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

The dreaded Christmas wish list

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Sigh! Every December the same old question returns: "What do you want for Christmas?". And every year I'm performing the same ritual: scratching my head and admitting I have no idea.

Since I'm suspecting I'm not the only one who's suffering from giftitis, I do want to help my fellow sufferers. And what a coincidence, almost everything that made the list is related to whisky.



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Review: Highland Park Loki

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Nordic Janus having a winter BBQ

  • Edrington Group
  • 15 years old
  • 48.7% ABV
  • 21.000 bottles
  • Second of four whiskies in the Walhalla collection
When Highland Park presented the first whisky from the Walhalla collection, Thor, it was instantly clear that Loki, professional mischiever and shape shifter among the gods, would move heaven and earth to take its place besides Thor.

His shape shifting character was the inspiration for the flavour profile of its liquid alter ego. Born out of European and previously peated casks (Does HP have unpeated casks?), the aromas perceived on the nose and the palate should differ from each other.
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News: Glenfarclas 15 for TWE

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  • Glenfarclas
  • The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
  • 15 years old
  • 58.6% ABV
    To celebrate Glenfarclas 15 Year Old being named as the Whisky of the Year for 2013-14, The Whisky Exchange asked the distillery to create a high-strength edition of this favourite, exclusively for TWE. Bottled at 103 proof, this is rich and spicy; a drop of water brings out extra sweetness and notes of fruit cake and cherries.

    Source & image: The Whisky Exchange

    Review: Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig

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    Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig

    Buying baklava in an Oriental bazaar

    • Wemyss Malts
    • NAS
    • Blended malt
    • 46% ABV
    • 6000 bottles
    • Non-chill-filtered and natural colour
    Independent bottler Wemyss Malts presented its newest addition to their blended malts range: Velvet Fig. This blend without an age statement (NAS) matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks and will take its place next to The Spice King, Peat Chimney and The Hive.

    They also release on a regular basis a range of single cask whiskies and a classic blend, Lord Elcho, in a NAS and a 15 years old version.

    William Wemyss, Managing Director, made the following statement on Velvet Fig: ”We are thrilled with the new Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig blended malt as it will provide a unique, yet complementary addition to the Wemyss blended malt range. Velvet Fig is sure to be a favourite with those who have a passion for sherry cask matured whiskies or are looking for the perfect festive whisky.”.
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    News: Jura 1984 celebrating a famous inhabitant

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    #NothingIsWhatItSeems


    Jura seems to be celebrating George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984. All communication channels from the Jura brand were 'hijacked' and redacted by The Party for a few days.

    A bunch of professional journalists and whisky writers were invited to unveil the resistance organised by Whyte & Mackay on the eve of November 13.
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    Review: Kilchoman 2009 TasTToe single cask PX finish

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    Christmas pudding in a Tex-Mex restaurant

    • Kilchoman
    • 58.2% ABV
    • 2009 vintage
    • 4.5 month finish on a Pedro Ximenez butt
    During the Kilchoman Tour through Europe
    the Wills brothers presented a PX finished Kilchoman sample. The whisky will most likely be bottled by TasTToe, the Belgian shop that hosted one of the Kilchoman tastings on their European Tour.

    The whisky was distilled in 2009 and got a 4.5 month finishing on a Pedro Ximenez sherrybutt. Curious whether Kilchoman and PX sherry guarantees fantastic stuff?

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    News: Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

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    Old school Bunna shrouded in mist 


    • Bunnahabhain Distillery
    • Batch 1
    • Bottled2014
    • 46.3% ABV

    Bunnahabhain Distillery will present shortly a new whisky. Very little is know at this moment. It will be a limited edition with an unpronounceable Scots Gaelic name, bottled at 46.3% ABV, unfiltered and natural colour. The whisky matured for over ten years in ex-bourbon casks.
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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