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Brenne Single Malt French Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: A From Cognac, France, by way of an  inspired collaboration between whiskey importer and blogger Allison Patel and “a 3rd generation Cognac distiller,” comes this unique single malt. Brenne French Single Malt is a new venture – Allison’s first expression, Estate Cask, was released in late 2012 – and, being French whiskey (read: a rarity in ...

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Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Old Single Malt

By Jake Emen Rating: A- Nikka Whisky owns and operates two distinct distilleries in Japan. The oldest is the Yoichi distillery, built in 1934, located near the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, had studied at the University of Glasgow and came back to Japan with the ideals of creating authentic and distinguished scotch-style ...

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Nikka Taketsura Pure Malt 12 Year Old Whiskey Review

By Jake Emen Rating: A Nikka’s Taketsuru line consists of several ages of pure malt whiskey — unlike with Scotch, Japanese whiskey is not prohibited from using the “pure malt” label — and Nikka simply uses the term to signify a vatted malt whiskey drawn from their Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. The Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Year Old is the ...

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Wemyss Spice King 12 Year Old Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The interesting thing about the vatted malt line from Wemyss Malts is how different expressions under the same label can sometimes have substantially different characters. In one of those things that turns the conventional wisdom of “older whiskey is better whiskey” on its head, I liked the Peat Chimney 8 Year Old much better than ...

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