Ben Nevis 1996 (The Whisky Jury)

The Whisky Jury started with an excellent first bottling, a Ben Nevis 1995. Recently this was followed by an excellent Caol Ila 1983 and this Ben Nevis 1996.



Ben Nevis 1996 - The Whisky JuryBen Nevis 23 yo 1996 (51,6%, The Whisky Jury 2019, refill hogshead #1315, 260 btl.)

Nose: starts fresh and slightly more vertical and citrusy than the 1995, or so it seems. Lemons and lime. Over time there’s also pineapple. Growing wet chalky notes and lovely paraffin. A late hint of vanilla as well. Mouth: here as well, slightly more citrusy at first. Lemon peel, greengages, plenty of grapefruits, mixing with green tea. In a second wave there are more tropical fruits: yellow grapefruit becomes pink, flashes of pineapple and guava. It’s slightly less Irish though, if you know what I mean. A nice combination of fatty texture and bright citrus. Finish: long and minty, with waxy echoes and a herbal edge.

We really can’t get enough of these Ben Nevis expressions from 1995 and 1996. The Whisky Jury definitely selected excellent examples. I may have a personal preference towards the 1995 but this is equally tasty. And sold out, if I’m not mistaken.

Score: 90/100

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society April 2020 Outturn Alert – Scotch Whisky News

There are few things which seem certain just now, but one thing you can always rely on is the Society bringing you a colourful collection of casks on the First Friday of each month. Since we’re spending a bit more time indoors, this month we’re encouraging you get creative in the kitchen and use some store-cupboard staples to make the perfect food pairing for your whisky.

You’ll find a mouth-watering selection of whiskies alongside culinary inspiration in this month’s Outturn, released at 9am on Friday, 3 April. Hop to the website to browse the release ahead of the big day.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


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Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: Glenmorangie” – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie was founded in 1843 by William Matheson who converted the Morangie brewery in Tain into a distillery. The character of the whisky owes much to Glenmorangie’s distinctive long necked stills – the tallest in Scotland. Imported from a Gin distillery, these unusual stills produce a light, delicate, fruity spirit with dry, cereal undertones.The majority of the spirit is matured in American oak casks from Missouri that impart flavours of vanilla, tropical fruits, honey, crème brûlée and, in older whiskies, chocolate.

Despite being one of the biggest single malt brands in the world (and the best selling in Scotland), Glenmorangie have always had an innovative approach to cask maturation. They pioneered the practice of “finishing” whiskies, where mature whisky is transferred to ex-wine casks, such as Port, Sherry, red wine, or dessert wine, to create new layers of flavour. Alongside the core range, Glenmorangie continue to release small batches of innovative whiskies matured in unusual casks, and have even experimented with chocolate malt, local barley and natural yeast strains.


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New Edradour Ballechin Oloroso at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Edradour Ballechin
10 Year Old SFTC

Ballechin 10 Year Old Oloroso

These little pocket-rocket Straight From The Casks are brimming with flavour. Cask strength 60.3%, peated Edradour whisky matured in an Oloroso cask.

Shop – Edradour 10 Year Old – £70.00


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Bacardi Limited Commits $3 Million to Support the Bar and Restaurant Industry – Whisky News

#RaiseYourSpirits provides financial aid and other relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

HAMILTON, BERMUDA, March 24, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, today launched #RaiseYourSpirits, an initiative to support bars and restaurants debilitated by the COVID-19 shutdown. We have been devastated to watch our longtime partners and friends lose their livelihoods virtually overnight, as dining out, nightlife and entertainment grind to a halt around the world. Bacardi and our brands including BACARDÍ® rum, MARTINI® vermouth sparkling wines, GREY GOOSE vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin and DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, pledge $3 Million USD in financial aid and other support to help the people on the frontlines of our industry during this unimaginable time. This donation is in addition to the $1 Million USD pledged by our PATRÓN® tequila brand last week.

