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New life for Bladnoch

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Finally there's some good news from the southwest of Scotland. Bladnoch Distillery got a new owner and will soon be reopened. After six years of silence and the fear of a Littlemill scenario Lowlands spirit will flow from the stills at Bladnoch.
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Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

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Diageo will present a new Dalwhinnie in September. Of course “flavour” is the key word for their new single malt. Scotland’s coldest and highest distillery plans to use their location as a unique selling point. The result will be a whisky without an age statement that is only distilled in the coldest months of the year.
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Benromach 15

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Benromach 15

Everything that's good at Benromach + 5

  • Benromach 15 (distillery sample)
  • Benromach Distillery (Gordon & Macphail), Forres (Speyside)
  • Single malt 15 year old
  • 43 % ABV
The 15 year old Benromach is the newest addition to the Speysider's single malt range.

Ewen Mackintosh, COO of Gordon & Macphail, calls it "another milestone in the company's history". This single malt is said to be another testimony to the classic Speyside malts of the pre-1960's. Whisky that every proper whisky geek makes his mouth water in other words...
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Benromach 10 100° proof

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Benromach 10 year old 100° proof

A heavy weight champion in the making?

  • Benromach 10 100° proof
  • Benromach Distillery (Gordon & Macphail), Forres (Speyside)
  • Single malt 10 year old
  • 57 % ABV
The 10 year old Benromach got a big and powerful brother in September last year. The 100° proof is a high strength version (not necessarily cask strength, mind the minor difference) of the much revered 10 year old expression.

100° proof  is an old Imperial measure and has a naval history. The term dates from the 16th century when sceptical sailors wanted to ensure their daily portion of rum had not been tampered with. They proved the strength by mixing gunpowder with their drink. If the mixture ignited the rum was "proof". If not, sailors probably had some fun with their fists...
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Murray McDavid's first Tweet Tasting "The Art of Maturation"

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Murray McDavid is an independent bottler of single malt whiskies. The company was established in 1996 by the two men who resurrected Bruichladdich later on: Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin, and ex-Springbank director Gordon Wright. It was named after Mark Reynier's grandparents, Harriet Murray and Jock McDavid.

Yesterday Murray McDavid organised its first tweet tasting. The bottler was well known for using traditions from the wine world (creating small batches instead of single casks to offer consistent quality) and their Leapfrog bottlings are now much sought-after. I must admit, this is a bottler that fell a bit under my radar until today.
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Single malt and blended whiskey reviews, industry news, recipes and tasting notes from around the world. Discovering the world of golden spirits . A Belgian whisky geek, beer lover and Scotch Malt Whisky Society member.