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U ontvangt als welkomstgeschenk de luxe houten Tasting Collection geschenkkist, waarin u de eerste 6 whisky's krijgt aangeboden. Vervolgens krijgt u elke maand een nieuwe Tasting Collection per post thuisgestuurd. Deze speciale brievenbus pakketjes kunnen gewoon bij u door de brievenbus dus u hoeft hiervoor niet thuis te blijven!

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Bijzondere whisky's

De Tasting Collection bevat elke maand 6 bijzondere en exclusieve whisky's, die uw smaakbeleving, als genieter en kenner, zullen aanspreken. Van zeer exclusieve oude Whisky's die nergens meer in de winkel verkrijgbaar zijn tot de nieuwste releases die net uit zijn. Zo proeft u een zeer breed scala aan whisky's die u normaal gesproken niet zo snel zou ontdekken.

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Het welkomstpakket

U ontvangt bij uw eerste editie een prachtig welkomstpakket.
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Uitgaves

Elke maand wordt de Tasting Club samengesteld door een andere bekende whisky-expert, van Keeper of the Quaich tot enthousiaste whisky blogger. Op die manier leert u uit verschillende perspectieven naar whisky te kijken en leert u meteen de 'grote namen' uit de whisky wereld kennen. Bekijk hieronder wie de vorige uitgaves van de Tasting Club heeft samengesteld en wat men geselecteerd heeft:

2019
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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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July 2019

Tasting Club July 2019 by André van Dijk

I was just 18 years old when I tasted my first single malt whisky. Three-and-a-half decades later, and I still enjoy a good dram every week. I also turned my passion into an enterprise. I founded WhiskyAuction & More, the first and only such auction in the Netherlands. We offer the most incredible whiskies on our platform. I also frequently host whisky tastings, and most recently I opened ‘De Kamper Slijter’, a bespoke specialist liquor store in my hometown of Kampen. I love to let people sample different spirits and igniting within them a new passion. I hope you enjoy the samples we’ve picked out for you this month!

- André van Dijk
www.whiskyauction-and-more.com


House of McCallum - MC of the Isles
House of McCallum - MC of the Isles

House of McCallum is een nieuwe collectie Schotse whisky van Antony McCallum. Deze Schot is een ware whiskyveteraan en heeft 24 jaar ervaring als malt master, blender en maker van Schotse whisky. The roots van Clan McCallum liggen op de eilanden aan de westkust van Schotland. Dat Antony nu Mc Of The Isles in het leven roept, ligt eigenlijk alleen maar voor de hand. Deze blended malt is een eerbetoon aan zijn erfgoed. Het is een rokerige whisky die daarnaast een finish in rumvaten heeft gehad, wat het een nieuwe, uitdagende dimensie geeft.

43.5% Vol.


Glenfarclas - Passion
Glenfarclas - Passion

Nog maar een handvol distilleerderijen zijn een echt familiebedrijf, en Glenfarclas is er daar een van. Hoewel de familie Grant de distilleerderij niet heeft opgericht (die eer gaat naar Robert Hay in 1836), zijn ze absoluut verantwoordelijk voor het hedendaagse succes van Glenfarclas. Ze staan tegenwoordig al meer dan 150 jaar aan het roer. Glenfarclas Passion maakt deel uit van The Legend of Speyside-trilogie, en is een hommage aan de familie. Op het label staan John Grant en zijn zoon George, die samen een dram drinken van hun beroemde sherrygerijpte whisky.

46% Vol.


Tomatin - Five Virtues, Water
Tomatin - Five Virtues, Water

In de jaren ’70 was Tomatin nog een van de grootste whiskydistilleerderijen ter wereld. Sindsdien hebben ze de productie echter flink teruggeschroefd, wat de kwaliteit alleen maar ten goede is gekomen. Tomatin Water is onderdeel van de Five Virtues Series: de andere zijn Wood, Fire, Earth en Metal. Deze elementen staan centraal in het eeuwenoude proces dat ook tegenwoordig nog gebruikt wordt bij Tomatin. Tomatin Water is een eerbetoon aan het natuurlijk, pure en zachte water van Alt-na-Frith, de eigen waterbron van de distilleerderij.

46% Vol.


Tullibardine - The Murray
Tullibardine - The Murray

De geschiedenis van Tullibardine gaat meer dan twee eeuwen terug, maar de huidige distilleerderij is opgericht in 1949. Daarmee was het destijds de eerste nieuwe Schotse distilleerderij sinds 1900. De Marquess Collection is geïnspireerd op de geschiedenis van Tullibardine, en The Murray is vernoemd naar Sir William Murray, de 2de Markies van Tullibardine. Deze gelimiteerde whisky is gedistilleerd in 2006, en onderging een finish in zoete Marsala-vaten uit Sicilië.

46% Vol.


Auchentoshan - Bartenders Malt #1
Auchentoshan - Bartenders Malt #1

Drievoudige distillatie was ooit vrij gebruikelijk in de Schotse Lowlands, maar Auchentoshan is tegenwoordig nog maar de enige distilleerderij in Schotland die al zijn whisky drie keer distilleert. De Bartender’s Malt is een samenwerking tussen 12 van de meest innovatieve bartenders ter wereld. Ze brachten samen een week door bij Auchentoshan, waar ze van de master blender leerden hoe ze een unieke whisky moesten maken. De Bartender’s Malt is gemaakt van whisky uit 5 verschillende decennia en heeft gerijpt in een grote diversiteit aan eikenhouten vaten.

47% Vol.


Glengoyne - Legacy Series
Glengoyne - Legacy Series

De distilleerderij ligt in the Highlands, maar de vatenopslag van Glengoyne ligt net aan de andere kant van de weg in de Lowlands. Toch is Glengoyne officieel een Highland whisky. Chapter One van de Legacy Series van Glengoyne is een eerbetoon aan Cochrane Cartwright. Deze legendarische manager besloot in 1869 langzamer te gaan distilleren, maar hij was ook de man die sherryvaten bij Glengoyne introduceerde. Zijn invloed kan daardoor nog steeds geproefd worden in de huidige whisky’s van Glengoyne.

48% Vol.

June 2019

Tasting Club June 2019

Often people view whisky as a drink that is traditionally poured during the dark and long winter months. But nowadays the whisky season stretches out over the entire year, from January till December. You can find a whisky that fits any season, although which exact one of course does depend on your own personal preferences. That’s why we composed a set that offers lots of different styles. From a few light and fruity examples, to something a little spicier and darker, to whiskies that are smoky. We even included a whisky that is specially released for Father’s Day. Enjoy!

- Team Tasting Collection


Aberlour, 16 Y
Aberlour, 16 Y

Aberlour Distillery has been the victim of several devastating fires in the two decades since it was founded, but was rebuilt each time. The current Aberlour Distillery was the brainchild of James Fleming and uses water from St. Drostan’s Well, situated on the site of the distillery. Currently, the distillery is known for its sherry-forward style of maturation, resulting in a sweet and spicy style of whisky. One such example is this Aberlour, 16 Y, a stalwart of a malt whisky that has rejoiced many whisky lovers over the years.

43% Vol.


Tomintoul, 14 Y
Tomintoul, 14 Y

Tomintoul is a quintessential example of a distillery built during the whisky boom of the 1960s. The distillery is partly modern, partly traditional – Tomintoul was long used exclusively as an important component of many blends. However, with the current rising popularity of single malt whisky, Tomintoul is ready for a single malt audience. The quality is certainly there, and Tomintoul has clearly listened to their consumers. This Tomintoul, 14 Y is bottled at a respectable 46% without being chill-filtered. That deserves a round of applause!

46% Vol.


Inchmurrin, 18 Y
Inchmurrin, 18 Y

Inchmurrin is a fruity style of single malt whisky produced at Loch Lomond Distillery. It is named after one of the islands in Loch Lomond and produced in the signature straight-necked pot stills of the distillery. Loch Lomond is the only distillery in Scotland using these types of pot stills. As a result, Inchmurrin has its own very distinct style. This Inchmurrin has matured for a minimum of 18 years in oak casks, allowing nature to bring out the sweet character of the wood.

46% Vol.


Glen Scotia - Campbeltown 1832
Glen Scotia - Campbeltown 1832

The Glen Scotia – Campbeltown 1832 is an homage to the whisky region this distillery resides in, as well as the year the distillery was founded. The whisky sets itself apart because it packs a peatier punch than you’d usually expect from Glen Scotia. It also spent a final period of time in casks that previously held Pedro Ximénez – a sherry wine noted for its intense sweetness. Glen Scotia takes well to this kind of cask finishing, and the end result is an interesting balancing act between savory and sweet.

46% Vol.


Big Peat - Vatertag Edition, Batch #1
Big Peat - Vatertag Edition, Batch #1

Big Peat is a marriage of malt whiskies only from the Isle of Islay. With Caol Ila spirit bringing sweetness, Bowmore representing perfect balance, Ardbeg infusing a medicinal and earthy quality, and Port Ellen a degree of elegance, Big Peat represents the entirety of Islay in a bottle. The brand was first launched in 2009 by independent bottler Douglas Laing. Since they’ve released many different editions, including the Big Peat – Vatertag Edition, Batch #1, which was made exclusively for Father’s Day.

48% Vol.


Tamnavulin - Duble Cask
Tamnavulin - Duble Cask

Tamnavulin is one of those distilleries that doesn’t have a very big single malt presence. Founded in 1966, it is also a relatively new distillery. Most of its production ends up in blends – like Whyte & Mackay or Mackinlay – but a small portion is bottled exclusively as single malt whisky. Tamnavulin – Double Cask is the first official bottling the distillery has released in over two decades. Double Cask refers to the maturation in two different cask types. Predominantly in bourbon casks, but the whisky is finished in former sherry casks.

40% Vol.

May 2019

Tasting Club May 2019

Dear Club member,

It's been a while since we introduced you to whiskies that are not made in Scotland. World whiskies are on the rise, because the climate differences with Scotland also give interesting differences in the whisky. This time we have, besides of course an Irish one, a beautiful Bourbon and a Japanese whisky. But also Switzerland is present this time and even Italy, where the really beautiful Puni distillery is located. We wish you a lot of fun with this May edition of Whisky Tasting Club!

- Team Tasting Collection


Kaiyo - Mizunara Oak
Kaiyo - Mizunara Oak

Mizunara is a quintessential Japanese type of oak. It is not the easiest to handle and poses all kinds of problems for coopers and whisky makers. Yet Japanese whisky that has matured in Mizunara oak is highly sought after, because it imparts certain unique characteristics and because it is very rare. Kaiyo Mizunara Oak is one of the few Mizunara matured whiskies available. Maybe most interesting is that all casks of Kaiyo go on a final 3-month voyage, to mature further at sea.

43% Vol.


Säntis Malt - Hilmmelberg
Säntis Malt - Hilmmelberg

Het was in Zwitserland lang verboden om alcohol te distilleren van graan. Toen het verbod eindelijk werd opgeheven in 1999, accepteerden de bierbrouwers van Brauerei Locher de uitdaging om de eerste Zwitserse single malt whisky ooit te maken. Dat is hoe Säntis Malt werd geboren. De distilleerderij/brouwerij gebruikt oude biervaten om hun whisky in te rijpen, onder andere voor de Säntis Malt Himmelberg. Wat de Himmelberg onderscheidend maakt is het feit dat de whisky ook rijpte in verschillende wijnvaten, zoals port, sherry en Merlot.

43% Vol.


Puni - Gold, 5 Y
Puni - Gold, 5 Y

Schotse single malt whisky is al lang populair onder Italianen, maar tot voor kort hadden ze nooit interesse om zelf whisky te distilleren. Daar kwam verandering in toen Puni in 2012 haar deuren opende in de Italiaanse Alpen. De whisky van Puni is naast van gemoute gerst, ook van gemoute rogge en gemoute tarwe gemaakt. Puni Gold is een gelimiteerde uitgave en, volgens de distilleerderij, de klassieke stijl van Italiaanse malt whisky. De whisky heeft volledig gerijpt in ex-bourbonvaten in de bovengrondse pakhuizen van de distilleerderij.

43% Vol.


Russel's - Reserve, 6 Y
Russel's - Reserve, 6 Y

Jimmy Russel van Wild Turkey is de langstzittende master distiller ter wereld. Hij bewaakt al meer dan zes decennia de traditie bij Wild Turkey, en voor sommigen staat hij zelfs bekend als de Boeddha van Bourbon. Jimmy’s zoon Eddie is niet zo lang geleden ook benoemd tot master distiller. Russell’s Reserve is dan ook vernoemd naar vader en zoon. Samen hebben ze bijna een eeuw ervaring in de whiskeyindustrie – ervaring die ze maar wat graag inzetten bij het maken van Russell’s Reserve, 6 Y. Het is een elegante roggewhiskey die voor het eerst in 2007 op de markt kwam, en sindsdien enorm populair is.

45% Vol.


Kavalan - Podium
Kavalan - Podium

Hun eerste whisky kwam op de markt in 2008, en vanaf de allereerste seconde was Kavalan een groot succes. Een van de hoogtepunten in de relatief jonge geschiedenis van deze Taiwanese distilleerderij, kwam toen een van hun whisky’s in 2015 werd uitgeroepen tot de ‘Beste Single Malt Whisky ter Wereld’. Vanwege het warme klimaat in Taiwan rijpt de whisky van Kavalan op een ander tempo dan in Schotland. Zelfs op jonge leeftijd heeft Kavalan veel smaak en complexiteit, zoals je ook proeft in de Kavalan Concertmaster. Deze whisky is gefinisht op ex-Portvaten en heeft een rijke en natuurlijk zoetheid.

46% Vol.


Glendalough, 7 Y
Glendalough, 7 Y

De Glendalough Distillery is onderdeel van de wedergeboorte van de Ierse whiskey. De distilleerderij is opgericht door een groep vrienden met een passie voor het vak. Hoewel Glendalough aanvankelijk het levenslicht zag als onafhankelijk bottelaar, hebben ze nu al sinds 2015 hun eigen distilleerketels in gebruik. Hun eigen distillaat is tegenwoordig dan ook oud genoeg om whisky genoemd te mogen worden. Toch halen ze voor hun oudere whisky’s, zoals de Glendalough 7 Y, hun whisky bij bevriende distilleerderijen vandaan. Het is een Ierse single malt whiskey die exclusief rijpte in ex-bourbon barrels.

46% Vol.

April 2019

Tasting Club April 2019 by Rubén López

Congratulations, you are about to indulge yourself with the most recent selection from the International Whisky Tasting Club. I started bartending 20 years ago, attended events and worked in several countries, including Scotland's best whisky bar of 2015, where I became a certified Whisky Ambassador. I assure you that this curated assortment features some beautiful liquids spread along the Highlands and Speyside regions. From a well structured Edradour expression, one of my very favorite distilleries, to a more delicate bottling by Glenburgie, along with other classic examples from both areas. All seasoned with a touch of smoke and salted caramel present in our delectable Glenglassaugh, released this past October. Slàinte!

- Rubén López
Whisky Ambassador – Bartender


Glenfiddich, 15 Y - Distillery Edition
Glenfiddich, 15 Y - Distillery Edition

Glenfiddich is de grootste vis in een hele grote vijver. De distilleerderij ligt in het hart van Speyside, de belangrijkste whiskyregio van Schotland. In de jaren ’60 was Glenfiddich een van de pioniers achter de opkomst van single malt whisky, en tegenwoordig zijn ze nog steeds een van de toonaangevende merken. Glenfiddich is de bestverkopende single malt whisky ter wereld. De Glenfiddich 15 Y – Distillery Edition is niet-koudgefilterd en op een hoge sterkte gebotteld. Daarmee onderscheidt deze whisky zich van de andere producten van Glenfiddich.

51% Vol.


Glen Moray, 15 Y
Glen Moray, 15 Y

Glen Moray ligt nog net niet in een woonwijk, en is een van de gezelligere distilleerderijen van Speyside. Niet omdat het een kleine distilleerderij is, maar vanwege de warmte en gastvrijheid. Als je ooit in de buurt van Elgin bent, aarzel dan niet om een toer te volgen of een kopje koffie te drinken in hun café. Tot het zover is biedt de Glen Moray, 15 Y je alles wat je nodig hebt. Het is een combinatie van twee verschillende stijlen whisky, gerijpt op zowel ex-sherryvaten als op Amerikaans eiken. Neem een slokje en laat je meevoeren naar Glen Moray.

40% Vol.


Glenglassaugh - Octaves, Batch 2
Glenglassaugh - Octaves, Batch 2

Voor meer dan twee decennia leek Glenglassaugh ten dode opgeschreven. Tot alles in 2008 veranderde. Toen deed een groep buitenlandse investeerders de distilleerderij herleven. Sindsdien is Glenglassaugh nog twee keer van eigenaar veranderd, maar het is nu duidelijk dat de distilleerderij een blijvertje is. De fruitige en honingachtige whisky wint langzaam aan populariteit, onder andere door de Glenglassaugh – Octaves Batch 2. Deze heeft gerijpt in kleine vaten van ongeveer 46 liter, de zogenaamde Octaves dus.

44% Vol.


Glenburgie, 15 Y - Ballantines Series 001
Glenburgie, 15 Y - Ballantines Series 001

Ballantine’s is een van de bestverkopende Schotse whisky’s ter wereld: jaarlijks gaan er meer dan 80 miljoen flessen over de toonbank. Een van de belangrijkste malt whisky’s in Ballantine’s is Glenburgie. De Glenburgie, 15 Y is op de markt gebracht om fans van de Ballantine’s kennis te laten maken met de smaken van een van de belangrijkste ingrediënten van de blend. Glenburgie bestaat al sinds 1829, en is verantwoordelijk voor de zoete en grasachtige basis van Ballantine’s.

40% Vol.


Clynelish, 2008 - Signatory Vintage
Clynelish, 2008 - Signatory Vintage

Onafhankelijke bottelaars kopen vaten van distilleerderijen en bottelen deze onder hun eigen label. Signatory Vintage is zo’n bedrijf, en zij hebben twee bourbon barrels van Clynelish opgekocht. Deze distilleerderij brengt zelden zelf whisky op de markt. Dit is dan ook een extreem gelimiteerde whisky van slechts enkele honderden flessen. Clynelish staat bekend om zijn wassige, fruitige whisky. Deze speciale uitgave van Signatory vintage rijpte 10 jaar, en is een uitstekend voorbeeld van waar het bij Clynelish allemaal om draait.

46% Vol.


Edradour - Bourbon Decanter
Edradour - Bourbon Decanter

Edradour is opgericht in 1837 en één van de meest traditionele distilleerderijen in Schotland. De huidige eigenaar, Andrew Symington, kocht Edradour in 2002. Voor hem was het een droom die uitkwam, en hij restaureerde Edradour volledig, waarmee oude glorietijden herleefden. De distilleerderij produceert relatief weinig, maar heeft een trouwe schare fans. Voor deze Edradour 2006 – Bourbon Decanter selecteerde Symington een aantal van zijn beste ex-bourbonvaten. Hij bottelde ze op een indrukwekkende sterkte. In totaal zijn er slechts 1.309 flessen van beschikbaar.

59.2% Vol.

March 2019

Tasting Club March 2019 by Dr. Christopher White

I started out in the whisky industry over a decade ago, before the current whisky boom was in full flow. After launching the award-winning Usquabae Whisky Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland, I’m now the Auctioneer at Royal Mile Whisky Auctions, and the Editor of Edinburgh Whisky Blog. The whisky drinker has never before had so much choice, and this Tasting Club is the perfect way to explore the wonderful array of flavours and styles the category has to offer. Enjoy this month’s selection!

- Dr. Christopher White
edinburghwhiskyblog.com


Finlaggan - Cask Strength
Finlaggan - Cask Strength

On the Isle of Islay lies Loch Finlaggan. It is a place of great importance in Scottish history. The chiefs of Clan Donald chose Finlaggan as their home, and they quickly became known as the Lords of the Isles. They ruled the islands on the west coast of Scotland during the 13th to 15th century. Finlaggan Cask Strength is a single malt whisky named after the iconic loch, produced at one of the legendary distilleries of Islay. They won’t tell you which one, but you can be sure it is a heavily peated whisky, bottled at a very high strength. A true peat bomb!

58% Vol.


Ledaig, 12 Y - G&M
Ledaig, 12 Y - G&M

Gordon & MacPhail is one of the oldest, and certainly one of the most reputable independent bottlers in Scotland. They have a vast range of stocks, comprising of thousands of casks from over a hundred different distilleries, which they release under their own label. One such release is this Ledaig, 12 Y from their Discovery Range. Ledaig is a heavily peated whisky, produced at Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. This particular edition has spent time in both bourbon and sherry casks.

43% Vol.


Glenrothes - Robur Reserve
Glenrothes - Robur Reserve

This year it’s 140 years ago that the first pure spirit flowed from the spirit stills of Glenrothes, and the distillery has since continually produced high quality whisky. Glenrothes is located in the heart of Speyside and prides itself on their spring water, slow distillation, and sherry cask maturation, as well as bottling their whisky at natural color. The Glenrothes Robur Reserve is a travel retail exclusive, and is named for European oak, which is called Quercus Robur in Latin. Indeed, this is aged in a good proportion of first-fill Oloroso sherry casks.

40% Vol.


Lord Elcho, 15 Y
Lord Elcho, 15 Y

Lord Elcho was the eldest son of the 5th Earl of Wemyss, James Wemyss, which explains why he now has a whisky named after him. The Lord Elcho, 15 Y is a blended whisky from Wemyss Malts, the family that also owns Kingsbarns distillery. Lord Elcho was a staunch supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie, but he was stripped of his title after the historic Battle of Culloden in the 18th century. He lives on through his whisky though, which is a composite of several malt and grain whiskies.

40% Vol.


Benromach - Triple Distilled
Benromach - Triple Distilled

Originally built in 1898, Benromach was brought back to life when the Urquhart family purchased it in 1993. By that time the distillery had been closed for 10 years. Benromach is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to use mostly traditional methods, without any automated machinery. Their whisky is known for having an old school flavor profile, inspired by Speyside whiskies from the 1950s and 1960s. While they usually only distil their whisky twice, they’ve released a special limited edition: Benromach - Triple Distilled.

50% Vol.


Deanston, 18 Y
Deanston, 18 Y

It has an interesting background, as Deanston distillery is a former cotton mill, which first opened its doors in 1785. For more than a decade-and-a-half Deanston prospered, until the cotton industry declined after the Second World War. That’s when the community rallied and converted their cotton mill into a whisky distillery. The Deanston, 18 Y is a prime example of what the distillery is capable of. A finish in first-fill Kentucky bourbon casks gives this whisky a luscious flavor profile.

46.3% Vol.

February 2019

Tasting Club February 2019 by Andrew Flatt

As a freelance whisky writer and newspaper columnist for a Scottish newspaper, Aberdeen Press & Journal, I can think of few better ways to gain knowledge and exposure to new expressions than whisky tasting packs just like this. This month the International Whisky Tasting Club showcases an exciting and diverse selection for you to experience. There are Highland giants, Speyside stalwarts, a gentle Lowlander as well as a taste of Islay. Enjoy!

- Andrew Flatt


Macallan, 12 Y - Double Cask
Macallan, 12 Y - Double Cask

Macallan is undoubtedly the most luxurious of Scottish whisky brands. In the past year, theirs was the first whisky to ever sell for more than 1 million euro at auction. They also opened a new state-of-the-art distillery that’s very much worth visiting if you’re ever in Scotland. Their Macallan, 12 Y - Double Cask is created from American and European Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks, and is a fine example of why Macallan has such a high reputation. A wonderful harmonious single malt.

40% Vol.


Glenlivet, 12 Y - First Fill
Glenlivet, 12 Y - First Fill

One of the most popular single malts in the history of Scottish whisky, Glenlivet is the best-selling Scotch whisky in the United States, by quite a margin. With a history dating back to the late 18th century, Glenlivet has long been a shining example of excellence. Their standard 12-year-old expression is a staple in many home bars across the globe. Now they’ve launched a twist on that classic, which has matured exclusively in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. It is a welcome addition to the Glenlivet family.


40% Vol.


Glenmorangie, 12 Y - Lasanta
Glenmorangie, 12 Y - Lasanta

One of the most recognizable brands, Glenmorangie is one of just over a handful of distilleries situated in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, a reference to not just the use of the sherry butts from Spain, but also to the soft and sweet characteristics of the Lasanta. Aged for 12 years, the Lasanta spent its first 10 years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before receiving an extra maturation in Oloroso and Pedro Ximènez casks.

43% Vol.


Dalmore - Regalis
Dalmore - Regalis

Founded in 1839, each bottle of Dalmore bears an image of the Royal Stag. King Alexander III granted the Mackenzie Clan the use of this symbol in the 13th century. After descendants of the Clan became owners of Dalmore distillery, the Royal Stag was proudly displayed on Dalmore’s bottles, and has been ever since. The Dalmore Regalis, which means royal, is finished in first-fill Amoroso sherry casks following maturation in American oak, and promises a wealth of stewed and honeyed fruit.

40% Vol.


