NEW WHISKY RELEASE: OCTOBER 21st Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch 2) – American Whiskey News

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NEW WHISKY RELEASE: OCTOBER 21st Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch 2)

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It’s officially Fall y’all and we’re excited to release Batch #2 of our Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky at our Lovingston Visitors Center on Saturday, October 21st! Be among the first to try it along with our seasonally inspired cocktails and a bite to eat from the Dr. Ho’s food truck.

Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is a culmination of Old World and New World whisky making, showcasing 100% malted barley whisky made on-site in Virginia married with whisky from Scotland and finished for 10 months in cider casks from our friends at Potter’s Craft Cider in Free Union, Virginia.

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Tasting Notes:  Notes of vanilla, apple and pear are evident on the nose. On the palate, soft creaminess and sweetness from the malt mingle with caramelized wood sugars from the oak, pairing nicely with a touch of acidity from the cider barrel.  Enjoy neat, with a cube or a splash of water or in your favorite Fall-inspired cocktail.  Retail Price: $64.59      Production: 260 cases in 750mL bottles

Where Can You Find It?

Outside of the Visitors Center, this whisky will also be available in select stores throughout Connecticut, DC, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Virginia beginning in late Fall.

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CASK SOCIETY CASK OWNERSHIP PROGRAM 

Ever wanted to own a cask of whisky? Our Cask Society program allows you to purchase a cask of our coveted Virginia Single Malt Whisky. As a Cask Society member, you will also gain instant access to specialty perks as you wait for your whisky to age.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/new-whisky-release-october-21st-cider-cask-finished-virginia-highland-whisky-batch-2-american-whiskey-news/

THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY SPICES THINGS UP WITH PAIR OF INDIAN SINGLE MALTS – Indian Whisky News

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THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY SPICES THINGS UP WITH PAIR OF INDIAN SINGLE MALTS

 Whisky club bottles single casks from an Indian distillery for the first time in its ongoing mission to explore the spectrum of flavours in whisky

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) [www.smws.com/] is spicing things up in October with the release of two new Indian single cask malts from a prominent distillery in Goa. The distillery is the 134th to be bottled by the Society, and marks the first time they have bottled from the Goan distillery, which rarely releases aged single cask, single malts.

In traditional Society style, the bottles are named after their flavour and aroma – ‘Exotic rainforest fruits’ and ‘Lip-smacking and cockle-warming’. Both whiskies are six years old and were matured in refill ex-bourbon casks. Priced at £145 each, the bottles will be available to Society members via a ballot from 19 October.

‘Exotic rainforest fruits’, which is one of only 174 bottles drawn from the single cask, was distilled on 28th February 2010 and is released under the Society’s Sweet, Fruity Mellow flavour profile. The Society’s expert Tasting Panel describes the whisky as taking the drinker “into the realms of the exotic with a profusion of tropical fruits combined with the woody humidity of a rainforest.”

‘Lip-smacking and cockle-warming’, which is one of only 168 bottles, was distilled on 31st March 2010 and was placed in the Juicy Oak and Vanilla flavour profile by the Society’s Tasting Panel. They note the whisky as having flavours of “caramel apple granny cake in a wooden cabinet, toasted coconut and pears in honey.”

Distillery 134 is located in Goa on the western coast of India. The warm, tropical climate of the region, where the average temperature reaches up to 30°C, has a significant impact on the whisky maturation process.

While the casks are stored in an underground temperature-controlled cellar, the heat makes the whisky mature faster than it would in colder climates such as Scotland. It also leads to more whisky evaporating – the ‘angel’s share’ of Indian whiskies is around 8% compared to around 2% in Scotland. This high level of evaporation makes it exceedingly difficult to age the whisky for longer periods, making the six-year-old bottling exceptionally rare.

This combination of temperature combined with the carefully selected American white oak casks gives the whiskies distinct flavours such as spices, marmalade, chocolate, coconut, dry fruit, vanilla and honey.

Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at the Society, said: “Our aim at the Society is to search the world for exciting single casks to share with our members. These two casks from Goa are perfect examples – it’s fascinating to see how the different climate and faster maturation process there has created such an amazing array of juicy, sweet and spicy flavours. This is the first time we’ve bottled from distillery 134 and we can’t wait to hear the feedback from our members.” 

