Tuesday, 31 May 2016

News: Diageo Special Releases 2016

Diageo Special Releases 2016

Diageo has been rather early with publishing some labels for the Special Releases 2016 in the public TTB registry. They already revealed some of the usual suspects: 12yo Lagavulin, an unpeated Caol Ila and another Port Ellen and Brora. That means they still have some casks - only God and Diageo know how many - left and we won't see a Port Ellen Blended Malt yet. The "surprise" comes from Auchroisk, a distillery that was featured in the Special Releases series from 2012.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Tempest Smokito

Yesterday I posted an image of a Smokito on Instagram, basically a mojito where you replace the rum by a smoky whisky.

Some people asked for the recipe so here it comes:
Smokito with Bowmore Tempest single malt.

Preparation - "Cook" time - Total .

Yields 1 cocktail

Ingredients Smokito

  • 30 ml Bowmore Tempest single malt
  • 1/2 lime cut into wedges
  • 10 fresh mint leafs
  • 2 teaspoons rock sugar
  • crushed ice
  • a bottle of cold soda water
  • sprig of mint to garnish

Kitchen utensils

  • cocktail spoon
  • a sturdy mojito glass


Slice the lime in wedges and put them in the mojito glass. Add 2 teaspoons of cane sugar and squeeze with a pestle or the back of your cocktail spoon so the lime releases its juice.

Throw the mint leafs in the glass (Some bartenders claim the leaves release more flavour when you give them a clap with your hand...).

Push the mint into your sugar-lime mixture. Add a spoon of crushed ice, a measure of Bowmore Tempest single malt and stir gently.

Fill your glass with crushed ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Done!

Santé, schol, slainte, a su salud, à sua saúde!

Bowmore Tempest
The Tempest batch IV makes a lovely Smokito. Photo credit: Bowmore.com


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

News: Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th edition

Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th edition
The Kilchoman 100% Islay is the only sinlge malt produced on-site from barley to bottle. Geeks would probably call it a single estate whisky (learned that recently from Toshan Man Mark Dermul).

Kilchoman grows its own barley, does the floor malting, distilling, maturing and bottling at the distillery. The 6th Edition of the 100% Islay is a vatting of fresh and refill ex-bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace filled in 2010 and bottled in 2016.

Identity Card

  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 6th edition
  • Kilchoman Distillery, Bruichladdich (Islay)
  • Distilled in 2010, bottled in 2016
  • 50% ABV
  • First-fill and refill ex-bourbon barrels
  • Price: £72
Kilchoman's malting floor

This latest edition will be the most mature 100% Islay to have been released to date. Produced exclusively from barley grown at the distillery, the 100% Islay range has a lighter peating level (25ppm approx.) compared to the rest of the Kilchoman range (50ppm), creating a uniquely fresh and distinct style of Islay single malt.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director; “we expect Kilchoman fans will enjoy the 6th Edition, the 100% Islay expressions have come along significantly in recent years, sourcing our bourbon barrels from one US producer has a significant impact on the quality of the whisky at what is a relatively young age.”

Source and pictures: Press release Kilchoman.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

The Classic Laddie is the entry malt whisky from Bruichladdich. After its predecessor The Laddie Classic Edition and the now rather rare 10 year old (see it, snatch it!), this 100% Scottish barley whisky has become the flagship of the unpeated Laddie brand. The use of only Scottish barley is one of the cornerstones of the terroir religion followed by Bruichladdich.

The funky apple blue sea green colour that defines Bruichladdich never fails to draw a reaction from people. Either you're a fan of the colour (Bruichladdich calls it Aqua) or you're not. The origin of the colour is rather simple and a tad poetic. The inspiration was very nearby: it's the colour of the sea just out the distillery on a bright spring day.

The Classic Laddie has been subject to the renewed transparency debate (reawakened by Compass Box a few months ago). Bruichladdich gives its customers the opportunity to acquire additional details on the vatting of their own bottle of Classic Laddie.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Wemyss Malts 1988 Glenrothes Marmelade Appeal

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

Glenrothes Distillery has everything it needs to make it a great brand: a rather unique bottle shape, a Vintage approach like the wine industry (although they have been releasing more and more NAS expressions called Reserves) and a ghost story.

The brand and the operations aren't in the same hands. Since 2010 the brand is owned by the London based Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR) while the distillery itself is managed by Edrington. This rather strange situation was due to the sale of the famous Cutty Sark blend by BBR to Edrington.

The Cutty Sark brand didn't really fit the BBR branding profile anymore and Edrington was eager to add another well-known and established blend to their portfolio.