Invergordon 1974 (Whisky Blues)

We’ve had lots of old Invergordon bottlings but this is the first Invergordon 1974. It was bottled by a Taiwanese bottlers called The Whisky Blues. It comes from a refill sherry butt, which is not very common.

 

 

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Nose: a very balanced grain, with roasted pineapple, hints of creamy coconut but also milk chocolate, raisins and nutty notes from the sherry butt. Some honeyed notes and hints of butter pastry. Whiffs of passion fruit. No chemical notes that you sometimes find in grain whisky, just great. Mouth: tinned pineapple and coconut again, soft leathery notes, mint and vanilla cake. Sweet almonds and raisins. Butterscotch too. Finish: medium long, a bit drier now, more towards bourbon whiskey, with fruity echoes, latte and marzipan.

Very mild and velvety grain whisky, rounded by its age but also by the cask, I suppose. Great balance. Among the best grains I’ve had, actually.

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/grain/invergordon-1974-whisky-blues/

Highland Park Dragon Legend

Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, juni 08, 2019 07:28:10

Distilleerderij: Kavalan
Regio: Taiwan
Fles: Kavalan 12 Year Old 2006/2018 Virgin Oak for The Nectar, cask
#N060828A41, 110 bts
Kleur: mahonie
ABV: 59.4%

Boem! Paukenslag!

Voor hun tiende verjaardag klopten de jongens en meisjes
van The Nectar aan bij verschillende distilleerderijen die ze vertegenwoordigen
om iets speciaals te bottelen voor hun 10e verjaardag. U kan een
heleboel van die releases op mijn blog terugvinden. Maar deze was uitverkocht
voordat ik er erg in had. Gelukkig kon ik hem via-via toch nog bemachtigen en
ik ben er maar wat blij mee. Want het is een kanjer van een Kavalan, op virgin
oak nog wel. Da’s voor mij voor het eerst. En wat een kleur!

De neus barst van het donkere en rode fruit, met
duidelijke toetsen van rozijnen, frambozen, rode bessen, pruimen en
granaatappel. Er zit ook een toets van meubelpoets of zelfs haarspray in, maar
het stoort niet. Op de één of andere manier werkt het zelfs stimulerend. Wie
had dat gedacht? Nog iets van rosbief en pruimtabak. Pittig gekruid, overigens,
maar dat is niet echt een verrassing, natuurlijk. Virgin oak staat meestal
garant voor een heel kruidenrekje en dat is hier niet anders. Boeiende neus!

Boem! Paukeslag! Amai, mijn klak, dat is een trap tegen
de tanden! Opnieuw barst hij van het rode fruit, maar de kruiden en het hoge
alcoholpercentage doen me toch even naar adem happen. Laat je hem even in het
kuiltje van je tong rusten, dan ontwaar je een heel panoplie aan donkerzoete
smaken en pikante kruiden zoals curry, kruidnagel, nootmuskaat en een mespuntje
kaneel. Maar hij is niet voor broekventjes, hoor. Een heuse krachtpatser.

En dan is er nog de finish. Noem het gerust de Grote
Finale, want dat is het absoluut. Donkerzoet, warm, kruidig en oneindig lang.

Een absolute
monster, zowel op de neus als op de tong. Als je hem ergens ziet staan: niet
twijfelen!

91/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 03-05-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Highland Park Valknut

Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, juni 08, 2019 07:28:10

Distilleerderij: Kavalan
Regio: Taiwan
Fles: Kavalan 12 Year Old 2006/2018 Virgin Oak for The Nectar, cask
#N060828A41, 110 bts
Kleur: mahonie
ABV: 59.4%

Boem! Paukenslag!

Voor hun tiende verjaardag klopten de jongens en meisjes
van The Nectar aan bij verschillende distilleerderijen die ze vertegenwoordigen
om iets speciaals te bottelen voor hun 10e verjaardag. U kan een
heleboel van die releases op mijn blog terugvinden. Maar deze was uitverkocht
voordat ik er erg in had. Gelukkig kon ik hem via-via toch nog bemachtigen en
ik ben er maar wat blij mee. Want het is een kanjer van een Kavalan, op virgin
oak nog wel. Da’s voor mij voor het eerst. En wat een kleur!

