Posts Tagged “Islay”

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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Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

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Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

With Ardbeg, one end of the scale is the new 21 Year Old, about to be announced in the coming months. Old, dignified and matured in ex bourbon casks. If you haven’t heard of it, you can read Yoav’s take on this marketing screw up here. This SMWS single refill sherry butt is just the opposite. Young,…

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Elements of Islay – Peat – Blended Malt (59.3%)

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Elements of Islay – Peat – Blended Malt (59.3%)

Elements of Islay is a series of single malt small batch offering from all Islay distilleries, started in 2008 by Specialty Drinks, the parent company of The Whisky Exchange. Until now, all offerings were single malts, but now they have produced a blended malt, presented like all other Elements at natural cask strength, with no…

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Laphroaig 21 Review – Small Bottle Packing a Big Punch

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Laphroaig 21 Review – Small Bottle Packing a Big Punch

With this one, the title of the post actually says it all, small bottle – big punch! Another bottle presented in a 350 milliliters, presumably to keep the price at £100, which would have been the high end of 21 year old full size bottles just a few years back.  This expression is a stunner, and if…

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