Balmenach 24 Year Old 1988 Signatory Vintage for The Nectar

Gin: NOG Batch 1

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, juli 02, 2014 17:21:54

Bottelaar: Asta
Morris
Regio: België
Fles: NOG! No Ordinary Gin, Batch #1, 415 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 46%

Appelsien

Bert Bruyneel (Zotte
Bert voor de vrienden) lanceerde onlangs deze NOG! NOG staat voor No Ordinary
Gin en dat is weer zeer goed gevonden, natuurlijk. Want zijn gin is van
Belgische makelij, maar werd gefinished in een whiskyvat. Herinnert u zich deze Dalmore nog? Wel,
de eerste batch NOG! werd 6 maand lang gefinished op het lege vat. Dat geeft
hem een mooie witgouden gloed. Batch 2, gefinished op een BenRiach vat, is
ondertussen verkrijgbaar en Batch 3, gefinished op een vat dat eerder Imperial
liet rijpen, komt er over enkele maanden aan. Maar wij proberen dus nu de
eerste batch, die in een oplage van 415 flessen beschikbaar is. In de gin
werden hop, klaproos, lavendel, koriander, venkel, cacao en citrusfruit
gebruikt, naast de obligate jeneverbes. Hij is gebotteld op 46%.

De jeneverbes en
het citrusfruit zijn de eerste aroma’s die ik ontwaar, met onmiddellijk daarna
de venkel. Maar hij wordt mooi zoet met een hint van chocolade. Apart, maar
heel fris en aantrekkelijk.

Hij is minder
citrisch dan op de neus, maar wordt meteen flink zoet. Wat appelsienconfituur
met een bitter randje. Zesty, zelfs. Dit is lekker kruidig, ook. De koriander
spreekt het luidst.

De lange,
kruidige finish blijft betrekkelijk zoet – zoeter dan verwacht althans – met
wat appelsien op het sterfbed.

GIN TONIC (nou, ja)

Ik nam een groot
wijnglas, voegde daar wat ijsblokjes aan toe, nam een flinke scheut NOG! en
overgoot hem met Gini – ja, u leest het goed. Als garnering – ik geef toe, ik
hield het simpel – een schijfje citroen en wat citroenschil. Fris, monter en
geweldig dorstlessend (en eetlustopwekkend!).

De GT was
lekker, versta me niet verkeerd. Maar ik vind deze gin puur het lekkerst.
Gewoon een blokje ijs en genieten maar.

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door Mark Dermul op 30-05-2014
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Balmenach 8 Year Old 2004 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice

Gin: NOG Batch 1

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, juli 02, 2014 17:21:54

Bottelaar: Asta
Morris
Regio: België
Fles: NOG! No Ordinary Gin, Batch #1, 415 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 46%

Appelsien

Bert Bruyneel (Zotte
Bert voor de vrienden) lanceerde onlangs deze NOG! NOG staat voor No Ordinary
Gin en dat is weer zeer goed gevonden, natuurlijk. Want zijn gin is van
Belgische makelij, maar werd gefinished in een whiskyvat. Herinnert u zich deze Dalmore nog? Wel,
de eerste batch NOG! werd 6 maand lang gefinished op het lege vat. Dat geeft
hem een mooie witgouden gloed. Batch 2, gefinished op een BenRiach vat, is
ondertussen verkrijgbaar en Batch 3, gefinished op een vat dat eerder Imperial
liet rijpen, komt er over enkele maanden aan. Maar wij proberen dus nu de
eerste batch, die in een oplage van 415 flessen beschikbaar is. In de gin
werden hop, klaproos, lavendel, koriander, venkel, cacao en citrusfruit
gebruikt, naast de obligate jeneverbes. Hij is gebotteld op 46%.

De jeneverbes en
het citrusfruit zijn de eerste aroma’s die ik ontwaar, met onmiddellijk daarna
de venkel. Maar hij wordt mooi zoet met een hint van chocolade. Apart, maar
heel fris en aantrekkelijk.

Hij is minder
citrisch dan op de neus, maar wordt meteen flink zoet. Wat appelsienconfituur
met een bitter randje. Zesty, zelfs. Dit is lekker kruidig, ook. De koriander
spreekt het luidst.

De lange,
kruidige finish blijft betrekkelijk zoet – zoeter dan verwacht althans – met
wat appelsien op het sterfbed.