‘Exotic rainforest fruits’ and ‘Lip-smacking and cockle-warming’ will be released in the UK and EU on 19 October. Due to the high demand anticipated for these new releases, SMWS will hold a ballot to ensure all members have an equal opportunity to purchase.

Other key SMWS branches such as Australia and the US will launch the bottles later in 2017.  

https://www.smws.com

@smwsuk #smws

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FULL TASTING NOTES BOTTLE INFOMATION 

134.1 – ‘Exotic rainforest fruits’ 

  • Distillation date: 28/02/10
  • Goa, India
  • ABV: 57.9%
  • Age: 6
  • Outturn: 174
  • Price: £145
  • Sweet, Fruity Mellow
  • Cask: Refill ex-bourbon

We found ourselves careering at some pace into the realms of the exotic as a profusion of tropical fruits combined with the woody humidity of a rainforest. Generous helpings of sweet mango, ripe banana and passion fruit were teased by light and floral lychee, white lily and carnation. Warming spice entered from the left with cinnamon, nutmeg and masala chai tea with a sweet earthy note that developed into new leather-bound books before turning to oregano, lemongrass and camomile. A luscious and rich vein continued throughout like hot toffee, milk chocolate and thick cream and finishing in the most splendid fashion with candied orange and apricot brandy.

134.2 – ‘Lip-smacking and cockle-warming’ 

  • Distillation date: 31/03/10
  • Goa, India
  • ABV: 58.0%
  • Age: 6
  • Outturn: 168
  • Price: £145
  • Juicy, Oak Vanilla
  • Cask: Refill ex-bourbon

The initial nose is sweet (honey, custard donut, candy corn, caramel apple granny cake); then the wood influence comes (wooden cabinets, toasted coconut, dusty tobacco). The palate also has initial sweetness (pain au chocolat, chocolate raisins, brown sugar), followed by big woody spice (oak, anise, chilli, liquorice). The reduced nose continues that duality – sweetie necklaces, pears in honey and ginger cake against wooden shelves in a shoe shop and pipe racks. The reduced palate is similar, but somehow more integrated – Madeiran honey cake (bolo de mel), bourbon biscuits, Oddfellows, sweet chilli and muscovado on toasted staves – lip-smacking, tasty and cockle-warming. 

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NOTES

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club that bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The Society only ever bottles single casks – each cask is unique, making every Society bottling a limited edition
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 134 distilleries in its history
  • The Society releases a new batch of around 20 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers different levels of membership
  • For more information about the Society, visit www.smws.com/
  • The Society doesn’t reveal distillery names as they have a gentleman’s agreement with the distilleries and it compromises their ability to secure further stocks; where possible we’d appreciate it if you could not reveal the names

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/the-scotch-malt-whisky-society-spices-things-up-with-pair-of-indian-single-malts-indian-whisky-news/

New Single Barrel of Auchroisk 23 Year at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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New Single Barrel of Auchroisk 23 Year

While our previous cask of Auchroisk 15 year was a hot deal while it lasted, this advanced and equally brilliant 23 year old edition may have it beat. Absolutely brimming with sweet stone fruit, rock sugar candy, and syrup, this barrel of 53.3% cask strength single malt whisky from Diageo’s Highland distillery brings yet another bang for your buck under the guise of Old Particular. The nose has all the classic aromas of malted barley, vanilla, and oak spices, but it’s the initial blast on the palate where this whisky ultimately shines. Rich and robust on the finish, it’s a classic Scottish malt through and through and the unbeatable price reflects our continued effort to combat the current market forces with affordable, mature, and exciting whiskies straight from the source. If you’re a fan of straight-up single malt, not saturated sherry or super peaty whiskies, but old school, fruit and vanilla-laden Scotch with a rich and supple mouthfeel, then it doesn’t get better than this Auchroisk 23. The Johnnie Walker distillery makes classically flavored whiskies much like its neighbor Benrinnes, loaded with cocktail fruit, sweetness and charm. Any time I can nab a single barrel of 23 year old Highland whisky of this quality (at cask strength, no less) for under $100, I’m going to take that offer. I’m expecting about 200 experienced KL whisky customers to do the exact same thing.

