Caol Ila 1968 G&M // Macallan 1954 Rinaldi // Port Ellen 12 Years (James MacArthur)

WhiskyNotes 10th Anniversary

WhiskyNotes 10th Anniversary

That’s right, 10 years already since I started WhiskyNotes.

It all started with a Balvenie 30 Year Old – and the idea now is to top everything we’ve had before.

 

 

We’ll start with a very recent bottling by Gordon MacPhail of the oldest Caol Ila ever released, from the legendary 1968 vintage.

 

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Nose: a very luscious and rather honeyed fruity side. Yellow raisins, cantaloupe, fruit tea. Light buttery notes (vanilla cake) before it moves towards linoleum, camphor and mentholated notes. Some paraffin. Very delicate smoke and subtle coastal notes (wet stones). Herbal touches and lightly roasted almonds. All so silky, but not tired in any way. Mouth: punchy again, with a very vibrant fruity flash in the middle. Yellow apples, cranberries and Seville oranges, mixed with briny notes and soft brine. Mint and warming spice (ginger, pepper). Very subtle hints of old, smoky Oloroso. This salty and sooty side keeps strong while the rest slowly fades. Late lemon notes and flax. Finish: quite long, fresh and minty, with bonfire and smoked lemons.

A rather wonderful release, proving that there’s no real upper limit to ageing when it comes to Caol Ila. Not cheap of course (around € 8500) but fitting whisky for this kind of celebration.

Score: 93/100

 

 

 

Next up, Macallan 1954 bottled in the late 1960s for the Italian importer Rinaldi in Bologna.

 

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Nose: sumptuous sherry maturation, in a very balanced and complex way. Quite punchy as well, given the 46% ABV. Ripe bananas, some vanilla and cocoa. Roast coffee. Then more resinous notes, wet gravel, a hint of shoe polish and plenty of eucalyptus. Oil paint. Light tobacco and leather. Whiffs of mint-flavoured tea and bitter oranges. Mouth: surprisingly minty, with a charred note in the background, espresso and some red berries. Sultanas and tangerines. Heather. Some black tea and dried herbs. Nice bittersweet balance. Finish: medium long, on tea notes, dark chocolate, liquorice and a puff of smoke.

A bit dry compared to other Macallans from this era (more charred oak, less sherry sweetness), but a magnificent profile nonetheless.

Score: 94/100

 

 

Finally I will also be trying this very famous Port Ellen 12 Years bottled by James McArthur, an Glasgow bottler founded in 1982 with a clear focus on rare of rather unknown distilleries. I believe they stopped around 2015.

Although not everyone agrees, the back label mentions the re-opening of Port Ellen in 1967 and suggests the distillery is still operational, so the whisky is most likely bottled in 1982 or 1983 and not the late 1980s?

There are two versions, a pale version at 62,7% and this dark version at 59%. One of these whiskies that already fetched € 10.000+ in auctions years ago. A Holy Grail and one that you’ll find a lot of praise and admiration for, but very little actual tasting notes.

 

 

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Nose: a myriad of aromas and a sublime combination of peat and sherry. Muscular diesel oil, tarry notes and soot, a little concrete. Dried herbs and mint, but also an almost jammy fruity side. Blackberries, plums, rhubarb tarts with caramelized nuts. Black Forest gateau. Subtle medicinal notes, hints of Chartreuse. Fatty, waxy notes too. Lots of tobacco as well. Intense but also perfectly civilised and balanced. Mouth: more powerful now, with a good dose of sooty peat and such intense ashy notes. Beautiful. Some kippery coastal notes. On a second level there are dark berries, almonds, cocoa and plenty of tobacco. Liquorice, a little cough syrup and Lapsang tea. Hints of petrol. Getting earthier and salty towards the end. Finish: very long, on ashtrays, slightly bitter herbs

It started with a superb balance on the nose and then an impressive intensity on the palate. A Holy Grail indeed, on par with that Laphroaig 1967 Cadenhead that I never wrote tasting notes for…

Score: 97/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/port-ellen/caol-ila-1968-macallan-1954-rinaldi-port-ellen-12yo-james-mcarthur/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “December Outturn: Seasonal joy and good cheer” – Scotch Whisky News

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Bring happiness, joy and good cheer to the season with this collection of perfectly paired presents and stocking filler single casks.

