Posts Tagged “Independent Bottlers”

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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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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Dailuaine 1996 – Grindlay’s Selection (57%)

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Dailuaine 1996 – Grindlay’s Selection (57%)

This, to me, is the highlight of the flight of drams from Scotland Grindlay’s Selection. Dailuaine is one of Diageo’s very classic Speyside distilleries, with some 98% of it’s output going into the Johnnie Walker blends, and it creates different charactered whisky according to what blenders think they’ll need down the road. The distillery can make…

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

The second Grindlay’s Selection I tried was also from a distillery that’s off the beaten path for most whisky anoraks. Glentauchers was the signature malt for Buchanan’s Black & White, and later lent character to Teacher’s. After switching hands yet again, today under Pernod-Ricard’s Chivas Bros., it’s a main part of Ballantine’s.  In fact, Chivas…

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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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Benromach Sassicaia 2007 (45%)

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Benromach Sassicaia 2007 (45%)

Sassicaia is a Bordeaux style dry red Italian wine, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing more and more of these red wine finishes, as I really do like them. The Sassicaia is a ‘super Tuscan’ wine, a term that denotes wines made in Tuscany from grape veriaties that are not native to the Italian region,…

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

I’m back from the longest vacation I took since starting the blog, visiting seven different countries and meeting up with quite a few members of the whisky fabric on both ends of the trip – in Copenhagen and in Vienna. It was great meeting you guys, and I look forward to meeting many more members of…

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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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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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Old Particular Aberlour 21 Years Old (51.5%)

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Old Particular Aberlour 21 Years Old (51.5%)

Part of the Facebook event launching the Scallywag Cask Strength #2, we were treated to a few other whiskies from the Douglas Laing collection of Speyside malts, the highlight of which were a very young Dailuaine sherry bomb, and this quite dignified Aberlour. Not a distillery whos independent bottlings are awash in the market, and…

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