1994 Auchroisk 23 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) – $89.99

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Limited edition Glen Scotia Single Cask takes flight with World Duty Free at Edinburgh Airport – Scotch Whisky News

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Limited edition Glen Scotia Single Cask takes flight with

World Duty Free at Edinburgh Airport 

Independent Campbeltown distillery Glen Scotia is set to launch a new limited edition Glen Scotia Single Cask release in partnership with World Duty Free and Edinburgh Airport.

Just 204 bottles of the 26-year-old Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 will be available at the World of Whiskies store in Edinburgh Airport. The Glen Scotia Single Cask is also the Campeltown distillery’s first release to be introduced at a UK airport.

Glen Scotia’s partnership with Edinburgh Airport and World Duty Free who own and operate the specialist World of Whiskies stores, follows successful sales of parent company Loch Lomond Group’s Loch Lomond Global Travel Retail (GTR) Scotch whisky range at World of Whiskies stores.

The Glen Scotia distillery, which has a history dating back to 1832, is located in Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s five Scotch whisky producing regions. In the Victorian age Campbeltown was known as the ‘whisky capital of the world’ and was home to more than 30 distilleries, but Glen Scotia is one of just three surviving distilleries locally.

Claire Branagan, non-beauty trading manager, World Duty Free at Edinburgh Airport, said: “It is very exciting to be offering this limited edition Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 bottling to our World of Whiskies customers at Edinburgh Airport, especially as this is the first time the brand has been made available at a UK airport.

“With just 204 bottles available, the Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire a slice of Campbeltown’s whisky heritage.”

Distilled in April 1991 and bottled in August 2017 at a cask strength of 56.5% ABV, the Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 offers layers of honey and brown sugar with juicy pineapple and tangy orange peel. A salty edge, consistent with the distillery’s distinctive maritime-influenced character, leads to a warm ginger spiciness on the finish.

André de Almeida, managing director of Global Travel Retail at Loch Lomond Group, said: “We’re pleased to have created the Glen Scotia Single Cask No. 857 in partnership with Edinburgh Airport and World Duty Free. It is a true showcase of the distinctive character and craftsmanship offered by our Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, one of Scotland’s five Scotch whisky producing regions.

“Single cask bottlings are very special and are only undertaken with select partners. Edinburgh Airport and World Duty Free now have something unique to offer to their customers and I hope travelers visiting Scotland will enjoy discovering both our Glen Scotia Single Cask Scotch whisky and the maritime influence of Campbeltown.” 

Richard Townsend, Retail Property Director for Edinburgh Airport, said: “Whisky is just one of the many things that Scotland is famous for and we are delighted to be able to offer our passengers this exclusive bottle of what is our national drink. With so many people passing through Scotland’s busiest airport, we are excited that visitors and locals alike have the opportunity to buy a unique expression of this fantastic single malt Scotch whisky.”

For further information, visit www.glenscotia.com

Glen Scotia A Eleanor Richmond, André de Almeida, Claire Branagan

L – R Eleanor Richmond from Edinburgh Airport, André de Almeida, managing director of Global Travel Retail at Loch Lomond Group and Claire Branagan, World Duty Free at Edinburgh Airport

Notes to editors: 

Retail price: £210 per 70cl bottle 

About Glen Scotia:

•        Independent distiller Glen Scotia has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832.

•        Glen Scotia is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown.

•        Glen Scotia was named Best Campbeltown Distillery of the Year at the 2017 Berlin International Spirits Competition.

www.glenscotia.com

@glenscotiamalts

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/limited-edition-glen-scotia-single-cask-takes-flight-with-world-duty-free-at-edinburgh-airport-scotch-whisky-news/

Isle of Arran Distillers sponsor new multi-arts Robert Burns Festival – Scotch Whisky News

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Isle of Arran Distillers sponsor new multi-arts Robert Burns Festival

Award winning scotch producer, Arran Distillers will be sponsoring Burns Unbroke, the inaugural multi-arts Robert Burns festival, at the Summerhall in Edinburgh this coming January.

The maker of the only official Burns Single Malt will be supporting the first Burns Unbroke festival as a headline sponsor alongside Creative Scotland and Scotland.org. They are also planning exciting events to celebrate the Bard including whisky masterclasses.

