Category Archives: OB

Original (or Owner’s) Bottling

Craigellachie 13

The new Bacardi malts: a tasting report

Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, (Glen) Deveron and Aultmore. With the possible exception of the first these are not single malts most non-enthusiast consumers will have ever heard of. This is not strange. They are all part of the Bacardi stable and until very recently the loudest whisky-related noise by far from that company was reserved for their blended offerings: William Lawson’s and Dewar’s. Recently though, this changed with the announcement of a full OB range for all five of these distilleries. Continue reading

Laphroaig Cask Strength batch 006

Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength batch 6

As more and more traditions in the world of whisky are broken and/or modified, there is one which has stood its ground over the last years: the Laphroaig 10yo CS. A cask strength version of the normal 10yo, it is offered direct through the company’s website at a very reasonable price (and usually appears in shops later on as well). It also tends to be very good value for money. I’ll be reviewing the 6th edition, bottled in February of 2014. Continue reading

Yapi's HEBT 1 #7 & #7bis

Glenfarclas 40yo 2012 & 2010 (Yapi’s HEBT #7 & #7bis)

This is the end. Of the blind tasting. For 7 weeks Yapi has shown us the different ways in which whisky can evolve. Now it comes down to the last two samples (there’s actually one more, but we don’t talk about that one. Ever! Well, maybe next week). Let’s see if there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, shall we?

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The Glenlivet Oloroso Matured OL0314 48%

Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Matured OL0314 review

Coming back from a most excellent visit to the Scottish island of Orkney, I picked up this new Glenlivet travel-only bottling (for now) at Edinburgh airport. I am a fan of the ex-bourbon matured version of the Nàdurra, and was curious to see what direction the distillery had chosen with this new variant (which will become a standard part of the range, I am told).

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