July 23, 2017

#146: The Islay Festival in London

Billy went to Islay, and all he got us was six bottles of whisky released specially for the 2017 Islay festival of Music and Malt.

Finlaggan Feis Ile 2017 Port Wood Finish Cask Strength (55% abv)

Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2017 Moine Port Pipe Finish (55.6% abv)

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Caol Ila Feis Ile 2017 12yo (55.8% abv)

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Lagavulin Feis Ile 2017 16yo (56.1% abv)

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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Cask Strength Quarter Cask (57.2% abv)

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Kilchoman Feis Ile 2017 100% Islay (58% abv)

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July 23, 2017

#145a: Train Squad

Whisky. On a train. It took a couple of years of discussions, but finally it all came together.

We had six whiskies while nipping back and forth between North Weald and Ongar stations on the Epping and Ongar Heritage railway. With help from Squad veteran and E&OR booze master Alan Perryman, and train and whisky geek Rocky Lancer, we tried six train-themed whiskies while munching on a spread of Scottish-inspired snacks (thanks Alex!).

Togouchi 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Keith 1996 Distiller’s Art (48% abv) [BUY]

Cragganmore 2004 Distillers Edition (40% abv) [BUY]

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Craigellachie 1995 The First Editions (54.4% abv) [BUY]

AnCnoc 2001 (43% abv) [BUY]

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Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength Batch 009 (58.1% abv)

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July 23, 2017

#145: Duty Free Squad

An evening of drams from travel retail, acquired by international jet-setter, Whisky Squad organiser and winner of the unofficial ‘best presenter at Whisky Squad’ award, Elise Craft.

Aultmore 21yo (46% abv)

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Hazelwood 25yo (40% abv)

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Craigellachie 19yo (46% abv)

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Bruichladdich 8yo (50% abv)

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Ardmore Tradition (46% abv)

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Highland Park Leif Eriksson (40% abv)

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July 23, 2017

#144: A Boutique-y Session

Dave Worthington, That Boutique-y Whisky Company brand ambassador and owner of the second best beard in whisky, joined us for an evening of small batch boutique drams. The theme: these were all drams that normally appear as part of the world’s biggest blends.

Cambus Batch #2 24yo (49.7% abv)

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Tullibardine Batch #3 26yo (49.2% abv)

Caledonian Batch #2 29yo (47.7% abv)

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Glen Elgin Batch #1 25yo (48.1% abv)

Port Dundas Batch #1 25yo (48.2% abv)

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Glenrothes Batch #3 25yo (49.7% abv)

July 23, 2017

#143: Happy Birthday to Us!

Seven years old. That’s quite scary. We pulled together a team of squad regulars to choose and present a dram inspired by Whisky Squad.

SMWS G1.5 – Could Pacify a Mob (63.9% abv)

Arran 1996 19yo TWE Exclusive (45.9% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Scotia Victoriana (51.5% abv) [BUY]

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FEW Miscreant (46.5% abv)

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Authentic Whisky Alsace Fut de Riesling (43% abv)

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July 23, 2017

#142: Life at the High-End part two

The second part of our high-end tasting – the same six drams but a whole room full of new people to try them.

Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2% abv) [BUY]

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Highland Park Ice (53.9% abv) [BUY]

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Linkwood 25yo Gordon & MacPhail (43% abv) [BUY]

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Emerald Isle 1991 Cask #8507 (52.6% abv) [BUY]

Bunnahabhain 1989 Cask #5750 Carn Mor (43.9% abv) [BUY]

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Caol Ila 1983 Cask #5294 Signatory TWE Exclusive (48.1% abv) [BUY]

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July 23, 2017

#141: Life at the High-End part 1

After the success of our last high-end tasting, we had to do another – six drams costing a bit more than we can normally afford. We even split it across a couple of sessions to maximise both the number of people who could try them and how much money we could spend. A great night.

Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2% abv) [BUY]

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Highland Park Ice (53.9% abv) [BUY]

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Linkwood 25yo Gordon & MacPhail (43% abv) [BUY]

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Emerald Isle 1991 Cask #8507 (52.6% abv) [BUY]

Bunnahabhain 1989 Cask #5750 Carn Mor (43.9% abv) [BUY]

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Caol Ila 1983 Cask #5294 Signatory TWE Exclusive (48.1% abv) [BUY]

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July 23, 2017

#140: Taiwan and India

Two very different countries and two very different distilleries – Stef Holt brought along three pairs of drams to examine how Taiwan and India produce their whiskies.

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February 4, 2017

#139: Oh! It Burns

Elise had her hat with a dead bird on and Billy was wearing a stealth kilt – it was Burns Night. We hid at the top of The Ship and enjoyed some splendid drams, along with haggis, neeps and tatties, cock-a-leekie soup, cranachan and a decadent pine nut tart that Elise is still promising to reveal the recipe of soon. And there were haggis pork scratchings, but we don’t want to talk about them…

Old Pulteney 17yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Talisker 2003 Distillers Edition (Bottled 2014) (45.8% abv) [BUY]

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Glenfarclas 21yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Macallan 10yo Fine Oak (40% abv) [BUY]

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Port Askaig 19yo (50.4% abv) [BUY]

December 15, 2016

#138: The Christmas Session

Our traditional year ending Christmas session. Everyone brought a bottle, there was raffling and all the proceeds went to charity – £250 for Shelter.

Aberlour 10yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Penderyn Madeira Finish (46% abv)

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SMWS 128.6 – Rumbling, reverberating, resonances (59.9% abv)

Old Pulteney Lighthouse Collection – Duncansby Head (46% abv) [BUY]

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Balvenie Doublewood 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Strathclyde 2005 (Old Particular) (50.9% abv) [BUY]

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English Whisky Single Grain ?

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Redbreast Mano a Lamh (46% abv) [BUY]

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Potter 26yo (Cadenhead) (58.3% abv)

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Clynelish 1997 Cask #6467 (Boisdale) (46% abv)

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Royal Lochnagar 10yo Manager’s Dram (57.2% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 73.76 – Spice Apple Tea (60.4% abv)

SMWS 53.235 – Smoke and Mirrors (51.3% abv)

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014 (56.1% abv)

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Ardbeg Uigeadail (54.2% abv) [BUY]

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Caol Ila 2004 (Gordon & MacPhail for Soho Whisky Club) (58.9% abv)

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Laphroaig PX (48% abv) [BUY]

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December 1, 2016

#137: Elementary my dear doughnut

An evening of whisky and food pairing with Mariella Romano from Speciality Drinks! We matched up a bunch of great drams from the Elements of Islay range with doughnuts from Crosstown.

Br6 (Elements of Islay) (50.4% abv) [BUY]

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Ma1 (Elements of Islay) (54.2% abv) [BUY]

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Bw6 (Elements of Islay) (55.2% abv) [BUY]

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Oc3 (Elements of Islay) (60.3% abv) [BUY]

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Pl4 (Elements of Islay) (61.2% abv)

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Lp4 (Elements of Islay) (54.8% abv) [BUY]

November 17, 2016

#136: November Charity Session

No whisky list this month, as we brought along loads of bottle ends and other bits and pieces – everyone chipped in £20, drank loads of whisky and the proceeds all went to charity. We raised £600!

Full details here.

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October 6, 2016

#135: The High-End

We upped the ticket price, went on a whisky hunt and came back with £1000 of whisky to taste. Not a bad evening’s drinking…

Glenmorangie Milsean (46% abv) [BUY]

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Mannochmore 25yo Special Releases 2016 (53.4% abv) [BUY]

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Cutty Sark Tam O’Shanter (46.5% abv) [BUY]

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Lock, Stock and Barrel 13yo (50.65% abv)

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Talisker Neist Point (45.8% abv)

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Laphroaig 1996 Masterpieces (50.6% abv)

September 15, 2016

#134: Old vs New 3

Another three drams from the past and their most up to date equivalents. How have things changed over the years – for the better or worse..?

Spoiler alert: a bit of both.

Teacher’s (40% abv)

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Dalmore 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Dalmore 12yo (1990s) (43% abv)

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Peat Monster (46% abv) [BUY]

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Peat Monster (1st Edition) (46% abv)

August 4, 2016

#133: A Whisky Picnic

Picnic recipes and pairings are all here for you to make at home.

Bulleit ’95’ Rye (45% abv) [BUY]

Longrow Peated (46% abv) [BUY]

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Dalmore 15yo (40% abv)

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Aberlour 16yo Double Cask (43% abv) [BUY]

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Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve 10yo 45% [BUY]

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye 7yo 49.5% [BUY]

July 21, 2016

#132: Cancelled

A session that disappeared…

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June 16, 2016

#131: R&B Squad

We were joined by Chris Hoban of Raasay and Borders Distillers, to hear tales of distilleries to come and try a few independently bottled drams. Full details of the evening are here.

R&B Raasay While We Wait First Release (46% abv)

R&B Borders Single Grain First Release 51.7%

The Tweeddale Blend Batch 5 (46% abv) [BUY]

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Montechiari Cabernet (13.5% abv) [BUY]

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R&B Borders Coffey Wheat Sample ?%

June 2, 2016

#130: Around the world, around the world

Back by popular demand, we went around the world to find weird and wonderful whiskies that are not available to purchase in the UK. From a Scottish blend matured in Japanese oak casks to whisky from the newest distiller in Taiwan, not yet available outside of the country, it was a whistlestop tour of some of the most exciting spirits available today.

Thanks to squad regulars Ed and Rob, who brought along some extra bottles to try – New Zealand’s Oamaruvian and a special edition Armorik.

