2004 Old Pulteney 13 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Cask No. 231 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

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2004 Old Pulteney 13 Year Old “KL Exclusive” Single Cask No. 231 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Whisky 750ml (ships as 1.5L) ($109.99)

This exceptional cask from the gorgeous little distillery in Wick is the first we’ve ever had directly from Old Pulteney. Distilled in late 2004 and filled into and ex-bourbon barrel, the whisky was bottled at the end of last year without any dilution or filtration of any kind. Old Pulteney, despite wining nurmerous accolades, remains one of Scotland’s great unsung heros in the Highlands. Built in 1826, it was not easily accesible until much later. Barley would have been shipped in on fishing vessels and whisky shipped out. While Wick was once known for their herring, it’s claim to fame is this wonderful malt that was once the most northerly distillery on mainland Scotland. The Pulteney Distillery has an extremely unusual lyne that slop sharply down into the condenser. The spirit is full bodied and packed with flavor and nearly 14 years in the cold damp warehouse near the distillery has given this whisky tons of oceany character. These nose is intense combo of rich toffee, vanilla, purple stone fruits and aged wood. The palate tingle with salty maltiness, seville orange peel, bold orchard fruit and salted dark cocoa. Creamy and textured building toward a long spice driven finish.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 23, 2019

Old Pulteney is one of those under the radar distilleries that the geeks hate to talk about. No one was happy when Jim Murray named their now discontinued 21-year-old Whisky of the Year and rightfully so as it’s become nearly impossible to acquire at the original price. Despite the awards and good will from the cognoscenti, Pulteney has remained a background player in the single malt world. Current owners, ThaiBev, however are looking to establish the Old distillery in the very north of Scotland in its rightful place as one of the highlands most well regarded malts. Part of that process is changing from the off-year expressions to the more familiar age offerings (12, 18, 25), but also by launching seemingly secret single barrel program. Only a handful of shops have jumped on the opportunity to own a cask strength single barrel from the odd little distillery in Wick. We’ve been lucky enough to be one of them. As with many Pulteney, the nose is pure salt, malt, herbal tea and cardamom. The palate is deep with the roasted cocoa, fudge, touches of anise, fennel and vanilla. But of course, with water this thing erupts. Now on the nose the ripest Bartlett pears – smashed, lemon peel, Mirabelle, dried apricot, salted butter on toast. The anise moving much more toward mint and fennel flavors and a long creamy texture is pointed with cotton candy, lemon oils and the tiniest hints of diesel smoke. Staunchly pleasing due to its exceptional purity and straight forwardness. The in

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 21, 2019

Nosing this and I immediately recognized the danger. I immediately was reminded of Sierra Mist soda, pears and dried, candied ginger. Sipping it and the spirit was full bodied, and surprisingly silky given its age; notes of candied pears and spiced caramel apples dominated while there was just a slight hint of pencil shavings. The finish was a bit quick but pleasant as spiced pears and oak rounded this dram out. If not careful, this bottle could disappear in a hurry.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 17, 2019

This is an elegant and easy to enjoy single malt that should please a lot of people. It is complex with clean and soft malty flavors that are delicate and fine. All of this is enhanced with a creamy mouth feel.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/2004-old-pulteney-13-year-old-kl-exclusive-single-cask-no-231-cask-strength-highland-single-malt-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada June 2019 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

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Discover an adventurous selection of single casks which boldly strike at the senses.

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THERMONUCLEAR BANANA

GOLD MEDAL WINNER – INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS CHALLENGE

CASK NO. G15.4

CASK:  2nd fill hogshead

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak vanilla

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PUTTING ON THE RITZ

CASK NO:  35.211

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  22 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak vanilla

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TEASING TANGO OF FRUITS AND FLOWERS

CASK NO:  48.93

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  9 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Young spritely

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ORIGINALLY IN DEC 2018 OUTTURN BUT LOST IN THE BCLDB WAREHOUSE UNTIL NOW