There are established non-profits that are providing aid quickly to those in our industry hard hit by this pandemic. Some of the organizations we are working with include Another Round, Another RallyCORE; the James Beard FoundationRestaurant Workers’ Community Foundation; and Tales of the Cocktail®.

And because our business is inherently local, many of our efforts around the world are grassroots – supporting bars and bartenders across countries, cities and neighborhoods to provide real time financial support, meals and other necessities to partners in need.

This is just the start. Our teams are working hard to identify more ways we can assist our on-trade community. We expect more outreach and activations to come. Our local teams, brands, and people are committed to lending a hand as this unprecedented hardship unfolds. Please follow #RaiseYourSpirits on Instagram to join this journey.

“Bacardi is a family company, and for us, business is personal. We always say that love for our brands is built in bars, and now it is our turn to show them our love,” said Mahesh Madhavan, CEO of Bacardi Limited. “We don’t have all the answers today on how best to help everywhere, but we are committed to do what we can to see our industry through this crisis. These may be the darkest of days for bars and restaurants, but I am certain that when we come out on the other side, people will emerge from isolation with a renewed zest to live life to the fullest and celebrate together with friends and family.”

About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka. Founded more than 158 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 7,000, operates more than 20 production facilities in 11 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit or follow us on Twitter @BacardiLimited or Instagram @BacardiLimited1862. Enjoy Responsibly!

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The world’s leading whisky club is helping to lift spirits by bringing its community of whisky lovers together with home tastings, online masterclasses and guidance on how to survive this unprecedented period of isolation

In uncertain times, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is helping to keep spirits high by setting up an online ‘Members’ Room’ where whisky fans can meet up virtually to enjoy a dram, share their experiences and participate in a series of online tastings, from the safety of their own homes.

The Society’s online shop is open for business as normal and their shelves are well stocked with exceptional single cask whisky, ready to be delivered straight to your door. In times of uncertainty, The Society is encouraging members to grab some drams and share them at home.

For non-members, it’s a perfect time to sign up for SMWS membership and become a part of their ‘all together unique’ virtual global community of over 27,000 members.

SMWS offers a print-at-home tasting mat, which can be downloaded here, to guide members through their unique selection of 12 flavour profiles.

The Society will be hosting virtual online tastings, for whisky friends to gather and enjoy their ever-changing range as they’re released.

These tastings and tutorials will give members the opportunity to learn about their selection of wonderful whiskies in the online company of like-minded individuals.

As well as their multi-award winning magazine, Unfiltered, offering members unparalleled access to every corner of the whisky world, SMWS produces a range of rich content, including the Whisky Talk podcast which explores the people and the stories behind the drams.

David Ridley, MD and Chief Member Champion of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “We don’t anticipate any issues right now with online orders and deliveries and we’re looking at how we can continue to bring members together in an online environment to share their love of Society whisky and good company.

“Look after each other, and if you’re stuck at home, at least make sure you’re well stocked with Society whisky to see you, your friends and families through. We look forward to seeing you online.”







About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 27,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 140 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single malt whiskies every month
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 303: Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru

Wat mij betreft had deze Glenfiddich Grand Cru gerust als 5e gelanceerd kunnen worden in de zogenaamde Experimental Series, want deze Glenfiddich kreeg – na een rijping op bourbon- en sherryvaten – nog een 4 maanden durende finish op first fill en second fill wijnvaten die gebruikt werden voor de fermentatie van wijn die uiteindelijk champagne zou worden. Maar neen, deze Grand Cru wordt de eerste in een nieuwe ‘Grand’ reeks, waarvan de tweede en derde expressie in 2020 worden verwacht.

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Springbank 2000 (The Whisky Kingdom)

On this label you have The Whisky Kingdom, Duckhammer, Friends With Drams and Kyoto Fine Wine and Spirits. And I was told to mention Wu Dram Clan which seems to be a subset, or the ensemble, but that name is not actually mentioned. Next time also list the name of your dogs and mothers in law, please!