A good international #whiskysquad. #whisky

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Chivas Regal Mizunara (40% abv)

Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish (43% abv)

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Lot 40 (43% abv)

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Swiss Highland Ice Label 2009 Edition (59.1% abv)

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Nantou Omar Bourbon Type (46% abv)

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May 19, 2016

#129: Agave Squad!

Across the sea to Mexico and not a whisky in sight. This was an evening of exploration, looking at the wonderful world of agave spirits – there’s much more to them than bottles of dodgy Tequila. We tried Tequila, mezcal and the little known raicilla, led through them by Tom Bartram from Speciality Brands.

You can read all about it in the news section.

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Ilegal Joven (40% abv) [BUY]

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Real Minero Barril (49.9% abv)

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Derrumbes Michoacan (46% abv) [BUY]

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La Venenosa Sur (47% abv) [BUY]

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May 15, 2016

#128: Punter’s Choice 2

Another turning of the tables – the attendees emailed in suggestions, we picked six and then challenged everyone to guess if their whisky had been chosen. An excellent evening with some great drams and fabulous prizes!

Chivas Regal 18yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Kavalan Classic (40% abv) [BUY]

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Mortlach Rare Old (43.4% abv) [BUY]

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Ailsa Bay (2016) (48.9% abv) [BUY]

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Lagavulin 8yo (48% abv) [BUY]

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Lagavulin 16yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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May 15, 2016

#127: Nice Whiskies

An evening of nice whiskies. No frills, no fuss, just tasty drams.

Johnnie Walker Green Label (43% abv) [BUY]

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Cardhu 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Ardmore 12yo Port Wood Finish (46% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Garioch 1999 (56.3% abv) [BUY]

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan (57.1% abv) [BUY]

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Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1998 (43% abv) [BUY]

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April 23, 2016

#126: The Sixth Birthday Bash

Now we are 6!! To celebrate, our three intrepid hosts go head-to-head-to-head to compete for the Whisky Squad cup. This year in a first, Billy took the crown, with Elise and Joel coming along in a close heat!

Nikka Taketsuru 43% [BUY]

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SMWS G7.8 Sweet Seduction in a Car Wash 59.5% [BUY]

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Benromach 15yo 43% [BUY]

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Starward 43% [BUY]

Clynelish 1995 17yo Sherry Cask 56.2% [BUY]

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Edradour Ballechin 10 yo 46% [BUY]

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April 23, 2016

#125: It’s All Gone Green

St Patrick’s Day was an excellent excuse to share some of the fantastic spirits distilled on the Emerald Isle, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.  A very special Whisk(e)y Squad with a few recent releases and some old favourites!

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition 40% [BUY]

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Glendalough Poitin Sherry Cask 40% [BUY]

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Jack Ryan Beggars Bush 46% [BUY]

Tullamore Dew 15 yo 40% [BUY]

Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton 46% [BUY]

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Teeling Revival 46% [BUY]

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April 22, 2016

#124: Billy’s Birthday Bash

It was that time of the year again, where we celebrate our smashing Whisky Squad colleague Billy by drinking his whisky.

Glenlivet 18yo Cask Strength (1978) 60.2%

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Canadian Club Small Batch Sherry Cask 41.3% [BUY]

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Inchmurrin 12 yo 46% [BUY]

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Springbank Local Barley 16yo 54.3% [BUY]

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Laphroaig 18yo 48% [BUY]

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Ledaig 7yo Sherry Cask 59.4% [BUY]

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February 4, 2016

#122: Springtime in Italy

In his second appearance, Whisky Don Enrico Gaddoni looked back to his homeland for inspiration, and brought with him a range of whiskies bottled specially for the Italian market. Six great whiskies from six different independent bottlers whose releases rarely make it back to the UK.

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January 21, 2016

#121: The Brown Spectrum Vol.5 – Bigger, Better, Browner!

In his now traditional January visit, Berry Bros’s Rob Whitehead yet again brought us along a bundle of brilliant bottles, some of which had arrived only hours before at the company’s venerable London store.

Littlemill 1992 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 10 54.9% [BUY]

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Strathmill 1991 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 2447 46% [BUY]

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Strathcylde 1988 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 62188 53% [BUY]

Speyburn 1988 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 2114 52.3% [BUY]

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Glen Garioch 1993 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 781 57% [BUY]

J. Nismes-Delclou 1937 Armagnac 40% [BUY]

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January 7, 2016

#120: Elise’s Transatlantic Showdown

Celebrating her birthday a few weeks early, Squadlateer Elise brought along a few Scottish whiskies as well as a selection from her native Canada – including Jim Murray’s whisky of the year, Crown Royal Northern Harvest rye – and some food pairings.

Arran Robert Burns (43% abv) [BUY]

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Alberta Premium Dark Horse (45% abv)

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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (40% abv)

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Crown Royal Black (45% abv)

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Ridgemont Reserve 1792 (46.85% abv) [BUY]

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Springbank 1997 Sherry Wood (52.3% abv) [BUY]

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Chichibu 2009 The Floor Malted (50.5% abv) [BUY]

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December 17, 2015

#119: Happy Seasonmas!

Our annual charity ‘bring a bottle’ session raised over £200 for Shelter! Along with the money collected for tickets, we also (donated by Nigel of Sassenach’s Dram) had a raffle for a bottle of whisky. Good work, team.

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December 13, 2015

#118: A Dram for Movember!

Celebrating moustache growing and fund-raising for men’s health, we had an evening drams and matched moustaches. The links may have been tenuous, but the whisky was definitely connected to quality.

Glen Garioch 8yo Bottled 1980s (43% abv)

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Great Odin’s Raven – Ron Burgundy Blended Whisky (40% abv)

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Dimple Bottled 1960s (40% abv)

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 (43.3% abv) [BUY]

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Lg5 (Elements of Islay) 54.8% [BUY]

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November 6, 2015

#117: Burn It!

On Bonfire Night, 2015, it was only right to explore the smokey, the firey and the rebellious. We tasted six whiskies that all showed some peat influence.

Longrow Peated (46% abv) [BUY]

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Penderyn Peated (46% abv) [BUY]

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Blue Hanger (6th Release) (45.6% abv) [BUY]

Kings County Peated Bourbon (45% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 66.73 – “Midnight feast at pony club camp” (61% abv) [BUY]

Kilchoman 2011 Madeira Cask (50% abv) [BUY]

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October 15, 2015

#116: Bang for your Buck II

Whisky’s getting expensive, but there are still great bargains out there – they’re not all cheap, but they are great value. We scoured the shelves and found six drams that fit the bill.

Benromach 5yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 (43.3% abv) [BUY]

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Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve (43% abv) [BUY]

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Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire (40% abv) [BUY]

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Springbank 1992 7yo Da Mhile (58% abv)

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Finlaggan Cask Strength (58% abv) [BUY]

September 17, 2015

#115: Sherry, can you come out tonight?

Fortunately, we’ve been planning ahead at Whisky Squad and despite the rising cost of sherry-cask-matured whisky, we’ve had a few bottles squirreled away for a rainy day. Billy and Elise dusted off a few gems from the archives, as well as some more recent releases, for a night of sherried whisky madeness.

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September 3, 2015

#114: Old vs New 3: Something something with a vengeance

Billy yet again dug into his cupboard and brought out some old bottles and their nearest, recently-released equivalents. This time, it was really hard to guess which was which…

Bruichladdich “The Laddie 10” (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bruichladdich 10yo (Bottled 1990s. White and blue label) (40% abv)

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Chivas Regal 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Chivas Regal 12yo (Bot.1980s) (43% abv)

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Talisker 1993 Distillers Edition (Bottled 2007) (45.8% abv)

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Talisker 2003 Distillers Edition (Bottled 2014) (45.8% abv) [BUY]

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August 20, 2015

#113: Dram, That’s Refreshing! aka Refreshing Indoor Picnic

A session with several names, as the British weather’s penchant for change meant that from moment to moment we didn’t know what things were going to be like. In the end, we had a muggy night and an indoor feast of whisky, cocktails and food. From Scottish sushi to ribs and slaw, with a Manhattan that turned into a Boulevardier as its Campari ice cube melted, it was an excellent evening of drinks and more.

Singleton of Glendullan 12yo (40% abv)

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Great King Street – The Artist’s Blend (Compass Box) (43% abv) [BUY]

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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon (40% abv) [BUY]

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Old Scout 10yo Bourbon 49.5% [BUY]

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Templeton Rye 40% [BUY]

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Booker’s Bourbon (65.3% abv) [BUY]

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August 6, 2015

#112: Capital Of The Whisky World

Long ago, in days of yore, it all began with a town call Campbeltown. Packed with distilleries and firing out whisky in all directions, it was the centre of spirit production in Scotland. However, a series of unfortunate events, from Prohibition to the quality of the whisky dropping to the point on undrinkablility, led to the folding of almost every distillery and the rise of the rest of the country.

However, there are still a handful of distilleries operating and they are still a region all of their own. In this session, Joel dug into the drams that are still flowing from Campbeltown.

Glen Scotia 12yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Kilkerran Work in Progress 7 Bourbon Cask (54.1% abv) [BUY]

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Hazelburn 10yo 2003 Rundlets and Kilderkins (50.1% abv)

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Springbank 18yo 1996 (Cask Sample) (54.8% abv)

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Campbeltown Blended Malt (Cadenheads London Fill Your Own Cask) (59% abv) [BUY]

Longrow 11yo 2003 (Cask Sample) ?

