Golan Heights Distillery Brewer’s Whisky – BBX Amber Ale

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Bottle still closed until I finish the previous one, tasted at the distillery’s stand at Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2018

This is the 2nd release of Golan Heights Distillery’s distilled beer (or beerskys). The previous one was distilled from a chickpea beer. This one is distilled from a more traditional amber ale style craft beer from the Golan Brewery, located in the same town as the distillery. I really loved the previous release and when I tried this one at Whisky Live Tel Aviv last week it was just as good, if not better (but this is entering the realm of personal taste). Like the last one this was matured in an ex-Golani Black (the distillery’s two-grain whisky matured in charred virgin oak) casks for 2 years and bottled at 50%.

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Golan Heights Distillery 2015 Single Malt

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I’ve had this bottle for a while now, but on account of Winter I’ve been at the smokey things in my cabinet a little more, and trying to put a dent in my very long backlog of samples, but I finally got round to it this weekend. Continue reading “Golan Heights Distillery 2015 Single Malt”

Paul John 2011 Cadenhead

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I’ve done quite a few reviews of Indian whisky before but they’ve all been from Amrut. There’s another Indian distillery that’s quite widely available called Paul John from Goa. I’ve tried some of their whiskies before but this is the first time I’ve been able to do so with notes. I’ve had this sample around for I don’t even no how long, trying to put a dent in my backlog.

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Golan Heights Distillery 2014 Single Malt

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This is a very exciting time for whisky lovers here in Israel. A few local distilleries have opened up and over the course of a few months their single malt spirits have finally matured for a full 3 years. While there is no law in Israel regarding the minimum age for a single malt, the distillers have all agreed among themselves to stick to the Scottish minimum.

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Amrut Kardhambam

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Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

This is another oddity from Amrut that makes up part of their range of interesting expressions. The Kardhambam means ‘mixture’ and that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a mix of peated and unpeated malt which has been initially matured in sherry casks but then finished in rum and brandy casks, both of which held spirits produced by Amrut distillery.

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Amrut Portonova Batch #17

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I tend to be cautious when buying World Whiskies because some are priced and sold more on the merit of their unique origins than the actual quality of the spirit they produce, but thankfully I’ve tried enough Amrut that I can usually be rest assured that there’s good stuff in the bottle. This one is a port finished malt, well, sort of, because Amrut likes to be a little different.

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Nomad Outland Whisky

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I bought this bottle on a whim a few years ago when it came out and just never got round to opening it. It’s NAS so obviously comes with a story but in this case quite a unique one. This is a sherry matured blend crafted by Whyte & Mackay’s Richard Patterson which has been aged in Scotland and then finished for a year in PX casks in Spain by González Byass, a well known sherry producer.

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Amrut Peated – Cask Strength

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Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on Reddit.

Had a bit of a break from whisky for Passover, but I’m back. This is a cask strength version of Amrut’s peated Indian single malt. I’ve tried the regular version before but was less than impressed, which is a pity because I quite liked their Fusion expression which is made from 25% peated barley from Scotland. But sometimes being bottled at cask strength can make a huge difference to a whisky’s character.

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