Guest Whisky Reviews

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 331: Lagavulin 20 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 331: Lagavulin 20 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, got hold of the Lagavulin for Feis Ile 2020. Because of the corona crisis no Islay Malt & Music Festival this year, but luckily a special release for Feis Ile 2020 was released. This Lagavulin, which matured no less than 20 years, took about two days to sell out. With only 6.000 bottles, that surprised Mark a bit. It matured on a combination of refill hogsheads and both oloroso and PX sherry casks. It’s a very inviting amber with thick legs.

https://youtu.be/fdYrjp2dz5c

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Wild Turkey Longbranch – American Whiskey News

https://youtu.be/f5t0rwH0pNA

Alright, alright, alright. Let’s get a few things straight here, Wild Turkey make incredible whisky, literally some of the best in the world. Then celebrities get involved, for once it hasn’t been a bad outcome.

Refined with Texas Mesquite Wood, sourced from McCoughnahey’s home state, the Kentucky and Texas link is in a harmony of sorts. Whether the ‘refined’ elements is a type of charcoal filtration? Or perhaps some heavily charred barrel influence is yet to be confirmed, however, the overall flavour is heavy with minty rye spice and ripe juicy peaches. It’s not expensive, it’s going to be readily available for a while, I don’t see why this different style of Wild Turkey shouldn’t be for you. It isn’t classic, but that’s not a bad thing. Cheers!

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 330: Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020 – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 330: Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, got hold of the Caol Ila for Feis Ile 2020. No Feis Ile this year because of Corona, but luckily we do get a Feis Ile release. This Caol Ila, limited to 3.000 bottles, was sold out in less than three hours. The malt first matured on refill bourbon hogsheads and then got a finish on Amoroso treated hogsheads (BTW: this is the type of cask that Diageo uses for the Distillers Edition of Talisker). Let’s hope – although Mark is fairly confident – that it’s tasty.

https://youtu.be/ZtBK0mnyheI

The Good Dram Show – Episode 372 ‘New Carn Mor Releases’ – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome to this weeks episode of the show in which I’ll be taking a look at some new releases from Morrison & MacKay in their Celebration of the Cask and Strictly Limited ranges.

https://youtu.be/ZCvGMyWJ9VQ

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 329: Ardbeg BlaaacK – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 329: Ardbeg BlaaacK

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, discovers the latest Ardbeg Feis Ile release. For Ardbeg Day 2020 the Islay distillery launched a sheep theme. Ardbeg claims to be very different from all other distilleries on the island and therefor calls itself the black sheep. Well, well, the boys and girls of the marketing department really earn their keep. Still, it is a very interesting release, as the malt got a finish on Pinot Noir wine casks from New Zealand. Next to this limited edition Ardbeg also released a Committee Only bottling with cream colored label and at cask strength. I’ll try the 46% release, readily available for us mere mortals.

https://youtu.be/6ixZSB86bi0

Ralfy Review #836 Extras – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 836 – Glenfarclas 25yo @ 43%vol:

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 328: Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 328: Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, encounters a Wee Beastie. You have to admit it: Ardbeg has guts. For as long as Mark can remember the Ten was (and is!) the entry level malt – and a very good one too! An absolutely brilliant Ardbeg. And while they added the An Oa (a NAS release) to the core range only recently, it is now joined by one with an age statement… but a very young one, just 5 years. In traditional (is it?) Ardbeg Style, they gave it a resounding name: Wee Beastie. It’s a vatting of both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks and upon release it was priced between 35 and 45 EUR, but in some markets it was markedly more expensive.

https://youtu.be/0o66dQlV5Zo

Whisky Wednesday Reviews J&B Rare Blended Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

https://youtu.be/4b7XbTG98Ac

Established in 1749, Justerini & Brooks got their foot in the door through wine trading, but who doesn’t love whisky? Creating their own in-house blend for the world, it gained fame through smart pricing and advertising during WW2, as well as after whilst also starring in multiple movies and television shows. This is a blend that is still wonderfully put together and affordable. Like peated whisky? You’ll dig this. Cheers!

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 327: Kilchoman Rum & Port – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 327: Kilchoman Rum & Port

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, puts two Kilchoman on different cask types next to each other. The first is a rum-finished single cask for Belgium, which goes head-to-head with the Port Cask matured from 2014. Both are bottled at cask strength, but could not be more different, of course.

https://youtu.be/UQe_iJY5GKQ

Ralfy Publishes Review #835 Extras – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy review 835 Extras – Wee Beastie all sold out !


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