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The Antiquary 12 years old

The Antiquary 12 years old

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Happy New Year […]

For the first post this year I chose blended whisky, but it less recognizable. Everyone knows well the biggest on the market like Johnny Walker, Grants, and Ballantines, or even maybe Hibiki but the world does not end there. It just happens that in the glass I have The Antiquary 12 years old, 40% ABV. The origins of the brand date back to 1888, when John & William Hardie decided to put together their blend in Edinburgh. Today The Antiquary belongs to Tomatin Distillery Co., therefore among the single malts found here, we can also expect Tomatin. [caption id=attachment_7650 align=alignnone width=1920] The Antiquary 12 years old[/caption] N: still in the bottle slightly alcoholic, but this accent quickly flies off and does not irritate, then I also have delicate citrus notes: lemon peel and maybe the touch of orange, later traditionally sweet: honey, caramel, toffee, vanilla; after being poured into a glass basically unchanged, thats good, generally quite calm and delicate, from time to time something mineral and metallic or even earthy appears; T: at the beginning slightly irritating and warming, as in the blends I feel the elements of grains, but on a balanced level, after this: honey, caramel and candied orange, a few drops of lemon and a young grapefruit, finally something metallic again; F: even long, sweet with a slight citrus aftertaste. Score: 81. The Antiquary 12 years old is a solid blend, suitable for leisurely sipping even without dilution (with ice, water or other fluids). [caption id=attachment_7651 align=alignnone width=1920] The Antiquary 12 years

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My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
(81 points)


  • Mackmyra Skordetid & Mackmyra Moment Korsbar

    Mackmyra Skordetid & Mackmyra Moment Korsbar

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    Testing / Tasting
    (75 points)

    Swedish Single Malt Whisky

    I recently got two samples with news from Swedish Mackmyra, for which I heartily thank you. Earlier in the blog I described their first version of 10 years old. Lets see what our girlfriends are hiding inside. [caption id=attachment_7532 align=alignnone width=1920] Mackmyra Skordetid & Mackmyra Moment Korsbar[/caption] Mackmyra Skordetid, 46.1% ABV   N: sweet with clear wine accents, but also plenty of honey, caramel and toffee, after a while it all evaporates and...

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  • Mackmyra 10 years old

    Mackmyra 10 years old

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    Testing / Tasting
    (80 points)

    Swedish Single Malt Whisky

    At our neighbor, on the other side of the lake (Baltic Sea), there was a great feast. Mackmyra has just released its first single malt single with a symbolic age of 10 years. The distillate was matured in Bourbon barrels, in American white oak barrels and in Sherry Oloroso casks. Bottling with 46.1% ABV. Lets see how it tastes. N: directly after opening but still in the bottle, the nose is pleasant, quite winey, then large doses of sweetness with vanilla and honey, as soon as I poured it...

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  • J.A. Baczewski Whisky

    J.A. Baczewski Whisky

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (66 points)

    According to pre-war recipe

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  • Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Jameson Irish Whiskey

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (72 points)

    On St. Patrick’s Day

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  • Projekt Wolf Distillery

    Projekt Wolf Distillery

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    Miscellanea Testing / Tasting

    Trzymam kciuki!

    Bywalcy rodzimych festiwali whisky, których z roku na jest coraz więcej, na pewno mieli okazję zetknąć się z projektem „Wolf Distillery”. Póki co nie mamy do czynienia z destylarnią, ale ta jest w planie i ma mieścić się w Polsce. Aktualnie trunki powstają w tajemniczym kraju na terenie UE, który nie zabrania destylacji alkoholu na własne potrzeby. Niestety musimy pozostać w sferze domysłów, gdyż właściciel marki nie ujawnia konkretów. To co wiemy, to fakt, że...

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  • Smögen 4 years old, Single Cask #7/2011, 57.3% ABV

    Smögen 4 years old, Single Cask #7/2011, 57.3% ABV

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    Testing / Tasting
    (86 points)

    Single malt from Sweden

    Today, single malt from Sweden - Smögen. The distillery was founded in 2009 by Pär Caldenby - a lawyer and whisky enthusiast. It is located on a farm near Hunnebostrand north of Göteborg. Its name comes from the nearby island of Smögen. In my glass I have got Smögen 4 years old, single cask #7/2011, Sauternes Barrique, cask strength 57.3% ABV. I assume that the color is natural, and the whisky is unchillfiltered. I got the sample from a friend Thomas Øhrbom, a great connoisseur of...

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  • Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled

    Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (80 points)

    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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  • Ballantine’s Finest, 40% ABV

    Ballantine’s Finest, 40% ABV

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    Testing / Tasting
    (69 points)

    Standard blend

    It is time for Ballantines Finest. This is a flagship product from Pernod Ricard and probably it doesnt need any introduction. We are dealing here with a standard blend, bottled at a minimum level of 40% ABV. They are using approx. 40 different whiskies, including grains and single malts, to compose it. [caption id=attachment_6256 align=alignnone width=1602] Ballantines Finest[/caption] As stated by one of the characters in Vabank 2 movie, thinking that he was in Switzerland:...

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  • Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10 years old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Wild Turkey)

    Russell’s Reserve Small Batch 10 years old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Wild Turkey)

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (84 points)

    Wild Turkey z określeniem wieku

    Wandering through the streets of downtown Chicago, I came across a grocery store, which was not at all easy, with all these skyscrapers. Inside, I met the shelf with bourbons. I could not pass by indifferently, the choice fell on Russells Reserve Small Batch 10 years old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled 90 proof - 45% ABV. Despite the less well-known name this is basically Wild Turkey with specified age. So after a while I ended up with a glass in my hand in a hotel room....

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