logo

My Handcrafted Opinions on Whiskies, Distilleries and Other Related Stuff

Most Recent Whisky

Most Recent Whisky Review

Kilchoman Sanaig

I am a big fan of sherry cask aged and finished Islay whisky (Bowmore 15 The Darkest is still all time Top 10 for me) and so I was looking forward to this 46% ABV no age statement expression from Islay's youngest distillery (but not for much longer!). The nose is classic "bonfire on the beach" with some cooked fruits as well.  The taste is very sweet with caramel, vanilla toffee, green apples and of course some peat which then goes on to dominate the finish while some tannin Sherry notes also push through drying the mouthfeel.  With water the sweetness turns to brown sugar and the peat turns more smokey; hot and peppery on the palate.  It is good but the sherry feels held  back rather than forward on this one.

Read More
  • Monday, 11 April 2016 10:47

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #11

    Written by

    Location: Homemade, Singapore

    Date: April 2016

    Price: Free

    Recipe: 2 parts Maker's Mark, 1 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 1 part Antica Sweet Vermouth, dash bitters

    Garnish: With the maraschino liqueur in recipe no need for cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: I totally stole this recipe from Reserve 101 and it now my "go to" homemade recipe.  A little sweet, need to try with rye.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Leave a comment

    Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

    Whiskies Tried...

    Total to Date: 649

    Distilleries

    Visited to Date: 58

    Follow Me on Twitter!

    Random Whisky

    English Whisky Company Peated Single Malt

    An important milestone whisky for me. This was sample 4 of the USA Tweet Tasting I participated in October 2013 and also whisky tasting number 500 for www.somanywhiskies.com. I found it rather fitting and a pleasant coincidence that it turned out to be an English whisky (because I am an English whisky blogger).   This is the American released expression which due to some rather daft US labeling rules had to be matured in new oak casks to be allowed carry the description of “Single Malt” in the USA. The nose has floral honey, peat and malt. Not massively complex (suggesting youth) but good. The taste is robust, malt and cereals, spicy and even slightly medicinal. Not an everyday dram for sure… but a “right time / right place” sort of dram.   The finish was not long and quite dry and tannic. I have mistaken new oak and freshly charred wood for sherry cask influence before and I think I did on this one when tasting blind. I enjoyed it and will look for a bottle when it gets to Texas. Now onto whisky 1000.