Posts Tagged “Vatted Malt”

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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The Epicurean – Douglas Laing Lowlands Malt Blend (46.2%)

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The Epicurean – Douglas Laing Lowlands Malt Blend (46.2%)

I’ve been looking forward to this release ever since my visit to Douglas House in late September. My fascination with vatted malts (officially malt blends) is nothing new, and I find them to hold great promise for being more than the sum of their parts. I was sitting with Jan Beckers in the tasting room…

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

As my readers know, I’m intrigued by malt blends (vatted malts), and you really don’t get to see too many of them that were aged for 20 years. Douglas Laing has started a series of three very limited expressions of Island malts. This blend is made of paeated Island malts and is the first in…

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Velvet Fig – Wemyss’ Vatted Malt is a Winner

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Velvet Fig – Wemyss’ Vatted Malt is a Winner

My affinity and curiosity (and often disappointment) from vatted malts is well known to my readers, as making a really good vatted malt, one that truly highlights what each of the different malts brings into the blend is a true feat of art. Also well known is my disdain for the inevitable “best ____ whisky of…

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

My fascination with vatted malts is something I have written about before, and John Glaser at Compass Box has really taken malt vatting (or malt blending, as it should be officially called) to an art form, combining breakthrough production methods with tenacious talent (which in blending is probably 95% methodical experimentation an patience) and great whisky sourcing…

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 2 – Wemyss Peat Chimney

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 2 – Wemyss Peat Chimney

We continue our peated blends sojourn, today with contestant number two. Wemyss are both independent bottlers (see my review of the outstanding Glen Scotia Single Cask “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” bottling) and blenders, with a line of three blended malts representing a sweet Speyside Style (The Hive), a spicy Highland style (Spice King) and a peated…

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One Quick Dram: Wemyss “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” 1991 Glen Scotia Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: Wemyss “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” 1991 Glen Scotia Whisky Tasting Notes

Talk about bottles that are hard to come by….. I was following a Whisky Wire tweet tasting of Wemyss Malts whiskys last month, on twitter. They were tasting some of the Wemyss new Single Cask Releases. There was a Mortlach and a Glen Scotia, and it sounded from the tasting that the Glen Scotia was…

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One Quick Dram: Spice Tree by Compass Box

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One Quick Dram: Spice Tree by Compass Box

While reviewing the Oak Cross vatted malt expression by Compass Box, I talked about the toasted cask ends from Sessile Oak used by the Compass Box. Originally, John Glaser used internal staves to line the inner surface of the barrels. The SWA declared this technique to be illegal, and Spice Tree was pulled from the…

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One Quick Dram: Douglas Laing Double Barrel Ardbeg & Aultmore

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One Quick Dram: Douglas Laing Double Barrel Ardbeg & Aultmore

I’m tasting all manner of vatted malts for a feature post, and received three samples from Douglas Laing: Two Double Barrel expressions (Ardbeg & Aultmore and Caol Ila & Tamdhu) and a sample of Big Peat. The Big Peat sample will be tasted with some other Islay vatted malts, but I don’t have to wait to…

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