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Barry Bradford

About me? I am a Whisky Educator, Travel-Tourist and Blogger. I blog tasting notes about (mostly Scotch) beer and whisky at The Whiskyphiles. I keep progress of my travels via the Alfred Barnard Society. Based in Livingston, Scotland I do most of my dramming at the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society and Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Beinn Dubh

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Enjoyable but perhaps doesn’t quite deliver what you would expect from the colour. This still has that classic Speyside distillery medium-light spirit style. Plenty of fruit and chocolate from the cask maturation and later some tannins and pleasant spices keep things interesting. 84/100

Shirakawa 1958

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A truly delicious combination of tropical fruit, nuts and exotic oak wood influence full of earthy and woody spices and chocolate. It is hard to compare this unique piece of liquid history other than to say it is on par with some of the oldest Scotch single malts invariably derived from Speyside thanks to their careful maturation over many decades. 93/100

THE GLENDRONACH REVEALS DEPTHS OF SHERRY CASK MASTERY WITH LATEST RELEASE

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The GlenDronach Distillery, hidden in the fertile landscape of the Forgue valley, deep in the east Highland hills, has released its latest richly sherried Single Malt.  The GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 11 boasts exceptional depths of sherry wood maturation, continuing the legacy set out by distillery founder James Allardice in 1826, which marries Highland spirit to Spanish oak. 

Lochlea Distillery to launch limited edition sherry matured whisky, Lochlea ‘Fallow Edition’ (First Crop)

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The team at Lochlea Distillery are delighted to reveal their third seasonal limited release, Lochlea ‘Fallow Edition’ (First Crop). Launching on the 3rd November 2022, it is the third expression in an annual limited edition series, following on from Lochlea ‘Sowing Edition’ (First Crop) which launched in March 2022, and Lochlea ‘Harvest Edition’ (First Crop) which launched in September 2022.