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

Contact: sales@smws.com 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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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/scotch-malt-whisky-society-december-outturn-seasonal-joy-and-good-cheer-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenAllachie Single Casks Batch #1 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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GlenAllachie Single Casks Batch #1

Exclusive for the United Kingdom market. Batch #1 from Bill Walker’s GlenAllachie distillery consists of eight casks including Sherry, Port and Bourbon wood.

Glenallachie Distillery is a Speyside distillery sitting on the eastern edge of Ben Rinnes mountain where it is rather exposed to the elements and is often to be see sitting within the snowline. A modern building and its architect William Delmé-Evans created a distillery which is rather pleasing on the eye. Glenallachie was commissioned in 1967 with two stills which increased to four in 1989 in order to meet blenders ever increasing demand for Glenallachie malt whisky. Whilst official releases are few independent releases are more numerous with those from Signatory Vintage and Cadenheads proving popular.

Shop – GlenAllachie Single Casks Batch #1

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/glenallachie-single-casks-batch-1-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

K&L Top Pick December – 1991 John McCrae (Balvenie) 26YO “Hepburn’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

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1991 John McCrae (Balvenie) 26 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($139.99)

We’ve discussed the practice of “teaspooning” at KL several times before and it’s critically important to understanding just how special this cask of whisky is. There are some producers who freely sell or trade their single malt and are happy to have their name used in the sale of that whisky. But there are also producers who carefully guard their name, as is their prerogative, but who still end up selling or trading whiskey with the independent bottler market. To guard their distillery name, they “teaspoon” casks before selling them. This is simply the addition of a minuscule amount of whisky from another distillery to the cask. That teaspoon of whisky renders the entire cask “blended malt” (a blend of single malt whiskies from two different distilleries) instead of single malt and as such makes it illegal to call the cask by the producers name. The independent bottling market has created unique names for each independent cask that comes from a particular distillery. Enter “John McCrae.” While the distillery is known for their double cask program, this single cask is everything you want from a 26 year old Speysider of impeccable pedigree. A true gentlemen of the highest order.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2018

Another stupendous “blended malt” from Hepburn. This is world class stuff that we just happened to get a hold of. Of course the only reason Balvenie wouldn’t use this exceptional whisky in it’s extremely well regarded whisky program is if it didn’t meet the brands standards. That by no means implies that this whisky is any lower quality than the insane 25 year old single barrels they sell for $700+, but that it just didn’t fit in the program. And I bet William Grant was well pissed when they rolled this cask out of the warehouse to find it had gone under the 47.8% that the 25 year is bottled at. But, we’re the lucky beneficiaries of that “fault” and can now sell you something, that missed the mark for that special line by about 3.2% for an 80% discount. Oh and it taste goddamned delicious, just as you’d expect from an old whisky of this pedigree. There’s no question that we’ll be looking out for more malts like this one, but I doubt we’ll find many that taste quite this special.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2018

A powerful whisky despite its relatively low proof, this bottling definitely shows the prowess of its original distillery. Savory and softly herbal on the nose, it comes across as hearty and wholesome, even soul-nourishing. The taste is deep and earthy supplemented by lighter tones of ginger, citrus and mint. With a dash of water, the aromas open up to include whispers of sweet flowers and thyme. The finish is intensely flavorful and immensely satisfying, like a big meal after a long day of hard work. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind bottle that you don’t want to miss.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2018

The last time that KL had a cask from this distillery it sold out in a very short time. After tasting this selection, I can see no reason that this will not happen again. There is a very pretty almost delicate but pronounce wax and honey nose . The mouth feel is velvet and cream with nice lush honey like flavors. There is a dry and long finish.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/kl-top-pick-december-1991-john-mccrae-balvenie-26yo-hepburns-choice-kl-exclusive-single-barrel-cask-strength-scotch-whisky-news/

Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Burns and Whisky Weekend package – £339 – Scotch Whisky News

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Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Burns and Whisky Weekend package – £339

The Isle of Raasay Distillery is hosting a Burns and Whisky Weekend a stone’s throw away from where the bard, Sorley Maclean, was born.

The offering includes a two-night stay for two including all meals, checking in Friday 25th January, checking out Sunday 27th January 2019. Guests will dine at the distillery on Friday evening and enjoy a hearty lunch on Saturday before an exclusive whisky tasting and warehouse tour with the distillery’s co-founder, Alasdair Day.

