Friday, 8 December 2017

The annual A Tasty Dram Christmas Gifts Guide

The annual A Tasty Dram Christmas Gifts Guide

The first empty doors of the boozy advent calendars are popping up on social media and people are inundating their followers with #whiskysanta wishes. That means it's time to start compiling the annual Christmas gift list for whisky geeks and occasional whisky drinkers.
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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Douglas Laing The Gauldrons

A Tasty Dram tasting notes Douglas Laing The Gauldrons

Douglas Laing has finally completed their "Tour of Scotland". A voyage that started with the famous Big Peat blended malt from Islay and took them to Speyside with Scallywag, the Highlands with Timorous Beastie, the Scottish Islands with Rock Oyster and the Lowlands with the überdandy The Epicurean. That leaves us with the Campbeltown region to end the journey.
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Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday, 10 November 2017

Catching up on Friday (10 November 2017)

Catching up on Friday (10 November 2017)

After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less then two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.

News

Press releases and industry news from the past week.

Highland Park Quercus

Someone at Highland Park mistakenly send out an email with the third release from the Keystone Series. So Highland Park shifted gear and gave its fans what they wanted: the new Highland Park Quercus. If a mutilated body strands on an Orcadian beach, we might suspect it's the guy who handled Highland Park's Mail Marketing stuff...

Highland Park Quercus

Douglas Laing Big Peat The Gold Edition 25YO

The people at Douglas Laing are busy bees. After adding a few Remarkable Malts with an age statement (Rock Oyster, Scallywag and Timorous Beastie), they decided to go one step further. Our favourite peat breathing humorous Ileach pal Big Peat is ready to join the British team for the Winter Olympics... and he aims only for gold with this 25YO Vintage Big Peat bottled at cask strength.

Douglas Laing Big Peat The Gold Edition 25YO


Glenglassaugh Wood Finishes

Glenglassaugh’s Master Blender Rachel Barrie left her mark on a new chapter for our the distillery. Glenglassaugh features four distinct styles: a Port Wood Finish, a Peated Port Wood Finish, a Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish and a Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish. The labels are inspired by four natural elements: sand, surf, stone and sea.

Glenglassaugh Wood Finishes

Lagavulin 8YO becomes part of the core range

The people at Diageo decided to make the popular 200th anniversary 8YO limited edition (allright, maybe not that limited...) a permanent expression. Lagavulin's core range now counts three permanent members - the 8YO, the 16YO and the Distiller's Edition - as well as an annual 12YO Special Release and and occasional and rather expensive 25YO Lagavulin.
Lagavulin 8

Laphroaig Cairdeas 15YO

Laphroaig's Distillery Manager had a well hidden surprise for us yesterday, namely a 15-year-old Laphroaig Cairdeas. The new 15 year old malt is a part of the Friends of Laphroaig program. The whisky was distilled in 2001 and matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels. You'll have to be a Friend of Laphroaig to purchase one at £90.75.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 15YO

The Belgian Owl rearranging its range

The Owl Distillery in Fexhe-le-Haut-Clocher (a small rural place in Belgium) is going to put some sort of system in its whiskies. From now on the new make will be called 'Origine', the three year old single malt bottled at 46% ABV 'Identité', a single cask bottled at 46% ABV nicknamed 'Passion' and another one at cask strength (I have and tasted seen Belgian Owl whiskies well above 70% ABV... ) will be 'Intense'. No pictures yet so you'll have to do it with and older photo.
The Belgian Owl rearranging its range

Rumours

Errrr, nothing to report, Sir!

Must reads and must sees


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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Halloween Special: Pairing 9 whiskies with classic horror movies

Halloween Special: Pairing 9 whiskies with classic horror movies

Halloween is on the doorstep so I'm dusting off my horror DVD's for a fright night with appropriate drams. Yes, you can call me old school, but there's still no sign of Netflix in ATD HQ.

