Posts Tagged “Islay”

Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release (58.8%)

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Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release (58.8%)

With the Inaugural cask filled in December 2005, Kilchoman’s first decade of operation paints a very bright path for other start up operations in the whisky business. The distillery has set new standards, and new price levels, for young whisky that does not hide its age in any way. In fact, Kilchoman doesn’t do NAS. Just…

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Laphroaig 30 Year Old – First Bottling (43%)

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Laphroaig 30 Year Old – First Bottling (43%)

As part of our run up to Fèis Ìle here, our Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club had a conference call with John Campbell during a Laphroaig themed meeting held last Wednesday. Responding to my question about age stated whisky, John revealed that later this year Laphroaig will be releasing a new release of a 30 year…

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Caol Ila Unpeated 17 Year Old – 2015 Special Releases (55.9%)

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Caol Ila Unpeated 17 Year Old – 2015 Special Releases (55.9%)

One of the yearly features of the Diageo Special Releases since 2006, arriving on Islay like the Barnacle Geese from Greenland just before the winter, is an unpeated Caol Ila. The releases vary in age, from NAS to the 8 year olds released in 2006 through 2008, with 2009 seeing it at 10 years old. The age…

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2007, 8 Year Old – CC:01- Cognac Casks (57.8%)

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2007, 8 Year Old – CC:01- Cognac Casks (57.8%)

Today is the Bruichladdich open day on Islay, and we celebrate it taking a look at the old Port Charlotte Distillery and with a tasting of a wonderful new Port Charlotte in Cognac casks. Port Charlotte Distillery was also known as the Lochindaal Distillery. It was established in 1829 and was operated under a succession…

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

It’s once again the first day of the Fèis Ìle festival, which makes it time to taste a Lagavulin in celebration. Last year, I tasted the 2014 Festival bottling, but have somehow missed the 2015 release. I’m sure a sample will turn up eventually, but this is a good opportunity to reach back to the 2010 edition of the…

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Berry Bros Bunnahabhain 1990 – 21 Year Old – Cask 19 (46%)

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Berry Bros Bunnahabhain 1990 – 21 Year Old – Cask 19 (46%)

Both Bunnahabhain and Berry Bros. need no introduction, and when the former bottle a few stunning casks (numbered 18-20, with 18 and 20 having been bottled at cask strength and cask 19 bottled at 46%), all that’s left to do is have a taste, and let you know what it’s like 🙂     Berry…

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

Ardbeg is crazy to put out the Dark Cove. Or brilliant. Having previously posted about the marketing strategies they have mastered, it’s probably the latter. Drinking it feels like this a collection of the casks that didn’t make it into (the new, lesser sherried) Ardbeg Uigeadail. It’s not bad whisky, mind you. It’s just not stellar in any…

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Lagavulin 8 – 200th Anniversary Special Edition (48%) – Whisky Review

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Lagavulin 8 – 200th Anniversary Special Edition (48%) – Whisky Review

Happy bicentennial, Lagavulin!! Lagavulin kicked off the 200th anniversary festivities with an edition fully matured in bourbon casks – not unlike the annual 12 year old, but dialed down to 48%. The idea for this expression comes from Alfred Barnard’s seminal piece journaling his visit to all active distilleries in the United Kingdom (which included Ireland at…

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Kilchoman 2010 TWE Exclusive PX Finish Cask 579/2010 (58.3%)

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Kilchoman 2010 TWE Exclusive PX Finish Cask 579/2010 (58.3%)

Kilchoman have adopted, in their 10 year history, a pretty strict policy on selling casks. They essentially serve as their own independent bottler, and have numerous expressions out there for specialty retailers, but very few independently bottled single casks. This is, essentially, the strategy taken by Billy Walker’s BenRiach. The few independent bottlings that you…

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Port Charlotte Cuan-Àrd – Valinch 06 – Grenache Blanc Cask (58.6%) – Whisky Review

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Port Charlotte Cuan-Àrd – Valinch 06 – Grenache Blanc Cask (58.6%) – Whisky Review

With only a few exceptions, I like wine cask finishes and am usually intrigued by them. The evening I tasted this dram, I also tasted a Caol Ila matured in a Banyules wine cask, that I found not to my liking. Having mentioned that on social media, I seem to have somehow offended the wonderful people…

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