Secret Speyside 1990 (Asta Morris)

A new batch of Asta Morris bottlings has just arrived in stores. One of the highlights is this Secret Speyside 1990, aged for 28 years in a bourbon cask.

Although the distillery should remain a secret, I can tell you it is in the town of Rothes and that is doesn’t have a tradition of releasing bourbon casks.

 

 

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Nose: entirely on juicy orchard fruits (plums, peaches), orange blossom and old-style waxy notes and lemon balm that you expect from even older neighbours like Glen Grant or Caperdonich. Reminds of the 1970s actually. Whiffs of tangerine, leather and minty herbs. Delicate floral honey, even a mineral touch. Excellent Mouth: a similar delicate style, a great combination of fresh fruits (peach, lime, oranges), natural vanilla and subtle resinous / mineral notes. The waxiness is there again. A hint of silver polish and ginger. Soft herbal tea. Finish: long, lots of fresh citrus notes and traces of waxy oak.

Just lovely. The freshness, juicy fruits and subtle mineral notes are rarely seen these days. Also don’t be afraid of the low strength, it’s delicate but it’s not diluted: flavoursome and easily drinkable. Around € 190, arriving in stores as we speak.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/undisclosed/secret-speyside-1990-asta-morris/

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (batch 011)

It’s been a while since I’ve had Laphroaig, especially the recent Cask Strength batches. Although this was bottled March 2019, Batch 11 took a while before being distributed.

 

 

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(58,6%, OB 2019, Batch #011)

Nose: great ashy notes and crystal clear malt. Perhaps a little lighter and more focused on bourbonny oak than how I remember the early batches, but still great. A little vanilla ice cream and apple sweetness, lemon curd, then dried herbs, balanced medicinal notes and subtle coastal breeze. Asphalt in the background. Mouth: more medicinal now. Liquorice and oily peat smoke. Tangy brine, making this a little sharper and leaner than the nose suggested. A light grassy bitterness. Returns on sweet citrus and a hint of vanilla towards the end, as well as a hint of mocha and tobacco leaf. Finish: quite pepper, with white pepper and acrid smoke, light minerals and lemon.

A really good one, one of the best batches I’ve had, offering intensity and many different nuances while staying really drinkable. Available from The Whisky Exchange for instance.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/laphroaig/laphroaig-10-yo-cask-strength-batch-11/

Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1996 Asta Morris

Distilleerderij: Glen Moray
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Glen Moray 23 Year Old 1996/2019, Asta Morris AM#138,
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 49.7%

Bapao

Als ik me niet vergis is dit Asta Morris’ eerste uitstap naar Glen Moray. Een verrassende keuze als je weet dat deze distilleerderij eerder een underdog is. Maar we weten allemaal dat dat Zotte Bert niet tegenhoud. Eigenwijs als hij is, selecteert hij whisky enkel en alleen op smaak. Fuck de populariteit of de hype. Alleen als de liquid goed is, wil Bert er zijn label wel op plakken. Deze liquid is alvast bijzonder bleek van kleur.

Oh, my, dit is apart. Ik krijg op de neus wit brood – dubbel gebakken! – en iets van… niet lachen, ik meen het… broodje bapao! Echt waar, dit is amper zoet, maar des te meer umami en lekker oosters gekruid. Loempia in de friteuse. Ik barst uit van het lachen – Zotte Bert heeft ons weer bij ons kl*ten!

 

Op smaak is het distilleerderijkarakter veel herkenbaarder. Zoete ontbijtgranen, Europees boomgaardfruit, hooi, witte chocolade en iets van popcorn. Een bitterzoete toets steekt de kop op. Kinine? Druivenpitten en schil van kiwi. Tikkeltje scherp. Papier en zelfs vuursteentjes als het ware.

De finish is betrekkelijk lang met witte peper en vanille, appels en stekelbessen.

Ha! Mijn 25e Glen Moray. En hoewel ik er niet kapot van ben – hij is iets te speciaal voor mij en ik ben sowieso niet erg tuk op Glen Moray – is de neus een absoluut geweldige ervaring. De fles kan de jouwe zijn voor zo’n 170 EUR. Niet weinig, maar ook niet veel voor deze atypische Glen Moray. Zet uw vooroordeel aan de kant alvorens de fles te openen. Ik heb me alvast rot geamuseerd!