Bladnoch - Samsara
Bladnoch - Samsara

This Lowland distillery was founded in 1817, and up until a few years ago its future was uncertain. Bladnoch was closed in 2010, but an Australian entrepreneur bought it, and revived this historic Scottish distillery to its former glory. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Bladnoch Samsara was one of three whiskies released in 2017. It doesn’t carry an age statement, but is said to be made up from 8-year-old whiskies, as well as older and rarer whiskies. Bladnoch produces a light, grassy and malty Lowland-style single malt.

46.7% Vol.


Bunnahabhain - An Cladach
Bunnahabhain - An Cladach

Islay, the most legendary of whisky islands in the world, is known for distilleries that produce a heavy, peated, smoky style of whisky. Bunnahabhain is the exception to that rule, as this distillery on the north-east coast makes a much lighter, and more accessible malt than much of its Islay brethren. The An Cladach, which means ‘The Shore’ in Gaelic, has a rich sherry influence with aromas of fruits and malt, said to transport you to the shore at Bunnahabhain distillery.

50% Vol.

January 2019

Tasting Club January 2019

Can you believe it’s been five years already since we first launched the Whisky Tasting Club? That is quite the special occasion, and we’re honoured that you’re a part of it. To celebrate, we’ve put together something that’ll be sure to please you. Whisky nowadays is produced all over the world, and the whiskies we’ve selected are a fine representation of that development. Japan and Ireland are included, both fairly well known as whisky producing nations. But you’ll also find examples from Wales, France, Taiwan and India. We hope you enjoy your whisky trip around the world!

Cheers,
- Team Tasting Collection


Akashi - Malt
Akashi - Malt

Eigashima, de maker van Akashi whisky, staat vooral bekend om de uitstekende sake en shochu. Hoewel het een lange geschiedenis kent die helemaal terugvoert naar 1888, begint de moderne geschiedenis van het bedrijf pas in 1984. In dat jaar werd de huidige distilleerderij van Eigashima gebouwd. De eerste whisky van hun White Oak distilleerderij werd in 2007 op de markt gebracht, en sindsdien heeft Akashi een loyale groep fans opgebouwd. De Akashi Malt is een whisky zonder leeftijd, die erg interessant is voor whiskyliefhebbers die hun horizon durven te verbreden.

46% Vol.


Powers, 12 Y - John's Lane Release
Powers, 12 Y - John's Lane Release

Ooit was John’s Lane in Dublin een van de grootste distilleerderijen ter wereld. De distilleerderij had zelfs een eigen brandweer, maar er is nu nog maar weinig over van die glorieuze tijd uit de 19e eeuw. John’s Lane sloot haar deuren in 1974, en het grootste gedeelte van de gebouwen is inmiddels afgebroken. Het merk Powers is echter nog springlevend. Dat wordt nu geproduceerd bij de New Midleton distilleerderij. Powers John’s Lane is een klassiek voorbeeld van Ierse single pot still whiskey, en staat hoog op de lijstjes van connaisseurs van Ierse whiskey.

46% Vol.


Paul John - Bold
Paul John - Bold

Paul John Single Malt wordt gemaakt aan de tropische kust van Goa, aan de westkant van India. Hun whisky verscheen voor het eerst in 2012, en het duurde niet lang voordat de reputatie van Paul John begon te groeien. Het doel van Paul John is om net zo goed of beter te zijn dan single malt whisky die elders ter wereld wordt gemaakt. En ze zijn goed op weg. Voor Paul John Bold, een van hun populairste whisky’s, is turf gebruikt van het legendarisch whiskyeiland Islay. Het resultaat is inspirerend.

46% Vol.


Penderyn - Rich Oak
Penderyn - Rich Oak

In 1998 kwamen vier mensen op het lumineuze idee om de Welsh Whisky Company op te richten. Nog eens twee jaar later lukte het dit viertal om voor het eerst in honderd jaar een distilleerderij in Wales te openen. Bij de Penderyn distilleerderij maken ze gebruik van een uniek soort ketel, waardoor de productie van hun whisky afwijkt van hun Schotse en Ierse buren. Het proces van de wort tot de new make vindt plaats in deze ketel. Een van hun nieuwste releases is de Penderyn Rich Oak. Deze whisky kreeg een finish in wijnvaten van Europees eiken.

46% Vol.


 Yushan - Signature
Yushan - Signature

Taiwan is niet direct het meest voor de hand liggende whiskyland. De afgelopen jaren zijn er desalniettemin een aantal Taiwanese whisky’s op de markt gebracht, die bovendien vaak goed werden ontvangen. Eén van de Taiwanese distilleerderijen is Nantou. Het warme klimaat in Taiwan draagt bij aan een ander, sneller rijpingsproces. Door de hitte is de interactie met de eikenhouten vaten een stuk hoger dan in koudere gebieden zoals Schotland. Yushan Signature is een mooi voorbeeld van waar Nantou tot in staat is. Laat je verassen.

46% Vol.


Armorik - Sherry Cask
Armorik - Sherry Cask

Armorik is een whisky uit Bretagne, een regio in Frankrijk die veel culturele en taalkundige overeenkomsten vertoont met Schotland, Ierland en Wales. Armorik wordt geproduceerd bij de Warenghem distilleerderij, en de naam verwijst naar de oude Romeinse provincie Armorica. Ooit maakte het Bretonse schiereiland hier deel van uit. Hoewel Warenghem al sinds 1900 bestaat, produceren ze pas sinds 1994 whisky. De Armorik Sherry Cask heeft gerijpt in oude Oloroso sherryvaten. Het is een volle whisky met een mooie balans.

46% Vol.

December 2018

Tasting Club December 2018 by Gerrit Duit

For more than 40 years I worked in the wine and spirits industry. During my career I held several positions, one of which was Diageo whisky ambassador. I hosted over 1,000 tastings in total, as well as customer whisky training sessions, both in The Netherlands, and sometimes also in Belgium. In April 2005 I was inducted as “Keeper of The Quaich”, one of the highest honors in the Scotch whisky industry. Now that I’m retired, you’ll find me on the golf course, but I also still love to educate people about whisky. I hope you enjoy this month’s single malt whiskies.

- Gerrit Duit
Keeper of the Quaich


Knockando, 15 Y
Knockando, 15 Y

Founded during the distillery boom of the 1890s, Knockando mainly produces whisky for blends, such as the legendary J&B Blended Scotch. However, the Knockando single malt is not to be overlooked. It is designed to produce a light, nutty and malty character, and in each bottle of Knockando you’ll only ever find the produce of a single season - or year of production. It is a practice rarely seen in the whisky industry, and certainly sets Knockando apart from many of its Scottish brethren.

43% Vol.


Bowmore, 17 Y - White Sands
Bowmore, 17 Y - White Sands

Founded in 1779, Bowmore has a storied history, and an exquisite reputation to boot. Compared to other legendary distilleries on Islay, Bowmore is medium-peated. An important part of the distinct distillery character stems from their own malting floor, which accounts for up to 40 percent of the distillery’s needs. The Bowmore White Sands has matured for 17 years in ex-bourbon casks, and derives its name from the white sandy beaches that inhabit the coast of Islay.

43% Vol.


Fettercairn - Fior
Fettercairn - Fior

Set in the foothills of the impressive Cairngorm Mountains, Fettercairn distillery has been producing whisky for nearly two centuries. Once upon a time it was owned by Sir John Gladstone, father of four-time British prime minister William Ewart Gladstone. Fior is Gaelic for “true” or “pure”, and is a mixture of younger, heavily-peated whisky (15 percent), and older (14 and 15 year old), more traditionally made whisky. The Fettercairn Fior is aged in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels.

42% Vol.


Arran - Amarone Cask Finish
Arran - Amarone Cask Finish

Part of the early wave of new distilleries in Scotland, Arran distillery has only been around for just over two decades. During that period the distillery managed to build an impressive reputation on the back of their outstanding whisky. After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for a number of years, the Arran Amarone Finish then received a final maturation in Amarone wine casks, sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Italian red wine. The balance between whisky and cask influence is remarkable.

50% Vol.


Laphroaig - Four Oak
Laphroaig - Four Oak

The largest single malt brand on Islay is Laphroaig, which is impressive considering some of the other illustrious distilleries on the island. Laphroaig is known for their heavily peated, medicinal whisky. Their Four Oak whisky has gone through an intricate maturation regime, and has seen the inside of four different casks: ex-bourbon barrels, small quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and larger European oak hogsheads. The Four Oak is an extraordinary fusion of flavours.

40% Vol.


Glencadam, 13 Y
Glencadam, 13 Y

Situated near the east coast of Scotland, Glencadam distillery was opened in 1825 by founder George Cooper, and since then little has changed. It’s been a quiet brand for most of its existence, but it is slowly emerging from the pack as a single malt whisky to keep an eye on. This 13-year-old expression is dubbed “The Re-Awakening”, celebrating the re-opening of the distillery in 2003, after a silent period of three years. It’s a floral and malty whisky, with ripe fruit and soft vanilla notes.

46% Vol.

November 2018

Tasting Club November 2018 By Hayo van Weringh

Hi there! Over here summer ended and at last the fall has started. I find that every season is the right one for a good dram! That’s why I organise a lot of tastings all throughout the year—in people’s homes or at bars, restaurants and whisky shops. I also frequently exhibit at festivals, where I bring collectable, discontinued and rare whiskies. My mission is to share my passion, and if requested, a little knowledge! Are you ready for another 6 lovely malts? It’s not that hard, is it? Although they’re not that common… Hope you’ll enjoy!

Hayo van Weringh,
Whisky Ambassador
www.vanweringhswhisky.world


GlenDronach, 8 Y - The Hielan'
GlenDronach, 8 Y - The Hielan'

Founded in 1826, GlenDronach has made a name for itself for its excellent sherried whiskies, rivalling (and in the minds of some even surpassing) The Macallan as the premier sherried Scotch. However, the Glendronach The Hielan is somewhat different from the rest of the core range, having matured in a mixture of ex-sherry AND ex-bourbon casks. It leaves room for the impressive GlenDronach spirit to shine in this 8-year-old whisky, highlighted by aromas of orange blossom and golden sultanas.

46% Vol.


Balvenie, 12 Y - Single Barrel First Fill
Balvenie, 12 Y - Single Barrel First Fill

One of the most iconic names in whisky, Balvenie was founded in 1892 on a site adjacent to another industry classic, Glenfiddich. Not surprisingly, the same family owns both distilleries. Balvenie is one of the few distilleries in Scotland to still operate its own malting floor. The Balvenie 12 Years Single Barrel First Fill has won many prices over the years, including gold at the Scotch Whisky Masters. Eacht bottle is one of no more than 300 drawn from a single first-fill bourbon cask.

47.8% Vol.


Jura, 18 Y
Jura, 18 Y

The Isle of Jura is one of the more remote parts of Scotland, and famous for the Paps of Jura, a range of mountains that can be viewed from the neighbouring Isle of Islay. The Jura Distillery was founded in 1810. Currently Richard Paterson, one of the preeminent master blenders in the whisky industry, is responsible for creating Jura’s gems—one of them being the 18-year-old expression. Finished in Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux barrels, it is a unique spirit that has truly come of age.

42% Vol.


Glen Deveron, 16 Y
Glen Deveron, 16 Y

Glen Deveron is not a distillery. Instead it is the brand name for the whisky produced at Macduff distillery, a modern Highlands distillery built in the 1960s. Single malt whiskies from this distillery were rare, until parent company Bacardi re-launched the brand as part of their Last Great Malts initiative. The Glen Deveron 16 Years was originally released for Travel Retail, and has matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It is a fine example of a clean, classic Highland whisky.

40% Vol.


Port Askaig, 14 Y - Bourbon Cask
Port Askaig, 14 Y - Bourbon Cask

Named after the first port of call for visitors as they come across on the mainland ferry, Port Askaig is an undisclosed single malt whisky from the Isle of Islay. It is created by London-based Elixer Distillers, a whisky company that selects casks to create what they believe to be the most balanced single malt to come from the island. Previously Caol Ila and peated Bunnahabhain have been used to create Port Askaig. Whichever one was used, this 14-year-old edition perfectly represents what Islay is all about.

45.8% Vol.


BenRiach, 10 Y - Curiositas Peated
BenRiach, 10 Y - Curiositas Peated

Distillery founder John Duff travelled to Kentucky and South Africa, in pursuit of whisky adventures. When he returned in 1898 he proceeded to build BenRiach. The distillery has one of the more versatile whisky ranges, from peated and unpeated to triple distilled and many exotic cask finishes. The BenRiach Curiositas uses heavily peated malted barley and ages for a total of ten years. It is an aromatic, smoky whisky, yet offering something vastly different than its peated brethren from Islay.

46% Vol.

October 2018

Tasting Club October 2018 by Jop Boer

I run 3006 Whisky, a high-quality independent bottling company in The Netherlands. As such I always look for casks that are different. You can play with various types of wood and with cask sizes and get a totally different whisky in the end. I make my own selection and decide when a cask is ready to bottle. Sometimes it is better to be patient and wait just a bit longer than to rush a whisky, which is how you should approach this month’s whiskies—with time and patience.

- Jop Boer, 3006 Whisky


Glen Scotia, 18 Y
Glen Scotia, 18 Y

Once upon a time Campbeltown was known as the whisky capital of the world. It was home to more than 30 distilleries at the start of the 20th century, and mass-exported whisky to the United States. Nowadays, Glen Scotia is one of only three remaining distilleries in this small coastal town, known for producing a subtly peated, briny whisky. It’s 18-year-old expression is finished in Oloroso sherry casks, adding an extra layer of complexity to this already well-matured single malt.

46% Vol.


Loch Lomond, 12Y
Loch Lomond, 12Y

One of the more intricate and interesting distilleries in Scotland, Loch Lomond is a relatively young operation. Built in 1966, Loch Lomond has different types of stills, and is capable of producing up to 13 different types of new make spirit. It gives master blender Michael Henry an endless amount of options when constructing the Loch Lomond whiskies. This 12-year-old for example, was blended from both unpeated and peated whisky. It is distilled in traditional pot stills, but also in Loch Lomonds trademark straight-necked pot stills.

46% Vol.


Bunnahabhain - Eirigh Na Greine
Bunnahabhain - Eirigh Na Greine

Bunnahabhain is an impressive distillery from the Victorian age, located on the Isle of Islay. Unlike most of its brethren on the island, Bunnahabhain mainly produces unpeated whisky. An example of this is the Eirigh Na Greine [pronounced ae-ree ne gray-nyuh], which means ‘Morning Sky’ in Scots Gaelic. Like the morning sky, this whisky glows amber gold. Setting it apart from other expressions from Bunnahabhain distillery is its maturation, which takes place exclusively in French Red Wine Casks.

46.3% Vol.


Cardhu, 12 Y
Cardhu, 12 Y

Cardhu, one of the oldest distilleries in Speyside, was founded in 1811 by farmer John Cumming and his wife Helen. Like many of his contemporaries, Cumming started out as an illicit distiller. Sometime later Cardhu became one of the first officially licensed distilleries in 1823. Currently Cardhu is also known for being the spiritual home of Johnnie Walker. Cardhu produces a typical Speyside Scotch single malt whisky – beautifully balanced and composed.


40% Vol.


Highland Park - Harald
Highland Park - Harald

The genesis of Highland Park is shrouded in myths and semi-truths. At various times the distillery might’ve been known as Rosebank, Kirkwall, and of course also Highland Park. Founded in 1798, the distillery embraces its Orcadian heritage. The Orkney Islands have a vast Norse history, and Harald Fairhair was the Norwegian king who also established the Orkney earldom. The Highland Park Harald was named in his honour, and matured in a mixture of American and European oak casks.

40% Vol.


Glenfiddich - Select Cask
Glenfiddich - Select Cask

The best-selling single malt in the world, Glenfiddich was founded in 1886. William Grant of Dufftown left his job as manager of Mortlach, another famous Speyside distillery, and started his own distillery. Glenfiddich is credited with popularising single malt whisky, when the decision was made in 1963 to bottle and promote Glenfiddich as a single malt. The Glenfiddich Select Cask has been matured in a combination of ex-bourbon, ex-red-wine and European oak casks, before being married in a solera vat.

40% Vol.

September 2018

Tasting Club September 2018 by Thijs Klaverstijn

Welcome to yet another delicious package from the International Whisky Tasting Club. As a whisky writer and blogger, I write for many different international publications, and I’m glad that I can share some of my expertise with you. We’ve selected six different whiskies that provide an interesting cross-section of all that Scotland has to offer. From the subtle smoky goodness of the Islands, to a few more accessible whiskies from the Highlands and Speyside, including one very exciting new release from Aberlour. Enjoy!

Thijs Klaverstijn
Wordsofwhisky.com


Aberfeldy, 16 Y
Aberfeldy, 16 Y

In 1896, spirit trader John Dewar bought a piece of land from the Marquis of Breadelbane and built the Aberfeldy distillery. In 2015, this 16 year old was added to the Aberfeldy 'The Last Great Malts' range. The whisky first aged in Bourbon casks and then finished in Oloroso Sherry casks, giving the light and fresh character of the spirit more complexity and thickness. A very enjoyable whisky with a fine balance of sweet, fruity and spicy notes.

40% Vol.


Royal Brackla, 12 Y
Royal Brackla, 12 Y

Built in 1812 by Captain William Fraser. Competition from local illicit distillers led Fraser to look for other markets and he therefore sold much of its whisky in the Lowlands. Brackla was the first distillery in Scotland to receive a Royal Warrant from King William IV in 1835 and became known as 'The King's Own Whisky'. In 2015, 3 Royal Brackla whiskies were introduced in the series 'The Last Great Malts'. This one first aged in Bourbon casks and finished in first-fill Oloroso casks before bottling.

40% Vol.


Aberlour - Casg Annamh - Small Batch
Aberlour - Casg Annamh - Small Batch

Casg Annamh is Gaelic for "rare cask". Although this Aberlour whisky does not come from a single cask, it is compiled of carefully selected special casks, with the emphasis on first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks made from European oak wood. In addition, 2 types of casks made from American oak were used. The first batch is non-chill filtered. This Aberlour, with the right balance between sweet, fruity and spicy, is proof that even a 'no age statement' can be a beautiful whisky.

48% Vol.


Tamnavulin, 12 Y
Tamnavulin, 12 Y

The story of Tamnavulin began in 1966 in the rural village of Tomnavoulin. Although closed in 1995, they reopened in 2007. Led by Gareth Morgan, they craft single malt whisky with a true Speyside character. Hand selected oak casks are used, of which many go back to the 1960s, when the distillery was built, including Bourbon casks from North America and Sherry casks from Spain, to ensure their influence will complement and enhance the characteristics of Tamnavulin.

40% Vol.


Ardmore - Triple Wood
Ardmore - Triple Wood

William Teacher's & Sons, a well-known family of blenders, started making whisky in their newly built Ardmore distillery in 1898. This Triple Wood matured in 3 different types of barrels: Bourbon casks, Quarter Casks and Puncheons. This maturation makes the whisky complex and gives it a nice balance between sweet and spicy tones. The malt was peated at 12 to 14 ppm, giving it a soft and subtle smokiness. The Triple Wood is non-chill filtered.

46% Vol.


Talisker Distillers Edition - Jerez Amoroso Cask
Talisker Distillers Edition - Jerez Amoroso Cask

Founded in 1830, Talisker is the only distillery on the island of Skye. Talisker is also one of the 'Six Classic Malts'. Distilled in 2003 and matured in Bourbon casks. To indicate the richness of the Talisker single malt, the Master Distiller has selected a small number of casks for double maturation in which previously matured Jerez Amoroso Sherry. The result is a Talisker with beautiful Sherry influences combined with clear Islay aromas.

46% Vol.

August 2018

Tasting Club August 2018 by Werner Bos

It is an honour to present this August edition to you! Since a few years I have a passion for whisky and I give whisky tastings. It is because of this passion that I now work at Van Wees, where I am responsible for the sales of spirits and still give tastings. The 6 whiskies that I present to you are, in my opinion, certainly worth a try. I wish you a lot of tasting pleasure!

- Werner Bos


Macallan - Quest
Macallan - Quest

At the beginning of this year Macallan released the Quest Collection. This series consists of 4 different single malts, of which this one is the first next to the Terra, Lumina and Enigma. The name 'Quest' refers to the time and effort that was taken by the Macallan team to find the best oak wood in which this whisky has been matured. This Quest is made from Single Malts, which comes from 4 cask types; Bourbon casks, European and American oak casks and Hogsheads.

40% Vol.


Scapa - Skiren
Scapa - Skiren

De Scapa distilleerderij ligt op een van de Orkney eilanden en werd in 1885 opgericht door Macfarlane & Townsend, met John T. Macfarlane aan het roer. Mede door zijn inbreng als ervaren distillateur uit de Speyside, was de nieuwe Scapa distilleerderij in die tijd een van de meest moderne distilleerderijen. Skiren is een nieuwe No Age Statement van Scapa, die in 2015 werd geïntroduceerd ter vervanging van de Scapa 16 Y. Skiren is volledig gerijpt op first-fill vaten van Amerikaans eikenhout.

40% Vol.


Glengoyne - 15 Y
Glengoyne - 15 Y

The Glengoyne distillery is situated on the border of the Highlands and the Lowlands near Glasgow near the town of Aberfoyle. In 1833, one of the then 13 illegal distilleries was legalised. Initially called Burnfoot, it was renamed Glengoyne in 1905. The malt used by the distillery is dried with hot air. This, in combination with the slow distillation process, gives a whisky that is light in character. This whisky has matured for 15 years, mainly in Bourbon and first fill Sherry casks.

43% Vol.


Spey - Fumare
Spey - Fumare

John & Robert Harvey started distilling whisky in 1770. In 1856 they completed the "Harvey's Codex" - the family recipe for SPEY whisky, but eventually they had to stop distilling. In the end it was one of their descendants, John Harvey McDonough, who started distilling again according to this old recipe. Fumare is Latin for 'smoky' and that's exactly what this no age statement whisky is; Spey's first peated single malt, first launched in 2016.

46% Vol.


Old Pulteney - Noss Head Light house
Old Pulteney - Noss Head Light house

The northernmost distillery of mainland Scotland, Pulteney, is located near the town of Wick and was named after the then governor of the fishermen's association, Sir William Pulteney, when it was founded in 1826. This Noss Head is part of the 'Lighthouse Series'; 3 bottlings in honor of Pulteney's maritime heritage. This expression is named after the lighthouse located near the distillery. This whisky matured on Bourbon barrels and is un-chill filtered and bottled uncolored. Officially only available for travel retail.

46% Vol.


Muckle - Flugga
Muckle - Flugga

Muckle Flugga is a blend of 4 Single Malts that was shipped to Unst, near the Muckle Flugga lighthouse on the Shetland Islands. 2 of the 4 barrels in which these whiskies matured are made of staves from larger barrels that previously contained Scotch. The other 2 were made of German oak in Germany. The whisky spends a year on the island and survives the harsh seasons before returning to the mainland to be bottled.

40% Vol.

July 2018

Tasting Club July 2018 by Geert de Bolle

In an age where Single Malt Scotch Whisky was not as popular yet, Geert de Bolle started his whisky pioneer work in Belgium. Preaching the gospel of Scotland and its magnificent “Water of life”. 25 years and a few thousand tastings later, the same fire is still burning strong. Scotland has become a 2nd home to Geert, enjoying showing interesting places to people who also love whisky. Whisky is no longer only ‘the water of life’; it became his ‘way of life’!



Macallan - Select Oak
Macallan - Select Oak

The Macallan distillery was one of the first whisky distilleries of Scotland and was founded in 1824 at an undeep spot in the River Spey near the farm called Easter Elchies. This Macallan Select Oak matured in oak barrels selected by George Espie, their 'Master of Wood'. The American oak barrels, in which Bourbon matured earlier, give the vanilla tones. The European oak barrels, in which Oloroso Sherry has matured before, give the whisky the sweet and light spiciness.

40% Vol.


Mannochmore, 12 Y - Flora & Fauna
Mannochmore, 12 Y - Flora & Fauna

The Mannochmore distillery was founded in 1971 by John Haig & Co; at that time the most modern distillery in Scotland. It is located near the town of Elgin near the river Lossie. The whisky ages on refill Sherry and refill Bourbon casks. Although Diageo decided to discontinue the Flora & Fauna series in 2010, this Mannochmore is fortunately still available. This 12-year-old Single Malt matured in American oak casks and is also used in the blend of Johnnie Walker red label.

43% Vol.


Caol Ila - Distillers Edition 2000/2012
Caol Ila - Distillers Edition 2000/2012

In 1846, founder Hector Henderson chose for his distillery a small bay on the Sound of Islay, a narrow strait between the islands of Islay and Jura off the west coast of Scotland. He wanted this place because the small puffer ships made their journeys to the mainland, slowly making him the largest distillery on Islay. This Distillers Edition is a limited edition and has matured on American oak barrels and, for sweeter tones, matured for some time on Moscatel Sherry casks.

43% Vol.


