Review Balblair ’79 OT & GM

Last month, I celebrated my 40 years of existence. May 11 to be precise and I shared my wishes via Twitter, a whisky to celebrate my birthday in style. I got a sweet little message from a fellow whisky enthusiast,Christophe, who wanted to send me a birthday gift that was just perfect.

Unfortunately @Coldorak and I couldn’t find a time or date for over a month. On Thursday 13th of June, we finally had some time to enjoy the whisky together.

It’s our party.

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JJ Corry Irish Whiskey Tasting

Named after and inspired by JJ Corry. A renowned whiskeybonder of the 1890;s who resided in ithe local port town of Kilrush. An opportunist at heart and while still in his 20’s he bought a shop on 63 Henry Street, Kilrush.

Three lovely looking bottles with even a more mysterious looking liquid inside. The top reveals the order of the tasting, number 1, 2 and 3. JJ Corry, whiskey noted for high class goods.

The tweettasting held on 17th of April was really good!

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What is the best thing about whisky

What is the best thing about whisky? That is a question that kept me occupied for quite some time now. Did you ever wonder? The first thing you see of course is the bottle, that’s logical, but next to the label and brand, you see the color of the whisky. It is the first thing you see when filling a glass and color is not that unimportant, as some might think. The color says something about the whisky, about the smell and the palate it will give you.

There are dozen of even thousands of stories about whisky and the experiences people are having when drinking their favorite. But is the very best thing about whisky, color? The more appealing the color looks, the more interesting whisky might be? The color can give you a lot of information about whisky, a darker color could mean the liquid will be more intense for the taste buds.

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Walsh Whiskey premium and super-premium releases, the online tasting

Another tweet tasting and this time we savored a range of premium and super-premium releases of The Irishman and Writers’ Tears from Walsh Whiskey.

Writers’ Tears is a unique style¬† of whiskey embedded in Irish History, at a time when Irish Whiskey was distilled in copper pots, two styles flourished : Malt and Pot Still, distilled from 100% barley. The Irishman is the Walsh family’s original whiskey and represents the rebirth of the traditional family owned provincial whiskey distilling that thrived during the last golden age of Irish Whiskey at the end of the 1800’s.

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Lindores Abbey, the spiritual home of scotch whisky

Lindores Abbey is the ruin of a Benedictine abbey from the twelfth century, located in Lindores.

Interesting for the oldest mention about producing whisky in Scotland, is a text from 1494, in which a monk of Lindores Abbey order goods to produce whisky for James IV of Scotland.

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Jura, a long way from ordinary

A new house style of whisky, featuring a new combination of sweetness from American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and a hint of subtle smoke, with each further enchanted by special selected casks from around Europe.

Time to go on the road, with one distillery and one purpose; Discovering Jura, a distillery operating on the island of Jura to the north of Islay.

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Benromach 10yr, 15yr and the 20th-anniversary bottling

Benromach is a Speyside distillery founded by Duncan McCallum and F.W. Brickman in 1898 and currently owned and run by Gordon and Macphail of Elgin. This piece is dedicated to the whisky we’ve tasted on the evening on Monday 30th of April. An online tasting with a taste of adventure.

A Monday evening, like no other. With a lot of laughter, serious moments, old friends and new discoveries of Scotch Whisky from the Speyside area.

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Advent Calender Adventure

A tasting, with some special whiskies from That Boutiquey Whisky Company. With a selected group of whisky friends, we had the opportunity to try a selection of whisky from their new advent calendar. This evening was a complete adventure with a lot of new whiskies and taste experiences. Every whisky was a surprise, each with their own character. One whisky was more lovable than the other.

New whiskies, were nosed, taste and “dissected” by a couple of whisky enthusiasts. It was an amazing, thrilling and exciting evening. I think we all got at least one favourite of the range That Boutique-y Whisky Company has to offer.

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Wemyss Malts, Whisky Exploration and Discovery

Wednesday, October 25, an evening with an attractive foursome from Wemyss Malts. Vanilla Burst, Treacle Chest, Spice King and the Spice King Old Fashioned cocktail. All delivered in one box with one goal, to make it an unforgettable evening for the tasters, one to remember.

They were separated after the delivery for The Old Fashioned was placed into the fridge to cool down.

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Twitter Tasting, The Arran Malt, Master of Distilling

This year, 2017, Master Distiller James MacTaggart celebrates his 10th anniversary at the Isle of Arran Distillery.

Reason to celebrate this online with 10 of their White Stags and 8 whisky writers from the whisky community. This with an anniversary single malt, the 2007 Vintage 10yr old release of the Arran Malt.

Time for confetti … and a good dram.

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