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The Arran Malt Comes of Age – Scotch Whisky News

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The Arran Malt Comes of Age

Since its founding 20 years ago, the Isle of Arran Distillery has been laying uniquely complex malts down to mature. As the distillery reaches its twentieth birthday, the Arran Malt is coming of age with its first limited edition bottling of the Arran 18 Year Old Single Malt.

This latest edition is the final bottling in a trilogy of 16, 17 and 18 year-old Arran Malts which have been released in the count down to this landmark bottling.  Bottled at 46%, it is distilled without chill-filtration or artificial colouring for a pure yet complex palate.

Aged in the finest Sherry casks, this un-peated malt is a perfect example of the fresh character of Arran in all its maturity. Gold in colour and with a delicious aroma of toasted almonds, honey and spice, this highly anticipated bottling delivers a luxurious palate of ginger and caramelised brown sugar.

Water releases subtle flower notes and rich Seville orange marmalade. The finish, reminiscent of toasted brioche and toffee apples, rounds off the most mature expression of The Arran Malt to date.

James MacTaggart, Master Distiller at the Isle of Arran Distillery, says: “This is a very special bottling for us, not only being the most mature Arran Malt yet but as the first release in our our twentieth year. It represents the very best of our whisky, with the depth of aroma and flavour for which Arran Malts have become known around the world.

“So with only 9,000 bottles released worldwide, we don’t expect the 18 Year Old Arran Malt to be around for long.”

This latest limited edition of The Arran Malt will be available in specialist whisky retailers and a small quantity will be available directly from http://www.arranwhisky.com/ from Monday 16th March 2015.

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For more information visit http://www.arranwhisky.com/

* Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.

 

CÙ BÒCAN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Limited VIRGIN OAK Edition – Scotch Whisky News

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CÙ BÒCAN SINGLE MALT  SCOTCH WHISKY

limited VIRGIN OAK edition

Cù Bòcan is matured in a combination of Sherry, Virgin Oak and Bourbon casks. This exclusive limited edition showcases the influence that Virgin Oak has on our lightly peated single malt. Clean and zingy with hints of smoke and warm spice, this fully matured Virgin Oak limited edition will not disappoint!

Cask Type: Matured in Virgin Oak casks
Strength: 46% alc./vol.
Distribution: Worldwide except USA
Price: RRP £49.99 per 70cl bottle

KEY POINTS

Fully matured in First Fill Virgin Oak casks. Only 6000 bottles available. The only peated whisky distilled and matured at Tomatin Distillery. Non chill filtered. Natural colour. Striking bottle design and presentation packaging. Part of a trilogy; Sherry, Virgin Oak & Bourbon editions

TASTING NOTES

AROMA Lively citrus fruits – lime juice and lemon sorbet. Oak driven flavours of vanilla, coconut and candy floss soon emerge with rosewater, red berries, fresh pear and pineapple in the background.
PALATE Warm pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. Baked apples with cinnamon and toffee and just a touch of smoke.
FINISH Clean and zingy with pleasant spice.

The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament” 16th – 22nd August 2015 – Scotch Whisky News

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The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament”; 16th – 22nd August 2015 

The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament” is, as the name suggests, a tournament for golfers with a passion for Golf as well as Whisky.

“Weekend golfers” who believe that links golf is “real” golf or who just want to try this particular golf discipline, will now have another opportunity to participate in a links tournament in Scotland.

This is a 72 hole stableford tournament on four different links courses – Machrihanish Dunes, Machrihanish Golf Club, Dunaverty Golf Club in the south-west of Scotland in the vicinity of the famous Whisky town of Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula and on Shiskine, a wonderful 12 hole golf course on the neighbouring island of Arran. Machrihanish Golf Course is deemed to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland.

The event is open to both men and women: maximum handicap for men is 24 and for women 36.