CASK NO:  108.12

CASK:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet spicy

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PARADISE IN A PARADIS

GOLD MEDAL WINNER – INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS CHALLENGE AND FIRST RELEASE FROM DISTILLERY 136 FOR SMWS CANADA

CASK NO:  136.2

CASK:  1st fill Oloroso hogshead

AGE: 3 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Deep, rich dried fruits

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FRENCH FLAIR

CASK NO:  53.254

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Lightly peated

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THE LEVIATHAN WAKES…

CASK NO. 10.152

CASK:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  10 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Peated

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada
Suite 160
104 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 3P7
403-969-8225
curious@smws.ca
www.smws.ca

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/scotch-malt-whisky-society-june-2019-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Mortlach 20 Year Old

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Mortlach single malt whisky

We already reviewed the Mortlach 12 Years (good) and Mortlach 16 Years (excellent). The only one missing from the 2018 core range relaunch is the Mortlach 20 Years, matured exclusively in American oak ex-Sherry casks, with a percentage of refill wood.

It is nicknamed Cowie’s Blue Seal which refers to one of the original bottlings of Mortlach, launched in 1909 and available until the 1970s.

 

 

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(43,4%, OB 2018, 4484 btl.)

Nose: a nicely bright fruitiness up front, think juicy apricots, pineapple and hints of lychee. Hints of a carpenter’s workshop, oiliness and waxed papers. Orange flower honey and very faint potpourri too. Underneath is a darker side, with a little earthiness and milk chocolate. Mouth: quite mild, not to say a little weak. It shows orange juice and orange peels, vanilla, mint oil, candied ginger and some plums. A good dose of oaky notes (spices and herbal tea). Heather and clove. Finish: medium length, earthier, oakier, with orange oil and cocoa.

Very good again, showing the more delicate and fragrant side of the distillery. The 16 offers better value for money though. Available from The Whisky Exchange but Master of Malt currently has a special offer for all three expressions.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/mortlach/mortlach-20-years/

Scarabus, Islay Single Malt, Pre Order Now from The Green Welly Stop – Scotch Whisky News

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Launched from the scenic Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay at the 2019 Feis Ile, this is now available to Pre-order. Stock expected in the next 5-7 days. A Single Islay Malt, with sea salt and peat smoke on the nose, you need to seek, and you shall find!

PRE ORDER NOW

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/scarabus-islay-single-malt-pre-order-now-from-the-green-welly-stop-scotch-whisky-news/

Scarabus, Islay Single Malt, Pre Order Now from The Green Welly Stop – Scotch Whisky News

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Launched from the scenic Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay at the 2019 Feis Ile, this is now available to Pre-order. Stock expected in the next 5-7 days. A Single Islay Malt, with sea salt and peat smoke on the nose, you need to seek, and you shall find!

PRE ORDER NOW

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/scarabus-islay-single-malt-pre-order-now-from-the-green-welly-stop-scotch-whisky-news/

Compass Box Whisky “How we choose: whisky for our father” – Scotch Whisky News

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HOW TO CHOOSE………

WHISKY FOR YOUR FATHER

Compass Box whiskies are designed to be shared. With Father’s Day coming up, we have some suggestions for how you can introduce your father to Compass Box, whether he is currently a whisky drinker or not…

FOR A WINE BUFF

If your father is fond of pulling the cork on a special bottle of white Burgundy every so often, Juveniles would be a smart choice to introduce the wonders of Scotch whisky.

Taking inspiration from the world of wine, Juveniles was created for the Parisian restaurant and wine bar of the same name. An assemblage of single malts from four distilleries, Juveniles is a bright, fruity whisky made to partner great food and great company.

Try sipping it from a wine glass with an ice cube ahead of a fulfilling roast lunch.

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FOR A BEER LOVER

Has dad ever tried sipping his favourite lager, IPA or wild-fermented farmhouse ale alongside a whisky? Long popularised in the United States as the boilermaker and fondly known in Scotland as the “hauf ‘n’ hauf”, serving a beer together with a glass of whisky is a terrific prelude to a sociable evening.

