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iLaddie Whisky Nerd Awards 2016

The list of nominees has been made. The criteria have been agreed on! The scores have been added to the spreadsheet! This means the results for the 2016, Annual, Global, International (yeah yeah yeah, get on with it) Whisky Nerd... Continue Reading →

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How do we smell and taste whisky?

I have been looking for some actual science that explains how we smell and taste whisky. How do whisky-chemicals interact with you brain. I say brain because your brain is the end point. The smell of whisky is the result... Continue Reading →

#RSWFW: B: Grainy, 1. Cereal, Leathery

The Whisky Congener of Leathery is a tricky one. Why? There is no leather in the whisky production process. Well maybe the still-man wore leather clothes at one point but other than that I seriously doubt the whisky comes into... Continue Reading →

A Bruichladdich Peat Progression…

As a fan of Bruichladdich I follow the #bruichladdich on WordPress. Whisky Lady in India has posted some very excellent blogs on her site that I enjoyed very mush. In fact so much that I asked if I could reblog them on my page. I was allowed to and naturally I will mention her page and other social media links.

Thank you for all these blogs! I hope this blog will create more traffic!

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This was an evening much awaited! Planned back in early 2016 initially for January 2017 then postponed to May 2017… To say I was rather impatient waiting for this session is a bit of an understatement!

Now normally, we prefer to keep our sampling to 3 whiskies… however the idea of sampling two unpeated, two peated and two super turbo peated from the same distillery was impossible to resist! Particularly if that distillery happened to be Bruichladdich.

Our Whisky Ladies are made of sterner stuff and have proven we are up to the challenge! Hence the ‘birth’ of the Bruichladdich “Peat Progression”  evening…

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OCTOMORE OBA CONCEPT OBA/C_0.1, first tasting notes

I was reminding the Feis Ile 2016 Masterclass when Octomore Black Art was first presented. If you missed the introduction you can look at it here If you have not seen the introduction. Please take 10 minutes to watch the... Continue Reading →

Leather, whisky Congener?

For my next blog about a Congener on the "Revised Scottish Whisky Flavour Wheel" I am reading up on "leather".  The reading up might take a while since I first need to read about what leather is. Then I need... Continue Reading →

#RSWFW: B: Grainy, 1. Cereal, Husky, Bran

The Congener of Husky and Bran are combined in this blog. The reason being is that I found out these terms are almost interchangeable. Husky is not related to the dog with the same name. As the group name suggest... Continue Reading →

Tasting note: clove vs clover

Sometimes things get lost in translation! Clove vs Clover!


Since I am a Dutchman I think I am well aware of the correct translation of English to Dutch. 

I say this because kids in Holland are educated in English from the age of 7.
Ever since I first started watching the whisky reviews of Ralfy on YouTube I have been hearing the tasting note of Clove. In my mind that translates to the cute little plant with three, but if you have the luck of the Irish, four petals. 
People that are English will have started smiling by now. 
I was getting a tad suspicious of my own know how where I read about the taste associated with “clove”. Despripters were all herbal like “dried ground clove”. I started asking myself:”how the hell do you grind a petal!?” The thought started to arise, in my mind, that there was the slightest possibility that my knowledge off English might be…

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Maturation experiment, 14th May Update

So how is the experiment doing? What questions did I formulate? What do the erlenmeyer’s look like today? I have not allowed air in for a fresh Oxygen supply. The Images are taken with my smartphone and the lighting conditions are... Continue Reading →

The more you learn, 

The more you learn, the less you know, one finds out! I was trying to find out how Maillard reactions would influence Peat and Phenols in whisky! So I googled it. YouTube-ed it. And found out there is an entire... Continue Reading →

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