De neus barst van het donkere en rode fruit, met
duidelijke toetsen van rozijnen, frambozen, rode bessen, pruimen en
granaatappel. Er zit ook een toets van meubelpoets of zelfs haarspray in, maar
het stoort niet. Op de één of andere manier werkt het zelfs stimulerend. Wie
had dat gedacht? Nog iets van rosbief en pruimtabak. Pittig gekruid, overigens,
maar dat is niet echt een verrassing, natuurlijk. Virgin oak staat meestal
garant voor een heel kruidenrekje en dat is hier niet anders. Boeiende neus!

Boem! Paukeslag! Amai, mijn klak, dat is een trap tegen
de tanden! Opnieuw barst hij van het rode fruit, maar de kruiden en het hoge
alcoholpercentage doen me toch even naar adem happen. Laat je hem even in het
kuiltje van je tong rusten, dan ontwaar je een heel panoplie aan donkerzoete
smaken en pikante kruiden zoals curry, kruidnagel, nootmuskaat en een mespuntje
kaneel. Maar hij is niet voor broekventjes, hoor. Een heuse krachtpatser.

En dan is er nog de finish. Noem het gerust de Grote
Finale, want dat is het absoluut. Donkerzoet, warm, kruidig en oneindig lang.

Een absolute
monster, zowel op de neus als op de tong. Als je hem ergens ziet staan: niet
twijfelen!

91/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 03-05-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 258: Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar – World Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 258: Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries a Kavalan for Belgium. The boys and girls of The Nectar, Belgian bottler, knocked on many distilleries’ doors for a special cask for their tenth anniversary last year. Many of those can be found on Mark’s blog, but this one was sold out before he was able to get my hands on it. Luckily he found a bottle via social media recently. Turns out, he thinks it’s a belter of a Kavalan. On virgin oak, no less.

https://youtu.be/54szL4JOPq4

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/marks-whisky-ramblings-258-kavalan-2006-virgin-oak-for-the-nectar-world-whisky-news/

Laphroaig 28yo at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig 28 Year Old

This limited edition from Laphroaig distillery has matured for more than a quarter of a century in casks of various sizes, from quarter casks to butts, before being married in sherry casks for 12 months to harmonise the flavours. Bottled at 44.4% abv and presented in a beautifully crafted wooden display case.


Was £560.00

NOW £460.00

LFW Long Logo

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/laphroaig-28yo-at-loch-fyne-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop “Take a look at our 2 (TWO!) brand new and exclusive Single Cask releases” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop Exclusive
Single Cask Releases 

What’s better than one brand new single cask release? Two brand new single cask releases! 

That’s right, we have two brand new and exclusive single cask bottles from Loch Lomond Whiskies and Old Pulteney, and we’re so pleased to finally share them with you!

Scroll down to learn more about these two fantastic new releases, exclusive to The Whisky Shop

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Loch Lomond 2004 Single Cask

Distilled in October 2004 and matured for more than 14 years in a single cask (#15/624-1), this Highland single malt has been bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop in May 2019. Released at a cask strength of 54.4% abv free from chill filtration, just 267 bottles have been produced.

70cl / 54.4% abv

£110.00

Buy Now

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Old Pulteney 2007 Single Cask

Described as the Maritime Malt, Old Pulteney is distilled in the port of Wick, Caithness. This expression was laid down in 2007 in cask number 1471. Matured for more than a decade in a single cask, this Highland single malt was bottled in 2019 exclusively for The Whisky Shop, producing just 408 individually numbered bottles at a strength of 50.2% abv.