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July 23, 2015

#111: The Punters’ Choice

Rather than us choosing the whiskies, this time you did! All the attendees sent us some ideas, Joel picked a few and then we drank them. As usual, we tasted everything blind, so challenged everyone to pick out their dram – a surprisingly hard task.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony (43% abv) [BUY]

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Glenburgie 20yo 1994 Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Edition (50% abv) [BUY]

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Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey (44% abv) [BUY]

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Great King Street: Glasgow Blend (43% abv) [BUY]

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Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated (50% abv) [BUY]

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Benriach 17yo Septendecim (46% abv) [BUY]

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July 9, 2015

#: It’s All About the Bass

An evening at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with ambassador and Squad regular John McCheyne, looking at what different types of casks do to whiskies.

Notes on this one yet to be updated...

June 25, 2015

#109: Fast Times at Islay High

2015 was a big year for a number of distilleries on Islay – Laphroaig and Ardbeg’s 200th birthdays, Kilchoman’s 10th and what seems to be the actual retirement of Jim McEwan, recently Bruichladdich’s whisky genius, who started as a cooper at Bowmore over 40 years ago. Billy went to the island, grabbed some bottles and found a few more back home to help celebrate.

Bruichladdich Valinch 11: Raymond Tibbs (Cask #2 R10/177 1992 ACEd in Calvados Cask) 49.9%

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Ardbeg Perpetuum 47.4% [BUY]

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Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition 51.5%

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Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition 50% [BUY]

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Port Charlotte Islay Barley 50% [BUY]

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June 4, 2015

#108: Island Hopping

What is an island anyway? We decided to look at the influence of island climates on some of the whiskies of the world.

The Six Isles (43% abv) [BUY]

Scapa 16yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Bunnahabhain 20yo Pure Malt (40% abv) [BUY]

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Tiger Snake Batch 3 (43% abv) [BUY]

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Togouchi 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Yellow Spot 12yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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May 21, 2015

#107: #winning

Awards a fixture of the spirits world and whisky is no different. However, what happens behind the scenes when deciding which whisky wins is often shrouded in mystery and the results often surprise. Fortunately, the Whisky Squad crew have judged awards and threw open the curtain and explained the strange machinations that lead to whiskies getting prizes, and we had a selection of weird and wonderful drams to try.

Mellow Corn (50% abv) [BUY]

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Highland Harvest Organic Sauternes Cask Finished (46% abv)

Aberfeldy 21yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Old Pulteney 21yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Benriach 12yo Sherry Wood (46% abv) [BUY]

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Ledaig 8yo (Dramboree 2014) (58.8% abv)

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April 23, 2015

#106: Billy and Joel went to Scotland, and all they got you was this really tasty whisky

It seemed only fair that if the Squad management team went to Scotland, picking up some tasty treats while there, that they share the spoils with the gang. So that’s what Billy and Joel did. Six drams, picked up while roaming from Dornoch to Edinburgh, all a bit special.

Singleton of Glen Ord 15yo (40% abv)

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Tomatin 2003 Bourbon Cask #1903 (Distillery Only) (56% abv)

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Tomatin 2002 Sherry Cask #2036 (Distillery Only) (57.1% abv)

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Wemyss “Waves of Pepper” (Clynelish 1997) (Kingsbarns Exclusive) (46% abv)

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Benriach 1999 PX Finish Cask #10285 (Distillery Exclusive) (54.1% abv)

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Caol Ila 2004 Cask #306480 (Gordon & MacPhail for Whisky Shop Dufftown) (60.3% abv)

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April 2, 2015

#105: The Whisky Squad 5th Birthday Party

Celebrating 5 years of Whisky Squad we elected to have a party rather than a regular tasting, but it wouldn’t be Whisky Squad without whisky – so we had some.

Huge thanks again must go to Jeff and the crew at The Finborough Arms for hosting us both on this night, and over the last 5 years.

Glen Ord 20yo (Bladnoch Forum) (54.4% abv)

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Arran 18yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 6 (49.3% abv) [BUY]

March 5, 2015

#104: What?! Really?

Over the five years of Whisky Squad’s existence, we’ve almost always tried whiskies blind, to ensure that no preconceptions cloud the tasters judgement. This has had a strange side-effect: Squadlateers are pretty good at guessing a whisky from its nose and palate. This time, we decided to go for drams that noone would guess, and we did pretty well.

Glen Grant 1978 (40% abv)

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Invergordon 2006 7yo (Whisky Broker) 50%

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Redbreast Mano a Lamh (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bunnahabhain 2005 (MacPhail’s Collection) (43% abv) [BUY]

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Yoichi 10yo (45% abv) [BUY]

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Millstone 2004 Cask #667 (Whisky Exchange Exclusive) (58.6% abv) [BUY]

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February 5, 2015

#103: David and Goliath

Macallan 15yo Fine Oak (43% abv) [BUY]

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Caol Ila 2004 Sherry Cask #306655 (Gordon & MacPhail for The Whisky Exchange) 58.5% [BUY]

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Kilkerran Work in Progress 6 Bourbon Cask 46%

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Old Scout 10yo Bourbon 49.5% [BUY]

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FEW Rye 46.5% [BUY]

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Templeton Rye 40% [BUY]

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January 22, 2015

#102: Uncle Billy’s Sweetshop

Squad inmate Billy Abbott presented a number of whiskies that show off his goto flavours when writing tasting notes: the sweets of his childhood.

Cardhu Gold Reserve 40%

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Balblair 2003 40%

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Teeling Single Malt 46%

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Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask (American and French Oak) (40% abv) [BUY]

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Talisker Port Ruighe 45.8%

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Edradour 2006 Oloroso Sherry Cask #240 59.2%

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January 8, 2015

#101: Class of ’97

Rob Whitehead – Senior Spirits Salesman of world-renowned wine and spirit merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd – led us through a mystery selection of malts under the banner “Class of ’97”.  They turned out to be quite closely related, but gave a magnificent insight into the variance of single-cask whisky.  Every dram a contentious but tasty one!

Clynelish 1997 Cask #4706 (Berry’s Own Selection) (56.8% abv)

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Clynelish 1997 Cask #4704 (Boisdale) (46% abv)

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Clynelish 1997 Cask #6470 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

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Clynelish 1997 Cask #6868 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

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Clynelish 1996 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 6424 (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bunnahabhain 1997 (Berry’s Own Selection) (56.1% abv)

Jura 1976 (Berry’s Own Selection) (53.5% abv)

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December 18, 2014

#100: Whisky Surprise – the 2014 edition

For the 5th time now we gathered in the pre-Christmas darkness for the festival of taste explosion that is Whisky Surprise.

Using “festival pours” (i.e. 10mL measures) in order to ensure that the experience remained a tasting one rather than anything more overtly festive, we tasted the whiskies which each of the 19 attendees contributed.

Of particular note was the fact that this also marked the 100th tasting of the Whisky Squad!

(I hope you appreciate how long this took to enter into the system)

 

Hellyer’s Road “Original” (46.2% abv) [BUY]

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Haig Club (40% abv) [BUY]

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WhistlePig 10yo Straight Rye Whiskey (50% abv) [BUY]

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Mortlach 10yo 2004 (Provenance) (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore Black Rock (40% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 10.80 – “Unmistakably Sea-shoreish” (61.2% abv) [BUY]

Orbis Aged World Whiskey (40% abv) [BUY]

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Longrow “Tasting Room” (Cadenheads) (48% abv)

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Yoichi 10yo (45% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 132.1 – “Secret Moonlit Garden Dram” (59.9% abv) [BUY]

Caol Ila 2013 Feis Ile (56.5% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 127.39 – “Intensely Tasty” (66.7% abv)

Aberlour 10yo Private Bottling for KT (40% abv)

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SMWS 93.62 – “Ciao Bella and the Blacksmith” (61.2% abv) [BUY]

Caol Ila 1996 Distillers Edition (43% abv)

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Clynelish 15yo (Drambusters) (56.6% abv)

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Glenfarclas 18yo (43% abv)

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Glen Keith 10yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Springbank 9yo Gaia Barolo Finish (54.7% abv) [BUY]

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December 4, 2014

#99: The Department of Whisky and Coffee Affairs

Our special guests Tim of the Coffeesmith’s Collective and Phil from Tate Coffee taught us a few interesting things about coffee production, tasting, and flavour – and then we were treated to some whisky, food and coffee flavour combinations assembled by Tim and Billy.

Yamazaki 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 9.83 – Tiger Balm, Limoncello and scented candles (56.5% abv) [BUY]

Ardbeg Uigeadail (54.2% abv) [BUY]

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Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48% abv) [BUY]

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November 20, 2014

#98: Mil-ROYS of So-HO!

London is home to some absolutely great specialty whisky shops – and the one which really started them all off back in the 1960s is Milroys of Soho.  We were delighted to visit this wonderful gem of the whisky scene and taste a selection of quality drams, included some of their own independent bottlings.

Notes on this one yet to be updated...

November 6, 2014

#97: Managing Production Variables in a Controlled Environment in the Absence of Sight

We know that blenders blend whiskies together to create a complex mix of flavours – but how can we find out what the practical effect of tweaking the levers is?

The creative geniuses over at Maverick Drinks have come up with a way of illustrating it in a lovely, tasteable package with The Reference Series.  A collection of 3 blended malt whiskies (cunningly titled I, II, and III) both made with the same ingredients (A young & vibrant blended malt, an older and more complex & spicy blended malt, an old single malt, and a very old single malt indeed) in different proportions.

