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Ardmore 2003-2017 – Malts of Scotland

If you ask me which whisky blew my mind most in the last couple of years, I will answer with: Ardmore 2003 bottled by Malts of Scotland. This most definitely is my definition of a sherry bomb. What blew my mind is that it’s only 3 years old.

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Bruichladdich The Organic Scottish Barley

This awkwardly shaped liter bottle of Bruichladdich is perfect for hot summer days. “But it’s autumn” I hear you say. Well, the weather in the Netherlands is pretty much confused at the moment, the thermometer hit 26 degrees Celsius last weekend. So bring in the Laddie!

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Bunnahabhain 8yo Red Wine hand-filled #636

Bunnahabhain certainly has the greatest views of all the distilleries on Islay, if you ask me. But their hand-filled distillery exclusive bottles aren’t too shabby too.

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GlenDronach 10yo Forgue

Now GlenDronach finally brought back the Revival they also came with other exciting news about a new member for the travel market: GlenDronach 10yo Forgue.

Our experience with travel exclusive bottlings aren’t always very good. But there are some great exceptions, will this be one of those?

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Glen Garioch 12yo

Good memories, it was 2014 and I bought myself two bottles: a GlenDronach 15yo Revival and a Glen Garioch 12yo, both are still whiskies that I can’t live without.

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The Glenlivet Nàdurra 16yo

Does this one need any introduction? It’s easily my top core-range Glenlivet. Bottled at cask strength, non-chill filtered and matured in American oak, which makes your taste buds explode with honest, natural flavours.

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GlenDronach 15yo Revival

The one that makes you fall in love. The GlenDronach 15yo Revival was one of the first whiskies that I fell in love with.

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Ben Nevis 10yo

We made it a kind of sport to look for other sub €50 whiskies that are at least as good or even better than their better-known colleagues. Enter the Ben Nevis 10yo.

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Sherwood’s Craigellachie 9yo

Not for the feint hearted, but what an incredible Craigellachie from the new Dutch bottlers Sherwood’s.

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Highland Park Valkyrie

Highland Park goes all in on the Viking theme lately. A bit too much in my opinion, but does it distract them from creating a proper dram? Let’s find out.

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GlenAllachie 25yo

The last and by far the most expensive bottle of the new GlenAllachie core-range. Does the taste justify the price?

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Sherwood’s Orkney 11yo

The second whisky Sherwood’s managed to bottle. This time it’s from the Highland Park distillery, although they weren’t allowed to state in on the label.

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GlenAllachie 18yo

It’s time to review the third expression from the new GlenAllachie core-range.

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Redbreast Lustau Edition

Redbreast 12yo Cask Strength has been an all-time favourite in our whisk(e)y collection. So I was beyond excited to try this Lustau edition, which is a perfect marriage between Ireland, the United States and Spain.

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GlenAllachie 12yo

The second of the brand new GlenAllachie core range, this one feels like the odd one out. Let me explain…

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm

Kilchoman has managed to left his mark in the ever expanding whisky-landscape, it’s one of the most easily recognizable single malts when tasting blind. What makes it so recognizable?

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Blackadder Peat Reek RAW Cask PR2017-10

Ever wanted to use your whisky bottle like a snow globe? Well, here’s your chance!

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Frysk Hynder Cognac Cask

Although Scotch is mostly our way to go if it comes to drinking whisky, we can not simply ignore the fact that our mostly beer-drinking  country makes pretty decent whisky. Frysk Hynder is one of them.

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Glenfiddich 21yo Gran Reserva – Rum Cask Finish

It hasn’t rained for ages here in the Netherlands and that’s quite unusual. But instead of complaining about the tropical temperatures, let’s pair a whisky with it!

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Hazelburn 13yo Oloroso Cask Matured

I walked into a whisky store in ’s-Hertogenbosch: De Koning, great chance you Dutchies know him already. And it was like entering a gold mine. Dusty bottles, discontinued bottles, bottles of forgotten ages, fresh new bottles, but what most stood out: a whole ‘cage’ of Springbank goodness. I asked...

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Bunnahabhain Moine Bordeaux Red wine Cask Matured

Imagine yourself on a hot day, with a smoking barbecue with huge chunks of glaced meat, sipping a glass of robust red wine. That’s basically what’s in this new addition to Bunnahabain’s limited edition range.

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Spey Tenné

Until recently, we haven’t tried any of the whiskies from Speyside Distillery, baring the name Spey. But once in a while, I let store owners pick a bottle for me, of which they think are great daily drams.

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Glen Moray Elgin Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish

This is a great whisky to drag your wine-loving/whisky-hating friend into our world of whisky, but don’t forget the veterans, because this really is a dram for everyone.

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Rime of the ancient mariner

What does Iron Maiden have to do with whisky I hear you ask. Well, let’s sit down for a moment and emerge in this great musical experience…

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Signatory Vintage – Edradour 10yo #320

Sometimes you just need a good and affordable sherry matured sipper. This is a 10yo Edradour, distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2017 by Signatory (cask #320). 46% ABV

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Aberlour 25yo 1992-2018 Whisky Broker

Whiskybroker is a bottler we haven’t noticed before, until last week. I bought this 25yo Aberlour for the insane price of just 75 pounds. How is that even possible? And how good can it be at that price?

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The Caol Ila 14yo Unpeated 2012

The Caol Ila 14yo Unpeated from 2012 is a part of the collection for quite some time. To me, this has always been a good competitor for the discontinued Glenlivet Nadurra 16yo.

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Cask Exploration 20 Valinch

Leaving Kilchoman behind, we went on to our last stop on our trip: Bruichladdich. There we tasted the Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Cask Exploration 20 Valinch

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive 8yo Madeira Cask Matured 2010-2018

A quick stop at Kilchoman, discussing their early years and a review of the Distillery Exclusive 8yo Madeira Cask Matured edition.

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GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 3

When it comes to a distillery that has spent a lot of time and years with us and has survived many tasting sessions (and especially verdicts), the first whisky that comes in mind is the GlenDronach.

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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask #S100209030a

With every single cask, there’s a great chance of differences with every batch. The previous Solist we reviewed, was lighter in colour and fruitier and woodier in taste. The one we’re reviewing today (#S100209030a) is a lot darker…

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Islay’s Ardview Inn and Bruichladdich Black Art 1990 (04.2)

The bar at Ardview Inn and tasting notes of Bruichladdich Black Art 23yo 1990 04.2

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Caol Ila Distillery Exclusive 2017

Visiting Caol Ila Distillery, getting the full Islay-weather experience and tasting notes of the Distillery Exclusive.

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Bruichladdich Octomore 7.2

How come that these gems from Bruichladdich with a peat level of 208ppm are so smooth and gentle on the tongue?

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Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured

A Kilchoman with a Madeira twist. A great cask experiment from Kilchoman, but how does it taste?

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Craigellachie 8yo by Douglas of Drumlanrig

An untamed bottle of Craigellachie finished on a red wine barrel!

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