We have discovered that sweeter whiskies, matured in American oak barrels, make superb companions for brighter beers such as pilsners and pale ales. Great King Street Artist’s Blend, Oak Cross and Delilah’s XXV – delicious whiskies in their own right – also make for superb boilermaker material.

Whatever beer dad is partial to, after a delicious boilermaker he may end up preferring the whisky.

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FOR A SHERRY AFICIONADO

For many years Scottish distillers have used Sherry butts in which to age their spirits.

Made from either American or European oak, Sherry butts typically impart rich fruit-forward flavour notes to maturing Scotch whisky. However, the style of Sherry previously matured in the cask can have its own subtle influence too, with Amontillado and Fino giving different characteristics to Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez.

The Story of the Spaniard offers a unique interpretation of this bolder style of whisky, highlighting the fruitful crossovers between Scotland and southern Spain. Full, soft and sumptuous, The Story of the Spaniard bursts with notes of citrus peel, toffee, and pears poached in red wine.

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At Compass Box, we love to explore the parallels that exist in the world of drinks. If your father has adventurous tastes but has never dabbled in quality spirits, introduce him to the delicious and varied world of Scotch whisky this Father’s Day. Share our brilliant newsletter with your friends

 

Our mailing address is:

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Chiswick Studios
9 Power Road
London, England W4 5PY
United Kingdom

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/compass-box-whisky-how-we-choose-whisky-for-our-father-scotch-whisky-news/

Compass Box Whisky “How we choose: whisky for our father” – Scotch Whisky News

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HOW TO CHOOSE………

WHISKY FOR YOUR FATHER

Compass Box whiskies are designed to be shared. With Father’s Day coming up, we have some suggestions for how you can introduce your father to Compass Box, whether he is currently a whisky drinker or not…

FOR A WINE BUFF

If your father is fond of pulling the cork on a special bottle of white Burgundy every so often, Juveniles would be a smart choice to introduce the wonders of Scotch whisky.

Taking inspiration from the world of wine, Juveniles was created for the Parisian restaurant and wine bar of the same name. An assemblage of single malts from four distilleries, Juveniles is a bright, fruity whisky made to partner great food and great company.

Try sipping it from a wine glass with an ice cube ahead of a fulfilling roast lunch.

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FOR A BEER LOVER

Has dad ever tried sipping his favourite lager, IPA or wild-fermented farmhouse ale alongside a whisky? Long popularised in the United States as the boilermaker and fondly known in Scotland as the “hauf ‘n’ hauf”, serving a beer together with a glass of whisky is a terrific prelude to a sociable evening.

We have discovered that sweeter whiskies, matured in American oak barrels, make superb companions for brighter beers such as pilsners and pale ales. Great King Street Artist’s Blend, Oak Cross and Delilah’s XXV – delicious whiskies in their own right – also make for superb boilermaker material.

Whatever beer dad is partial to, after a delicious boilermaker he may end up preferring the whisky.

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FOR A SHERRY AFICIONADO

For many years Scottish distillers have used Sherry butts in which to age their spirits.

Made from either American or European oak, Sherry butts typically impart rich fruit-forward flavour notes to maturing Scotch whisky. However, the style of Sherry previously matured in the cask can have its own subtle influence too, with Amontillado and Fino giving different characteristics to Oloroso or Pedro Ximenez.

The Story of the Spaniard offers a unique interpretation of this bolder style of whisky, highlighting the fruitful crossovers between Scotland and southern Spain. Full, soft and sumptuous, The Story of the Spaniard bursts with notes of citrus peel, toffee, and pears poached in red wine.

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At Compass Box, we love to explore the parallels that exist in the world of drinks. If your father has adventurous tastes but has never dabbled in quality spirits, introduce him to the delicious and varied world of Scotch whisky this Father’s Day. Share our brilliant newsletter with your friends

 

Our mailing address is:

Compass Box Whisky Co.
Chiswick Studios
9 Power Road
London, England W4 5PY
United Kingdom

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/compass-box-whisky-how-we-choose-whisky-for-our-father-scotch-whisky-news/

Japanese Whisky Channels Spirit of the Samurai – Japanese Whisky News

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TOKYO — Monday 10 June 2019 – The world’s foremost online retailer of Japanese whisky, dekantā, have revealed a Mizunara Japanese oak finished private label Japanese whisky, inspired by a Japanese military leader, to mark their fourth anniversary.