They then took the base blend and “altered” them variously, such as adding 10% peaty Islay whisky to the mix, or ageing the mixture in a sherry cask for a while, and there are other tweaks as allowed under Scotch whisky rules so that the keen taster can see what the effect on the overall flavour might be for a certain character of spirit.  Fascinating stuff!

Reference Series I (47.5% abv) [BUY]

Reference Series II (47.5% abv) [BUY]

Reference Series III (47.5% abv) [BUY]

Reference Series II.1 (47.5% abv) [BUY]

Reference Series II.2 (47.4% abv) [BUY]

Reference Series II.3 (47.2% abv) [BUY]

October 23, 2014

#96: They Can’t ALL Be Doing It Wrong?!

As a whisky tasting group we generally seem interested/preoccupied with the idea of purity and unadjusted flavour.  Ignoring momentarily when we add water…

The modern cocktail scene makes great use of nuanced addition of different flavour ingredients for light & shade, and creating complex and complementary drinks.

In this session we explore the idea of mixing whisk(e)y with a few of the world’s more popular mixers, and the wondrous flavour combinations than can be achieved.  For further information on this, the excellent book Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom.

The combinations we tried were:

  • Canadian Club mixed first with Fever Tree Ginger Ale, and then with Mr Kon Green Tea (both 1:2)
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label with Fever Tree Ginger Ale, and then with Coconut Water (both 1:2)
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay with Soda Water, and then with Coconut Water (both 1:2)
  • Lagavulin 16 with Coca Cola (1:1)

Canadian Club (40% abv) [BUY]

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Johnnie Walker Black Label (40% abv) [BUY]

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Kilchoman Machir Bay (46% abv) [BUY]

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Lagavulin 16yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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October 9, 2014

#95: Autumn Berrys

Rob from Berry Brothers & Rudd showed us some of the delights to be had from 2nd fill bourbon casks, with his stellar selection of single cask Berry’s Own Selection bottlings – all selected by BB&R’s spirits master, Doug McIvor.

Blair Athol 1991 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 7279 (46% abv) [BUY]

Tomatin 1994 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 6393 (51% abv) [BUY]

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Clynelish 1996 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 6424 (46% abv) [BUY]

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Auchentoshan 1984 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 4475 (46% abv) [BUY]

Bunnahabhain 1989 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 5716 (42.9% abv) [BUY]

Bunnahabhain 2007 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 800089 (peated) (57.7% abv) [BUY]

Amrut Peated Port Pipe Cask 2713 (59% abv) [BUY]

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September 18, 2014

#94: Off The Beaten Track

Strathclyde 1989 46%

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Scapa 16yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Lochside 1981 Bot.2011 46%

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Aberfeldy 18yo 40%

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Royal Lochnagar Triple Matured FOCM 48%

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Kininvie 1996 17yo Batch #1 42.6%

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September 4, 2014

#93: In Dublin’s Fair City

An evening with Teeling brand ambassador Sam Macdonald, investigating the delights of the family’s new venture.

Teeling Poitin (61.5% abv) [BUY]

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Celtic Cask Trí Irish 10yo 2001 (46% abv)

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Teeling Irish Single Grain Whiskey (46% abv) [BUY]

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Powers Signature Release (46% abv) [BUY]

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Teeling Small Batch (46% abv) [BUY]

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Teeling Vintage Reserve 21yo 1991 (46% abv) [BUY]

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August 21, 2014

#92: Spirits of Summer

Elise and Joel prepared a brace of interesting and diverse whiskies geared up especially with summer in mind.  It was therefore a shame when Autumn decided to arrive more or less the morning of the tasting, but it was a great selection and a departure from the stereotypical “summer whisky = light and floral” mentality.

Glenlivet 18yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Mackmyra Special 06 (“Summer Meadow” – Summer 2011) (46.8% abv) [BUY]

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Cragganmore 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Balblair 1999 (2nd Release) (46% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS G7.6 – “Like summer” (57.7% abv) [BUY]

High West Whiskey – Campfire (Batch X0-2) (46% abv) [BUY]

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August 7, 2014

#91: Bruichladdich: Now and Then

Billy Abbott and Jason B. Standing showed off some whiskies from the extensive range from the not-very-peaty Islay favourite, Bruichladdich.  Drawing from the Whyte & Mackay days, the Progressive Hebridean Distillers phase of 2000-2012, and featuring a couple of whiskies from the present day lineup, we see just how versatile, innovative and above all tasty whisky can be from this little Victorian-age distillery.

Bruichladdich “The Laddie 10” (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bruichladdich 10yo (1980s – white label) (40% abv)

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Bruichladdich 21yo 1991 (Berry’s Own Selection) Cask 2998 (51.6% abv) [BUY]

Bruichladdich 18yo 2nd Edition (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bruichladdich X4+3 (Quadruple distilled) (63.5% abv) [BUY]

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Octomore 2yo Spirit (66% abv)

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Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated (50% abv) [BUY]

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July 17, 2014

#90: It’s all in the DNA

Scotch Malt Whisky Society ambassador John McCheyne took us through 3 pairs of single casks, with each pair coming from the same distillery (2 pairs having been distilled on the same day as each other) – highlighting what flavour differences the cask can impart, and yet how much underlying character comes directly from the distiller’s spirit character.

And then they threw a random fruity Miltonduff in at the end, because they’re just wonderful people.

SMWS 26.96 – Le Trou Normand? (61.4% abv)

SMWS 26.98 – Lively as an electric acrobat (60.5% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 9.82 – Breathe in long! (52.1% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 9.83 – Tiger Balm, Limoncello and scented candles (56.5% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 53.178 – A pebble beach with iodine (55.8% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 53.184 – Fairground on the beach (60.4% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 72.30 – Fruit, fruit, fruit! (49.9% abv) [BUY]

July 3, 2014

#89: Bringing Back The Smokestack

Joel dials up another brace of drams for the peatfreaks and smoke enthusiasts, in this session addressing a side of the whisky landscape that we sometimes don’t end up tasting as much from as we should.  And it’s an important point that Islay’s not the only region with peat about…

Laphroaig Select (40% abv) [BUY]

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Tomatin Cu Bocan (46% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Grant 22yo 1992 (Single Malts of Scotland) Cask #35936 (57.8% abv) [BUY]

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Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated (50% abv) [BUY]

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2014 Edition) (46% abv) [BUY]

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June 19, 2014

#88: Everyone loves Canadians

Canadian whiskey being a topic we collectively knew very little at all about, it seemed apposite to enlist the expertise of our very own Canadian whisky enthusiast Elise to take us through a selection of whiskies to show off just what’s going on up there, and that it’s a scene with multiple facets – all worth exploring.

Canadian Club Classic 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Forty Creek Barrel Select (40% abv)

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Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve (40% abv)

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WhistlePig 10yo Straight Rye Whiskey (50% abv) [BUY]

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Masterson’s 10yo Straight Rye Whiskey (45% abv)

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Collingwood 21yo Rye Canadian Whisky (40% abv)

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Glen Breton Rare (43% abv)

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June 5, 2014

#87: The Mini Whisky Dinner

Elise and Kirsty set to with a wondrous bunch of whisky and food pairings, truly showing that the result of a successful pairing is greater than the sum of its parts.

The pairings were:

  • Yamazaki 12yo with miso soup
  • Balvenie 12yo Doublewood with Camembert, onion and mushroom tartlets
  • Jura 16yo with Creamed parsnip and sauteed scallop
  • Blanton’s Gold Edition with pulled pork from Pitt Cue Co.
  • Glenrothes 1995 with Lincolnshire Poachers cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy
  • Macallan 15yo Fine Oak with Rococo Chocolates’ salted chocolate toffee hazelnut praline

Yamazaki 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Balvenie Doublewood 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Jura 16 – The Diurach’s Own (40% abv) [BUY]

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Blanton’s Gold Edition (51.5% abv) [BUY]

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Glenrothes 1995 (43% abv) [BUY]

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Macallan 15yo Fine Oak (43% abv) [BUY]

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May 22, 2014

#86: Brilliant Blends Part Deux

From a replica of a blend recipe from 1912 to a 12yo whisky bottled in the 1930s (so possibly distilled in the late 1910s!), Jason B. Standing tasted us through a selection of blended whiskies, talking about the history of blending and investigating some little-seen corners of the topic.

Jason B. Standing’s House Blend (100% abv)

Grant’s Stand Fast 2012 Replica (40% abv) [BUY]

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label (40% abv) [BUY]

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Matisse 12yo Blended Malt (40% abv) [BUY]

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Johnnie Walker Premier (43% abv) [BUY]

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Bellow’s “Partners’ Choice Liqueur” 12yo Blend (bottled 1930s) (43% abv) [BUY]

May 8, 2014

#85: Indie?! INDIE!!

There are so many Independently Bottled whiskies on the market: we thought we’d taste a few from bottlers which hadn’t really been represented at the Squad before, as well as talking about how these whiskies differ from official distillery bottlings, and what an Indie bottler might be looking for when they choose a whisky.

Battlehill Imperial 9yo (Duncan Taylor) (43% abv)

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Frisky Whisky Craigellachie 8yo (60.3% abv) [BUY]

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Invergordon 26yo (The Whisky Broker) (51.4% abv) [BUY]

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Tomintoul 2001 (Malts of Scotland) (53.9% abv)

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Bunnahabhain 4yo (Creative Whisky Company) (45.3% abv)

Caol Ila 17yo 1991 Quart-de-Chaume finish (Murray McDavid) (46% abv) [BUY]

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April 17, 2014

#84: November Alpha Sierra

Many whisky enthusiasts recently have been talking about the increase in NAS (No Age Statement) releases from whisky companies.  We thought it might be fun to try some new ones, a couple of older ones, and discuss why a company might not want to put an age statement on the bottle – as with any facet of whisky, there’s a lot more to it than you might think!

