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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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Review: Highland Park 10

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Small but brave Viking

  • Edrington group
  • 10 years old
  • 40 % ABV
  • 35 cl
  • exclusive to The Netherlands and Germany

Highland Park presented an absolute beginner's single malt, exclusively for Dutch and German markets in April 2013. Young, lower in alcohol and significantly smaller. Highland Park 10 is only sold in a 35cl version. Quite handy for people with a small drinks cabinet or a limited budget.

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Review: Kilchoman Port Cask matured


Pink meets Kaiser Chiefs

  • Kilchoman Distillery
  • 3 years old
  • 55 % ABV
  • maturation in port ruby casks

Kilchoman presented its very first Port Cask matured expression in early September. While other distilleries mostly finish port editions, Kilchoman chose a complete maturation in port pipes.

The Port Cask matured is being shipped - as we speak - to retailers. It was the result of three years maturation in 20 ex-ruby port casks and bottled at cask strength, 55% ABV.

This edition will be a bit of a curiosity. From the 1000 cases produced, only 150 bottles will end up in Belgium. And it does not seem to become a permanent addition to the range like Machir Bay and Loch Gorm. Unless it becomes a convincing success and they can invest in sufficient quality port casks.

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News: Bowmore 1984 Travel Retail

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I'm not really sure if this is a brand new release from Bowmore but since she's a beauty and a special Vintage I'm going to feature her all the same.

Matured for 30 long years in the finest oak Bourbon casks cosseted deep within the legendary Bowmore No.1 Vaults.

This 30 Year Old is a beautifully smooth whisky with a deep golden hue and is sweeter and spicier than its predecessor.

Unlike it's predecessor that was aged in bourbon casks only, this refined 30 year old has been matured in a marriage of both sherry and bourbon casks to ensure a rich depth of flavour and colour.

  • 30 years old
  • 47.6% ABV
  • 500 bottles
  • 1984 Vintage
Price: £ 750

source: website Bowmore 

Masterclass: Kilchoman European Tour 2014

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TastToe, 3 september 2014

Kilchoman sends out his sons during September.

George and James Wills are giving a number of masterclass through Europe. While I'm writing this, there brothers are touring The Netherlands in their Land Rover loaded with whisky, funny anecdotes and inside information  on the family business and their whiskies.

The masterclass at TastToe sold out completely. 36 people were eager to discover the core range of Kilchoman (minus the Loch Gorm, which wasn't served that night).

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News: Compass Box The Lost Blend

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This whisky is a union of old Highland single malts from the Clynelish and Allt-a-Bhainne distilleries and delicious peaty Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery.

Inspired by the short story of the same name, written by O. Henry in 1907, the style of this sweet, ethereal, herbal, gently smoky whisky is a homage to a previous lost blend, Eleuthera, retired by Compass Box in 2004.

It will be available from 1st October in the US, UK, Europe and key markets around the world.

Bottled at 46%, The Lost Blend will be priced at around $120 in the US, £85 in the UK and €100 in Europe. And after these 12,018 bottles it will be a Lost Blend again!

source: Facebook page Compass Box  

Whisky reviews and tasting notes by A Tasty Dram

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