Edradour, 8 Y - Ballechin
Edradour, 8 Y - Ballechin

Ballechin is the registered trade mark for the heavily peated distillates of Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. To pay tribute to the efforts of the farmers who started the whisky production there at the time, the name Ballechin has been reinstated. This is an interesting release, where a Sherry cask for their unpeated whisky is mixed with 3 Bourbon casks of their peated whisky. This gives a wonderful balance of smoky and sweet tones. The whisky is unchill filtered and has retained its natural colour.

46% Vol.


Bowmore - Gold Reef
Bowmore - Gold Reef

Built in 1779 by David Simpson, the Bowmore distillery is the oldest on the island. Because it is situated below sea level, ideal conditions prevail here. The new spirit ages in Sherry and Bourbon barrels. A number of warehouses around the distillery are still used. For the island's inhabitants, one of these warehouses has even been converted into a swimming pool, which is heated with recycled heat from the distillery. This Bowmore matured mainly on Bourbon casks.

43% Vol.


Muirhead's Silver Seal, 16 Y
Muirhead's Silver Seal, 16 Y

Muirhead's Scotch whisky was first produced by a whisky and wine merchant based in Edinburgh, Charles Muirhead and Sons, founded in 1824. Soon the company specialised in Scotch whisky, with the Silver Seal label representing a range of Speyside single malt whiskies. The brand has always maintained a close relationship with the Muirhead's Clan. Members of the old Muirhead's Clan were the royal guards of King James IV of Scotland in the early 1500s.

40% Vol.

June 2018

Tasting Club June 2018

Dear Clubmember,

Now that summer is approaching and you are likely to enjoy a well-deserved holiday abroad, our team of Whisky experts seized this opportunity to present you with these world whiskies. From Finland to Japan, from Sweden to Canada; whisky is now produced in many countries with the same passion and quality as we know from Scots. We hope that before you travel to your chosen holiday destination, you will already enjoy this world taste....

- Tasting Collection Whisky Panel


Teerenpeli - Kaski
Teerenpeli - Kaski

The Teerenpeli distillery, established in 2002, only uses domestic raw materials; Finnish malt from the local malting plant and fresh Salpausselkä groundwater, combined with traditional production methods and Potstill equipment of Scottish origin. Traditionally in agriculture, the crop was cut or burnt and the field was ploughed over (a Swidden). This gives the KASKI its name (the first phase of cultivation - a new beginning). KASKI is matured in selected Sherrycasks, which gives it the color of roasted brown sugar.

43% Vol.


Togouchi 9 Y
Togouchi 9 Y

Founded 1918, Chogoku Jozo does not distill whisky, but imports Scottish Malt Whisky and Canadian Grain Whisky. Only the maturing and blending they do theirselves which, according to Japanese law, is considered to be ‘production’ and is therefore called ‘Japanese whisky’. This whisky is aged in an old abandoned railway tunnel under the streets of Hiroshima, which turned out to be the ideal maturing place. This blend aged for 9 years and is named after the municipality of Togouchi, where the tunnel is located.

40% Vol.


Amrut - Two Continents
Amrut - Two Continents

The Amrut distillery was founded in 1948 under the name 'Amrut Laboraties' and mainly produced rum. In the eighties they started to produce whisky. Amrut takes its barley from the foothills of the Himalayas, after which it ages in Bangalore at an altitude of about 1,000 meters. Amrut has taken a different approach with this 'Two Continents'. At first the whisky is matured in Bangalore, but for the last 3 years it matures on a secret location in Europe.

46% Vol.


Mackmyra - Svensk EK
Mackmyra - Svensk EK

"Why are there no whisky distilleries in Sweden?” is the sentence that inspired the idea for Swedish Whisky. In Sweden we find one of the purest waters in the world and during the long summer days the barley develops a unique sweetness; one of the cornerstones of Swedish Whisky. The Swedish oak grows slowly in the harsh climate which gives the whisky a harder taste than the American oak. The barrels are roasted heavily, giving the Whisky more character.

46.1% Vol.


The English - Original
The English - Original

Starting out as a pension project for the father of distiller Andrew Nelstrop, the family soon realised that making Whisky was what they wanted to do. They are now producing a series of award-winning peated and unpeated whiskies at St George's Distillery in Norfolk, leading to an increasingly popular movement of English whisky distillers. Both the water used and the barley are of English origin. 'The Original' has matured in specially selected Bourbon barrels and has a slightly creamy character.

43% Vol.


Black Velvet, 8 Y
Black Velvet, 8 Y

This whisky was first produced in 1951. The brand was known at the time as 'Black Label', but after the first batch was sampled by Jack Napier, it was changed to Black Velvet. The Whisky is known for its velvety smooth taste. Black Velvet has been producing the 'Reserve' since 1991; an 8-year-old Whisky made by mixing the Rye of both aged and non-aged corn after which the mixture matures for 8 years, giving it a nutty and spicy character.

40% Vol.

May 2018

Tasting Club May 2018 by Auke Timmer

Together with Hans Bresser, I have been the proud owner of Bresser & Timmer since 1993.
Before that, I worked for an importer for 6 years. So I can say that I have some experience. In the 90's there was hardly any whisky available next to the big, well-known brands. Then came the growth of both supply and demand. Over the past 25 years, this has created our great company, with long lasting relationships with loyal suppliers and our precious customers.

Auke Timmer
- Keeper of the Quaich



Cadenhead Small Batch Teaninich, 10 Y
Cadenhead Small Batch Teaninich, 10 Y

Established in 1817, the Teaninich distillery is located in the town of Alness. It is a lesser-known distillery, but among lovers of malty, fruity and spicy whisky, this Teaninich malt is very popular. This 10 year old has been bottled in a limited edition of only 684 bottles by the independent bottler WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch series. Teaninich is not often used as a Single Malt; it is more used in a selection of popular blends.


54.7% Vol.


Tomatin - Legacy
Tomatin - Legacy

Tomatin was founded in 1897 in a very isolated environment, where the local inhabitants were mainly shepherds and cattle ranchers. That is why Tomatin started a staff building project. Since then, the distillery has been the heart of the community and vice versa. This heritage has been continued and Tomatin is still one of the few distilleries that offers a home to its craftsmen. The aging in Bourbon barrels and first fill oak barrels brings a slight sweetness to this Legacy.


43% Vol.


Islay Storm - Single Malt
Islay Storm - Single Malt

The Vintage Malt Whisky Company was founded in 1992 by Brian Cook, who previously worked as a director at one of the largest distilleries in Scotland. The Vintage Malt Whisky Company develops its own brands and exports worldwide to 20 different countries and also owns Coopers Choice, of which you tasted the 2nd whisky in this edition. About this relatively young, but pleasantly daring Islay Storm, the bottler does not make any statements about the origin, so feel free to speculate about it.



40% Vol.


James Eadie Caol Ila, 8 Y- #2
James Eadie Caol Ila, 8 Y- #2

The Caol Ila distillery was built in 1846. The single malts of Caol Ila are very scarce. This one comes from independent bottler James Eadie. James Eadie was a Scottish brewer who founded a major brewery in 1854 and had his own recipe for a Blended Scotch whisky. Of the original James Eadie whisky, only a few are left. This whisky matured for 8 years on refill Bourbon barrels and is bottled in an edition of 1189 bottles.



46% Vol.


Coopers Choice - Glenrothes, 2007 Port Finish
Coopers Choice - Glenrothes, 2007 Port Finish

From the independent bottler, who states that their range of single cask whiskies from Scotland’s finest distilleries is their homage to the fine craftsmen and their important role in the Scotch Whisky industry. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular to “finish” matured malts for a further short period in casks which have previously held wines. This single malt from Glenrothes aged for 9 years and finished in a Port cask with an outturn of only 420 bottles.

54.5% Vol.


Kilkerran, 8 Y - Cask Strength
Kilkerran, 8 Y - Cask Strength

William Mitchell was samen met zijn broer eigenaar van de Springbank distilleerderij. Na een ruzie bouwde hij in 1872 zijn eigen distilleerderij, Glengyle. Door de verslechterende economie sloot de distilleerderij. In 2000 werd door Mr. Hedley Wright de nieuwe Mitchell’s Glengyle Limited opgericht. Deze whisky rijpte 8 jaar op Bourbonvaten en werd op vatsterkte gebotteld. Een zeer herkenbare Kilkerran met een fraaie balans tussen de karakteristieke aardsheid van Campbeltown en zoete invloeden van de bourbonvaten.

55.7% Vol.

April 2018

Tasting Club April 2018 by Fernand Dacquin

This April edition is presented to you by Fernand Dacquin from Belgium. Fernand is a freelance journalist specialising in tourism and spirits. He writes for magazines in Belgium and the Netherlands. Since 1978, he has travelled around the world in search of beauty and taste, but Scotland remains his 'home'. The clan Hay took him in him as a' clan man' and the Royal Celtic Society enrolled him as their first foreign member. In 2011 he became
'Keeper of the Quaich'.


Edradour, 10 Y - 2008
Edradour, 10 Y - 2008

Most of the instruments in Edradour's distillery date back to its establishment. Only sherry casks are used for maturing the malt. The 3 men who work there produce the same number of litres per year that another distilleries make in one week. Therefore, the whisky is called "The hand made malt". Actually, this Edradour 10 Y is an "official independent bottling", as since 2002 Signatory is the owner of Edradour. A treat for lovers of sherried whisky.

46% Vol.


Highland Park - Dark Origins
Highland Park - Dark Origins

This bottling celebrates the early days of Magnus Eunson's illicit distilling on Orkney, back before the distillery was even founded in 1798. During the day, Magnus worked as a butcher and church official. However, at night he was a legendary whisky smuggler and distiller outwitting the exciseman. To honor their hero, Highland Park created a whisky with a suitably 'dark' character using 80% first-fill Sherry casks (20% refill) - 60% first-fill European oak and 20% first-fill American oak. An exciting, spicy whisky.


46.8% Vol.


Raasay - While we Wait 2nd Release
Raasay - While we Wait 2nd Release

This 2nd release of Raasay While We Wait natural color and non-chill filtered Single Malt is limited to only 1974 bottles marking the year 1974 that Calum Macleod completed his hand-constructed road across Raasay. It contains the same level of peat as their first -award winning- release, but spent 18 months in Tuscan wine casks. This extra time gives bigger, juicier notes, and a heavier mouth-feel. While the first release shows off more smoke and spice, this second release is more rounded.


46% Vol.


Tomatin, Five Virtues - Metal
Tomatin, Five Virtues - Metal

This symbiosis ‘Five Virtues’ is a concept based on the age-old processes and materials employed by Tomatin’s distillery men. Approaching alchemy, the process reveals nature’s extraordinary elements in all their glory. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Water feeds wood; wood sustains fire; fire gives life to earth; earth yields metal; metal gathers water; and the cycle continues… This ‘metal edition’, aged in Bourbon Barrels is the 4th of the expressions in this range. This edition is typically Tomatin; soft, sweet and light.


46% Vol.


As We Get it - Islay
As We Get it - Islay

Unieke Cast Strength Islay malt whisky van Ian MacLeod. Direct van het vat gebotteld. Alleen de allerbeste vaten van de bekende distilleerderijen komen voor de selectie in aanmerking. Bij elke nieuwe botteling kan, door de inwerking van het vat, de whisky van kleur verschillen, als ook het alcoholpercentage. Deze cask strength bottelingen hebben steeds weer een andere smaakbeleving van de betreffende distilleerderij waar de vaten vandaan komen. Door toevoeging van een drupje water krijg je een heel andere smaak belevenis.

61.3% Vol.


Bowmore, 10 Y - Dark & Intense
Bowmore, 10 Y - Dark & Intense

This island's oldest distillery was built in 1779 by David Simpson. During the Second World War, the port of Bowmore served the British army. Dark & Intense is the youngest of a new trio of bottlings from Bowmore. All with age, of barrels matured in the legendary No. 1 Vaults. This one matured for 10 years on a combination of Hogsheads and Sherry casks of Spanish Oak wood and provides an exciting contrast between smoky and salty tones and sweet and spicy influences.

40% Vol.

March 2018

Tasting Club March 2018 by Loek Fransen

This edition has been composed for you by Loek Fransen. Loek worked for International Marques from 1995 to 2010 as a brand ambassador, responsible for the brands Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Kininvie, Monkey Shoulder and Grants. In 2004 he was appointed Keeper of the Quaich, of which he is a treasurer within The Dutch Chapter.


Glencadam, 15 Y
Glencadam, 15 Y

In 1825, George Cooper founded the Glencadam whisky distillery in the ancient city of Brechin. During its existance, the distillery changed hands several times. In 2003 Angus Dundee reopened the distillery as his second distillery, Tomintoul being the first. Glencadam is now the only distillery in the county of Angus, an area of the Highlands region of Scotland and synonic to world award winning whisky. This 15 years old was produced and matured with the knowledge of centuries of craftmenship.

46% Vol.


Auchentoshan - Blood Oak
Auchentoshan - Blood Oak

Auchentoshan is located northwest of the city of Glasgow with views over the Clyde River. The distillery was probably built by Irish refugees in 1825. At Auchentoshan, instead of the usual 2 in Scotland, Auchentoshan is distilled 3 times. This Blood Oak is a limited edition intended for travel retail. The whisky is aged on bourbon casks and French red wine casks. This produces this fruity malt, beautifully balanced in spiciness and sweetness through the bourbon casks.

46% Vol.


Arran, 12 Y - Cask Strength
Arran, 12 Y - Cask Strength

Isle of Arran Distillers is one of the few independent distilleries remaining. For this 12 years old Master Distiller James MacTaggart selected whiskies that matured on first-fill sherry butts, second-fill sherry hogsheads and first-fill bourbon barrels for a rich and powerful Arran with sweet fruit and spiciness of the sherry casks, while the bourbon casks provide soft vanilla tones. This whisky has a natural cask strength of 52.4%, has its natural colour and is unchillfiltered.



52.4% Vol.


Bruichladdich - Laddie Eight
Bruichladdich - Laddie Eight

Bruichladdich was founded in 1881 by Barnett Harvey. In 2012 Remy-Cointreau took over the distillery and, under the leadership of master distiller Jim McEwan, distillation and maturation is done in a modern way, but using traditional insights. Bruichladdich's malts are unchillfiltered and are bottled exclusively at the distillery. Careful management of American and European oak casks in the 8 years that this whisky aged eventually determines the final character of the whisky and is perfectly illustrated in this unpeated ‘Laddie Eight’.



50% Vol.


Glen Scotia, 10 Y - Legends of Scotia
Glen Scotia, 10 Y - Legends of Scotia

Glen Scotia, opgericht in 1832, is een van de 3 distilleerderijen in Campbeltown die nog steeds Schotse Single malt produceren, samen met Springbank en Glengyle. Vóór de Amerikaanse drooglegging was Campbeltown de productie hoofdstad van Schotse whisky. Van de 28 distilleerderijen overleefden er dus slechts 3. Deze zwaar geturfde editie is sterker dan de standaard 10 jaar gerijpte en maakt deel uit van' The Legends of Scotia' -serie die Campbeltown's The Picture House eert als de oudste, nog in bedrijf zijnde cinema van Schotland.


50% Vol.


Loch Lomond - Peated
Loch Lomond - Peated

Loch Lomond is a family business, founded in 1814. This distillery is located in the Highlands of Scotland and has most whiskies matured in old oak casks and finished in sherry casks. This peated whisky is made traditionally, using malted barley and dried with peat, after that maturing on American white oak. The result is a whisky that tastes like when the Loch Lomond Distillery was founded in 1814: first fruit, then smoke and not too heavy.



46% Vol.

February 2018

Tasting Club February 2018

We promised you a 'round the world' in the previous edition, because although Scotland produces beautiful whiskies, many whiskies from other countries certainly are just as interesting. We travel with you to South Africa, America and even Italy and Japan, but also England, and The Netherlands are represented in this edition with whisky that you really must taste.



Bain's Cape Mountain - Single Grain
Bain's Cape Mountain - Single Grain

A Single Grain whisky from James Sedgwick Distillery, founded in 1886 in Wellington, South Africa. This Grain whisky is the very first and so far only Grain from South Africa, invented by Andy Watts who has been Master Distiller since 1991. The base is corn, rye and barley, matured on first fill Bourbon barrels for 3 years and then on new American oak barrels for another 2 years. Namer is Andrew Bain, the man who built the first roads in Wellington.

40% Vol.


Togouchi - Kiwami
Togouchi - Kiwami

Chugoku Jozo is a liqueur, Sake and Shochu producer, their distillery, founded in 1918, is located in Akiota, near Hiroshima. Since 1990, they have been buying Malt and Grain Whisky in Scotland and Canada, maturing them in an old unused train tunnel 361 metres long. Because the Whisky matures only in Japan, it can be called Japanese Whisky. Kiwami means excellent in Japanese, this blend is made on a small scale for the French market.

40% Vol.


Frysk Hynder - Cognac Cask
Frysk Hynder - Cognac Cask

A whisky from Friesland, Netherlands, first distilled in 2002 at the Us Heit brewery in Bolsward. The whisky first appeared on the market in 2005. When founder Aart van der Linden started making whisky, he was one of the first in the Netherlands. At Frysk Hynder they also have a small malting plant, they really do everything themselves in Bolsward. This Cask Strength has matured for at least 5 years on old cognac casks and entered the bottle undiluted.

48% Vol.


Roughstock Montana - Black Label
Roughstock Montana - Black Label

Roughstock is the first distillery in Montana USA for more than 100 years, opened in 2005 by Bryan Schultz in Bozeman. They only use barley, corn and rye from Montana and distil according to 4 different recipes. The Roughstock Black Label is a blend of these 4 different whiskey's that have come together in one barrel, Roughstock bottles the Black Label undiluted per individual barrel. A unique limited American whiskey.

61.45% Vol.


The English Smoky
The English Smoky

In 2006 the English Whisky Company opened the St. George distillery in the South English Norfolk. It was for the first time in more than 100 years that whisky was once again made in England. They work completely in the scottish way, making both peated and unpeated whisky. The Smoky is their first heavily peated English whisky with a smoke content of 45 PPM. The recipe was devised by Ian Henderson, former distillery manager of Laphroaig.

43% Vol.


Puni - Alba
Puni - Alba

After years of contemplation and planning, builder Albrecht Ebensperger quite literally laid the foundation of the first Italian whisky distillery in 2010. This Italian whisky is made with malted wheat, malted barley and malted rye. Alba is Italian for 'dawn', but also means 'Scotland' in Scottish Gaelic. Puni Alba is aged for 3 years in Sicilian Marsala casks before a finishing period in handselected casks that previously held peated whisky from Islay.

43% Vol.

January 2018

Tasting Club January 2018 by Jan Beek

When, just after the start, I came into contact with Tasting Collection, I was already very charmed with their ideas. Over the years I have been able to advise them on quality drinks. At the end of 2013, I had the honor of making the very first set for the International Tasting Club. Meanwhile, 4 months ago, I went to work for Tasting Collection; I work here as a kind of quality watchdog and put together this first set of 2018. I wish all you tasters a lot of fun with this set. And that there will be many to follow...!

- Jan Beek
Keeper of the Quaich


Campbeltown Loch, 5 Y
Campbeltown Loch, 5 Y

This whisky is named after the famous Loch near the fishing town of Campbeltown at the tip of the Kintyre peninsula and is a blend of Springbank and Longrow. Both whiskies come from the same stills, from the famous Springbank distillery. The lightly peated Springbank and the heavier peated Longrow together create a special blend; A combination of smoke, fruit, vanilla and herbs. This 5 year old has a value for money that is more than fine!

40% Vol.


Isle of Skye, 12 Y
Isle of Skye, 12 Y

A blend of Ian MacLeod. The name suggests that it partly contains a Talisker whisky, the only distillery on the Isle of Skye. At least Island and Speyside whiskies were used. A part of it could very well have been aged on sherry casks. All whiskies in this blend are at least 12 years old, which ensures a well balanced character. Dried fruit, light sherry tones and a nice touch of smoke. Those who have ever been on the island Isle of Skye are once again in thought on this beautiful island after the first sip.

40% Vol.


Auchentoshan - Heartwood
Auchentoshan - Heartwood

A 3 times distilled whisky, as it is a lowlander! The Auchentoshan Distillery was opened in 1825 by Irish refugees, which probably explains the light character. This Heartwood is named after the heart of the oak tree. The wood therefore plays an important role in this whisky. Aged on firmly roasted bourbon and Spanish Oloroso sherry barrels, it is a mix of 2 worlds. The whisky is soft, has citrus and the bitter of the wood comes back well. A true homage to the oak tree.

43% Vol.


Bunnahabhain - Cruach Mhòna
Bunnahabhain - Cruach Mhòna

Cruach Mhòna is Celtic and means 'drying pile of peat'. And boy, can you taste this! Bunnahabhain is the only distillery on Islay that makes mostly unpeated whisky. Since 1997, they also produce peated whisky for a few months a year. This Cruach Mhòna is a great example. Sturdy peat smoke, as if you are near a burning peat stove, a hint of toasted bread and herbs. Pepper and licorice with fruit somewhere in the background. In short, if you are a lover of peated whisky, this one is well recommended.

50% Vol.


Signatory - Benrinnes 1997
Signatory - Benrinnes 1997

This 1826 distillery is located at the foot of Ben Rinnes, the highest mountain of the Speyside. Bottlings of this distillery are very rare; All spirit is destined for blends. Still, you can discover a Benrinnes bottling with a so-called 'independent bottler'. They buy remaining barrels of whisky from blenders and let them age. This is also the case with this Benrinnes of Signatory. For many, this will certainly be a pleasant introduction.

43% Vol.


Linkwood, 15 Y - G&M
Linkwood, 15 Y - G&M

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the Scottish Speyside; The Linkwood distillery. Almost all of Linkwood's spirit disappears in the Johnnie Walker series; Only a small portion of this spirit comes to market in real Linkwood whisky. By far, most Linkwood bottles are from independent bottlers, such as Gordon & McPhail. The whisky has sherry notes, fruit, old port, herbs and nut. In short, this Linkwood has a very complex flavor. Not for nothing, Linkwood knows a huge crowd of fans.

43% Vol.

December 2017

December editie 2017 by Giannis Ekaterinidis

My name is Giannis and I love whisky. For me, whisky is a journey of flavors and aromas. I started exploring this wonderful world many years ago. All these years I have tasted numerous amazing whiskies and as a true whisky lover, I have also visited many distilleries in Scotland, with my backpack and camera. Ι have written many articles about whisky for travel blogs and websites in Greece such as Athens Voice and Mary Hop. I also run my whisk(e)y Facebook page (Giannis Whisky and Travel).


Compass Box - Great King Street Artist's Blend
Compass Box - Great King Street Artist's Blend

With Great King Street we will rediscover the joys of blended Scotch whisky. All types of whisky drinkers can really enjoy this unique dram, from beginner to connoisseur. Fruity and spicy with a high proportion of malt whisky (about 50%). Seductive, and far too drinkable. High quality single Lowland grain, combined with Highland and Speyside malt whiskies and aged in 3 different types of oak casks. John Glaser did his magic tricks again! A great addition to the world of whisky.


43% Vol.


Glen Grant, 10 Y
Glen Grant, 10 Y

This distillery was built in 1840 by the brothers John and James Grant. The construction of the Morayshire Railway, which was built right next to the distillery, was excellent for the supply of coal, peat and barrels and, more importantly, of course, the disposal of the whisky. This is one of the world's best selling single malts. Matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon barrels, this Glen Grand was in 2013 awarded the title 'Single Malt of the Year' in its category.

40% Vol.


Craigellachie, 17 Y
Craigellachie, 17 Y

The Craigellachie distillery was built in 1888 by P.J. Mackie and his business partner. Only 2 % of their production of maltwhisky is bottled as Single Malt. Contrary to the current trend of whiskies without an age indication, owner John Dewar & Sons decided to launch new or renewed bottles with his 5 distilleries, all of which have an Age Statement. It matured completely in barrels of American oak wood. Sweet, fruity and smoky, this is a fine example of the quality of this Speyside distillery.


46% Vol.


Glen Moray, 16 Y
Glen Moray, 16 Y

In 1815, a beer brewery was built on the site of the distillery. In 1897 the brewery was converted into a distillery. The area of 'The o' Moray' was already known for its good quality barley at the time, because of the special climate in this area. This makes it 40 days longer in summer than elsewhere in Scotland. For this 16 year old Glen Moray one mainly uses Bourbon barrels, which are bought from the Makers Mark and Heaven Hill distilleries.


40% Vol.


Coopers Choice - Laggan Mill, 8 Y
Coopers Choice - Laggan Mill, 8 Y

This whisky is an 8 years old, single cask bottling, matured from 2008 to 2016, of which only 400 bottles have been produced. The whisky is bottled by an independent bottler for the Cooper's Choice range. However, where this Laggan Mill comes from is a mystery, but it is said that Lagavullin is the distillery behind this whisky. This is a smooth whisky full of character with a sweet vanilla, fruity approach to a famous distillery. Certainly a must try.


46% Vol.


