2022 Monkey shoulder – Smokey monkey

Smokey Blended malt whisky at 40 % abv. This one is batch 9 even though this is good it’s not as good as the original monkey shoulder, it feels as if the smoke is an after thought and has been added just to have a Smokey version rather than being a part of the the full process to produce a nice tasting whisky at reasonable price. It’s still good and good could see myself getting another one if it’s on sale somewhere when I’m traveling.

2022 Glen Keith Distillery Edition

it’s back !!! One of my favorite whiskies when staring to drink malt whisky. Yep fell for the then fruity light smooth tast. This is not as good as the “original” Glen Keith 10 in a square bottle that got discontinued when the distiller went offline but If you leave it sitting And let the air oxidize the content and the abv lower a bit it’s still a very nice dram ! It’s only 40 % abv but still felt a bit boozy when first opened.

Glen Keith

2022 Caol Ila – Signatory vintage 2011

Caol ila never disappoint this is no exception, light natural colored bottling from signatory, smoke and sweetness in a balanced and easy to drink but still with a punch at 46% abv . Almost finished the bottle instead of pouring some in the Sofiero.

Caol ila 9yo

2021 Glen Garioch 12yo

After sitting in the back of the cabinet for a few years I didn’t have high expectations opening this one, not sure if it’s the box, the bottle label or the los price.. might be all of that .. well never judge a book by it’s cover this is an extremely nice tasting whisky at a really good price sweet round not too boozy. Sits at 48 % but feels more like low 40s .. with a long fruity Finnish it’s been a go to whisky since I opened it. Now as I empty the last drops of the bottle in my Sofiero I’m already looking at where a can get another one of these !

Available in most border shops and tax free stores I wish corona was over so I can stock up at descent prices again 🙂

2020 – Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack

Double mellowed Tennessee whiskey, a large stack of sugar maple is burnt to charcoal then the jack raw spirits is filtered through drip by drip. This is referred to as the charcoal mellowing process or the extra blessing. For gentleman jacks it’s done twice !!!! One Time before it’s aged in barrels and a second time after.

It’s a really nice whisky and the 40% abv fits perfect with the smoothness brought by the double mellowing

Is it mellow ? No double mellowed !!

2020 – BenRiach 17 YO Solstice

Sweet fruity gentle that flattens out with a bite from the 50% abv, gives a first impression that it might be low complex with a short taste but once the abv gives in it morphes in to a deep fruity heavy peaty aftertaste that sits in the the back of the throat.

A very nice whisky from BenRiach, I purchased mine after a visit to the distillery which opened my eyes for this small and more of an experimental type distillery.

Warm fruity peaty … heavenly good !

2020 – Ben Bracken speyside

This is one of 3 non-age stated single malt whiskies from Lidl:s own brand. They are released with single malt whisky from non named distilleries in expressions: Islay, Speyside & Highlands

It’s a simple whisky with a nice taste, doesn’t felt too young even if it has a bit of a burn despite only having 40% abv.

With a cost of around 20 eur this is a great whisky and if lidl sold it in Sweden I’d buy more of it already tomorrow !

Lidls single malt Ben bracken speyside expresssin


The Sofiero whisky blend
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