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What a Blend: Clan Denny Islay Edition

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In my non stop search for affordable and delicious bends I have tasted some rather “interesting” drams.  I have tried some excellent blends. And I have tried a few where I look at the bottle and wonder  if the person who bottled this, tasted it before it was bottled.  This year have been slower than usual in my search for affordable blends.  I have found some stunning blends in the mid range level.  Blends like the Rock Oyster and the Timorous Beastie that retail for around R 750 – R1000 range.  But very few in the affordable range around R500. 

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Michel Couvreur Special Vatting Peaty Malt whisky

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It was the clean classic label design that made me buy the bottle of Michel Couvreur whisky more than anything. A cream label with a beautiful cursive font and a red wax seal.  The label is attached over 2 sides of the square bottle to ensure the corner of the bottle is presented on the shelf.  This feature made it stand out in between other square and round bottled and I noticed it immediately.  I have never heard the name or seen anything on this release before. 

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Octomore Scottish Barley Edition 06.1

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What do you buy for the special person in your life who loves peaty whisky?  The peatiest whisky in the world of course.  The fact that it completes the series from the Bruichladdich distillery of which we already have 2, is just the cherry on the cake.  I bought John a bottle of Octomore Scottish Barley for a special occasion.  I can’t even remember what the special occasion was.  Might have been a wedding anniversary to reward him for surviving with me for another year.  😆  John loves peat!  I have a sweeter palate and prefer my peat with some sweeter notes. 

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Glenkinchie 12 yo Single Malt whisky

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Time to move back down to the Scottish Lowlands this week.  The Lowlands has 3 well known malt distilleries, namely Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie. Today I investigate Glenkinchie and especially the Glenkinchie 12 yo.   Lowland whiskies traditionally were softer and more floral compared to the more Northern releases.   

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Label 5 Blended Scotch whisky

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Time for an affordable blend again.  My track record with affordable blended whisky this year has not been too good.  Since the start of the year I have tasted 5 different affordable blends and only 1 was really good.  The Scottish Leader 12 yo blended whisky is a well loved staple in my house.  The other blends  I tasted was less satisfying.  Hopefully this Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky will add a bit of quality to my affordable whisky list.

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