Paul John - Peated
Paul John - Peated

De Paul John distilleerderij in Goa, India is opgericht in 1992 als producent van brandy en blended Whisky, de Original Choice; marktleider in India. In 2008 besloot Paul John ook Malt Whisky te gaan maken in 2 koperen Pot Stills. De whisky rijpt in bourbon barrels in kelders met klimaatcontrole. Deze licht rokerige variant is gemaakt met turf uit Schotland. De Whisky is onverdund in de fles gegaan op een alcohol percentage van 55,5%.

55.5% Vol.

November 2017

November 2017 edition by Mandy Silver

My name is Mandy Silver and I own and run Curly Coo Bar in Stirling, Scotland. From 2009 on, I have managed to accrue around 150 different Malts (which of course is only the tip of the iceberg!) and pleased to say I have tried every one of them – some more than once!

The Coo was voted Best Whisky Bar in Scotland in the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge in 2015 and Best Whiskey Bar in the World!! (a USA site – hence the ‘e’ in Whiskey) in 2011, 2013 and 2017.

Whisky is such an amazing drink – all different with their own characters. I hope you enjoy the drams I have chosen for you.

- Mandy Silver


Naked Grouse
Naked Grouse

The Naked Grouse was first released as a smoother, sweeter addition to The Famous Grouse extended family but no longer forms part of The Famous Grouse family of blended Scotch whiskies. All whiskies for The Naked Grouse are produced with only natural ingredients and matured in first fill Sherry casks of Spanish oak which results in a soft taste with a full Sherry character. Made with Highland Park and The Macallan, two of the world's most famous malts.


40% Vol.


Ardbeg - Corryvreckan
Ardbeg - Corryvreckan

An Islay whisky from the Ardbeg distillery, inspired by the famous Corryvreckan; one of the world's largest 'maelstroms' (water with enormous whirlpools). This water has been identified by the Royal Navy as one of the most dangerous stretches of water on the British Isles. The experiments for creating this Corryvreckan started in 1999. This whisky has only matured on French Oak barrels. On this,he thanks his fruity expression and spicy tones, which form the heart of his complex character.


57.1% Vol.


Aberlour, 12 Y - Double Cask Matured
Aberlour, 12 Y - Double Cask Matured

In 1826, the original Aberlour distillery was founded by James Gordon. This 12 year old whisky is, as usual with most of Aberlour's standard bottlings, 'Double Cask Matured'. For maturing Bourbon and Sherry casks are used. At the desired age, both types are combined ('marriage'). The bourbon cask give vanilla-like aromas to the whisky, while the Sherry casks provide more strength, sweetness and spiciness. Sherry casks, especially those of the Oloroso type, give the whisky darker a darker color.



40% Vol.


Jura - Superstition
Jura - Superstition

Isle of Jura is said to be a superstitious Island. Peat is never cut before May and haystacks built in a clockwise direction. The ancient Egyptian symbol of the Ankh cross on the Jura Superstition bottle is rumoured to bring good fortune. If poured with the Ankh cross in the centre of your palm, they say luck will follow. This whisky is crafted from a selection of Jura single malt whiskies of different age and of which 13% is heavily peated. From the magical Isle of Jura in a world of it’s own.


43% Vol.


Aberfeldy, 12 Y
Aberfeldy, 12 Y

The distillery is located on the river Tay. John Dewar was the founder of this distillery in 1846, but his 2 sons made the company grow. As part of the series 'The Last Great Malts', this 12 years old was given a new look as one of the first whiskies, . But he remains the same soft whisky he was always. Fruitfulness, combined with tones of vanilla, honey and light spiciness.

40% Vol.


Knockando, 12 Y
Knockando, 12 Y

Deze distilleerderij staat van de rivier Spey, waardoor het een Speyside Whisky is. De naam is afgeleid van Gaelisch 'Cnoc-an-dhu', wat 'kleine zwarte heuvel' betekent. Hoewel het hele jaar door wordt gedistilleerd, wordt bij de Knockando-distilleerderij elk jaar van de productie nog steeds aangeduid als een 'seizoen' en u ziet het productiejaar op elke fles. Gemaakt in refill bourbon vaten, is dit een delicaat fruitige dram met verse amandeltonen.

43% Vol.

October 2017

Tasting Club October 2017 by Alexander Sourmpatis

My name is Alexander Sourmpatis from Greece. Along with all I’ve done, I was certified for the BAR-5 program in New York, passed with distinction the Level 2 in Spirits of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and develloped the cocktail program at The Mira hotel in Hong Kong. I’ve also trained local bartenders in Seoul, South Korea and in various other countries in Europe and the Middle East. I am honored to be able to present you this month's edition of Whisky Tasting Club and I hope you will enjoy this selection of these 'must taste' whiskies...



Douglas Laing - Big Peat
Douglas Laing - Big Peat

Big Peat is een blended malt van Islay. Geblend uit Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ola en Port Ellen (!) malts, is deze whisky een absolute winnaar. We zullen nooit weten hoeveel Port Ellen er in de fles zit, maar het brengt elegantie en balans aan de rest van de jonge malts. Big Peat wordt gebotteld in verschillende alcoholgehaltes en zeker als je de hand kunt leggen op een cast strength, direct openmaken, die fles!

46% Vol.


Blanton’s Original Single Barrel
Blanton’s Original Single Barrel

The whiskey that set high standards of all single barrel bourbons worldwide. Bottled in Kentucky at Buffalo Trace distillery. All bottles come from the middle sections of the famous warehouse 'H', and the whisky has a good balance between sweetness, citrus and oak. It is aged 6 to 8 years and the specific warehouse brings more rapid aging results due to its metal construction.


46.5% Vol.


Finlaggan - Eilean Mor
Finlaggan - Eilean Mor

This expression has been bottled at a slightly higher strength than earlier – non cask strength- Finlaggan releases. The whisky comes from an undisclosed distillery on Islay. It’s well known that Finlaggan used to be a Lagavulin, now we don’t know if it still is. There is no distillery known making it, though we have some hints it may be, apart from Lagavulin, a Caol Ila or a Laphroaig. It is named after Finlaggan Castle, the seat of the feudal Lord of the Isles.

46% Vol.


Lagavulin, 8 Y
Lagavulin, 8 Y

The Lagavulin distillery was founded in 1816 and is located on the southern coast of Islay, where the' Lords of the Isles' reigned centuries ago and their fortress kept out strangers. Lagavulin celebrated their 200th anniversary with this Limited Edition, inspired by the visit that Alfred Barnard made to the distillery in 1885, when he tasted a whisky which he considered to be "exceptionally fine". The whisky matured on refill barrels of American oak.




48% Vol.


Mackmyra - Iskristall
Mackmyra - Iskristall

It all started with 8 friends in a ski resort. Now the Mackmyra malts are produced in 2 distilleries, using ingredients, all available within a radius of 120 km from Mackmyra village. This bottling of just 300 bottles, finished in ex-Pedro Ximenez drums, is part of the Mackmyra Seasonal's Collection, a series of limited editions with an unusual finish. Mackmyra is constantly trying to evolve. That's why there are many barrels in their warehouses with special characters to discover.

46.1% Vol.

September 2017

Tasting Club September 2017 by Frans Lambregts

"Born in the year that John F. Kennedy was killed, Reinier Paping won the 'Elfstedentocht' and Glenfiddich was introduced as the first single malt whisky in the Netherlands. I grew up in Amsterdam in the backyard of the local Wine Shop - 'Winery'. How striking my study Chemistry: or was my purpose 'Alchemy and finding the life elixer'? The passion for a fair product came around that time. Very honored to compose this Club edition for you in the year of my 25th anniversary in the spirits industry."

- Frans Lambregts, General Manager Fine Drinks


Rittenhouse - Rye, Bottled in Bond
Rittenhouse - Rye, Bottled in Bond

Een bijzondere en klassieke Rye Whisky. Afkomstig van één van de drie overgebleven oorspronkelijke Rye distillateurs. Rittenhouse wordt sinds begin vorige eeuw geproduceerd en is geliefd bij bartenders en whiskyliefhebbers. Perfect in een Manhattan of Old Fashioned en lekker spicy om puur te genieten. Rittenhouse Rye is volgens Amerikaans wettelijk voorschrift "bottled-in-bond"; waarbij het distillaat onder toezicht van de Amerikaanse overheid tijdens 1 distilleerseizoen in 1 distilleerderij moet zijn geproduceerd en minimaal 4 jaar gelagerd. Altijd 100 Proof.

50% Vol.


West Cork - Black Cask
West Cork - Black Cask

A few decades ago, one dominant distillery for all Irish brands produced spirit. Luckily, the number of distilleries in Ireland also increases. West Cork is Ireland's most southern distillery. West Cork only uses pot stills for production. Black Cask is aged on first fill Bourbon barrels with a finish on extra-burned barrels. This gives a beautiful vanilla sweetness.

40% Vol.


Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage
Evan Williams - Single Barrel Vintage

One of my personal highlights this year were the visits to different distilleries in Kentucky USA. Europeans are 'barrel managers'; What type of barrel can we add to the whisky? The Americans put the priority at the beginning of their whiskey process; The ingredients, the composition of the 'mash' and the type of yeast. After distillation the wait is on how the whiskey will develop in the barrel. This Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage will remain with you; the only Bourbon with harvest year listing.

43.3% Vol.


Lost Distillery - Jericho Archivist
Lost Distillery - Jericho Archivist

De missie van The Lost Distillery Company is om nieuwe expressies te creëren van legendarisch Schotse whiskydistilleerderijen, die al langer dan een eeuw geen whisky meer produceren. De Jericho-distilleerderij sloot haar deuren in 1913. Met behulp van diepgravend onderzoek heeft een team van experts nu het smaakprofiel van Jericho nieuw leven ingeblazen. Daarvoor hebben ze vakkundig een aantal single malt whisky’s van moderne distilleerderijen geblend. Het resultaat is indrukwekkend.

43% Vol.


Balvenie, 17 Y - Doublewood
Balvenie, 17 Y - Doublewood

My first acquaintance with Balvenie was in the late 80s with The Balvenie Classic 18 Y. I still keep a little remainder, of which I take a nip every year. Although the alcohol content has fallen drastically, it remains a beautiful product. In 2012, this 17 year old DoubleWood was released at the 50th anniversary of Master Distiller David Stewart. He is undoubtedly the "inventor" of finishing and with this edition he approaches the Classic 18 Y with which he has indulged me for thirty years. Super!

43% Vol.


Finlaggan - Port Finished
Finlaggan - Port Finished

A real 'value for money' whisky. Jim Murray once wrote: "Brilliant, this is simply awesome. If you do not get a bottle of this, you'll regret it for the rest of your life." This Old Reserve with a finish on Port pipes is highly recommended. Clear Islay features, complemented by the soft tones of matured port. The higher alcohol percentage helps to enhance the flavors. Be sure to purchase a bottle soon. Finlaggan Finish Port Finish appears to be available limitedly.

46% Vol.

August 2017

Tasting Club Augustus 2017 by Derek Mather

Hi there, I’m Derek Mather, born and bred Scot; owner and chef of Artisan Restaurant and whisky snug. My love for whisky started as a boy of sixteen, when my father gave me a Glenlivet 12 Y at Hogmanay. When I opened my restaurant 9 years ago I put 60 bottles of my collection on the bar and this has now grown to just over 3000 bottles of whisky over the years, of which Bruichladdich is my favourite.


North Star - Port Dundas, 12 Y
North Star - Port Dundas, 12 Y

Glasgow’s Port Dundas distillery was built in 1811 at the highest point in the city. Another distillery, Cowlairs, started operation soon after and in 1860 the 2 sites merged. However, in 2011 the new owner Diageo decided to close the distillery. This particular one is their Single Grain Scotch whisky which was distilled in August 2004 and set aside to age until October 2016, when it was bottled by North Star Spirits with an outturn of 318 bottles.


58.8% Vol.


Glenturret - Sherry Cask
Glenturret - Sherry Cask

The Glenturret distillery is the oldest working distillery in Scotland, where' The 5 men of Glenturret' still highly value true craftsmanship. In 1775, the first (then illegal) distillery called Hosh Distillery, was built and changed its name in 1875 to Glenturret. This Sherry Cask Edition is matured on a combination of American and Spanish oak oak, previously used for Sherry. This gives a taste of sweet herbs with soft oak wood in the background.

43% Vol.


Kilkerran, 12 Y
Kilkerran, 12 Y

After a quarrel with his brother, when he owned the Spingbank distillery together with him, William Mitchell built his own distillery in 1872, which he called Glengyle. After the original release in 2016, it would be this 12 years old, that would become Kilkerran's standard bottling. After initial delivery problems, it is now available again. This whisky matured on a combination of 70% Bourbon and 30% Sherry casks. Un-chill filtered and without coloring. A classic whisky of old-fashioned quality.


46% Vol.


Tomatin - Cù Bòcan
Tomatin - Cù Bòcan

The Tomatin distillery produces a slightly peated (15 ppm) whisky for the blended industry one week a year. Only a small quantity of Tomatin is marketed as Single Malt whisky, most of it used for blended whiskies. This has now been done for this bottling. The whisky has matured on a combination of virgin oak and Bourbon and Sherry barrels and is un-chill filtered. It is an initial batch of 18,000 bottles.

46% Vol.


Single Cask Exclusives, Islay
Single Cask Exclusives, Islay

Creative Whisky Company was founded in 2005 by David Stirk, who previously worked for The Whisky Magazine and Cadenheads in Campbeltown. This is a single malt whisky from an unnamed Islay distillery, bottled by The Creative Whisky Company in their Single Cask Exclusives; a series of affordable single cask bottling. This is bottled in 2017 at 50%.

50% Vol.


Paul John - Brilliance
Paul John - Brilliance

From GOA in India and, as expected, angels get a whopping 8% share compare to our average of 2% a year. 3000 litres of spirit a day is being produced. Once they are filled into American white oak casks they are stored in an underground cellar. This fantastic whisky is a nice bourbon cask whisky with demerara sugar, cinnamon and honey on the nose. On the pallet, sweet and spicy with honeycomb with a slight hint of cocoa.

46% Vol.

July 2017

Tasting Club July 2017 by Sietse Offringa

Hello whisky lover!

Thank you for considering this Whisky Tasting Collection Club edition. I am Sietse Offringa, Brand Ambassador for Edrington in Europe. I visit over 20 different countries annually to talk with professionals, press and enthusiasts alike about my favourite topic: whisky. I grew up with it and am proud to be part of an industry filled with wonderful people, passion and history. And I love to share 6 of my all-time favourites with you!


Highland Park, 10 Y
Highland Park, 10 Y

The Highland Park distillery is located on the Orkney Islands north of mainland Scotland. The legal distillery was established in 1825. The barrels used to age the new spirit are refill, Bourbon and Sherry barrels. This whisky is an exclusive variant, only available on the Dutch market. Max MacFarlane, one of the Master Distillers of Highland Park, has found a perfect balance between soft smokiness and a sweet, spicy finish for this 10-year-old whisky.

40% Vol.


Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

The Port Charlotte distillery was built in 1829 by Colin Campbell. This whisky is entirely distilled from indigenous Scottish barley varieties. The spirit is peated to a sturdy 40 ppm. The casks have been carefully selected by Master Distiller Jim McEwan, who states that, in order to enhance the character of younger whisky, an alcohol prcentage of 50 is ideal. At lower percentages, the aromas of the wood are more pronounced. Beautiful balance between the floral elegance of Bruichladdich and firm peat smoke.

50% Vol.


Maker’s Mark, Red Top
Maker’s Mark, Red Top

I was a Scotch boy when I learned to appreciate whisky. Only Scotch, preferably malt. Fortunately I came to love whiskies from all over the world, for every country makes their own great whisky in their own way. The hand-dipped bottle of Maker’s Mark was one of these eye-openers. Full-flavored, round and an easy finish. Great combination of sweet corn and gentle winter wheat. And a perfect match for raw blues music.


45% Vol.


Knob Creek - Rye
Knob Creek - Rye

When you have a bourbon, you should also have a rye. Slightly more spicy because of rye being the dominant grain in the mash bill and still full-flavoured from the American white oak barrels. Knob Creek specifically has nailed this. Round mouth feel, versatile for cocktails due to the high ABV and a lasting impression in the finish. Named after the boyhood home of an iconic protagonist for equality: Abraham Lincoln.


50% Vol.


The Macallan - Edition 2
The Macallan - Edition 2

A feast of flavours chosen by a quartet of masters. Macallan’s Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno teamed up with the Roca brothers from El Cellar de can Roca (in Barcelona, voted the best restaurant in the world several times in a row). These gents brought their preference and unique take on flavour to the table for Edition 2. They even printed the recipe on the box! Rich, sherry-style, 48.2% ABV. Liquid happiness!


48.2% Vol.


Cutty Sark - Blended Scotch
Cutty Sark - Blended Scotch

The Wine & Spirit Merchants Berry Bros, founded in London in 1698, launched this blended Scotch in 1923. It was named after the fastest clipper that at the time sailed across the world's seas: the Cutty Sark. Due to the high quality requirements of Berry Bros, Cutty Sark has developed into a premium brand of excellent quality. When the blending of the barrels is complete, the blend is left to mature for another 6 months or so before the whisky is bottled.

40% Vol.

June 2017

Tasting Club June 2017 by Wullie Macmorland

I'm Wullie Macmorland, Keeper of the Quaich, born and bred Scot, now living in the Netherlands for 40 years. My whisky life began when the father of my best friend poured me a whisky to warm up after a hunting party, I was just 13. In the year 2017, 46 years later, 30 years owner of Dutch's oldest whisky restaurant HIELANDER, organiser of the Hielander Whisky Festival and the Meeting of the Minds symposium whisky in Scotland. I also write for several whisky magazines on whisky and food, I am also the Founder and President of the Ben Nevis Whisky Club Alkmaar.


Antiquary - Blended Scotch
Antiquary - Blended Scotch

The distillery was established in 1897. The new spirit is left to mature in refill Sherry as well as ex Bourbon barrels. The water used for whisky production comes from the Alt-na-Frith Burn. Only a small amount of Tomatin is marketed as Single Malt Whisky, the majority is used for blended whiskies, as is this 'entry issue' of the Antiquary blended Scotch whisky range.

40% Vol.


Glenmorangie, 10 Y - Original
Glenmorangie, 10 Y - Original

Al sinds de oprichting van de distilleerderij in 1843 combineert Glenmorangie traditie en innovatie met als resultaat wereldwijd bekroonde whisky’s. De distilleerketels zijn de hoogste van Schotland, waardoor alleen de lichtste en meest pure dampen het hoogste punt halen en condenseren. Deze whisky is door de ‘Sixteen Men of Tain’ gedurende 10 jaar laten rijpen op Bourbon vaten (American Mountain Oak casks) in de traditionele warehouses van de distilleerderij. Om optimale smaak te garanderen gebruiken zij de vaten maar 2 keer.

40% Vol.


Talisker - 57 North
Talisker - 57 North

The only distillery located on the island of Skye, founded in 1830. Talker 57° North refers to its location at the 57° latitude and has matured in carefully selected American oak barrels. Bottled at an appropriate strength of 57%, the strength and uniqueness of Talisker stand out even better. With its above-average peat aromas and salty, spicy character, Talisker is a real powerhouse; a malt you have to learn to drink. "Talisker: The golden spirit of Skye.

57% Vol.


Càrn Mòr - Glenrothes, 9 Y
Càrn Mòr - Glenrothes, 9 Y

Morrison and Mackay are independent Scottish bottlers. This family business is committed to offering the best that Scotland has to offer. The experience of 3 generations of Scotch Whisky, its own bottling and blending facility and a dedicated team ensure a product of fantastic quality. This Single Barrel whisky comes from a Sherry Butt, distilled in 2007, of which only 920 bottles have been bottled. A traditional Glenrothes, but with an extra twist of the Sherry.

46% Vol.


Omar - Sherry Cask
Omar - Sherry Cask

The Nantou Distillery in central Taiwan is one of a number of distilleries owned by the state, but the only one making whisky. They began to produce the whisky back in 2008, the mash, wort and wash then produced by a nearby brewery. In 2010 a German mash tun and washbacks were installed to produce its own wash. 100% malted barley is used to distil this single malt. This expression was aged in Sherry casks, is non-chill filtered and without coloring.

46% Vol.


Old Perth - Red Wine cask
Old Perth - Red Wine cask

This Old Perth is a blended whisky, released by the Master Blenders of Morrison & MacKay. It is a blend of specially selected malt whiskies, which have had a finish in red wine barrels. Bottled at 58.1%, this whisky is a cask strength without coloring and non chill-filtered. Red fruit and dark chocolate, clear Sherry tones; all wrapped in a jacket of sturdy red wine.

58.1% Vol.

May 2017

Tasting Club May by Yiannis Korovesis

I am Yiannis Korovesis and I am working in the drinks industry for more than 15 years. Founder of Bitterbooze.com, Greece’s biggest and longest running drinks specialized website. A bartending instructor for Le Monde Institute of Hotel & Tourism studies and recently the owner of Borsalino bar in Athens. I’ve visited dozens of distilleries across the world, as well as wineries and bodegas. A certified sherry educator and a foodpairing.com ambassador. But most important, a devoted whisky lover.


Compass Box - Spice Tree
Compass Box - Spice Tree

Inspired by the blending pioneers of the early 19th century, John Glaser, the founder of Compass Box, creates original new whiskies by blending different (malt) whiskies of various ages. Glaser invented an entirely new maturation process. After the first maturing on first-fill Bourbon barrels, the whisky is transferred to refill barrels with heavy-duty cask heads from new French oak. 3 toasting levels are applied to obtain more complexity. This second maturation may take up to 2 years.

46% Vol.


Yellow Spot, 12 Y
Yellow Spot, 12 Y

This amazing whiskey reflects exactly the style of old traditional Irish whiskies. A single pot still, what means that it has been made from malted and unmalted barley, that Mitchell and Sons still produce, as they did lots of decades before. A super finely made whiskey, aged for 12 years, giving out generously sweet fruity notes and some wine flavors. All three different types of barrels that have been used to age this beauty contribute to its high complexity. If you love Irish whiskey that’s one you should definitely try.

46% Vol.


Teeling - Single Malt
Teeling - Single Malt

Teeling was founded by Jack Teeling. After years of service to the Cooley distillery, he started for himself. First as an independent bottler, with the aim of distilling himself again. With this Single Malt, the first generation of Teeling whiskies is complete. Despite the 'No Age Statement', the oldest used whisky has matured for 23 years. 5 different types of wine casks have been used: Sherry, Madeira, Port, Bourgogne Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This combination is unique in Irish whisky and gives it a unique character.

46% Vol.


AnCnoc - Black Hill Reserve
AnCnoc - Black Hill Reserve

In 1892, John Morrison bought the estate as well as the farmhouse Knock in the Highlands. Knockdhu means ‘black hill’. The whisky is bottled as a single malt under the name AnCnoc, which also means ‘black hill’ in Gaelic. Black Hill Reserve is a No Age Statement whisky with no artificial coloring and no chill filtration. Released as one of 2 Travel Retail expressions, launched in the first half of 2015, this is an impressive single malt which matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks.

46% Vol.


Elijah Craig, 12 Y - Small Batch
Elijah Craig, 12 Y - Small Batch

Ik weet niet of Elijah Craig inderdaad was de eerste die bourbon produceerde zoals wij die kennen, maar ik weet zeker dat dit een typisch Amerikaanse whiskey is, die de verkolins techniek van de vaten illustreert. Dus krijg je duidelijke aroma's van vanille, geroosterd hout, karamel en kruidige vruchten als je neus het glas nadert. De romige textuur en het gevoel in de mond, samen met maïs zoetheid, maken dit een zeer vriendelijke en smakelijke whisky. En met 12 jaar op zijn rug. En we weten allemaal wat dat betekent in de Verenigde Staten, niet?

47% Vol.

April 2017

Tasting Club April

In the coming months, a number of whisky experts and enthusiasts will be composing more editions for you. This month of April our team again has collected some 'must-tastes' for you. It has become a nice, wide selection of Scots, of which 2 Islay's, 1 Highland and 1 Speyside, accompanied by 2 'World Brothers'. Just because we see that the demand for non Scotch whisky increases and our members are curious about what the rest of the world has to offer in fine-malts.

Enjoy!


Benromach, 10 Y - 100º Proof
Benromach, 10 Y - 100º Proof

With Benromach's restyling, also this 100 Proof is added. Aged for 80% in bourbon barrels, for 20% in sherry hogs heads and a finish of one year on first-fill Oloroso casks. Bottled at 57%. The designation '100 Proof 'originates from the imperial system, and translates to the metric 57%. 'Proof' is derived from the ancient practice of skeptical sailors to test the strength of their rum ration. To this end, they mixed the drink with gunpowder and if the mixture ignited, the strength was "proved".

57% Vol.