I will once again pick 9 classic horror movies from my collection and pour a a matching whisky when the ladies of the house are asleep.
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Friday, 20 October 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4

A Tasty Dram tasting notes Bomwmore Tempest Batch IV

Bowmore's Tempest Batch was a range of 10 year old single malts whiskies from Islay's oldest distillery. This small batch matured exclusively in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and was bottled at cask strength, without chill-filtration and without additional colouring. The first batch from 2009 gained quite a stellar reputation.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Highland Park Magnus

A Tasty Dram tasting notes Highland Park Magnus

Highland Park Magnus is the latest single malt from Highland Park. The whisky is exclusive to the USA and Canada. The expression is named after its founder, part-time smuggler, Magnus Eunson and may not be confused with Highland Park's Earl Magnus and Saint Magnus whiskies from a few years ago. The reason is very simple. Magnus Eunson wasn't exactly a saint...
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Friday, 6 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Whisky World Animal Day

Scottish landscapes

Scotland is not only famous for its whiskies. It is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife. As much as it is a destination for whisky tourists, the country attracts at least at much bird and deer spotters.

Numerous distilleries carry one of Scotland's famous animals in their logo: the deer. Others take pride in the river and its inhabitants or the eagles living nearby. Let's have a look at some of the more famous ones.
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Eyes on Design: Douglas McGibbon's Clan Denny

Clan Denny


At the start of the summer Douglas McGibbon gave its Clan Denny range a thorough facelift. The old packaging had become dated, and no longer did justice to the old and sometimes rare whiskies inside. It was also an opportune time to relaunch the brand, as the Douglas McGibbon company turns 70.
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Elements of Islay Bn4 (Bunnahabhain) Single Islay Malt

A Tasty Dram tasting notes Elements of Islay Bn4 (Bunnahabhain) Single Islay Malt

The Elements of Islay bottlings are a series of small batch whisky expressions bottled by Specialty Drinks (closely related to The Whisky Exchange). The bottles are a wink to the apothecary bottles of old and the labels are inspired by Mendeleev's Periodic Table.
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Friday, 8 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Wemyss Malts Family Collection - Vanilla Burst & Treacle Chest

Tasting notes Wemyss Malts Family Collection - Vanilla Burst & Treacle Chest

Wemyss Malts is familiar name when it comes to excellent single casks and blended malts. The owners of the Kingsbarns Distillery has been releasing annually some good to superb blended malts. Their newest feat - The Wemyss Family Collection - will focus on one specific influence that impacts a whisky. This can be a regional aspect or the use of different casks.
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Pipe House Bunnahabhain 2001

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

I discovered The Pipe House in Koblenz on a family holiday four years ago. The Pipe House specializes in - not hard to guess - pipes and tobacco. They also have a decent range of spirits and bottle(d) some whiskies and rums under their own label The Pipe House. Bunnahabhain and wine casks can be a match made in heaven. So when I picked this independent bottling - a vatting of a Bordeaux cask and an Oloroso sherry butt - I was rather excited.
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Friday, 18 August 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Highland Park The Dark & The Light



Upcoming collectible whisky releases are pretty much the worst kept secrets these days. In less then a month two new single malts from Orkney based distillery Highland Park appeared in the public Colas database.
The expressions are respectively called Highland Park The Dark and Highland Park The Light. Both have the exact same ABV (Alcohol by volume) of 52.9% ABV. 28.000 bottles of both The Light and The Dark will hit the markets. Looks like the Walhalla and Fire & Series will get a successor somewhere soon.

Nothing else of interest has been known yet.
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Friday, 4 August 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Stokerij De Molenberg Gold Fusion

Stokerij De Molenberg Gold Fusion Gouden Carolus single malt whisky

The Gouden Carolus single malt has been around for almost four years now and with our national holiday in sight, the time was right to dive nose first into the Gold Fusion. The first anniversary whisky from De Molenberg Distillery is a blend of the original test distillate from 2007 and the Gouden Carolus single malt.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Duvel Barrel Aged batch #1

Duvel Barrel Aged batch #1

Aaaah, Duvel! The godless beer got his name - according to an urban legend - during a tasting session. One of the participants called it a duvel (Flemish for devil). And so became Victory ale, a dark victory beer after WWI, Duvel. In 1970 the beer got a complete transformation. It became a strong blond ale and the paunchy tulip glasses were introduced.
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Friday, 30 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Angels' Nectar Rich Peat Edition

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

Angels' Nectar  Rich Peat Edition is only the second expression from Highfern Ltd. The brand is inspired by the Angels' share, also known as the whisky that evaporates from the cask.

This blended malt has been constructed with Highland malts only. That means no Islay whiskies are involved. Island whiskies remain to be seen. Some sources catalog the Islands under the Highland region... Although I'm putting my money on a substantial portion of young peaty Ardmore. But that's mere speculation on the contents of this Angels' Nectar  Rich Peat Edition.
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Angels' Nectar First Edition

Angels' Nectar is a range of blended malts inspired by the famous 2% of whisky that goes to the angels. Or the guy that does the quality checks in a warehouse ... But that's just me thinking out loud.
Anyway, Angels' Nectar First Edition is a blended malt composed of whiskies from the Speyside and Highland regions.

