Archive for June, 2014

New Small Batch Gold Label Offerings From Cadenhead’s – Scotch Whisky News

We have a new collection of Small Batch Gold Label single cask offerings for you this month.

The small batch gold Label range will be a limited offering due to the smaller casks used to age this range or the amount those greedy old angels take as a share of the amber liquid, distribution is always a one off delivery so if you want one it’s best to get ordering soon.

First off we have a rather rare vintage from Glenlossie distillery, Aged a full 48 years in an ex bourbon cask distilled way back in 1966 only 168 bottles in the world from this cask so it’s first come first served on the last 3 bottles with one bottle per customer to make things a fair as possible.

Others to look out for in this range are Glen Keith 29 years old in refill bourbon cask only 108 bottles in the world, once again age has not diminished this great dram from the Glen Keith distillery and finally from this month’s rare vintages we have an amazingly rich Glenlivet 25 year old, while it’s a bourbon oak cask take a look at the tasting notes and see if like ourselves it reminds you of one of those Sherrywood tastings? Only 252 bottles world wide.

Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery 1966

Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery 1966 48 Year Old – 70cl / 43.5%

Nose: Sweet juicy old school whisky. A touch of wood smoke and then some peaches in syrup, pears, mangoes and apricots

Palate: Soft fruitiness, faint trace of smoke, dried banana flakes and then more juicy fruits.

Finish: Lingering soft smoke intertwined with touches of cream and lashings of tropical fruits.

Glen Keith Distillery 29 Year Old

Glen Keith Distillery 29 Year Old 1985 – 70cl / 47.5%

Nose: Sweet juicy fruits, quite tropical, lime leaf, mango and soft notes of ginger.

Palate: Very creamy, lots of syrupy fruit notes with a trace of oakiness.

Finish: Light and refreshing. Some citrus oils and bursts of honeycomb.

Glenlivet (Minmore) Distillerty 25 Year Old

Glenlivet (Minmore) Distillerty 25 Year Old (Sherrywood) – 70cl / 54.5%

Nose: Blackcurrants and black cherries, quite creamy, toffee apples and a touch of cinnamon.

Palate: More red fruits, raspberry jam, a touch of white pepper and a hint of aniseed and caramel.

Finish: Honey, a touch of orange and then some malt loaf before the darker fruits return.

At Isle of Arran Distillery, Long-term view and independent spirit pays off – Scotch Whisky News

Euan Mitchell, Managing Director

Long-term view and independent spirit pays off 

Isle of Arran Distillers has reported record results with turnover up 25% in its latest end of year accounts. 

The independent distillery, which now employs 30 people (full & part-time), saw net profits increase by almost 60% in 2013 – in what was its best ever year. 

Euan Mitchell has been managing director of the business for six years, and his forward-thinking strategy has been instrumental in the distillery’s success. He said: “As a team we have worked hard to build Isle of Arran Distillers into the business it is today, and we continue to keep adding to our capacity and capability to support our long-term success. 

“It is really pleasing to see that our approach and hard work is delivering results. We are something of an overnight success, nearly 20 years in the making. 

“We are again performing ahead of the market, which saw exports rise by 5% whereas we increased this market by 26% last year. Our portfolio of single malts is varied and interesting, which is reflected in the on-going interest in the Arran Malts around the world.” 

Since the business was established in 1995, sales have gone from strength to strength and exceeded 4.5 million pounds in 2013. 

Growth has come principally from export sales – which rose 26% last year – and brand sales which increased 28% over the same period. 

Arran reported notable success in America, which is now the largest market for the Arran Single Malt, whilst France remains the distillery’s biggest market overall. 

Gains were also made in Taiwan, Belgium and the UK, and the business reported growing sales of the core range as well as increased demand for limited edition bottlings such as the Arran Malt 16 Year Old. 

To ensure this level of growth can be maintained in the coming years, the business has invested in a new warehouse due to open at the end of 2014, which will give the distillery capacity to store 12,000 extra casks. Plans are also in place to install a further two pot stills by 2016 and effectively double the Distillery’s production capacity in the coming years. 

With increased demand for Arran’s whisky across the globe, the distillery’s visitor centre welcomed 60,000 visitors during 2013 and an upgrade to the facility is planned for early 2015 to cater for the growing tourist numbers expected from the introduction of RET (road equivalent tariff) to the island’s ferry service later this year. 