Nikka - Coffey Malt
Nikka - Coffey Malt

Japan can be counted in with the serious whisky producing countries. So serious, that the Miyagikyo distillery could well afford itself an experiment and presented this whisky as the result. Normally column stills are only used for the production of grain whisky. However, Nikka distilled a herd of 100% malted barley in their Coffey stills; an older type of column still, developed by Aeneas Coffey. The result is a surprisingly rich whisky with remarkable smoothness.

45% Vol.


Arran, 10 Y
Arran, 10 Y

The distillery uses unpeated malt in the production process. Therefore the Arran whiskies do not have the typical smoky flavor, like other Island whiskies. This 10 year matured malt is presented as Arran's base-malt with age indication. It is a classic Arran with the known characteristics of this distillery; soft sweet, fresh and fruity with delicate notes of barley. In 2014, twice awarded with the gold medal of the World Whisky Awards and Silver at the International Spirits Challenge.

46% Vol.


Kavalan - Ex Bourbon Oak
Kavalan - Ex Bourbon Oak

After several single cask, cask strength bottlings under the soloist-label, Kavalan thought it was time for a more continuous version. About 4 years fully matured in a combination of first- and refill casks. Reduced in strength with local spring water to 46%. The whisky is filtered cold, however at a higher temperature than usual. This leaves more flavors preserved in whisky, while it is completely clear.

46% Vol.


Port Askaig, 8 Y
Port Askaig, 8 Y

Specialty Drinks is an independent bottler, who focusses on bottling small batches from different Islay distilleries. This 8 Years Old Port Askaig is the youngest so far with age indication and was selected from a series of exceptional barrels Islay single malt and is being part of a series of Islay classics. Also with this 8 years matured malt, it's not announced by which distillery this malt was originally produced, but you can appropriately assume that, aigain, it's Caol Ila.

45.8% Vol.


Glendronach, 12 Y
Glendronach, 12 Y

De Glendronach distilleerderij werd oorspronkelijk gebouwd in 1826, maar is tijden buiten gebruik geweest. Na de heropening in 2002 werd de complete range van 12, 15 en 18 jaar oud in 2009 opnieuw geïntroduceerd. Het karakter van deze whisky ontstaat uit een combinatie van de door Glendronach zelf gemoute gerst, turf en water uit de Highlands. Deze malt rijpte 12 jaar op een combinatie van Oloroso en pedro Ximenez vaten en won in 2013 zilver in de International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013.

43% Vol.

March 2017

Tasting Club March by Reinhard Pohorec

At the age of 27, Reinhard Pohorec has gained wide recognition as international sensory and spirits expert, encompassing everything related to smell, taste, aroma and flavour, with a particular focus on fortified wines and spirits. Pohorec has many titles to his name including Certified Advisor of Spirits, Mixology Newcomer of the Year, World Class Bartender, Sake Sommelier as well as the world’s youngest Cognac and Sherry Educator. He composed this edition, relating to his personal encounters with the passionate creators of the whiskies he presents to you; "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", as called by Reinhard.


Compass Box - Hedonism
Compass Box - Hedonism

Master distiller John Glaser started his own blending company in 2000, always doing things slightly different: full of transparency, focusing on best quality spirit, wood influence and constantly challenging traditions. Hedonism is a luscious Grain Whisky, blending together the juice from different Scottish distilleries, aged in first fill American standard barrels and rejuvenated hogsheads (slight variances from batch to batch).

43% Vol.


Ragtime - Rye
Ragtime - Rye

It takes hard work, dedication and courage to start a distillery from scratch, even more so in the middle of New York City. Allen Katz has been a leading expert and figure in the spirits industry in the United States. However at the New York Distilling Company he truly feels at home now. Fabulous gin, old school Rock & Rye and the fairly recent addition to the family Ragtime Rye: NYDC boasts an array of top-notch spirit.



45.2% Vol.


Lot No. 40 - Rye Whisky
Lot No. 40 - Rye Whisky

From an early age some of us have big plans and clear visions: whether they want to become a heroic firefighter, astronaut or doctor of medicine. Rarely though do we hear people aspire to call themselves whisky professor. Dr. Don Livermore is just that, due to his MS and Ph.D. in Brewing & Distilling from Heriot Watt in Edinburgh. As master blender for Hiram Walker / J.P. Wiser’s he’s the go-to expert on all things grain, distilled and aged in wood.

43% Vol.


Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt
Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt

Toewijding, waardigheid, passie, perfectie. Japanse cultuur oefent fascinatie in tegenstelling tot alle andere, ambachtslieden voortbrengend die traditie eren, hun vaardigheden stimuleren en producten creërenvolgens de hoogste normen. Dit is zeker en met name het geval voor de Japanse whisky, die evolueerde van een weinig bekende curiositeit tot een serieuze all-time classic op de mondiale whiskykaart. Het is door heren als Shinjiro Torii en Masataka Taketsuru dat we de kans krijgen te genieten van deze kostbare vloeistof vol harmonie en evenwicht.

43% Vol.


Woodford - Reserve
Woodford - Reserve

If you were a connoisseur, back in the day Single Malt Scotch was the only way to go. Only over the past couple of years American Whiskey and Bourbon in particular re-gained their places among the finest brown spirits there are. Woodford Reserve has been at the forefront of highest quality Bourbon and Chris Morris perfectly balances tradition with modern elements, technique and craft.


43.2% Vol.


Laphroaig - Quarter Cask
Laphroaig - Quarter Cask

De eerste indruk zou die van nogal ernstig, stoer en een beetje ruw rond de randen. Laphroaig Single Malts, net als hun meester distilleerder John Campbell, is een karakteristiek wezen, maar op het tweede gezicht zult u een zeer charmante grijns, diepe oprechtheid en warmte ontdekken. Grote, langdurige indrukken, rook, turf, een smeulend kampvuur - een intrigerende mix van wilde natuur en lokkend comfort.

48% Vol.

February 2017

Tasting Club February 2017

Dear Club member,

As days become longer and nights become shorter again, we'd like to present you 6 whiskies that our Tasting Collection expert team chose. Each with a different style and signature. Because that's what we feel is most important about tasting whisky; learning about the background of distilleries and the people who produce them with passion. And finding your favourites amoungst them. We hope you enjoy this next trip on our whisky adventure!

Cheers!


Wolfburn - First Release
Wolfburn - First Release

Wolfburn is located on the outskirts of Thurso and is the northernmost distillery of mainland Scotland. In principle, only unpeated malt was used, but since 2014 they started making also peated whisky. Master Distiller is Shane Fraser. He previously worked at Royal Lochnagar and Oban and was Distillery Manager at Glenfarclas for 7 years. This malt was distilled from unpeated malt and matured on quarter casks from Laphroaig. Despite his youthfulness he has structure and a nice balance. A beautiful, pure, honest, whisky with sometimes a trace of smoke from the casks.


46% Vol.


Highland Park - Svein
Highland Park - Svein

The Highland Park distillery, founded in 1825, is located on the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland. Svein was the Viking chieftain, whose legendary acts constitute the heart of the 'Orkneyinga saga'. This bottling is part of Highland Park's new 'Warrior series'. Along with Einar, Harald, Sigurd, Ragnavald and Thorfinn honored again as Highland Park Nordic heritage. The differences between the different warriors are reflected in the proportion of European oak barrels Sherry which are used for the different bottlings.

40% Vol.


Glen Scotia, 15 Y
Glen Scotia, 15 Y

Glen Scotia was founded in 1832 and is one of the 3 distilleries, still active in the Campbeltown region and also one of Scotland's smallest distilleries. Each barrel is selected and judged by the Master Blender, John Peterson. This one matured for 15 years on barrels of American oak and is bottled un-chill filtered at a strength of 46%. A full, rich and complex whisky with a nice balance between sweet, fruity, fruity, spicy and bitter tones.



46% Vol.


Glenfarclas, 21 Y
Glenfarclas, 21 Y

The 3 wash stills and 3 spirit stills at Genfarclass are not heated with steam, but with gas burners under the stills; something very unusual at Scottish distilleries. The new spirit matured in new sherry casks, but also on refill sherry casks. The water comes from the streams of Ben Rinnes. This malt won 'Silver Outstanding' at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and 'Master' on the Speyside Single Malts 19-30 YO 2015.

43% Vol.


Auchentoshan - American Oak
Auchentoshan - American Oak

Auchentoshan is distilled from malted barley, non-peated. A special feature of this single malt is the 100% triple distillation, which yields a particularly soft and smooth whisky. Auchentoshan is unique in this, not only in the lowlands but in the whole of Scotland. This single malt whisky has a delicate character from aging in only first fill ex-Bourbon barrels from the United States.

40% Vol.


Ardbeg, 10 Y
Ardbeg, 10 Y

Alle karakteristieken van een echte Islay Malt komen samen in Ardbeg; een Malt met een uitgesproken turfachtig, rokerig en complex karakter. Perfect in balans met een onderliggende zoetheid door gebruik van een unieke koperen 'purifier' op de distilleerketel, een ‘peaty paradox’. Ardbeg bottelt de 10 years old op 46%, zodat geen koude filtering nodig is en alle oorspronkelijke nuances behouden blijven. Ardbeg wordt door vele kenners gezien als de ultieme Islay Malt.

46% Vol.

January 2017

January 2017 by Steve Prentice

I’m Steve from Somerset Whisky Blog, a review, news and opinion website based in the UK. I have toured 60+ distilleries, mostly in Scotland, but also elsewhere in the UK. I have gone from being a “peat freak” to a “sherry bomb” lover, and these days I like a broad selection of tasty, affordable whiskies that I can enjoy without having to spend too much time appreciating them, I like them to be good from the get go.
With that in mind, here is my personal selection…


Cameron Brig - Grain Scotch
Cameron Brig - Grain Scotch

Cameron Brig is a defamation of Cameronbridge. Founded in 1824 as Cameron Bridge by John Haig in 1824, it was also known as the Haig distillery. This is a young single grain, which is quite light in character. Young grainwhisky can often be a bit hard and sharp in tone, but that is not the case here. Pleasantly soft and with a fruity sweet, this is an easy drinkable whisky and a nice alternative for anyone who wants something else.

40% Vol.


Hazelburn, 10 Y
Hazelburn, 10 Y

Campbeltown is the smallest whisky area in Scotland. It used to be an abundance of local barley and peat, a paradise for illegal stokers. This 10-year-old version is the successor of the Hazelburn, 8 Y, and together with the 12 Y it will form the core assortment of Hazelburn. The whisky aged completely on Bourbon casks and was bottled for the first time in 2016. This whisky is beautifully balanced. The many fruit tones provide a nice counterbalance to the full and sweet character of the whisky.



46% Vol.


Bunnahabhain, 12Y
Bunnahabhain, 12Y

The Bunnahabhain distillery is located in the northeastern part of Islay and is built on the estuary of the Margadele River. The first new spirit left the distillery in 1882. Little has changed or modernised in the distillery so far. Launched in the summer of 2010, slightly daring and with a higher alcohol content of up to 46.3%, no chill-filtering and no added coloring, this new version of the 12 year old is a huge step forward.

46.3% Vol.


Lagavulin D.E.
Lagavulin D.E.

To finish, one of my most favourite drams, and one that doesn’t seem to have been presented to you before. It’s the royalty of Islay, and with the addition of some secondary maturation in Sherry it’s a late night sipper to relax and enjoy, giving you a huge Islay hug as if to say you’re home and all your cares can go away. Superb whisky. Your empty glass will continue to smell wonderful for hours and hours. Slàinte!

43% Vol.


Ledaig, 10 Y
Ledaig, 10 Y

Gaan we door naar een andere van mijn favorieten; een veel zwaardere peated whisky, van dezelfde eigenaren als Bunnahabhain op Islay. Deze whisky komt van Mull en is gemaakt met dezelfde liefde zonder kleur- of chill-filtering. Als je minder van de lichte teer- en kruidige tonen bent zou een druppel water kunnen helpen om deze iets te minderen, maar toch een goede moutigheid te behouden. Het geven van een beetje ruimte en tijd om te ademen kan hier ook helpen.

46.3% Vol.


Nikka - Pure Malt, Black
Nikka - Pure Malt, Black

Masataka Taketsuru built his first distillery, the Yoichi, in 1934, following Scottish example in northern Japan. In 1969 the Miyagikyou joined in there, near Tokyo. Yoichi makes a peated Whisky, Miyagikyou makes a much softer, non peatedWhisky. In the middle of Japan stands the Tochigi distillery where they only make Grain whisky. The Pure Malt is a blend of the 3 distilleries, with the emphasis on Yoichi. Firmly with a light trace of smoke.

43% Vol.

December 2016

December 2016 by Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Receiving a bottle of Glenmorangie, 10Y on his 18th birthday was the catalyst to the whisky adventure he's currently on. Over those 23 years he has visited many of the distilleries in Scotland and beyond, and helped set up 2 whisky clubs. In 2012 his love of whisky set him on the route of blogging and his website enjoys great popularity. He also writes for whisky magazines, both in print and online, and even does podcasts. He now is Store Manager of a Whisky and Cigar shop in Edinburgh.


Peat's Beast - Cask Strength
Peat's Beast - Cask Strength

Fox Fitzgerald was founded in 2010 by MD Eamonn Jones who, after a career of more than 20 years in the beverage industry, started out for himself as an independent bottler, but also represents other brands. Peat's Beast was introduced as the first brand in 2010. Besides the regular Peat's Beast, there is also this Cask Strenght version. More intense, more powerful, more mature. The sweetness being supported by the extra alcohol, its rambunctious character is somewhat curbed, which leads to a nice balance and an intense taste.

52.1% Vol.


Balmenach - 2008
Balmenach - 2008

Balmenach Distillery was established in 1824 by James MacGregor. The Distillery is now owned by Inver House Distillers Limited, a privately owned distiller whose other distilleries include Speyburn-Glenlivet, Knockdhu, Balblair and Old Pulteney. This 2008 vintage Balmenach single malt mainly goes into blended whisky, but a small amount gets out through independents like Gordon & MacPhail and was bottled in 2016 as part of their long-running Connoisseurs Choice range. This one was aged in a combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks.

46% Vol.


Kavalan - Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Kavalan - Concertmaster Port Cask Finish

Taiwan's first whisky distillery is located in the north-eastern part of Taiwan in the Yilan area, about an hour's drive from the capital Taipei. The distillery was established in 2005 and built in 9 months on a large flat area between 2 mountain ranges. Since 2008, Taiwanese whisky has been a 'thing'. This single malt whisky utilises Ruby Port, Tawny Port and Vintage Port casks from Portugal to finish whiskies that were initially matured in American oak.

40% Vol.


Clynelish - 1998
Clynelish - 1998

The Clynelish distillery is located in the north of Scotland near the town of Brora. In 1968, a new distillery was built next to the old Clynelish (Brora) distillery. Brora closed down permanently in 1983 and the warehouse and filling store now serve the new Clynelish distillery. The Clynelish Single Malt is mainly used for blended whiskies. However, this is a Single Malt Clynelish. He was distilled in May 1998 and matured over 17 years on Hogsheads.

43% Vol.


Glenturret - Triple Wood
Glenturret - Triple Wood

Established in 1775, the Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest distillery. The rugged environment there made it since the 16th century already perfectly suitable for illegal whisky distillers. When the distillery was being built, an official permit was also issued. This Triple Wood matured on a combination of Bourbon barrels and Sherry casks of American and European oak, creating a light, sweet and creamy whisky with a wonderfully soft, slightly peppery aftertaste.

40% Vol.


Glenkinchie, 12 Y
Glenkinchie, 12 Y

De distilleerderij ligt vlakbij Edinburgh en wordt daarom ook ‘The Edinburgh Malt’ genoemd. Destijds gewoon Kinchie geheten, maar vanaf het jaar 1837 werd de naam Glenkinchie gebruikt. Na uitvoerige tests meenden de Classic Malt distillateurs unaniem dat 2 jaar extra rijping in Amerikaans eiken de malt een vollere stijl geeft, maar het essentiële Lowland-karakter hierbij volledig blijft bewaard. De regio staat vooral bekend om een licht en floraal karakter, die je zeker zult terugvinden in deze 12 jaar oude Single Malt.

43% Vol.

November 2016

November 2016 by Ruben Luyten

This Club Edition was composed by Ruben Luyten, the author of WhiskyNotes.be, one of the longest running whisky blogs (since 2008) on which news and tasting notes appear on an almost daily basis. He was elected International Whisky Blogger of 2015 and was Glenrothes Vintage Maker 2012 and also publishes about sherry on SherryNotes.com for several years now. Although on his blog he often focuses on European independent bottlers, this time it are the official bottlings, although from all over the world. 4 of them are (partly) matured in sherry casks, how could it be different?


Benromach, 5 Y
Benromach, 5 Y

Benromach was built in 1898 and is located in the far west of the Speyside. The distillery had a turbulent history of closures and takeovers. Gordon & MacPhail bought the buildings in 1992 and built a whole new distillery there, which was opened by Prince Charles in 1998. This whisky matured for 5 years on 80% Bourbon barrels and 20% Sherry Casks. In addition to a hint of smoke and citrus, it has a grassy, slightly buttery character.

40% Vol.


Smooth Ambler, 7 Y
Smooth Ambler, 7 Y

Smooth Ambler does "whiskey scouting"; they look for nice bourbon in external stocks and bottle those under their own label. This whiskey probably comes from the MGP distillery in Lawrenceburg. A nice dry bourbon with pretty much rye influence. Many mint and eucalyptus flavor.

49.5% Vol.


Connemara - Distillers Edition
Connemara - Distillers Edition

I personally like peated Irish whiskey, which is slightly different from what is produced on Islay. The Distillers Edition has been aged in bourbon barrels and was finished on Oloroso cask. Originally only for the French market, now widely available. Dark aromas of smoke and earth, combined with sweet berries and a spicy hint.

43% Vol.


Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55
Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 55

In 1826, Aberlour was founded by James Gordon. In 1879, the new owner James Fleming moved the distillery to where it still is today. A'Bunadh's batches follow each other faster and faster, thanks to a combination of increasing popularity and smaller runs. With the issuance of each new batch, it is striking that this classic constantly remains at a very high level. While you enjoy this 55th batch, the next batch of The Original has already been published.

60.9% Vol.


GlenDronach - Cask Strength, batch 4
GlenDronach - Cask Strength, batch 4

One of my favorite batches of this cask strength version, a blend of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. A lighter profile than what we know from the single casks. A beautiful fruit mix, yellow raisins and apricot. Some candied ginger and cinnamon. Very nice, juicy whisky with plenty of punch thanks to the full cask strength.

54.7% Vol.


Nikka - All Malt
Nikka - All Malt

The choice of founder Masataka Taketsuru for production in the far north of Japan is based on Scotland's similar weather conditions. The average winter temperature is 7° lower and the summer temperature is 9° higher than in Scotland. This slows down the aging process in winter and accelerates it in summer. This is a blend of Pot Still whisky (Yoichi and Miyagikyou) and Column Still whisky (Miyagikyou). Both types of stills were, quite unique, fed with malted barley. A' malt blend' as it were.

40% Vol.

October 2016

October 2016 by Bram van Glabbeek

The composer of this edition is Bram van Glabbeek, passionate whisky lover and chairman of the independent Dutch whisky association, the Usquebaugh Society.

"Since my first introduction to the golden fluid in 1987, I'm on a quest for the ultimate whisky, which still has to be found. However, my conclusion is already: it tastes better in good company because together you enjoy more. "


Kilbeggan - Irish Whiskey
Kilbeggan - Irish Whiskey

This is a traditional Irish whiskey of the same "family" as Connemara, the 4th whiskey in this edition. 2 times distilled for more flavor and character according to ancient recipe. The Kilbeggan distillery lies in the middle of Ireland in the eponymous town. It is the world's oldest working distillery and has a rich history. Therefore, it is more than worth a visit; you feel centuries back in time.

40% Vol.


Buffalo Trace - Bourbon Whiskey
Buffalo Trace - Bourbon Whiskey

American whiskey is on the rise. There is a wide choice of affordable expressions. The Buffalo Trace is made by the most distinguished distillery in the world, according to the traditional 'Bourbon rye recipe 'and matures at least 8 years in American oak barrels. An accessible bourbon whiskey, nicely balanced between sweet taste, slightly smoky, herbal and softness. A wonderful whiskey and a beautiful stepping stone to an American reconnaissance.

40% Vol.


Millstone - 100 Rye
Millstone - 100 Rye

This bottling is especially made for Usquebaugh Society and is a fairly typical small batch Zuidam Rye: it differs from all their other bottlings and is made as an experiment. A relatively short maturation of 6 1/2 years, but bottled at an unusually low cask strength of 43.4%. The combination of the Dutch climate, bottling in lower strength and a decent time in the barrel produces this particular rye whisky.

43.4% Vol.


 Inchmurrin, 12 Y
Inchmurrin, 12 Y

Named after the island in the lake at Loch Lomond Distillery. This is exactly on the border between the Highlands and the Lowlands, but the malts of Loch Lomond are still counted among the Highlands. For many fans this 12 year old malt was this years' surprise of the whisky show in London. Fruity, slightly sweet, mint, apples, Calvados. Just a nice whisky which many people will love.

46% Vol.


Glen Garioch 1990, 25 Y
Glen Garioch 1990, 25 Y

Of course this edition must have an exclusive whisky. With our association, each year, we bring a whisky selected by the members themselves. With our 25th anniversary last year our members came to this excellent choice. A little smoke, some fruit, caramel, vanilla, apricots and a lot of strength with this whisky at cask strength.

56.7% Vol.


Connemara - Original
Connemara - Original

Ierse whisky is zacht, zonder rook en lekker” is een veelgehoorde uitspraak. Dit is slechts ten dele waar, want Connemara is de enige over turf gestookte Ierse Single Malt whiskey. Deze ‘vergeten’ traditionele distilleermethode, gecombineerd met natuurlijke ingrediënten en langdurige rijping op eiken vaten, maken deze whiskey de terechte winnaar van de gouden medaille in de International Wine and Spirits Competition 1996. Een Ier met heerlijk rokerige zweem en een uitgesproken smaak!

40% Vol.

September 2016

September 2016 by Davin deKergommeaux

Davin de Kergommeaux is the author of the award-winning book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert. He has also contributed to or co-authored 4 other books about whisky, and 2 about spirits and cocktails. He spent 6 university years studying whisky grains and has been a Malt Maniac since 1999. His writing appears regularly in Whisky Magazine and various lifestyle publications. Follow him on twitter and instagram @Davindek.


Amrut - Peated CS
Amrut - Peated CS

Bangalore is very warm so whisky is matured in a cellar to help slow down the maturation process. This whisky combines Indian barley from Rajasthan with peated barley imported from Scotland. The peat reeks of wood smoke, subdued on the nose with plentiful fruity aromas. On the palate toffee and caramel come to the fore, followed by peppery notes and gingery spices then the scent of a campfire.

62.8% Vol.


Lagavulin, 12 Y - Cask Strength
Lagavulin, 12 Y - Cask Strength

Distillery visitors remark on the water supply, turned brown by dissolved peat but none of that contributes to the sweet smokiness of the whisky. Rather, Port Ellen maltings supplies all the malt, peated over Islay smoke. Whiskies lose peat over time and this one is significantly smokier than the 16-year-old core bottling. Sweet with ripe fruits and loads of medicinal smoke. Outstanding whisky, a benchmark, in fact.

54.4% Vol.


Johnny Walker - Double Black
Johnny Walker - Double Black

Volgens Master Blender Jim Beveridge is deze Double Black is ontstaan uit de Johnnie Walker Black Label. Dankzij de toegang tot enkele van de grootste en meest diverse voorraden van oudere Schotse whisky’s ter wereld, is Johnnie Walker Double Black gecreëerd. Elke whisky is op een andere manier gerijpt, afhankelijk van de bijzondere eigenschappen van hout, klimaat en locatie. Het is de kunst van de Master Blender om deze whisky’s te blenden tot een whisky met een buitengewoon smaakpalet.

40% Vol.


Laphroaig, 10 Y
Laphroaig, 10 Y

Laphroaig was founded in 1815 by the brothers Alex and Donald Johnston. The distillery is located on the south coast of Islay, near the port town of Port Ellen. Since the 1990s it has been a very popular Single Malt since the 1990s. The firm, peated malt comes for 20% from own malt floors, the rest of the Port Ellen malt shop. The whisky for this 10 years old ages on bourbon caks and is typical of Islay; powerful and smoky.

40% Vol.


Black Grouse - Alpha Edition
Black Grouse - Alpha Edition

This heavily peated version of The Famous Grouse is made combining peat from the Scottish mainland and from Islay. Peat can be a dominating aroma erasing other more subtle smells. In a whisky it is carefully balanced not to overshadow the signature maltiness of The Famous Grouse. Nose is sweet and smoky throughout with toffees, cereal tones, peppery notes and hints of apricots on the palate.

40% Vol.


Ardmore - Tradition Peated
Ardmore - Tradition Peated

Ardmore, founded in 1898 and based in Kennethmont, has a strong belief in distillation according to the traditional method. All Ardmore whiskies have aromatic smoke in the smell and taste, thanks to the Highland peat used to dry the malted barley. The peat is sourced on the Scottish mainland and so differs in composition from the more familiar Islays. However, Ardmore is – wrongfully- a bit of an under-appreciated malt, because production is focussed on making whisky to blend in, amoug others, Teacher’s blend.