Besides the four rounds of golf there are two planned visits to some of the region’s Whisky distilleries for tours and tastings. Connoisseurs will know that this is where some of Scotland’s famous Island Single Malt Whisky’s, Springbank and Glen Scotia come from in addition to those that hail from Islay & Jura, the very distinctive islands that sit to the West of the Kintyre Peninsula. Golfers will also visit the Isle of Arran Distillery.

In addition to the golf there is an extensive social programme including the welcome reception, a casino night and a gala prize winner’s dinner, all to be enjoyed with a dram or two during the tasting sessions designed to take you on a Whisky learning journey. There will be a rest day for sightseeing which will include a trip to Islay – home to 8 different whisky distilleries and some of the most famous brand names in Scotland

Participants will stay in two typical Scottish hotels, the Ugadale Hotel & Cottages, a seafront hotel in Machrihanish and the Royal Hotel at the port of Campbeltown.

The event is organized by Platinum Golf Scotland, who in November last year were awarded “Scotland’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2014”

The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament” is a tournament for people with a passion for Golf as well as for good Scotch Single Malt Whisky, says Stuart French. We think that this tournament caters for competitors from all over the world and we look forward particularly to welcoming golfers to this spectacular part of Scotland.

There will be prizes for the winners of each of the four days and for the whole tournament. 

Package price based on 2 sharing a twin or double room: £749

Includes:

  • 6 night’s bed & full Scottish breakfast
  • 4 rounds of golf
  • Visits to 3 Whisky Distilleries
  • Whisky tastings & whisky stories
  • Welcome reception
  • Casino night
  • Gala dinner
  • Transport to and from the coursesMore about the tournament can be found at:

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #104 – Scotch Whisky News

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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #104

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, tries a young wine finished Springbank. Springbank is one of the few surviving distilleries in Campbeltown and has an ironclad reputation among whisky lovers. Mark tries a young malt, the Springbank 9 Year Old Gaja Barolo. It matured for 4 years on bourbon casks and then another 5 years on Italian red wine casks from the cellars of Angelo Gaja. It is bottled at cask strength

http://youtu.be/NnfaSAtYC7s

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “March Previews: Springing with Anticipation” – Scotch Whisky News

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SPRINGING WITH ANTICIPATION

Will there be sun on daffodils for St David’s day? Opinion is divided but the weather is set to improve and the first buds are visible: still tightly furled but with a promise of spring colour just around the corner. We can’t control the blooming but we can bring fresh vibrancy to winter-dulled senses. Giving in to anticipation, we’ve selected three vigorous bottlings from our March Outturn for early release. Don your tweeds and head out for a rainy walk with 3.239, Acrylic paints and petrichor. Or visit a Scottish links golf course on a fresh, sunny, spring morning with 48.52 Teeing off. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to order before spring has sprung…

Light & delicate

48.52

Teeing off

Sea breeze entwined with warm malt biscuits and spicy crisp beef Szechuan style. The taste neat was charred steak in pepper cream sauce. Water added the freshness of a sunny spring morning and the flavours of a warm chicken Caesar salad.

13 years old
First fill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £44.70

Juicy, oak & vanilla

7.112

Gooseberry fool and biscuits

Sea breeze entwined with warm malt biscuits and spicy crisp beef Szechuan style. The taste neat was charred steak in pepper cream sauce. Water added the freshness of a sunny spring morning and the flavours of a warm chicken Caesar salad.

11 years old
First fill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £49.50

Lightly peated

3.239

Acrylic paints and petrichor

Sea breeze entwined with warm malt biscuits and spicy crisp beef Szechuan style. The taste neat was charred steak in pepper cream sauce. Water added the freshness of a sunny spring morning and the flavours of a warm chicken Caesar salad.

16 years old
Refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £60.00

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Browse All Bottlings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Famous CITYSCAPES HONOURED with LIMITED EDITION DESIGN JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ CITIES Collection – Scotch Whisky News

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Famous CITYSCAPES HONOURED with LIMITED EDITION DESIGN

JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ CITIES Collection

Diageo GTME, February 23rd, 2015; Following the success of its 2013 JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ Skyline Collection range, Diageo Global Travel Middle East has today announced a partnership with internationally renowned artist, Jeff Nishinaka, to release a new series of limited edition design travel exclusives for 2015 featuring handcrafted designs of some of the world’s most famous cityscapes – the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection.   

