December’s Traditions – Port Charlotte 10 Years

When you think of heavily peated Islay single malt, you often think of the distilleries on Islay’s South coast. However, since a few years another distillery on the island set out to challenge the familiar names in the peated malt business. Bruichladdich, a traditionally none peated single malt, also has a line of heavily peated scotch, they sell under the Port Charlotte label. In this article, I will take a closer look at their new 10 year old bottling.

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Feed Me Diamonds – Benguela Diamonds Gin

It has been a while since I reviewed the last gin here on the blog. This is why, I want to present a rather special gin to you today. The Benguela Diamonds Gin is inspired by South Africa, but distilled in Germany. Actually, it is made by one of my favourite distillers Florian Faude. This means that my expectations for this gin were quite high!  Read more

Which Bourbon Should You Buy? – A Blind-Tasting

Following the tradition of one American whiskey blind-tasting a year. It again was time for bourbon. This time I tried to incorporate as many different styles as possible. This means that we tried high corn, high rye, wheated and also a four grain bourbon. Apart from that, the range spanned from a few month old bourbon, over single barrel expressions to even nine year old bottlings. While every whiskey had some characteristic bourbon note, we still were up for a few surprises in the end.

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Spirited News 06/2018: Farthofer Single Grain Whiskys

The renown eau de vie distillery Farthofer also started to produce whiskys. While on first glance this might seem like nothing really new, the degree to which the whisky is produced in-house is still something special. Josef Farthofer grows eight different heirloom grain varieties on his fields and also built his own malting. This is why I am very happy to introduce three different single grain, single cask whiskies to you!

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Rum Padovani – Plantation Peru Multivintage Rum

The last instalment in the 2018 Plantation Rum Single Cask Collection is a multi vintage rum from Peru. Since, this is the highest proof of all different single cask collection rums I tried in the last articles , it should be quite interesting. On top of that, the rum’s finish in Willett Rye Whiskey cask’s further spiked my interest. Last but not least, I also have a simple, but yet refined cocktail variation for you. Read more

Jungle – Plantation Panama 12 Years Single Cask Collection 2018

The third instalment in the 2018 Single Casks Collection from Plantation is a 12-year-old rum from Panama. After its initial ageing process in its home-country and Plantation’s obligatory stay in cognac casks, the Panama 12 Years Rum gets a rare single malt cask finish. So, this should be rather interesting to see if there is a difference in aroma and taste. On top of that, the finish sounds like an ideal reason to mix up Manhattan-style cocktails. Read more