46% Vol.


Amrut - Peated
Amrut - Peated

Amrut was founded in 1948, in Bangalore, India, as a distillery of blended whisky and rum. Since the nineties they also make a Single Malt. Their copper boilers are made in Scotland. They also buy peated barley in Scotland for making their smoky, peated Whisky. This Peated matures about 4 years on bourbon casks. In Bangalore, it is warm and dry; the maturing process is therefore very fast. The whisky is smoky, spicy and fruity.

46% Vol.

August 2016

August 2016 by Martine Nouet

Martine Nouet, known as "the Queen of the Still" is the only author and journalist who writes exclusively about food and spirits. She specialises in matching food and whisky and hosts whisky dinners all over the world. She has just releases a cookery book including 60 recipes, all matched with whisky, “A Table, whisky from glass to plate”. She particularly enjoys writing about Scotch Whisky and is a regular contributor to www.scotchwhisky.com. She launched the French edition of Whisky Magazine in 2004 which she edited for 6 years. She is a judge at the annual International Wine & Spirit Competition in London and was made a Master of The Quaich in 2012. She lives on Islay in Scotland.


Teeling - Single Grain
Teeling - Single Grain

Having left Cooley Distillery after its takeover by Jim Beam, Jack and Stephen Teeling have founded the first distillery in Dublin after 125 years in 2015. They also release excellent whiskeys from the stock they kept from Cooley. The single grain has totally matured in ex Californian Cabernet wine casks. Smooth and fruity with a demerara character, this single grain has a satin-like texture and displays lovely notes of peaches and pears. It has been awarded the Best single Grain by Whisky Magazine in 2014.


46% Vol.


Isle of Jura, 16 Y - Diurachs' Own
Isle of Jura, 16 Y - Diurachs' Own

Often denied the status of an "island" whisky as the marine influence is far from being obvious, Jura is as unique as the island where it is produced. It certainly encapsulates the ragged nature of the place with its heather-clad mountains. The 16 Year Old is rich and malty with earthy and honeyed notes and a distinct nutty finish. Perfectly balanced, with an enticing malty core, this single malt retains a delicious autumnal character.


40% Vol.


Glenrothes - Vintage Reserve
Glenrothes - Vintage Reserve

This last addition to the reserve range will replace the Select Reserve. It combines 10 vintages which are said to to reflect the 4 key aromas of Glenrothes: citrus fruit, vanilla, dark fruit and oak. They range from 1989 to 2007. The nose is versatile, changing all the time hence the complexity. It starts with a floral note (bluebells and orange blossom) then a mix of Autumn fruit and juicier Summer fruit enhanced by a spicy festoon. Finally, in the back, an earthy touch. The palate is smooth and mouth coating (between velvet and satin), releasing citrussy, dark fruit and licorice flavours.

40% Vol.


Chivas Regal, 18 Y
Chivas Regal, 18 Y

Designed by talented master blender Colin Scott, Chivas Regal 18 Year Old is a complex and elegant blended Scotch Whisky from Pernod-Ricard portfolio. The heart of the blend is the Speyside single malt Strathisla, hence its fruity and spicy character releasing dried apricot and stewed apples notes, delicately framed by soft spices and orange dark chocolate. The finish is long and generous, soothing on marzipan and elegant oak.


40% Vol.


Mackmyra - Svensk Rök
Mackmyra - Svensk Rök

Svensk Rök is the first smoked whisky from Sweden and the idea of a group of friends, born on their winter sports holiday. After many study trips to Scotland, they founded the Mackmyra Svensk Whisky Comp in 1999. The malt was dried above a fire of peat and juniper bushes. This gives him tones of juniper and smoke. Now, also Swedish oak barrels are used, which are seared on the inside in order to obtain the sweet aromas of the wood.

46.1% Vol.


Kilchoman - Sanaig
Kilchoman - Sanaig

Now a regular in Kilchoman range, Sanaig is a blend of bourbon and oloroso sherry casks with a predominant sherry influence. It takes its name from a breathtaking neighbouring cove which boasts the most remote art gallery in Europe. The nose is sweet and fruity with tropical fruit notes (candied pineapple, a touch of lime). The smoke slowly comes through with a briny whiff. The palate is oily, smooth at first, releasing lemon curd notes then dries on a sooty and dusty kick. The peaty character is challenged by fruit at first but creeps through on time. A charming dram.


46% Vol.

July 2016

July 2016 by Dennis Hendriks

My first encounter with Scotland in the early 1990s was love at first sight. Through internships at Bladnoch and Highland Park I experienced all facets of whisky-making at close range. I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to compose this edition of Whisky Tasting Club. As a brand ambassador of The Glenrothes, I have had the opportunity to taste a lot of beautiful and special whiskies for over 10 years. It's my pleasure to present to you, as a member, some fine whiskies that contain the pure passion for me.

- Dennis Hendriks


Compass Box - Asyla
Compass Box - Asyla

I've known John Glaser since the creation of Compass Box. A master of surprise and top whisky maker. The Asyla is a blend of solitary elevation that shows how delicate and difficult blending can be. The delicious vanilla notes and beautiful balance of this blend opened my eyes to blends again. Try it once as an aperitif with a slice of slightly spicy cheese. Delicious!

40% Vol.


Glenrothes - Sherry Cask Reserve
Glenrothes - Sherry Cask Reserve

This, again is a whisky of The Glenrothes showing that the maturity of the selected casks is more important than age. Perfect balance of whisky, aged in 1st refill sherry casks. Deliciously full, lovely spicy notes of, among others, orange. Unmistakably Sherry cask. For me a whisky that can be drank with beautiful dishes, but also a perfect table dram for an evening with friends. The ultimate 'every day dram'.

40% Vol.


Cragganmore, 12 Y
Cragganmore, 12 Y

John Smith, Scotland's most experienced distiller at the time, built the Cragganmore distillery in 1869. The spirit stills, which he designed himself, stand out because of their unusual shape. He himself designed them at the time to produce a lighter end product. The heavier alcohols condense, fall back into the still and do not end up in the final product. This explains the enormous complexity of the Cragganmore malt. Whisky journalists Michael Jackson and Dave Broom both chose Cragganmore as their big favorite in this price range.

40% Vol.


Talisker - Distillers Edition
Talisker - Distillers Edition

Talisker is opgericht in 1830 en een van de twee distilleerderijen op het eiland Skye. Talisker behoort ook tot de 6 'Classic Malts’. Gedistilleerd in 2003 en gerijpt in Bourbon vaten. Om de rijkheid van de Talisker single malt aan te duiden heeft de Master Distiller een klein aantal vaten geselecteerd voor een dubbele rijping (double maturation) in vaten waar voorheen Jerez Amoroso sherry in heeft gerijpt. Het resultaat is een Talisker met mooie sherry invloeden gecombineerde met duidelijke Island aroma's.

45.8% Vol.


Benriach - Birnie Moss Intensely Peated
Benriach - Birnie Moss Intensely Peated

A whisky that you would not expect from a Speyside. Between the tropical fruit and vanilla you would expect from a Speyside whisky, suddenly a bomb of smoke comes to you without being too much. Delicious after a late night at a campfire, after the ultimate BBQ or when you come home in the rain, soaking wet and you need to cheer up.

48% Vol.


Dunville, 12 Y - PX
Dunville, 12 Y - PX

This Irish whiskey has a rich past. Once founded in Belfast in 1801 and now back again. Now on the market thanks to Echinville distillery, the first Northern Irish distillery in 125 years. The 10 year old Irishman, finished on PX casks, is a surprise. Beautiful vanilla and citrus notes next to beautiful notes of wood and of course a little touch of PX casks. A nice long finish. This 'new Irishman' shall surely be an experience for many people.

46% Vol.

June 2016

Juni 2016 door Greg Dillon

Greg Dillon is a brand strategy consultant specializing in premium spirits, author of GreatDrams.com; a one man’s mission to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining. Award-winning brand, business and spirits blogger. Most importantly, a lover and appreciator of premium spirits on a constant quest for knowledge. This passion makes an excellent writer, presenter and host.


Clynelish - Distillers Edition
Clynelish - Distillers Edition

I always feel that Clynelish is a bit of an underrated whisky and distillery, but this Clynelish Distillers Edition reminds us how impressive their releases can be. It has been finished in Oloroso Seco sherry casks, giving it a really rich flavour profile compared to its stablemates. Stewed apples and winter fruits on the nose develop into a salty, slightly smokey aroma that will raise smiles. The palate exudes sherry richness, lots more of those winter fruits, with just a little bit of smoke again. Marvellous.

46% Vol.


Craigellachie, 13 Y
Craigellachie, 13 Y

The Craigellachie distillery was built in 1888 by P.J. Mackie and his business partner. This is the youngest of 3 new Craigellachie bottlings. While the trend in Scotland is to bottle No Age Statement whiskies, Dewar makes a completely different statement. Under the name 'The Last Great Malts', all 5 of their distilleries produce new, or renewed, age-appointed bottles. This one matured 13 years completely on refill casks of American Oak and is bottled un-chill filtered.

46% Vol.


Edradour, 10 Y
Edradour, 10 Y

This distillery often gets overlooked and is not as well known to whisky drinkers as it probably should be. Edradour is the smallest ‘traditional’ distillery in Scotland and has been around for nearly 200 years. This whisky is sweet with a spicy edge to it. Lots of vanilla, from the bourbon casks it has been matured in, with fresh apples and hints of tropical fruits on an incredibly smooth, well-rounded palate.

40% Vol.


Deanston, 12 Y
Deanston, 12 Y

Very creamy, fruity and soft. This is a true sipping whisky. One to enjoy after a long day at work or with a BBQ in the summer. Fresh barley notes accompany the fruity notes with soft fruits and just a feint hint of spice make this an all rounder.

46.3% Vol.


Dalmore, 15 Y
Dalmore, 15 Y

Ah, The Dalmore. One of my favourite ranges. The 15 Year Old is a very nice expression put together by the whisky legend that is Richard Patterson. A very nice whisky giving off a very nutty, marzipan-like nose that is distinctly lighter than the 12 Year Old despite its advancing years. The palate is creamy, light again, nutty again with hints of citrus and a medium finish.

40% Vol.


Glen Moray - Port Cask Finish
Glen Moray - Port Cask Finish

Waarom ik denk dat dit één van de whiskymerken met de beste waarde op de markt is? De kwaliteit en genot wegen ruimschoots op tegen de kosten van welke van hun flessen dan ook. Deze Glen Moray port cask finish is mooi en heeft voor het bottelen 8 maanden gerijpt in ex-Tawny portvaten. Hij heeft een nogal roséwijn-achtig uiterlijk. Spicy in de mond die zoetheid ontwikkelt als u tijd met 'm doorbrengt. Romig mondgevoel met een licht zoete afdronk.

40% Vol.

May 2016

May 2016 by Anne-Sophie Bigot (The Whisky Lady)

Anne-Sophie Bigot ('The Whisky Lady') is a French whisky blogger on a mission to turn the amber nectar into a more approachable drink and remove the "old man's drink" cliché attached to it. She is also working as a whisky auctioneer & digital marketer. “All the whiskies I have selected represent a specific milestone on my personal whisky journey. I have a special memory attached to each of those expressions and I believe this emotional connection is what makes whisky more than a product but a genuine experience.”


Armorik - Double Maturation
Armorik - Double Maturation

Produced by the Warenghem Distillery, founded in 1900 by Leon Warenghem, located in Lannionin, Brittany. After years of experience in distilling mainly fruit and liqueurs, it was decided in 1983 to switch to whisky distillation. This un-chil filtered whisky was first aged on oak barrels from the Breton Parc d' Armorique. For a second maturation the whisky is placed on Sherry barrels after an unknown number of years.

46% Vol.


Glen Scotia - Double Cask
Glen Scotia - Double Cask

An expression of one of the few remaining distilleries in Campbeltown. After the acquisition in 2014 by Exponent Private Equity, a lot is being invested in both the distillery as well as its whiskies. This Double Cask was introduced in 2015. The whisky was initially matured in traditional barrels and was finished by a combination of first-fill Bourbon barrels and Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels. It gives the whisky a nice balance between spiciness, tones of fruit and the characteristic Campbeltown character.

46% Vol.


Compass Box - Peat Monster
Compass Box - Peat Monster

John Glaser, the founder of Compass Box, creates original and extraordinary new whiskies from different (malt)whiskies of different ages. The basis for these whiskies is the absolute top quality of the grain and malt whiskies to be used. Peat Monster is there for real peat lovers. The balance and the rich and subtle sweetness comes from the 12 and 17 year old malts of Ardmore, which merge beautifully with the smoky and malty complexities of the 10 year old of Caol Ila.

46% Vol.


Green Spot - Château Léoville Barton
Green Spot - Château Léoville Barton

A perfect mix between Irish and French traditions. First matured in a mixture of ex-Oloroso Sherry, fresh American oak and ex-bourbon barrels, this expression is then finished in the ex-Château Léoville Barton wine casks for 12 to 24 months, making it the first ever Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey finished in Bordeaux wine casks! This refined "French touch" comes as wild red berries and some subtle oak tannins. Some delicious sweet spices, citrusy, red apple and barley sugar notes also participate in making this expression a real "must-taste" !

46% Vol.

April 2016

April 2016 by Mark Dermul

This Club edition is composed by Mark Dermul, mostly known for his love for and extensive collection of Auchentoshan; the triple distilled Lowland single malt. That is why they call him 'The Toshan Man'. He is one of the authors of the recently published book 'Whisky Voor Iedereen' ('Whisky for Everyone') and runs the blog www.whivie.be, on which he posts tasting notes on a daily basis, of which there are 2.500 already. This Flemish lover of the golden nectar also publishes short Whisky Ramblings on YouTube on a regularly basis. He bottled 3 casks under the Star Wars label 'Save Lars Whisky' and co-owns MMMalts.com. "May the Malt be with you" is his motto.


Bushmills - Black Bush
Bushmills - Black Bush

This is the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery. The story of Bushmills dates back 400 years from the monks and alchemists and is the oldest Irish whiskey. Black Bush is Bushmills' premium blend. The concept for Black Bush was already developed in 1934. Compared to the regular Original, the percentage of malt whiskey is much higher and matured especially on Oloroso barrels. Bushmill gets the Sherry casks for maturing the malt whiskies from Bodegas Paez.



40% Vol.


Auchentoshan 14 Y Cooper's Reserve
Auchentoshan 14 Y Cooper's Reserve

The Auchentoshan distillery was probably built in 1825 by Irish refugees. This could also be the reason why Auchentoshan is distilled 3 times instead of the usual 2 times in Scotland. Distilling 3 times is common practice in Ireland. This 14 year old Single Malt Scotch whisky was released for travel retail and bestowed the title 'Cooper's Reserve'. The whisky was aged on a selection of Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks and North American Sherry casks, resulting in a fruity and creamy flavor.

46% Vol.


The Feathery
The Feathery

From the Spencerfield Spirit Company, founded by Alex Nicol, former marketing director of Glenmorangie, this is a 'no age statement' whisky by the makers of Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose and the first of a series celebrating Scottish whisky craft. He derives the name from the first golf balls; leather bags filled with feathers and matured completely on Sherry casks. The packaging was developed by Stranger and Stranger in an agreeable seventeenth century typography.

40% Vol.


Caol Ila - Moch
Caol Ila - Moch

The village of Coal Ila consists of houses, built in the year 1846 by the founder for the employees of the distillery of the same name. This new Caol Ila bottling is selected from containers of different ages. It is the first single malt of the distillery to be fully selected on the basis of taste rather than age, barrel, wood, strength or finish. Moch means' dawn' in Gaelic and is a nice addition to the Caol Ila family.

43% Vol.


Smooth Ambler 7 Y Rye
Smooth Ambler 7 Y Rye

Founded in 2009 by Tag Gaylean and John Little, Smooth Ambler Spirits set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Being long time residents of the Greenbrier Valley, both Tag and John knew that they wanted to make something that would leave a mark on Greenbrier County and the folks that call it home, something to be proud of. A Classic American straight rye whiskey with 95% rye and 5% malted barley matured for 7 years.

49.5% Vol.


Tullibardine 20 Y
Tullibardine 20 Y

This malt matured solely on first fill bourbon barrels, which resulted in a wonderfully sweet nose on honey, cocoa butter, oats, vanilla and candy floss. There is a hint of oak and banana, but also dried pineapple. Surprisingly fresh and fruity. It is honeysweet on the palate, but also deliciously creamy. All the fruit of the nose returns, upholstered with some oranges and their caramelized peel. The finish is gently spiced and fades on sweet fruity notes.

43% Vol.

March 2016

March 2016 by Charles Maclean

This Club edition is composed by Charles Maclean.

“Charles MacLean is Scotland’s leading whisky expert” - The Times, March 2010

Maclean was trained by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, has written 10 books to this date and globally presents numerous tastings and talks for whisky companies, corporations, universities and clubs, and on radio and TV. He is a member of the Judging Panel of the International Wines & Spirits Competition. Charles was elected Keeper of the Quaich in 1992 and even granted the rare honour of being elected Master of the Quaich, the industry’s highest accolade, in October 2009.


Adelphi - Private Reserve Blend
Adelphi - Private Reserve Blend

Adelphi was founded in 1826 but stopped distilling in 1907. In 1993, Jamie Archibald revived the name Adelphi. Today, Adelphi is a renowned independent bottler in Scotland. The ageing of the whiskies for this blend has taken place on selected barrels from private stock. The mix of the different barrels brings the flavors of the Highland and Speyside regions together beautifully, but also a hint of peat from Islay can be found.

40% Vol.


Adelphi - Glenborrodale, Batch 2
Adelphi - Glenborrodale, Batch 2

The criteria on which Adelphi selects the barrels are rarity and maturity, but especially taste. On average, Adelphi accepts only 4% of what is offered to them. Each bottling is limited to 100 - 700 bottles, depending on the size of the barrel. This is a blend of 4 malts from sherry butts of Islay, Orkney and Speyside, supplemented by one of those famous, heavy sherried and very high in alcohol hogs heads of Glenrothes.

46% Vol.


Lord Elcho
Lord Elcho

Wemyss Malts is an independent Scottish boutique bottler based in Scotland. The family has a longstanding passion for malt whisky dating back to when John Haig, founder of Haig's, built his first distillery on Wemyss land. This Lord Elcho was named after the 5th Earl of Wemyss who was stripped of his title after the Battle of Culloden, before being forced into exile in France. Crafted from a selection of grain and minimum of 40% malt whiskies.

40% Vol.


The Hive, 12 Y
The Hive, 12 Y

The Hive is one of 3 blended malt Scotch whiskies presented by Wemyss Malts. Each blend being intended for a specific flavor profile. The Hive is a mix of single malts promising honey, honey, and more honey. This line of vatted malts consists of both 8- and 12-year old releases. The folks at Wemyss understand their product well and have marketed it effectively. The current release (46%) lost the age statement. However, this 12 year old forerunner was bottled at 40%.

40% Vol.


Tapping The Birch! 2001
Tapping The Birch! 2001

The Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig's) built his first distillery on Wemyss land. Their range of hand crafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable. This single cask single malt was distilled by Dailuaine in 2001 and bottled in 2015 with an outturn of 391 bottles.

46% Vol.


Kiln Embers
Kiln Embers

The Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky. Their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig, founder of Haig's, built his first distillery on Wemyss land. This one was added to Wemyss' blended malts range in 2015. Kiln Embers is of a similar theme to the company's first smoky whisky, Peat Chimney, but with double the amount of Islay whisky in the recipe. Sweet, toasty and smoky.

46% Vol.

February 2016

February 2016 by Marcel Bol

This edition has been composed by Marcel Bol, co-founder of Whisky Import Netherlands (WIN). Marcel drinks whisky all since his student days and infected his then colleague Jan Kok, now co-owner of WIN, with the whisky virus and soon the first trip to Scotland was booked. After many wanderings and in-depth courses and studies Marcel and Jan are now deeply rooted and respected Keepers of the Quaich, which import some very renowned whiskies.


Armorik - Maître de Chai
Armorik - Maître de Chai

The Warenghem distillery of this Armorik is in Lannion in beautiful Brittany in France. The Maitre de Chai, Nas comes from former sherry casks and was released in a limited edition of 1,000 bottles. The nose is soft with apples and yellow fruit, the flavor gives a nice mix of fruit and bitter. The finish is long and gives some lime as extra. A delicious whiskey!

47.3% Vol.


Hyde, 10 Y
Hyde, 10 Y

In my view, Hyde is THE most tasty Irish whiskey, named after Douglas Hyde; the first president of Ireland. The nose opens with peach in cream, vanilla, honey and caramel before lemon, chocolate, banana and light take herbs. The taste is soft but full and complex with apricots and plums, caramel and honey. The finish is rich and smooth with spices and oak. It is clear that these very tasteful 'Irishman' has matured in First Fill Oloroso sherry casks from Cadiz in Andalucia.

46% Vol.


Cask Islay
Cask Islay

Islay Cask is a bottling A.D. Rattray. From Islay and as a good "Ileach" befits, firmly peated. Unfortunately I cannot mention the name of the distillery, but if you look closely at the name you must have a hunch. This Islay Cask is basically a sweet whisky with vanilla custard and light earth tones. The taste has light white herbs covered in this sweeter influences, then taken over by the smoke and peat. In our opinion, an extremely pleasant Islay whisky.

46% Vol.


Spey - Tenné
Spey - Tenné

De soepele en toegankelijke whisky range SPEY van de Speyside distilleerderij biedt een selectie van verschillende leeftijden en stijlen die passen bij verschillende delen van de dag, seizoen of jaar. Elke versie heeft een unieke extra periode van rijping in speciaal geselecteerde vaten om complexiteit en textuur aan de whisky toe te voegen. Deze heeft in eerste instantie gerijpt in bourbon vaten. Daarna 6 maanden in Tawny Port vaten, waardoor een subtiele robijntint en een levendig, fruitgevuld smaakprofiel ontstaat. Een heerlijk zachte, maar zeer smaakvolle whisky.

46% Vol.


Old Perth - Sherry
Old Perth - Sherry

The Old Perth is the first, very limited, batch from sherry casks and consists of a blend of 3 malts from the Speyside and low-lying areas fully matured in sherry casks from 3 styles of sherry casks; Sherry Butt (500 liters) Sherry Puncheon (500 liters) and Sherry Hogshead (250 liters). The nose gives caramel, fruit yogurt, and solid red fruit syrup. The tongue is experiencing robust flavors of oak, dark red fruit, white chocolate and "treacle toffee."

43% Vol.


Ledaig 2008 - First Cask
Ledaig 2008 - First Cask

Bottled in the First Cask series of WIN. The First Cask series is our own label and consists entirely of single cask and cask strength bottlings selected by Jan and me. This Isle of Mull single malt was distilled on May 13 2008 and has matured in cask 700694. Bottled on August 14, 2015 at cask strength of 60.7%, non-chill filtered and no dyes. A limited release of 220 bottles. Extraordinarily full of flavor with lots of salty, smoky and peaty influences.

60.7% Vol.

January 2016

January 2016

The Tasting Collection team wishes you a happy and healthy 2016! Also this year we hope to be able to let you discover new whiskies and their creators because there is so much to discover in the world of whisky. This year also, a number of well-known whisky experts will introduce theirselves to you and will compose several club editions for you. This month you will taste some special Scottish malts and an Irish whiskey. Each one very different in character, but all definitely worth trying!


Glengoyne, 21Y
Glengoyne, 21Y

This malt was re-released in February 2007, as the leading whisky in the core range of the distillery. The earlier version had less sherry influences and was therefore lighter in color than the current one. This version has matured exclusively in sherry casks of European oak. An upgrade of the distillery as sherry casks have increased sharply in price and therefore are not used so much.

43% Vol.


Scapa, 2001 Gordon & MacPhail
Scapa, 2001 Gordon & MacPhail

More than a century ago originally started as a delicacy shop, Gordon & McPhail has established itself as a name specialized in bottling Malt Whiskies licensed for famous distilleries such as Macallan, Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Linkwood and Mortlach. This bottling is from Scapa and is part of the Distillery Labels set. This beautiful malt has matured from 2001 at 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels.

43% Vol.


Kilchoman - Machir Bay
Kilchoman - Machir Bay

Named after the beautiful bay at the distillery. In 2012 presented as the first standard release and available in annual batches. Although the average age of this bottling would be higher each year, this 2015 edition claims to be the quality they had in mind and for the first time has no year indication more. This whisky matured 6 years in first-fill bourbon barrels, plus a small portion Oloroso barrels.

46% Vol.


Tullamore Dew, 12 Y - Special Reserve
Tullamore Dew, 12 Y - Special Reserve

The fame of Tullamore Dew whiskey is largely due to a brilliant play of words by Daniel E. Williams, then director. He linked his initials -D. E. W.-. to his product. This gave Tullamore Dew the easy to remember slogan 'Give every man his Dew'. This 12 years old is a rich blend of Irish whiskey's, matured in American oak barrels where the characters of the combination of malt and potstill blend beautifully.



