1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain – Scotch Whisky News

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A Terrific Single Barrel with a Big Age Statement to Boot!
1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)
“A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

It’s not often you find a 31-year-old Scotch for under $100, but that’s precisely the beauty of our direct-import spirits program. We track down unique barrels you won’t find anywhere else and offer them at unbeatable prices. This 31-year-old bottling from Invergordon comes to us through the “Sovereign” label and is about as good a single grain as we’ve ever encountered. While the vast majority of Invergordon is destined for blends, occasionally a cask like this one makes its way to the independent bottlers. At 52% a.b.v., it has some power, but like the best single grains, it’s also graceful, subtle, and nuanced. Flavors of caramel, spice cake, coffee, and freshly baked cookies are intertwined with elements of sprightly citrus notes—all to great effect. Everything is so wonderfully balanced and smooth, it’s hard to put the glass down. Based on the quality of the spirit and its very attractive price, this 31 year old is sure to make a lucky few very happy. As with all of our single cask bottlings, there are precious few bottles to go around, and once they are gone, they are gone for good. The moral of the story: you’ll need to act quickly to add this charming dram to your collection.

1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

It’s not every day you can buy a 30+-year-old whisky for $100! As grain ages it takes on incredible mellow richness. They’re known for being good values, but the market has been pushed up thanks to big age statements in recent years. While we love these old grains, we don’t think you should be paying $200 to $300 for them even with these big age statements. Instead, we’ve secured some of the best single grains at the very best prices. Invergordon is a grain distillery situated north of Inverness on the Cormarty Firth. The absolutely massive distillery produces upwards of 40 million liters of pure alcohol per year thanks to their massive column still. Their production of grain whisky is exclusively destined for the blends, but a few odd casks made it out of the blender’s repertoire and into our glasses. Like so many things in whisky, with time comes greatness and these Invergordons are proof that grain has many facets. Only 293 bottles of this beauty exist. It’s bottled at full cask strength without dilution or adulteration of any kind.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2019

I often talk about how single grain shouldn’t be seen as some type of single malt light or an offshoot of bourbon, but should really be treated as a standalone category judged on its own merits. That’s why we thought it was so important to offer a diverse selection of well-aged grain at reasonable prices. We’ve managed to amass a collection of nearly every active grain distillery (save for Girvan) along with several ghost distilleries all in the $100 to $200 range and absolutely delicious. Anybody who can wrap their brains and palates around the subtle complexities of grain whisky should consider amassing as many of these awesome examples as they can afford, not only for the exquisite learning experience, but simply because we’re not sure when we’ll have this kind of broad access again. Invergordon tends to have a little more herbal and citrus quality than some of its more southerly cousins and this one is no different. Caramel corn, light roast coffee beans, fresh mint, woodsy herbs, and orchard fruit. A bold wild honey cuts through the linear entry and leaves you with a sweet sugar cookie finish. A bit idiosyncratic and proof that all single grain is not just one note, but has potential to offer a range of interesting and unusual flavors. This one might appeal nicely to Highland malt drinkers for its added richness and herbal undertones. A real treat for lovers of old complex whisky of any kind, though.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2019

While most of the old grain whiskies we bottle are first described as smooth, round, and gentle, this particular cask also has tremendous power. It’s 52% ABV and full of bass tones as well as brown sugar, cask spices, and a noticeable tannin structure. It’s of course amazingly smooth and round after 31 long years in barrel, but the earthy note that undergirds this whisky makes for a grain of unusual complexity as well. With the addition of a little water, the wood spices take a back seat and let the fruit ride shotgun. Winter fruits like apple and orange stand prominently against the backdrop of sweet baking spice. A special single grain for sure.

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Coming Soon – Springbank 21yo – Scotch Whisky News

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Coming Soon – Springbank 21yo 

We are delighted to confirm the upcoming release of the new Springbank 21yo 46%. This release will be available in Europe from Friday 15th March 2019. The latest edition of our 21yo was matured in 45% Port casks and 55% Rum casks and bottled at 46%. There are approximately 3600 bottles available worldwide.