Each edition is engraved with a Jeff Nishinaka handcrafted design, bringing to life the cityscapes of some of the world’s most iconic travel destinations.  

The first edition in the collection celebrates the unique character and culture of Dubai. Dubai is a city of firsts, a global icon and a luxury travel destination – and the perfect skyline to form the first of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection. 

The design for each edition has been brought to life by internationally renowned paper sculptor Jeff Nishinaka. His meticulously handcrafted sculpture was inspired by the unique character of the city and mirrors the rare craftsmanship that lies at the heart of JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL. Jeff’s art is brought to life on each individual bottle as a celebration of the art of the master blender, whose skills have been passed down through 190 years of unbroken blending heritage and excellence.  

Only 1500 bottles of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection, Dubai Edition, have been produced, with each bottle individually numbered.  

Peter Fairbrother, Global Marketing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME), said: “With the increase in international travel the world has become a much smaller place and we get many more opportunities to visit beautiful cities, rich with character and experiences.  With this exclusive limited edition range we wanted to capture the essence of some of these great cities, creating a unique, premium gift or collector’s item that would be a memento of a special destination.” 

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL is a blend of truly rare character, delivering a deep, rich flavour with layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth, endless finish. Only one in 10,000 casks drawn from the four corners of Scotland contains whiskies of sufficient character demanded to create this peerless blend.  Crafting the intense and complex flavours that define this remarkable Blended Scotch whisky takes masterful skill and determination – characteristics that have shaped JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL for almost two centuries. 

The Dubai edition of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection will be available from February 2015 exclusively in travel retail at a recommended price of $258 USD (or local equivalent) for a 1 litre bottle. 

About Diageo:

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. 

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com.  Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. 

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere. 

The JOHNNIE WALKER, BLUE LABEL and KEEP WALKING words, the Striding Figure device and associated logos are trademarks © John Walker & Sons 2015.

 

Abbey Whisky “Rest & Be Thankful – we have single cask Octomore!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old – 2007 

Single Cask 16736 / Rest & Be Thankful

Not so often do you see an independent release of Bruichladdich Octomore but here we have just that. The Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company have released this 6 year old Octmore which was distilled in 2007 at the Bruichladdich distillery. Laid to rest in a cask that previously held Sauternes wine, this heavily peated Islay Single Scotch malt whisky has been bottled at cask strength, a whopping 63.0% vol!  Rest & Be Thankful bottlings are bottled in their purest form, non chill filtered and contain no colour or additives.

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Very Limited Stock!

£180.00

(£150.00 ex vat) 

