Posts Tagged “Islay”

12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season and gift buying is about to kick into high gear! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. A small note on exchange…

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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

Yula is a celebration of the traditions of the islands around Scotland, much of which is Norse. While reviewing the first Yula, the 20 year old, I brought the full story which you can read here.  I will say, however, that Yula is deeply connected to the story of the formation of the islands. The…

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

It’s that time of year again when the nights are getting longer and we drop back into standard time (or ‘winter clock’ as they call it in Israel) and at long last, temperatures begin to enter a comfortable zone. Sadly it’s nowhere near “fireplace range” here, but we can always imagine it. That of course means…

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

Facebook is full of secret whisky associations, and the most secretive of those, with only 104 of the most discerning whisky nuts, is the WFFA. While I can’t say any more about the group, since one can’t ask to join it, and as two of the three rules the group has were taken out of Chuck Palahniuk’s…

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Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 2007 for The Whisky Exchange (46%)

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Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 2007 for The Whisky Exchange (46%)

This is another of The Whisky Exchange’s exclusives, bottled by Signatory Vintage, from their pretty extensive selection of casks.  This one was bottled at 46%, and I think it was done to bring down some of the spicy heat this cask packed. It’s rather balanced, and peatheads will enjoy it very much. Caol Ila is…

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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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