Tasting Notes 

Nose: A delightful fruitiness bursts through; watermelon, strawberry laces, brambles and blueberries followed by crushed vanilla pods and glazed cherries.

Taste: Chocolate covered oranges and Caramel shortcake! Deliciously full bodied, with tropical fruit squash, gingerbread and dried mango.

Finish: A captivating Campbeltown Malt; sea salt, oily and fruity. Lemon sherbet, whipped cream, apple peel and salted pretzels complete this beautiful dram!

This bottling will be available in Europe from Friday 15th March 2019 – please note that the release date in various markets and countries is likely to vary. For details on when the Springbank 21yo is available near you please consult your preferred Springbank retailer or visit the “Where to Buy” section of our website to find a Springbank stockist.

  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop will be selling this bottle for £186.00
  • There will be a £10.00 discount for society members that can be applied to this bottle
  • This is not a Society exclusive release.

Society Bottle

And before we go, we would like to offer a gentle reminder that the new Society Bottle, the Longrow 11yo Refill Re-charred Sherry bottling, will be available to purchase online from 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 11th March 2019.

We will send you all an email with the relevant link once the page goes live.

Slainte,

The Springbank Team

To join the Springbank Society please contact them at Springbank Society society@springbank.scot

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/coming-soon-springbank-21yo-scotch-whisky-news/

SON OF A PEAT IS BACK BUT HE WON’T HANG AROUND FOR LONG, CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN – Scotch Whisky News

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SON OF A PEAT IS BACK BUT HE WON’T HANG AROUND FOR LONG, CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN

NEW YORK, NY March 4 2019 – Flaviar today announces the long-awaited return of Son of a Peat, with the release of Son of a Peat Batch 02, an unapologetically peated blended malt Scotch.

Son of a Peat was designed to provide a lip-smacking, smoking gun delight to whisky lovers at an approachable price. It certainly did just that. Son of a Peat Batch 01 received critical acclaim from the industry and consumers alike and sold out in record time.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 is now ready for release and is more than a worthy heir to Son of a Peat’s legacy. It shares the same DNA just with a touch more maturity and sherry richness to make the dram ever more complex yet just as smooth.

Each batch is unique and in short supply, but this is a dram to be enjoyed. Son of a Peat craves company and so members will be able to buy up to three bottles each, subject to availability; one to open, one to gift and one to save for later.

All 2,000 bottles will be available via a lottery system, exclusively to Flaviar members, so everyone gets the same chance to get their hands on this complex, commanding whisky bottled at the peak of its powers. Expect another dark, intense yet strangely warm and welcoming dram from the
ever-mysterious Son of a Peat.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 packs a powerful punch, weighing in at 47.2% ABV. It has been treated with the utmost of respect with each drop being hand blended, bottled, sealed and labelled to protect this most peaty of private labels. Son of a Peat is not to be messed with and so it is brought to you with no added color and non-chill filtered.

Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar, comments: “Years of analyzing data and customer reviews on our platform has helped us understand what a perfect peated malt is for our members, and also what someone new to peated whisky, would enjoy as their first experience of a peated Scotch. With Son of a Peat we’ve been able to satisfy both camps, those that have already fallen for peat and those just starting to explore the peated Scotch world.

“We took our time in creating Batch 02 as it is important to follow up with a dram just as commanding and complex as Batch 01 and which pays serious homage to the peat. As part of our mission to democratize the spirits world – given demand is expected to be high, we’re selling via a lottery system, so every member gets the same chance at scoring a bottle or three at a decent price.”

Register on flaviar.com by 11th March to be in with a chance of bagging a bottle of  Son of a Peat Batch 02. Lucky whisky lovers will be notified by 12th March about whether or not, they get to add this delicious dram to their dream home bar.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 tasting note:

On the palate, there are the usual suspects, peat and smoke with notions of seaweed that take you back tothe Scottish shores. Quickly now, the sweetness of sherry and honeysuckle step forward and clear the smoke, but just for a bit, until the journey continues towards more earthy, oaky and woody flavor nuances. The finish is buttery and long-lasting.

