Spirited Reviews September 2014

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I was lucky enough to attend a pre-release tasting of this year's Diageo Special Releases hosted by Dr. Nick Morgan, Diageo's Head of Whisky Outreach, and Maureen Robinson, one of Diageo's Master Blenders. Of the eleven releases below, three are from closed distilleries with others equally desirable due to their quality and limited availability.


Diageo Special Releases 2014


Strathmill 25 Year Old Distilled 1988 4.5/5

Rosebank 21 Year Old Distilled 1992 5/5

Cragganmore 25 Year Old Distilled 1988 5+/5

The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year Old Distilled 1975 4/5

Benrinnes 21 Year Old Distilled 1992 4/5

Clynelish Select Reserve 5+/5

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old Distilled 1998 5/5

Caol Ila 30 Year Old Distilled 1983 5+/5

Brora 35 Year Old Distilled 1978 5+/5

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 13th Release Distilled 2002 3.5/5

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 14th Release Distilled 1978 5/5

Other new releases & tastings


The following are new products we've received and other products reviewed during September 2014.

Products are listed according to the diffordsguide rating awarded to them. Please click on product names for tasting notes and further information on each product.

diffordsguide rating 5+/5


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Don Julio 70th Anniversary Crystal Claro Anejo 100% agave tequila

Baileys Chocolate Luxe Liqueur

Death's Door White Whisky

diffordsguide rating 5/5


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Villa Massa Limoncello liqueur

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whisky

Zuidam Small Batch Dutch Courage Dry Gin

GlenDronach Revival 15 Year Old Speyside single malt Scotch

Glen Grant 16 Year Old Speyside single malt Scotch whisky

Bramble Bar Barrel Aged & Bottle Aged Affinity Cocktail

Oscar No 697 Bianco Vermouth

The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve

Death's Door Wondermint Schnapps Liqueur

diffordsguide rating 4.5/5


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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whisky

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whisky

Herno Juniper Cask Rested Gin

Deanston 12 Year Old Highland single malt Scotch whisky

Brooklyn 1/2 Ale Session Saison

Knee Deep Hoptologist Double India Pale Ale

Chase Marmalade Mule

Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy

Old Pulteney 35 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Boxer Gin

Fentimans Light Tonic water

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve Speyside single malt Scotch whisky

Glen Grant 10 Year Old Speyside single malt Scotch whisky

Yaguara Cachaca

Zedda Piras Mirto di Sardegna liqueur

Znaps Premium Smooth Vodka

Ardbeg Supernova 2014

Oscar No 697 Rosso Vermouth

Mezcal Union Blanco

Rock Town Arkansas Peach Lightning liqueur

Dutch Courage Aged Gin 88

Dutch Courage Old Tom's Gin

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel 2014 straight Kentucky bourbon

Brew By Numbers 08/01 Export Strength Stout

Pickerings Gin

City of London Dry Gin

Teeling Silver Reserve 1991 Vintage 21 Year Old Single Malt

diffordsguide rating 4/5


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Half Hitch Gin

Tobermory 10 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Gordon Graham's Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky

The Ardmore Legacy Speyside single malt Scotch whisky

Leopold Bros. Maraschino Liqueur

Tweeddale Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky 14 Year Old Batch

Calvados Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge

St-Remy with French Honey liqueur

Leopold Bros. Maraschino Liqueur

Bronte Liqueur

Rock Town Hickory Smoked Wheat Whiskey

Monteith's Bohemian Pilsner

Auchentoshan 1988 Wine Cask Finish 25 year old

BrewDog Jack Hammer

Anspach & Hobday The Smoked Brown Ale

diffordsguide rating 3.5/5


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Peter Spanton Beverage No.1 London Tonic

Peter Spanton Beverage No.5 Lemongrass Tonic

Peter Spanton Beverage No.9 Cardamom Tonic

Peter Spanton Beverage No.6 London Soda

Uisce Beacha Real Irish Whiskey

Rock Town Arkansas Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon

New Grove Honey Liqueur of Mauritius

Sapporo Premium Beer (Canadian brewed)

Nocino Benvenuti liqueur

Monteith's India Pale Ale

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon

Meantime Pilsner

diffordsguide rating 3/5


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Sapporo Premium Beer (U.S. brewed)

Sapporo Premium Light

Monteith's Southern Pale Ale

Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur

diffordsguide rating 2.5/5


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East Imperial Superior Tonic Water

Peter Spanton Beverage No.4 Chocolate Soda

Monteith's Summer Ale

Foster's Radler lager cut with lime & ginger

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