Park Avenue Liquor Shop “#10yearchallenge = 10% Off 10 Year Olds” – Whisky News

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10% OFF Select 10 Year Olds

May as well make the #10yearchallenge viral sensation work to your advantage

Oh silly social media!

The latest viral trend sweeping through social media platforms is the #10yearchallenge – Basically people are just posting images of themselves next to an image of them 10 years later. We know ~ Fascinating. So while you’re currently being subjected to this viral sensation we thought we’d turn it into a fun opportunity for you. The listed 10 year old spirits in this email are 10% Off through the end of January. Only these select bottles.

Use the Promo Code: 10YEAR (in Caps) 

Please contact us with any questions and don’t forget to RSVP if you’re interested in attending our ‘Burns Night’ after-hours single-malt scotch tasting on the 25th.  

Cheers!
Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com

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WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye 

Nose: Allspice, orange peel, anise, oak, char and caramel

Palate: Sweet, hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by rye­spice and mint

Finish: Long finish, warm butterscotch and caramel.

PRICE: $90

AFTER DISCOUNT: $81  

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 Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt  

“For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality ‘entry-level’ single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favorite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavors”.  

PRICE: $75

AFTER DISCOUNT: $67.50  

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Widow Jane 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon 

AROMA:  Butter, cream and toffee.

TASTE: Honey and cherry wood. 

FINISH: Charred oak, orange peel and smooth spicy finish.

PRICE: $85

AFTER DISCOUNT: $76.50  

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Yame ‘Eight Goddesess’ 10 Year Old

Japanese Whisky 

Yame – Eight Goddesses – is a Japanese Whisky blended from whiskies matured in oak for 10-13 years inspired by the mythical Yametsu Hime said to protect the scenic mountainous beauty of the Yame Region, home of the famed Kitaya distillery.

Super Mellow, Delicate notes of Vanilla interlaced with Citrus.

PRICE: $65

AFTER DISCOUNT: $58.50  

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– Bushmills 10 Year Old –

Single Malt Irish Whiskey 

“A superb 10 year old Irish single malt and winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards.  Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

The Wisky Bible previously awarded  Bushmills 10 year old 92.5 points.

Nose: Banana skins.

Palate: Medium, very fruity, chocolate pudding.

Finish: Floral, tannic”.

PRICE: $63

AFTER DISCOUNT: $56.70  

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 – Ben Nevis 10 Year Old –  

Single Malt Scotch 

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old is a superb introduction to the distillery’s style. Full-bodied with a whiff of peat, lots of tropical fruit, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate, this is a great example of western Highland whisky.Nose: Fresh and quite dry. A supple greenness with soft leafy notes with a rich fruitiness. Hints of orange and Seville marmalade with a light vinous character and nutty undertones.Palate: Gentle dryness. Toffee. Looming omnipresent are solid peat notes with a bitter sweetness.Finish: Silken, toffee and caramel notes balanced with a touch of ‘mochaccino’ and dark chocolate.PRICE: $98 AFTER DISCOUNT: $88.20  

Once again this offer is through the end of January. Discount applies ONLY to listed items and CANNOT applied to any other bottles. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the Jets hiring a Head Coach that the Dolphins just fired. Notes and descriptions are not necessarily the opinion of Park Ave. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |  parkaveliquor.com

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Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy 27 Years

I believe this will complete our reviews of the rather excellent Vintner’s Trilogy from Bowmore distillery:

The last part is a 27 year-old malt which spent 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels and another 14 years in Port pipes, resting in Bowmore’s famous No 1 vaults on Islay.

 

 

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(48,3%, OB ‘Vintner’s Trilogy’ 2018)

Nose: aromatic nose, combining smoky notes with damp tobacco leaves and sweeter notes. Red berries, milk chocolate and toffee. Heather, mint and subtle medicinal touches. Curry spices a little sandalwood. Rather fresh and elegant, with closely interwoven aromas. Mouth: creamy texture, with a syrupy berry sweetness again, now also cooked fruits (peaches), as well as toffee and milk chocolate. Menthol freshness. Some violet candy but nothing perfumy. Herbal notes, lots of dry ashes and a very light salty touch. Finish: sweet and smoky, with some tangy oak and leather.