Son of a Peat Batch 02 key facts:

ABV: 47.2%
Volume: 750 ml
Price: $65.00
Style: Blended malt whisky
Country: Scotland
Regions: Islay, Islands, Speyside and Highlands
No of single malts in blend: 9
Age: Up to 20 years old
Cask type: Aged in hogshead, sherry butt casks and used bourbon casks
Style: Blended malt whisky, Non-chill filtered, natural color
Special treatment: Hand blended, bottled, sealed and labeled
No of bottles: 2,000
Status: Son of a Peat Batch 02, launches March 4 2019

Website: sonofapeat.com

ABOUT FLAVIAR

About Flaviar – A members-only community for adventurous spirits enthusiasts. Flaviar is a direct-to-consumer spirits club dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of fine spirits.

Born out of a frustration with how inaccessible the spirits industry is, Flaviar provides members with unparalleled access and encouragement to explore the world of fine spirits.

Flaviar’s tasting boxes and live experiences showcase everything from small craft producers, sought after names and true hidden gems. Members can access rare spirits from The Vault as well as exclusive bottlings and special private labels at members only prices. Combining straight-talking insider info with personalized recommendations and easy to understand flavor guides, Flaviar helps members cut through a sea of spirits and create an enviable home bar filled with interesting new favorites.

Membership to Flaviar is available for an annual fee of $210. To learn more about Flaviar and to become a member, visit www.Flaviar.com.

Tasting is Believing.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/son-of-a-peat-is-back-but-he-wont-hang-around-for-long-catch-him-while-you-can-scotch-whisky-news/

Rampur PX Sherry finish

Rampur is a distillery in India, founded in 1943. The company is now called Radico Khaitan and it’s the fourth largest liquor company in the country. In the 1990s they had a joint venture with White MacKay and they still have a partnership with Suntory. Like other distilleries, they have local production (whisky made from molasses) and export production (from grains).

This can’t be old, but as you know maturation is more intense in hot climates. This was matured in traditional American oak barrels and finished in PX sherry butts. A limited release of 48 casks.

 

 

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Nose: quite a fragrant whisky, full of orange blossom and rose petals as well as fruity hints of lychee and pomegranate. Quite exotic, and not overdone. Fresh apricots, cinnamon pastry. Light peanut butter underneath. Also a spicy hint, almost incense. Light but a nice surprise. Mouth: the fragrance is coming from active casks, obviously. So here you get the same light flavours of berries, apple and Turkish delight with a lot of vanilla, white pepper, clove and freshly sawn oak. More ‘plain’ flavours of malt too. Hints of Armagnac too. Finish: a bit short, with oak spices and rummy notes (banana).

The first Rampur I’ve tried and I’ve had far worst introductions to distilleries. The exotic side works well and the PX is very light. I can’t find it on sale but you can buy a sample from TWE.

Score: 82/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/world/rampur-px-sherry/

Introducing GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 (Limited Edition) – Scotch Whisky News

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GlenDronach Master Vintage 1993 Aged 25 Years

GlenDronach have been on a quest for nearly two centuries, to master a signature style which is elegant, rich and robust, maturing The Glendronach in the finest sherry casks from Andalucia, Spain. Malt aficionados give the highest of praises to sherry casks laid down in 1993 and The GlenDronach 1993 Master Vintage shows that such reverence is well-deserved. A small number of Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks have been hand-selected to create a marriage of exceptional richness and complexity. The result is a truly masterful expression from The GlenDronach.

After twenty-five years in the finest sherry wood, The Glendronach 1993 Master Vintage is an  extraordinary limited edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Expect profound layers of  depth  and complexity, leading to an exceedingly long, voluptuous and memorable finish.

£250.00 – Buy Now

Unique | Different | Interesting

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Tasting Notes

Colour: Mahogany with a golden walnut hue.

Nose: Rich brandy-laced fruitcake and marzipan on a base of smoked walnut and toasted sultana bread.

Taste: Sip cocoa-dusted coffee and sultana brioche enlivened by a twist of baked orange  rind and the juiciness of prune oil.

Finish: Savour the long velvet taste of rich cocoa and dates as pecan toffee lingers  into the sumptuous finish.

