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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  

Tweet Tasting: Tomatin's #TomatinCuatro 3 September 2014

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Wednesday September 3rd a new Tweet Tasting took place under the guidance of  Steve Rush (@TheWhiskyWire) and Tomatin (@Tomatin1897).  No less than 8 samples landed in my mailbox: 4 mystery drams from the Highlands and 4 sherries. One of the whiskies could very well be a shiny new release from Tomatin.

The 4 sherries were a revelation and are in a different league compared to most sherries I've tasted in the past. But could it become my new favourite drink? I'm afraid not. I'll be loyal to my first love.

The sherries still deserve some credit. They travel conditions weren't optimal and wine is influenced by oxidation...

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News: Tomatin launches Cuatro Series and Cù Bòcan Sherry Edition

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Cuatro Series

The Tomatin Cuatro Series presents four unique limited edition expressions of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

All distilled on the same day, the whisky was matured for nine years in American Oak casks before being transferred to four different types of Sherry butts for a period of over three years. As a result each of the four expressions have developed their own unique characteristics. The range includes: Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez.

With its Spanish sherry inspiration, the name “Cuatro” is fitting as the Spanish word for “four”.

There are 1500 bottles of each expression available and each is expected to retail at £49.99.


Cù Bòcan Sherry Edition

Staying with the Sherry theme, the company has also added another limited edition to the Cù Bòcan range: the Sherry edition. With the standard edition comprising Sherry, Virgin Oak and Bourbon casks, this is the first of three limited editions highlighting the flavours derived from the sherry casks.

The expression matured in first fill Sherry butts. There are only 6000 bottles available and it is expected to retail at £49.99 or € 63.
49.99 (€ 63).
source: Press release Tomatin Distillery
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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