83/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 17-01-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5571

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set – Scotch Whisky News

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set  

(NEW YORK, January 22, 2020) The Macallan has revealed a stunning new limited-edition gift set for the Double Cask 12 Years Old to celebrate the forthcoming Lunar New Year. Now in its third year, the Year of the Rat package joins the annual series to commemorate the zodiac on the Chinese calendar.

Featuring two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, the Lunar New Year gift box and label showcase traditional knots with an artistic representation of the rat zodiac symbol. The center of the knot is accented with red and gold, traditional colors in Lunar New Year celebrations. A symbol of longevity and eternity, knots have a long history and symbolic meaning within Asian culture.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old limited edition Lunar New Year pack will be available to buy from selected retailers across the USA for a suggested retail price of $140. 

Tasting Notes:

Color: Harvest sun

Nose: Creamy butterscotch, candied orange and vanilla custard

Palate: Honey, spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel

Finish:  Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying

ABV: 43%

For further information visit www.themacallan.com/en-us

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the worlds’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character. An obsession with excellence has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding, by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland.

In May 2018, The Macallan unveiled its new £140 million distillery and visitor experience on its Speyside estate, increasing investment in whisky, warehousing and in The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks.  The striking contemporary architecture, cut into the slope of the land, takes its cues from ancient Scottish hills.  It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which has been The Macallan’s spiritual home since 1824.  The new distillery marks an important milestone, recognizing the significant journey of The Macallan since 1824 and marking an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the luxury single malt.”

www.themacallan.com

© 2020 The Macallan Distillers Limited, The Macallan ® Scotch Whisky, Imported by Edrington Americas, New York, NY. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/the-macallan-celebrates-the-year-of-the-rat-with-the-release-of-a-limited-edition-lunar-new-year-gift-set-scotch-whisky-news/

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set – Scotch Whisky News

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set  

(NEW YORK, January 22, 2020) The Macallan has revealed a stunning new limited-edition gift set for the Double Cask 12 Years Old to celebrate the forthcoming Lunar New Year. Now in its third year, the Year of the Rat package joins the annual series to commemorate the zodiac on the Chinese calendar.

Featuring two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, the Lunar New Year gift box and label showcase traditional knots with an artistic representation of the rat zodiac symbol. The center of the knot is accented with red and gold, traditional colors in Lunar New Year celebrations. A symbol of longevity and eternity, knots have a long history and symbolic meaning within Asian culture.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old limited edition Lunar New Year pack will be available to buy from selected retailers across the USA for a suggested retail price of $140. 

Tasting Notes:

Color: Harvest sun

Nose: Creamy butterscotch, candied orange and vanilla custard

Palate: Honey, spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel

Finish:  Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying

ABV: 43%

For further information visit www.themacallan.com/en-us

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the worlds’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character. An obsession with excellence has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding, by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland.

In May 2018, The Macallan unveiled its new £140 million distillery and visitor experience on its Speyside estate, increasing investment in whisky, warehousing and in The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks.  The striking contemporary architecture, cut into the slope of the land, takes its cues from ancient Scottish hills.  It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which has been The Macallan’s spiritual home since 1824.  The new distillery marks an important milestone, recognizing the significant journey of The Macallan since 1824 and marking an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the luxury single malt.”

www.themacallan.com

© 2020 The Macallan Distillers Limited, The Macallan ® Scotch Whisky, Imported by Edrington Americas, New York, NY. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/the-macallan-celebrates-the-year-of-the-rat-with-the-release-of-a-limited-edition-lunar-new-year-gift-set-scotch-whisky-news/

Elements of Islay Peat & Sherry (for TWE)

I mentioned this in my weekly news overview the other day: this is a version of Elements of Islay Peat Sherry exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. We’ve also seen them exclusive to Belgium, Sweden, Germany, La Maison du Whisky and others.

This peated Islay malt (aged for the first time in sherry casks) is a mix of two single malts (our wild guess would be Caol Ila and Bowmore perhaps?), married in a single sherry butt.