GIN TONIC (nou, ja)

Ik nam een groot
wijnglas, voegde daar wat ijsblokjes aan toe, nam een flinke scheut NOG! en
overgoot hem met Gini – ja, u leest het goed. Als garnering – ik geef toe, ik
hield het simpel – een schijfje citroen en wat citroenschil. Fris, monter en
geweldig dorstlessend (en eetlustopwekkend!).

De GT was
lekker, versta me niet verkeerd. Maar ik vind deze gin puur het lekkerst.
Gewoon een blokje ijs en genieten maar.

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-05-2014
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Balmenach 24 Year Old 1988 Signatory Vintage

Gin: NOG Batch 1

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, juli 02, 2014 17:21:54

Bottelaar: Asta
Morris
Regio: België
Fles: NOG! No Ordinary Gin, Batch #1, 415 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 46%

Appelsien

Bert Bruyneel (Zotte
Bert voor de vrienden) lanceerde onlangs deze NOG! NOG staat voor No Ordinary
Gin en dat is weer zeer goed gevonden, natuurlijk. Want zijn gin is van
Belgische makelij, maar werd gefinished in een whiskyvat. Herinnert u zich deze Dalmore nog? Wel,
de eerste batch NOG! werd 6 maand lang gefinished op het lege vat. Dat geeft
hem een mooie witgouden gloed. Batch 2, gefinished op een BenRiach vat, is
ondertussen verkrijgbaar en Batch 3, gefinished op een vat dat eerder Imperial
liet rijpen, komt er over enkele maanden aan. Maar wij proberen dus nu de
eerste batch, die in een oplage van 415 flessen beschikbaar is. In de gin
werden hop, klaproos, lavendel, koriander, venkel, cacao en citrusfruit
gebruikt, naast de obligate jeneverbes. Hij is gebotteld op 46%.

De jeneverbes en
het citrusfruit zijn de eerste aroma’s die ik ontwaar, met onmiddellijk daarna
de venkel. Maar hij wordt mooi zoet met een hint van chocolade. Apart, maar
heel fris en aantrekkelijk.

Hij is minder
citrisch dan op de neus, maar wordt meteen flink zoet. Wat appelsienconfituur
met een bitter randje. Zesty, zelfs. Dit is lekker kruidig, ook. De koriander
spreekt het luidst.

De lange,
kruidige finish blijft betrekkelijk zoet – zoeter dan verwacht althans – met
wat appelsien op het sterfbed.

GIN TONIC (nou, ja)

Ik nam een groot
wijnglas, voegde daar wat ijsblokjes aan toe, nam een flinke scheut NOG! en
overgoot hem met Gini – ja, u leest het goed. Als garnering – ik geef toe, ik
hield het simpel – een schijfje citroen en wat citroenschil. Fris, monter en
geweldig dorstlessend (en eetlustopwekkend!).

De GT was
lekker, versta me niet verkeerd. Maar ik vind deze gin puur het lekkerst.
Gewoon een blokje ijs en genieten maar.

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The Party Source “New American Whiskies” – American Whiskey News

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A couple of Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve private barrels have just come in:

Buffalo Trace Bourbon TPS Private Barrel – $22.49
We have the first of three selections coming in at just under 10 Years old.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon
TPS Private Barrel – $57.99

 
We are anxiously awaiting our private Masterson Rye.

In the past two weeks our tasting panel tasted and selected barrel samples from Jefferson Reserve and Jack Daniels. We are quite excited about the barrels we chose.

The inaugural release from our neighbors at New Riff Distilling has just hit The Party Source shelves!

New Riff O.K.I. Straight Bourbon Whiskey 8 Year – $44.99
New Riff OKI Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey 8 Year is comprised of just three barrels. O.K.I. Bourbon Whiskey deftly balances the spicy wallop of a 35% rye grain bill, with the oaky confection of eight-plus years of age. It enters the mouth gently, picking up the rye theme at mid-palate and jamming on from there. The finish is like a swirling cloud of clove-and-pepper rye spice. Hats off to the master distiller of Lawrenceburg, Indiana on a job well done! This unfiltered Bourbon whiskey is scrumptious taken straight up, but opens further with a splash of water. -Jay Erisman

Four Roses is considered one of the best bourbon distilleries in the world. Four Roses utilizes ten distinct recipes and five proprietary yeast strains to produce award winning bourbons. We will taste our way through four bourbons including two non-chill filtered cask strength bourbons.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Four Roses TPS OBSV (50% abv, 10 Years 10 months)
Four Roses TPS OESV (58.1% abv, 10 Years 1 month)
Four Roses Limited Single Barrel 2014 (OESF, 62.2% abv, 11 Year)