Guestblogged by London Bar Scene!

Prime Blue (40% abv)

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Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve (43% abv) [BUY]

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Old Pulteney Lighthouse Collection – Duncansby Head (46% abv) [BUY]

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Talisker 57 North (57% abv) [BUY]

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AnCnoc Flaughter (46% abv) [BUY]

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Glenmorangie Private Cask Series – Companta (46% abv) [BUY]

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April 3, 2014

#83: The Fourth Birthday Extravaganza!

Following our now established format, 3 Whisky Squad presenters (in this case, Jason B. Standing, Billy “The Fishfrightener” Abbott, and Squad stalwart Davey Haste) each select 2 whiskies and present them to the group, and a vote at the end decides whose taste is best.  Which Jason won.  Again.

Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey (40% abv) [BUY]

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Glenlivet 17yo Cask Strength (1996) (55.7% abv) [BUY]

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Courage (Discovery Road) (46% abv) [BUY]

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Amrut Fusion (50% abv) [BUY]

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Glentauchers 1997 TWE Exclusive (Sherry Cask #5580) (54.3% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore Devil’s Casks 10yo (56.9% abv) [BUY]

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March 20, 2014

#82: There’s GOLD in them thar’ off-licences!

Serial dustminer Enrico shared with us a selection of whisky bargains he’d found in obscure off-licences around the place, proving that there are still plenty of excellent bottles from years gone by to be found that don’t have to cost the earth.

Royal Salute 21yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Angus McKay Finest Selected Whisky (40% abv)

Glenlivet 12yo (75cl) (40% abv)

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Highland Park 12yo (40% abv)

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Ardbeg 10yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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The Big Smoke 60 (Duncan Taylor) (60% abv) [BUY]

March 6, 2014

#81: Billy’s Birthday Drams

As a special birthday treat we let Billy run a tasting for us made up of whiskies that he’d want to have in a tasting that he would do for his birthday.

Ptarmigan 15yo (40% abv)

Knockando 1978 (46% abv)

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Mortlach 15yo (G&M) (43% abv) [BUY]

15yo from
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Campbeltown Loch 25yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Kh1 (Elements of Islay) (59.7% abv) [BUY]

Morpheus (Compass Box) (46% abv) [BUY]

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Ledaig 1997 Sherry Cask (TWE Exclusive by G&M) (56.8% abv) [BUY]

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February 20, 2014

#80: A Half and a Half

In Scotland it’s commonplace for whisky drinkers to enjoy a half a pint of beer alongside their dram, and as both are products of the barley plant we enlisted the help of the wonderful whisky, beer & flavour lovin’ Zoe to guide us through what works & what might not work when it comes to matching up the flavours of some different beers, whiskies, and nibbles.

Poit Dhubh 8yo (43% abv) [BUY]

Grant’s Ale Cask Reserve (40% abv) [BUY]

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Knob Creek 9yo (50% abv) [BUY]

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Ardbeg Uigeadail (54.2% abv) [BUY]

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Top Out – Staple – Pale Ale (4% abv) [BUY]

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Fullers ESB Champion Ale (5.5% abv)

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Pressure Drop – Stokey Brown (5.1% abv) [BUY]

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Pressure Drop – Freimann’s Dunkelweiss (4.8% abv) [BUY]

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February 6, 2014

#79: There’s More To Life Than Malt

Grain whisky, whilst accounting for a humungous percentage of the volume of whisky consumed around the world as part of blends, is something that not many people experience in its own right – and who better to talk us through some of the very attractive aspects of grain than ravenous and noted grain whisky enthusiast, Phil?

Teeling Irish Single Grain Whiskey (46% abv) [BUY]

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Port Dundas 20yo (2011 Special Releases) (57.4% abv) [BUY]

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Nikka Coffey Grain (45% abv) [BUY]

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Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky (43% abv) [BUY]

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Girvan Patent Still 25yo (42% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS G7.2 – Fascinating and Inspiring (60.3% abv) [BUY]

January 16, 2014

#78: Old and New 2

Whisky on the shelf now looks a lot different to how it looked 15 or 20 years ago. But does it taste any different?  Billy took us through a selection of old and new presentations of some commonly available whiskies, so we could see whether everything was better back in the old days. (Some were, some weren’t!)

Black Bottle (“old” recipe) (40% abv) [BUY]

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Black Bottle (“new” recipe) (40% abv) [BUY]

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Aberlour 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Aberlour 12yo (1980s bottle) (43% abv)

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Bowmore Darkest (old presentation) (43% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore Darkest 15yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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January 2, 2014

#77: Berry Brothers, and Rob

One of our favourite guest presenters – Mr Rob Whitehead of Berry Brothers and Rudd – underlined just how much your surroundings and environment play a huge part in the whisky tasting experience, as we tried 6 whiskies blind in 4 different rooms at the company’s august premises – and then revealed that we’d only tried 3 different whiskies.  Very, very interesting results.

Linkwood 1987 Cask #1043 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv) [BUY]

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North of Scotland 1973 Cask #14570 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv) [BUY]

Bunnahabhain 1987 Cask #2448 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv) [BUY]

Port Ellen 1982 Cask #2851 (Berry’s Own Selection) (55.6% abv) [BUY]

December 19, 2013

#76: Whisky Surprise 2013

Bruichladdich Redder Still (50.4% abv)

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Balblair 1995 Exclusive for The Whisky Shop At Dufftown (59.8% abv)

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Glenrothes 18yo 1990 (Single Malts of Scotland) (46% abv)

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Edradour 2003 Bourbon Cask (Signatory) (57.4% abv)

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SMWS 29.37 – Seaside Funfair (57.6% abv) [BUY]

Longmorn 18yo Cask Strength (53.1% abv) [BUY]

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Blue Hanger (6th Release) (45.6% abv) [BUY]

Longmorn 14yo 1997 (Berry’s Own Selection) (55.4% abv) [BUY]

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Cutty Sark Blended Malt (40% abv) [BUY]

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St Magdalene 26yo (Berry’s Own Selection) (47% abv)

House Of Lords Single Malt Scotch Whisky (40% abv)

Balblair Elements (40% abv)

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Bruichladdich “The Laddie 10” (46% abv) [BUY]

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Isle of Jura – Superstition (43% abv) [BUY]

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Bunnahabhain 1997 – “John’s Peaty Dram” (51.5% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 129.3 – Unwind and set your watch to Islay time (60.2% abv) [BUY]

Penderyn Madeira Finish (46% abv)

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December 5, 2013

#75: The Ones That Got Away

Jason takes us through a selection of whiskies which we’d acquired over the last few years in the interests of putting them in a tasting, but hadn’t gotten around to actually putting into any tastings yet.

Allt-a-Bhainne (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) (49.2% abv) [BUY]

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3D (Cask Strength and Carry On) (56.4% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 85.27 – Refreshing Elderflower Fizz (48.6% abv) [BUY]

Longrow Red (Shiraz finish) (53.7% abv) [BUY]

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Great King Street: New York Blend (46% abv)

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Ardbeg Galileo (49% abv)

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November 19, 2013

#74: If you missed The Whisky Show…

Allt-a-Bhainne 21yo (Single Malts of Scotland) (50.2% abv) [BUY]

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Balmenach 1998 (Signatory) (55.6% abv) [BUY]

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Linkwood 16 (The Whisky Exchange) (48% abv) [BUY]

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Clynelish 17yo (Signatory) (56.2% abv) [BUY]

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Lp4 (Elements of Islay) (54.8% abv) [BUY]

Laphroaig 15yo (Signatory) (60.8% abv) [BUY]

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November 7, 2013

#73: Ally’s B-A-GG of Drams

Auchentoshan Virgin Oak (46% abv) [BUY]

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Auchentoshan Valinch (2012 Release) (57.2% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Garioch 1995 (55.3% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore 18yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore Tempest 10yo Batch 4 (55.1% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore 23yo 1989 Port Cask Matured 50/8 [BUY]

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October 24, 2013

#72: Ang/Lee’s Supermarket Sweep

Bell’s Original (40% abv) [BUY]

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Cassidy’s Irish Whiskey (40% abv)

Lochlan 8yo (40% abv)

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Marks & Spencer 12yo Highland Single Malt (40% abv) [BUY]

Laphroaig 25yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Bowmore Small Batch Reserve – Bourbon Cask Matured (40% abv)

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October 10, 2013

#71: Number One Drink(s) in the UK

Chichibu Port Pipe 2009 (54.5% abv) [BUY]

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Chichibu Chibidaru 2009 (53.5% abv) [BUY]

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Chichibu 2009 The Floor Malted (50.5% abv) [BUY]

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Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 48% (48% abv) [BUY]

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Karuizawa Spirit of Asama 1999/2000 (60.5% abv)

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Karuizawa 31yo Sherry Cask #3555 (60.6% abv) [BUY]

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Karuizawa 29yo 1984 Sherry Cask #3663 (56.8% abv) [BUY]

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Karuizawa 1981 Sherry Cask #6056 (60.3% abv) [BUY]

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September 26, 2013

#70: A Malt For The Whole Planet

Singleton of Auchroisk 10yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Singleton of Dufftown 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Dufftown-Glenlivet 8yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Singleton of Glendullan 12yo (40% abv)

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Singleton of Glen Ord 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Balvenie Triple Cask 16yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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September 11, 2013

