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

News: The Whisky Exchange 15th anniversary bottlings

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TWE presenting a 17yo Arran & a 40yo Glen Garioch

Oh my sherry-goodness! To celebrate their 15th anniversary (and their new website) The Whisky Exchange launches two heavily sherried whiskies. One from a young Island distillery and a fabulous Seventies bottling coming from the Highlands.

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Review: Bruichladdich The Organic

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A healthy breakfast on a spring morning

  • Bruichladdich
  • NAS
  • 46 % ABV
  • Uncoloured and unchillfiltered
  • Mid Coul, Coulmore en Mains of Tullibardine Farms
Bruichladdich The Organic is the successor of the original Organic 2003 Vintage. This is a multi-vintage vatting from three farms:William Roberts from Mains of Tullibardine, William Rose from Midcoul and Neil Scobie from Coulmore. This überprovenance whisky again centralises the terroir marketing story.

As is the case with most Bruichladdichs, this is a whisky without an age statement, bottled at 46%, unchillfiltered and natural colour. The new Regime slightly modified this quality mantra to 50% ABV for the new The Organic Scottish Barley.
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News: Wemyss Malts 1997 Bunnahabhain Single Cask for Belgium

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Barbecue Smoke

The Belgian importer for Wemyss Malts will be presenting a brand new 1997 Bunnahabhain for the Belgian market. This shiny new whisky from our favourite Scottish island (Islay, what else?) will probably be presented on the Spirits in the Sky festival in Brussels on November 8.

Some technical details:
  • Distilled 1997
  • Bottled 2014
  • 46% ABV
  • 273 bottles available
  • Islay

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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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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