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Connemara Peated Cask Strength – 17 September 2013

Produced at: Cooley Distillery.

Description: Unique to the world of Irish whiskeys, Connemara Cask Strength is the only Irish whiskey to be produced from its natural strength. Natural, undiluted and not chill-filtered or coloured in any way, the level of alcohol differs between bottlings, and so labels are printed specially for each batch. Connemara is a blend of aged whiskies, a 4 year, a 6 year and an 8 year. Company representatives tell me that the 4 year old gives the whiskey a level of vibrancy, while the 8 year old adds depth to the whiskey while the 6 year old is needed to marry them together.
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Maker’s Mark 46 – 27 August 2013

Produced at: Makers Mark Whisky Distillery

Description: Maker’s Mark, long famous for their flagship marque, recently introduced Maker’s Mark 46, the first new product in over 50 years from this distillery. Charred French oak staves are inserted inside the barrel and an additional 2 to 3 months of aging have created a bourbon that is both true to the classic Maker’s Mark heritage and yet a world-class whiskey on its own merits. This is a very well crafted whiskey, one that will do double duty as both a whiskey to be enjoyed on its own as well as turned into cocktails.
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Danfield’s Limited Edition 21 Years Old Whisky – 16 July 2013

Produced at: Black Velvet Distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Description: Danfield’s is marketed by Williams & Churchill but as often in Canadian whisky, it is only a brand name, and it’s made at a different distillery (The Black Velvet Distillery). Canadian laws allow them to state ‘Distilled and bottled by Williams & Churchill’ on the label. Danfield’s is made from rye, corn and malted barley in a small batch process and “blended at birth” rather than blended after separate maturation. Also, as mentioned on the label, it is passed through a diamond dust filter.
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Dun Bheagan Islay 2003 – 24 June 2013

Produced at: Distillery Lagavulin
Description: The distillery was founded in 1816 on the South shore of Islay, also known as ‘Kildalton’. The Lagavulin distillery was
built a year after neighbours Laphroaig and Ardbeg and almost a century before the Malt Mill distillery was erected on the grounds of Lagavulin. The Islands and Islay: Pronounced “eye-luh,” Islay is the most famous whisky-producing island in Scotland. Home to ten working distilleries today, Islay is known for its robust, smoky, and heavily peated whisky.
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The Balvenie 21 Year PortWood – May 21, 2013

The Balvenie Distillery – nurtures a high level of craftsmanship. Grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional malt floorings, employs coopers to tend the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills. An additional period of maturation in … Continue reading

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Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve – 30 Apr 13

Forty Creek Confederation Oak reserve is the fourth special release from Whisky maker John Hall’s Kittling Ridge Distillery. At 16,800 bottles, this is also Hall’s largest special release.  Hall produces Confederation Oak Reserve with his traditional Forty creek “Meritage” process … Continue reading

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Old Forester 2012 Birthday Bourbon – April 8, 2013

Old Forester 2012 Birthday Bourbon (48.5% / 97 proof) is dark gold in color, a lot lighter than some of the other 12 year old whiskies. Cinnamon and oak spice dominate the nose with an undercurrent of vanilla and marzipan. … Continue reading

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Midleton Very Rare – February 19, 2013

Date Tasted: February 19, 2013 Whisky / Whiskey: Midleton Expression: Very Rare Distiller: Irish Distillers International Ltd Type: Whiskey Country / Region: Ireland Bottling Size: 750ml ABV: 40.0% Cost (Cdn): $180.30 Wow.  There is good reason that this liquid has … Continue reading

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Amrut Fusion – 29 January, 2013

Date Tasted: January 29, 2013 Whisky / Whiskey: Amrut Expression: Fusion Distiller: Amrut Distillers Type: Scotch Country / Region: India Bottling Size: 700 ml ABV: 50.0% Cost (Cdn): $69.65 This tasting had mixed reviews from our Expresssion – half of … Continue reading

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Aberlour A’Bunadh – January 8, 2013

Date Tasted: January 8, 2013 Whisky / Whiskey: Aberlour  Expression: A’Bunadh Distiller: Chivas & Glenlivet Group Type: Scotch Country / Region: Scotland Bottling Size: 750 ml ABV: 59.5% Cost (Cdn): $94.95 Our first meeting of the new year, heralded-in with … Continue reading

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