ABV: 48.2%

£250.00 Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/introducing-glendronach-master-vintage-1993-limited-edition-scotch-whisky-news/

K&L California “Mortlach Strikes a New Path” – Scotch Whisky News

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Mortlach Strikes a New Path

Exciting new things are afoot at the Speyside distiller Mortlach. A re-envisioning of the brand has brought forth three new releases that are already taking the whisky world by storm. Mortlach, affectionately called the “Beast of Dufftown,” has forged its identity by crafting big and burly single malts with tons of personality, and this new line up does not disappoint. The most classic of the malts in their new set is definitely the 16 Year Old “Distiller’s Dram” aged in a combination of refill and first fill sherry barrels of both European and American oak. It’s beautifully balanced, and rich with cocoa, dried fruit, leather, and caramel. The signature meaty richness of Mortlach fills every nook and cranny of your palate. At just $100, it’s a knockout and an incredible value. The 12 Year Old “Wee Witchie” displays the most spirited character of the distillery by nature of being the youngest. It’s aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks with the natural fruit, marmalade, and meatiness of the new make spirit on full display. For $50 bucks, it is your new daily drinker single malt and deserves a spot in any liquor cabinet. The 20 Year Old “Cowie’s Blue Seal,” exclusively aged in American oak ex-sherry casks, is perfection. For sherry lovers, it’s a clean and robust malt showing off the beastly nature of the distillery, but the careful selection of quality casks for long term aging. Get one for the collection and one to drink now.

While these should eventually be freely available going forward, the initial launch is limited, so you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity and have to wait around for the California market to get reloaded.

Mortlach 12 Year Old “The Wee Witchie” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) ($49.99)

Finally, a proper distillery bottling of Mortlach. Named for the unusually small 6th still that helps creates Mortlach’s unique 2.81 distilled spirit, the new 12 Year Old replaces the “Rare Old” Mortlach which did not have an age statement. A mixture of ex-bourbon and sherry matured whiskies all aged at least 12 years, this begins to show the incredible depth and potential of this special Speyside distillery. While not as dense and powerful as the older versions, we’re beginning to see why this distillery has been dubbed “The Beast of Dufftown.” Richness and texture are Mortlach’s hallmarks and the 12 Year Old is no slouch in that department. Deep dried fruits and fresh toasted vanilla only hint at the savory beast that might blossom in later years. A welcome addition to the Diageo portfolio.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

It’s incredibly refreshing to see some new distillery releases from Mortlach that come in at excellent prices. The 12 year “Wee Witchie,” named for their tiny “extra” still, is robust in flavor, but incredibly smooth and approachable. The meaty character of Mortlach is readily apparent, yet without any trace of the phenolic character the distillery typically shows. This is supple and extravagant daily drinking at its best. Lots of pretty dried fruits and pleasant woody tones carry throughout the nose, palate, and finish.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2019

The new distillery releases of Mortlach are the perfect counter balance to the complete disaster that the previous offerings represent. Each is a wonderful expression of the distillery, somewhat different in style than the next and absolutely reasonably priced. The 12 Year Old captures the essence of Mortlach without pushing the limits too far. This is the perfect expression to introduce someone the Beast of Dufftown. A blend of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks offer tons of classic Mortlach character without totally overtaking the complex maltiness of the spirit. The nose has rich vanilla bean, nougat, caramel and cocoa. The palate brings in some spice and baked orchard fruits with the sherry framing the spicy malt perfectly. A great value at $50.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

Mortlach is known for producing some beefy, big whiskeys, and though the 12 Year Old is certainly not lacking in power, there is an elegance and lift to it I haven’t seen from Mortlach in the past. A rich mouthfeel thanks to the use of French and American oak brings lingering notes of citrus, light spice, and subtle toast. There is no obvious peatiness, only perhaps a very subtle hint of smoke from the barrel char. The distillery style shows through on the finish, which packs some power, savory game notes, and hints of leather. Overall a great offering from Mortlach at a pretty unbeatable price.

