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Whiskey Reviews

Master of Malt Releases (Double Bill)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 23:33

Drinks by the Dram (Glenfarclas / Rumbullion)Master of Malt recently participated in the increasingly popular Movember charity event by not only growing a handsome moustache, but by launching special edition bottlings including the Glenfarclas Movember 2011 bottling with £10 from the sale of each bottle donated to Movember.


The bottle is adorned with a still image of the Master of Malt team, recreated with the help of an old photograph from the Glenfarclas distillery (see Master of Malt for the photos).


This 9 year old Glenfarclas was distilled in 2002, aged in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled in 2011 for Master of Malt in partnership with Mo-Bro's.


November saw another release from a Professor Cornelius Ampleforth - A spiced rum called Rumbullion, which is an addition to a range of products such as the Bathtub Gin and Besmoked Vodka.


Drinks by the Dram

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 18:13


Ever faced a problem when you couldn't decide between two or more whiskies to buy and when the only thing stopping you from buying both is the price?

Drinks by the Dram

I bet it happens to you all the time, unless of course you're some kind of wealthy person, in which case you can stop reading this review now.


Go ahead and sip your expensive spirits in your mahogany floored library full of leather bound first editions and a magnificent fireplace glowing in the background.


For the rest of us it can sometimes be quite a decision but it doesn't necessarily have to be a big one when you've got a service that literally allows you to buy samples by the dram without having to spend a big chunk of your earnings at one go and then ending up disappointed when the bottle you chose wasn't good after all!


Drinks by the Dram is just that kind of concept, making available small and inexpensive samples for most of their products that you can try before spending good money on that bottle you're wondering about.


Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Personal Selection (Kentucky)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 24 May 2009 10:26

Woodford Reserve Personal SelectionIn the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, above a large limestone aquifer lays a set of stone buildings over 100 years old.

The first section of the oldest building was built in 1838 and is in fact the Woodford Reserve Distillery where the Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon Whiskey is produced.

It is no surprise the aquifer acts as a water source for the calcium rich water required by the fermenting process of Woodford Reserve. The sour mash is created using corn, rye and malted barley together with a portion of a prior batch called "set back" which helps to sour the next batch.

Rather than steel tanks Woodford Reserve prefers to use cypress wood tanks for the fermentation process which can last up to seven days after which the mash has become around 18 proof or 9% alcohol by volume.


Whisky Review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens Bourbon Cask Aged Single Malt (Scotland)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 13:50

Bruichladdich 16 Year OldTwo weeks ago I received an e-mail from Mark Reynier about the new whisky release from Bruichladdich and quite recently I received a sample of the new whisky, which I am reviewing today.

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Bourbon Cask matured Single Malt is distilled and aged by Bruichladdich, a privately owned Islay based distillery by the shore of Loch Indaal, which was built in 1881 by Barnett Harvey, using funds received from his nephew, William Harvey IV.

The distillery was built from scratch, instead of the usual farm conversion, and was made out of concrete, which at the time was a revolutionary new building material. The annual output in 1881 was 423,000 litres of whisky a year compared to the 1,500,000 litres of whisky a year today.

In 1994 the distillery was temporarily closed and it was maintained by only 2 men but it soon resumed operation when Murray McDavid purchased and completely remodelled the distillery in the year 2000.


Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Years (Scotland)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 18:06


“We are determined to make our whisky, so far as quality is concerned, of such a standard that nothing in the market shall come before it.” - Alexander Walker

Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended MaltJohnnie Walker is one of the most recognized and most widely distributed Scotch whisky brands in the world. Originally sold by John Walker in 1820 at his grocery store under the name Walker's Kilmarnock Whisky, it was not until his death in 1857 when his son Alexander Walker and grandson Alexander Walker II made the brand popular.

In 1906-1909 under the control of John's grandson Alexander II and his other grandson George Paterson Walker the brand expanded and obtained its current name and look.

Alexander Walker had previously introduced the signature square bottle and the angled label in 1870 but it was Alexander II and George who introduced the coloured labels and in 1908 the managing director James Stevenson suggested renaming the brand from Walker's Kilmarnock to Johnnie Walker.


This was also the time when the iconic Striding Man figure, designed by Tom Browne and modelled after the founder John Walker, was introduced as the Johnnie Walker logo.


Whiskey Review: Jameson 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey(Ireland)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Friday, 13 June 2008 16:06

Jameson 12 Year Old Irish WhiskeyJameson Irish Whiskey was originally distilled at the Bow Street distillery, which is now a visitor’s centre, in Dublin but in 1975 the 195 year old tradition came to an end and the production was moved to the New Midleton distillery in County Cork.


The New Midleton distillery was built by the Irish Distillers Group right next to the Old Midleton distillery which these days serve as a museum. The New Midleton Distillery produces whiskey for four different brands; Paddy, Powers Gold Label, Midleton and Jameson.

Before the name change to Jameson 12 Year Old, the whiskey was known as "1780" which is the year the Old Jameson Distillery was founded. Jameson 12 Year Old is triple-distilled in pot-stills and aged for a minimum of 12 years in Bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.


Whiskey Review: Jameson Irish Whiskey Spectacular Double Bill (Ireland)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Tuesday, 29 January 2008 03:33

Jameson Irish WhiskeyThe review of Jameson Irish Whiskey this week is a special one because instead of one review you will get to read two reviews written by me and our guest writer Esteban Fontsworth.


On top of that at the end of my review I’ve written a short comparison between oxidised Jameson and fresh Jameson.


Some of you may wonder what it means for a spirit to be oxidised but read on and all shall be revealed.



Scot John Jameson moved to Dublin in the 1770's and went on to found one of Ireland’s first legal distilleries in 1780.


He went on to acquire more distilleries and was once able to claim he had more than one million gallons of whiskey aging in Dublin.

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