Monday, 28 July 2014

Jim Beam Devil's Cut

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes


Tumbler-glass against the wall,
Who is sweetest of us all?

Bourbon producer Jim Beam launched The Devil's Cut in 2012. Just like the angels, the devils arrogates himself a few glasses of the spirit that has been lounging around for some years. The angels claim 2 to 3 percent on an annual basis.

The devil hides his share in the cask itself. Unfortunately for him, the people at Jim Beam use a tried and true method to filch him his share. Pour a few liters of water in the "empty" cask and start shaking it. After half an hour you will get a decent ammount of whiskeywater, ready to blend with the actual whiskey.

This concludes the marketing story around The Devil's Cut. On to the real deal: the tasting notes.
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Malts of Scotland Images of Tain - Mansfield Castle

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes


Having a coffee with an instrument builder in Cordoba

Malts of Scotland is a German indy bottler since 2009. In 5 years he was already awarded multiple times the title of "Independent Bottler of the Year".

The Images series is a range of "secret" bottlings that do not (or cannot) disclose the identity of the distillery. Every label gets a name and landmark hinting at the provenance in return. Most of the time you will have enough information to make an educated guess. Behold the perfect example: Port Ellen Lighthouse (I think you can easily guess its identity).

This Images of Tain bottling was named after Mansfield Castle. A castle that is only a four minutes drive away from ... Glenmorangie.
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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Macallan Ruby

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes


Sunbathing in a Spanish garden

The Macallan reorganised its core range in 2012. Most of the age statements were ditched and replaced by colours. Yes, you've read it right: colours. A small risk for a company stating a few years ago that not colour, but maturation was the most important aspect of a good quality whisky. Because colour could be faked...

The new range consists of Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. Luckily no additional colouring is used. Ruby is a vatting of first fill and refill sherry casks and is the darkest whisky in the class of four. If it is also the most mature, that remains to be seen.
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Douglas Laing Single Minded Auchentoshan 12

Leaving the nest early

The Single Minded series from independent bottler Douglas Laing is a collection of small batch single malts. All bottled at 41.5% ABV and relatively young.

Up till now a 7 year old Dailuaine, a 10 year old Tamdhu and a 12 year old Braeval have been bottled. And of course this 12 year old Auchentoshan, triple distilled and famous for it’s gentle style.
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