Archive For The “Specialty Drinks/The Whisky Exchange” Category

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 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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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 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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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

I saved the best of the quartet of TWE exclusives for last, and after my Baltic vacation and the crazy two weeks I had at work following my two week absence, I’m back to tasting whisky.   This is a cask strength Signatory Vintage Mortlach, that unlike the vast majority of Mortlach expressions I’ve had,…

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Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 2007 for The Whisky Exchange (46%)

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Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 2007 for The Whisky Exchange (46%)

This is another of The Whisky Exchange’s exclusives, bottled by Signatory Vintage, from their pretty extensive selection of casks.  This one was bottled at 46%, and I think it was done to bring down some of the spicy heat this cask packed. It’s rather balanced, and peatheads will enjoy it very much. Caol Ila is…

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Blair Athol 27 Year Old 1988 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (55.7%)

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Blair Athol 27 Year Old 1988 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (55.7%)

Blair Athol distillery is a picturesque Eastern Highlands distillery which serves as Diageo’s spiritual home for Bell’s blended whisky. As such the distillery has a very active visitors center and even has a couple expressions available for purchase only at the distillery shop. The distillery is very clear on its wood policy: stock for Bell’s…

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