I’m generally not a big fan of port wood maturation but this is done skilfully. A good Bowmore with syrupy fruits. Really good but it doesn’t beat the 26 Years for me. Still available from The Whisky Exchange (the 26 Years as well by the way).

Score: 89/100

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The Whisky Exchange “The Perfect Burns Night Dinner” – Guid Auld Scotch Drink” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Perfect Burns Night Dinner – Guid Auld Scotch Drink

At the end of the month is one of the biggest dates in the Scottish calendar. When it comes to excuses for a party, at least. Less than a month after Hogmanay and it’s time for another night of celebration – 25 January is Burns Night.

Who was Robert Burns?

For those who don’t know the work of Robert Burns, he was a Scottish writer, who was born on 25 January 1759 – hence the date of Burns Night – and died in 1796. In his time he was a not only a writer and poet, but also a farmer and an exciseman, working a beat in the lowlands that included checking up on at least Annandale distillery.

He is one of the most influential writers in Scottish history, and his influence is still felt today. In honour of his life, his birthday has now become a day of celebration, with Burns Suppers and parties popping up around the world.

Sowing the seeds of Burns

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a fan of Burns and his poetry, with the seeds sown at my first Burns Supper at The Whisky Exchange in Vinopolis. Franchi Ferla of Simply Whisky stalked the floor while telling the tale of Tam o’ Shanter – still one of my favourite Burns poems – and I was a convert.

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Simply Whisky do Burns Night – If you see these two at the front of a Burns Supper, you’re in for a treat

Since then, I’ve expanded on my Burns Night obsession each year, with posts on food and beer ideas, ginny alternatives to whisky, a spot of poetry and keeping things more traditional. Strangely, the one thing I’ve not looked into is what whisky to drink with your Burns Supper.

A traditional Burns Supper can take many different forms – there have been suppers for more than 200 years and things have changed a lot over that time. However, here’s a skeleton of how things usually go and what we’d recommend – feel free to add bagpipers and as many courses as you like.

Before Dinner

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As an opening dram of the evening, we’d go for something lighter and more aperitif-like. To keep with the Burns theme, we’ve chosen Arran Robert Burns Single Malt, the ‘official’ Robert Burns whisky. We’re not entirely sure what makes it official, but it’s the perfect start to an evening of whisky, food and poetry.

Some hae meat an canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
– The Selkirk Grace, the traditional opening to dinner

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The Soup

Some like a Scotch Broth, some a Cullen Skink, but if I’m about to chow down on a hearty main course, then Cock-a-leekie is the soup I want to start with. As the name suggests, it’s a chicken and leek soup, traditionally with prunes in the mix. I like the recipe on GreatBritishChefs from Graeme Taylor of A Scots Larder – it’s a bit more substantial than some, has carrots for extra sweetness and has the prunes cooked in from the beginning rather than used just as a garnish.

On thee aft Scotland chows her cood,
In souple scones, the wale o’food!
Or tumblin in the boiling flood
Wi’ kail an’ beef;
– Scotch Drink. Burns liked a bit of beef and cabbage soup

To go with the soup, we’d go for something lighter and sweeter, although with enough weight not to get lost – something that will pair rather than contrast with the homely, comfort-food character of chicken soup. We’ve chosen Bruichladdich Islay Barley. It’s buttery and creamy, like most Bruichladdichs, with a touch of grain sweetness. Our second choice is Glen Grant 18 Year Old. More delicate than the Bruichladdich, it’s got more sweetness and a touch of dried fruit richness hiding at the back – just the thing to pair with a prune-tinged Cock-a-leekie.