Euan added: “This investment in the distillery is a mark of our confidence that we can continue building sales around the world for many years to come. We have achieved a lot in recent years though the potential to grow is enormous and we need to lay down the stocks now to ensure we can meet the anticipated demand.” 

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* 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 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.

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Isle of Jura Bottlings at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News


Jura 10 Year Old


Off the west coast of Scotland lies a magical island of soft sea breezes, freshly caught lobster and a bank that comes once a week. As good as life used to be. One shop, one pub, one community. One fine malt whisky distillery. A gift from nature. Pure spring water, clean fresh air and generations of tradition quietly crafting a more delicate island malt. Colour – Deep amber gold. Nose – Light, rich and aromatic. Positive and firm. Silky, almondy wood notes. Palate – Firm, distinguished, elegant tones. A fruity oiliness with just a hint of smoke gently enriches the palate.

Jura 16 Year Old

For sixteen years in beachside warehouses, the gentle sea breezes have combined to make a whisky that truly expresses the magic of the island. A great age to drink Jura according to the locals. The rich colour of golden sun rays combine with a taste of strong butter notes, tinged with oranges and spices, leaving a sweet toffee and honey finish. Taste the best of island life. Visit the island, meet the people, explore the past. Colour – Glassy golden highlights. Nose – Full and rich. Each aroma beautifully structured to reveal harmony at its best. Silk and honey with a hint of ginger spice encompass this floral bouquet. Palate – Soft peaches and honey with a hint of citrus and marzipan will slowly arise, yet the backbone of its heritage continues to ebb away on the aftertaste, leaving the palate rewarded and satisfied.

Jura Superstition

The people of Jura are superstitious. From the prophecy of the one-eyed Campbell to an aversion to cutting peat before May, age-old island beliefs resonate to this day. Drawing on Jura’s finest older malts and spring-peated younger whiskies, Jura Superstition is a tribute to the people, the traditions and the mystical heritage that make Jura island life unique. Colour – Deep intense mahogany with glittering sun rays. Nose – Firm and positive, yet forcibly mellow. Strong accents of phenolic aromas. Rich, sensual nuances of honey and marzipan. Palate – Spice, honey, pine and peat aromas make a dramatic impact, the long years in oak casks have tempered and tamed this mystic spirit creating a long, lingering and tantalising aftertaste.

Jura Prophecy

A new addition to the Jura line-up, Prophecy is a robustly peated Jura. A limited release (labelled as Limited Annual Release Year 1), it is bottled at 46% ABV, without chill-filtration. A vatting of several vintages, the oldest whisky was distilled in 1989. Having tasted Jura Prophecy a few days ago, we think it might well surprise a few Islay loving peat-heads. As one would expect with any Jura whisky, it is supple and round in texture. On both the nose and the palate it is noticeably peaty, with bonfire notes, liquorice and spicy sea spray. A big step up from the more commercial Jura Superstition, this is a real surprise and definitely worth investigating.

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey – World Whiskies Award Winner – Irish Whiskey News

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One of only a handful of Single Grain Bottlings in the world and recently awarded the title of “World’s Best Grain Whiskey”.

Made through the combination of unique ingredients, predominately maize/corn, and the modern technique of column distillation producing an exceptionally clean smooth and sweet Irish whiskey.

To add a depth of character Teeling Single Grain is exclusively fully
matured in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels creating a very distinctive amber color imparting strong spicy notes and lush berries and grape flavors.

Like all the Teeling whiskeys it is bottled at 46% with no chill filtration allowing for all the natural flavours of the whiskey to be retained.

CSPC# 762725 700ML/6

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #467 – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy_zpsf0666f22  tells a wee whisky story along with Whisky Review 467 – Campbeltown Loch 21yo @ 46%

Scotch Whisky Auctions Update – Scotch Whisky News

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Hi folks. Just a quick email to tell you about our revised opening times. We will be available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. If you really need to come in on Saturdays, please call ahead through the week and set an appointment. This change will enable us to give you a better service through the week.