43% Vol.


Tullibardine - 225 Sauternes Finish
Tullibardine - 225 Sauternes Finish

The Tullibardine distillery was founded in 1949, situated in the beautiful surroundings of Blackford in Perthshire and recently renovated. This Tullibardine with afterripening in 225 liter drums, which previously matured Sauternes dessert wine of Chateau Suduiraut. Therefore this Sauter Ness 225 is a rich and sweet whisky, often served with strongly flavored, savory snacks or dessert.

43% Vol.


Tomintoul, 10 Y
Tomintoul, 10 Y

The Tomintoul distillery, pronounced Tom-in-'t-Owl, lies a few kilometers from the village on the edge of the forest, near Avon in the town of Glenlivet. This gentle, 10-year-old single malt has matured in the best ex bourbon barrels and is the first bottling of Distillery Tomintoul since the acquisition in 2000. Gold medalist in China in 2006 and silver medalist in 2007 at The International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.

40% Vol.

December 2015

December 2015

December; a month of looking back and looking forward. We like to do this with you, because we can look back on a good year, in which a number of special editions where published by the hand of our Club Composers. We want to thank them for their commitment to present surprising, beautiful and special whiskies!


Millstone - Oloroso Cask, 2008
Millstone - Oloroso Cask, 2008

Zuidam started making their first batches of whisky in 1997. Nowadays, Zuidam Distillers is one of the last independent distilleries in the Netherlands that still produces all its distillates in a traditional way within its own family business. It was not until 2007 that Master distiller Patrick Zuidam was satisfied with the Millstone whisky. This 6 year old Oloroso Sherry cask matured Dutch single malt whisky was distilled in April 2008. Only 924 bottles were issued.

46% Vol.


Nikka - Pure Malt, White
Nikka - Pure Malt, White

This Japanese Whisky is the most peated whisky the Nikka range. Intense smoke and peat flavors dominate the aromatic palette, complemented with a light salty touch- and vegital tones. An exciting malt, which will attract the bold whisky drinkers, but with its soft texture this pure malt does not lose its distinctive Japanese touch.

43% Vol.


Highland Park, 10 Y - Ambassado's Choice
Highland Park, 10 Y - Ambassado's Choice

Highland Park malts the barley on its own malt floor and kiln, through which green malt with homegrown peat arises. Thanks to this, Highland Park distillery gets its distinctive and smooth taste. Highland Park Ambassador's Choice 10 Year Old is a whisky made by Senior Brand Ambassador Martin Markvardsen. For this whisky he chose mainly ex-bourbon casks, which is special because Highland Park normally matures exclusively in Sherry casks.

46% Vol.


Macallan, 12 Y - Sherry Cask
Macallan, 12 Y - Sherry Cask

The Macallan was founded in 1824 in Speyside and was one of the first distilleries in Scotland with an official license. Typical is the use of natural, pure products, combined with traditional methods and old-fashioned craftsmanship. In the course of its existence, the Macallan distillery is often praised for its extraordinary quality. The Macallan Sherry Casks 12 Y has only matured in Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. Because this malt is no longer produced, it is exclusive available and rises in price rapidly.

40% Vol.


Bowmore, 15 Y - Darkest
Bowmore, 15 Y - Darkest

The oldest distillery on the island of Islay, founded in 1779. Since the start, smoky and daring Whisky has been made here, of which 30% of the malt still comes from their our own malt floor. Bowmore has Scotland's oldest warehouse; it is located partly below sea level. This Darkest has matured 13 years on bourbon casks there and then got a finish of more than 2 years on Oloroso sherry casks. This gives fruity and spicy tones with lots of smoke.

40% Vol.


Glenfarclas, 12 Y
Glenfarclas, 12 Y

Glenfarclas is owned by the Grant family since 1865 and led by the 6th Grant generation now and is one of the few remaining independent family owned distilleries; most notably in the whisky world. Therefore Glenfarclass praises its products also as ''The spirit of independence''. This 12 year matured won the 'Best Sherried Whisky' award in the Single Malt World Cup 2006. And won 2 gold medals at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival.

43% Vol.

November 2015

November 2015 by Jan Beek

Because it has been my mission for a long time to help people find good affordable whisky, I thought it was an honor to create this club edition, but with relatively unknown and especially affordable brands. Each tube is, in my humble opinion, a whisky that is more than worth it to taste. You may find one so tasty that you are going to buy a whole bottle. In that case you will taste that good quality can be affordable. I hope you enjoy tasting them!

Jan Beek - Keeper of the Quaich


Glen Park
Glen Park

It is a fact that Blended Whisky was formerly often better than today. The main reason is at that time Single Malt time was much less popular and best vessels often went into the blend. Glen Park is such an ancient blend, presumably bottled in the last century. The name is clearly an invented name, it is unknown for which market the blend was intended. So it is a kind of 'leftover' Blended Whisky.

40% Vol.


The Ultimate - Linkwood, 2008
The Ultimate - Linkwood, 2008

Linkwood has been making whisky for Johnnie Walker blends. Occasionally a private bottling of this distillery is released. A pity really, because connoisseurs judge Linkwood as a very good whisky. That is why the so-called independent bottlers like to bottle Linkwood. This young Linkwood, matured in a bourbon barrel is bottled by the Ultimate, the most famous Dutch bottler.

46% Vol.


Arran 'The Bothy' Quarter Cask
Arran 'The Bothy' Quarter Cask

The Arran distillery has existed only since 1995. So very old whisky of them is not there yet. But they release regularly special bottlings like this one; the Bothy. Matured in a so-called Quarter Cask (125 ltr.). A 'Bothy is a freely accessible shelter or refuge where one can stay during long walks. There are pretty much of them in Scotland, as well as on the beautiful Isle of Arran.

55.7% Vol.


Benromach - Chateau Cissac 2010
Benromach - Chateau Cissac 2010

The smallest distillery in Speyside, but a distillery with a mission. Benromach makes whisky like the old days, without compromising on quality. Occasionally they bring out a Woodfinish, like this Chateau Cissac. A limited bottling, ripened at the beautiful vessels in which the Chateau Cissac, a red wine of great class in the Haut Médoc, ever matured.


45% Vol.


Ballechin, 10 Y
Ballechin, 10 Y

Ian Henderson worked half his life at Laphroaig. After retirement, he joined Edradour. The smallest distillery in Scotland had just been taken over and Ian was asked to bring back everything to the original state and ensure that the Edradour whisky got back to the old level. As thanks he could then make the whisky he had always wanted to make at Laphroaig but was not allowed; this Ballechin is the result.


46% Vol.

October 2015

October 2015 by Jock Shaw

This edition has been composed by Jock Shaw. Jock was born in Scotland has been living in The Netherlands for over 30 years. His parents worked for the owners of many Scottish whisky distilleries. In 1999 he became nationwide champion in blind nosing and tastings and in 2009 he started his business' Scotch and Folk. In April 2014 he became the Keeper of the Quaich. Jock organizes Single Malt Whisky tastings at any suitable location, for anyone interested in the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland.


Tomatin, 14 Y - Portwood
Tomatin, 14 Y - Portwood

The Portswood is a new expression in the Tomatin core range. Tomatin calls himself "The Softer Side of the Highlands'. And that is certainly true. Portwood has matured in a combination of Bourbon Barrels and barrels of port wine. The nose gives honeycombs, melon, apple pie, toffee and chocolate -keep on smelling! It really opens up- Taste: raisins, dried nuts and sweet dried fruit. Apricot and plum with a medium aftertaste, in which the fruitiness lingers.

46% Vol.


Tamdhu - Batch Strength #2
Tamdhu - Batch Strength #2

Tamdhu; a gem of a distillery with one's own old station, complete with waiting rooms, right on the River Spey. This expression is a bottling at full strength. Fully matured in sherry casks, often as first fill. The nose shows red berries, raisins, walnuts and pecans. Delicate oak aroma and cookie dough. Powerful and rich in the mouth with sherry, cakes and dried fruit, orange and Crème Brûlée and a very long, malty aftertaste with biscuits and toast with marmalade.

58.8% Vol.


Lost Distillery - Lossit
Lost Distillery - Lossit

Lossit is, sinds de sluiting in 1867, nu wedergeboren! The Lost Distillery analyseert oude whiskyarchieven en stelt een smaakprofiel samen met een Whisky Archeoloog. Vervolgens worden de malts geblend volgens een moderne interpretatie op de oorspronkelijke smaak. De neus: turf, houtachtig en zacht. Bourbon zoetheid, donker gebrande koffie. Vol in de mond met specerijen, pure chocolade, peper en gember. De turf probeert te domineren bij de nu fruitiger afdronk met espresso en pure cacao.

43% Vol.


Paul John - Single Cask #739
Paul John - Single Cask #739

A barrel, selected by myself and Hans Bresser. 4 years matured in American oak but, due to the rapid aging in the Indian climate, feeling much older. Notes of sweet and earthy peat smoke, slightly salty maritime. Grass, hay and curry leaves, anise, cumin. Very complex in the mouth and surprisingly easy to drink despite its 57%. Earthy peat, oak, clove, (Armagnac-like) black pepper and delicate tannins. Very long, rich light dry finish with peat and honey. Slightly bitter tannins. A Gem!

57% Vol.


Penderyn - Myth
Penderyn - Myth

A award winning Single Malt, not from Scotland, but from South Wales, the village of Penderyn, where the producer of this whiskey produces only 1 barrel a day. Usually the whiskey of this distillery is finalized before bottling in Madeira barrels such as the Penderyn Legend; Myth, however, is ripened and refined on 100% ex-bourbon barrels. The red dragon on the bottle label is the symbol of Wales dating from the time of the Romans.

41% Vol.


Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt
Nikka Taketsuru - Pure Malt

Toewijding, waardigheid, passie, perfectie. Japanse cultuur oefent fascinatie in tegenstelling tot alle andere, ambachtslieden voortbrengend die traditie eren, hun vaardigheden stimuleren en producten creërenvolgens de hoogste normen. Dit is zeker en met name het geval voor de Japanse whisky, die evolueerde van een weinig bekende curiositeit tot een serieuze all-time classic op de mondiale whiskykaart. Het is door heren als Shinjiro Torii en Masataka Taketsuru dat we de kans krijgen te genieten van deze kostbare vloeistof vol harmonie en evenwicht.

43% Vol.

September 2015

September 2015 by Rianne Tol

This edition has been composed by Rianne Tol; since several years the only fixed writer for whisky magazine Whisky Passion. In her articles and columns she regularly gives her unvarnished opinion about the goings on in the world of whisky. In addition, she is a committed board member of the Dutch Whisky Society and gives tastings at various locations in the Netherlands on a regular basis.


Benriach - Heart of Speyside
Benriach - Heart of Speyside

The Heart of Speyside is a whisky No Age Statement of Benriach. Billy Walker introduced it in 2004 as ‘entry level whisky’ 'in the same year that the distillery reopened after a closure of 2 years. A young, fresh and simple whisky, what some call, a ‘countrified tone’. The smell of honey, hay and some soft herbal tones. In the flavor more herbs, again honey and a hint of peat. The finish gives oak and vanilla.

40% Vol.


Clynelish - 1997, Signatory
Clynelish - 1997, Signatory

Signatory is an independent bottler, specialized in superior bottlings of whiskies that would otherwise end up in a blend. Signatory never adds colorants to the whisky. 1997 is known as a very good Clynelish-year with very pure whisky. This Clynelish is a 15 year old single malt, matured in Hogs Heads and unchillfiltered. In the nose exotic fruits, honey, malt, fudge and vanilla. In the mouth marshmallows, mandarin, juicy sweet pineapple and spices.

46% Vol.


Glendronach 15Y, Revival
Glendronach 15Y, Revival

The Glendronach distillery was built in 1826 by James Allerdes, a son of a rich landowner. Glendronach owes its character to a combination of self-malted barley, peat and water from the Highlands. This Revival is a rich, aromatized whisky that shows the strong Sherry style, which Glendronach is known for. This edition laid the foundation for the emergence of Glendronach, with their Sherry matured whisky, which is now discussed with the same respect as the other heavyweights of Speyside. A must-have for sherried whisky fans.

46% Vol.


Bowmore, 15 Y - Laimrig
Bowmore, 15 Y - Laimrig

‘The Bowmore distillery was built in 1779 by David Simpson and is therefore the oldest distillery on the island of Islay. At Bowmore, whiskies mature in the company's famous vaults, which are located below sea level under ideal maturation conditions . This whisky matured for the first 14 years on a combination of Bourbon casks and a small part of Sherry casks of European Oak wood. Then, it got a finish of about 1 year on the Sherry Butts. Laimrig is un-chill filtered bottled.

54.1% Vol.


Nikka - From the Barrel
Nikka - From the Barrel

Als eerste Japanner die in Schotland het vak ‘whisky maken’ studeerde, wordt Masataka Taketsuru ‘de vader van de Japanse whisky’ genoemd. Hij hielp in Japan met het opzetten van de eerste whisky distilleerderij en richtte in 1934 zijn eigen whiskyhuis Nikka op. Deze whisky is een blend van grain whisky en gerijpte single malt. In de neus kruiden, appel, bloemen met wat houttonen, de smaak krachtig met wederom kruiden, karamel, vanille, droge sherrytonen en sinaasappel. De finish is warm en fruitig.

51.4% Vol.

August 2015

August 2015 by Ronald Zwartepoorte

Keeper of the Quaich Ronald Zwartepoorte runs a consultancy for foreign wine and spirit producers and, thanks to Han van Wees and spirits connoisseur and whisky writer Malcolm Greenwood, developed a great passion for whisky. In addition he gives advice to organizations of whisky festivals, -clubs and -specialists. In April 2006 he started 'Whisky Passion', which became one of the most widely read whisky magazines in the Benelux.


Deanston - Virgin Oak
Deanston - Virgin Oak

This is a young whisky, matured in new oak barrels from Kentucky. The color is light golden. The nose gives nice show of new oak with light aromas of apple and citrus, followed by a hint of smoke. The taste is creamy with pleasant notes of vanilla, toffee, honey and wood. This malt gives a slightly spicy aftertaste with notes of honey and sweet malty tones.

46.3% Vol.


GlenDronach, 8 Y - The Hielan'
GlenDronach, 8 Y - The Hielan'

Founded in 1826, GlenDronach has made a name for itself for its excellent sherried whiskies, rivalling (and in the minds of some even surpassing) The Macallan as the premier sherried Scotch. However, the Glendronach The Hielan is somewhat different from the rest of the core range, having matured in a mixture of ex-sherry AND ex-bourbon casks. It leaves room for the impressive GlenDronach spirit to shine in this 8-year-old whisky, highlighted by aromas of orange blossom and golden sultanas.

46% Vol.


Glenfarclas, 18 Y
Glenfarclas, 18 Y

This 18 year old Glenfarclas has been developed for the "travel retail", but is lately also limitary available at the whisky specialist. Golden amber color with an aroma of fine sherry notes, followed by citrus and honey and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is heavier than expected with sweet honey, creamy fudge, dried fruit and almonds. A lovely subtle aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

43% Vol.


Glenlivet Nadurra
Glenlivet Nadurra

No whisky festival goes by that I'm going to get a glass of this beautiful Glenlivet. Golden yellow. Fresh on the nose with lots of fruit, flavors of green apples, vanilla from lightly roasted oak. Showing lovely balance of sweet malt and mint. Spicy. excitatory by the high alcohol content. The taste is full, robust, peppery, hints of nuts, honey, toffee, tasty fruity with a nice, medium finish. Soft, sweet, yet dry with notes of oak, ginger and plums.

48% Vol.

July 2015

July 2015 by Ad de Koning

Ad de Koning has spent his entire working life in the whisky industry. His commitment to popularizing whisky in the Netherlands is second to none and therefore he is regularly asked by importers as a consultant in the field of marketing and public relations. Honored for a career in the whisky world which now spans 50 years, Ad King is the only 'Master of the Quaich' in The Netherlands.


Dalmore - Cigar Malt
Dalmore - Cigar Malt

Dark gold. Specially designed for lovers of a good cigar. Cinnamon, vanilla and red fruit go hand in hand. Then tropical fruit, banana, toffee and vanilla ice cream. In the aftertaste orange, bergamot and ground spices come forward. Adheres excellent standing in a cloud of cigar smoke.


44% Vol.


Glen Garioch, 12 Y
Glen Garioch, 12 Y

Honey. Tones of heather flowers held in balance by poached pears and sweet malt. First crème brûlée ripe banana, then a slight oak tone and pear, resulting in a long, smooth, creamy and fragrant finish. Because of the creamy / spicy aroma Glen Garioch is excellent with a cheese platter.

48% Vol.


Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve
Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve

Gold. A pleasant aroma of cherries, strawberries and Japanese oak. (Mizunara). The taste is reminiscent of raspberry, white peach and a hint of coconut. In the aftertaste sweet vanilla comes forward with a sigh of cinnamon. In Japan whisky is made since the mid 20-ies of the last century whisky. The great hero of Japanese whisky makers is Masataka Taketsuru who, around 1925, tarried in Scotland for a longer time to cheat the trick there. Yamazaki D.R. is a beautiful, mild, clean and fruity dram, great for summer evenings.

43% Vol.


Strathisla, 12 Y
Strathisla, 12 Y

Light gold; full and fruity with a hay-like character, surrounded by a soft-sweet nuttiness. The heart of this whisky is very recognizable with notes of honey. Strathisla is the core where the blend Chivas Regal is built. The distillery is the oldest working in the Speyside region and perhaps the most photographed. The double pagoda and the waterwheel placed, sure are very suitable for that.

40% Vol.


Talisker - Port Ruighe
Talisker - Port Ruighe

Talisker is opgericht in 1830 en is nog steeds de enige distilleerderij op het eiland Skye. Vanouds is Talisker een stevige en rokerige whisky, die vooral werd gebruikt in blends, zoals Johnnie Walker. De Port Ruighe is een whisky, die eerst rijpte op refill bourbon vaten en een finish kreeg op gebruikte Portvaten. Hoelang de whisky heeft gerijpt wordt niet vermeld. De naam is een hommage aan de haven in Portree, de hoofdstad van het eiland Skye.

45.8% Vol.


Highland Park, 12 Y
Highland Park, 12 Y

Gloeiend amber, jawel! Aroma’s van heidehoning, zoet met turfrook. Die sensatie zet zich voort op de tong en het gehemelte. De rook wordt zoeter, met uitgesproken mouttonen. De afdronk blijft een tijdje aangenaam rondhangen in de mondholte. Highland Park is bij uitstek een goede referentiewhisky, want hij heeft van alles wat. Je kunt hem prima gebruiken om te vergelijken met andere whisky’s. Het is namelijk een echte all-rounder.

40% Vol.

June 2015

June 2015 door The Whisky Couple

The Whisky Couple

Hans Offringa is an internationally known writer and photographer. He wrote more than 25 books on whisky, numerous articles and received several awards including the Scotsman and Honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Becky Lovett Offringa is a marine biologist with a passion for whisky, painting and photography. She provides for research, layout and editing, as well as marketing and social media at The Whisky Couple.
Their books, pictures and articles are published worldwide.


Tyrconnell, 10 Y - Madeira Cask Finish
Tyrconnell, 10 Y - Madeira Cask Finish

Supple, flaxseed, citrus, slightly spicy but not overwhelming. Delicate. Appetizing aftertaste. A distillate from the distillery Cooley. The name refers to a famous Irish racehorse ever with 100: 1, a match won and its owner was pleasantly rich. The additional maturation in a barrel Madeira gives a fruity extra-velvet taste sensation with it.

46% Vol.


Glenfarclas, 15 Y
Glenfarclas, 15 Y

Sherry, lichte turfrook en butterscotch aroma’s met een hint van gedroogd fruit. Vol, goede balans tussen sherryachtige zoetheid, mouttonen en rook. Langdurige, aangename, onderscheidende afdronk. Ooit adviseerde eigenaar John Grant de toenmalige premier van Groot-Brittannië, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, om deze versie in Downing Street 10 te schenken, in plaats van cognac.

46% Vol.


Four Roses - Single Barrel
Four Roses - Single Barrel

Made from one of the ten distillates that Jim Rutledge is able to produce with his 5 yeasts and 2 mash bills. Selected By himself from the tens of thousands of barrels of maturing Four Roses bourbon. Spicy and powerful with cocoa, maple syrup and oak, hints of ripe plums and cherries. Robust and full, but nimble with a smooth, delicate, long aftertaste. The flavor varies fractionally per batch.

50% Vol.


Old Pulteney, 17 Y
Old Pulteney, 17 Y

The Pulteney distillery is the northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was named after the then governor of the fishermen's association, Sir William Pulteney, when it was founded in 1826 by James Henderson. The casks for this 17 year Old Pulteney bottling have been specially selected by the Distillery Manager Fred Sinclair. The whisky is non-chill filtered and not coloured with caramel in order to guarantee the purest possible taste for the whisky lover. The Old Pulteney malt is often referred to as the manzanilla of the north.

46% Vol.


Talisker - Dark Storm
Talisker - Dark Storm

Talisker, founded in 1830 by the brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, is the only distillery located on the island of Skye. Although initially intended for travel retail, Dark Storm is now more generally available. The whisky was introduced in mid-2013 to complement the 2 other new Taliskers, Storm and Port Ruighe. For the maturation, barrels were used, which have been given a very heavy' char', giving this Dark Storm its very smoky character. Really a whisky that you have to learn to drink.

45.8% Vol.

May 2015

May 2015 by Wouter Wapenaar

This edition is composed exclusively for you by Wouter Wapenaar, Keeper of the Quaich.

In 2000, he first organized the still leading International Whisky Festival in the Netherlands. Since 2004 he organizes the International Malt Whisky Festival in Ghent. Wapenaar was the founder of the first Dutch whisky magazine "WhiskyEtc." and holder of the Guinness Book of World Records in 'tasting whisky'. On January 31, 2009 in Ghent 2,253 participants tasted six different whiskies. As Ambassador of Scotch Single Malt Whisky Society he gives a lot of of whisky tastings on location.


Teeling - Small Batch
Teeling - Small Batch

The Teeling Family is in whiskey for centuries. This time scion Jack Teeling is at the helm. The result is this beautiful, innovative new whiskey. This is a high malt blend, which is further aged in various barrels and cast in ultra small batches. This party was aged for 6 months in barrelswhich previously contained high quality rum. The rum barrels provide a wonderful bloom on the soft supple qualities of Irish whiskey.

46% Vol.


Arran Cask Strength 12 Y Single Batch
Arran Cask Strength 12 Y Single Batch

A rich and powerful Arran. In this 4th batch of 12 years old Cask the influence of sherry casks is greatly increased. Master Distiller James MacTaggart has made a selection of first-fill sherry butts, Second-fill sherry hogs heads and bourbon barrels. The larger proportion of sherry casks creates tones of sweet fruit and spicy oak, while the vanilla of the bourbon barrels take care of roundness and refinement.

53.2% Vol.


Talisker - Skye
Talisker - Skye

Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the island on which the distillery is located. This whisky will make a fantastic "1st impression" by those unfamiliar with the Talisker flavoring profile, but also certainly popular among the diehard fans of Talisker. Matured in a combination of recycled and toasted American oak barrels, with a slightly higher proportion of toasted barrels.

45.8% Vol.


WouterWapenaar Private Cask Cask Strength
WouterWapenaar Private Cask Cask Strength

The Bruichladdich distillery is situated on Loch Indaal, at the Rhinns and is the most western located distillery in Scotland. This distillery offers third parties the opportunity to purchase their own cask, maturing them and to decide for themselves when this cask is being bottled. This nearly 10 years aged Cast Strength Single Malt whiskey was bottled in 2014 from a vessel that has been purchased by Wouter Wapenaar himself at this distillery.

60.8% Vol.


Monkey Shoulder - Blended Malt
Monkey Shoulder - Blended Malt

David Stewart, Malt Master of Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries, has selected 3 whisky casks from the in Dufftown established distilleries for the composition of the Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch; Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie Each with its own flavor and identity, which coalesce to this particular blended malt whisky. There is no grain whisky or something else added. The name Monkey Shoulder comes from the shoulder injuries that the staff at the distillery was confronted with by continuously stirring the barley.

40% Vol.


Bowmore - Small Batch
Bowmore - Small Batch

Islay Malts staan bekend om hun rokerigheid. Bowmore is hierop geen uitzondering. Deze whisky rijpte op een combinatie van first en second fill bourbonvaten, die deze whisky de zoetheid van vanille, een subtiele kruidigheid en rokerige houttonen geven die de fijne turfrook van Bowmore perfect aanvult. Second fill vaten versterken de fruitigheid en complexiteit en laten Bowmores kenmerkende tonen van honing en romige mout nog beter tot hun recht komen.

40% Vol.