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The Haggis

The arrival of the haggis is the centrepiece of a Burns Supper. Cooked in whatever manner you wish (I like to wrap mine in foil and roast it), it should be brought in whole and presented to the assembled throng. It’s at this point that the most famous bit of dinner poetry is read – Address to a Haggis. This is the important bit:

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

That means it’s slicey-slicey time. Cut open the Haggis and make sure it gets served quickly: haggis is at its best when hot. It’s usually served with neeps and tatties – mashed turnips and potatoes – and a sauce that often has a bit of whisky in. Just make sure you don’t pour whisky over the haggis: it’s not a Christmas pudding.

With the simple application of heat, a magical transformation occurs – warm-reekin, rich!

To go with the main course, you need something a bit more robust – haggis is a peppery beast, with strong flavours throughout, and the neeps and tatties normally have more than their fair share of butter. Our first pick is our Whisky-Exchange-exclusive Glenfarclas 2007 Marriage of Casks. It’s rich, spicy and very sherried, without getting too heavy – it won’t be cowed by a weighty haggis. And as an alternative, something a bit smoky: Talisker 2007 Distillers Edition – it’s got the classic salt, pepper and smoke Talisker character with an extra hit of richness from its amoroso finish. An excellent match.

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The Dessert

Dessert often gets a bit forgotten at Burns Suppers. However, when it comes to rib-sticking puds, the Scottish know a thing or two.

If you look beyond the deep-fried Mars Bar (no matter what The Three Drinkers recommend), there’s a whole raft of options, with Clootie Dumpling sitting at the top of my puddin’ pile. However, after a hearty serving of haggis, there’s only one dessert for me: cranachan.

It’s a Scottish riff on a style of pudding that pops up wherever there is milk: cream, something sweet, something crunchy and something fruity. Eschewing the southern decadence of the Eton Mess’s meringues, cranachan is straight-down-the-line Scottish: cream, heather honey, oats and raspberries. With maybe a splash of whisky. Just a splash…

Some experimental cranachans, including a rather tasty one using gooseberries…

Matching whisky and creamy things can be difficult, but we reckon something fruity will give an extra layer of flavour. Our first fruity dram is Ben Nevis 10 Year Old. It’s got a whiff of smoke and a rich chocolate background, but it’s also packed with tropical-fruit flavour – it’ll cut through the cream and compliment the berries. Our second choice is our exclusive Glenlivet 1981 from Signatory. It’s got orchard and stone fruit in spades, and has a rich, sherry-cask backbone that’ll make sure the cranachan doesn’t take over.

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After Dinner

Once the eating has finally finished, it’s time for some more whisky, and a bit of a sing-song. Arguably Burns’ most famous poem is one that people around the world sing without realising it’s one of his: Auld Laing Syne. It’s not all his own work, but he added some verses to an old folk song, and it’s thanks to him that it’s spread as far as it has.

While it’s best known as a new year song, it’s also traditionally sung at the end of a Burns Supper. It’s a song about remembering friendship and times past – the perfect end to the evening.

If you’re singing, you need a drink in your hand, and we’d go for something big and special. Our first choice is the Whisky-Exchange-exclusive Speyside 1973 bottled by The Whisky Agency. It’s packed with tropical and dried fruit, with the fruity spirit amplified by maturation in a sherry cask – we think it might have been a fino cask. Our second choice is even bigger and more sherried – our exclusive Edradour 2005 oloroso sherry cask. It’s a sherry monster, with loads of dried fruit and spice, just the thing for toasting the end of the perfect Burns Supper.

Scotch Drink

Whatever you do this Burns Night, make sure you raise a dram to the Ploughman Poet – as if we need an excuse to drink some guid auld scotch drink.

O thou, my muse!
guid auld Scotch drink!
Whether thro’ wimplin worms thou jink,
Or, richly brown, ream owre the brink,
In glorious faem,
Inspire me, till I lisp an’ wink,
To sing thy name!
Scotch Drink, my favourite Burns poem

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LAPHROAIG 8 YEAR OLD 2010 STRICTLY LIMITED EXCLUSIVE at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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8 Year Old 2008
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$70.31

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Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead selected and bottled at cask strength October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 284 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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LAPHROAIG 8 YEAR OLD 2010 STRICTLY LIMITED EXCLUSIVE at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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8 Year Old 2008
Williamson
$70.31

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Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead selected and bottled at cask strength October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 284 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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LAPHROAIG 8 YEAR OLD 2010 STRICTLY LIMITED EXCLUSIVE at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Laphroaig
8 Year Old 2008
Williamson
$70.31

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Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask hogshead selected and bottled at cask strength October 2018 by Morrison MacKay exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. 284 bottles. Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Add a flight from Oban to your tour to Islay……….