The weekend will finish in style with a traditional Burns supper on the Saturday evening, priced at £25, featuring traditional Scottish dishes, from Cock a Leekie soup and traditional haggis to rhubarb cranachan with homemade shortbread.

Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis, early bookings are advised to secure an idyllic Cuillin view.

One can book by contacting: info@raasaydistillery.com or +44 (0) 1478 470178

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/isle-of-raasay-distillerys-burns-and-whisky-weekend-package-339-scotch-whisky-news/

Kensington Wine Market Bulletin & Tasting Schedule by Andrew Ferguson – Whisky News

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The Winter 2019 Kensington Wine Market Tasting Schedule is live on our website and open for registration. There is much to entice you, and warm your cockles over the cold winter months ahead! We have Wine, Whisky, Beer and other Spirits tastings to brighten up the dark nights to come, and they also make a great gift. Are you having a hard time shopping for the man or woman who has everything? Why not give them an experience rather than a gift!

We love filling the winter months with Festivals, and there is no shortage of them in our calendar. The biggest of all is the MS Calgary Whisky Festival, Thursday January 17 in the foyer of the Jack Singer Concert Hall, at Arts Commons. The 8th annual MS Calgary Whisky Festival is Calgary’s biggest and best whisky festival, with more than 40 exhibitors and nearly 250 whiskies available for tasting. Best of all, the proceeds go towards a good cause. The event has raised nearly $110,000.00 over the last two years alone!

The festivals continue with our annual Burns Bash on Thursday January 24th. We mark the Anniversary of the birth of the Bard with a whisky festival and some amazing deals on whisky. It is the kick off to our Year End Inventory Sale Weekend!

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Berry’s 25 Year KWM Single Barrel Blend – Our first exclusive cask of Blended Scotch Whisky, bottled for our 25th Anniversary. Andrew sampled 6 different single casks of 25 year old Blended Scotch Whisky in May of 2016. The whiskies had been blended, put back into barrels to marry, and then forgotten. Andrew selected cask number 46572 to be bottled exclusively for KWM, as a 25th Anniversary bottling. The whisky was acquired by Berry Bros. Rudd in barrel, and beyond the age, the contents remain a mystery… Bottled at 46%. Just 222 bottles. – Regular: $200+gst – Save 25% – Now: $149.99+gst (only 9 left)

Cadenhead Dailuaine 2004 KWM Cask – Our 1st ever KWM exclusive single cask of Dailuaine and our 2nd cask from WM Cadenhead. The whisky has been bottled at 55.9% after maturing 12 years in a very active Refill Hogshead. This whisky was featured on Day 1 of our 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar. – Regular: $120+gst – Save 20% – Now: $95.99+gst

Cadenhead Glen Moray 1992 KWM Cask – One of the most exciting 25th Anniversary releases we’ve received… the whisky is both 25 years old, and distilled in 1992, the year we opened. The whisky was matured in a refill American oak hogshead, bottled at 51.1%. The cask yielded 246 bottles, only available at Kensington Wine Market! – Regular: $205+gst – Save 20% – Now: $163.99+gst

Cadenhead Small Batch Speyside 1991 – Only 18 bottles of this old single malt are coming to Canada, exclusively to KWM. The whisky is from the Speyside Distillery, which now goes by the name Spey, to avoid being confused with the Speyside Region. The whisky is the product of 2 Bourbon Hogsheads bottled at 50.5% after 24 years. – Regular: $230+gst – Save 25% – Now: $172.49+gst (Only 4 left!)

Cooper’s Choice Ardmore 2001 – 30 bottles of this 16 year old cask strength Ardmore are coming to Alberta, exclusively to KWM. Bottled at 51.5% after maturing in an Ex-Bourbon cask. – Regular: $145+gst – Save 25% – Now: $108.74+gst

Cooper’s Choice Skara Brae –  A mystery Orcadian malt with gentle peat, wonder which distillery it is from? The Cooper’s Choice Skara Brae is exclusive to KWM, bottled at 46% after maturing 12 years in a Bourbon cask. We think it is Highland Park, but that is speculation… Skara Brae is the name given to an ancient archeological site on the Orkney mainland, famous for the 8 stone dwellings found there which date back to before 3000 BCE. – Regular: $110+gst – Save 25% – Now: $82.49+gst

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The Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar 

