Archive For The “Independent Bottling” Category

Cadenhead’s 175 Rosebank 25 1991 (50.5%)

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Cadenhead’s 175 Rosebank 25 1991 (50.5%)

2017 brought with it news of Rosebank being renewed by Ian Macleod Distillers, news that came right on the heels of Diageo’s announcement that Port Ellen and Brora will be brought back, making it the year of distillery resurrections. But this is an old Rosebank with a lot of depth and complexity…..   Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary,…

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Cadenheads 175th Anniversary – 1977 Caperdonich 39 YO (50.4%)

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Cadenheads 175th Anniversary – 1977 Caperdonich 39 YO (50.4%)

Being in business for 175 years is no small feat, and doing so as an independent bottler in the whisky industry is downright impressive. Yet it seems that the company chose to play down the fact that it’s also the 45 year anniversary of the purchasing of the company by J. & A. Mitchell and Co.,…

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Whisky Exchange Black Friday 2017, 16 Year Old Speyside Single Cask (54.6%)

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Whisky Exchange Black Friday 2017, 16 Year Old Speyside Single Cask  (54.6%)

A small box landed at my office from The Whisky Exchange and in it was a sample bottle labeled Black Friday. It stated it’s 16 years old, from Speyside and at 54.6% ABV. The accompanying letter said that the 582 bottles will go on sale on Black Friday, when the full details will be announced. I’m…

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Bowmore 2001, 15 Years Old, Signatory TWE Exclusive (55.6%)

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Bowmore 2001, 15 Years Old, Signatory TWE Exclusive (55.6%)

In the package I got from The Whisky Exchange was a selection of the new TWE exclusive casks recently bottled. As I mentioned in the Irish whiskey TWE post (here), The Whisky Exchange is moving to significantly increase the number of single casks it bottles under its label, and the current batch includes several casks…

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Two 27 Year Old Irish Single Cask – Whisky Agency TWE Exclusives (46.8% and 51.3%)

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Two 27 Year Old Irish Single Cask – Whisky Agency TWE Exclusives (46.8% and 51.3%)

The third day at the Whisky Show is the trade day, and us whisky bloggers were invited to a liquid breakfast by Billy. At the breakfast, we were informed that The Whisky Exchange itself will now be seeking to be more active in bottling independent bottlings. We tasted three bottlings, a 27 year old 1990…

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Festive 500th Post – Cadenhead’s Glen Garioch 1957 (45.6%)

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Festive 500th Post – Cadenhead’s Glen Garioch 1957 (45.6%)

April 23rd, 2014 was a special date for me. After a few years learning and tasting in the world of whisky, I started putting my thoughts to (digital) ink, and published the first post on Malt and Oak. This is post number 500, and honestly, I’m humbled at reaching this point. In the three years…

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

Independent bottlings of Lagavulin are not overly common (although there’s probably more of it out there in unnamed bottlings than is known), as Diageo is loath to part with casks of Lagavulin for independent bottlings and has been for quite a while. Everything the distillery produces, some 1.4 million liters a year, will go into…

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

We all love reviewing (and reading reviews of) the 1955 Linlithgos and the £2500 latest Port Ellens, but in truth, a blog should have many more daily dram reviews than those stellar outliers, and here’s a classic daily dram. The 2006 Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhail’s The MacPhail’s Collection is priced around £35 and is…

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Laphroaig 18 – Elements of Islay – Lp7

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Laphroaig 18 – Elements of Islay – Lp7

You’ll typically see refill barrels at the 18 year range, since wood influence tends to become an issue with longer maturation. So having a chance to enjoy this expression, comprised of four first fill bourbon barrels distilled in 1998, was enjoyable. The wood is definitely present, and it adds a lot of its American oak…

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Glen Elgin 1986 – 21 Year Old First Cask (46%)

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Glen Elgin 1986 – 21 Year Old First Cask (46%)

This is the story of a tasting that has left me with open questions. I sat with my friend and fellow blogger Yoav of the Whisky Gospel for an evening of tasting samples, and he whipped out a sample of a 21 year old Glen Elgin that was bottled a decade ago, in 2007. We…

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