#69: Absinthe Squad

Jade Esprit Edouard Absinthe Verte (72% abv) [BUY]

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Jade VS 1898 Absinthe Verte (65% abv) [BUY]

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Jade Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe Verte (68% abv) [BUY]

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Jade 1901 Absinthe (68% abv) [BUY]

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Jade Perique Liqueur de Tabac (31% abv) [BUY]

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La Maison Fontaine Absinthe Verte (55% abv) [BUY]

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La Maison Fontaine Blanche (56% abv) [BUY]

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La Maison Fontaine Chocolate Absinthe Liqueur (25% abv) [BUY]

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Butterfly Boston Absinthe (65% abv) [BUY]

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La Fee (68% abv)

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August 20, 2013

#68: The Bottle of Britain 2

English Whisky Company Chapter 7 Rum Cask Finish (46% abv) [BUY]

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Penderyn Peated (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bushmills 10yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Black Cow Milk Vodka (40% abv) [BUY]

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Green Spot Single Pot Still (40% abv) [BUY]

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El Vino 16yo Connoisseur’s Blend (40% abv) [BUY]

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August 8, 2013

#67: Billy’s Sensory Mindphucq

ArKay Alcohol Free Whisky Drink (0.0% abv)

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Aultmore 1997 (Connoisseurs Choice) (43% abv) [BUY]

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Bruichladdich “The Laddie Sixteen” Classic 16yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Arran 14yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Bunnahabhain 10yo 2001 Sherry Butt #1766 (Signatory) (57% abv) [BUY]

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Glengoyne “The Teapot Dram” (58.5% abv) [BUY]

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July 25, 2013

#65: Beer Squad

Lees Harvest Ale (11.5% abv)

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Rodenbach Grand Cru (6% abv)

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze (6% abv)

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen (5.4% abv)

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Alaskan Smoked Porter (6.5% abv)

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Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 (8% abv) [BUY]

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Brewdog Paradox Arran Cask (15% abv) [BUY]

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Adnams Spirit of Broadside (43% abv) [BUY]

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July 11, 2013

#64: Honey? Vanilla? We’re not making a cake, you know!

SMWS 9.71 – Menthol tobacco and sugared almonds (60.4% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 64.44 – Complex and fun to discover (51.2% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 39.82 – Suede shoes walking through clover (60% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 1.171 – Orchids in an old wardrobe (55.1% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 127.24 – Light blue touchpaper and retire (66% abv) [BUY]

June 20, 2013

#63: What’s it got to do with a Plasticine Parrot?

Nikka Coffey Grain (45% abv) [BUY]

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Miyagikyo 10yo (Nikka) (45% abv) [BUY]

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Inchmurrin 15yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Inchmoan 1994 (The Whisky Fair) (55.4% abv) [BUY]

Tobermory 10yo (46.3% abv) [BUY]

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Ledaig 6yo 2005 Sherry Butt (Single Malts of Scotland) (56% abv) [BUY]

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June 6, 2013

#62: Better The Devil?

Glencadam 10yo (46% abv) [BUY]

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Glencadam 1991 Cask 4753 (Berry’s Own Selection) (53.9% abv) [BUY]

Bunnahabhain 18yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Bunnahabhain 1990 Cask 19 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

Glenlivet Nadurra (55.5% abv) [BUY]

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Glenlivet 1973 Cask 10658 (Berry’s Own Selection) (48.6% abv)

May 16, 2013

#61: Wodge of Worldcraft

Tamdhu 10yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Penderyn Madeira Finish (46% abv)

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Balcones True Blue 100 Proof Texas Corn Whiskey (50% abv) [BUY]

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Yamazaki 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

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Mackmyra Moment Solsken (52.6% abv)

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Kornog Breton Peated Single Malt Glann ar Mor (46% abv) [BUY]

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May 2, 2013

#60: Gin Squad

Bols Genever (42% abv) [BUY]

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Hayman’s Old Tom (40% abv) [BUY]

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Number 3 London Dry Gin (46% abv) [BUY]

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Dodd’s Gin (49.9% abv) [BUY]

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G’vine Gin (40% abv) [BUY]

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FEW American Gin (40% abv) [BUY]

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April 18, 2013

#59: Reverse Notes

Glenlivet Nadurra (55.5% abv) [BUY]

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An Cnoc 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

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Springbank 12yo Cask Strength (50.3% abv) [BUY]

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Talisker Storm (45.8% abv) [BUY]

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Laphroaig Triple Wood (48% abv) [BUY]

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April 4, 2013

#58: Whisky Squad Third Birthday Three-Way

Balblair 1997 2nd Release (46% abv) [BUY]

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SMWS 44.57 – Sea salted caramel pebbles (52.9% abv) [BUY]

The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 2 (53.2% abv) [BUY]

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Glendronach 17yo 1995 PX Puncheon (TWE Exclusive) (56.6% abv) [BUY]

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Springbank Rundlets and Kilderkins (49.4% abv) [BUY]

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Glen Moray Peated Spirit Batch #1 (60.6% abv) [BUY]

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March 21, 2013

#56: Deep in Darkest Soho

Glen Grant 11yo (Milroy’s of Soho) (46% abv)

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Cooley 11yo (Milroy’s of Soho) (46% abv) [BUY]

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Girvan 1998 (Milroy’s of Soho) (46% abv)

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Amrut 3yo (Milroy’s of Soho) (46% abv) [BUY]

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Laphroaig 1996 (Milroy’s of Soho) (46% abv)

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March 7, 2013

#55: Mr T.T. Lee Presents…

Kavalan Classic (40% abv) [BUY]

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Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish (40% abv) [BUY]

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King Car Conductor (46% abv) [BUY]

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Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask Matured (57.1% abv) [BUY]

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Kavalan Solist Vinho Wine Cask Matured (58.4% abv) [BUY]

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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Matured (57.8% abv) [BUY]

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Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

February 21, 2013

#54: Changing Some Sub-Bourbon Attitudes

FEW White Whiskey (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut (45% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Angel’s Envy Bourbon (Port Cask Finished) (43.3% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Evan Williams Single Barrel (43.3% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Vintage Bourbon 17yo (47% abv) [BUY]

Balcones Brimstone (57% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

February 7, 2013

#53: The Rivers of Speyside

Macallan Gold (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Imperial 1994 (Gordon and MacPhail) (43% abv) [BUY]

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glentauchers 16yo 1991 (Gordon & MacPhail) (43% abv) [BUY]

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Braes of Glenlivet 23yo 1989 (Single Malts of Scotland) (54.9% abv) [BUY]

23yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenlivet 16yo Cask Strength 1990 (57.9% abv)

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dailuaine 16yo (Flora & Fauna) (43% abv) [BUY]

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Balvenie Doublewood 17yo (43% abv) [BUY]

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

January 15, 2013

#52: Old and New

Whyte and Mackay Supreme (1970s) (40% abv) [BUY]

22yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Whyte and Mackay 22yo Supreme (43% abv) [BUY]

22yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Highland Park 12yo (40% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Highland Park 12yo (1990s) (43% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Laphroaig 10yo (43% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Laphroaig 10yo (1990s) (43% abv)

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

January 3, 2013

#51: The Brown Spectrum (volume 3)

Bunnahabhain 1989 (Berry’s Own Selection) (44% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Braes of Glenlivet 1994 Cask #159165 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Caperdonich 1992 Cask #121125 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv) [BUY]

Tormore 1992 Cask #100154 (Berry’s Own Selection) (55.7% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Jura 1976 Cask #BBR889 (Berry’s Own Selection) (55.1% abv)

35yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Daniel Bouju Resérve Familiale Cognac (42% abv)

80yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 20, 2012

#50: Whisky Surprise 2012

Bladnoch 2002 (46% abv) [BUY]

9yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Auchentoshan Valinch (2011 Release) (57.5% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Downes No. 9 (40% abv)

Brogan’s Legacy (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Bottled for:

Balvenie Doublewood 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Kavalan Classic (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dailuaine 13yo 1997 (Signatory) (46% abv) [BUY]

13yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hibiki 17yo (43% abv)

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Southern Coast Distillers Batch 005 (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Balblair 20yo 1990 (Old Malt Cask) (50% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Caol Ila 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Frisky Whisky 25yo Islay Malt (54% abv) [BUY]

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2012 (60.4% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 15, 2012

#49.1: Darjeeling Christmas

Bladnoch 1990 (Berry’s Own Selection) (50.4% abv)

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Great King Street: New York Blend (46% abv)

NAS from
Bottled for:

Benrinnes Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) (48.9% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glengoyne “The Teapot Dram” (58.5% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 6, 2012

#49: Rum Squad

Bacardi 8yo Rum (40% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Barbancourt 5 Star 8yo Rum (43% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

El Dorado 12yo Rum (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

El Dorado 15yo Rum (43% abv) [BUY]

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

El Dorado 21yo Rum (43% abv) [BUY]

21yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

November 15, 2012

#48: The Storry of Grain

Cameron Brig (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hedonism (Compass Box) (43% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Greenore 18yo (46% abv) [BUY]

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Port Dundas 34yo 1973 Cask #12831 (Duncan Taylor) (54.5% abv)

34yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

SMWS G5.2 – Strumming the strings of the soul (65.3% abv) [BUY]

November 1, 2012

#47: The EXTREME Whisky Tasting

Teerenpeli 8yo 2003 (43% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Chichibu 2009 The Floor Malted (50.5% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Amrut Special Reserve TWE 10th Anniversary Cask Strength (63% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 42 (603% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Ardbeg Blasda (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Octomore 04.1 – 167ppm (62.5% abv) [BUY]

5yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

October 16, 2012

#46: The Rain In Spain

Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry (15% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Auchentoshan 1998 Fino Sherry Cask (54.6% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Romate Reservas Especiales Don Jose Oloroso Sherry (18% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glendronach 18yo Allardice Oloroso Sherry Cask (46% abv) [BUY]

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Waitrose Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry (19% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Harveys Pedro Ximinez 30yo Sherry (16% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

October 4, 2012

#45: More Whisky

Billy got his guestblogging hat on for this one too.

