Single malt whisky - tasting notes

12 Jan 2009

Advent calendar

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

I’m suffering from a serious cold, so tasting whisky is not one of my priorities. Instead, let me tell you something about a few samples that I’ve reviewed lately (and still more to come from the same series).

Magnus Fagerström is a Swedish collector with a huge BenRiach collection. At regular times, he’s also hosting tastings so he buys a lot of other brands as well. Each year in November, 24 interesting / old / unique / expensive / rare bottles are selected for his advent calendar. They are divided into 2cl samples that people can buy. The total value of the bottles is around € 8000 so you can imagine it’s not a cheap set of samples. But since I don’t get this kind of opportunity every day, I decided to join the club!

The advent calendar is a blind tasting. The samples simply wear a number, and each day before Christmas, the picture of the corresponding bottle was posted on his website. A fun way to train my senses and test my knowledge. I have to admit that I usually can’t pin down the brand, but hey, there are so many distilleries that I haven’t tasted yet… and some of the bottles were purposely chosen to be different from the regular distillery profile (are those enough excuses to keep my dignity…?).

Read some of my advent calendar tasting notes, and be sure to come back now and then, because the majority of the samples has not been reviewed yet. Thanks again to Magnus for his unique choice of Christmas whisky!

Advent calendar Ruben Luyten 2009-01-12



October 2015
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  • Tony: The Brora at 1500 Euros seems to recognise that last years similarly priced just hasn't sold, so no increase there (and even a slight drop). Then agai
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  • WhiskyNotes: It looks like this will not be part of the official selection this year. Maybe an upcoming standalone release.

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