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Elements of Islay Pl5 – Port Charlotte 2009 (63.1%)

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Elements of Islay Pl5 – Port Charlotte 2009 (63.1%)

This Elements of Islay Port Charlotte is your quintessential Islay dram, made not by your most classic Islay distillery. Bruichladdich is the quirky Islay distillery. From the Victorian equipment to the funky lacticity (that’s usually covered over in the peated expressions), from the numerous wine casks to Ugly Betty’s gin, things are just done differently…

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Elements of Islay CI11 – Caol Ila 2008 (55.4%)

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Elements of Islay CI11 – Caol Ila 2008 (55.4%)

The second dram in this new Elements of Islay release is a 2008 Caol Ila, at either nine or ten years of age. Like the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone, Caol Ila is smoky’s old faithful. It will rarely blow you away, but you pretty much know what you can expect. In CI11, Islay’s workhorse…

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Elements of Islay Bn7 – Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old (55.7%)

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Elements of Islay Bn7 – Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old (55.7%)

Elixir Distillers’ Elements of Islay is out with the new series, which includes four bottlings: Bn7 – A 17 year old Bunnahabhain matured in sherry casks; Pl5 – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2009 at 63.1% ABV; CI11 – This is a 2008 Caol Ila bottled at 55.4% ABV; and Lp9 – This is another of the…

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Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength – Clynelish 2005 (55.1%)

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Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength – Clynelish 2005 (55.1%)

Gordon & MacPhail have revamped their bottlings, and consolidated some of the many “mini brands” into only five very clear lines of products.┬áConnoisseurs Choice is at the heart of the range. It includes both cask strength and reduced strength whisky, always carrying a vintage statement on the label. These are single casks or a few…

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Signatory Small Batch Glenlivet 2007 (48.1%)

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Signatory Small Batch Glenlivet 2007 (48.1%)

Signatory has several lines of products, and it seems like we have a new line appearing. Right now, the ‘Small Batch Edition’ appeared in a bottling for the German market. However, it says that it’s edition number one, suggesting a continuation. Unlike many independent bottlers, vatting a few casks together (OK, you can call them…

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