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[Review] Glen Deveron - 10 years old 40%

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année 2017 à tous! I am back in France for some family time during the end of year festivities. This is the reason why I have not been posting that much recently. When I reviewed my dad's Glen Deveron 15 in August, I did mention he also had a bottle of the 10 years old that I would review if I had time and of course, I didn't. Having a bit of time today, I thought I would make the most of it and post the Glen Deveron 10.   Like with the 15, the 10 is not a single malt which is readily available in the UK. The Deveron can be found in some whisky shops but I have never seen the Glen Deveron out there apart from on the continent. As far as the 15 is concerned, I ended up my August post saying that despite it being a rather pleasant malt, it didn't really rock my boat in terms of more pronounced flavours. I must admit, I expect the 10 years old to be along the same lines... As for the 15, the 10 is bottled at 40%, chill-filtered and with the ad

[Review] Bowmore - 12 years old 40%

For people who are relatively new to whisky and want to try some peaty single malt without being hit by the full power of a Laphroaig or an Ardbeg, Bowmore seems like a pretty good choice. I might have mentioned that Bowmore Small Batch is the bottle which initiated me to the peaty stuff. It is reasonably peated for an Islay whisky, which allowed me to enjoy the taste without being completely overwhelmed. It also made me curious to try more peaty whiskies, progressing to Caol Ila 12 before jumping into Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Kilchoman Machir Bay or Lagavulin 16. So at the time, Bowmore was a great dram in my mind. I was desperate to try the rest of the Bowmore range too, which actually took quite a while before it happened. My first go at the 12 was last Easter whilst on Islay with a few friends. We visited the distillery and thought we had to buy a bottle to have a few drams in the evening, and so we purchased a 12 year-old. However, despite being a pleasant enough drink, I cannot s

[Tasting Session] Bruichladdich 05/12/16

After a quiet fortnight because of work, I am back with the account of the Bruichladdich tasting I attended on Monday. I do not normally tend to go to tasting sessions during the working week, but I made an exception this time as it was a Bruichladdich special, and I thought I might get to try some of their latest 10 year-old releases. It was run by their brand ambassador Abi Clephane and was held at the Whisky shop Manchester. We were presented with four bottles originally before two more appeared. Abi was, in my mind, what a good brand ambassador should be like: very enthusiastic, passionate about the whisky and what the distillery stands for, full of stories and anecdotes about the people who contribute to the elaboration of the amber nectar, without forgetting to mention a good measure of "terroir"! Abi Clephane - Bruichladdich brand ambassador The night started with their entry bottle, the Classic Laddie, a very solid unpeated dram made from barley exclusively gro