Archive For August 26, 2016

Dailuaine 1996 – Grindlay’s Selection (57%)

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Dailuaine 1996 – Grindlay’s Selection (57%)

This, to me, is the highlight of the flight of drams from Scotland Grindlay’s Selection. Dailuaine is one of Diageo’s very classic Speyside distilleries, with some 98% of it’s output going into the Johnnie Walker blends, and it creates different charactered whisky according to what blenders think they’ll need down the road. The distillery can make…

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

The second Grindlay’s Selection I tried was also from a distillery that’s off the beaten path for most whisky anoraks. Glentauchers was the signature malt for Buchanan’s Black & White, and later lent character to Teacher’s. After switching hands yet again, today under Pernod-Ricard’s Chivas Bros., it’s a main part of Ballantine’s.  In fact, Chivas…

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Ben Nevis 1997 – Grindlay’s Selection (52.6%)

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Ben Nevis 1997 – Grindlay’s Selection (52.6%)

Amid the barrage of NAS expressions flooding the market, a new independent bottler has begun operating in Ranadale, Scotland, and from the looks of that first run of offerings, we can expect some great stuff to come out in his Grindlay’s Selection Single Cask Release. The initial offering consists of four single casks: There is a…

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News: Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (51.6%)

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News: Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (51.6%)

John Glaser is going for it again, this time with a true three year old blend. Granted, only 1% of the whole blend is three years old – from Clynelish, while another 90% are older Clynelish whisky. The other 9% is from Talisker, again of an undisclosed age. The whisky is presented at a higher…

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

I saved the best of the quartet of TWE exclusives for last, and after my Baltic vacation and the crazy two weeks I had at work following my two week absence, I’m back to tasting whisky.   This is a cask strength Signatory Vintage Mortlach, that unlike the vast majority of Mortlach expressions I’ve had,…

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Compass Box to Release Spice Tree Extravaganza to Commemorate the Banning of Spice Tree a Decade Ago

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Compass Box to Release Spice Tree Extravaganza to Commemorate the Banning of Spice Tree a Decade Ago

Ten years ago, John Glaser, Compass Box’s genius entrepreneur, got slapped with a demand that he pull Spice Tree from the market due to a violation of SWA regulations, as he was using inner staves. Eventually, Compass Box reintroduced Spice Tree, this time using cask ends made from the Sessile oak John wanted to use to finish…

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Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 2007 for The Whisky Exchange (46%)

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Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 2007 for The Whisky Exchange (46%)

This is another of The Whisky Exchange’s exclusives, bottled by Signatory Vintage, from their pretty extensive selection of casks.  This one was bottled at 46%, and I think it was done to bring down some of the spicy heat this cask packed. It’s rather balanced, and peatheads will enjoy it very much. Caol Ila is…

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Benromach Sassicaia 2007 (45%)

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Benromach Sassicaia 2007 (45%)

Sassicaia is a Bordeaux style dry red Italian wine, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing more and more of these red wine finishes, as I really do like them. The Sassicaia is a ‘super Tuscan’ wine, a term that denotes wines made in Tuscany from grape veriaties that are not native to the Italian region,…

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

It has pretty much become de rigueur for distilleries to have a (usually NAS) youngish cask strength offering. GlenDronach’s excellent sherried cask strength went into five batches before a comparable offering was made from BenRiach. This makes sense, as the distillery obviously wanted to use whisky distilled under the new owners, as nowhere does the distillery…

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