 

 

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Nose: nicely leafy and leathery, with hints of barbecued meat, lots of cold ashes and kippers, and some light medicinal notes (iodine and bandages). Hints of walnut cake, chocolate and subtle tobacco. Also fresh citrus, especially blood oranges. At once deeply aromatic and elegant. Mouth: sweet and earthy, bringing out raisins and cocoa as well as cured meat, pickle brine and orange peel. Candy apples. Crushed black peppercorns. Deeper tarry smoke in the end, mixed with some herbal notes and dark brew tea. Finish: drier and leafy now, with slightly acrid smoke and some peppery heat.

Quite big without overdoing it. This offers serious complexity and great value for money. Only from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 87/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/blends/elements-of-islay-peat-sherry-whisky-exchange/

Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years (Special Release)

The last of my Special Releases reviews. This Glen Ord 18 Year Old has been drawn from freshly charred American oak hogsheads where it matured for the full ageing period.

It is the first time that Ord is bottled as part of the Special Releases – most of the production is used for Johnnie Walker and Dewar’s.

 

 

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(55%, OB ‘Special Releases’ 2019)

Nose: sweet red apples up front, with generous baking spices. Vanilla cake with orange peel, nougat and buttery cocoa. Malty notes. Cinnamon. After some time it develops a more grassy / floral side as well. Mouth: good texture but otherwise a similar ‘middle-of-the-road’ impression. Malt, garden fruits and spice. Leathery notes and bitter grapefruit peel. Some peppery prickle, cinnamon and nutmeg. Creamy vanilla too, but it turns towards harsher ginger and grassy tree bark. Finish: quite long but becoming dry, peppery and malty.

Well indeed you may not get many Glen Ord bottlings, especially at cask strength, but put into perspective this feels a tad underwhelming. Available from MoM or TWE among others.

Score: 83/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/glen-ord/singleton-of-glen-ord-18-years-special-release/

*NEW RELEASE* Sullivans Cove Old & Rare French Oak 18yo – Tasmanian Whisky News

OLD RARE FRENCH OAK 18yo
Single Tawny Cask #HH0600

Our oldest ever release of Old Rare French Oak Tawny Single Cask Single Malt Tasmanian Whisky is now ready for release exclusively to our mailing list members.

Cask number HH0600 was distilled on Valentines Day 2001 and decanted on the 24th of June last year for a maturation of 18 years and four months. This is one of only two remaining French Oak Tawny casks from the “HH” era, the rest having been released years ago. Bottled at 50.1% abv, this cask produced only 356 bottles, of which only 252 are being made available for online sale.

“This incredibly special whisky makes for a fantastic tasting journey from all perspectives, with an Odyssean length of palate to boot. But the real stand-out characteristic is the depth and complexity of that length. Far from being a one trick pony, this whisky is as powerful as a stallion, yet with all the grace of a ballet dancer.”
– Heather Tillott, Head Distiller

TASTING NOTES

NOSE: Gingerbread, grapefruit zest, cinnamon and honey. The oak is powerful but balanced, with an air of antique furniture along with cherry cola and black liquorice.

PALATE: Baked orchard fruits and menthol sit on a base of earthier tones like tobacco, leather, almond and white pepper. Herbal, spicy, floral and nutty all at once, with a beeswax texture that makes you salivate from the first sip.

FINISH: That texture carries notes of treacle, oolong tea and plum pudding for the long haul along with gentle waves of vanilla, candied orange dark chocolate and almonds to ease this mighty oak vessel on its long journey home.

Please Note: Purchase of this release is strictly limited to one bottle per person.

We have also made an update to our shipping system and rates: All domestic parcels will now be shipped via Australia Post Express, and charges will be based on actual shipping costs plus a small handling fee. This change has been made to improve shipping times and to decrease the incidents of lost and damaged packages. If you have any questions about this change, please don’t hesitate to email us!

Click the link below to purchase.

PURCHASE NOW

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/new-release-sullivans-cove-old-rare-french-oak-18yo-tasmanian-whisky-news/

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Latest Edition of Stagg Jr.- American Whiskey News

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases

Latest Edition of Stagg Jr.