Kind regards from Glasgow

The SWA Team

Maltstock “The Relaxed Whisky Weekend” 5-7 September 2014 – Scotch Whisky News


The Relaxed Whisky Weekend
5 – 7 September 2014

Hellooo relaxed whisky lovers,

Almost Sold Out:

We are sorry to say that almost all the beds at Maltstock are sold. At the moment we have just a couple of beds left and just two cabins. Once they’re booked the only way you can still enjoy the relaxed whisky weekend is when you arrange your own accommodation. There’s a campsite just across the road and a hotel about 4,5 kilometer away. Please check our website for more information.


We still have 2 cabins available for you. Cabins can be rented by a minimum of 2 people per cabin. (Please order your Maltstock ticket first and then email us to rent a cabin.)


We know many of you are eagerly awaiting the masterclass schedule. Well, not for much longer now. At July 1st the schedule will go online. And everybody with a Maltstock ticket will receive an e-mail with a link to the reservation page.

We have some fantastic masterclasses lined up for you. It will probably not be easy to choose your favorites. Simply use the reservation page to let us know which masterclasses you would like to attend. And we will try our very best to make everybody happy again. As always the masterclasses are free at Maltstock.

There’s plenty of time to let us know your preferences. Relax! You have until August 24th. After that we can’t accept any new reservations. We only take reservation requests through our reservation page, which will go live on July 1st.

Maltstock promo tour:

Bob and Teun are very excited to visit the Dramboree! It sounds like a very relaxed weekend.

Tag Maltstock at the Dramboree and become the most relaxed of all!

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We hope to see you at Maltstock 2014,

Annette, Bob, Jeroen, Klaas, Stan and Teun

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America “Late June 2014 Outturn Offerings” – Scotch Whisky News


Late June 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 7.94                 $205 

Silk Sarong Seduction  

Speyside, Lossie 

Caramels swimming in the foam of a chocolate porter; apricot liqueur spilled on a ballroom floor; a leather purse, tanned with Burgundy and sultriness, left on a barstool. The mouth is a silk sarong of smuggled rum and toasted acorns held in the arms of a woman with perfume dabbed on her wrists. A little water gives us her mouth, shaped like a fresh fig, after she’s washed down almond macaroons and orange fudge with cola gone flat on the site of an old chapel in Elgin. Finishing with betel nuts wrapped in honeyed firefly wings for sweetness and light. 

Drinking tip: Anniversary dinner: after the cake, before the kiss 

Colour: Amber glinting in sunlight 

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 27 years

Date distilled: September 1985

Alcohol: 55.6%

USA allocation: 120 bottles 

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Cask No. 29.146                     $150 

Bright and uplifting 


Burning heather, smouldering logs and toffee rolled in ash – something medicinal (Germolene, First Aid box) oyster shells, cigar box, glazed gammon with clove, sweet and sour pork with fried rice and increasing peat smoke – that was the nose; somehow bright and uplifting. The palate was ashy, smoky and earthy, with wild mushrooms, soy sauce, prawn toast, gammon and pineapple and tasty spices (cardamom, toasted coriander seeds, chilli). Water opened up the floral side of the nose (rose petals); the palate also developed some perfume – marshmallows, fruity bubble-gum and gin and tonic with cucumber. Friends of this distillery have a square foot. 

Drinking tip: To evoke memories of beach bonfires on Islay – or to accompany a Chinese takeaway 

Colour: Polished beech

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 18 years

Date distilled: April 1995

Alcohol: 58.1%

USA allocation: 96 bottles

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Cask No. 39.92                               $180 

Dessert Wine and Smoking Jacket 

Speyside, Lossie 

Like well-aged Sauternes this complex whisky displays a nose of honey covered toast , chocolate with dapples of coconut and strawberry. The taste delivered a decadent American Breakfast; crispy bacon, pancakes and maple syrup.  The addition of water created the notion of supper as scents of grilled pork chop were followed by Eton Mess. Aromas of toasted cedar wood were interspersed with ginger. The palette offered the panel darkly roasted coffee, ginger cake and brown sugar coated peach all consumed within a draughtsman’s office. A decadent offering from this Elgin distillery. 

