Posts Tagged “Islay”

12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season again, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday so gift buying is about to kick into high gear! Should we perhaps institute Whisky Wednesday for crazy sales on amber joy? I’ll start with this post! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make…

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Bowmore 2001, 15 Years Old, Signatory TWE Exclusive (55.6%)

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Bowmore 2001, 15 Years Old, Signatory TWE Exclusive (55.6%)

In the package I got from The Whisky Exchange was a selection of the new TWE exclusive casks recently bottled. As I mentioned in the Irish whiskey TWE post (here), The Whisky Exchange is moving to significantly increase the number of single casks it bottles under its label, and the current batch includes several casks…

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 009 (58.1%)

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 009 (58.1%)

Yesterday was a very special day, as I made my way to Mishmar HaEmeq, a kibbutz in northern Israel, where my friend Yori Costa held a tasting he was putting together for the past three years. Through diligent work, he was able to bring together either samples (60-200 ml each) or bottles of all 11…

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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair (46.3%)

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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair (46.3%)

Bunnahabhain has always been high up on my favorite distilleries list, and the Bunnahabhain 12 (reviewed here) is one of the more complex entry level whiskies out there and my favorite go-to everyday drams. In this expression, the distillery is using the allure of 100% sherry matured whisky, to take some of the pressure off…

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

Independent bottlings of Lagavulin are not overly common (although there’s probably more of it out there in unnamed bottlings than is known), as Diageo is loath to part with casks of Lagavulin for independent bottlings and has been for quite a while. Everything the distillery produces, some 1.4 million liters a year, will go into…

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

We all love reviewing (and reading reviews of) the 1955 Linlithgos and the £2500 latest Port Ellens, but in truth, a blog should have many more daily dram reviews than those stellar outliers, and here’s a classic daily dram. The 2006 Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhail’s The MacPhail’s Collection is priced around £35 and is…

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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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Kilchoman Red Wine – Single Cask for K&L (60.3%)

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Kilchoman Red Wine – Single Cask for K&L (60.3%)

This is a single cask release, and to the best of my knowledge the first ever in red wine. Now this could have seemed to be a curios single cask showing up out of nowhere, and would have probably remained so, had this label not showed up for approval in the United States: With 50%…

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive, 100% Islay Cask Vatting (57.1%)

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive, 100% Islay Cask Vatting (57.1%)

So you travel from wherever you are on this planet to Kennacraig, and catch the CalMac ferry to Islay. Then you get to the other side of Lochindaal and at the entrance to Kilchoman, you see the barley you’ll be drinking in about six years growing in a field. That’s exciting. You get to the distillery, and…

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White Horse Scotch Whisky – Bottled 1922 (40%)

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White Horse Scotch Whisky – Bottled 1922 (40%)

As far as blends go, White Horse is of mythological proportions in the minds of whisky anoraks, as old Lagavulin and the legendary Malt Mill make up some of the malts in the older expressions of this blend. Named for the White Horse Cellar Inn in Edinburgh, which was a point of origin for a coach…

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