Tormore 1992 (Berry’s Own Selection) (51.5% abv)

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bowmore 1994 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Cragganmore 21yo Cask #2882 (John Milroy Selection) (54.5% abv) [BUY]

Cragganmore 1989 (Berry’s Own Selection) (53.5% abv) [BUY]

Aultmore 1982 Cask #2224 (Berry’s Own Selection) (57.8% abv) [BUY]

29yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Longmorn 1992 Cask #149094 (Berry’s Own Selection) (50.2% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

September 20, 2012

#44: The “Bang For Your Buck” Session

Billy’s Booze Blog makes with the guestbloggage, here.

Tomatin 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hibiki 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Auchentoshan Valinch (2011 Release) (57.5% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Aberlour 16yo Double Cask (43% abv) [BUY]

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Four Roses Small Batch (45% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bowmore Tempest 10yo (Batch 2) (56% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Port Ellen 28yo 1983 Old Bothwell Cask #230 (55.5% abv) [BUY]

28yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

September 6, 2012

#43: Whisky By Flavour

Guestblogged by The Tippster.

Darnley’s View (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Bottled for:

The Hive 12yo (Wemyss Malts) (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

The Spice King 12yo (Wemyss Malts) (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Wemyss “Lemon Sorbet” (Auchentoshan 1988) (46% abv) [BUY]

14yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Wemyss “Fresh Fruit Sorbet” (Clynelish 1997) (46% abv) [BUY]

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Wemyss “Strawberry Ganache” (Glen Scotia 1991) (46% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

August 16, 2012

#42: Boiled Wine

Remy Martin VSOP Mature Cask (40% abv) [BUY]

4.5yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Frapin VSOP (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Clos Martin Folle Blanch (40% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Delamain Pale & Dry XO Cognac (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Darroze Bas Armagnac (43% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Torres 10 Gran Reserva Brandy (38% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

August 2, 2012

#41: No Points For Saying Grassy Notes

Glenkinchie 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bladnoch 20yo (46% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Inverleven 1991 (40% abv) [BUY]

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Rosebank 12yo Flora & Fauna (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Port Dundas 20yo (2011 Special Releases) (57.4% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

July 17, 2012

#40: It’s A Kind Of Magic

Writer’s Tears (40% abv) [BUY]

Penderyn Portwood 41 (41% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

DYC Collectiòn Barricas (40% abv)

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

King Car Conductor (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Mackmyra Special:06 – Sommeräng (46.8% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Nikka Taketsuru 17yo (43% abv) [BUY]

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

July 5, 2012

#39: The Evolution of a Classic

Glenfiddich 1960s Replica Fluid (Brand Ambassador Special) (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender:

Glenfiddich Pure Malt (43% abv)

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich Classic (43% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich 15yo Solera (40% abv) [BUY]

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery 19yo Madeira Finish (40% abv) [BUY]

19yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich 25yo mid-1980s (40% abv)

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

June 19, 2012

#38: To Make Whisky, You Start With Beer

Adnams Broadside (4.7% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Adnams Copper House Barley Vodka (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Adnams Long Shore Premium Wheat Vodka (48% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Adnams Spirit of Broadside (43% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Adnams North Cove Oak Aged Vodka (50% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

June 7, 2012

#37: The Mystery Smoke Stack

The Peat Chimney 10yo (Wemyss Malts) (20% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Bottled for:

Port Askaig Harbour 25yo (45.8% abv)

Peat’s Beast (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Pe5 (Elements of Islay) (57.9% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

MacArthurs Old Masters Cask Strength Islay 1992 (59.9% abv)

May 17, 2012

#36: Tequila Squad

Ilegal Joven (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Olmeca Altos Plata (Blanco) (38% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

El Tesoro Reposado (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Olmeca Tezon (Anejo) (38% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Don Julio 1942 (Extra Anejo) (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

May 3, 2012

#35: Luxury Blends

Strathisla 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Chivas Regal 18yo (40% abv) [BUY]

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Royal Salute 21yo (40% abv) [BUY]

21yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Longmorn 16yo (48% abv) [BUY]

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Chivas Regal 25yo (40% abv) [BUY]

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

April 22, 2012

#34.1: The Subcontinental Flavour Onslaught

Bagpiper (40% abv)

Kuchh Nai (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Bottled for:

Amrut (Sherry Experiment) (48% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender:

Amrut Intermediate Sherry (57.1% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Amrut Special Reserve TWE 10th Anniversary Cask Strength (63% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Amrut Fusion (50% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Amrut Peated Cask Strength (62.8% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

April 5, 2012

#33: The Raw Spirit (and 2nd Birthday)

Guestblogged by Charly.

Glenmorangie Original 10yo (40% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Arran Premium Sherry Cask (57.8% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenglassaugh “The First Cask” (59.1% abv) [BUY]

3yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenglassaugh Fledgling XB (50% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenrothes 1995 (43% abv) [BUY]

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Lg2 (Elements of Islay) (58% abv) [BUY]

Ardbeg 10yo (46% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

March 15, 2012

#32: Irish Whiskey #2 – Cooley is HOT!

Greenore 8yo (40% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Tyrconnell (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Kilbeggan (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Tesco Special Reserve Irish Whiskey (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Tyrconnell 10yo Port Cask Finish (46% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Connemara Cask Strength (58.4% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

March 1, 2012

#31: Irish Whiskey #1

Guestblogged by Miss Whisky. And also by Mr Cowfish.

Inishowen Peated (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bushmills Black Bush (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Locke’s 8yo (40% abv) [BUY]

8yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Jameson Select Reserve Small Batch (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Powers John’s Lane 12yo Single Pot Still (46% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Redbreast 12yo Cask Strength (57.7% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

February 25, 2012

#30.1: Blending School

Guestblogged by Jason B. Standing.

Great King Street – The Artist’s Blend (Compass Box) (43% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Asyla (Compass Box) (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Spice Tree (Compass Box) (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Oak Cross (Compass Box) (43% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Peat Monster (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hedonism (Compass Box) (43% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hedonism 10th Anniversary (Compass Box) (56% abv)

38yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Morpheus (Compass Box) (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Optimism (Compass Box) (44% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

The Last Vatted Malt (Compass Box) (53.7% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

February 16, 2012

#30: The Management Present…

Arran 12yo Cask Strength (54.1% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Clynelish Distillery Only Cask Strength (57.3% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glendronach 15yo Revival (46% abv) [BUY]

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfarclas 105 (60% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Peat Monster (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Lagavulin 12yo (2009 edition) (57.9% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

February 2, 2012

#29: Hi, Society

SMWS 97.21 – Laurel, Meadowsweet and Honeysuckle (54.7% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 26.77 – Church pews and hymn books (55.1% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 73.44 – Old friends remembered (53.7% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 123.7 – Unusual and highly enjoyable (59.6% abv) [BUY]

SMWS 29.106 – Old lace and lavender hand cream (57.3% abv)

January 19, 2012

#28: Sippin’ Global

Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask (American and French Oak) (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Three Ships 10yo (43% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hammer Head 1989 (40.7% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Kavalan Classic (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Millstone 5yo Peated (40% abv) [BUY]

5yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Kornog Taouarc’h (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

January 4, 2012

#27: The Third Sense

Cutty Sark Imperial Kingdom (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenrothes 1995 (43% abv) [BUY]

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Mannochmore 1999 (Berry’s Own Selection) (56.7% abv) [BUY]

Macduff 2000 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Talisker 25yo 2009 (45.8% abv) [BUY]

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Frapin Extra (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 20, 2011

#26: Whisky Surprise II

Couvreur’s Clearach (44% abv)

Redbreast 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

St Isidore – The Bloggers’ Blend (Master of Malt) (41.4% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Bottled for:

Glenfiddich 14yo Rich Oak (40% abv) [BUY]

14yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

SMWS 63.26 – Leather Sofa Seduction (52.6% abv)

High West Double Rye (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Longmorn 13yo 1997 Chieftan’s Choice (Ian MacLeod) (43% abv) [BUY]

13yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dalmore Dee Dram (40% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Springbank 12yo Claret Wood Finish (54.4% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Ledaig 1975 (Rare Old) (40% abv) [BUY]

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Highland Park 1998 (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Talisker 25yo 2007 (58.1% abv) [BUY]

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength Batch 2 (58.3% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 8, 2011

#25: 2011 Christmas Dinner and Quiz Spectacular!

Hibiki 17yo (43% abv)

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Balvenie 21yo Portwood (40% abv) [BUY]

21yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenisla 32yo 1977 Cask 19599 (Signatory) (50.7% abv) [BUY]

32yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glendronach 21yo Parliament (48% abv) [BUY]

21yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

The King’s Ginger (41% abv) [BUY]

NAS from Bottled for:

November 22, 2011

#24: Whisky4Movember 2011

Great King Street – The Artist’s Blend (Compass Box) (43% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

SMWS 123.6 – Rhubarb and Custard (59.5% abv) [BUY]

Arran (Cask Strength and Carry On) (49.9% abv) [BUY]

13yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfarclas Movember Bottling (53% abv) [BUY]

9yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Balvenie Signature 12yo (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Birnie Moss Intensely Peated (48% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenmorangie Astar (57.1% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

SMWS 29.104 – Not for wee boys (58.2% abv) [BUY]

November 3, 2011

#23: The Smoking Section

Guestblogged by Pooja at TableForOne, and also by Mr Abbott.

