May 6, 2013
This is a bit unusual in a way that it feels rather naked compared to the standard releases. It is not particularly complex but smoothness and sippability are outstanding, even undiluted. – Rating: 88/100
October 12, 2012
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
September 17, 2012
This legendary dram delivers top quality, year after year. Peat and sherry in a fruitful symbiosis. – Rating: 89/100
February 6, 2012
A brilliant combination of fruit and smoke. The PX sherry combines very well with the Lagavulin distillery style. – Rating: 88/100
February 6, 2012
A very nice peated malt without a doubt, but the rather generic profile lacks some of the depth and richness that previous versions had. – Rating: 85/100
December 6, 2010
It’s not really a bad whisky, but I think it was bottled too young. The farmy notes are just too strong for my taste. There is a reason why the standard Lagavulin is bottled at 16 years. . – Rating: 81/100
October 25, 2010
The nose is rather generic but very pleasant. On the palate there is a true flavour explosion of peat, aromatic spices and fruit. One of the greats. – Rating: 92/100
December 1, 2009
The epitome of an Islay malt, smoke, peat, fruit, sweetness, Lagavulin has it all. – Score: 90/100
July 28, 2009
More sherry than the standard 16yo that is not quite reached – Score: 85/100
January 31, 2013
Musings about the 2013 Whisky Bible
January 4, 2013
A closer look at an interesting phenomenon.
January 1, 2013
I am not too much of a statistics geek, but every once in a while it is quite interesting to have a closer look at what happens on the blog.
December 20, 2012
Because whisky geeks often use abbreviations that may not always be understandable for less experienced whisky lovers here is a list that also includes a few slang terms for whisky distilleries or brands.
December 8, 2012
David Driscoll’s Thursday post on the K&L Wines blog brought up an interesting comparison between whisky and wine that I think needs further examination.
November 5, 2012
Lamenting about rising whisky prices has become a regular pastime. So I think it is time to have a closer look at how much prices have actually risen over the last years.
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.
October 18, 2012
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.
September 22, 2012
I have done some number crunching with the bottle data in the Whisky Monitor to see if there is a noticeable trend how independent bottlings do for a specific distillery.
March 9, 2012
Here is my selection of distilleries that let their whisky do the talking.
February 16, 2012
Few things are as controversial in the whisky world as caramel colouring. But facts and fictions about caramel mix up at times. Time to have a closer look at that unloved substance.
June 17, 2011
Yesterday’s 10 Essential Things About Scotch Whisky Everybody Should Know was the theory. Here comes the practice.
January 23, 2011
For a whisky blogger these days there are few things as convenient as joining the Diageo bashing game. But it often gets forgotten that many of their distilleries make a bloody good whisky!
January 1, 2011
Just before Christmas I was enjoying a celebratory dram or three with my old friend Keith Wood of Whisky-Emporium.com and as often happens after a few Drams and when the night draws in, we set about putting the world, or at least whisky world, to rights.
December 29, 2010
Google has a somewhat hidden feature that allows you to draw lots of information from the search statistics dating back until 2004. It is called Google Insights for Search and it’s currently in beta stadium.
October 17, 2010
End of September 2010 saw a major public relations effort by Scotch market leader Diageo to convince journalists and bloggers of the qualities of their new Roseisle distillery in Elgin on Speyside.
October 1, 2010
Year of Birth: 1966
Place of Residence: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Profession: Internet Consultancy
Whisky Involvement: Malt Mad Malt Maniac
September 14, 2010
In many articles about whisky you can find statements like “The difference between Scotch an bourbon is that Scotch tastes smoky”. This is a generalization that is simply not correct.
May 23, 2010
No, this is not really supposed to be a tourist guide. In this article I would like to share my experiences of Islay that are not related to specific whisky distilleries. I had never been on Islay before, so I think the title is appropriate.