May 2020 –

Hyde cask strength 8yo 59%

Hyde cask strength is a single grain irish whiskey bottled in 08/2007 at 59% abv.
There is only 1000 bottles of this and it is classified as a limited edition release.
It is aged for 8 years in bourbon casks, the whiskey is triple distilled and non chill filtered.

Price varies but to its between 50-65 brittish pounds. My bottle is 293 of 1000 and it is made with their master distiller Alan Hyde.
Here is some notes from the producer itself:

The higher 59% alc. strength delivers a more robust Cinnamon and clove overtone with complex and spicy sweet American bourbon notes.

A cracked black pepper and spiciness gives way to a buttery vanilla and charred oak taste.

Full and satisfying, ending with a silky smooth finish.

My own reveiw will be posted soon.

Naud Añejo 15 Años Ron Panama review

In a previous post you can read a bit more about the distillery and rum.
Here is my review of The Naud Añejo 15 Años Ron Panama 41.3% ABV.

Nose ?
Rich, floral and, cinnamon, marshmallows and caramelized almonds. A really good nose i would say!

Palate ?
Some oak, vanilla, toffee but not too sweet. Hints of orange and spices coats my mouth therefore it sticks with me longer and in the end you can feel a little bit of alcohol burn.

Finish ?
The finish is long. It stays with you and warms you with all the pleasant notes.

Conclusion ?
Just how I like it, not too sweet, good oak influence deep flavors and it stays with you for a while. A good dram of rum in my opinion.

Total Score 89/100.

Bladnoch 10yo 46.7% Review

I’ve really looked forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint me, rather suprise me on the nose with all those outstanding notes.
The bladnoch 10 years old is bottled at 46.7% abv and has matured in ex-bourbon casks, it’s non-chill filtered and no color is added.

Nose ?
Strong vanilla followed by toffee sweetness , crisp green grapes, then a good dose of newly picked oranges and in the end a hint of sweet honey.
Very fresh and crisp. Pleasant on the nose without any alcohol burn coming through.

Palate ?
First creamy malty, wood, some black pepper, on the tongue some dryness then the sweetness of a orange combined with the citrus notes.

Finish ?
Medium-long malty at the end with some of the lingering down the throat

Conclusion ?
A very pleasant dram with clear and powerfull dose of orange which makes this dram stand
out against others I’ve had before. This is also one of my first encounters with Lowland whisky and
this makes me try and explore more of both Bladnoch whisky and Lowland whiskies


Naud Añejo 15 Años Ron Panama

Famille Naud  was originally founded by Emile Perrier. 1923 he founds la Distillerie du Donjon in the heart of Pons located North of Bordeaux.
The distillery belongs to the famous cognac region Charentes where it has been family run over 100 years.
They use the ancient grain mill of Pinthiers, with its authentic paddle wheel. Well hidden amongst the greenery and set upon a small island.
The old limestone building, which is surrounded by lime and willow trees, is bordered by two arms of the River Seugne, which flows down into the River Charente.
It is an outstanding distillery, hidden on its own island! I wish to visit there sometime to experience the area carftmenship and have a good tasting experience.

Among their spirits they produce 4 differenc cognac but also vodka, gin, rum and a spiced rum called “Hidden Loot”.
The one I will review in the coming future is the 15 year old panama rum.

This extra old rum is aged in American oak casks after that the rum begins a long transatlantic journey to perfect its refinement in their Cognac cellars. Thessweetness in the rum comes by using sugarcanes from Arco Seco, Panama.
It is distilled in the traditional fashion, in copper columns of 20 trays, to obtain a distinguished, lavish and fruity spirit.
One key difference Famille Naud does is to directly source the rum instead of get it through brokers like many others do.
This batch was carefully selected when Pierre Naud and his father visited Arco Seco in Panama last year, they selected a high proof rum before importing it to France.
When it arrives at their distillery they used their cognac making expertise to finish the ageing of the rum and to do a slow alcohol reduction(as they do for the cognac).
Color of this one is Deep Mahogny and alcohol content is 41,3% abv.

Looking forward to taste this one and give you my thoughts on it.

Bladnoch 10yo Limited release

Bladnoch Distillery is 203 year old. David Prior’s is the owner of Bladnoch Distillery.
David Prior’s prodigious passion for Scotch Whisky, together with a strong desire to restore the heart and soul of the local community led him to purchase Scotland’s 203-year-old Bladnoch Distillery in 2015.

Dr Nick Savage joined Bladnoch Distillery as Master Distiller in 2019, hailing from The Macallan.
Bladnoch is the southernmost distillery in Scotland and they are sourcing water from the Bladnoch River and malt from British growers.

The Bladnoch 10yo is a non chill filtered whisky at 46.7% abv. It is Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 years which gives it a spicy and sweet flavor.
A proper review of this one is coming soon.