Archive For The “Independent Bottling” Category

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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Glen Garioch 21 Vintage 1994 – Abbey Whisky Rare Casks (55%)

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Glen Garioch 21 Vintage 1994 – Abbey Whisky Rare Casks (55%)

My affinity for Glen Garioch is well known. So well known, in fact, that Mike from Abbey Whisky sent me an email saying he has a sample of his new Rare Casks release, a 21 year old Glen Garioch he’d like me to taste. It took some time, but the sample is here and I…

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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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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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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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