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DavidCeulemans

Newbie Scotch appreciator exploring the world of whisky. Besides that, I enjoy reading, trail running, and Italy. Instagram: @spooky.iphone

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  1. Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Blended — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    La Roche-en-Ardenne
  2. Caol Ila 2009 9 Year Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
  3. Wild Turkey Bourbon 101

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Had a taste of this Bourbon on a beach bar style establishment, since they didn't have any single malts available. The only alternative was Jack Daniels Old 7 so, here goes: On the nose, one finds vanilla and and honey, which on the palate gets accompanied by flowery notes and wood. The aftertaste is decent, be it a bit spicy (peppers). For only 3,5 euro's a very decent pour!
    3.5 EUR per Pour
  4. Talisker Storm

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  5. BenRiach Septendecim 17 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Both the regular 12 year old as the peated Curiositas 10 has made a great impression, which convinced me to try this 17 year old. It didn’t fail to impress: On the nose, one is greeted by fresh peat smoke and speyside apples. On the palate the same smoke shakes your hand, but brought some honey and nuts. The aftertaste is rather long and mainly sweet., truly Islay meets Speyside. Matured a full 7 years longer than the the Curiositas, the Septendicem has lost the few sharp edges of it’s younger counterpart. Depending on one’s taste that may be a good thing, as it adds some subtlety to explore, but some may prefer the slightly punchier spirit of the 10 year old. For me, it might depend on my mood. They’re both great drams!
  6. Kilchoman 2010 Single Cask Release 678/2010 PX Finish B&T Exclusive

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Seventh - and final - sample of a 7 part Kilchoman (custom) sample set my wife got me for my birthday last year. It's a limited Single Cask Release (678/2010), selected by and exclusively bottled for it's Dutch importer Bresser & Timmer. Distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2015, this 5 year old whisky has been finished in a PX Sherry Cask, and botled at a nice 57% with only 264 bottles available. For over a year this nice dram had hidden itself between the samples of my perpetuum blend (*), until I recently rediscovered it in my cabinet. A few days ago I was an evening home alone, so a perfect moment for a movie and a nice dram. On the nose, one is welcomed by a nice campfire, with some hints of BBQ and vanilla. The palate also reveals dried fruits (raisins) and some apples. The Sherry influences are certainly present, and they tone down the peatiness a little bit, but are pleasingly balanced and in respect to a typical Kilchoman-dram. The aftertaste is warm and round and pleasantly lingers on for quite a while. I remember rating both the Sauterne and Madeira Cask finishes a full 4 stars, both being very fine drams. This Sherry finish certainly joins their spot with 4 stars. (*) From every Single Malt bottle I purchase, I pour one dram into a karaf until it's full, then I extract 5 drams into samples, until it's full again, and so on. The results vary of time, but it's a fun experiment
    110.0 EUR per Bottle
  7. Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    The Eirigh Na Greine is party matured in both Italian and French Red Wine casks, and available as a relatively limited 'travel retail exclusive' NAS release. The Red Wine influences are immediately noticeable on the nose. This isn't marketed as one of Bunnahabhain peated whisky's, but I do seem to notice some slight peat smoke. I also find some dark fruits, a hint of vanilla, and some salt. This comes all back on the palate, joined by fresh oak (some bitterness), a pinch of spicy pepper, and more fresh fruit - most obviously berries. The taste lingers on a while after swallowing, leaving mostly a slightly salty, but winey impression. Despite the NAS, this drams is pretty balanced, and doesn't seem to be really that young. The Red Wine influences are there, but not dominant, and the combination with the hint of peat smoke is delightful.
    57.0 EUR per Bottle
  8. Caol Ila 2009 5 Year Hepburn's Choice (Hunter Laing)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    This is the third review of a short line-up of 3 drams I tried at a local small 'independant bottlers & limited releases' event I was invited to. I tried following fine drams (read their respective reviews elsewhere on this site): - The Maltman (Secret Orkney Distillery) 2005 12 Year Old (Sherry Hogshead) - Hunter Laing's The Old Malt Cask Caol Ila 2009 (9 Year Old) Red Wine Finish - Hepburn's Choice Caol Ila 2009 5 Year Old (Quarter Cask) I didn't plan on trying the last one on the list, but while the host explained to another guest that this Quarter Cask Caol Ila was an exceptional dram for it's young age, he also poured me a small amount to nose it - and taste it, ofcourse! :). For it's relative young age, it was indeed a excellent dram. Distilled in 2009 it got to mature for 5 years, including a finishing period in European Oak Quarter Casks. Only 98 bottles are available. Peculiar is though, that it must have been left untouched in storage for several years, considering it's age and year of distillation, and now it's release... The color was less impressive that the darker appearances of the two other drams I had that day, but it nevertheless had a nice tanned color. Beside obvious marine character, the nose revealed peat and smoke, on the palate assisted by some red fruits. The aftertaste was equally satisfying, but not very long. I must admit that the order of the line-up wasn't ideal to evaluate this one, as I actually finished with the lightest taste-profile of the three. It probably would have come better to it's right if I had started with this one. After the robust roundness of the earlier two - excellent - drams, this 5 year old Caol Ila felt a bit subdued, a bit watery. For its age (and price) nevertheless a fabulous whisky.
    80.0 EUR per Bottle
  9. Caol Ila 2009 9 Year Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    My local shopkeeper invited me a while ago to a private (small circle) event with Independent Bottlers and Small Releases to show me there's a whole world beyond the beaten paths and standard releases of the well known brands. Since was by car, I kept my line-up short, and focussed on the peated drams; this is the second review of the three drams I tasted: - The Maltman (Secret Orkney Distillery) 2005 12 Year Old (Sherry Hogshead) - Hunter Laing's The Old Malt Cask Caol Ila 2009 (9 Year Old) Red Wine Finish - Hepburn's Choice Caol Ila 2009 5 Year Old (Quarter Cask) While the 12 Year Old by The Maltman immediately made a great impression, I also was very interested to try the Caol Ila bottle by Hunter Laing. This 9 Year old whisky, distilled in 2009 and left to mature in a Red Wine cask until februari 2019, again is a single cask release with only 385 bottles available. Interesting about this release is that the Red Wine Cask was charred before refilling it with this spirit - this certainly reflects to its gorgeous dark, copper orange color. I tried the Caol Ila 12 before and liked it - but I remember the disappointment of the 18 year old. How would this even younger sibbling hold up? Spoiler alert: it made my day. The nose immediately reveals a bold peatsmoke, accompanied by sweet fruits. On the palate, there's more delicious peat, accompanied by a hint of tobacco with peppers and cinnamon, and a mixture of sweet fruits - I find Strawberries, Apples, Berries, Oranges... The aftertaste lingers on for a more than moderate while, with a pleasant combination of salt, peat and smoke, and a hint of raisins. I can only conclude that I'm so glad I tried this one. It's bold and peaty - more similar to the official 12 year old than to the more tempered 18 year old - but has definitely more character and roundness than either of them. I've purchased this bottle without too much thought, and I know I'm not going to regret it. What I'm going to regret though, considering there are only about 356 bottles left, is the slim chance I'll be able to ever replace it when (once) the bottle gets killed. I'm rating this release 4.75 stars, but I was very tempted to give it the maximum of 5 stars. If you like a bold but balanced peated whisky, combined with some wine finishing, don't hesitate to buy this one if you get the chance!
    110.0 EUR per Bottle
  10. Secret Orkney Distillery 2005 12 Year (The Maltman)

