Archive For May 17, 2016

Highland Park 1999, 16 Year Old, Gordon and MacPhail TWE Exclusive, Cask 4260 (56.6%)

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Highland Park 1999, 16 Year Old, Gordon and MacPhail TWE Exclusive, Cask 4260 (56.6%)

When you think of Highland Park, you immediately think of the gentle peat and sherry combination so characteristic of the most northern of major whisky distilleries in Scotland. Indeed, whereas over 90% of Scotch whisky is bottled in ex bourbon casks, Highland Park has sherry maturation as one of its five keystones. Additionally, Highland Park…

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Glengoyne Lafitte Cask – Cadenheads (55%) – Whisky Review

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Glengoyne Lafitte Cask – Cadenheads (55%) – Whisky Review

Glengoyne is one of my favorite distilleries. Solid whisky, easily accessible and being on the highland fault – it also has a great story. Indeed, I have reviewed the full range of Glengoyne’s core range (in order: 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25 and the majestic 35), as well as having published a detailed report…

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Ledaig 15 Pre 2007 (43%) – Whisky Review

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Ledaig 15 Pre 2007 (43%) – Whisky Review

Ledaig is the brand name for the peated whisky produced by the Tobermory distillery on Mull. The distillery is not one with a very large number of core expressions. In fact, each of the two brands only have two core expressions. Tobermory has the 10 year old and the (excellent) 15 year old, and Ledaig…

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Berry Bros Bunnahabhain 1990 – 21 Year Old – Cask 19 (46%)

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Berry Bros Bunnahabhain 1990 – 21 Year Old – Cask 19 (46%)

Both Bunnahabhain and Berry Bros. need no introduction, and when the former bottle a few stunning casks (numbered 18-20, with 18 and 20 having been bottled at cask strength and cask 19 bottled at 46%), all that’s left to do is have a taste, and let you know what it’s like 🙂     Berry…

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

Ardbeg is crazy to put out the Dark Cove. Or brilliant. Having previously posted about the marketing strategies they have mastered, it’s probably the latter. Drinking it feels like this a collection of the casks that didn’t make it into (the new, lesser sherried) Ardbeg Uigeadail. It’s not bad whisky, mind you. It’s just not stellar in any…

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Lagavulin 8 – 200th Anniversary Special Edition (48%) – Whisky Review

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Lagavulin 8 – 200th Anniversary Special Edition (48%) – Whisky Review

Happy bicentennial, Lagavulin!! Lagavulin kicked off the 200th anniversary festivities with an edition fully matured in bourbon casks – not unlike the annual 12 year old, but dialed down to 48%. The idea for this expression comes from Alfred Barnard’s seminal piece journaling his visit to all active distilleries in the United Kingdom (which included Ireland at…

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Gordon and MacPhail Ardmore 1996 (43%)

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Gordon and MacPhail Ardmore 1996 (43%)

For many years, Ardmore did not have their own bottlings, relying on G&M to be their official bottlers of sort. They weren’t alone. For decades, G&M served as the unofficial official bottling for Mortlach, Strathisla, Linkwook, Glen Grant, Imperial, Scapa and Ardmore. I’ve written quite a bit about G&M, but I do want to mention…

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Kilchoman 2010 TWE Exclusive PX Finish Cask 579/2010 (58.3%)

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Kilchoman 2010 TWE Exclusive PX Finish Cask 579/2010 (58.3%)

Kilchoman have adopted, in their 10 year history, a pretty strict policy on selling casks. They essentially serve as their own independent bottler, and have numerous expressions out there for specialty retailers, but very few independently bottled single casks. This is, essentially, the strategy taken by Billy Walker’s BenRiach. The few independent bottlings that you…

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Auchentoshan Distillery Exclusive, Bordeaux Cask #205 (56.5%)

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Auchentoshan Distillery Exclusive, Bordeaux Cask #205 (56.5%)

With Passover finally over, lets get back to the enjoyable business of reviewing some whisky. Few distilleries have been a constant source of so much consternation to me as Auchentoshan (well, and Jura). It’s a distillery I want to like, but have just not been able to enjoy any of the regular bottlings I have…

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