Posts Tagged “Independent Bottlers”

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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Dailuaine 7 years old – Douglas Laing Provenance (46%)

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Dailuaine 7 years old – Douglas Laing Provenance (46%)

Dailuaine is one of those background distilleries you rarely hear about, until you come across a Special Release (like the 34 year old released in the 2015 batch) or a nice single barrel of the stuff. This is a blender’s distillery, serving as Diageo’s producer of character whisky for their blends. The distillery does not…

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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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