Release is 13th Since Series Started in 2013

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Jan. 16, 2020) Kicking off the new year with a bang, Buffalo Trace Distillery has released the latest iteration in its Stagg Jr. franchise, with a proof of 128.4.  The 13th release since the series started, this latest offering follows suit for all previous Stagg Jr. releases in that it is uncut, unfiltered, eight years old, and with a taste profile similar to its elder statesman, George T. Stagg.

Tasting notes describe this barrel proof whiskey as having a nose with loads of dark cherries, followed by honey.  On the palate, there are flavors of cream caramel mocha followed by cherries, giving it a full-bodied mouthfeel.  The finish is described as a long finish of toasted oak, dark chocolate, and cinnamon.

Introduced in 2013, Stagg Jr. quickly became a favorite of whiskey reviewers, winning five double gold medals, 12 gold medals, and various other accolades, such as “tried and true,” and “great value,” from competitions such as San Francisco World Spirits Competition, New York World Spirits Competition, World Whiskies Awards, and others.

The Stagg line is named after George T. Stagg is one of the legendary craftsmen of Buffalo Trace Distillery, who was responsible for building the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century on the banks of the Kentucky River, now known as Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Stagg Jr. is released twice a year. The 128.4 batch is being released to retailers now.  The next release, number 14, will be late spring/early summer.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-latest-edition-of-stagg-jr-american-whiskey-news/

Longmorn 39 Year Old 1972 Gordon & Macphail Reserve

Distilleerderij: Longmorn
Regio: Schotland (Speyside)
Fles: Longmorn 39 Year Old 1972/2011, Gordon Macphail, Reserve for van Wees, 1st Fill Sherry Butt #1084, 422 bts
Kleur: mahonie
ABV: 53.4%

Dagdroom

Mijn vriend Bob kwam op bezoek en bracht deze fles mee. Hij had ze enkele jaren geleden van vrienden gekregen voor zijn verjaardag. Het is een Longmorn uit zijn geboortejaar 1972. Het vat werd door Gordon Macphail gebotteld in hun Reserve-reeks, in opdracht van de Nederlandse onafhankelijke bottelaar van Wees. Mijn god, wat een kleurtje, zeg. Bob was zo vrijgevig om mij nog een gul sample te schenken om tasting notes te schrijven. Deze zijn voor jou, Bob.

Vooraf: je moet hem even laten ademen. Vergeet niet dat deze bijna 4 decennia lang gevangen zat in een vat en dan nog een paar jaar op fles. Geef hem wat tijd en lucht: hij is het meer dan waard!

De neus is een bonte mix van rood en donker fruit. Bosbessen (zowel zwarte als rode), rozijnen, blauwe pruimen, gekonfijte rabarber, honingmeloen, Sirop de Liège, wat aardse tonen en zelfs heel even een hint van rubber. Maar dat is weg voor je er erg in hebt en wordt al gauw vervangen door iets umami als een sneetje verse rosbief, licht aangebrande karamel, humidor en vernis. Hij blijft evolueren in het glas en geeft ‘complex’ een nieuwe betekenis.

Op smaak heb ik enerzijds een mooie fruitigheid van allerhande donkere vruchten zoals op de neus, maar anderzijds komt nu het old school karakter heel mooi naar boven. Iets van vers geboend leder, mokka, bloedappelsienen, pruimtabak en orangettes. Ik zit in de afdeling ‘rare books’ van de bibliotheek in Edinburgh. Het wordt stil rondom mij. Door de venster zie ik de herfst de laatste gouden en bruine bladeren van de takken rukken, terwijl de wind langs de hoge vensters fluit.

De heerlijk lange, kruidige finish op donkere vruchten, kersenlikeur en origine chocolade rukt me uit mijn dagdroom.

Wake me up before you go-go! De lekkerste Longmorn die ik al proefde. En bovendien mijn dertigste Longmorn. Komt dat mooi uit (dat is mijn autistische kantje weer).  Dankjewel, Bob, om deze met me te delen. Wat een majestueus lekkere whisky, zeg.

92/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 08-12-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5540