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Sweden’s Mackmyra Releases New Travel Retail Single Malt

Sweden’s first whisky distillery, Mackmyra, has launched Expedition, a limited edition Swedish single malt whisky produced exclusively for the travel retail market. Expedition was mostly matured in bourbon casks, with some contribution of whisky aged in Mackmyra’s signature Swedish oak casks as well. The latter have held Swedish cloudberry wine for some months, giving the whisky a uniquely double Swedish ...

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Kavalan Amontillado Cask Taiwanese Whisky Review

Kavalan Amontillado Sherry Cask

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- When it comes to Sherry casks and whisky, the overwhelming favorite choice is Oloroso, followed at some distance by PX. The use of Amontillado casks is much rarer, although this probably has more to do with Amontillado itself being a small part of overall Sherry production. Without writing a whole Sherry 101 essay, Amontillado lies ...

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Method And Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Review

Method And Madness Single Pot Still

By Emma Briones Rating: A- It would be peculiar to find a brand new Irish Whiskey range without an example of their-now iconic Pot Still whiskey included. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Method and Madness decided to introduce a Pot Still whiskey as their third expression. If you haven’t heard about it yet, Method and Madness is ...

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Orphan Barrel Comes Out With Rhetoric 23 Year Old

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel label has continued its Rhetoric series of ultra-aged bourbon with this year’s Rhetoric 23 Year Old. The first Rhetoric release came in 2014 as a 20 Year Old, with the plan to release an annual batch from the same stock, that stock having aged an extra year. The project has gone according to schedule with three expressions, ...

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Hochstadter’s Family Reserve 16 Year Old Rye Whiskey Review

Hochstadter's 16 Year Old Rye

By Randall H. Borkus Rating: A The Cooper Spirits Co. resurrected the Hochstadter’s brand in 2013 with the introduction of Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye.  Later came further brand extensions in the portfolio, such as the Hochstadter’s 8 Year Old Rock & Rye and the peculiar Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey. Now the company has released the first ...

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