Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tasting: Bulleit. Barrel Strength Bourbon - Batch Two

Bulleit. Barrel Strength Bourbon. Batch Two
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Bulleit
Bottle age: NAS
Proof/ABV: 125.4
Mash Bill: Unknown high Rye
Average US price: $55
Release data: Limit offering

Points 92/100

This will be may second review on Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon. The first review I did was on batch one, this second review is batch number two. I really enjoyed batch number one, it was a great pour.  This second batch I love. The only real difference between the batches is the proof. Batch one was 119 proof and batch two is 125.4 proof.

The Bulleit brand is owned by Diageo, and the bourbon is characterized by having a high rye mash bill. The rye content is 28% and it is aged at least 6 years. The bourbon was produced at the Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg Kentucky.  Now as of March 2017 Bulleit’s new distillery in Shelbville Kentucky has opened.

Bulleit Barrel Strength is Bulleit's first new release since 2013. In 2013 Bulleit released their 10 year version of their standard bourbon. Up till then it was just Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye.

The nose on this is fantastic. Big notes of spicy rye, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and toffee. Once the spice dies down you great notes of caramel, roasted corn, buttered biscuits, tobacco and oak. 

That first sip is a blast of flavor. Sweet caramel, maple syrup, toffee, sweet corn and toasted peanut hit you first. As it sits on the plate a big peppery rye, nutmeg, and cinnamon comes in. finally there is toasted oak and tobacco.

This Bourbon last forever. Cinnamon buns, maple syrup, seasoned oak and rye spice!​

Photo & Review By: Aaron Cave

The Adventures Of Whisky Pete - Part #68

Barley angel's with Laphroaigs own Don Akin. Pete couldn't be happier.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tasting: Gleann Mór. Island/Speyside 23yrs.

Gleann Mόr. Island/Speyside 23 yrs.

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Undisclosed Island & Speyside distillery
Bottler: Gleann Mόr
Region: Island (Orkney) & Speyside
Age: 23 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 49,8%
Dk price: $160USD/999Dkk.  
Cask: Bourbon

Points: 89,5/100

Today’s tasting is a 23 years old blend from the Scottish independent bottler Gleann Mór who has selected three bourbon casks from three undisclosed Scottish distilleries and married them together. The three distilleries are located respectively on Orkney islands and in Speyside. Those of you familiar with the location of the Scottish distilleries already knows there are only two whisky distilleries located on Orkney; Highland Park and Scapa, so take your pick.

Last month I tasted my first Gleann Mór bottling, the 10 years old Royal Brackla and wasn’t overly excited, so I’m really curious to taste this one.

Sweet caramelized bourbon nose up front, followed by oak spices, vanilla and peach. Oh, mamma! this is defiantly one of those whiskies I could nose for an entire evening.

It defiantly starts out with a real kick that quickly fades, leaving room for fruity notes of lemon and apricot, followed by gentle cigar smoke, hay, hazelnuts and heavy doses of oak.

Medium finish with sea salt, black pepper and that smoky note that lingers in the back.

Overall impression:
Nice mouth-coating texture. Amazingly balanced and skillfully blended. One of those whiskies that set the bar high, and you just want to go back to, again and again.

We have previously described Independent bottler Gleann Mór, click here to learn more.

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo by: Goldendrops.dk (All rights reserved)

This sample was graciously sent to me by Goldendrops.dk for the purposes of this review.

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review. 


The Adventures Of Whisky Pete - Part #67

Some Whiskeys deserve to be memorialized and this Bohemian Club definitely qualifies

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tasting: Gleann Mór. A Rare Find. Royal Brackla 10yrs

Royal Brackla:
Apparently there has been quite the dispute about, in which Scotch whisky region Royal Brackla is located. Legendary whisky writer Michael Jackson seems to believe, it’s located in Speyside and this whiskey lexicon that I’m holding in my hand agrees with him. However most other whisky writers place Royal Brackla as a Highland distillery, including Independent Bottler Gleann Mόr, who has bottled this 10 yrs. Royal Brackla that I’m about to review. What we do know for a fact is that Royal Brackla is located near Nairn in Scotland.
Royal Brackla was founded in 1812 by Captain Willian Fraser of Brackla – How about that title? It operated under the name Brackla for more than twenty years before it was selected by King William IV to be “his” whisky for the Royal Cour, and thereby became the first whisky distillery being granted a Royal Warrant. Apart from Royal Brackla, only one other remaining distillery – The Royal Lochnagar – has been appointed to use the Royal title in its name. The Fraser family operated Royal Brackla until it was sold to John Mitchell & James Leict of Aberdeen in 1898, who rebuilt the distillery and sold it to John Bisset & Co in 1926, who again sold it to SMD in 1943. Due to restrictions on the use of barley for distilling during World War II, the Royal Brackla Distillery closed down from 1943 to 45. An airfield was built beside the distillery in 1940, to provide a landing ground for operational training and air gunnery. Royal Brackla closed its doors again in 1985 but reopened in 1991 now licensed to John Bisset & Co Ltd. In 1998 the Royal Brackla distillery was sold to John Dewar & Sons – owned by Bacardi - who remain the owner today. Apart from an official 10 year old bottling, the whisky distilled at Royal Brackla goes into blended whiskies like Johnnie Walker, and of course the Dewars expressions, but finally around 2015, Royal Brackla released three new officially bottling’s  a 12, 16 and 21 years old.