April 2015

April 2015


Bruichladdich - Bere Barley
Bruichladdich - Bere Barley

This limited Bere Barley bottling of Bruichladdich is an experiment in their Provenance series. Completely distilled from Bere-grain, a very old cereal. It proved a very difficult crop, partly because the yield is half of that of modern cereals. Moreover, there were problems with the hardness by the milling and malting. Eventually, all the problems were overcome, resulting in this un-peated, un-chill filtered and uncoloured Limited Edition. Only 7200 bottles of this malt have been bottled.

50% Vol.


Glenkinchie - Distillers Edition 1996-2008
Glenkinchie - Distillers Edition 1996-2008

In 1969 the distillery, which was originally called the Milton Distillery, stopped with malting its own grain and part of the building was converted into a Malt Whisky museum . The Glenkinchie label remained relatively little known until 1989, when United Distillers started to the marketing of the brand under their Classic Malts brand. This 14 year old Distiller's Edition is double matured in Amontillado sherry casks. Sherry flavor competes with the freshness, but not overpowering.

43% Vol.


Benromach - Traditional
Benromach - Traditional

The first whisky, which came on the market again after the reopening of the Benromach distillery in 1998. By only using the best, and somewhat peated malted grain and the purest water from the nearby Romach hills is this malt of very pure taste. A beautifully balanced whisky, of which 80% has matured in ex-bourbon and the remaining 20% in sherry casks.

40% Vol.


Inchgower, 2000
Inchgower, 2000

We seldom come across this 1997 vintage whisky of Inchgower as a single malt, due to the fact that the vast majority of the production goes to the Bell's family of blended whiskies. However, this single malt was bottled by Gordon & Macphail under their Connoisseurs Choice label. Now we can test this whisky with only its own characteristics we are pleasantly surprised.

46% Vol.


Glenlossie, 1997
Glenlossie, 1997

Bottled by independent bottler Signatory as part of the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on 18 February, the whisky was aged and bottled in 786 bottles on 17 November 2014. The sometimes extremely rare single cask bottlings are traditionally labeled and packaged by hand. Additionally Signatory offers whiskies usually with a specific reference to the day of the distillation, the vessel and the date of the filling and provides each bottle individually numbered.

46% Vol.


Longrow - Peated
Longrow - Peated

Longrow is one of the 3 whiskies which are distilled in the Springbank distillery and is very popular with collectors as investors. This Longrow Peated is seen as the successor to the Longrow C.V. Characteristic of this whisky is the smokiness. He has aged in sherry casks from which he gets his sweet flavor. Connoisseurs without exception find this malt to be fantastic value for money.

46% Vol.

March 2015

March 2015


Inchmurrin, 15 Y
Inchmurrin, 15 Y

The packaging of this single malt can be described at least as ' wondrous'. The whisky has aged 15 years in bourbon casks, is non-chillfiltered and uncoulored. The nose is very fruity and gives a hint of cinnamon, apricot and melon, which is reflected in the taste with cream and vanilla with a nutty finish.

46% Vol.


Glenturret, 10 Y
Glenturret, 10 Y

Glenturret distillery was founded in 1775 and is thus the oldest distillery in Scotland. With just one wash still and one spirit still, Glenturret is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. This is wonderful whisky, sweet of taste. Honey, oily and salty accents with a rustic charm. Tannin, spices and green fruits compete for dominance, but none of them wins.

40% Vol.


Aberlour, 10 Y
Aberlour, 10 Y

In 1826, Aberlour was founded by James Gordon and in 1879 the new owner James Fleming moved it to where the distillery is still located. Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry barrels, this Single Malt is a soft but distinctive whisky with a slightly spicy sherry taste. He is therefore recommended to the novice whisky drinker, but also the more experienced whisky lovers can appreciate this Single Malt.



40% Vol.


Paul John - Edited
Paul John - Edited

‘Edited’ is the peated version of John Paul. The turf is the only ingredient not from India but from Scotland. Edited is fully matured in bourbon casks and 'un-chill filtered' and bottled uncoloured. This Single Malt has a deep golden color and a nose of light, sweet aromas of smoke, honey and licorice. With the powerful taste with notes of fruit, honey and smoke and a long, spicy finish.

46% Vol.


Highland Park, 18 Y
Highland Park, 18 Y

Aan het gebruik van de lokale turf op de Schotse Orkney-eilanden, die heide bevat, heeft Highland Park Single Malt zijn typerende smaak te danken. Deze 18 jaar oude Single Malt is een licht rokerige whisky met zoete tonen van honing. De whisky is in perfecte harmonie; er zijn geen ruwe kantjes en alle smaken smelten prachtig samen. Winnaar van de Gouden Medaille van de 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

43% Vol.


The Singleton, 18 Y
The Singleton, 18 Y

Singleton wordt langer gefermenteerd en langzamer gedistilleerd dan veel andere whisky’s; iets dat zorgt voor de zachtheid en diepe smaak. Daarna gerijpt in vaten die zijn gemaakt van Amerikaanse en Europese eiken voor een extra rijke smaak. Deze soepele, van nature rijke single malt heeft zoete, fruitachtige tonen en een prettige warmte die lang aanhoudt. De unieke fles is geïnspireerd op de traditionele heupflacon.

40% Vol.

February 2015

February 2015


Säntis Malt - Sigel
Säntis Malt - Sigel

Aged in oak barrels, and with a subtle aroma of apple-wood smoke, this whisky has a pure, graceful and enticing freshness. In the background, there's the merest hint of green figs on the silky texture as well as a subtle touch of phenol. Gentle, oaky, and wonderfully satisfying bitter touch. Faintly fruity and extremely impressive.

40% Vol.

40% Vol.


Scapa, 16 Y
Scapa, 16 Y

The Scapa distillery is the second most Northern located distilleries in Scotland and is located on one of the Orkney Islands, which are only accessible by ferry from the place Stromness. Scapa only has one wash still and one spirit still and is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Therefore, every drop of spirit that is produced here is intended for their own single malt.

40% Vol.


The Macallan - Amber
The Macallan - Amber

Amber is part of The Macallan's new no age statement range of Speyside single malts, which concentrates on colour. The theory is that by using 100% sherry casks and natural colour, the darker the whisky, the older and more complex.

40% Vol.


Balvenie, 14 Y - Caribbean Cask
Balvenie, 14 Y - Caribbean Cask

After being matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks the spirit is transferred to Caribbean rum casks to give it some extra flavour. This gives the whisky very nice notes of fruit and vanilla.

43% Vol.


Dalmore, 18 Y
Dalmore, 18 Y

Dalmore (1839) is now one of the classics of Whisky. The distillery is located in the Northern Highlands and overlooks the sea. Dalmore has received a lot of attention, because they occasionally release very expensive and very old bottlings. This 18 year old has matured for 14 years on bourbon barrels and then another 4 years on Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks. This makes it a perfect example of Dalmore's class.

43% Vol.


Isle of Jura, 10 Y - Origin
Isle of Jura, 10 Y - Origin

Next to Islay is the island of Jura. The Isle of Jura distillery has been here since 1810. On the island live 200 people and 5000 deer. The water used by Jura comes from a lake nearby, the "Loch a' Bhaile-Mhargaidh". This water is peat-containing and gives the whisky a light soily taste. The malt for the whisky is not peated, but dried with hot air. This 10-year-old Jura has matured on bourbon casks and is firm and floral.

40% Vol.

January 2015

January 2015


Ardbeg - Uigeadail
Ardbeg - Uigeadail

Ardbeg Uigeadail is named after the mysterious loch which supplies the peat-laden water used to make Ardbeg. This Ardbeg is a combination of different Ardbeg’s that have matured in bourbon and sherry casks, Ardbeg Uigedail therefore has a pleasant sweet and smoky flavor that will please any whisky lover. Named ‘World Whisky of the Year’ in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2009.

54% Vol.


Bushmills Malt, 16 Y - Three Wood
Bushmills Malt, 16 Y - Three Wood

Bushmills whiskey is the oldest whiskey in the world. The distillery was established in the village of Bushmills and received a license to distil from King James I in 1608. Only in 1784 they became a registered trademark. This whiskey is matured for 16 years, first a part in American bourbon barrels and a part in Spanish oloroso barrels. Then they are put togheter and ‘married’ in port casks, hence the name ‘Three Wood’ or ‘Triple Wood’, it has a soft and honeyed flavor. The finish is slightly sweet with vanilla and honey-like tones.

46% Vol.


Bruichladdich - Scottish Barley
Bruichladdich - Scottish Barley

The Bruichladdich Scottish Barley in it’s remarkable bottle is made from 100% Scottish organic barley, a distillation process called Slow Trickle Distillation and the premium American oak Barrels have produced one of the creamiest Whiskies we have ever tasted.

50% Vol.


Knockando, 18 Y
Knockando, 18 Y

This Knockando has ‘slowly matured’ in sherry casks for 18 years. It is an elegant, light, delicate and fruity malt. Well balanced a little grain-like and easy to drink.

43% Vol.


Tobermory, 10 Y
Tobermory, 10 Y

Tobermory’s world-renowned 10 year old has evolved with stunning new depth. Matured for 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, the slight peat influence of the water at the distillery gives a unique character to the smooth notes of fruit and spice.

46% Vol.


Loch Lomond Single Malt
Loch Lomond Single Malt

Loch Lomond is probably Scotland’s most versatile distillery, in terms of the number of different styles of whisky produced for different purposes on one site. This Single Malt whisky is double matured, so all the goodness can be collected before being bottled. It is a mellow single malt that is slightly peaty to the nose. There is also a hint of brandy butter. The taste is sweet and smoky with a long mellow finish.

40% Vol.

December 2014

December 2014


Highland Park - Einar
Highland Park - Einar

Highland Park - Einar has been crafted as a tribute to one of the most feared and ruthless Vikings of his time. Driven by a heady mixture of peat smoke and American oak casks, the result is a whisky of bold complexity brought together with the addition of some broody spiciness.

40% Vol.


Mortlach, 15 Y - G&M
Mortlach, 15 Y - G&M

A 15 Year Old Single Malt whisky from the Mortlach Distillery. This whisky is bottled by the famous independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail. It has a dark golden colour, light to medium body and long and delicate finish.

43% Vol.


Glenfiddich, 18 Y
Glenfiddich, 18 Y

The specialist on-site coopers at Glenfiddich personally look after every precious cask they use for this outstanding single malt throughout its long maturation, ensuring the oak is in the best condition to imbue the whisky with its notes of baked apple, cinnamon and robust oak. Married for at least three months in small, individually numbered batches in wooden tuns, the Glenfiddich 18 Year Old has a unique depth and complexity that has been acclaimed in the industry.

40% Vol.


Glenmorangie, 18 Y - Extremely Rare
Glenmorangie, 18 Y - Extremely Rare

De Glenmorangie 18 Years Old is een prestigieuse Schotse single malt whisky. Na het vijftien jaar rijpen in Amerikaanse witte eikenhouten vaten wordt ongeveer 30% overgebracht in Spaanse Oloroso vaten om nog eens drie jaar te rijpen. Dan, wanneer beide elementen 18 jaar hebben bereikt, mengt Glenmorangie ze weer samen om een whisky met een rijk boeket te creëren met een volle en ronde smaak.

43% Vol.

November 2014

November 2014


Talisker, 10 Y
Talisker, 10 Y

Talisker, founded in 1830, is the only distillery on the island of Skye and was founded by the brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill. Although there are occasional slight shifts in emphasis, the connection between peat smoke, maritime influences, sweetness and white pepper remains a golden combination. Since the introduction of the Classic Malts in 1988, Talisker has rightly been a favourite of many, who appreciate this explosive and complex character. For them, this whisky is also known as "The golden spirit of Skye".

45.8% Vol.


Penderyn - Madeira
Penderyn - Madeira

This Gold Medal Award-winning single malt is the only whisky from a distillery in Wales. This whisky is matured in bourbon casks and finished in Madeira casks which gives it a subtle flavor and complexity. Distilled in a unique copper pot still. This single malt whisky has a smooth and light character. Madeira finish defines the 'whisky' style of Penderyn.

46% Vol.


The Macallan, 12Y - Fine Oak
The Macallan, 12Y - Fine Oak

The 12 year old expression from Macallan’s Fine Oak range, matured in a selection of American and European oak casks seasoned with Sherry, as well as American oak casks seasoned with bourbon.

40% Vol.


Four Roses - Small Batch
Four Roses - Small Batch

Blending several bourbons is an art itself. 4 Original and limited Bourbons have been professionally selected at the peak of maturation and blended into a perfectly balanced small batch bourbon. Four Roses is conquering the world from Kentucky, by making a particularly fine and unique blend and the fact that the taste and quality is almost exactly the same as in previous batches. Sweet and spicy with a generous amount of vanilla.

45% Vol.


Laphroaig, 18 Y
Laphroaig, 18 Y

Alweer zo’n krachtige Islay whisky met een hoger alcoholpercentage en de klassieke rokerigheid. De Laphroaig 18y kenmerkt zich door de zeer volle neus. De whisky heeft een elegante, complexe body met de klassieke rook van een goede Islay. In de mond komt verbrande abrikoos, rozijn en toffee naar voren. Geniet van deze whisky met een paar druppels water om de rokerigheid te verminderen en de smaak van chocolade naar voren te laten komen.

48% Vol.

October 2014

October 2014


The Glenlivet, 18 Y
The Glenlivet, 18 Y

Glenlivet is one of the most famous distilleries and whisky brands in the world. The location is considered by many as the perfect place to make whisky in a natural environment with high quality water and climate. This 18 year old single malt has a nice balance between fruit and dry tones, which arose under the influence of aging in oak and won gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2 times!

43% Vol.


Glen Ord, 28 Y
Glen Ord, 28 Y

In the year 1840 there were 9 stills registered on the small peninsula Black Isle. The only remaining distillery is Glen Ord, built in 1838 by Robert Johnstone and Donald McLennan. This exclusive whiskey was distilled in 1975 and bottled in 2003 at cask strenght of 58.3%. Jim Murray gave this malt 90 points in the Whisky Bible, and called him "blisteringly beautiful".

58% Vol.


Glenfarclas, 17 Y
Glenfarclas, 17 Y

This 17 year old Glenfarclas single malt whisky is available limited and released specifically for the North American, Japanese and travel-retail market. Glenfarclas is one of the few remaining Scottish distilleries, independent family owned. All whisky here matures in two types of oak barrels. Casks which previously Bourbon or Scotch whiskey matured and vessels, which previously contained Oloroso and Fino Sherry from Seville. A complex, full-bodied malt with a long finish.

43% Vol.


Macallan Director’s Edition
Macallan Director’s Edition

A prestigious and highly sought Macallan, complexity and character, created in collaboration with The Whisky Shop. Traditionally aged in ex-sherry casks, this is a special no-age-statement edition, stop put in 2012 as part of the rationalization of the range of the distillery.

40% Vol.


Milford, 10 Y
Milford, 10 Y

Whisky, coming from New Zealand. This area, with its clear rivers and fine soil for growing quality barley, making it ideally suited to stoke whiskey. Milford always aspired to create a whiskey that could compete with the best in the world. A well balanced powerful whiskey with a distinct style. Special "Limited Edition" whiskey distillery because the Milford some time ago is closed.

43% Vol.

September 2014

September 2014


Tomintoul - Peaty Tang
Tomintoul - Peaty Tang

Tomintoul is the highest village in Scotland relative to sea level and serves as a base camp for mountaineers and hikers in the area. The wilderness around the distillery contrasts with the delicate malts of this district. Only 2% of total production is bottled as Single Malt. The rest is used for the blends. Tomintoul has developed a heavily peated spirit in recent years. This Single Malt does not have an age statement. Characteristic is the soft and delicate taste with a smoky edge.

40% Vol.


Hammerhead, 23 Y
Hammerhead, 23 Y

Found: the only Bohemian single malt whisky in the world, traditionally distilled in 1989. Produced with Czech barley and pure Bohemian water and matured in 100% Czech oak barrels. In the autumn of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, the world changed and this whisky was forgotten, left to sleep for 20 years in the cellars in its unique casks. Limited in volume, this unique finding will never be reproduced or rediscovered. Smooth and elegant with a floral nose and a long finish.

40.7% Vol.


Tomatin, 18 Y
Tomatin, 18 Y

Built in 1897 by The Tomatin-Spey District-Distillery Co. during the Whisky Boom, the Tomatin distillery is located about 315 metres above sea level, making it the fourth highest distillery in Scotland. Only a small quantity of Tomatin is released as Single Malt, most of it goes to the blends. This 18 year old Tomatin is unchill-filtered and matured for another 18 months on Oloroso Sherry casks from Spain.

46% Vol.


Kavalan - King Car
Kavalan - King Car

46% Vol.


Lagavulin, 16 Y
Lagavulin, 16 Y

The Lagavulin Distillery was established in 1816. This Islay representative in the series 'Classic Malts' is a powerhouse. Lagavulin is not for cowards. Declared 2012 'Best Islay from 13 to 20 years' and an IWSC Gold Medal. This whisky is a classic example of how smoke is not a blunt instrument, covering everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the facets that determine the taste in distillation and maturation. A complex Malt.

43% Vol.


Singleton - Tailfire
Singleton - Tailfire

Tailfire is een van de twee onlangs gelanceerde ‘no age statement’ Singleton single malt Scotch whisky’s. Met behoud van het soepele, rijke karakter van de Singleton of Dufftown is deze whisky voor het grootste deel gerijpt op Europese eiken vaten, om het rijke en fruitige aroma van deze klassieke Speyside Malt whisky te versterken. De Tailfire heeft een levendig en verleidelijk karakter.

40% Vol.

August 2014

August 2014


Oban, 14 Y
Oban, 14 Y

De oprichters van de plaats Oban, de familie Stevenson, bouwden in 1794 ook de distilleerderij. Sinds de eerste trein in 1880 Oban aandeed, is deze plaats een zeer grote toeristische trekpleister. Vanaf Oban Bay vertrekken vele pontjes naar de eilanden, die voor de westkust liggen. De naam Oban is afkomstig van het omliggende gebied, dat de naam "An Ob" droeg. Dit betekent "Little Bay" (kleine baai van grotten). Deze grotten waren vroeger prima schuilplaatsen voor de illegale stokers.

43% Vol.


Auchentoshan - Three Wood
Auchentoshan - Three Wood

Auchentoshan is one of the few remaining Lowland whisky distilleries. This single malt has matured in 3 different casks; Pedro Ximenez Sherry, bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. With a nose of creamy fruit, a taste with a light bitterness of dark chocolate and exceptional aftertaste, this is a distinctive triple distilled whisky that won double gold in 2013 in the San Francisco World Sprits Competition for Single Malts up to 12 years old.

43% Vol.


Dalwhinnie, 15 Y
Dalwhinnie, 15 Y

Located 326 metres above sea level, the Dalwhinnie distillery is Scotland's highest distillery. In 1897 the distillery was built under the name Strathspey and in 1905 the name changed to Dalwhinnie. Due to its location, it used to be a resting place for cattle traders. The distillery has undergone little change in the more than 100 years of its existence. Dalwhinnie speaks of "The Gentle Spirit" when one talks about the malt. This 15-year-old Single Malt matured in Bourbon barrels.

43% Vol.


Bunnahabhain, 18 Y
Bunnahabhain, 18 Y

46% Vol.


Glenfarclas - Heritage
Glenfarclas - Heritage

40% Vol.


Bowmore, 12 Y
Bowmore, 12 Y

The Bowmore Distillery is located on the Scottish island of Islay. Because the distillery is located below sea level it has ideal conditions for maturation of whisky in re-fill-, sherry and bourbon casks. The water for the production comes from rainwater from the hills, flowing over the peat soil. Islay malts are famous for their peaty, smoky flavor and this 12 years matured Bowmore is no exception.

40% Vol.

July 2014

July 2014


Longmorn, 16 Y
Longmorn, 16 Y

48% Vol.


Amrut - Single Malt
Amrut - Single Malt

46% Vol.


Glenrothes - Select Reserve
Glenrothes - Select Reserve

With this Select Reserve, Glenrothes aims to bring a consistent quality of Single Malt whisky from casks selected by the Malt Master. He won the gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, which proves that this non-vintage Single Malt was made by him with exactly the same care and high standards as for the previous gold medal winners of the Glenrothe Distillery, the Vintages. This Select Reserve is preceded by a selection of 2-year non-vintage casks of careful testing and selecting.

43% Vol.


Black Burn Reserve Malt
Black Burn Reserve Malt

40% Vol.


Royal Lochnagar Distillers Edition
Royal Lochnagar Distillers Edition

40% Vol.


Old Pulteney, 12 Y
Old Pulteney, 12 Y

Gerijpt in ex-bourbon vaten gedurende 12 jaar, was deze Old Pulteney een Double Gold winnaar op de 2006 San Francisco Wereld Spirits Competition. De neus is fris en schoon met een goede balans, die noten van kruiden en maalkoren heeft met peterselie en amandel. De smaak is gebalanceerd met medium body. Nootachtig met rozijnen, toffee, kruiden en eik. De finish is medium met eik en kruiden.

40% Vol.

June 2014

June 2014


James E. Pepper 1776 Rye
James E. Pepper 1776 Rye

50% Vol.


AnCnoc, 12 Y
AnCnoc, 12 Y

In 1892 John Morrison bought the estate and the farm Knock. A water source was later found on the southern part of the estate. Morrison had this water tested at a company in Edinburgh and it turned out to be of very good quality for the production of whisky. The 5% whisky marketed by the Knockdhu distillery as Single Malt under the name An Cnoc is matured in refill- and bourbon casks. The quality of this Single Malt is constant and balanced.

40% Vol.


Macallan - Sienna
Macallan - Sienna

The Macallan distillery was one of the first whisky distilleries in Scotland, founded in 1824. This Sienna is the 3rd whisky in the '1824 Collection' of Macallan. The third darkest bottling in this 'no age statement' series, aged on Sherry casks. This is where the 1824 series becomes more intense. Sienna is a naturally occurring pigment and refers not only to the color tone, but also to the fact that Macallan whisky are all without added colorants.

43% Vol.


Glen Garioch - Founders Reserve
Glen Garioch - Founders Reserve

Deze whisky weerspiegelt de broers die de distilleerderij begonnen en de 200 plus jaren van vakmanschap die in elke fles gaan, die de Manson naam draagt. Een neus van amber, zoete vanille en subtiele kruiden combineren met fruitiger groene appel en grapefruits. De smaak geeft een botercrème en vanille tot fruitig groene appel en citrus, wat leidt tot een elegante en subtiele afwerking.

48% Vol.


Redbreast, 12 Y
Redbreast, 12 Y

Deze heerlijke pure Pot Still Irish whiskey won de ‘Overall Irish Whiskey of the Year’ bij de 2013 Irish Whiskey Awards. De neus is nootachtig en rijk. Er zijn noten van specerijen, een olieachtige noot en vruchten. De smaak is gekruid en met een goede body. Er zijn tonen van noten en citrus. Er zijn hints van marsepein en een hint van sherry. De afdronk is lang, romig en gekruid.

40% Vol.

May 2014

May 2014


Benromach - Origins Batch 5 ‘Golden Promise’
Benromach - Origins Batch 5 ‘Golden Promise’

50% Vol.


Glenfarclas 105
Glenfarclas 105

60% Vol.


Glentauchers, 6Y
Glentauchers, 6Y

61% Vol.


Tobermory, 19Y - Single Cask
Tobermory, 19Y - Single Cask

53% Vol.


Glenlivet 12Y ± ’80
Glenlivet 12Y ± ’80

40% Vol.


Dunfife ± ’70
Dunfife ± ’70

43% Vol.

April 2014

April 2014


Inchmurrin, 1996 - Signatory
Inchmurrin, 1996 - Signatory

43% Vol.


Cardhu Amber Rock
Cardhu Amber Rock

Cardhu Amber Rock is dubbel gerijpt in diep getoaste Amerikaanse eiken vaten, voor rijkere noten van vanille en kruiden. Elegant en diep gearomatiseerd, heeft hij nog steeds de balans en de schone zoete notensmaak die typerend is voor alle Cardhu whisky; na de oprichting in 1824 gestookt door de vrouw en de schoondochter van de oprichter, Helen en Elizabeth Cumming. De naam ‘Cardhu’ betekent ‘zwarte rots’ in het Gaelic, De nieuwe ‘Amber Rock’ variant weerspiegelt de gouden juweel-achtige kleur van deze nieuwe botteling.

40% Vol.


Tullibardine - 500 Sherry Finish
Tullibardine - 500 Sherry Finish

The Tullibardine distillery, beautifully situated in the beautiful surroundings of Blackford in Perthshire, was founded in 1947 and has a turbulent history of openings and closures. This new bottling has first matured in Bourbon casks, and then 12 months after that in 500 litre Sherry casks. The result is there; spicy and aromatic with a long aftertaste.

43% Vol.


Old Pulteney - Duncansby Head
Old Pulteney - Duncansby Head

46% Vol.


Glenlossie 1993 Connoisseurs Choice
Glenlossie 1993 Connoisseurs Choice

46% Vol.


Classic of Islay by Jack Wiebers
Classic of Islay by Jack Wiebers

57.5% Vol.

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