Drinking tip: Cigar in hand and nose upturned 

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date distilled: October 1990

Alcohol: 49.5%

USA allocation: 72 bottles 

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Cask No. 100.10                             $90 

Spritzy and tasty with a bitter twist 

Speyside, Deveron 

The nose commenced with spirity pear, apple and wood shavings; then sweetness emerged – vanilla, Rice Krispies squares, strawberry Angel Delight, barley sugars and Edinburgh Rock; tea leaves and tobacco later. The palate had pepper, horseradish and wasabi heat, but was tasty (sugared almonds, Cadbury’s mini eggs, red apple, sweet citrus) with an attractive bitter twist (tonic, fruit skins, perfume spray, oak). The reduced nose was more accessible, if little changed (rhubarb and custard sweets, grass, sherbet straws). The palate now settled to peeled twigs, lychees, sherbet lemons, purple fruit pastilles and some spritzy effervescence. This distillery once had a whisky fountain. 

Drinking tip: Could be a palate cleanser or an aperitif 

Colour: Sandy ocean bed

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 8 years

Date distilled: February 2005

Alcohol: 60.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles 

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 Cask No. 121.67                             $125 

Energising and enigmatic 

Highland, Island 

The nose could make the unwary recoil (Tabasco, vinegar, nettles, gloss paint), yet it was also sweetly attractive (sticky dates, fig rolls, Liquorice Allsorts, raisins, toffee). The intense, hot, tasty palate had mouth-gripping oak and black tea tannins, stir-fry sauce and jalapenos but was also surprisingly and satisfyingly sweet (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate, runny honey, raspberry ripple). The reduced nose was interesting, energising and enigmatic – putty, waxed jackets and sanded wood, but with comforting kitchen smells (apple crumble, shortbread, lemon sponge). The palate continued lively and tasty – orange peel, lemon meringue pie dusted with pepper and crystallized ginger. Arran’s only distillery. 

Drinking tip: A stimulating dram – to spark up the old grey matter when faculties are flagging 

Colour: Oiled pine

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 13 years

Date distilled: December 1999

Alcohol: 58.1%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

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The Whisky Exchange “Springbank Distillery – a family affair” – Scotch Whisky News

The Whisky Exchange

Springbank Distillery – a family affair

David Allen

David Allen, a key member of the Springbank team

It’s hard to think that Campbeltown was once the whisky capital of the world. With just three distilleries in operation in the area now, you wonder what happened to the other 27 that were there in the 1800s. Campbeltown isn’t the easiest of places to get to. There’s no train station, so your options are a three-hour drive, a four-hour bus journey, or a flight in a tiny plane on to one of the longest runways in the world. But however you get there, it’s well worth the visit. Were it not for Hedley Wright (the owner of Springbank Distillery), Campbeltown may have been lost as a whisky region altogether.

Back in 1998, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) decided that two distilleries were not enough to classify Campbeltown as a whisky region alongside the likes of Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands, and so it was merged into the Highlands. But Hedley spotted that there were only three operational distilleries in the Lowlands, and took it upon himself to purchase a second distillery in the region. After a large amount of investment – and a lot of time and energy – Glengyle distillery was completed in 2004, and following a visit from the SWA, Campbeltown was back on the map.

This highlights the care and love that the family and team at Springbank put into making whisky. They were once described (affectionately) as an ‘odd company of odd people’, and they’re quite happy with this label. They don’t always follow convention when it comes to making whisky. There are elements of their distillation process which no one can provide a reason for other than that’s what’s always been done, including producing ‘two-and-a-half-times-distilled’ whisky (more on that later). Springbank is the oldest independent, family-owned distillery in Scotland, dating to 1828, when John Mitchell first started distilling legally on the site of his father’s illicit still.

Everything at Springbank is done on site, from the malting of the barley right up to the labelling, which is done by hand. There has never been any chill-filtering or colouring, and production is all done in batches. Although this means that there can be some slight variances from batch to batch, it can’t be denied that each bottle is made with a huge amount of care – I’m yet to try a bad whisky of theirs. For this evening’s tasting, David Allen, a key member of the Springbank team, flew down especially to guide us through a selection of his fine whiskies.

A diverse range of whiskies are produced at Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown

A diverse range of whiskies are produced at Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown

Hazelbank 12yo

Hazelburn 12 Year Old, 46%

The night began with Hazelburn. Production is split into three styles at the distillery, with Springbank making up 80% of the production, and Hazelburn and Longrow the other 20%. Hazelburn is unpeated and, unlike most Scottish single malts, it is triple distilled, giving it a floral and fruity character which many have described as a ‘breakfast whisky’ (light and approachable).