WHAT: The Four Roses Experience
WHERE: The Party Source Spirits Library
WHEN: Tuesday, July 22nd from 6:30-8:00 pm
COST: $15

Click HERE to Reserve Your Seat

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/the-party-source-new-american-whiskies-american-whiskey-news/

Just Whisky July Acution to End on Sunday 20th, July 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

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Just Whisky’s July Auction is now LIVE. Highlights of the auction are bottles we’ve rarely seen at auction at all over the past few years. From the Moon Imports ‘Cars’ collection, an ultra low volume Aberlour (1 of 37) A’Bunadh Silver, the incredible Bowmore 1955 and very rare appearance of a beautiful Macallan Cask 888 has us excited this month. 

Of course not all the auction lots are so expensive and hard to find. Those of you into more reasonably priced drams will find plenty to bid on and enjoy. Feis Ile bottles aplenty, sherried, port finished, the smokey and sweet – you’ll find it all this month in Just Whisky’s biggest auction. 

The Auction runs until Sunday 20th July at 8PM. Check it out at www.just-whisky.co.uk

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/just-whisky-july-acution-to-end-on-sunday-20th-july-2014-scotch-whisky-news/

The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Limited Edition Now at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter limited edition is now available to purchase at The Whisky Shop! Stocks of this rare single malt are very limited and all orders will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Simply Click here to buy – £63

Hand selected by members of the Guardians of The Glenlivet – This expression was created using a subtle mixture of casks including Hogsheads and American oak barrels with the addition of a proportion of whisky from Spanish ex-sherry butts to provide a rich, exotic twist.

A classic inspired by The Glenlivet’s timeless sweet style

Tasting Notes

Nose: Sweet toffee with hints of creamy nougat
Palate: Soft caramel toffee with notes of honey
Finish: Long and tangy

Bottled at 48.7% ABV

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/the-glenlivet-guardians-chapter-limited-edition-now-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

Convalmore 1978 (Rare Malts)

Convalmore is one of the distilleries that were closed during the whisky crisis of the early 1980’s. The site is now owned by William Grant and the abandoned buildings are used to store casks of Glenfiddich and Balvenie.

This is the Convalmore 24 Year Old 1978 that was part of the Rare Malts series.

 

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(59,4%, Rare Malts 2003)

Nose: interesting, with hints of unripe banana, dried fruits and soft vanilla but also more austere notes. Tarry ropes, wet limestone, a few metallic notes. Lamp oil. Plenty of medicinal touches as well. Hints of almond cream and mint. This style is now extinct. Mouth: again fruity notes and hints of cake, mixed with sharper austere notes. Bitter oranges as well as candied ones. Candied ginger. Oily notes again, waxed oak. White pepper and herbs. Becomes slightly soapy with water. Finish: long, although it’s mainly on spices and herbal notes, with a malty sweetness in the back.

This is far away from modern Speyside whisky, it’s more demanding and has some rough edges. Not quite 90’s material but definitely one to try if you have a chance. Auction value around € 300.

Score: 89/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/convalmore/convalmore-1978-rare-malts/

OLD PULTENEY CELEBRATES THE HOMECOMING OF ITS CLIPPER YACHT WITH A COMMEMORATIVE BOTTLING – Scotch Whisky News

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OLD PULTENEY CELEBRATES THE HOMECOMING OF ITS CLIPPER YACHT WITH A COMMEMORATIVE BOTTLING

This week Old Pulteney – The Maritime Malt – celebrates the completion of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2014 by the crew of brave men and women on board a yacht named after the iconic Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The race started eleven months ago and saw the Old Pulteney rose of winds carried proudly to France, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, China, United States of America, Panama, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and back to the starting point in London, UK. The brand’s involvement in this classic feat of sea adventuring is a natural continuation of the long and rich maritime heritage of the town of Wick on the Caithness Coast in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, where Pulteney Distillery was built in 1826 and where it produces its multi-award-winning Scotch whisky until this day.

