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Octomore Masterclass 08.1

We’ve already talked about high peat levels and how it doesn’t matter that much. We brought this one to a blind tasting two weeks ago and asked the participants which glass contained a whisky with such a high peat level as this Octomore (168ppm). Most of them were wrong, and chose an Indie NAS Lagavulin, which is only peated to a level of 35ppm. So let’s focus on the taste, which is most important of course!

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Raasay While We Wait 2nd Release

What to do when you’ve built a distillery, but you have to wait before your whisky reaches the age of 3 years old? In the case of Isle of Raasay Distillery you just show off your skills by taking whisky from another distillery and let it finish for a while, to reach something that resembles what’s yet to come.

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Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 61

The Aberlour A’bunadh is one of those must-have whiskies. Back in the day, it was our first so called sherrybomb we owned, and we’ve always had one in stock since then. The price/quality ratio is outstanding, but we’ve noticed some decline in taste in the past few years.

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Port Askaig 12yo

Let’s wave the summer of 2018 goodbye for good with this pretty independent expression bearing the name Port Askaig. Of course we all know this is Caol Ila, but have you heard they just recently bottled a Bunna for Bresser & Timmer? However, there’s no doubt this 12yo is...

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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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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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Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

We’re exploring daily, but the path to bourbon is still sort of unknown to us. But we have to start somewhere right? So we dipped a toe in the water with this Buffalo Trace.

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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 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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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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Highland Park Einar

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Words to live by, but taking a wee dram of this Highland Park Einar will warm you up in no time, and it takes less effort to do so. Choose wisely.

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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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Glenglassaugh Evolution

I’m a big sherry and peat lover and my personal collection consists mostly of these whiskies. So I went looking for something different…

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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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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 The Laddie Valinch 34 2004-2018

If you ask us to describe Bruichladdich in one word, it would be: mavericks. They are definitely not afraid to experiment and when it comes to their less experimental whisky’s they don’t necessarily care what others do or say. In short: they do things their own way, and they...

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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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Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling 2017

The Lagavulin Distillery, easily recognized by It’s tall red smokestack is not a complete stranger to us. Our collection contains the 8yo 12yo CS, 16yo, the Distillers Edition and some indie bottlings which don’t bear their name, but obviously come from this distiller. So we thought Lagavulin couldn’t surprise...

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Ardbeg Kelpie

When you think Islay, you think Ardbeg. One of the most renowned distillers on the island. For some it’s too bold, for some it’s heaven.

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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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Bowmore Warehousemen’s Selection 2017 – Distillery Exclusive

We made love to Bowmore, we visited her distillery and the final result: tasting notes of the 17yo Distillery Exclusive from 2017.

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How we traveled to Islay

Our travel to Islay by plane, bus and ferry, a tasting note of the Arran 14yo and a glimpse of what heaven looks like.

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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask #S100205011A

A few weeks ago, we bought two different bottles of Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask. At opening the first one, it was love at first sip.

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Bunnahabhain Toiteach

This whisky has been part of the collection since a very long time. And it grew on me, to the point that I can’t live without.

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Glen Moray 10 Chardonnay Cask Matured

Comparing a 10 years old, fully Chardonnay Cask matured Glen Moray with a younger, finished version. Boy, how would that turn out…

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Caol Ila 12yo

An all-time favourite, this beautiful Caol Ila 12. This was one of our first discoveries from Islay, a long time ago, and we have never forgotten it.

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Tomatin Single Cask 2002-2016 bottled for Bresser & Timmer

A beautiful 14yo cask strength single cask bottling, being matured on a re-charred American oak, ex-red wine hogshead.

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Gordon & Macphail Speymalt Macallan 2007-2016

Let’s have something that tastes like Easter Breakfast. This is a young Macallan from Gordon & Macphail’s Speymalt range.

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Lagavulin 12yo Cask Strength 2012

If you have tried Lagavulin 16yo, 8yo and distillers edition already, this could be your next step.

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BenRiach 12yo Arumaticus Fumosus

Let’s stay in Caribbean vibes for International Whisky Day, here’s the Arumaticus Fumosus!

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The Arran 11yo 2008-2017 Trebbiano Casks

We own mostly red wine maturations, but then we came across this beauty, I had to buy it. This is a special release from Arran, bottled for the Netherlands.

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Scapa 16yo

Ahoy lads and ladies! This is the 16 year old Scapa ‘The Orcadian’.

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Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg Uigeadail, do we need to say more? As far as the Ardbeg core range is concerned, this one became a staple in our collection, for a long time already.

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Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr

When you say Laphroaig, you say: peat, salt and ashes. This Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr won’t disappoint you on that.

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The Wild Geese Single Malt

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a suitable dram, the Wild Geese Single Malt.

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