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Kavalan Peaty Cask – La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary (52.4%)

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Kavalan Peaty Cask – La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary (52.4%)

Kavalan has been expanding both in stature and in sheer offerings in the mere 11 years that have passed since their first distillation, in March 2006. There are currently close to 20 offerings from the distillery, from the Kavalan range, through the Solist and the Premium series – offered in a plethora of cask finishes….

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Ledaig 12 Year Old 2004 – Single Malts of Scotland (58.1%)

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Ledaig 12 Year Old 2004 – Single Malts of Scotland (58.1%)

In the latest sample pack I got from Specialty Drinks there were two Ledaigs. Today’s 12 year old and an 11 year old  in a sherry cask that I’ll get to reviewing in the next few days. Ledaig was actually the original name of the Tobermory distillery has been producing it’s dual brand since 2007,…

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive, 100% Islay Cask Vatting (57.1%)

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive, 100% Islay Cask Vatting (57.1%)

So you travel from wherever you are on this planet to Kennacraig, and catch the CalMac ferry to Islay. Then you get to the other side of Lochindaal and at the entrance to Kilchoman, you see the barley you’ll be drinking in about six years growing in a field. That’s exciting. You get to the distillery, and…

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Ledaig 2008, 7 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (46%)

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Ledaig 2008, 7 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (46%)

Young Ledaigs seem to be all the rage these days, with some very memorable sherry matured 7-9 year olds that hit the market over the past two years. This marks a certain profusion of barrels of Ledaig beginning with the 2004 vintage. The move into Burn Stewart Distillers’ hands was really good for the brand. This expression falls…

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Amrut Rye (50%)

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Amrut Rye (50%)

Rye is a fickle grain to work with, so much so that many distillers outside the United States and Canada just don’t even bother with it. Indeed, you can name the expressions of world rye whisky using just your hand. One hand, so you don’t even have to put your drink down. Enter Amrut, who since…

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White Horse Scotch Whisky – Bottled 1922 (40%)

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White Horse Scotch Whisky – Bottled 1922 (40%)

As far as blends go, White Horse is of mythological proportions in the minds of whisky anoraks, as old Lagavulin and the legendary Malt Mill make up some of the malts in the older expressions of this blend. Named for the White Horse Cellar Inn in Edinburgh, which was a point of origin for a coach…

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Glen Moray 2007, Single Malts of Scotland (59.1%)

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Glen Moray 2007, Single Malts of Scotland (59.1%)

With Passover behind us, I whet my palate with a young, yet well rounded, Glen Moray. This cask is a first fill ex bourbon cask, bottled by the Single Malts of Scotland. This is part of their 2016 outturn. The Single Malts of Scotland Glen Moray 2007, Cask 5134, Yield 231 (59.1% ABV, NCF, NC)…

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Springbank Local Barley 11 (53.1%)

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Springbank Local Barley 11 (53.1%)

This expression is the second in a series of Local Barley expressions done by Springbank, following the excellent 16 year old (reviewed here). This expression is made from Bere barley, while last year’s was made from Prisma. Knowing that bloggers will, invariably, bitch about prices and value for money, the company has released the following…

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Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1963, Bottled 2009 (43%)

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Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1963, Bottled 2009 (43%)

Speyside’s Strathilsa distillery is the spiritual home of the Chivas Regal blends. This seems normal, the way it’s always been. Only it isn’t. Strathisla, which was officially named Milton (although it was founded in 1786 as Milltown) enjoyed a stellar reputation for making great whisky, which was named for the river that ran behind the…

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Scapa Glansa (40%)

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Scapa Glansa (40%)

It’s been only a few weeks since I’ve written about the death of house styles, and here comes along a sample of the Scapa Glansa, a prime example of the trend. I had a quick nip of the Glansa when I visited Scapa in October, but was unable to take notes, so I’m happy the…

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