October 19, 2017

#149: Judgment Day

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September 14, 2017

#148: The Sherried Whisky Session

Notes on this one yet to be updated...

August 17, 2017

#147: The North American Session

Notes on this one yet to be updated...

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]