Mortlach 16 Year-Old “Distiller’s Dram” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) ($99.99)

91 points Whisky Advocate: “With worm tubs and a fiendishly complex partial-triple distillation, Mortlach has adhered to an old style of making whisky and older, richer, darker flavors. Big and bold, it is at its best in ex-sherry casks. The nose is meaty (think gravy/beef stock) with fig, raisin, and molasses. In the mouth its concentrated, with good grip and a savory sweetness. A cult malt. (DB, Fall 2011)”

KL Notes: The excellent new 16 Year Old bottled by the Mortlach distillery is a truly welcome expression from “The Beast of Dufftown.” The 16 Year Old replaces the much loved Flora Fauna expression that was never exported to the US and the often maligned 18 Year Old expression that failed to gain a following due to its exceedingly high price. Tons of dense sherry flavors, deep dried berry, and roasted nuts balance perfectly against the bold savory malt character that Mortlach is known for. We’ve long craved an affordable older age-stated bottling from this exemplary Speyside distillery, and now we finally have it. The 16 Year Old is distilled 2.81 times in Mortlach’s unique 6-still set up and aged in a mixture of first sherry and refill butts.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

The 16 Year Old is the slam dunk of the new Mortlach lineup. If you only try one bottling, this is the one. It’s exceptional. Robust sherry of the highest quality imparts a bit of rancio which plays perfectly with the natural meatiness of the spirit and a ton of dried sultanas and figs, lending a beautiful supple sweetness. The palate is extremely full, filling every nook and cranny and hitting every taste bud. The finish lingers on and on and is where you really see the quality of the clean sherry casks used.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2019

Easily unseating the old Flora Fauna bottling as the benchmark expression of Mortlach, this distillery seems to sing under sherry and at this age it’s completely developed the dense character and meaty savoriness that we crave from the Beast of Dufftown. On first nosing expect deep dried fruit, dark chocolates, roasted meat juice, tangy clove stuffed pear. Deep and spicy on the palate with the oily texture one demands of the great malts of Mortlach. Hints of fresh herbs, candied tropical fruit and Old Bay spice. Truly a worthy example of this special distillery and well worth the $100 they’re asking.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

It’s almost unheard of to find a 16-year-old sherry cask whiskey of this caliber from such a well-respected producer at this price point. Spicy, dark, bold, and complex, this is Mortlach at its finest. This bottling is a little meatier and with more chocolate notes than the 12 Year Old because of the use of straight sherry cask. Dark, nearly dried fruits meld seamlessly with leather and tobacco notes. The smoke quotient is quite low here, but there is a roasted note coming through. This is complex, smooth, and a great middle ground between the lightness of the 12 Year Old and gaminess of the 20 Year Old.

Mortlach 20 Year Old “Cowie’s Blue Seal” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) ($199.99)

The elegant older sibling of the two younger bottlings, this wonderful old expression of the special Dufftown distillery is aged exclusively in sherry butts. Deep and complex with tons of richness, the 20 Year Old doesn’t have quite the bite of its younger siblings, but it easily outperforms the old 25 Year Old, which it replaces at a fraction of the price. We don’t see a whole lot of mature sherried Mortlach and there’s no doubt that the distillery is picking the very finest casks for this new expression. Considering where the market is going for older sherried distillery bottlings, the new 20 Year Old is a steal. Now if only we can get them to bottle this as a cask strength single barrel!

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

Much more bass tones than the 12 or 16 Year Old releases. This has that big meaty quality of Mortlach underpinned by a very savory wood profile. That base of bass flavors is topped by higher toned citrus, particularly orange peel and a bit of fresh lemon zip. Chocolate and mocha make up the middle and give way to another long and clean finish. If you’re already a fan of Mortlach, this is not to be missed.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2019

The Mortlach 20 Year Old is the most intellectual and brooding of the three new editions. I found it was pretty closed compared to the 16 on first nosing, but with some air and time, its refinement and elegance set it apart from the other two. 100% sherry cask leaves it sitting thick in the glass with a deep, nutty red hue. The nose after some air starts letting go deep savory aromatics and tons of exotic wood. More on the spice, with some dark chocolate again and some deep red fruits as well. Textured and elegant with tons of oils to coat the palate, the beefy qualities build as you continue through the glass. A fine example of what old Mortlach in sherry looks like and certainly a beautiful pour if you really want to sit and contemplate the meaning of life and whatnot.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2019