Gleann Mόr:
Independent Bottler Gleann Mόr or Gleann Mόr Spirits Company as they are officially named is located in Edinburgh, Scotland and founded in 2013 by Derek Mari. Gleann Mόr’s A Rare Find lineup features distilleries you often won't find anywhere else, almost always Single Cask offerings bottled at Cask Strength, always natural colored and non-Chill filtered. Gleann Mόr has also released a line of very old blended whiskies, among others a 40 years old blend of Macallan, Glenrothes and Tamdhu. Derik Mari is also the guy behind Firkin Gin. A premium London styled Gin, aged in American oak, ex-sherry, port and Islay whisky casks.
Derek Mari apparently likes to keep things short and sweet, by simply stating "We only sell spirits that meet our high standards and would buy ourselves, ensuring great value for money". I guess it isn’t the worst philosophy a whisky company can have, let's see if I reach the same conclusion?

Gleann Mόr. A Rare Find. Royal Brackla 10yrs.

Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
From A Single Cask
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Royal Brackla
Bottler: Gleann Mόr
Region: Highland
Age: 10 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 59,8%
Distilled: 07-11-2006
Bottled: 01-06-2017
Dk price: $111USD/699Dkk.  
Release: Limited 206 bottles release
Cask: Bourbon

Points: 78/100

Light headed, earthly with Green tee upfront followed by light pineapple notes. 

White pepper mixed with a taste of English licorice allsorts.

A bit of acacia honey is coming through in the medium long finish.

Overall impression:
Quite nice daily drinker - if you don’t take the price tag into consideration - that goes down just as easy as its forgotten afterwards.  

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo by: Goldendrops.dk (All rights reserved)

This sample was graciously sent to me by Goldendrops.dk for the purposes of this review.

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.     

The Adventures Of Whisky Pete - Part #66

Whisky Pete spent some time on Islay with Houstons local keeper of the Peat


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Around The Whisk(e)y World In 7 Days - Sunday

Distillery: Domaine des Hautes Glaces
Location: Grenoble, France
By: Nicolas Läderach

“Organic and local”

Do you know that France is one of the major whiskey consuming countries in the world?

Yes, the country of cognac and red-wine, loves the well-made and authentic product that the whisky distilleries are producing. Many “smaller” craft-distilleries are taking the lead in the French whisky industry, and back in 2009, Frédéric Revol and Jeremy Bricka was surely surfing the wave and the craze for organic crafted spirits, when they founded their farm craft-distillery; Domaine des Hautes Glaces, located in the French Alps near Grenoble, to the pass Acarias.

The distillery has taken its place at 900 m altitude, in a four centuries old building located in the epicenter of its own organic cereals fields, where they grow 5 different types of cereals. Each cereal and the location of the field, play an important part in the final product. Domaine Des Hautes Glaces whiskies are being produced, from start to finish, entirely on-site at their estate. The size of the wash still is about 24 hectoliters and the spirit still 600L.

Domaine des Hautes Glaces are an interesting “young” craft-distillery that produces an amazing range of single malt and single rye whiskies.
I would like to define Domaine des Hautes Glaces with three main characteristics:

  • 1. From earth to whisky and from grain to the glass, with the use of different varieties of local and organic barley/rye, cultivated at the domain.

  • 2. Authentic and "old-school" double distillation methods, using a small alambics pot stills (normally used to distill cognac) heated under raw wood fire.

  • 3. Maturation exclusively in different variations of French oak casks, entirely bottled as natural colour/non chill-filtered whiskies.

I have chosen to write about Domaine des Hautes Glaces "Les Moissons" from 2014 (translate: The Harvest) because it perfectly represents and showcases the main philosophy of Domaine des Hautes Glaces.

The Les Moissons is a very young spirit made of malted barley. Aged between 2 and 3 years, so officially it can’t be named whisky.
The Les Moissons is an "Uisge Beatha" (water of life). It's like the genesis of whisky in a bottle. An ode to “terroir”, cereal and creation! It’s defiantly a very fresh, intense, and interesting dram, that almost bring you into the whole creation force. More seriously; the spirit comes from a mix of malted barley, from two different cereal fields, that have been harvested in 2010 and 2012.

Personal tasting notes:

“Young, fresh, fiery and intense”.

On the nose, I get a strong note of eau-de-vie. Very sweet and fruity. Almost like nosing a pear spirit – slightly grilled - followed by barley, cereal biscuits, quince fruit paste, and brioche. I get a strong sense of “terroir” and aromas of earth, wet soil fields, and haystacks.

At first, a sharp fruity acid wave accompanied by flavors of butter, marzipan, and cinnamon. There are also notes of malt and dried mushrooms, which adds a dry, grassy and rustic side to the ”whisky”.

The finish reminds me of the rural parts of France where this “whisky” is made. Pastry with fresh earthly notes and kind of a smooth English cream. I haven’t found any woody notes, so the cask influence is zero to none.

The Les Moissons is wonderfully different than Scotch, even though it reminds me a bit of Kilchoman’s Machir Bay, of course with much lesser smoke. Very tasty and an interesting experience.

We must now patiently await Domaine des Hautes Glaces’ new products, to taste how time and the different variety of cereals has influenced them.

I have heard that The Ceros; a cask strength rye whisky aged in the French white-wine cask; “Vin Jaune” should be absolutely TERRIFIC!

To learn more about Domaine des Hautes Glaces, check out their website here

Photos & Article By: Nicolas Läderach
Graphic Art By: Seth Brown


My name is Nicolas Läderach. I’m 31 years old and live in Haute Savoie, France, but I was born in Geneva, Switzerland. I’m a whisky enthusiast on my fifth years, who loves to make a lot of new discoveries through my whisky journey. I prefer Scotch whisky, but I would love to try more American, Irish, Japanese and other whiskeys from around the world.

Cheers to all of you!

You can find Nicolas under the username @nicowhiskies on Instagram

France was this year’s final destination. Thank you all for traveling with us. If you want to read our previously distillery visits? Click below!