Makes a Great Gift

The 2018 KWM Whisky Advent Calendar, is our 5th annual edition! Whether as a treat for yourself, or as a gift for a whisky lover, there is no finer source of holiday cheer. We like to call it 25 days of Dram Fine Whisky! As with the previous editions, this year’s calendar features 25 all-new whiskies, a custom logo Glencairn glass and a discount card. We have a much higher proportion of single casks and cask strength whiskies in this year’s edition, which is really exciting. We also have whiskies from England, France, Canada and Japan. We ever so desperately want to tell you what’s in the Calendar, but then it wouldn’t be a surprise. What we can tell you is that you will find 24 50ml premium whiskies, one for each day of Advent, a special 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky to toast Christmas Day and a custom logo Glencairn glass. Every day of Advent we will post details on the day’s whisky, and it’s producer on the KWM Blog. We encourage comments and feedback through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We hope you’ll join us on the journey of whisky discovery!

We are now on to Day 6, you can follow along on the KWM Blog!

Available for purchase in-store, by phone 403-283-8000 and online!

If you have any questions or comments concerning this email please contact us via e-mail, phone, or drop in to the store.

All of the products mentioned in this email can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com (with the exception of the Vinebox Twelve Nights of Wine). All prices quoted in this email are subject to change and don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading!

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

Owner Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market

403-283-8000

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

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Quarter Cask Matured Scottish Whisky Series Comes of Age – Scotch Whisky News

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EDINBURGH — Thursday 29 November 2018 – Scottish whisky specialists Cask 88 have introduced a highly limited edition series of four innovative whiskies matured in smaller sized casks to their award-winning range of independent bottlings.

Having recently picked up two gold awards at the International Wine Spirit Competition for the first release in their Scottish Folklore inspired whisky series, Edinburgh based Scottish whisky broker and independent bottler Cask 88 have unveiled their second series of Scottish single cask whiskies, all finished in quarter casks to produce liquid with a more robust flavour profile. The Eighty Eight Series features small batch expressions from Bunnahabhain, Highland Park, Caol Ila and Bladnoch, and offers whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the impact of cask size on the maturation of the whisky.

The first release in the Cask 88 Eighty Eight Series presents four limited edition whiskies from leading Scottish distilleries. A Bladnoch 27 Year Old (55.6% ABV; 70cl; £439/US$569.99) distilled 10.07.90, the oldest whisky in the series, was originally held in an ex-sherry Hogshead before being finished in an ex-sherry quarter cask for 9 months. A Caol Ila 9 Year Old (58.9% ABV; 70cl; £189/US$239.99) distilled 12.06.08, was originally held in a refill Hogshead before being finished in an ex-sherry quarter cask for 9 months. A Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old (57.8% ABV; 70cl; £119/US$239.99) distilled 10.06.08 was originally matured in a refill ex-sherry butt before being finished in an ex-sherry quarter cask for 3 months. A Highland Park 14 Year Old (54.8% ABV; 70cl; £189/US$154.99) distilled 08.05.03 was originally held in an ex-bourbon Hogshead before being finished in an ex-sherry quarter cask for 7 months.

Quarter casks, at one eighth of the size of a standard cask to hold whisky, are capable of holding approximately 50 litres of whisky each. Each quarter cask yields 88 bottles of whisky. “The smaller cask size maximises the contact between the spirit and the wood, theoretically producing a whisky with a stronger, more complex flavour,” said APAC Sales Director Patrick Costello. “Whereas the wider industry favours larger casks to produce whisky on scale, we wanted to select something a little different, and focus on producing small batch whiskies that excite the senses.”

The Eighty Eight Series is the second release of Scottish whisky independently bottled under the Cask 88 brand. The first bottling under the Cask 88 brand, a 45 Year Old Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt from the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore series, with a design inspired by the Scottish legend of the Cù-Sìth, earned two Gold Awards at the 2018 International Wine Spirit Competition: for Taste in the 30 – 45 year old category, and for Spirits Packaging.

“We have high hopes for the Eighty Eight Series, in part because the number holds great significance for the business and our partners and clients in China, where we have an office and sales team,” said Patrick Costello. “The number 88 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture, bringing good fortune and prosperity.”

All four whiskies in The Eighty Eight Series will be available from Whisky Foundation for worldwide delivery and from Cask 88 Sales Directors – Be in touch through the Cask 88 website to order.

