Archive For The “Independent Bottling” Category

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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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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Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 – The Single Malts of Scotland (55.4%) – And Some Bruichladdich Tidbits

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Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 – The Single Malts of Scotland (55.4%) – And Some Bruichladdich Tidbits

While not an official bottling of Bruichladdich, this is a good opportunity for me to relay some experiences from my visit at Bruichladdich last October. I won’t make this an extensive post, but I will make some observations: First, Bruichladdich is bringing back floor maltings for all Islay grown barley. When I visited in October,…

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Glenrothes 26 Years Old 1989, Single Malts of Scotland (53.8)

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Glenrothes 26 Years Old 1989, Single Malts of Scotland (53.8)

On to the next tasting of the Single Malts of Scotland offering is the 1989 Glenrothes. Glenrothes is a peculiar one, as far as distilleries go. Young sherry bombs can be absolutely stunning, older single cask expressions can be majestic, but the middle range is a black hole to me. and don’t get me even started on the…

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Miltonduff 17 Year Old 1999 – Single Malts of Scotland (54.8%)

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Miltonduff 17 Year Old 1999 – Single Malts of Scotland (54.8%)

I Know it’s St. Patrick’s day and I should be reviewing Irish whiskey. Seeing that I don’t actually have any Irish whiskey I didn’t review, I’ll acknowledge the Emerald Island’s day, and review a Scotch whisky. The third cask from this Single Malts of Scotland flight is a 1999 single cask from Miltonduff. Yet another…

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Bunnahabhain 2001 14 Year Old – Cooper’s Choice (46%)

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Bunnahabhain 2001 14 Year Old – Cooper’s Choice (46%)

Last week has been a week of Bunnahabhain for me, starting with a quartet of Bunnahabhain indies we tasted at the March MMI – Malt Mongers Israel meeting, went through the 28 year old Single Malts of Scotland (reviewed earlier this week), and ended with a tasting of a 25 year old Douglas Laing XOP.\…

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Bunnahabhain 1988 – 28 Year Old – Single Malts of Scotland (46.8%)

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Bunnahabhain 1988 – 28 Year Old – Single Malts of Scotland (46.8%)

This past week has been a week of independent Bunnahabhains, though none of them were as old as this one. I’ll get to one of the Bunnahabhain expressions we tasted last Wednesday at the Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have this treat from Specialty Drinks’s Single Malts of Scotland….

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Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

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Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

Diageo’s Speyside workhorse, this distillery is one that produces mainly for blends. Anybody who’s had a Johnnie Walker, has had Benrinnes whisky. Benrinnes is a special distillery even today, despite cutting out the partial triple distillation in the style of Mortlach and Springbank, as it still uses worm tub condensers (alongside several other Diageo distilleries…

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G&M Speymalt – Macallan 2006-2015 (43%)

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G&M Speymalt – Macallan 2006-2015 (43%)

G&M’s house expressions need no introduction and the Speymalt has been a pretty steady feature coming out of their seemingly unexhaustable warehouses. The Speymalt label has been used for Macallans as old as the 1938 vintage, all the way up to this youngish nine year old. The older releases were released at 40%, and later…

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Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

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Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

I really like the direction Douglas Laing is going with the Remarkable Regional Malts line. The vatted malt (blended malt, if I must) line now encompasses five out of the six regions (missing only Campbeltown, which could be interesting with the variety of styles coming out the three distilleries in the town), and has expanded…

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