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Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

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Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

This is a dram that made me cry. It’s a well known secret that Jura is nowhere near the top of my favorite distillery list. With the exception of the Turas Mara, I don’t like any of the official bottlings, and I always attributed it to the distillery character. Sadly, I can no longer do…

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Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

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Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

With Ardbeg, one end of the scale is the new 21 Year Old, about to be announced in the coming months. Old, dignified and matured in ex bourbon casks. If you haven’t heard of it, you can read Yoav’s take on this marketing screw up here. This SMWS single refill sherry butt is just the opposite. Young,…

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Longmorn 27 Year Old – SMWS 7.86 – A Peculiar Longmorn

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Longmorn 27 Year Old – SMWS 7.86 – A Peculiar Longmorn

Pernod Ricard announced that it would be releasing a new NAS expression from Longmorn called The Distiller’s Choice, presented at 40% ABV and matured in a range of American oak, ex-Oloroso sherry and traditional oak casks (OK, I’ll admit that I have no idea what that means, and if it means that American oak and sherry…

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When Peat and Sherry Go on Vacation Together

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When Peat and Sherry Go on Vacation Together

When you say single cask, you thing about the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and having recently crossed the 160 Laphroaig cask mark (no, this isn’t the most bottled distillery, that distinction is easily Bowmore’s and Caol Ila, with close to 250 casks each). Laphroaig spirit does very well in sherry casks, as the wonderful PX…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 3 – Springbank’s 1967 Barrel of Fruit

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 3 – Springbank’s 1967 Barrel of Fruit

The third independent bottler to be examined was the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Founded in 1983 by Phillip “Pip” Hills’ group of friends who shared the cost of buying a cask of Glenfarclas (hence its being distillery number 1) in 1978, creating a growing syndicate of people sharing the cost of the casks. By 1983 membership…

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Port Charlotte at 12 – And A Single Cask At That

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Port Charlotte at 12 – And A Single Cask At That

Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte line of heavily peated whiskys is a favorite of peat heads. Keeping with the rather unique emphasis on terroir, the core expressions include the Scottish Barley and the Islay Barley (reviewed here), with the PC series serving an annual release which has migrated into travel retail specials in recent years (currently up…

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

Today’s offering is a 29 year old Clynelish that was distilled in the year following Brora’s closing, and shares many of the Brora characteristics. Being a SMWS single cask, don’t get your hopes up for this to be a regularity, but this cask is very special in that way. It’s a refill ex sherry butt,…

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A Sister to Yestrday’s Stunner – SMWS 39.92 Linkwood

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A Sister to Yestrday’s Stunner – SMWS 39.92 Linkwood

Going through my tasting notes I just realized that yesterday’s 39.99 and the 39.92 are both ex bourbon hogsheads distilled in 1990. The 39.99 was distilled in April 1990 and the 39.92 was distilled in October 1990 and was exclusive to the Canadian market. Linkwood is a distillery that plays a part in many of Diageo’s…

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A Visit to the SMWS London – Five Drams, a Steak and a Review of a Divine Linkwood

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A Visit to the SMWS London – Five Drams, a Steak and a Review of a Divine Linkwood

My friend Richard Barr (@BarrRichard) is a miracle worker. The Society in London has a monthly event in which you get a steak dinner and five drams out of the new outturn, and like all society events, this one sells out quickly. I get to London only once a year or so, but Richard – a…

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Aultmore is Heading to a Whisky Store Near You – I Taste a 24 Year Old to Celebrate

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Aultmore is Heading to a Whisky Store Near You – I Taste a 24 Year Old to Celebrate

I previously wrote that the Bacardi’s Dewar’s corporation seemed to have little interest in the single malt market, thus leaving all of the group’s single malt distilleries (Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff, Aberfeldy and Royal Brackla) with no regularly sold core expressions except for Aberfeldy. While Aultmore was still owned by Guiness (before the formation of Diageo, which…

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