Posts Tagged “Islay”

Elements of Islay CI11 – Caol Ila 2008 (55.4%)

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Elements of Islay CI11 – Caol Ila 2008 (55.4%)

The second dram in this new Elements of Islay release is a 2008 Caol Ila, at either nine or ten years of age. Like the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone, Caol Ila is smoky’s old faithful. It will rarely blow you away, but you pretty much know what you can expect. In CI11, Islay’s workhorse…

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Elements of Islay Bn7 – Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old (55.7%)

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Elements of Islay Bn7 – Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old (55.7%)

Elixir Distillers’ Elements of Islay is out with the new series, which includes four bottlings: Bn7 – A 17 year old Bunnahabhain matured in sherry casks; Pl5 – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2009 at 63.1% ABV; CI11 – This is a 2008 Caol Ila bottled at 55.4% ABV; and Lp9 – This is another of the…

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Bowmore Devil’s Cask III (56.7%)

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Bowmore Devil’s Cask III (56.7%)

Bowmore is, for me, a very problematic distillery. On the one hand, I don’t really like the whisky it produces. There’s a signature funk in the Bowmore whisky that I simply don’t like. Also, the whisky tends toward the development of tropical fruit, which is also not my favorite in whisky.  This is, of course,…

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Bunnahabhain 1980 – ‘The Lucky Few Bottle’ 37 Years Old (41.5%)

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Bunnahabhain 1980 – ‘The Lucky Few Bottle’ 37 Years Old (41.5%)

There’s something very special about having your name on a bottle, and it’s even more special when it’s a cask you’ve been lucky enough to have bottled for you and your friends. This is now the second WFFA bottle, the previous being an Orkney 17 year old, and this is a great opportunity to give…

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Dramfool Port Charlotte 2001, 15 Years Old (58.3)

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Dramfool Port Charlotte 2001, 15 Years Old (58.3)

With Feis Ile a week behind us, some peat was in order, and as the last of the 2001 casks were released by Bruichladdich for the distillery bottling, I’m having a taste of the Dramfool 2001 Port Charlotte. This is a single bourbon hogshead which yielded 195 bottles.   Dramfool Port Charlotte 2001, 15 Years…

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