This is one of the truest expressions of a Mortlach whiskey, with subtle power, perfectly melded characteristics, and a rich, lingering palate. Carrying the most umami notes of the three expressions, the meatiness is well balanced by dark plummy fruits and Christmas spice. Blackberry and cacao lead and these flavors are backed by earth, leather, and a very subtle barrel char. Though this is a bit more of a splurge, its not too hard to justify from such a classic, highly-respected producer.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/kl-california-mortlach-strikes-a-new-path-scotch-whisky-news/

Laphroaig 28 Year Old

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Laphroaig 28 Year Old was a limited edition launched early 2018.

It was matured in quarter casks, bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts, before being married in sherry casks for its final 12 months and being bottled at cask strength.

 

 

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Nose: extra-mature in this case means relatively little peat. Instead we find marmalade and herbal teas, a little vanilla and freshness of thyme and eucalyptus. There’s some creamy vanilla and honey in the background, as well as pear compote. Light hints of pineapple, banana and guava too. Mouth: similar sweet fruits (pears, green apples, yellow plum) but less exotic this time. Plenty of Mediterranean herbs again, light menthol. Marzipan, leathery notes, fading on dry leafy notes, walnuts and heather. Finish: very long, with smoky oak, minty freshness, honey and a little salt.

I was able to compare with the Laphroaig 25 Year Old and while it is lower in alcohol and less peaty this is much richer and fruitier. Creamy fruits rather than exotic fruits. Both are really good, but this feels more old-style and gets my vote. Still available from Master of Malt and TWE has a sample if you like.

Score: 92/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/laphroaig/laphroaig-28-years/

GLENDRONACH 25 YEAR OLD 1993 MASTER VINTAGE at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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GLENDRONACH 25 YEAR OLD 1993 MASTER VINTAGE

Glendronach 25 Year Old 1993 Master Vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Limited release matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER. Nose: Rich brandy-laced fruitcake and marzipan on a base of smoked walnut and toasted sultana bread. Taste: Sip cocoa-dusted coffee and sultana brioche enlivened by a twist of baked orange rind and the juiciness of prune oil. Finish: Savour the long velvet taste of rich cocoa and dates as pecan toffee lingers into the sumptuous finish.

Shop – GlenDronach Master Vintage – $282.03

Glendronach Distillery was established north east of Huntley in the Highland whiskey region by James Allardice in 1826. The malting floors at Glendronach Distillery closed in 1996 and it was the last distillery in Scotland to heat its stills directly with flames from a coal-fired furnace, until it had to comply with new regulations in 2005. Glendronach Distillery is resplendent with a traditional cask iron mash tun, wooden washbacks, four stills. Famous for its well-aged and top quality sherried single malt, for example Glendronach 21 Year Old Parliament, and single cask releases. The distillery is now owned by Brown Forman of America.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/glendronach-25-year-old-1993-master-vintage-at-the-whisky-barrel-scotch-whisky-news/

Longrow 11yo Refill Re-charred Sherry Society bottle – Scotch Whisky News

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New Society Exclusive Release: Longrow 11yo Refill Re-charred Sherry, 56.9%

It is about time we released a new Society Bottling, don’t you think? Planning for this release started months ago in Springbank Towers so we are all just as excited as you guys that this bottling is almost here – not long to go now!

This Longrow 11yo Re-fill Re-charred Sherry bottling is available from 12pm (GMT) on Monday 11th March and will be sold online through the Cadenhead’s website  –  we will provide a link via email to allow you to purchase a bottle when the web page goes live. Email and phone orders will not be accepted.

Cask type;    Refill re-charred sherry butts

Distilled;    November 2007

Bottled;     March 2019

Strength;    56.9%

Outturn;    2,250 bottles

Price;         £55.00

Tasting Notes :

Nose : Toffee apples, orange peel and marmalade shreds. Burnt caramel and Jaffa cakes

Taste : Chocolate eclairs, smoked beef jerky, chunky peanut butter and pistachio

Finish : Ginger, sea salt, smoked gouda cheese, milk chocolate, raisins, walnuts and pumpkin pie

Please note: You will require your society number. If you are unsure of what your society number is please contact us at the usual email address: society@springbank.scot.