Angels' Nectar First Edition

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

Catching up on Friday (16 June 2017)

After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less then two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.

News

Douglas Laing’s Consortium of Cards #2 Ben Nevis 1997

The chaps at Douglas Laing presented the second installment in their Consortium of Cards series. After a rather stellar ’Queen of the Hebrides’ Laphroaig 1998, they bottled a Ben Nevis from 1997 and baptised it fittingly the ‘King of the Hill’.

Douglas Laing’s Consortium of Cards #2 Ben Nevis 1997
Source: Douglas Laing
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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Highland Park Valkyrie



Highland Park Valkyrie is the latest single malt coming from Orkney. The whisky - that will gradually replace Dark Origins - is the first in a new trilogy named Viking Legends. In the next few years the trilogy will be expanded with two other whiskies: Valknut and Valhalla. The series is inspired by the death and afterlife. Valkyries were a host of female riders who chose fallen warriors and bring them to the hall of the slain in the afterlife - Valhalla  - where they are prepared for Ragnarök, the final battle of the Gods.
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Cadeautips voor vaderdag


Vaderdag is nog maar een dikke week van ons verwijderd en je begint nu toch stilaan maar beter uit te kijken naar een passend cadeau voor de belangrijkste  whiskyliefhebbende man in je leven. Ik zet je op weg met de perfecte cadeautips voor vaderdag.

Ik weet maar al te goed dat whiskywinkels of speciaalzaken ronduit overweldigend en uitdagend kunnen zijn om je keuze te maken. Geen zorgen, ik geef je wat voorsprong en praktisch advies voor wat cadeauips voor vaderdag
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Friday, 2 June 2017

The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Ideas


Father's Day is only a few days away so you might want to start looking out for a fitting gift for the most important whisky-loving man in your life. Let's have a look at The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Ideas.
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Eyes on Design: Highland Park single malt with Viking Soul

Highland Park stelde een paar weken terug hun nieuwe kerngamma van 10, 12 en 18 jaar oude whisky's. Met de nieuwe verpakking en flessendesign zetten ze hun vikingerfgoed in de verf.

Het vikingthema is natuurlijk niet echt nieuw. Highland Park bereidde de weg voor met travel retail whisky's met ronkende namen zoals Sword, Drakkar, Leif Eriksson, de Warrior-reeks en de überverzamelbare Walhalla whisky's genoemd naar de Noorse goden Thor, Loki, Freya en Odin.
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Eyes on Design: Highland Park, single malt with Viking Soul

Highland Park presented their new core range of 10, 12 and 18 year old single malts.  With the new packaging and bottle design Highland Park wants to stress its viking heritage.

The Viking theme isn't exactly new. Highland Park paved the way with travel retail expressions such as Sword, Drakkar, Leif Eriksson, the Warrior series and the über collectible Walhalla whiskies named after the Norse gods Thor, Loki, Freya and Odin.
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Remarkable Regional Malts Mix Up #2


Get your monocle, high hat, bar spoon, fancy glasses and ice cubes from the freezer. We’re going to make 2 dandy cocktails based upon The Epicurean, Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malt from the Lowlands. Jan Beckers and David Ferguson presented two summer-y cocktails based upon their latest blended malt during a Remarkable Regional Malts Mix Up #2 Facebook Live session.
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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Bowmore 18 Manzanilla

The Devil's Cask Trilogy has been concluded so it doesn't come as a surprise to see another new collectionable trilogy to show up... It looks like a wine/sherry matured trilogy and the first one is already very promising: an 18yo Manzanilla cask. Bowmore + sherry = excited!

But.. (yes, there's always one) we might see a similar frenzy as we saw with the Devil's Cask trilogy. Auction sites and bottle flippers had a blast. But it was also good to see that some shops were trying hard to obtain bottles for genuine whisky geeks/lovers/drinkers/collectors (delete as appropriate).

Identity Card Bowmore 18 Manzanilla



bowmore 18 manzanilla vintners trilogy


  • Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore Islay

  • 18 year old single malt

  • Manzanilla cask (double maturation)

  • Part 1 of The Vintner's Trilogy


Long lasting, smoky bursts of spicy Seville orange through meticulous double maturation.