This private label, single cask whisky from dekantā, home to the world’s largest online inventory of Japanese whisky, has spent time maturing in a cask freshly emptied of Scotch whisky from the closed Port Ellen distillery, before being finished in a cask of Japanese Mizunara oak. The Eigashima 2011 Kigai – Ki Series (¥82,000 / USD $749.99; 60% ABV) is a highly limited release of only 352 bottles. dekantā unveiled the design of the new bottling as part of an exclusive event in central Tokyo, which was streamed to their online audience. It is the second release in the Ki Series of Japanese whiskies, the first of which was the Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series.

The Eigashima 2011 Kigai is the second in the Ki Series of independently bottled Japanese whiskies from dekantā, so called because each whisky in the series will explore an aspect of life imbued with the Japanese concept of Ki – one of the most meaningful words in the Japanese language. The label and packaging is inspired by a Shōgun military leader of the Samurai caste, and is so named Kigai, meaning ‘strong, willful and unshakeable’ in Japanese.

“In releasing our fourth anniversary whisky, we wanted to bring together Japanese whisky history with powerful aspects of wider Japanese cultural history,” said dekantā director Makiyo Masa. “The Kigai pays homage to the Scottish education of the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ Masataka Taketsuru with its smoky Port Ellen influence, while bringing the whisky firmly back into Japanese territory by the influence of the archetypal Japanese Mizunara wood. The Mizunara tree is the warrior of the Japanese forest, a difficult oak to work with, but a rare jewel imbued with Kigai, and so it brings the spirit of the Samurai to our second private bottling.”

Tasting notes: The nose offers up buttered toast, lemon zest, cereals, unripened pineapple and varnished oak. Sweet poached pears warm the palate, followed by fruit pastilles, sugared almonds and chilli jam. The sweetness is balanced by gentle hints of peat smoke and subtle wasabi spice that grow in the background. A touch of water brings juicy peach and bolder peaty notes. Building smoke carries a finish of gentle oakiness, hints of green chilli and white pepper spice.

Eigashima 2011 (Kigai – Ki Series) is priced at an introductory offer of  ¥72,000 / USD $649.99 (which will increase to  ¥82,000 / USD $749.99 after 3 days), available for worldwide delivery from dekanta.com.

Notes:

About dekantā

dekantā offers the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits and, since the opening of its online store in 2015, has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only. More recently, Japanese wine has been introduced through the dekantā Cellar, and spirits from wider Asia through dekantā Oriental.

About Eigashima Distillery

Fewer than 100 yards from the Harima-nada sea, Eigashima Shuzo is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan, and this is reflected in the savoury, saline pure character of the distillery’s produce. A family owned distillery that has been producing traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries, Eigashima Shuzo was the first Japanese whisky to be granted a license to produce whisky in 1919. Eigashima is still Japan’s smallest whisky producer, with a team of just five people and very limited production.

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Follow dekantā on Twitter: @dekantawhisky 

Like dekantā on Facebook: facebook.com/dekantawhisky/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/japanese-whisky-channels-spirit-of-the-samurai-japanese-whisky-news/

Japanese Whisky Channels Spirit of the Samurai – Japanese Whisky News

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TOKYO — Monday 10 June 2019 – The world’s foremost online retailer of Japanese whisky, dekantā, have revealed a Mizunara Japanese oak finished private label Japanese whisky, inspired by a Japanese military leader, to mark their fourth anniversary.

This private label, single cask whisky from dekantā, home to the world’s largest online inventory of Japanese whisky, has spent time maturing in a cask freshly emptied of Scotch whisky from the closed Port Ellen distillery, before being finished in a cask of Japanese Mizunara oak. The Eigashima 2011 Kigai – Ki Series (¥82,000 / USD $749.99; 60% ABV) is a highly limited release of only 352 bottles. dekantā unveiled the design of the new bottling as part of an exclusive event in central Tokyo, which was streamed to their online audience. It is the second release in the Ki Series of Japanese whiskies, the first of which was the Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series.