Nose: True to its style, the nose is rather fruity with notes of peach, mango, sweet dried fruit, and a hint of raisin and dried banana, too. With a touch of water, a malty character edges in.

Palate: The malty character is more pronounced on the palate both with and without water. This is backed up quite nicely with stone fruits, sweet dried fruit and candied bananas. There’s a touch of sweetness in there, too, which makes it go down rather easily.

Finish: Long finish here with all the flavours playing together; there’s peach, malt and sweetness all working beautifully together.

Comment: I really like this. The sherry cask influence is light and subtle, adding fruit but nothing overbearing. It’s fresh, fruity and slightly sweet and goes down oh so easily.

Hazelbank R&K 2003

Hazelburn 2003 Rundlets & Kilderkins, 50.1%

Rundlet and Kilderkin are names for types of cask which – at 68 and 81 litres respectively – are much smaller than those normally used to mature whisky. These smaller barrels give the whisky much more interaction with the wood, giving the whisky further character. However, the ‘angel’s share’ is much higher with these casks, making it a rather expensive whisky to produce. This one is about 10 years old and a mix of first-fill bourbon and sherry casks.

Nose: Quite woody (as you’d expect), but in a good way. Honeycomb and chocolate comes through with time, and a lanolin note also.

Palate: Sweet mango, peach, honeycomb, chocolate and a soft alcohol prickle which softens nicely with water.

Finish: An earthy note comes through on the finish with some honey and unripe papaya.

Comment: Rich and fruity with some lovely earthy notes towards the finish. All backed up with a lovely honeycomb character along the way.

Kilkerran WIP (B)

Kilkerran WIP 6 Bourbon Wood, 46%

Glengyle is still quite a young distillery, at just 10 years of age, and as such they’re yet to release a standard bottling. They are, however, rather good to us, and like to keep us all in the loop with how things are going. Work In Progress (WIP) was first launched in 2009 as a single bottling of ex-sherry and bourbon casks vatted together. This continued annually until last year when WIP 5 was released as a sherry cask and bourbon cask individually, and they have done the same again this year. WIP 6 is double distilled, lightly peated and 10 years old. The suggestion from David is that once the whiskies reaches 12 years of age, they will release a standard bottling, but we’ll just have to wait and see…

Nose: Slight hint of smoke. They get their peat from the Speyside region which is more mossy and earthy than Islay peat, and provides a very different character to the whisky than its island counterparts. This peat character is backed up with lots of green fruit – apples and grassy notes.

Palate: Lovely and fresh, slightly sweet with notes of green apples, zesty, sweet peach, grassy, floral and ever so slightly nutty. There’s even a hint of Scottish tablet.

Finish: This finishes with a green-tea note which is delicious and completed with lots of green flavours like grass and apple skin.

Comment: I’m a big fan of this one. It’s well balanced, fresh, delicate and delicious already. If this is the current benchmark for Kilkerran, then their first official bottling is definitely one to look out for.

Kilkerran WIP (S)

Kilkerran WIP 6 Sherry Wood, 46%

Nose: Nutty, dried fruit, tropical notes and prunes. It doesn’t seem overly sherried; they use a mix of first- and third-fill casks which keeps the sherry influence quite light.

Palate: Lovely gingerbread character, and full of nutty, dried-fruit flavours and sweet smoke. It starts out quite sweet but becomes drying in the mouth. With a little water, the dryness softens and dark-chocolate flavours come forward.

Finish: The finish is a little dry – again, in a good way. It has a huge length with lots of fig, nutty and dark-chocolate flavours backed up with some sweet spice.

Comment: A very interesting whisky, full of lots of layers, but ultimately rich, chocolatey and packed with dried fruit.

Springbank 12YO CS

Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength #7, 50.3%

Released in 2013, this is the seventh batch of 12 year old cask strength. Springbank’s distilling techniques are slightly unusual to say the least; they distil the whisky two-and-a-half times. In essence, part of the spirit is distilled two times and a portion is redistilled a third time. They have tried experimenting with double and triple distillation for Springbank, but the resulting liquid has never been as good.

Nose: Sweet smoke, nutty, toffee, fruity and slightly earthy.

Palate: Quite sweet, fruity, nutty, lots of toffee, stone and tropical fruit along with a hint of dried fruit. As it opens up, there’s vanilla, chocolate and raisin coming through. With water added, there’s a lovely briney character along with an oily texture and Scottish tablet.