Click here to purchase Octomore Rest & Be Thankful

Top Picks at K&L California – Whisky News

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  • Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml ($24.99) For three long years, David Othenin-Girard and I have been trying to create an inexpensive, delicious, value-driven, yet simultaneously interesting expression of blended Scotch whisky that we could feature under our Faultline label. There were many times when we thought we were close, but either the quality of the whisky or the cost of the barrels proved prohibitive. We didn’t want to make a $25 bottle of whisky just for the sake of it. If we were going to do it, then we were going to it right. Finally, after working on and off with the Laings for a year-long blending process, we hammered out a profile we were happy with. Big smoke, Ardbeg-like peat flavors, and a kiss of sweet grain was our goal and we definitely achieved it in this bottle. Unlike most big brand blends, there are no coloring agents or sweeteners in the Faultline Scotch, just a pale straw colored liquid that bursts with character and, due to the heavy malt content, finishes with richness and weight. We wanted to make sure that, upon launch, there would be absolutely nothing on the market that could match the quality of flavor, price, beauty of design, and bang for the buck. After three long years, we think we’ve done it. For $25 you get one helluva bottle of Scotch. Smokier than Johnnie Black, more complex than Chivas, and less expensive than both of them. Plus, it’s an assertive 100 proof. Try it in a cocktail, pour it over ice, add in soda water. It’s the real deal. (David Driscoll, Spirits Buyer)
  • 2008 Caol Ila 5 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($49.99) Don’t let the young age fool you: this five year old, single barrel, cask strength version of the legendary Islay distillery is bringing more than its share of bang for the buck. Getting a single barrel, full strength version of any single malt whisky is tough for $50, but a full-throttle Caol Ila? Forget about it. The youthful vigor of a young mezcal meets the fat-fruited, supple texture of the malt master; that’s the best way to describe this whisky. Lots of smoke and immature phenolic action quickly turns rich and round and finishes with a mouthful of stone fruit and citrus. Absolutely one of the most exciting whiskies we have on the shelf at any price and a true stunner for those who appreciate gusto. A whopping 61.1% brings the intensity!
  • 1996 Craigellachie 18 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($99.99) It wouldn’t be a whisky season without some big rich sherried malt to round out the selection. Craigellachie is becoming a serious force now that the owners have finally decided it should be marketed as a single malt. This exceptional distillery was almost exclusively reserved for the blends until very recently, but the heightened profile means that procuring more in the future might become more difficult. That’s why we knew we had to jump on this spectacular sherried ‘llachie. This has everything you want in a sherried malt and nothing that you don’t. It starts with a slight flintiness (don’t worry it’s not sulfur, just a spark on the front), this quickly blows off to reveal a magnificent bouquet of dried cherries, fudgy cacao nibs, roasted coffee beans, and freshly polished sandalwood. The dark aromas translate well to the palate, but never go bitter and the malty spirit adds lift and sweetness. Here is a truly balanced sherried malt like none other on the shelf right now. Sure we all sometimes love a big hammer of sherry right in your sensory organs, but sometimes you want the sweet velvety caress of that special wine from Jerez. Balanced, yet not lacking depth or power in anyway.
  • 1989 Girvan 24 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml ($99.99) Our grain whiskies from the Sovereign label have been some of the most beloved in our store’s history, which is why we’re back with another fabulous Girvan; the William Grant Lowland distillery located in the South Ayrshire (where Ladyburn distillery was once located). Remember that grain whiskies are not single malts, but rather column-distilled whiskies usually made from corn (like Bourbon). The Girvan 24 year is full of soft vanilla right off the bat, almost like an older version of the Nikka Coffey expression, but with more pop due to the higher proof. The vanilla turns into caramel on the mid-palate and it finishes with more soft sweetness before the alcohol comes roaring in. With grain prices as low as they are, expect more outstanding values like this in the near future.