The staff and management at Pulteney Distillery took the opportunity to thank all the crew members and the Skipper Partick van der Zijden for their tremendous effort and for representing Old Pulteney all around the world this past year. The Old Pulteney crew have shown rare determination and courage and successfully completed the race despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Margaret Mary Clarke, the Old Pulteney Global Brand Manager, said:

As a whisky built on its maritime history and connections, it has been an enormous thrill to be part of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race and to have witnessed the ‘Old Pulteney’ speed from port to port over the past year.”

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Old Pulteney Clipper Commemorative Bottling

To mark the occasion Old Pulteney will release a special commemorative bottling of its whisky. Old Pulteney Clipper will be made available in July 2014 at select retailers world-wide. The limited release will feature a Clipper Round the World Yacht Race -themed packaging and the whisky itself will be a classic expression of Old Pulteney, matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The whisky will be presented at its natural colour, non chill-filtered and at a premium strength of 46% ABV. Only 2,700 cases of this rare bottling will ever be released and the recommended retail price in the UK is £50.

The appearance of the whisky is that of polished gold. On the nose the sweetness of dried fruits and crispiness of green apples is accompanied by notes of fresh vanilla and white chocolate. On the palate waves of honey and orange zest, a rounded oaky structure and an unmistakable coastal note set this fresh and elegant Old Pulteney apart. The finish is smooth and long-lasting.

Maritime Malt

The heritage of Old Pulteney Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is closely interwoven with that of the port town of Wick. Once a thriving herring fishing port where as many as one thousand vessels could crowd the harbour in the fishing season, Wick was famously reported to produce ‘barrels of silver’ (salted herring) and ‘barrels of gold’ (single malt whisky). Set up to quench the thirst of a busy port, the distillery soon became recognised for producing one of the finest spirits in the world. And even though the fishing industry in Wick is well past its prime, traditional production methods, a wealth of experience and the coastal location which lends a distinctly maritime character to the whisky, keep Old Pulteney firmly in the whisky lover’s spotlight.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/old-pulteney-celebrates-the-homecoming-of-its-clipper-yacht-with-a-commemorative-bottling-scotch-whisky-news/

Ben Nevis 1970 (Eiling Lim)

There are three new releases by Eiling Lim: a Littlemill 1991, a Clynelish 1997 and – the most uncommon dram if you like – this Ben Nevis 1970.

We’ve seen single blend Ben Nevis 1970 in the past, but this is a single malt.

 

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(44,8%, Eiling Lim 2014, 60 btl.)

Nose: smooth and rather fruity, with Williams pears, oranges, bananas and mirabelles. Rhubarb. There’s also this Ben Nevis je-ne-sais-quoi that I can only describe as half metallic, half lipstick. Some chamomile tea and waxed papers. A little nail polish remover. Floral honey. Maybe a little tiger balm. Lovely hints of spearmint bubblegum as well. Elegant and quite intriguing. Mouth: again very minty from the start. Moroccan mint tea. Whiffs of Earl Grey as well. Hints of walnuts. Chartreuse. A kind of dry bourbon-like oak influence, with quite some leathery notes. In the background there’s still quinces and apricots, as well as a hint of lime. Finish: medium long, on similar resinous notes and tobacco leaves.

A rare chance to try the old Ben Nevis profile. Even though the best ones have already been bottled, this one is still a real pleasure to try. Just over € 300 – intended for the Asian market.

Score: 89/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/ben-nevis/ben-nevis-1970-eiling-lim/

The Whisky Exchange “Glen Moray – Elgin’s Hidden Gem” – Scotch Whisky News

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Glen Moray – Elgin’s hidden gem

With around 100 active whisky distilleries in Scotland, it’s inevitable that some get overlooked. One underrated distillery is Glen Moray. The distillery’s range is prominent in supermarkets, but has managed to stay under the radar of the average whisky drinker. I admit that I have been equally guilty, and have only tried Glen Moray on a handful of occasions at whisky shows. So, to rectify that, on a recent trip to Speyside, booking a distillery visit was my top priority.

Glen Moray has had just a handful of owners in its 117 years of operation – founded in 1897 on the site of the West Brewery, it was purchased by Macdonald Muir (later to become Glenmorangie plc) in 1920, remaining in the same ownership until 2008 when French spirits group La Martiniquaise took the reins.

The distillery has shown its innovative nature over the past decade. Glenmorangie gained the plaudits for its range of whiskies finished in different types of wood, but not many know that Glen Moray was the spirit used for the trials a decade or so ago. Glen Moray’s Chardonnay-cask-aged expression is still available (although originally released as a No Age Statement, it’s now their 10 Year Old offering). Some of these casks are still kept in the warehouses, having been joined by casks filled after the distillery was taken over by La Martiniquaise in 2008, and include a seven-year-old rum cask and a four-year-old fully matured port cask.

