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Review // TALISKER 15 (Diageo “Rare by Nature” 2019 Special Releases)

One of the pleasures of visiting whisky fairs, is that you can taste and take home samples of whiskies that are utterly divine. Thanks to the Belgian and Dutch brand ambassadors of Diageo, I was able to take home a sample of Talisker 15, one of the special releases in the “Rare by Nature” collection …

December 1, 2019
Review // Highland Park Triskelion, 3 Master Blenders Walk into a Warehouse..

I came back from this year’s edition of Spirits in the Sky in Brussels, Belgium, and brought a treasure trove of samples. One of them is Highland Park Triskelion, a very special edition made with a combined 100 years of experience. I felt giddy inside. The Highland Park twist to the all-familiar joke actually explains …

November 22, 2019
Review // The Balvenie “Stories” Range – The Stories We Tell…

I started this blog with the idea of bringing two of my passion projects together: whisky & writing. I like to write lyrically, whenever possible. My blog posts are a mix of creative writing and factual reviews. In the years that I have been looking for new expressions to explore, I have naturally gravitated towards …

October 27, 2019
Review // Port Charlotte MP8 Live Tasting – ‘The Peat Experiments’

In line with Port Charlotte’s ethos of total honesty, the brand releases tasting kits of their ‘work-in-progress’. Last month, I was able to join a tasting session of the MP8, the newest tasting kit. It was a night of experimental whiskies, great stories, and delightful cheeses. Here are my notes. I hope they make sense. …

October 16, 2019
Review // Arran à la Belge – The Cantillon Marriage

We live in a fantastic time for whiskies. Not only are we experiencing a revival of the Irish whiskey industry, plenty of a-typical countries are starting to produce their own unique expressions. The cherry on the cake, however, is the growing interest in experimental maturations, with surprising whiskies as a result. Are you ready to …

September 25, 2019
Review // Ardbeg Traigh Bhan – A Day at the Islay Beach

I have a long-standing relationship with Ardbeg’s whiskies. It is often one of compulsion. When I see a new release, I want to own it. And I know that’s not really fair, because my other Ardbeg bottles would be jealous, but I treat them nicely too. They have their own little spot in my drinks …

September 18, 2019
In-Depth // Kyrö Distillery, Finland – The Ryed Stuff

During my latest trip to Finland, I visited the Kyrö distillery, home of the first Finnish rye whisky. I ended up there because I simply asked whether I could visit them. The people at Kyrö agreed, and they even helped out planning the trip. This proved vital, as their distillery is simply somewhere in Finland… …

September 14, 2019
Whisky Stories // Nick Offerman’s Panache & The Trip to Graz- A Lagavulin Story

In “Whisky Stories”, I share some personal thoughts about my ‘whisky journey’ (sheesh, that sounds corny). For my first post in this category, I was thinking of taking things to the very beginning: my first brush with Lagavulin 16y… Nick Offerman, Spirit Animal It must have been at least four years ago, back in 2015, …

September 11, 2019
Review // Ardbeg Drum – The Spark that Lit the Peat

We are well on our way to Autumn, and soon you might start thinking of pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween decoration. However, there is still some time to celebrate the last days of summer! Perhaps you should try and get your hands on Ardbeg’s Drum, the 2019 special bottling. But is it 100% Ardbeggian? Every …

September 10, 2019