Finish: The finish is delicate, with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and raisins, and a soft, sweet character.

Comment: This is lovely, rich and surprisingly smooth for its strength. Full of flavour.

Longrow NAS

Longrow NAS, 46%

The malt for Springbank is peated to 10ppm but for Longrow malt, it leaps to 50ppm. Although one might think this would come across as a smokier flavour in the whisky, I found that the smokiness in the NAS is actually quite subtle. The Speyside peat could explain this one, as peat doesn’t always mean bonfires and smoke.

Nose: Salt and brine character balanced around aromas of lime, grape, grass and citrus.

Palate: Sweet and green. Lots of lime, grass, brine, opens up in time to show dried peach, pear, mango and the slightest hint of smoke.

Finish: This opens up slowly but ends with sweet, juicy sultanas and stone fruits.

Comment: This really changes over time. What starts out as a really fresh, citrusy whisky develops after four or five minutes into quite a rich, fruit-driven dram that continually develops. Definitely savour this over a long period – you’ll be well rewarded.

Longrow Red Port Cask (abv unknown)

Longrow Red has previously been aged in Australian Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks. For this next release, they have moved on to a port cask and used it for its entire maturation rather than just to finish the whisky. As a result, this release of Red is quite definitely, without any doubt, a red whisky. But don’t be fooled by its colour; it’s absolutely delicious.

Nose: Cherries, red berries, plum, prune, stewed red cherry and Braeburn apple. Everything about this nose screams red fruit with abundance.

Palate: Lots of chocolate here, supported by red fruits: sweet cherry, red berries, raspberries and Braeburn apple. Although bold in flavour, there’s a lovely soft, creamy character, especially with a bit of water added.

Finish: Chocolate raspberries

Comment: So, so fruity. This is big, rich and packed full of red fruit and chocolate. Even though it’s red in colour, I wasn’t expecting this much red-fruit flavour. I’m not always a fan of port-matured whiskies, but everything that I’ve tried lately has blown me away, and this is no exception. This is due to be bottled in August with approximately 11,000 bottles being made.

Springbank 1999 14 year old local barley, 57.8%

The evening culminated in a rather special bottling, normally only available to members of the Springbank Society. This was one of only 546 bottles, matured entirely in refill sherry casks and, as the name suggests, made using local barley. Typically, Springbank use Optic barley – a variety commonly used for whisky production – from the Fife area. Optic barley doesn’t grow particularly well on the west coast, however, so Westminster barley is grown instead. This variety produces lower yields and is harder to use, but that hasn’t stopped Springbank from making a fantastic whisky from it.

Nose: So much going on here. Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, a hint of smoke, Brazil nuts, raisins and that classic ‘rancio’ note.

Palate: Nutty, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, raisin, dried fruit, damp peat and earth. With water, this gets fruitier and the chocolate gets milkier.

Finish: Such a long finish. The peatiness comes forward more on the finish and is complemented with chocolate and raisins. As it changes and develops, some earthy notes then come into the fore.

Comment: This is an exceptionally good whisky. Springbank have a huge following for their whiskies and it’s not hard to see why. As mentioned earlier, this is only available to those who are members of the Springbank Society. That said, the suggestion is that in a couple of years’ time, they may well release this same whisky, or something very similar, as a 16 year old.

As always, our thanks go to David Allen for coming down from Campbeltown and hosting a superb evening filled with delicious whiskies. 

Milroy’s of Soho “Jura Tastival Whisky Release” – Scotch Whisky News

We are coming to the end of our month celebrating all that is Jura here at Milroy’s of Soho. Whilst we have been enthusing about the sweet and delicate Jura 10 Year Old; the rich and full bodied 16 Year Old; and the smoky and peaty Prophecy bottling; we have decided to end with a cheer to the limited edition Tastival bottling.

Released initially for the Jura stretch of this year’s Feis Isle celebrations, the Jura Tastival aims to capture the imagination of the drinker. This whisky with not one, not two, but seven cask finishes, encourages the drinker to write their own tasting notes on the back of the bottle. The launch of this Island single malt will culminate with the official tasting notes being revealed in August.

Jura Tastival – 44% ABV – £84.95 – Buy Here.



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