By @markjedi1 on 5th Mar 2012, show post
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@Nozinan Like Obi-Wan tells Han Solo in Star Wars: 'In my experience, there's no such thing as luck' :-)
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 273: The Fenians 16 Year Old 2002 for MMM
Every year Manny and I try to put an odd one out in our series. This year… an Irish single malt! We dubbed it the Fenians. Originating in Irish mythology with the Fianna, the term derives from groups of legendary warrior bands following Fionn mac Cumhail. Fenian today is seen as a derogatory sectarian term in Ireland to refer to Irish nationalists and/or Catholics, particularly in Northern Ireland. The term has been used similarly in Scotland as a slur to refer to Scottish Catholics or Scots with Irish ancestry. We are very proud on our Irish discovery, for this fruit bomb will keep a smile on our face throughout the Indian summer to come. Delicious with capital D!
2 months ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 274: Ballantine’s Finest
It does not hurt to go back to basics from time to time. We whisky aficionados tend to be spoiled (usually by ourselves, obviously) and overlook the whisky that made the category great: blends. So let’s give this one a go: Ballantine’s Finest, still one of the world’s bestselling Scotches.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 175: Mackmyra Vintersol
It’s brand new, this Mackmyra Vintersol. It means Winter Sun which explains why it will only be available in Sweden – via Systembolaget – as of the 4th of October. It’s another one of those Seasonal whiskies by Mackmyra, this time finished in port casks from Quinta Do Vallado – one of Portugal’s oldest port producers in the Douro Valley, founded in 1716. The finish lasted 16 months!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 276: Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice & Fire
Diageo clearly is not yet finished with Game of Thrones. After last year’s Johnnie Walker White Walker, they now present two blends: A Song of Ice around Clynelish and A Song of Fire around Caol Ila. I was not very enthusiastic about the White Walker and hope these two will finally hit the spot.
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@markjedi1 Very insightful and entertaining ... Your inflections say so much more about your impressions on these two blends than your commentary.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 277: Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal
The third expression in the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare series has arrived! This time, the leading ‘ghost’ malt is Glenury Royal, joined by Pittyvaich and the grain whisky Cambus, while the ‘rare’ are Inchgower, Glenlossie, Glen Elgin, Glenkinchie and the grain Cameronbridge. The result is decadently delicious.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 278: Glen Flagler 5 Year Old
In 1964 Inver House Distillers built a grain distillery on the industrial estate Moffat at Airdrie, some 20 kilometers east of Glasgow. The grain whisky would be called Garnheath. But like at many grain distilleries at the time, some pot stills were installed, to produce three types of malt as well: Glen Flagler, Killyloch and Islebrae. Obviously they are very hard to find, knowing that the distillery was closed already in 1985. Fast forward to 2019 : a bottle of Glen Flagler 5 Year Old finds its way to me. I never pass up the opportunity to taste liquid history!
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 279: Auchentoshan 19 Year Old 1996 The Maltman
I tried this malt years ago for the first time during a whisky dinner in The Hielander, the famous Scottish restaurant in Alkmaar, Holland, with the indomitable Wullie Macmorland behind the stove. I was so enchanted with it that I ran to the shop the very next day to buy a bottle. But as there was only one, it went into the collection and remained unopened. Fast forward to 2019 and my buddy Manny finds another bottle in another shop. Did I want it? Obviously. So now I can retry the malt without ‘damaging’ the collection. This Auchentoshan first matured on bourbon casks and was then finished for several months on an Amontillado sherry cask.
23 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 280: Auchentoshan 18 Year Old 1978 Scott’s Selection
In my book, this is now a golden oldie. I have had it in my collection for a while, but only the one bottle so I have not yet tried it. Thanks to social media I found someone offering up samples (in one of these so-called bottle share groups) and was able to secure a big sample, so that I can finally find out if this is any good. Boy, am I glad that I did! By now it has spent more time in the bottle than it ever did on the cask.
19 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 281: Speyside Blended Malt 25 Year Old 1993 - Whivie’s 10th Anniversary Release
‘Whivie’ is my personal whisky blog and it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Obviously this is something I cannot let pass without celebration. So I searched for a nice whisky to conclude the first decade with. A good single malt would be the obvious choice, but then this sherry cask came my way. It was filled – in 1993 – with not one, but two single malt spirits. Blended at birth, as they say. The cask matured for a quarter century before Whivie was allowed to draw 100 bottles from it.
It goes without saying that I am pretty proud of this release. It’s a heavenly blended malt. It will be available as of 28th October 2019, ten years to the day of the launch of our blog. Slàinte!
16 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 282: Auchentoshan 22 Year Old 1996 Douglas Laing Old Particular Halloween Edition
On a blue Monday this Halloween edition from Douglas Laing was announced on social media, but by the time yours truly got home after a hard day’s work (yeah, right) it was already sold out. Darn. But I got lucky as a few days later Douglas Laing announced that a few more bottles would be put online. This time, I was ready, so I scored two bottles. Hurray! It was distilled on the 31st of October 1996, hence… Halloween!
13 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 283: Auchentoshan 9 Year Old 2009 Distillery Cask #4389
Every time Auchentoshan opens a new cask for the visitors, I’m right there to order a few bottles. For each and every one of them is good to excellent. Having said that, I do not have an open bottle of this one (of which the cask is already replaced again), but luckily my buddy Anthony also brought a bottle from his recent visit and offered me a generous sample. It’s an Auchentoshan 2009 oloroso sherry cask #4389.
10 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 284: Auchentoshan American Oak Reserve vs Auchentoshan Dark Oak
Auchentoshan has just release two brand-new malts in the duty free range. The American Oak Reserve at 40% is composed with only first-fill bourbon barrels, while the Dark Oak at 43% is a combination of bourbon barrels, oloroso and PX sherry casks. It goes without saying that I had to try them, right?
9 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 285: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series
Hello there, Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series. This is the second release in a triptych of sherry finished malts from stocks of 1978. Last year saw the release of the Talisker 40 Year Old Bodega Series, finished on Amontillado casks from the Delgado Zuleta bodega. This release is finished on Manzanilla casks from the same bodega and is thus the oldest (and most expensive) Talisker to date. Part three is probably for 2020. With a price tag of around 3.500 EUR (well, it comes in a very nice box) it certainly is not for everyone and that it is a pity. For it is simply divine.
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