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May 2015: Connoisseurs Choice

Our members only may tasting is five of Gordon and MacPhail’s connoisseurs choice range. Below is Pat’s background info and notes, along with some accompanying comments and scores from Tony. The 1960s was a boom time for whisky. Many new distilleries appeared, among them Tomintoul, Tormore and Clynelish, to help slake an increasing consumer thirst […]

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St George’s English Whisky Company Chapter 13

The English Whisky Company has just released their chapter 13, a lightly-peated malt matured in Sassicaia casks (Sassicaia is a Bordeaux style red wine). Obviously not the slightest bit superstitious, St George’s has embraced the negative connotations with the number 13 by; Pricing it at £66.60 (geddit?) Releasing it at 49% abv (4 + 9 […]

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Auchentoshan

Auchentoshan have unveiled three “exceptional expressions for the discerning whisky drinker”, the 1966, 1979 and the 2012 Valinch. Rather than simply pass news of this intelligence on to you, we thought it would be a lot more professional if we put their “exceptional” claims to the test and tried the samples ourselves. Unsurprisingly, they weren’t […]

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Glengoyne

Glengoyne have launched an extend range of bottlings, and were kind enough to send us some samples. We split them between me (Tony) and Pat. Pat drew the curtains, cleansed his palate, meditated for an hour or so, then allowed the whisky to interact with his nose and taste buds in strange and interesting ways. […]

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Bowmore Small Batch

this new Bowmore expression is in the same entry level market as Bowmore Legend (and may replace it), with a RRP of £32.99. Like Legend, it has no age statement, and is a combination of first and second fill bourbon casks. It is a limited volume release, we imagine in the way A’bunah is, although […]

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St. George’s Distillery Diamond Jubilee

St. George’s Distillery Diamond Jubilee Decanter 46% This latest limited release from St. George’s distillery is an intriguing combination of whisky matured from a variety of casks, including port casks and lightly peated whisky from sherry casks. Tony’s notes: Nose: takes a while to overcome a young maltiness on the nose, but after 5 mins in […]

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Connemara

To cut a long story short (and because I can’t think of a better way to start this off) I decided to try out some of Cooley’s Connemara range. Cooley do a nifty little three pack, in packaging shaped like a Norman church, or more specifically Winchester cathedral, although that’s where the religious analogy ends […]

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Crush your enemies…

A couple of weeks ago Jura held a competition on their blog to win a sample of a new release. You had to answer the question of what is good in life. Someone at Jura is obviously a fan of Conan the Barbarian, because my answer of “crush your enemies, see them driven before you […]

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Bowmore Tempest Batch 3

Bowmore Tempest Batch 3 Dominic’s notes: Duhh-de. Duhh- de…. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to The Bowmore… This is Bon Jovi playing Queens of The Stone Age, an X Factor contestant playing stoner rock…all scuzzy, oily, dirty rock and roll malt with its heart in the gutter. The cask strength […]

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English Whisky Co. Chapter 11

 So our local distillery St. George’s are releasing a new Chapter soon. Chapter 11 is heavily peated (55ppm) and comes in two guises: cask strength (59.7%) and regular (46%). Dominic will review this for Malt Advocate, so look out there for his in depth comments. What he has said so far (via twitter) is “46% version […]

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