Archive For The “Scotch Vatted Malt” Category

Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

Yula is a celebration of the traditions of the islands around Scotland, much of which is Norse. While reviewing the first Yula, the 20 year old, I brought the full story which you can read here.  I will say, however, that Yula is deeply connected to the story of the formation of the islands. The…

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

It’s that time of year again when the nights are getting longer and we drop back into standard time (or ‘winter clock’ as they call it in Israel) and at long last, temperatures begin to enter a comfortable zone. Sadly it’s nowhere near “fireplace range” here, but we can always imagine it. That of course means…

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

So they call This whisky a three-year-old. Now, of course, it technically is as 0.04 of it is, indeed, only three years old. Yes, you read that right, four tenths of a percent is three-year-old whisky from Clynelish that was aged by Compass Box itself in their own first fill American Oak casks. In the PR…

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The Epicurean – Douglas Laing Lowlands Malt Blend (46.2%)

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The Epicurean – Douglas Laing Lowlands Malt Blend (46.2%)

I’ve been looking forward to this release ever since my visit to Douglas House in late September. My fascination with vatted malts (officially malt blends) is nothing new, and I find them to hold great promise for being more than the sum of their parts. I was sitting with Jan Beckers in the tasting room…

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Scallywag Cask Strength #2 – Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts (54.1%)

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Scallywag Cask Strength #2 – Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts (54.1%)

This blog was, from its inception, fascinated with malt blends (don’t you wish we could still call them vatted malts, which is really the proper name for them). The reason for that is that when put together well, you can you can enjoy a whole ensemble of influences, rather a solo player. Indeed, when all…

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Enlightenment – Compass Box Malt Blend (46%)

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Enlightenment – Compass Box Malt Blend (46%)

Now this is a more standard Compass Box malt blend, all matured in, mostly in first fill American standard barrels with the requisite Clynelish (48.2%) – always to be expected from Compass Box, with quite a bit of a far less common Glentauchers (36.7%), and a little bit of Balblair (10.8%) and Mortlach from a rejuvenated ASB…

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Elements of Islay – Peat – Blended Malt (59.3%)

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Elements of Islay – Peat – Blended Malt (59.3%)

Elements of Islay is a series of single malt small batch offering from all Islay distilleries, started in 2008 by Specialty Drinks, the parent company of The Whisky Exchange. Until now, all offerings were single malts, but now they have produced a blended malt, presented like all other Elements at natural cask strength, with no…

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

As my readers know, I’m intrigued by malt blends (vatted malts), and you really don’t get to see too many of them that were aged for 20 years. Douglas Laing has started a series of three very limited expressions of Island malts. This blend is made of paeated Island malts and is the first in…

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The Pride of Speyside in Cask Strength

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The Pride of Speyside in Cask Strength

Douglas Laing recently launched the ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ as an umbrella brand for the vatted/blended malts combining the highly popular Islay Big Peat with The Speyside Scallywag, Timorous Beastie from the Highlands and the maritime Rock Oyster from the Islands. Together with a new website (and online store), Douglas Laing has launched a video for the…

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Pulling the Vats Together: The Remarkable Regional Malts By Douglas Laing and a Taste of the Beastie

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Pulling the Vats Together: The Remarkable Regional Malts By Douglas Laing and a Taste of the Beastie

I like malt blends, it’s no secret. I think that when done right, they can literally make each of the component malts shine, and the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. This is, of course, true also for the the other end of things. Vatted malts are easy to botch up,…

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