  • Macallan 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($249.99) We were downright shocked when Douglas Laing offered us this exceptional 21 year old Macallan as the “Speyside” representation for their new Old Particular brand being released exclusively stateside by K&L. Not only has Macallan basically become unobtainable on the secondary market, when it is available the prices you see are astronomical. So, when they suggested we try an older Mac for this year we were certain it wouldn’t fly for those very reasons. Well, for once it feels great to be wrong. This is by no means inexpensive, but Mac from a single barrel over 20 years old this is an absolute steal. Now of course, this is not the ultra sherried Macallan, but more in line with the flavor profile you might get from the “Fine Oak” series. Here we have the Rolls Royce of single malts in it’s true form. Malty richness like no other whisky, sweet oak and subtle vanilla. Slightly bruised apple skin and dark cocoa aromas, obfuscate soft floral and sweet honey notes, which come out with a drop of water. The palate is supple and round, more cocoa and a sweet maple wood tone. Great balance between sweet and spice. Warming, inviting and open out of the bottle, yet this whisky swims like a fish. Because this came from a refill bourbon cask, there were only 102 bottles produced and considering the OB 21 year sells for more than $100 more, you can expect this to disappear shortly. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  • 1995 Miltonduff 19 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($99.99) Miltonduff is an old Hiram Walker distillery that was purchased by Pernod Ricard in 2005. It’s known mostly for its role in the Chivas Blended whiskies, but we’ve had tremendous success with the single malt version through our independent cask business. The Highland flavor is pure, simple, and to the point, often matching other more-renowned distilleries in terms of quality, but for a fraction of the price. This lovely 19 year old cask is classic malt for classic malt drinkers: sweet barley, soft vanilla, a burst of oak spice on the back end, and lovely balance of those three flavors on the finish. At 50%, the flavors are highlighted and more pronounced, offering a bit more pinache than what one normally finds in the 43% market. In hoping to find mature whiskies of 17-21 years of age for $100 or less, we’ve been turning to some of the lesser-known names of Scotland. In turn, however, we’ve been establishing those same unknowns in the minds of our customers. It won’t be long before most of our clients begin recognizing the Miltonduff name and associating it with one thing: insider value.
  • 2007 Mortlach 7 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($49.99) We absolutely the loved our sample of Young Mortlach when we tasted in Scotland last year. But getting back to the states with only the memory of this lovely young whisky meant that when we actually ordered this whisky, we simply weren’t certain what to expect. On paper it looks great, inexpensive, unadulterated young malt from one of Scotland’s greatest distilleries at a great price. But, every time you put a young age statement on a whisky you’re bound to have some push back. To our great delight, we now that our educated customer based will appreciate that Single Malt need to be old to be great. This little Mortlach is proof. So much complexity at such a young age, this whisky shows tons of pear and that subtle savory side. Without any sherry, the spirit is free to speak and it does so loudly! This guy definitely needs some air, but only a drop of water to open up nicely. Refreshing and clean, yet masculine and powerful. All that beefiness and sweet candied fruit all in one taught little package. Some of you will fall head over heels for this guy, guaranteed.
  • 1964 North British 50 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml ($249.99) Just outside of Edinburgh, in a south western district called Gorgie, sits the North British distillery; a joint venture owned by both Diageo and The Edrington Group. There since the 1880s, this site has long produced whisky for the Johnnie Walker, Cutty Sark, and Famous Grouse blends, but rarely is it bottled on its own. When we saw the chance to bottle a 50 year old grain whisky for a fraction of what malt prices run, we didn’t hesitate. Distilled in 1964, this ethereal North British expression still has the remarkable sweetness of a youthful spirit, but with the texture, complexity, and deep, rich character of an aged expression. Unlike malt, the older grain whiskies don’t necessarily get richer or denser, but rather quite savory with a subtle smoky character. The flavors meander from vanilla and caramel to dry herbs. It’s a wild ride from beginning to end, but well worth the price of admission. With more 50 year old single malts well into the four-figure mark these days, $250 is a downright steal. We expect this cask to be the first to go.
  • 1978 Port Dundas 36 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml ($149.99) Closed by Diageo in 2009, Port Dundas was formerly a grain distillery that operated in North Glasgow, providing the base whiskies for White Horse and Johnnie Walker. Grain whisky, made on a Coffey still from corn rather than barley, is rarely sold on its own, but this ancient cask from a silent distillery was too good to pass up. And the price! 36 years of rich, creamy, vanilla-laden whisky at cask strength for $150! Grain whisky is back in a big way, but while the rest of the market catches up we’ve been grabbing casks at bargain basement prices. This Port Dundas is a viscous beast of caramel that begins with toffee and finishes with butterscotch like a Werther’s Original. A hot deal while it lasts.
