I always look forward to last weekend in May. This is usually when the world celebrates Ardbeg Day. Ardbeg day started in 2012 and this annual event has been filled with fun and whisky every year since. With loud fanfare, a new limited Ardbeg release is launched and the day is spent tasting and appreciating Ardbeg around the world. From New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, Europe and the USA, special Arbeg themed events turn the day into a world wide party.
Category: Single Malt whisky (Page 2 of 23)
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.
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.
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.
John got this bottle of 21 yo Glenfiddich Gran Reserva as a gift and I decided why not. Lets end this year on an old note. We stared this year with the Three Ships PX cask. We will start next year with the Three Ships Pinotage Cask. But first, I end 2016 on a high note with the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva finished in Caribbean Rum casks.