Octomore 04.1 – 167ppm (62.5% abv) [BUY]

5yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Benromach Peat Smoke 2002 (46% abv) [BUY]

6yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Port Askaig 25yo (45.8% abv) [BUY]

St George’s Distillery Chapter 11 Heavily Peated Cask Strength (59.7% abv) [BUY]

3yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Kh1 (Elements of Islay) (59.7% abv) [BUY]

Kilchoman 100% Islay Inaugural Edition (50% abv) [BUY]

3yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

October 18, 2011

#22: Now there’s something you don’t see every day!

Glenburgie 11yo 1993 (Cadenhead’s) (59.8% abv)

11yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Ben Nevis 14yo Duthies (Cadenhead’s) (58.1% abv)

14yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Aultmore 11yo 1997 (Cadenhead’s) (57.5% abv)

11yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Fettercairn 17yo 1993 (Cadenhead’s) (51.5% abv)

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Craigellachie 12yo 1984 (Cadenhead’s) (58.3% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

October 6, 2011

#21: Mastering Malt with those malty masters – Master of Malt!

North British 20yo Cask 3225 (Master of Malt) (55.8% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Cragganmore 20yo 1991 Cask 1146 (Master of Malt) (53.5% abv) [BUY]

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dailuaine 27yo 1983 (Master of Malt) (53.6% abv) [BUY]

27yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Against the Grain – “Wax and Wane” 1993 (46% abv)

13yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Master of Malt Speyside 30yo (40% abv) [BUY]

Bowmore 26yo (Master of Malt) (53.4% abv)

26yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

September 1, 2011

#20: A Successful Grant Application

Girvan Cask Sample (63.25% abv)

25yo from
Distillery/Blender:

Lowland Cask Sample (45% abv)

Glenfiddich Cask Sample (46% abv)

Sherry-aged Highland Cask Sample (54% abv)

Islay Cask Sample (45% abv)

Grants 25yo (40% abv)

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

August 4, 2011

#19: Grain and Grape

Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or (46% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask Mellowed (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Arran Amarone Cask Finished (50% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

BenRiach 17yo Burgundy Finish (46% abv)

17yo from
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Bruichladdich Black Art – 1st Edition (1989, 19yo) (51.1% abv)

19yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Longrow 7yo Gaia Barolo Finish (55.8% abv)

7yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Master of Malt “Brown Drink” Batch 1 (44.2% abv)

July 7, 2011

#18: American Independents

Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey (40% abv)

Less than 30 days old from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel (45% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (43% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bernheim Original (45% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Sazerac Straight 18yo Rye Whiskey (Fall 2010) (45% abv)

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Eagle Rare 17yo (45% abv)

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

June 23, 2011

#17: Japan #2: “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time”

Guestblogged here at Billy’s Booze Blog.

Yamazaki 12yo (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hakushu 12yo (43.5% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Yamazaki 18yo (43% abv)

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hibiki 17yo (43% abv)

17yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Yamazaki Puncheon (48% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hakushu Heavily Peated (48% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

June 2, 2011

#16: Japan #1: Diversity and Innovation

Guestblogged by Alan at The East London Drinker.

Isawa 1983 (43% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Ichiro’s Malt MWR (Mizunara Wood Reserve) (46% abv)

Nikka From The Barrel (51.4% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Chichibu Heavily Peated Newborn Cask 452 (61.4% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender:

May 5, 2011

#15: Highlanders

Guestblogged at Billy’s Booze Blog.

Pulteney 7yo (John Milroy) (46% abv)

Glencadam 1991 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

Blair Athol 1998 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

Teaninich 1973 (Berry’s Own Selection) (41.8% abv)

37yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt (aka “Shackleton’s Whisky) (47.3% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Karuizawa 15yo (Whisky Magazine Editor’s Choice) (60.6% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

April 19, 2011

#14: Side by Side

Cameron Brig (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Johnnie Walker Black Label (40% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Caol Ila 1996 Distillers Edition (43% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Clynelish 12yo “Friends of the Classic Malts” (46% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition (46% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Singleton of Dufftown 15yo (40% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dufftown 1997 (Managers Choice) (59.5% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

April 7, 2011

#13: Whisky Squad Birthday Session

Royal Brackla 1991 – Connoisseurs Choice (46% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Linkwood 15yo (43% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Strathisla 25yo (G&M) (43% abv)

25yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix (47.6% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Cu Dhub Black Whisky (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bruichladdich 2001 – The Resurrection Dram (46% abv)

7yo from
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March 3, 2011

#12: Meet Compass Box

Asyla (Compass Box) (40% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Oak Cross (Compass Box) (43% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Spice Tree “Illegal” (Compass Box) (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Spice Tree (Compass Box) (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Peat Monster (46% abv) [BUY]

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hedonism (Compass Box) (43% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Hedonism 10th Anniversary (Compass Box) (56% abv)

38yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

February 3, 2011

#11: The Bottle of Britain

Guestblogged by Alan at The East London Drinker.

ManX Blue (40% abv)

English Whisky Company – Chapter 6 (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Penderyn Sherrywood (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bushmills 1608 (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Speaker Bercow’s Single Malt Whisky (40% abv)

January 6, 2011

#10: Wee Speyside Beauties

Guestblogged by Alan.

Aberlour 1989 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Linkwood 1985 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

21yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dailuaine 1974 (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

31yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Blue Hanger (4th Release) (45.6% abv)

Glenrothes 1975 (43% abv)

31yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Talisker 20yo 1981 (62% abv)

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 17, 2010

#9: The Inaugural Whisky Squad Christmas Dinner

Guestblogged by Billy’s Booze Blog.

SMWS 93.40 – Clay and Pork Sausages (61.9% abv)

Ledaig 2005 (Berry’s Own Selection) (62.7% abv)

Glengoyne English Merchant’s Choice (54.1% abv)

13yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Cameron Bridge 1978 – The Octave (Duncan Taylor) (54.6% abv)

31yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

December 2, 2010

#8a: Whisky Surprise!

Enbloggerised by Jason B. Standing, known of this parish.

SMWS 127.3 – Beach BBQ For Older Boy Scouts (67% abv)

SMWS 71.33 – Chutney on hot wood (57.4% abv)

SMWS 123.5 – Feisty but fun (60.8% abv)

SMWS 119.12 – Chewy & Cheek Sucking (54% abv)

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Tullibardine 1992 (Blackadder) (56.9% abv)

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bruichladdich Black Art – 1st Edition (1989, 19yo) (51.1% abv)

19yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenlivet 1982 (Berry’s Own Selection) (52.2% abv)

27yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Finlaggan Old Reserve (40% abv)

November 4, 2010

#8: Whisky4Movember

Mo’land (Whisky4Movember) (40% abv)

Smokehead 18yo Extra Black (46% abv)

18yo from
Bottled for:

M’Orkney (Whisky4Movember) (40% abv)

Smo’key (Whisky4Movember) (40% abv)

Dalmore 15yo (40% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

October 7, 2010

#7: Berry’s Own Selections

Aberlour 14yo (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

14yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bunnahabhain 12yo (Berry’s Own Selection) (55.3% abv)

Glen Mhor 26yo (Berry’s Own Selection) (46% abv)

26yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Invergordon 39yo (Berry’s Own Selection) (47% abv)

St Magdalene 26yo (Berry’s Own Selection) (47% abv)

August 5, 2010

#5: Summer Whiskies

Dalwhinnie Distiller’s Edition 1990 (43% abv)

14yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Dimple 1890 (40% abv)

Glenkinchie Distiller’s Edition 1992 (43% abv)

14yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Port Dundas 32yo (Duncan Taylor) (59.3% abv)

32yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Rosebank 20yo (Rare Malts) (62.3% abv)

20yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

July 1, 2010

#4: Islay

Bowmore 26yo (Master of Malt) (53.4% abv)

26yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bruichladdich Peat (46% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Bunnahabhain 18yo (43% abv) [BUY]

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Caol Ila Unpeated 10yo (65.8% abv)

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Kilchoman New Spirit (6 months old) (63.5% abv)

0.5yo from
Distillery/Blender:

Lagavulin 2010 Distillery Only (51.5% abv)

NAS from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

June 3, 2010

#3: Island Whiskies

Arran 12 (Master of Malt) (54.7% abv)

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Tobermory 15yo (46.3% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Talisker 18yo (45.8% abv)

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Highland Park 18 (Signatory) (55.8% abv)

18yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

May 6, 2010

#2: The Flavour Map

Ardbeg 10yo (46% abv) [BUY]

10yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Glenfarclas 15yo (46% abv)

15yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1993 (43% abv)

16yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

Rosebank 12yo Flora & Fauna (43% abv) [BUY]

12yo from
Distillery/Blender: Bottled for:

April 1, 2010

#1: How to taste Whisky

Our inaugural blogging, by Andy at Good Drinks Etc.

SMWS 33.84 – Cheeky Vimto for Guy Fawkes (56% abv)

SMWS 35.34 – Moroccan Tea-Room Masculinity (57% abv)

SMWS 50.39 – Scrumptious Cockles (56% abv)

SMWS 7.55 – Liquid Heaven (55% abv)