Running for six weeks from the 25th January 2018, the program will celebrate the plethora of artistic and performing talent in Scotland, and beyond, through the prism offered by new interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns.

Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “As the producer of the official Burns Malt, it was a no brainer for us to get involved in a festival that shares our passion for the poet.

“As a distillery, we may take a very traditional approach to production – with an eye to the proud heritage of Scotch – but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t eager to experiement and introduce new people to the spirit.

“With Burns Unbroke, we’re really excited to be helping bring the Bard to a contemporary audience and give up-and-coming Scottish artists a much deserved platform.”

The inspiration for the Burns Unbroke title comes from the epigraph printed at the beginning of Burns’s first poetry collection, the Kilmarnock edition, published in 1786*.

The festival‘s innovative visual arts programme features over 30 visual artists and there will be newly commissioned work by four Scottish based artists. In addition, the programme of events includes an Alternative Burns Night, spoken word performances, children’s performances and a tailor made programme of music.

Sheilagh Tennant, Burns Unbroke Director, says “Burns Unbroke provides the opportunity, for the first time, to bring together such an impressive range of visual and performance artists under one banner.”

Burns Unbroke runs at Summerhall from 25 January – 10 March 2018, with the majority of performance events focussed around the weekend of 26-28 January. The exhibitions will be open to the public, Tuesdays to Sundays, throughout the six weeks and entry is free.

*The Simple Bard, unbroke by rules of art.
He pours the wild effusions of the heart:
And if inspir’d ‘tis Nature’s pow’rs inspire;
Her’s all the melting thrill, and her’s the kindling fire

Arran Logo Brown.

Notes

For more information visit www.arranwhisky.com

Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)
Scottish Field Visitor Experience of the Year 2014 2015.

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/isle-of-arran-distillers-sponsor-new-multi-arts-robert-burns-festival-scotch-whisky-news/

Mortlach 32 Year Old 1971 Limited Edition

Scraping the Barrel – verslag

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 08, 2017 10:29:38

De titel van deze
tasting – die op 28 september doorging in het Gentse PROOF – verried al grotendeels
waarover dit zou gaan: vattypes. Maar met Timon aan het roer was ik er van
overtuigd dat het een boeiende, leerrijke, maar vooral erg lekker tasting zou
worden.

De line-up zou uit niet
minder dan 8 drankjes bestaan, waarvan 6 whisky’s.

New Make – Warenghem Distillerie – 63%

Het eerste drankje was
eentje waar ik meteen verliefd op werd. De new make van de Franse Warenghem
Distillerie is mij niet onbekend. Deze embryonale Armorik is zeer lekker, best
fruitig en erg drinkbaar zonder enige offnotes. Een tikkeltje farmy en
aangenaam zoet. En een bewijs dat spirit ook zonder vatrijping gewoon erg
aangenaam kan zijn.

Hier kan ik gerust een
glas of twee op mijn gemak van wegtutteren.

Deanston Virgin Oak Finish – 46.3%

Deze Deanston rijpte
eerst op ex-bourbonvaten, maar kreeg nadien nog een finish van enkele maanden
op zogenaamde virgin oak – nieuwe eik waar voorheen dus nog geen drank op
gerijpt had. Het resulteerde in een aangename, redelijk kruidige neus met
boterbollen en wat hints van geel fruit. Op smaak was hij nog steeds kruidig,
maar vond ik hem wat uitvlakken. Vooral in de middellange afdronk kwam het
maagdelijke hout mooi tot zijn recht.

Dat gezegd zijnde vond
ik deze whisky toch maar een klein niemendalletje. Een
kaarterswhisky, zeg maar.

Blandy’s
5 Year Old Bual Madeira – Medium Rich – 19%

De eerste verrassing van
de avond – en voor mij meteen ook één van de hoogtepunten! Deze Madeira – en
lang houdbare versterkte wijn van het Portugese
eiland met dezelfde naam – was donkerzoet en gekonfijt op de neus met
een hint van koffie. Op smaak was hij mierzoet en fruitig – zoals het hoort –
met wat agrums die hem een fris zuurtje gaven. De afdronk begon romig, maar
werd langzaam maar zeker erg droog op noten en citrus.

