October 2012

How Bonhams Helps To Inflate The Bubble – A Case Study

October 31, 2012

This is a followup to my recent article about the failed Bowmore 1957 auction. After it had been published I was pointed to an interesting blog post that gives us a different angle on the whisky pricing issue.

The Party May Be Over Soon

October 29, 2012

Musings about failed luxury whisky auctions and whisky investment

Karuizawa 1982/2012 The Whisky Exchange

October 27, 2012
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A fascinating mix of spice and fruit in this slightly unusual bourbon cask Karuizawa, the wood is always present but does not overwhelm the other flavours. – Rating: 89/100

Balblair 2002 First Release

October 25, 2012
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Extremely light in character, subdued but pleasant flavours, this is one for lovers of gentle drams. – Rating: 77/100

Eddu Silver

October 22, 2012
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The buckwheat creates a rather unique flavour profile thay may not be everybody’s favourite. I quite like it. – Rating: 75/100

anCnoc Peter Arkle Second Release

October 21, 2012
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The fruit stays in the background and the bourbon cask plays first fiddle here, overall it is a solid, pleasant and well-balanced dram. – Rating: 83/100

Isawa Vintage 1983

October 20, 2012
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A whisky with very strange flavours that may well represent the nadir of Japanese whisky making. – Rating: 45/100

Elements of Islay Pl1

October 19, 2012
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An uncompromising, almost brutal phenolic attack on your tastebuds, but it is not simply a peat monster, it has complex layers of flavours. – Rating: 90/100

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2012

October 18, 2012
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Just like last year I took the opportunity to combine a few days of mini holiday in London with attending the Whisky Exchange Whisky Show.

Lagavulin 21 yo 2012 Release

October 12, 2012
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This Lagavulin is virtually blasting with oriental spices, the fruit stays in the background here. An exquisite whisky that succeeds in combining boldness and gentleness. – Rating: 92/100

Freestyle Blind Tasting Competition – The Result

October 11, 2012
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After the first blind tasting round with only Scotch single malt whiskies, most competitors also signed up for the ‘Freestyle’ tasting.

Patience vs. Cash Flow – When Maturation Becomes A Necessary Evil

October 3, 2012
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Making whisky takes patience and determination. Many newcomers on the whisky market just don’t seem to care.

Caol Ila 29 yo 1982/2012 Signatory

October 1, 2012
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My oh my, a powerful dram that does not hold back its flavours. Expect no subtleties. This may be the oldest peat monster ever, dealing you a phenol punch as well as a wood bite. – Rating: 89/100