  • 2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn’s Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($59.99) Nearly half of Tobermory’s production is dedicated to peated malt whisky. This is known typically as Ledaig, but for some reason that word never actually makes it onto our independently bottled offerings of this special whisky. Labeled hear as “Smoky & Peaty,” for those of you who’ve been following us for a while you’ll know that we love these young Ledaigs. This is the third young smokey Tobermory we’ve offered and shockingly the price is the same as last year’s even though this is a year old (and arguably a better whisky). The rugged peaty malt that comes out of this distillery is unlike anything from Islay. The smoke is more earthy than oceany (for some reason it’s really reminding me of Port Charlotte today). Herbaceous and intense, the dark earthy peat is balanced by a wonderful sweet malt. This is way more in balance than even our last Ledaig and feels more put together than the even the distillery bottling. Amazing what only 8 years in a refill hogshead can do when the spirit is on point.
  • Tobermory 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($109.99) Tobermory is kind of hot right now. While this distillery is often listed as a highlander, it is actually from the majestic and mystical Isle of Mull. There the picturesque hamlet of Tobermory, contains one of the Scotland’s most underappreciated malt producers. Their current flagship 15 year old is now on the market for a staggering $150 a bottle and while it’s a fine malt, we’ve always found it to be slightly over priced. Now this wonderful 18 year old expression from a refill sherry butt, makes a mature version of this fun distillery available to all. Tobermory has a unique character and this expression is no different. The nose is creamy oak and rich vanilla – the sherry notes are very faint – it’s a contemplative malt for sure. When it hits the palate a wonderful herbal rush powers out the sweet oak aromas, this is followed by a strong pepper and then the tiny hint of nutty sherry. On the end a briny note builds, giving depth, but also ke eping it lively. The aromas in the glass after that last sip are almost as impressive as the whisky itself. A fun, if not quite different malt, that should definitely be a benchmark for the unusual and interesting distillery.
  • Caol Ila 12 year old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($59.99) 90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: “**Best Buy** A seductive brininess and waves of oily peat-reek greet the olfactory sense. The palate entry finds a surprisingly buttery-creamy leaning along with the peat-reek; at midpalate the flavor becomes concentrated, oily, malty sweet, and only moderately peaty. Ends on a sweet malty note. Builds from stage to stage, each phase being better than the last.” (06/2006) Whisky Advocate: “Funny to think how recently Caol Ila was an Islay giant that was kept pretty much under wraps by its owner. These days it has cemented its reputation as the island’s Mr. Consistent. This version shows its character the best, a nose that mixes seashore and grass with a distinct hint of smoked bacon. The peatiness isn’t dominant, but flows throughout the palate, scenting, lifting, and subtly changing the mix. A delicious oiliness makes it a great food whisky. (Vol. 21, #2)” Wine Spectator: “A very balanced Islay, with a flowery sweetness on the nose that gives as good as it gets against the insistent peat and salt. The peat increases on the palate, but once again the whisky counters with honey and bread dough to maintain equilibrium. Then come sweet spices that get more vibrant on the finish as they’re joined by smoked salmon. Blend drinkers should note that this is where Johnnie Walker gets much of its peat.” (02/2011)

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‘No Age Statement’ Whiskies – A Positive Argument’ – Whisky News

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Here’s a good article in the Huffington Post on No Age Statement (NAS) whiskies

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It’s by Matt Chambers of the blog “Whisky for Everyone

 

A Tribute To A True Original – The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve – Scotch Whisky News

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A tribute to an original vision

The Glenlivet is proud to introduce The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, a new single malt that has been almost 200 years in the making.

Created to honour the original vision of our pioneering founder George Smith, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve pays tribute to the uniquely smooth and fruity taste he first envisioned in 1824.

Distilled using the same time-honoured techniques introduced by George Smith himself, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is drawn predominantly from a range of traditional aged oak casks. The fruity profile for which we are renowned is complemented by selective use of first-fill American oak casks, which impart a delicious, contemporary twist of creaminess. We believe an expression born of traditional craftsmanship and modern innovation is a fitting homage to the original innovator of The Glenlivet.

Gentle citrus aromas of sweet orange are followed by sweet and zesty notes of oranges and pears, with hints of candy and toffee apples. Exceptionally well-balanced and smooth, with a long, creamy finish.

Available globally from March 2015, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a dram that comes from 200 years of expertise.

Find out more Discover the flavours that make The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve unique


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