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About Cask 88

Founded in 2007, Cask 88 is now internationally recognised among the world’s foremost experts in rare and antique whisky. Services include cask procurement, cask storage, bespoke bottle design and sourcing antique releases. What started as a small, family-owned business has become a globally recognised brand for high-end whisky. Today, Cask 88 serve clients around the globe from six international locations in Scotland, Singapore, Japan, China, Macau and the Philippines. An extensive inventory and expansive global network provide an unparalleled selection of fine whiskies, which attracts a wide clientele from Asia to North America. Cask 88 believes that buying vintage whisky should be fun and offers clients the opportunity to select, purchase, label and package their own exclusive whisky drawn from the finest Scotch casks.

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Isle of Skye 12 Year Old

Cadenhead’s Tasting bij PROOF

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Deze tasting in PROOF beloofde al
lang op voorhand een specialleke te worden, want de line-up bestond
voornamelijk uit ‘smokkelwaar’, flessen van de beruchte Warehouse Tastings bij
deze oudste bottelaar uit Campbeltown.

Het verbaasde me dan ook geenzins
dat de leuke try-before-you-buy bar in hartje Gent afgeladen vol zat met vele
bekende gezichten.

Spreker van dienst was The
Nectar-vertegenwoordiger en all-round sympathieke kerel Maarten De Rycker,
hoewel de gastheer Timon regelmatig zijn licht op de zaak liet schijnen. Een
aantal van de flessen waren immers door Timon ‘gesmokkeld’ en de daarbij
horende verhalen waren op z’n zachts gezegd entertaining
en in sommige gevallen absoluut hilarisch.

Old Raj Dry Gin (55%)

De debatten werden geopend met een
special versie van Cadenhead’s eigen gin Old Raj. Deze versie op 55% en
gefinished op een voormalig rumvat kwam stevig binnen, maar was erg smaakvol en
had een gelig kleurtje van de toegevoegde saffraan. Het zou bijna zonde zijn
hier tonic aan toe te voegen (niet dat we de kans kregen, tonic kwam niet op tafel).
Heerlijke aperootje om de smaakpapillen mee op dreef te krijgen en de tongen
los.

Glentauchers-Glenlivet
9 Year Old (59.8%)

Deze jonge Glentauchers –
gefinished op een Braziliaans rumvat – werd gekozen door o.a. de Mouthy Cows,
een whiskyminnend damescollectief onder leiding van Krien van het bekende
whiskyrestaurant De Cluysenaer. Waxy en zoet met flink wat banaan en kamfer op
de neus, wat mooi werd verder gezet op smaak, hoewel daar nog was kalisse en
demarara suiker bij kwamen. In de afdronk volgde een hint van tropisch fruit en
drakenvrucht oftwel pitaja (sorry, ik moest het ook Googlen).

Caledonian 31 Year Old 1987 Warehouse
Tasting (51.7%)

Caledonian, opgericht in 19885 aan
de Haymarket in Edinburgh, sloot de deuren in 1988. Het was één van ’s
Schotlands grootste producenten van graanwhisky. Om hiervan een 31-jarige aan
de lippen te kunnen zetten, vond ik toch wel een mooi moment. Op de neus kreeg
ik voornamelijk Velpon knutsellijm, noedoels, popcorn en witte chocolade.
Apart, maar mooi. Hij was best fruitig op smaak, meer dan ik had verwacht en
lekker waxy. Op het sterfbed kreeg ik nog mango. Erg mooie grain, als u het mij
vraagt, vooral dan op de neus.

Kilkerran 12 Year Old 2006 Warehouse
Tasting (53.7%)

Dit zalige monstertje was pur sang
Kilkerran. Jute zakken, citrus en appelmoes op de neus. Op smaak meer van
hetzelfde, aangevuld met kiezels of gyproc, lekker vuil en kruidig. Lange
finish met flink wat peper. Spijtig dat er zo weinig van wordt gemaakt…

Linkwood-Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1987
Warehouse Tasting (45.3%)

Van Linkwood zijn er naar mijn
mening veel te weinig officiële bottelingen. Zo’n lekker malt en toch zo weinig
liefde van de eigenaars. Nou, ja, hij is dan ook bijzonder goed als leidende
malt in vele van Diageo’s blends. Maar deze dertiger bood flink wat rozijnen,
banaan, gebakken appels en chocolade op de neus, gevolgd door nog meer donker
fruit op de tong. Het hout liet zich niet onbetuigd. De tannine was behoorlijk
aanwezig, maar (net) niet over the top. Het zorgde er wel voor dat de afdronk
bijzonder droog werd. Voor mij was dit de nummer één van de avond.