The Eigashima 2011 Kigai is the second in the Ki Series of independently bottled Japanese whiskies from dekantā, so called because each whisky in the series will explore an aspect of life imbued with the Japanese concept of Ki – one of the most meaningful words in the Japanese language. The label and packaging is inspired by a Shōgun military leader of the Samurai caste, and is so named Kigai, meaning ‘strong, willful and unshakeable’ in Japanese.

“In releasing our fourth anniversary whisky, we wanted to bring together Japanese whisky history with powerful aspects of wider Japanese cultural history,” said dekantā director Makiyo Masa. “The Kigai pays homage to the Scottish education of the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ Masataka Taketsuru with its smoky Port Ellen influence, while bringing the whisky firmly back into Japanese territory by the influence of the archetypal Japanese Mizunara wood. The Mizunara tree is the warrior of the Japanese forest, a difficult oak to work with, but a rare jewel imbued with Kigai, and so it brings the spirit of the Samurai to our second private bottling.”

Tasting notes: The nose offers up buttered toast, lemon zest, cereals, unripened pineapple and varnished oak. Sweet poached pears warm the palate, followed by fruit pastilles, sugared almonds and chilli jam. The sweetness is balanced by gentle hints of peat smoke and subtle wasabi spice that grow in the background. A touch of water brings juicy peach and bolder peaty notes. Building smoke carries a finish of gentle oakiness, hints of green chilli and white pepper spice.

Eigashima 2011 (Kigai – Ki Series) is priced at an introductory offer of  ¥72,000 / USD $649.99 (which will increase to  ¥82,000 / USD $749.99 after 3 days), available for worldwide delivery from dekanta.com.

Notes:

About dekantā

dekantā offers the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits and, since the opening of its online store in 2015, has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only. More recently, Japanese wine has been introduced through the dekantā Cellar, and spirits from wider Asia through dekantā Oriental.

About Eigashima Distillery

Fewer than 100 yards from the Harima-nada sea, Eigashima Shuzo is the closest whisky distillery to the coast in Japan, and this is reflected in the savoury, saline pure character of the distillery’s produce. A family owned distillery that has been producing traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages for over three centuries, Eigashima Shuzo was the first Japanese whisky to be granted a license to produce whisky in 1919. Eigashima is still Japan’s smallest whisky producer, with a team of just five people and very limited production.

dekanta.com

Follow dekantā on Twitter: @dekantawhisky 

Like dekantā on Facebook: facebook.com/dekantawhisky/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/06/japanese-whisky-channels-spirit-of-the-samurai-japanese-whisky-news/

Glen Keith Distillery Edition

An official bottling of Glen Keith – the only one in recent years, I believe, unless you count the Chivas Brothers bottlings as officials. As you know the distillery was mothballed in 1999 until they reopened in 2013.

It’s called Glen Keith Distillery Edition which is a very nondescript name for a bottling that’s widely available outside of the distillery. Much like the mention ‘distilled by master craftsmen’.

 

 

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(40%, OB +/- 2018)

Nose: very accessible, but very attractive as well. A mix of vanilla cake with sweet orchard fruits (apricots, juicy pears, grapes) and light tropical touches (bananas, vitamin juice). Honeyed corn flakes. A hint of Belgian Tripel as well (specifically Karmeliet). Mouth: more middle-of-the-road now. Plenty of malty notes, vanilla custard, nectarines and hints of bourbon wood (faintly plankish, almost perfumed). Grassy notes, ginger and a bit of chocolate in the end. Finish: quite short with oak spice and a grainy note.

The nose was a pleasant surprise but on the palate it went back to a harmless profile. Honest and reasonably fruity, I could certainly recommend this to blend drinkers looking to move upwards, or as a daily dram. Around € 30 from TWE and Master of Malt, currently further discounted over at Green Welly Stop.

Score: 81/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glen-keith/glen-keith-distillery-edition/