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…

Source and pictures: Colas Online
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Diageo Special Releases 2017

I might have spotted some of the Diageo Special Releases for 2017 already. Although only one has Special Release all over its label. The others are younger than usual, but isn't this the nature of the contemporary whisky industry: bottling whisky at a younger age? We can expect a Port Ellen and a Brora. And a 12yo Lagavulin and an unpeated Caol Ila for the affordable malts section. The rest of the Special Releases for 2017?

Let's have a look at the full list.

Port Dundas  52


  • Port Dundas single grain (closed distillery)

  • 52 years old

  • 752 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 44.6% ABV


Glen Elgin 18


  • Glen Elgin single malt (Speyside)

  • 18 years old

  • 5352 bottles

  • Ex-bodega European butts (sherry?)

  • Alcohol: 54.8% ABV


Blair Athol 23


  • Blair Athol single malt (Highlands)

  • 23 years old

  • 5514 bottles

  • Ex-bodega European butts (sherry?)

  • Alcohol: 58.4% ABV


Teaninich 17


  • Teaninich single malt (Highlands)

  • 17 years old

  • Alcohol: 55.9% ABV

  • 200 years limited release


This whisky might very well be a separate 200 years anniversary release and not a so-called Special Release. We'll see...

Brora 1982 - 16th Release


  • Brora single malt (Highlands)

  • 34 years old

  • 3000 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 51.9% ABV


Port Ellen 1979 - 17th Release

  • Port Ellen single malt (Islay)

  • 37 years old

  • 2988 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads and refill American butts

  • Alcohol: 51% ABV


Caol Ila 18

  • Caol Ila (unpeated?) single malt (Islay)

  • 18 years old

  • Unknown number of bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 59.8% ABV


Lagavulin 12 - 17th Release

  • Lagavulin single malt (Islay)

  • 12 years old

  • Unknown number of bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 56.5% ABV


Convalmore 1984

  • Convalmore single malt (Speyside)

  • 32 years old

  • 3972 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 48.2% ABV


Diageo decided to come forward with this year's Special Releases since it's the whisky worlds worst kept secret anyway. There's no NAS whisky in the line-up this year (not yet, who knows they'll come up with a £500

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…

Source and pictures: Colas Online
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Douglas Laing Old Particular Laphroaig 18YO Consortium of Cards

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

Tonight I’m diving into the first release from Douglas Laing’s Consortium of Cards, an Old Particular Laphroaig 18YO. The Consortium of Cards is a collection of single cask whiskies from the Old Particular series themed around a deck of playing cards. (If you're thinking "This sounds familiar", you are right. Hanyu pulled the same trick already.)

This single cask is presented as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay’s well-known and well-earned nickname. And a properly aged Laphroaig certainly has the qualities to become the crown jewel of Douglas Laing’s Consortium whisky collection.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

Een nieuw whiskygerucht is altijd een leuke opener van een nieuwe maand. Bruichladdich zou aan een vrouwelijke tegenhanger voor de Classic Laddie aan het werken zijn: Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie.

Bruichladdich is altijd een veelzijdige en toegankelijke distillery geweest. De meeste Schotse distilleerderijen zijn nog niet de kilt-doedelzak-lederen zetel-oude man stereotypes ontgroeid. Bij Bruichladdich staan ze ver daarboven; Sommigen omschrijven ze zelfs als de meest vrouwelijke van de distilleerderijen op Islay met hun klassevolle en kleurrijke flessen gevuld met lichte en speelse whisky’s.

Het management van Bruichladdich is zich altijd bewust geweest van deze aantrekkingskracht bij het vrouwelijke publiek. Ze gaan dus nog een stapje verder met deze Classic Lassie expressie. Een stijlvolle roze getinte whisky die de klassieke bloementouch van Bruichladdich combineert met rijke en extravagante aroma’s van rode portovaten en Chateau Pr. d’Avrilfusten.

Een release die de oude master distiller Jim McEwan ongewijfeld zal doen glimlachen en een traktatie voor lassies (meisjes) en laddies (jongens) aan de overkant van de plas.

Identiteitskaart Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

  • Bruichladdich Distillery, Lochindaal (Islay)

  • Gerijpt in rode portovaten en Ch. Pr. d’Avril wijnfusten

  • Alcohol: 50% ABV

Bron: Bruichladdich
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