Cadenhead Creations 20 Year Old Sweet
Fruity Spice (43.8%)

Deze blended malt, waarvan elke
single minstens 20 jaar rijpte, werd speciaal gebotteld voor De Clysenaer, The
Single Malt Shop in Zammel, Drankenshop Broekmans, TasTToe en – uiteraard –
PROOF. Ik beken, ik dacht eerst een rum te ruiken. Rode appels, tamme kastanjes,
rumrozijnen… je zou voor minder. Op smaak kreeg ik nog meer rozijnen, maar ook
verse vijgen, pruimen en nootmuskaat. Iets van chocolade gevuld met praliné. De
licht drogende finish offreerde dan weer wat kaneel. Dit is whisky die het
uitermate goed zou doen met Kerstmis en me heel erg deed denken aan de Maverick
die ik zelf bottelde voor MMM. Heerlijk spul.

Caroni 19 Year Old Warehouse Rum Tasting
(66.5%)

Caroni wordt wel eens de Port Ellen
van de rum genoemd. Ik neem aan dat men het dan enkel over de schaarste en
populariteit of hype heeft (en de daarmee gepaard gaande prijzen), want ik zie
verder niet het minste vergelijkingspunt. Zelf zou ik de distilleerderij eerder
vergelijken met Van Gogh. Tijdens zijn leven verkocht hij slechts één
schilderij en leefde eigenlijk in armoede en obscuriteit en werd pas op prijs
gesteld na zijn dood. Vijftien jaar na de sluiting van de kleine
distilleerderij op Trinidad – gerund door de staat – werd de stock opgekocht
door het in Genua gebaseerde wijn- en spiritshuis Velier. Luca Gargano kocht er
duizenden vaten rijpende rum, waarvan sommige terug gingen tot 1974. De rum was
erg fruitig op banaan, zachte rubber, ananas op de barbecue met een
donkerzoete, lange en erg kruidige finish. Voor mij was dit zelfs een beetje te
veel van het goede, maar dat kan ook aan het onbehoorlijk hoge
alcoholpercentage liggen. En terwijl we in het museum blijvend zullen kunnen
genieten van de meesterwerken van Van Gogh, moet je Caroni proeven om er van te
genieten. Dat gaat – vanzelfsprekend – helaas niet blijven duren.

Nou, nou, het moet gezegd, dit was
een uitzonderlijk goeie tasting met spul dat wellicht niet zo gauw meer de
lippen zal passeren. Maar het geeft wel erg veel goesting om eens naar
Campbeltown te trekken en zo’n beruchte toer door de warehouses van Cadenhead
te boeken.

Het was fijn onder gelijkgezinden
(Bart, gij telt niet mee, manneke!) te genieten van zulk lekkers. Op naar de
volgende!

May the Malt be with you!

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Mossburn Whisky Tasting December 8th, 2018 at the Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, December 8th, 2-5 PM:

Scotch Tasting: Mossburn 

Expand your whisky knowledge at our expert-presented traditional whisky tasting, featuring Scotland independent bottlers Mossburn.

The Mossburn signature line is a masterfully blended whisky, double-matured in three different cask woods to create rich and smokey flavors. In addition to masterful blenders Mossburn is also a discerning bottler of less commonly seen and notable whiskies, including limited-edition releases from select Highland and Speyside distilleries like Blair Athol, Ardmore and Craigellachie to name a few.

We’ll be pouring a variety of new and rare Mossburn releases, with whisky experts present for all your whisky questions.

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Scotch Whisky Auctions “Bottle Deadline Correction” – Scotch Whisky News

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Bottle Deadline

SWA Friends, it’s been brought to our attention that the date on our website for the December bottle deadline was incorrect. To clarify, the deadline is the 14th of December. However, the office will still be open on Saturday the 15th to accept the final few bottles. We do so hope this hasn’t caused you any inconvenience.

December Dates:

14th Dec: Bottle Deadline (15th Glasgow Office still accepting personally delivered bottles)

28th Dec: Auction Begins

6th Jan: Auctions Ends

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/12/scotch-whisky-auctions-bottle-deadline-correction-scotch-whisky-news/