Glen Moray Casks

Experimental wood ageing at Glen Moray – some left over from its Glenmorangie days

The cask experimentation is continuing – last year, the distillery filled 95% of production into bourbon casks, but with the increase in costs – Iain Allan (who showed me round) says bourbon barrels are rapidly approaching half the cost of a sherry butt (gone are the days when they were a tenth of the price). Experiments have recently begun with brandy casks being filled with spirit.

More innovation can be seen in the production area; four new washbacks were installed in 2012, with one of the older ones decommissioned and converted into a heated water well. The wash passes through this after fermentation, thus increasing its temperature and reducing the amount of energy needed to heat the stills – lowering costs and improving efficiency.

The distillery has more freedom than it did under Glenmorangie ownership and the team are experimenting with how to get the best out of the entire production process, not just with cask ageing. The distillery’s output is primarily unpeated, with peated spirit produced just one month a year – partly to be used for an upcoming peated release, currently available as a 2 year old in the distillery shop, and also to be used in the company’s Label 5 range of blended whiskies.

With the demand for Scotch growing, Glen Moray is increasing production. Having produced 2.2 million litres of spirit in 2012 and 3m in 2013, they are aiming for 9m in 2015. To achieve this, the building which used to house the on-site maltings (dormant since the late 1970s) has been demolished. In its place, a new production building (which will house an 11-ton mash tun, 12 new stills and around 10 washbacks) is being constructed. This is effectively building a new distillery on site, as it will be larger than the current Glen Moray, which only has six stills and nine washbacks.

Glen Moray's six stills

Glen Moray’s six stills

We were delighted that Glen Moray were among the first exhibitors to be announced as returning to October’s TWE Whisky Show. If you are attending, I’d recommend visiting the stand and seeing Iain and Emma (who also run the distillery’s visitor centre), especially if you’ve never tried Glen Moray before.

I couldn’t leave without trying a few whiskies from the range:

Glen Moray Classic

Glen Moray Classic. 40%.

Aged for an average of seven years entirely in ex-bourbon casks, of which a high percentage are first fill, this is the distillery’s entry-level offering.

Nose: Rather closed, with just the malted sweetness coming through.
Palate: Light, grassy and sweet with notes of green apple and lemon.
Finish: Medium-length and slightly drying, with the lemon notes remaining through to the end.
Comment: It’s not a whisky to set the world alight, but that’s not what it’s meant to do. An easy-to-drink, entry-level single malt that’s a bargain at just a little over £20.

Glen Moray 10 Year Old Chardonnay Cask

Glen Moray 10 Year Old, Chardonnay Cask. 40%.

Unusually for a Scotch single malt, this has been aged full-term in white-wine casks. This is a whisky that has always intrigued me, so let’s see if it was worth the wait.

Nose: Sweet, with notes of orange and a hint of butteriness in the background.
Palate: Sweet marmalade and butter (in keeping with the nose). The fruit intensity, sweetness and alcohol are very well integrated.
Finish: Medium to long, rich and fruity, with plenty of that marmalade that is a recurrent theme throughout.
Comment: Whiskies aged full-term in wine casks are pretty rare and those aged in white-wine casks even more so. The butteriness comes from these casks, and while it is an unusual trait in whisky, integrates well with the rest of the flavours. At just a smidgen over £25, it’s another excellent-value whisky.

Glen Moray 2 Year Old Peated

Glen Moray 2 Year Old Peated. 60.6%.
Not yet legally whisky, this will be added to the core range in the next year or so (when it reaches the legal minimum of three years old). We managed to find some stock of this in the past and it flew off the shelves, so I was eager to give it a go.

Nose: A whack of peat – iodine more than TCP.
Palate: Warming, with the youthful peat balanced by sweetness and orange notes.
Finish: The fruitiness slowly dissipating to leave warming iodine notes.
Comment: Rather rough around the edges, but it is very young, so this can be overlooked. A real insight into what the distillery is capable of producing in terms of peated whisky, and shows excellent potential.

Glen Moray is a distillery I’ll be keeping an even closer eye on in the future, with some interesting releases planned – watch this space!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/the-whisky-exchange-glen-moray-elgins-hidden-gem-scotch-whisky-news/