You may remember them from a really good Highland Park 2003 and a cracking Springbank 1992. Now they present a Springbank 2000 from a (very light) sherry hogshead.



Springbank 2000 - Wu Dram ClamSpringbank 19 yo 2000 (50,8%, The Whisky Kingdom for Wu Dram Clan 2020, refill sherry hogshead #669, 249 btl.)

Nose: the greasy / earthy style, with shoe polish, hints of beach sand. Sheep wool. Ashy notes but very much in the background. There’s also quite a juicy fruit note, a mix of green apples, lemons and grapefruit. Mouth: rather vivid with a marked sharpness, a good acidity and green citrus peel, as well as dry herbal touches. Oysters with lemon and mint. The mineral and peaty side is bigger than the nose suggested. Chalk and woody notes go hand in hand. Finish: long, with leather, green pepper, walnuts and a faint vegetal side.

Really good, very chiseled Springbank. A great selection again. Originally around € 250 but already sold out, I believe.

Score: 90/100

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Whisky Wednesday Closed Distilleries Part 1 – Scotch Whisky News

With all the bad stuff happening around the world, let’s open some long forgotten whiskies and enjoy! This is a series I hope to run for a while, taking you all through the tastes of closed distilleries! This video features: Glen Flagler 40%, 1970’s bottling – Only existing from 1965 to 1985, Glen Flagler is one of the shortest lived distilleries in Scottish history. A light and embracing lowland style that’s very reminiscent of current Daftmill bottles. Glenesk 40%, 1980’s bottling – A distillery with five different names in just under one hundred year history. Alluring and tropical on the nose and then, boom! This very staring and unusual aftertaste. Cheers!

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Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1983 The Whisky Jury

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1983/2019, The Whisky Jury, Refill Hogshead #75, 90 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 50.3%

Out of this World

Voor zijn tweede release koos Belgisch onafhankelijk bottelaar The Whisky Jury voor een Caol Ila uit 1983. Say again? 1983? Mijn god, dan is deze Caol Ila maar liefst 35 jaar oud. Het label is overigens prachtig, met goudfolie. En de fles komt tevens in een stijlvol kistje. Maar het gaat natuurlijk om de inhoud. Het is overigens mijn 120e Caol Ila. Ik ga me er even voor zetten, zie.

De neus is out of this world! Echt waar, hier wordt ik zo blij van als toen ik 7 was en mijn eerste Star Wars actiefiguurtje in handen kreeg. Ik wordt in gedachten terug gekatapulteerd naar de kleine haven van Port Askaig met zijn dreigende donderwolken, dieselmotoren, scheepstouwen en roestende kettingen langs de kade. Zeewier en oestersap worden vermengd met zachte toetsen van citrusfruit en zilverpoets. Geef hem tien minuten van uw tijd – hij verdient het echt – en laat u verrassen door tropische toetsen op de achtergrond: ananas, mango, mandora. Absoluut heerlijk!

De body is prima, de sterkte nagenoeg perfect. Krachtig, kruidig, bitterzoet en rokerig. Gezouten boter, citrusfruit, pistachenoten, gekarameliseerd hout en ga zo maar door. Midpalate verschijnen de tropische fruittoetsen opnieuw, hoewel het maritieme karakter van Caol Ila de boventoon voert. Deze malt is perfect in balans!

De afdronk is zalig lang, lekker warm met een prikkelend pepertje. Heerlijk…

Joeri, petje af! Deze Caol Ila belandt zo maar in mijn top 30 lekkerste whisky’s aller tijden. De fles kost 329 EUR, wat eigenlijk een schijntje is voor dit spul, maar geloof het of niet, ondertussen is deze fles nergens meer te vinden… Dju! Ik wil hier nochtans graag een fles van. Anyone?


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 29-03-2020
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