October 2019 – thewhiskyof.today

Hernö old tom gin

Tip of the day!
Hernö Old Tom Gin is made from the same distilled gin as Hernö Gin, but with an extra amount of Meadowsweet added in the distillation and after diluting it down to 43% we add a touch of sugar. The sweetening lifts the floral notes, releases an array of juniper and makes the gin even smoother.

NOSE: Hernö Old Tom Gin is full-bodied with woody spice. Followed by bright, juicy, juniper and floral notes.
PALATE: Super-smooth texture with a light sweetness and botanical notes. An array of juniper, green and crispy, followed by notes of pine flowers.
FINISH: A floral sweetness combined with woody spice and long-lasting juniper characterizes Hernö Old Tom Gin.

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Elijah craig small batch

I got my hand on this one recenty, ive been seeking to buy something from Elijah Craig for about two years now. I first discovered the brand via The whiskey Vault on Youtube.
Here in Sweden there are often a limited amount and variation on American whiskies so its quite hard to get, I also haven’t found it on any taxfree in Europe either.

Yesterday I tasted it and fell in love, my expectations. It’s a really good bourbon. Some time in the future I would like to get a hold of the Elijah Craig barrel proof because that one should be better compared to this one.

Here are some short info about the small batch:
Elijah Craig small batch is the replacement for the hugely popular Elijah Craig 12 Year Old. This small batch bottling (200 barrels per batch) is comprised of selected whiskeys 8-12 years of age. This no-age statement product was introduced in early 2016 to replace the 12-year age statement (a barrel illustration on the original label took place of the number 12). Later in the year, Heaven Hill redesigned its packaging again, with the year “1789” now embossed on the glass. It remains bottled at 94 proof.. Notes of nuts, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit and caramel.

Game of thrones whisky, some of them…

GOT whiskies are a limited release that got avaliable right before the start of season 8.
There are a total of 8 whiskies and each one represent a house in the series.

I got the opportunity to try four of them, Oban Bay reserve(The night’s watch), Cardhu gold reserve(The house of Targaryen), Royal Lochnagar(The house of Baratheon) and Dalwhinnie Winters frost(The house of Stark).

First thoughts of them is that the finish dissapears quite quickly on all of them. The one with highest finish score was Oban bay reserve. Of those I’ve tried there is only one whisky with a age statement and that is Royal Lochnagar 12 years old.
All of them are not too complex and quite smooth with a lack of punch or suprise, I have not tried any of the other whisky brands except Oban so I dont have much experience of the others except this GOT edition.
Here are the scores of alla the four:
Oban Bay reserve(The night’s watch):                     81/100
Cardhu gold reserve(The house of Targaryen):    66/100
Royal Lochnagar(The house of Baratheon):          82/100
Dalwhinnie Winters frost(The house of Stark):   75/100

Royal Lochnagar had the highest score on the nose and palate while Oban Bay reserve had a better BBF(Body balance ,feel) and finish.
I know there are still some places to get some of the whiskies like the Lagavulin 9 or Talisker select reserve but the second market is also popular now but a bit pricy.
I will try to get to tase the others that is not here in the picture but I’m not too sure i will buy any of the others based on these four i think the limited edition relase is quite weak and mostly a PR thing to earn some more money.