Wat een zalige Madeira,
zeg. Echt een aanrader en een mooie introductie voor de volgende whisky.

Tyrconnell
10 Year Old Madeira Finish – 46%

Het was al meer dan 7
jaar geleden dat ik deze Ier nog eens aan de lippen had gezet. Het was een fijn
weerzien, met noten en in honing gedrenkte bosvruchten op de neus, besprenkeld
met vers sinassap. Op smaak vond ik hem een beetje aciditeit missen, maar de
afdronk was mooi.

Een leuke Ier waar je
mond niet meteen van zal openvallen, tenzij om een tweede slok te nemen.

Lustau
Fino Jarana – Very Dry Sherry – 15%

Fino is traditioneel een
delicate, droge sherry, gemaakt van de Palomino-druif en rijpt zo’n 4 tot 7
jaar onder een biologische schimmellaag die flor wordt genoemd. Hij heeft een
lichtgele strokleur. Deze Lustau was
licht fruitig op banaan, aardappel en amandelnoten maar offreerde op smaak ook
een licht zilte hint met wat hout en citroen. De afdronk was niet erg lang,
maar wel mooi drogend met voldoende aciditeit om hem extra delicaat over de
tong te doen glijden.

Wederom een erg
aangename verrassing. Ik denk dat deze het erg goed zou doen bij (of na) een seafood platter in het Lochindaal hotel.
Maar dat is wellicht vloeken in de hel.

Glen Scotia 1992 Coilltean Fino Butt #3 – Samaroli – 45%

Deze reeds in 2009
gebottelde Glen Scotia offeerde eerst weinig goeds. Ik had kaas, rubber en
karton op de neus. Flink wat OBE, leek het wel. Maar als je hem tien minuten
liet staan werd hij beter, veel beter. De onfrisse aroma’s maakten plaats voor
rosbief, mokka en geroosterde koffiebonen. Echt apart, maar wel schitterend. Op
smaak was het in eerste instantie een echte bom. Vreemd genoeg begon hij erg
robuust, maar eens hij de smaakpapillen had omfloerst, werd hij plots erg
delicaat en verfijnd.

Erg aparte en interessante
Glen Scotia, zoveel is zeker.

Coal
Ila 9 Year Old 2007 Signatory Vintage UCF – 46%

Hola! Zei er daar iemand
dat we Caol Ila gingen proeven. Ik ging alvast op het puntje van mijn stoel
zitten. Caol Ila is mijn favoriete Islay whisky. Ik heb er al tientallen
geproefd en nog geen enkele is mij tegen gevallen. Deze jongeling werd door
Signatory gebotteld uit twee bourbon barrels. Op de neus gerookte hesp,
makreel, olijfolie, banaan en citrus. Dat werkt! Op smaak… meer van
hetzelfde. De middellange afdronk was zacht rokerig en opnieuw verrassend zoet.

Een schoolvoorbeeld van
Caol Ila, maar met een erg zoete twist.

Edradour
12 Year Old 2003 PTM Cask #150

PTM: ik had er eerlijk
gezegd nog niet van gehoord. Het is de afkorting van Peated Through Maturation.
Het leuke aan deze whisky is dat het de klassieke Edradour whisky betreft, maar
wel gerijpt op een voormalig Islay vat. U raadt het al: een vat waar eerder
Caol Ila op rijpte. Fruitig zoet, quasi exotisch zelfs, op mango en ananas. Op
smaak was de balans tussen het fruit, hout en de turf excellent, echt waar! De
afdronk was heerlijk lang en bijzonder interessant.

Dit is Edradour? Mooi!
Absoluut geen turf op de neus, maar op smaak des te meer. Super.

Ik zie het al: ik hoopte
dat dit een erg interessante tasting zou worden. Ik kwam allesbehalve bedrogen
uit – en de rest van de afgeladen zaal evenmin – en liet dat aan het eind van
de avond ook aan de gastheer en zijn sympathieke betere helft Nikkie weten. Dat
ze maar gauw een vervolg aan deze tasting moesten breien. Er werd mij op het
hart gedrukt dat dat zou gebeuren.

Ik schrijf me nu al in.

May
the Malt be with you!