The Longrow 11yo, 56.9%, Society bottle is limited to one per member.  Should stock remain after initial orders have been processed, we will make a further announcement to alert members that they can purchase a second bottle.

Once again, the bottles will go on sale at 12pm (GMT) and a link will be provided in an email when the web page goes live on the day of sale. Full terms of sale will be included on the web page too.

If you have any questions in the meantime ( on how to join the Society), please email us: society@springbank.scot

Slainte,

The Springbank Team

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/longrow-11yo-refill-re-charred-sherry-society-bottle-scotch-whisky-news/

Have you ever wanted to go to the Campbeltown Malts Festival ? WIN a trip with Glen Scotia – Scotch Whisky News

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WIN a trip to Campbeltown malts festival

Win a 2x Tickets to Campbeltown Malts Festival and accomodation with Glen Scotia

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Have you ever wanted to visit the famed Campbeltown Malts Festival?

We’re giving away 2x tickets to the festival with accommodation. To be in with a chance of winning simply purchase any Glen Scotia bottle before 7th May 2019.

The prize includes 2 tickets to the spectacular Ardshiel Dinner at the the Ardshiel Hotel: 3 times winner of Whisky Bar of the Year with 1 night accommodation at the Royal Hotel.

You’ll also have access to every Glen Scotia tasting during the festival.

Buy any Glen Scotia bottle before 7th May to be in with a chance of winning this wonderful prize.

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glen scotia 18 year old

This 18 year old single malt was distilled at Campbeltown’s Glen Scotia distillery before beginning its maturation in refill bourbon casks and refill American oak hogsheads. The finest casks were then hand-selected by the Malt Master to be vatted together in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks for a period of 12 months. The nose has perfumed floral notes with thick, sweet toffee and a crisp Campbeltown saltiness. The palate has a rich and deep vanilla fruit character with apricot and pineapple amidst rich sultanas. The finish is long and dry with a gentle, warming spice. Liquid Gold: Scored 95/100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019

£89.00 – Buy Now

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GLEN SCOTIA 25 YEAR OLD

Matured in the finest American oak barrels and married in first-fill bourbon casks before bottling, this Campbeltown single malt from Glen Scotia distillery has spent a quarter of a century coming of age. The nose brings maritime notes akin to a bracing Atlantic breeze. The palate offers red apple, orange peel and vanilla syrup with a sweet caramel note, before a long lingering finish with spicy ground ginger. Liquid Gold: Awarded 94/100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019

£275.00 – Buy Now

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GLEN SCOTIA 2006 BOURBON CASK

THE WHISKY SHOP EXCLUSIVE

Distilled in December 2006 and matured in a single first-fill ex-bourbon barrel for eleven years, this Campbeltown single malt was bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop in April 2018. Just 212 bottles have been filled, each one presented at a cask strength of 55.6% abv. The nose has juicy fruit notes with a trace of vanilla and a subtle maritime influence. The palate is smooth, with sweet notes from the bourbon cask adding to the classic salty Campbeltown character. The finish brings a gentle spice with oak notes lingering.

£85.00 – Buy Now

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GLEN SCOTIA VICTORIANA

Each cask of this Campbeltown Single Malt is selected for its rare character and exceptional maturity. Finished in deep charred oak before bottling straight from the cask, this non chill-filtered expression combines subtle wood and vanilla flavours with a full-bodied spicy fruit aroma. The nose is elegant with oak and creme brulee notes leading to caramelised fruit and polished oak. The palate is sweet and concentrated with blackcurrant jam, subtle wood and vanilla, while the finish is clean and sweet with cocoa tones.

£73.00 – Buy Now

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GLEN SCOTIA 15 YEAR OLD

Gently matured in the finest American Oak barrels for 15 years before bottling, this Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky offers hints of vanilla oak on the nose, interwoven with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits.

£63.00 – Buy Now

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