Posts Tagged “Peat”

Elements of Islay Pl5 – Port Charlotte 2009 (63.1%)

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Elements of Islay Pl5 – Port Charlotte 2009 (63.1%)

This Elements of Islay Port Charlotte is your quintessential Islay dram, made not by your most classic Islay distillery. Bruichladdich is the quirky Islay distillery. From the Victorian equipment to the funky lacticity (that’s usually covered over in the peated expressions), from the numerous wine casks to Ugly Betty’s gin, things are just done differently…

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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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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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Springbank 2007 Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads, 7 Year Old (56.9%)

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Springbank 2007 Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads, 7 Year Old (56.9%)

I’ve written several times about my sincere appreciation of what Campbeltown distiller Springbank is doing, from the strictly traditional method of production, to the 70 strong workforce to the restoration of another distillery to keep Campbeltown a whisky producing region. This is the same whisky I tasted bottled two years older in last year’s society…

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Strathearn Single Cask 115 ‘Sauron’s Eye’ (57.1%)

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Strathearn Single Cask 115 ‘Sauron’s Eye’ (57.1%)

There’s a slew of new distilleries making their first offerings, and for my this is the first time tasting a Strathearn, albeit not a regular release, rather a private cask bottled by Finnish whisky enthusiast Anders Malmsten. Strathearn is an interesting distillery because it’s the epitome of craft distilleries in Scotland. Firstly, it’s Scotland’s smallest…

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