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Inchmurrin 2003 ‘Executive’ (WhiskyNerds)

Inchmurrin 2003 'Executive'

Inchmurrin 2003 'Executive'

 

Remember the two Inchmurrin 2003 casks bottled by The WhiskyNerds early August? There was a bourbon-matured ‘Order’ and a sherry-matured ‘Law’, both among the best value drams I’ve had this year.

A small part of both casks was kept aside and married together for two months to create a beautiful vatting of presidential allure: The Executive, influenced by two types of wood.

 

 

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Nose: you get the bourbonny oak first, but the sherry grows over time. In the end I find it closer to the sherry bottling (which is great news), perhaps with a bit more spices. Lovely pink grapefruit again, sour (cran)berries and juicy plums (yellow ones this time, instead of red plums?). Just a hint of ripe pineapple from the bourbon cask. A little mocha and fruit tea. Aniseed. Beautiful. Mouth: bright fruity notes, in the style of Irish whiskey and Littlemill. Grapefruit, passion fruits, raspberries. Hints of guava juice. Again a little more spicy heat, if memory serves me well. A little tobacco as well. Finish: long, drier now. Cinnamon, plums and fruit tea.

Added yellow fruits and added spices: it doesn’t trump the others but it’s certainly on the same level. If you’ve missed the first two bottlings, then this is a must-have. Around € 100 again: excellent value for money. Check Dutch retailers like Whiskysite.nl today, I’m sure they will be gone before you know it.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/loch-lomond/inchmurrin-2003-whiskynerds-executive/

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1990 Signatory Cask Strength

Scraping the Barrel – verslag

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, oktober 08, 2017 10:29:38

De titel van deze
tasting – die op 28 september doorging in het Gentse PROOF – verried al grotendeels
waarover dit zou gaan: vattypes. Maar met Timon aan het roer was ik er van
overtuigd dat het een boeiende, leerrijke, maar vooral erg lekker tasting zou
worden.

De line-up zou uit niet
minder dan 8 drankjes bestaan, waarvan 6 whisky’s.

New Make – Warenghem Distillerie – 63%

Het eerste drankje was
eentje waar ik meteen verliefd op werd. De new make van de Franse Warenghem
Distillerie is mij niet onbekend. Deze embryonale Armorik is zeer lekker, best
fruitig en erg drinkbaar zonder enige offnotes. Een tikkeltje farmy en
aangenaam zoet. En een bewijs dat spirit ook zonder vatrijping gewoon erg
aangenaam kan zijn.

Hier kan ik gerust een
glas of twee op mijn gemak van wegtutteren.

Deanston Virgin Oak Finish – 46.3%

Deze Deanston rijpte
eerst op ex-bourbonvaten, maar kreeg nadien nog een finish van enkele maanden
op zogenaamde virgin oak – nieuwe eik waar voorheen dus nog geen drank op
gerijpt had. Het resulteerde in een aangename, redelijk kruidige neus met
boterbollen en wat hints van geel fruit. Op smaak was hij nog steeds kruidig,
maar vond ik hem wat uitvlakken. Vooral in de middellange afdronk kwam het
maagdelijke hout mooi tot zijn recht.

Dat gezegd zijnde vond
ik deze whisky toch maar een klein niemendalletje. Een
kaarterswhisky, zeg maar.

Blandy’s
5 Year Old Bual Madeira – Medium Rich – 19%

De eerste verrassing van
de avond – en voor mij meteen ook één van de hoogtepunten! Deze Madeira – en
lang houdbare versterkte wijn van het Portugese
eiland met dezelfde naam – was donkerzoet en gekonfijt op de neus met
een hint van koffie. Op smaak was hij mierzoet en fruitig – zoals het hoort –
met wat agrums die hem een fris zuurtje gaven. De afdronk begon romig, maar
werd langzaam maar zeker erg droog op noten en citrus.

Wat een zalige Madeira,
zeg. Echt een aanrader en een mooie introductie voor de volgende whisky.

Tyrconnell
10 Year Old Madeira Finish – 46%

Het was al meer dan 7
jaar geleden dat ik deze Ier nog eens aan de lippen had gezet. Het was een fijn
weerzien, met noten en in honing gedrenkte bosvruchten op de neus, besprenkeld
met vers sinassap. Op smaak vond ik hem een beetje aciditeit missen, maar de
afdronk was mooi.

