Category Tasting notes

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Analysing a Pair of Wine Cask Finished Arrans – With The Malt Mentalist.

This week The Malt Mentalist and I will be dissecting and ruminating upon a couple of rather curious wine cask finished expressions from Arran distillery.  Stew has done most of the legwork on this and they are his bottles after all so it’s only fair I let him go first… The Malt Mentalist I’d just like […]

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Glenmorangie Private Edition Range – Bacalta

A look at the eighth annual release in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition range, The Bacalta

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Claxtons Glenrothes 19yo

A look at a heavy sherry bomb from indie bottlers Claxtons.

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Desert Island Drams – The Whisky Sponge

This week I attempt to lure the Whisky Sponge into nominating a Desert Island Dram.

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The Glenfiddich IPA experiment, or, how the stag learnt to hop (pun intended) 

I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m all for NAS whiskies. However this only on the proviso that they are perhaps a different to a distilleries core range or house style. To use marketing speak I like them to be character-led.  Swapping your base level age stated expression for, or introducing, a […]

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The Amateur Drammer Introduces… Nic Branson a.k.a Aesc

Welcome to a new series of occasional articles in which I invite first time writers to take over AmateurDrammer.com. This first article will introduce someone I have had the pleasure of chatting whisky with over on Twitter. I’ll let Nic introduce himself, give you his thoughts on his whisky journey and then his review of […]

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Desert Island Drams – Mark Newton from MaltReview

Mark Newton from MaltReview.com nominates his ultimate fantasy whisky.