Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

Bushmills 16 yo Irish Whiskey

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The Bushmills 16 yo is probably one of the dustiest bottles in my collection. I have had this bottle for more than 8 years and although we have tried it a few times, I have never written about it. With all the new whisky arrivals, it got moved right to the back of my whisky cupboard and in December, while sorting and organizing, I stumbled across it again. So it made it to my tasting list early in 2017.

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Lets try a Rye and Milk Chocolate pairing

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What a tough job I have.  Trying out whisky and chocolate pairings so that I have something to blog about.  Dirty job, I know.  Last year introduced me to Rye whisky. Jim Murray choose a Canadian Crown Royal Rye whisky as his Whisky of the Year and the world sat up and noticed.  It sparked interest here too and I started looking around for more rye whiskies. Mainly to see what all the fuss was about.  It turns out, I actually like Rye whiskies.  There is a a spicy yumminess to a Rye that is different from a bourbon. 

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Oban Distiller’s Edition whisky

Oban Distiller's Edition whisky header

A stone’s through from the sea, right in the heart of the town of Oban, sits the Oban Distillery. Established in 1794 by two brothers on the site of an old brewery, Oban town grew around the distillery and today, Oban is one of the last few surviving urban distilleries. Oban is part of the Diageo stable and the Oban 14 yo is part of the Diageo Classic Malt Series. It is one of Diageo’s smaller distilleries and uses water from Loch Glenn a’Bhearraidh. But today we are tasting the Oban Distiller’s Edition.  

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Rose Petal Kiss for Valentine’s Day

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December in my house, can be called “Experimentember”. December I experiment. Things quiet down from a crazy run to a slow walk. School holiday start, the whisky tastings slow down and I have a bit of time to look back at some of the ideas I captured during the year but did not get around to trying. John comes home earlier and we have long lazy summer weekends. It is the perfect time to try new things. Like a special Rose Petal Kiss cocktail for Valentine’s Day.

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Port Charlotte Special Reserve Private Cask

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Every now and again, I manage to get my hands on a private cask bottling release. Be it via WhiskyBrother and one of their special single cask bottlings or via friends traveling.   The Whisky Brother releases are legendary and we are waiting with bated breath for what is coming out this year. At the end of 2016, John came home with this bottle of Port Charlotte Special Reserve Private Cask bottling. It is 10 yo matured in Sherry Casks. He received it as a gift from one of his colleagues. FC knows how much we love whisky and arranged us this bottle.

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