gem in their product range that I think is just marvelous. You can buy wood chips made from used Jack Daniel’s casks that can be used for adding another dimension to your Barbeque.

Cambus 24 yo Bladnoch Forum

September 3, 2010

Even with water the nose is somewhat pungent but not unpleasant. Unlike the SMWS Port Dundas, the floral elements are not overwhelming the other flavour components. A well-balanced and nicely sippable single grain for a fair price. – Rating: 84/100

Port Dundas 28 yo SMWS G6.1

September 2, 2010

This time the SMWS taste descriptor is spot on. This grain is light bodied and spicy with quite prominent floral notes – which are not really to my liking I have to admit. Not the best cask, it seems. – Rating: 76/100

Bosch Schwäbischer Whisky vom Alb-Dinkel

September 1, 2010

A rather unusual taste from a rather unusual grain whisky. I’ve tasted worse, but I don’t think I would like to buy a bottle. I can’t make up my mind if it’s good or bad that it tastes a bit watery. – Rating: 55/100