Discovering the world of golden liquids. My drinks cabinet is too small. Belgian SMWS member, straight razor freak, comics collector and martial artist.

News: Arran finishes the redesign of the core range

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Isle of Arran Distillers redesigned its core range of whiskies recently. The youngest of the pack, Lochranza Reserve, was given the scoop. And now the standard 10 years old, the 12 years old cask strength and the 14 years old got a new outfit.

image: Whisky Intelligence

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Open tasting: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Benelux & Germany

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Calypso Roosendaal, 11 October 2014

The Dutch branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society opens its doors twice a year (or rather their second base of operations: Calypso in Roosendaal) for members and non-members. Everyone can have a taste of the present Society outturn.

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Review: Nikka from the barrel

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  • Nikka Whisky Distilling Co.
  • NAS
  • 51.4 % ABV
  • 50cl
Masataka Taketsuru, godfather of Japanese whisky, stood at the cradle of 2 behemoths in his country: Yamazaki and Nikka Whisky. Both companies attained an international status that easily rivals the golden nectar from the mother country.

Nikka from the Barrel is a no age statement blend composed of Yoichi single malts and Miyagikyo grain whiskies. After the blending process the whisky is recasked to marry the aroma's and flavours and form a harmonious entirety.
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Review: Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse Peated Oak

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Belgium vs Scotland: 1 - 1

  • Dochter van de Korenaar
  • 10 % ABV
  • 66 cl
  • batch june 2013
  • matured on Lagavulin (2/3) and Ardbeg (1/3) ex-bourbon casks

Dochter van de Korenaar is a Belgian microbrewery. The Dutch Ronald Mengerink runs his craft brewery in Baarle-Hertog. The name of the brewery is inspired by a quote of Charles V that was written down in the chronicles of the city of Mechelen: "Ik kan beter tegen het sap van de dochter van de korenaar, dan tegen het bloed van de druiventros". Loosely translated as "I’m a better match for the juice from the daugther of the ear of corn then for the blood of a bunch of grapes."

The brewer was awarded a silver medal for his Embrasse Peated Oak. The first batches matured in casks that previously held Connemara whiskey from the Cooley Distillery. The June 2013 batch was lagered in Lagavulin and Ardbeg casks. Don't be fooled by the sticker stating "Peated whiskey cask"...

Time for my very first beer review!

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News: Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

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The Original Cask Strength release is a vatting of ex-bourbon barrels bottled at 59.2% ABV. This special edition is 5 years old and at cask strength. The nose and palate have soft peat packed full of ripe fruit and citrus notes with a long clean finish.

Kilchoman Original Cask Strength will be available from today on Kilchoman's website and throughout worldwide markets in the coming days. The RRP is £69.


News: Wemyss Malts launches 12 new single casks

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Edinburgh based boutique Spirits Company Wemyss Malts is delighted to announce the
release of a new parcel of single cask Scotch whiskies. This mouth-watering collection of
new whiskies is named after the unique natural taste and aroma of each one and
reflects the unique and contrasting appeals of the different Scotch whisky regions and

The suggested retail prices range from £70 to £200. Something for everyone's budget.

My personal eye candy are a 1987 Bowmore (“Sweet Peat Posy”), a 1983 Caol Ila (“Smoke on the water”),  two 1997 Clynelish expressions (“Cayenne Cocoa Bean” and “Bench with a Sea View”) and their second single grain from Invergordon (“Vintage Strawberry Punnet”) 1988.

261 years of flavours and history in one release !

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Review: Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten

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The first ten years are the toughest 

  • Bruichladdich Distillery
  • 10 years old
  • 46 % ABV
  • uncoloured and unchillfiltered
The Laddie Ten was the beginning of a new era. When a group around Mark Reynier and Simon Coughlin re-opened the doors of Bruichladdich Distillery, they were already planning a 10 year old. Age mattered in those days...

In 2011 Bruichladdich could finally unveil it's Laddie Ten. The success did not go unnoticed. Rémy-Cointreau offered a huge bag of money (£ 58 million). One man voted against: Mark Reynier. The new era was at the same time the end for a man that embodied Bruichladdich's revival.

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Discovering the world of golden liquids. My drinks cabinet is too small. Belgian SMWS member, straight razor freak, comics collector and martial artist. Whisky reviews and tasting notes by @tastydram