70cl / 50.2% abv

£110.00

Buy Now

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/the-whisky-shop-take-a-look-at-our-2-two-brand-new-and-exclusive-single-cask-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

SMOKEHEAD ‘TAKE OVER’ THE BLACK CAT – Scotch Whisky News

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SMOKEHEAD ‘TAKE OVER’ THE BLACK CAT

WHAT: Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky will be throwing a one-off night that’s not for everyone at The Black Cat in Edinburgh. A high voltage folk music session kicks off from 9:30pm as well as a fiery show from Beltane organiser Lasadh at 10pm. Smokehead serves will be on offer throughout the night, including a Smokey Bloody Mary, Smokey Caipirinha and Smokehead Irn Bru reduction Old Fashioned.

WHY: Smokehead Islay Single Malt Whisky has teamed up with renowned global biking sensation Tyler Lunceford, challenging him to create his boldest motorcycle ever. US born, he recently moved to Edinburgh and opened a workshop in Leith, and will produce a custom Ducati for Smokehead. The project is at the halfway point (let’s celebrate at the Black Cat) and will run until September 2019, when the finished model, ‘The Smoker’, will be unleashed: https://www.smokehead.com/the-refinery Tyler will be in attendance on the night.

HOW: Smokehead is not for everyone, but this event is open to everyone.

WHEN: The event is on Thursday, June 20th 2019 at 9pm – 1am

WHERE: The Black Cat, 168 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 4BA

Please drink responsibly. www.drinkaware.co.uk

The Black Cat Facebook event

https://www.facebook.com/events/449338142558856/

www.smokehead.com

f: www.facebook.com/smokeheadwhisky

i: www.instagram.com/smokeheadwhisky

#smokehead 

NOTES 

About Smokehead:

  • Smokehead is an Islay Single Malt Whisky and has been given a bold new look by Ian Macleod Distillers.
  • Originally launched in 2006, Smokehead has been labelled the wild one of Single Malt Whisky and is not for everyone.
  • Award-winning premium Scotch whisky that has an attitude-led positioning and heavily peated taste. 

About Ian Macleod Distillers:

  • Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, blenders and bottlers.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers is the world’s 10th largest Scotch Whisky company, producing and selling over 15 million bottles of spirits every year.
  • Ian Macleod Distillers has built up an enviable portfolio of premium quality spirits and is proud brand proprietor of Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Rosebank and Smokehead Scotch whiskies and Edinburgh Gin to name but a few.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/smokehead-take-over-the-black-cat-scotch-whisky-news/

Beer Finished Whiskey is Foundation of Collaboration Between Indie Whiskey Producer, Oak & Eden, and Craft Brewer, Rahr & Sons – American Whiskey News

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Beer Finished Whiskey is Foundation of Collaboration Between Indie Whiskey Producer, Oak Eden, and Craft Brewer, Rahr Sons 

Dallas-based indie whiskey producer, Oak Eden has announced the upcoming release of their third small batch creation, The Ale Series, a two-part product collaboration with Rahr Sons Brewery (Fort Worth, TX) to create Rahr Soaked Malted Oak and Rahr Soaked Hopped Oak. As with all products in the Oak Eden lineup, these collaborative expressions begin with Oak Eden’s fully aged whiskey before they are finished with their patented “spire” — a 5” long spiral cut piece of wood that finishes the whiskey in the bottle, as opposed to a secondary barrel. The Rahr Soaked Malted Oak consists of Oak Eden bourbon infused with a heavily toasted American Oak spire soaked in Rahr Sons Iron Thistle Scottish Ale. The Rahr Soaked Hopped Oak consists of Oak Eden rye infused with a lightly toasted American Oak spire soaked in Rahr Sons Dadgum IPA.

“This has been a collaboration like no other,” says Joe Gillidenzopf, CEO of Oak Eden, “Most people wouldn’t think beer and whiskey would go hand-in-hand, but the unique combination of sweet, oaky notes coming from our whiskey, mixed with the depth and character of Rahr Sons beers produce a rich sensation of whiskey on the palate with beer on the finish.”