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Up until now I've been a bit hesitant to explore releases of Independent Bottlers. The standard brands seem to give more an assurance of quality and availability. My local shopkeeper agreed on the part of availability, but found the guarantee of quality, at least in some cases, well, ... debatable. He invited me to a private (small circle) 'Independent Bottler' event, were we could try and tast several bottlings, mostly limited releases and small batches. I couldn't try them all, so I stayed with the peated whiskies, and since I was by car, I limited my line up to two drams (but got a third taste for free): - The Maltman (Secret Orkney Distillery) 2005 12 Year Old (Sherry Hogshead) - Hunter Laing's The Old Malt Cask Caol Ila 2009 (9 Year Old) Red Wine Finish - Hepburn's Choice Caol Ila 2009 5 Year Old (Quarter Cask) The first dram was bottled by The Maltman, with a distillate of an undisclosed 'secret' Orkney Distillery - obviously Highland Park. I've tried a few Highland Park's before (12 and 18 years old) and found them to be pretty good, but it's said that they don't compare to the brand's superb releases of a decade ago. The more recent marketing bottlings seem to pay more attention to packaging than it's content. Luckily - according to the expert that was hosting the event - there are still some very good bottlings available from time to time by Independent Bottlers. This 12 Year Old liquid was matured in a Sherry Hogshead barrel and being a single cask release, only 391 bottles are available. Non chill-filtered or colored, it's color is nothing short of impressive: dark gold-orange (On a more official scale I would judge it to be 'chestnut oloroso sherry 1.2') The Sherry influence was clearly noticeable. On the nose, there's not so much peat, but the sherry-notes are accompanied by sea influences and fruits. The first sip immediately finally reveals some moderate smoke and peat in addition to the initial sherry and nuts, while after a few moments some raisins and dried fruit reveal themselves, toghether with a hint of sweet coffee and dark (salted?) chocolate. The aftertaste lingers on for a decent amount of time, and is mostly fruity in the start, and goes slowly to coffee-chocolate. This is a dram that simply delivers from bottle to stomach. It's full and balanced, and while rather complex very easy to take in. Full 4 stars for me!
    110.0 EUR per Bottle
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