Impression // Tasting Collection Sample Pack (Singleton 12 Y, Caol Ila 12 Y, Knockando 12 Y, Oban 14 Y, Mortlach 12 Y, Lagavulin 8 Y)

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a digital tasting session, led by the Belgian brand ambassador of Diageo, Arno Dobbels. During this session, we were able to taste a sample pack by Tasting Collection, featuring a lovely range of whiskies: Singleton 12 y/o, Caol Ila 12 y/o, Knockando 12 y/o, …

July 6, 2020
Impression // The Teeling Brabazon Collection & The Future of Teeling

Earlier this week, I was invited to attend an online Teeling Brabazon Masterclass, led by Teeling European Brand Ambassador Chris Hayes. I was sent samples of the Brabazon series, and together we embarked on a journey of Teeling’s past, present, and future. In this article, I am writing down my impressions of the three Brabazon …

July 3, 2020
Review // Kurayoshi Distillery’s Matsui Single Malt Collection (Sakura, Mizunara, The Peated) – Exploring Japanese Whisky

Truth be told, I am experiencing a period of feverish Japanophilia.  From the directorial masterpieces of Akira Kurosawa, to the moving animes of Studio Ghibli, over to the pulpy shock-value movies such as Tokyo Gore Police and the deliciously horrific mangas of Junji Ito. It’s all on the list. I have taken up a quest …

March 27, 2020
Impression // Bruichladdich’s Black Art Masterclass – A Grimoire of Hidden Knowledge

Sunday, the 8th of March. Outside, people are slowly realizing that there is some sort of virus spreading around. I’m attending the International Malt Whisky Festival in Ghent. Today, I am attending the Bruichladdich Black Art Masterclass, the first one ever on Belgian soil. The masterclass itself has been sold out for a while now, …

March 20, 2020
Review // Fettercairn 12y Single Malt – A unicorn worth chasing?

There’s a phrase in the whisky community that is used to describe those special bottles that are very hard to find and are therefore incredibly expensive. ‘Unicorn expressions’ have an almost mythical status, as plenty of people in the community want to turn their fantasy of tasting, or even owning, such an expression into reality. …

February 22, 2020
Review // The Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.2 – Holistic Whisky Making

As I am sitting here, finalizing this review of The Lakes’ Single Malt Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.2, I finally get the philosophy behind the brand. It’s about tasting, defining what you like, and improving upon that. It’s about making mistakes, learning from them, and allowing them to happen again, each time moving a bit closer to …

February 11, 2020
Review // Penderyn’s Rhiannon – From the Misty Moors Comes Mystery and Magic

I took a stroll this morning, over misty fields and lonely roads. I was greeted with deer, staring at me, as if I was an intruder in their realm. I took a bottle of Penderyn’s Rhiannon with me, and spent a couple of hours in a state of visual meditation. If I could write this …

January 25, 2020
Impression // The Octomore 10.x series (10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4) – Droppin’ Them Smoke Bombs

When you are reading this, the Octomore 10.4 is available to order.. or it might already be sold out! So go to the website of Bruichladdich and buy a bottle now. I’ll wait… Back already? Okay, here are my impressions of the Octomore 10.x series. I can tell you, they are distinctly delicious! What you …

January 15, 2020
Review // Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash – A Fine Whiskey

As we are on the brink of a new year, ‘best of’ lists are popping up everywhere online. Even more so, people seem to enjoy classifying activities as ‘the last X of 2019’. Please forgive me as I join the ever-growing legion of ‘lasters’. In my case, however, my ‘last’ is also a ‘first’. As …

December 29, 2019
In-Depth // Teeling – ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’ Masterclass (Spirits in the Sky ’19)

With December coming to a close, it is time to take a look at the accomplishments of this year, and to look forward to the dreams of tomorrow. You can’t believe how difficult it was to keep that first sentence in this article. What I wanted to write was ‘I tasted excellent whiskies this year, …

December 22, 2019
Review // LAGAVULIN 12 (Diageo “Rare by Nature” 2019 Special Releases)

In early autumn, Diageo delighted us with the 2019 Special Releases of 8 classic whisky brands from some of the most renowned distilleries in Scotland. These cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies were hand selected by Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson. Dubbed “Rare by Nature“, the focus of these whiskies, both aesthetically and olifactory, lies on the rugged, pure landscapes Scotland has to …

December 11, 2019
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
Review // Highland Park Twisted Tattoo (16y) – Hang out with Iörmungandr!

In Norse mythology, the skalds tell of a giant sea-serpent, coiled around the world, ready to emerge from the depths of the ocean and spread its dominance over the land.. Earlier this year, Highland Park’s Twisted Tattoo emerged from their distillery in Kirkwall, eager to establish its reputation with sophistication and a robust constitution…   …

September 9, 2019