Visiting an Old Peaty Friend

In preparation for our February Tasting, which will include peaty malts from from the Western Highlands, the Islands, and Islay regions, I decided to pull out a 9-year old Caol Ila bottled by Signatory from the whisky cabinet.  It’s a single-single malt that our group rated a solid 3.50.  At the time I thought it […]

It’s Gotta Be the Grapes

I revisited the Aberfeldy 15 year old this evening.  It is a sweet fruit bomb!  The luscious red fruit dominate this rich, smooth deep amber colored dram.  It reminds me very much of the Deanston 9 year old, aged in Red Bordeaux casks. This limited edition bottling has been finished in cabernet sauvignon wine casks […]

A Little Bit of a Twist

The Balvenie French Oak 16 yo adds a little bit of a twist for the regular Balvenie drinker.  This expression is aged in two casks.  The juice is aged for 16 years in American oak, which might be viewed as the usual start for Balvenie.  There the vanilla, honey, and spice develop.  Then, the juice […]

It’s Always in the Cabinet

The Balvenie Doublewood is almost always in my liquor cabinet.  Balvenie DoubleWood is first matured in refill American oak casks before it is finished in first fill European oak Oloroso sherry butts for an additional nine months. Even at 12 years old, this rich and complex dram is an excellent example of what the Balvenie […]

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