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Archives for 2015 | Kevin Rye.net - Whisky

Kevin Rye

Geek Extraordinaire. Yeh, I said it.

Johnnie Walker King George V

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Wow, was Santa good to me this year! I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be able to claim bragging rights to a $500 bottle of whisky! Read More...

Glenmorangie - The Quinta Ruban 12-Year

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I haven’t had a Glenmorangie that I haven’t liked. Is this another hit? Read More...

The Glenrothes - Vintage Reserve

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Another fantastic whisky from The Glenrothes. This is the second NOS whisky I’ve tried from them. Although it’s pretty darn good, I have to admit it’s not as good as the Select Reserve. Read More...

Deanston Virgin Oak

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$28 bucks. Bottled at 46% ABV, un-chill filtered. Could be a hidden gem. Could be rubbing alcohol. Read More...

Glenfiddich 14-Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve

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I just picked up the newly released US-exclusive Glenfiddich 14 year Bourbon Barrel Reserve. The Glenfiddich just looks delicious in blue. It’s the first Glenfiddich to be aged in two different types of American Oak barrels. Read More...

Johnnie Walker Select Casks - Rye Cask Finish

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I just picked up the newly released Johnnie Walker Select Casks - Rye Cask Finish. This is unlike any other Johnnie Walker I’ve had before. If you don’t like Bourbon, you will not like this, because that’s what it tastes like. Read More...

Glenfiddich - The Original

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My wife treated me to an amazing bottle of whisky. She was in the liquor store just picking herself up a few bottles of wine and saw this special edition 1963 re-release and figured I'd just have to have it; Glenfiddich being one of my favorite whiskies. Read More...

Johnnie Walker Gold

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It's been a long time since I enjoyed a bottle of Gold. Actually, it's been about a year. It's so much better than Black. For an extra $15 bucks, it's so worth it. Read More...

Glenmorangie - Nectar D'Or 12-Year

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I picked up Glenmorangie's Nectar D'Or. For such a nice presentation box, I expected it to be more expensive. The box feels like suede and smells like leather it's really nice. This is the third Glenmorangie I've had and all three have been fantastic. Read More...

The Dimple Pinch - 1.75L

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It's no Johnnie Walker Black, but it'll do in a pinch. (See what I did there?) I picked up a Pinch a year ago. It wasn't bad. I like to keep a blend in the house just for when I want to knock back a whisky and not take myself too seriously. JW Black is my go-to whisky, but if it's good enough for Walter White, it's good enough for me. Read More...

The Glenrothes 1998

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It's a pretty good whisky, but I think it's missing some complexity. I like it, just not as much as the Select Reserve. I really feel like it's missing something. For almost $70, I really thought it was going to blow the non-age statement Select Reserve out of the water. I guess it just goes to show, don't turn your nose up as NAS whiskies. It's not all about the year on the label. Read More...

Highland Park Dark Origins - Revisited

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So how is it? It was strong before, and it's strong still. Bottled at 46.8%, there's no wonder. It's not as strong as the Odin mind you. That stuff packs a punch. The Dark Origins definitely has a boldness unto its own. It is really good, you just have to be ready for it. It's not a whisky for the noobies. Read More...

Aberfeldy 12-Year

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Another fantastic whisky compliments of my parents. It's a pretty good bottle. Not bad at all for the under-$40 price point. Read More...

Grangestone Bourbon Cask Single Malt

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I've seen the Grangestone prominently displayed on the end caps of Total Wine on many a visit. Seems they can't sell enough of it. (As I've heard from one of the sales associates.) At $25.99, seems like an easy buy for the casual, non-discriminating buyer. Read More...

Glen Ness 12-Year

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Wow. Who would have thought that a whisky that costs $22.99 was even drinkable? Such is the case with Glen Ness 12… and not just "drinkable", but "enjoyable"! Read More...

The Glenrothes - Select Reserve

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For my 40th birthday, my parents treated me to four bottles of assorted whisky. I'll do a writeup for each one as I open them. First up is The Glenrothes Select Reserve. It's fantastic! Read More...

Highland Park Odin - 16-Year

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Happy Birthday to me! Today is my 40th Birthday. My wife proved once again that she is the best wife in the whole world! She bought me a bottle of Highland Park's Odin. The crown jewel of the Valhalla Collection. Read More...

Cragganmoore 12-Year

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Having enjoyed Johnnie Walker Green so much, I didn't hesitate for a moment in picking up a bottle of Cragganmore when I saw it. After all, it's one of the 4 single malts that makes up Johnnie Walker's world-famous Green Label. At $53 a bottle, I'm sure it's no swill either. Read More...

Springbank 15-Year

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It's been almost a year since I first tried Springbank. I was new to whisky, so rather than spend $99 on the 15-year, I opted to try the 10 year first. It was $55 bucks, and being a whisky noob, it was a bit of a gamble for me at the time. It's been a year, and I've had more than my share of whisky. I figured it was time to revisit Springbank and see if the 15 year is any good. Read More...

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14-Year

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This is the second Balvenie I've had and I can tell you that this is definitely a Speyside whisky. The taste? Delicious! Looks like The Balvenie is one of my new favorites.
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The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year

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I was running low on whisky, so I swung by the store and treated myself to a bottle. I was really itching to try something new, but not much of a selection this time. Not in my budget for the day, anyway! I wasn't looking to drop $80 bucks on a bottle, so I scoped the shelves for something in the $50 range. Read More...

Johnnie Walker Green

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I never thought I'd live to see the day! Ever since I took up Johnnie Walker, I've been wanting to experience the entire line. I was so disappointed to find out that the Green Label was discontinued only a few short years ago after reading so many amazing reviews about it. As it turns out, Diageo has re-released the Green label for a limited time to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Read More...

Johnnie Walker Platinum

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I got a nice promotion at work, so my wife treated me to a bottle. It was a very nice surprise. I told her that Platinum is the new Black. She just laughed and said, "Not at $90 a bottle it isn't!" Read More...

Glenfiddich 18-Year

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Happy Valentine's Day! Again, my wife pulls through with another amazing whisky purchase. Read More...

Ardbeg 10-Year

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Master of Malt says "Islay whiskies are among Scotland’s most powerful, thunderous drams. Often with plenty of peat and smoke, brine and medicinal flavours." They nailed it. And it's one of the few whiskey reviews that I completely agree with. Read More...

Benromach 10-Year

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Ralfy.com named this one as the "Whisky of the Year" for 2014. I just had to try it. However, I was really let down. It really is an acquired taste. It's very medicinal. My wife took a sip and said, "It tastes like a sterile field." Being in the medical profession, she knows what she's talking about. It tastes like antiseptic and Band-Aids. Read More...

Dalwhinnie 15-Year

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I didn't see this one coming at all. Not only did my wife give me a Highland Park 15 and 18 for our anniversary, but she through in a Dalwhinnie 15 just for fun! Read More...

Highland Park 15 & 18-Year

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I love everything about Highland Park. The whisky; the packaging. I just love the packaging. The font work, the colors. They are, and still remain, my favorite whisky. Read More...