The Ale Series will be releasing in June 2019 and will be on the shelves early July in Texas and Oklahoma. To learn more, visit oakandeden.com/rahr.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/beer-finished-whiskey-is-foundation-of-collaboration-between-indie-whiskey-producer-oak-eden-and-craft-brewer-rahr-sons-american-whiskey-news/

Katie Renshaw Named 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year During USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo – Whisky News

Katie Renshaw named 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year at the USBG World Class Finals sponsored by Diageo. (Photo Credit: Shannon Sturgis)

Katie Renshaw named 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year at the USBG World Class Finals sponsored by Diageo. (Photo Credit: Shannon Sturgis)

Nic Wallace competes in the Speed Round Showdown at the USBG 2019 World Class Finals

Nic Wallace competes in the Speed Round Showdown at the USBG 2019 World Class Finals

USBG 2019 World Class finalists in front of the soon-to-open Bulleit Distilling Co. Visitor Experience (left to right) back row: Rebecca Edwards, Katie Renshaw, Adam Fournier, Joshua Haddock, James DeFrance. Front row: Samuel Penton, Henry Whittaker, Kevin King, Lauren Paylor, Slava Borisov, Jason Seele, Leanne Favre, Patrick Abalos, Nic Wallace, Christina Mercado

USBG 2019 World Class finalists in front of the soon-to-open Bulleit Distilling Co. Visitor Experience (left to right) back row: Rebecca Edwards, Katie Renshaw, Adam Fournier, Joshua Haddock, James DeFrance. Front row: Samuel Penton, Henry Whittaker, Kevin King, Lauren Paylor, Slava Borisov, Jason Seele, Leanne Favre, Patrick Abalos, Nic Wallace, Christina Mercado

Rebecca Edwards competes in the Speed Round Showdown at the USBG 2019 World Class Finals

Rebecca Edwards competes in the Speed Round Showdown at the USBG 2019 World Class Finals

Award-winning FLEX YO HUSTLE cocktail, created by 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year Katie Renshaw. (Photo Credit: Shannon Sturgis)

Award-winning FLEX YO HUSTLE cocktail, created by 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year Katie Renshaw. (Photo Credit: Shannon Sturgis)

Katie Renshaw flexing her craft during the Speed Round Showdown at the USBG 2019 World Class Finals

Katie Renshaw flexing her craft during the Speed Round Showdown at the USBG 2019 World Class Finals

The competition brought together 15 of the nation’s top bartenders who are pushing craft mixology’s boundaries through innovative cocktails perfect for food pairings, flavor profile assessments and more with the ultimate goal of representing the U.S. at the global competition in Glasgow, Scotland this September. This year’s USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo U.S. applicant pool saw thousands of talented individuals from around the country compete in regional challenges that tested creativity and spirits knowledge, as well as speed, precision and presentation. In total, only 15 bartenders advanced to nationals that were hosted in Lexington, KY and culminated with Finals at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s Visitor Experience in Shelbyville, KY, just forty-five minutes from Louisvilleand Lexington.

“Winning United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) World Class Sponsored by Diageo has been one of my biggest dreams since I started bartending, especially with getting a pass-off from Lauren Newman who I competed with last year, and who really inspired me to be myself in this competition,” said Katie Renshaw.

Between June 9th and June 10th, competitors showcased their abilities to seamlessly merge art and science, and taste and technology, to create cocktails featuring a selection of Diageo Reserve brands including Bulleit® Bourbon, CIROC® Vodka, Johnnie Walker® Blended Scotch Whisky, Ketel One® Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN® Gin, Tequila Don Julio®, TALISKER® Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Zacapa® Rum. This final round of competition was judged by a mix of six award-winning cocktail bar owners, and nationally and globally recognized beverage industry influencers, including 2018 US winner Laura Newman, 2018 Global winner Orlando Marzo and acclaimed bartenders and educators such as Julie Reiner, Anu Elford, Jackson Cannon and Charles Joly.

The USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo mission is to unite the hospitality industry to advance professional bartending and elevate the craft. This is the eighth year for the U.S., and the 11th year globally. While the competition takes place in the spring and summer, education and events occur year-round. Day one in Lexington drew upon Kentucky’s heritage, asking first for a complementary or contrasting cocktail to pair with a classic Southern dessert staple, followed by a second challenge to create a best-selling signature drink that fit within a fictitious restaurant’s theme and dinner menu. Day two’s challenges at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s Visitor Experience were inspired by the whiskey brand’s frontier spirit and commitment to technology + culture. Each cocktail used a cutting-edge technique or unexpected technology that took skill, imagination and outside the box collaboration. Two speed rounds completed the competition featuring a challenge to mix, pour and garnish six classic cocktails and two wild card drinks highlighting a DIAGEO Reserve Brand that was assigned at random, all the while engaging with the judges in 10 minutes or less.

“Each year I think I’ve seen it all with the awesome level of skill and passion this competition inspires,” said Aaron Gregory Smith, Executive Director of the USBG. “But every year I am blown away. The talent pool is deep, but the best part is the continued opportunity for growth and success that exists within our tight-knit bartending community.”

Taylor Blades, Director of On Premise for Diageo North America adds, “The creativity and commitment to the craft we saw from this year’s competitors is outstanding. Being able to partner with USBG on such an empowering program and hosting it at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s incredible new Visitor Experience that speaks to the power of partnership with bartenders around the country, is an honor.  The last eight years have been incredible, and it’s just the beginning.”

USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo finalists also enjoyed a sneak peek behind the scenes at Bulleit Distilling Co.’s new Visitor Experience that will open soon this summer. From a technologically advanced, sensory-rich bar experience, to eco-friendly and sustainable practices throughout the facility, the finalists were the first guests hosted – appropriate for a brand built by bartenders and named as the best-selling brand at the world’s best bars for multiple years by Drinks International.

Cocktails created for the duration of this year’s competition can be found on Twitter and Instagram using the handle @WorldClassUS. When showcasing your own mixology or sampling award-winning recipes from this year’s competitors, USBG World Class Sponsored by Diageo reminds you to do so responsibly.

FLEX YO HUSTLE
Created by 2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year Katie Renshaw

Ingredients: 
1 oz Bulleit 10 
1 oz Bulleit Bourbon 
1 oz coconut milk-oolong syrup
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz lime juice
1 oz cardamom-infused cream
1 egg white
Soda water
1/4 cup coffee-bourbon caviar

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake, and pour into a collins glass over a collins spear ice cube. Garnish with Coconut ash, engraved lemon peel

Ideal Serve:
Collins Glass

For additional information about the program and for details on the upcoming global competition, follow hashtags #worldclassus, worldclass2019 and #roadtoscotland on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out online at http://worldclass.usbg.org and http://usbg.org.

About USBG 
Founded in 1948, the United States Bartenders’ Guild®️ is a non-profit professional society of bartenders and other hospitality professionals uniting the hospitality community to advance professional bartending. The USBG believes that every US bartender achieves greater personal and professional success by connecting to diverse local and national hospitality communities. Through our network of over 40 communities nationwide, the USBG connects members with peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, community service projects, and skills-based competition.

About Diageo:  
Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsorwhiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people and its brands, visit www.diageo.com. For Diageo’s global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit www.DRINKiQ.com.

About Bulleit: 
Bulleit is one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, founded in 1987 by Tom Bulleit, who attributes that growth to bartenders and cultural partners who’ve adopted it as their own. The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey portfolio is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition, using a distinctive high rye recipe, which gives them a bold, spicy taste. Most recently, Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon won a Double Gold medal and Best Straight Bourbon at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Now ranked as one of the fastest-growing whiskeys in America, Bulleit Distilling Co. calls Shelbyville, Ky. home since the 2017 opening of its state-of-the-art distillery and the much-anticipated spring 2019 opening of its high-tech and sensory-rich Visitor Experience. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the past, present and future of Bulleit when visiting this latest addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. For more information, visit www.bulleit.com or follow @Bulleit on Instagram.

Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/katie-renshaw-named-2019-u-s-bartender-of-the-year-during-usbg-world-class-sponsored-by-diageo-whisky-news/

Four Single Malts with personalised labels (The Whisky Exchange)

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The Whisky Exchange already had a personalisation service where they can engrave some text on existing bottlings. Now they’re taking it a step further, introducing four single cask releases that you can give a personal label.

Choose one of nine beautiful label designs (with nice metallic coatings), pick a quote and choose a dedication. It will definitely make a great gift, let’s have a look at the whiskies they have on offer.

Bottles with personalised labels will be available all year round, but obviously distilleries, casks, ages etc. will vary.

 

 

Speyside 12 Years - personalised whisky labelSpeyside 12 Years - personalised whisky labelGlen Elgin 12 yo (49,6%, The Whisky Exchange 2019, bourbon barrel, 306 btl.)

Nose: bright and fresh, full of juicy pears and creamy confectionary notes. Pineapples on syrup, lemon candy. Brioche bread and vanilla cake. Touches of honey. Mouth: pears again, only now with added hints of candied lemon peel and ginger. Light menthol and vanilla. Lightly bitter, zesty notes. Pine wood and darker herbal notes. Finish: medium, on oak spice, liquorice and lingering lemon and grapefruit.

Youngish malt revolving around citrus fruits and light oak. Not ground-breaking but a very sensible choice if you’re looking for an easy-drinking summer malt.

Personalise this bottle over at TWE

Score: 83/100

 

 

Speyside 21 Years - personalised labelSpeyside 21 Years - personalised labelImperial 21 yo (46,8%, The Whisky Exchange 2019, refill hogshead, 294 btl.)

Nose: beeswax up front, a little paraffin and orange peel. Quinces, ripe yellow apples and peaches. Orange flower lokum. Acacia honey, sultanas, hints of hay. Almonds. Mouth: a waxy profile again, with a syrupy fruitiness in the background and grassy touches. Light pepper and vanilla. Drier hints of fresh barley. Lemon skin, dried flowers. Some minty oak and a very light mustardy hint. Finish: quite long, on wildflowers and oak spice, with lingering creamy fruits.

Warm and fruity. Plus, beeswax always works for me. Speyside whisky with mucho character and a reasonable price for this closed distillery as well, if you ask me.

Personalise this bottle over at TWE

Score: 88/100

 

 

Highland 18 Years - personalised whisky labelHighland 18 Years - personalised whisky labelHighland single malt 18 yo
(48,4%, The Whisky Exchange 2019, refill hogshead, 276 btl.)

Nose: dried fruits with a background hint of sooty smoke and unlit matches. Green tea and herbs. Sweet apples. Old dusty cloth. Not an easy one, but it kinda works. Mouth: rather sweet, slightly dusty and gritty. The matchsticks are still here. Baked apples and raisin sweetness. Then more towards chocolate. Liquorice, aniseed and cold herbal tea. Finish: medium, still quite chocolatey with mild smoke and oak spice.

A whisky that’s hard to pin down. Reasonably complex though, with a true Islands character and some sherry influence.

Personalise this bottle over at TWE

Score: 84/100

 

 

Islay 10 Years - personalised whisky giftIslay 10 Years - personalised whisky giftCaol Ila 10 yo (51,2%, The Whisky Exchange 2019, refill hogshead, 294 btl.)

Nose: very clean and lemony. Lots of pure mezcal notes. Iodine and apple eau-de-vie. Beach bonfires and charcoal. Fresh kelp and limestone. Wet dogs. Totally spirit-driven, totally Caol Ila. Mouth: same story, a bit more intense and peaty than expected. Clean smoke, menthol cigarettes, saltwater and smoked fish. Apple notes and zesty lemons in the background. Tarry ropes and just a hint of wasabi. Finish: quite long, a little sweeter again. Big ashy notes and some lemon as usual.

I’m usually not the biggest fan of young Islay whisky but this is a great one. Clean and slightly reticent on the nose but very rich and ample on the palate. A cracking gift for peat lovers.

Personalise this bottle over at TWE

Score: 88/100

 

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/four-single-malts-with-personalised-labels-the-whisky-exchange/