Een leuke Ier waar je
mond niet meteen van zal openvallen, tenzij om een tweede slok te nemen.

Lustau
Fino Jarana – Very Dry Sherry – 15%

Fino is traditioneel een
delicate, droge sherry, gemaakt van de Palomino-druif en rijpt zo’n 4 tot 7
jaar onder een biologische schimmellaag die flor wordt genoemd. Hij heeft een
lichtgele strokleur. Deze Lustau was
licht fruitig op banaan, aardappel en amandelnoten maar offreerde op smaak ook
een licht zilte hint met wat hout en citroen. De afdronk was niet erg lang,
maar wel mooi drogend met voldoende aciditeit om hem extra delicaat over de
tong te doen glijden.

Wederom een erg
aangename verrassing. Ik denk dat deze het erg goed zou doen bij (of na) een seafood platter in het Lochindaal hotel.
Maar dat is wellicht vloeken in de hel.

Glen Scotia 1992 Coilltean Fino Butt #3 – Samaroli – 45%

Deze reeds in 2009
gebottelde Glen Scotia offeerde eerst weinig goeds. Ik had kaas, rubber en
karton op de neus. Flink wat OBE, leek het wel. Maar als je hem tien minuten
liet staan werd hij beter, veel beter. De onfrisse aroma’s maakten plaats voor
rosbief, mokka en geroosterde koffiebonen. Echt apart, maar wel schitterend. Op
smaak was het in eerste instantie een echte bom. Vreemd genoeg begon hij erg
robuust, maar eens hij de smaakpapillen had omfloerst, werd hij plots erg
delicaat en verfijnd.

Erg aparte en interessante
Glen Scotia, zoveel is zeker.

Coal
Ila 9 Year Old 2007 Signatory Vintage UCF – 46%

Hola! Zei er daar iemand
dat we Caol Ila gingen proeven. Ik ging alvast op het puntje van mijn stoel
zitten. Caol Ila is mijn favoriete Islay whisky. Ik heb er al tientallen
geproefd en nog geen enkele is mij tegen gevallen. Deze jongeling werd door
Signatory gebotteld uit twee bourbon barrels. Op de neus gerookte hesp,
makreel, olijfolie, banaan en citrus. Dat werkt! Op smaak… meer van
hetzelfde. De middellange afdronk was zacht rokerig en opnieuw verrassend zoet.

Een schoolvoorbeeld van
Caol Ila, maar met een erg zoete twist.

Edradour
12 Year Old 2003 PTM Cask #150

PTM: ik had er eerlijk
gezegd nog niet van gehoord. Het is de afkorting van Peated Through Maturation.
Het leuke aan deze whisky is dat het de klassieke Edradour whisky betreft, maar
wel gerijpt op een voormalig Islay vat. U raadt het al: een vat waar eerder
Caol Ila op rijpte. Fruitig zoet, quasi exotisch zelfs, op mango en ananas. Op
smaak was de balans tussen het fruit, hout en de turf excellent, echt waar! De
afdronk was heerlijk lang en bijzonder interessant.

Dit is Edradour? Mooi!
Absoluut geen turf op de neus, maar op smaak des te meer. Super.

Ik zie het al: ik hoopte
dat dit een erg interessante tasting zou worden. Ik kwam allesbehalve bedrogen
uit – en de rest van de afgeladen zaal evenmin – en liet dat aan het eind van
de avond ook aan de gastheer en zijn sympathieke betere helft Nikkie weten. Dat
ze maar gauw een vervolg aan deze tasting moesten breien. Er werd mij op het
hart gedrukt dat dat zou gebeuren.

Ik schrijf me nu al in.

May
the Malt be with you!

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BENROMACH UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION 1977 VINTAGE – Scotch Whisky News

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BENROMACH UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION 1977 VINTAGE 

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of an exceptional single cask vintage. Only 225 bottles of Benromach 1977 will be available worldwide. The release of this product builds on the success of previous vintage releases from the 1970’s.

Quietly maturing for 39 years in a single Refill American Hogshead, Benromach 1977 (ABV 56.0%) is a deliciously smooth and sweet dram with vibrant notes of ripe banana and luscious passion fruit. Citrus undertones and dried tobacco mingle with toasted oak leading to a fresh menthol finish.

This exquisite dram, from cask number 1268, is presented in an evocative decanter-style bottle, inspired by the curving shapes and silky textures of the distillery’s gleaming copper stills. The bottle nestles inside a rich, dark oak wooden box, reminiscent of the wood used in the original distillery washbacks.  A beautifully written, hardback book accompanies the whisky, which delves into the history of the distillery and the personalities who handcraft the whisky using time honoured techniques passed down for generations.

David King, Director at Benromach said: “Almost four decades have passed since cask 1268 was laid down to quietly mature in the traditional dunnage warehouses that surround Benromach Distillery. While this beautiful whisky drew its incredible depth, character and luxurious flavours from the wood, all around the cask, the distillery was evolving and changing. After it closed in 1983, the distillery lay silent for more than 15 years before it was revived by the Urquhart family.

“These carefully selected casks give Benromach lovers around the world the chance to own and taste a moment in time from the distillery’s rich history. We’ve been sampling this cask over the years and feel only now that it is ready to be unveiled.”

The Benromach 1977 is available worldwide from the 4th of October 2017, with an RRP of €1,500. Prices in local markets will vary depending on local taxes and duty.

For more information on Benromach, and to explore the wide range of expressions available, please visit www.benromach.com/.

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Notes

Benromach Distillery

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family realised a lifelong dream to own a distillery and purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, the Urquhart family decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four-star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail.

Tasting Notes

Colour: A beautiful dark gold hue from 39 years spent lingering in a single Refill American Hogshead.

Nose: Enjoy the vibrant notes of sweet honey, apricot conserve, orange zest and butterscotch, mingling with developing hints of toasted oak and a delicate menthol edge.

Taste: Savour the sweetness leading to a touch of pepper on the tongue followed by notes of ripe banana and luscious passion fruit. Citrus undertones and dried tobacco mingle with toasted oak leading to a fresh menthol finish.

Nose with water: Subtle coconut and exotic fruits combine with ginger and lime aromas.

Taste with water: A smooth sweetness emerges with warm bursts of white pepper and overtones of pear, kiwi and lime, followed by dried tobacco and a trace of toasted oak on the finish.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/10/benromach-unveils-limited-edition-1977-vintage-scotch-whisky-news/

Balvenie Peat Week 14 Years

Balvenie Peat Week

Balvenie Peat Week

The Balvenie Peat Week 14 Years Old (2002 Vintage) is the result of trials undertaken in 2001 by Malt Master David Stewart, at a time when very few Speyside distilleries used peat in whisky production. Ever since then they’ve had one Peat Week per year, doing peated runs using 100% Highland peat to dry their malted barley (30 ppm phenols but the non-phenolic particles are more prominent).

This is the first wide-scale release of this style (following a peated Triple Cask for travel retail in June 2017), matured in American oak casks. The distillery already hinted at the release of a 50 years old Balvenie Peat Week in the future.

 

 

Balvenie Peat Week 14 YearsBalvenie Peat Week 14 YearsBalvenie 14 yo 2002 ‘Peat Week’ (48,3%, OB 2017, 3000 btl.)

Nose: I like this kind of peat, it’s warm, earthy and not at all loud. Lots of tobacco notes, sweet almonds and hints of vanilla. Subtle floral overtones and zingy lemons. Hints of overripe yellow apple as well. Nice farmy touches in the background (after all Dufftown is closer to Brora than it is to Islay). Mouth: sweet smoke, like sugared Lapsang tea, alongside earthy and lightly bitter elements (cloves, charred wood, smoked oranges). Hints of crème brûlée, honey and still a floral edge (bergamot perhaps). All-spice, a little liquorice. Finish: long, soft and smoky, with drying tea, cocoa and cereals.

Certainly worth trying. It’s much smoother and less medicinal than an Islay whisky, but it’s well made and well balanced and it brings something different to the table. Hard to get outside of the UK, best option is TWE at the moment (or Master of Malt soon). Around € 65.

Score: 87/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/balvenie/balvenie-peat-week/