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Add a flight from Oban to your tour to Islay 

Oban Airport is the perfect place to take off from on your west coast island adventure. The airports of Coll, Colonsay, Tiree and Islay are typically around 30 minutes flying time away. Hebridean Air offer several connections each week to the Isles – typical flight times are around half an hour – making it easy to spend a day exploring, just sit back and enjoy the view. They fly to Coll and Tiree on Mondays and Wednesdays and Islay and Colonsay on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We have designed a few sample tours, to add on to your longer tour with us … we do everything for you, transfers, accommodation, entry fees and bookings, even food and drink – all fully guided.

Oban – Islay; an easy way to add a few days on whisky island to your whisky tour. After, or in the middle, end of your tour with us, why not add two nights on Islay? Day 1  Leave Oban on Tuesday and spend the remainder of the day exploring Islay, with a driver and vehicle meeting you at Islay airport, then whisking you away to take a distillery or two (Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Ardbeg) . Overnight; we have a variety of accommodations from rooms in a pub to 4 star. Enjoy the night.

Day 2 We start after breakfast with a visit to an oyster farm, on a loch.  This privately owned family business, will chat to you about their work, where the oysters go, before giving samples – our favourite is a freshly opened oyster with a wee dram of whisky poured into the shell. From here to Bruichladdich for either a tour or just taste and shopping. Along to a wee place we know for lunch, many options here including over 250 whiskies behind the bar! We then head up to Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila – tour or dram, up to you. Head back to your accommodation for a final night – make it a good one, do you like seafood? Care to spend on a platter for two? We can pre book this for you – it is superb.

Day 3  A 15.50 flight back to Oban so you have time for more Islay whisky! Arriving back in Oban approx. 16.30, we meet you and drive to your next destination; Oban or a longer tour with us.

We would suggest if adding this to a longer tour, bring an small piece of luggage to last you the 3 days from Oban and return, leaving your larger luggage in Oban. Price on application:  paul@mcleanscotland.co.uk

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Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 Signatory 30th at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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35 Year Old 1982
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$1,664.36

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Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2040 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 567 bottles.

Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst some of the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site. During the winter of 1823-24 James Fox tested his newly designed spirit safe at Port Ellen Distillery prior to its introduction in all Scottish licenced distilleries by 1825 in order to comply with enactment of the Excise Act of 1823. Thus Port Ellen Distillery was the first Scottish distillery to install a spirit safe and James Fox was paid £428 for his work. Official bottlings of Port Ellen single malt whisky include the Port Ellen Annual Release and independent release from Hunter Laing Co. are highly prized.

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Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 Signatory 30th at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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40 Year Old 1978
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Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry butt #2587 bottled June 2018 for the Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary series. 484 bottles.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whiskey which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

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Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 Rare Malts Selection

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982 Chieftain’s Choice

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, januari 08, 2019 07:24:22

Distilleerderij:
Port Ellen
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982/2006, Chieftain’s Choice, Hogshead #1519, 300
bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 59.4%

Kauwgom

Chieftain’s is, zoals u wellicht weet, één van
de labels van Ian Macleod Distillers – een onafhankelijk bottelaar die zelf ook
distilleert, want eigenaar is van Tamdhu en Glengoyne en momenteel volop bezig
met het nieuw leven in blazen van de Lowlander Rosebank. Deze Port Ellen werd
in 2006 al op ons losgelaten en is bijgevolg nergens meer te vinden.

Mooi rokerig op de neus met hints van
vuursteentjes, citroenzuur, hooi, wat zilt (maar niet zo veel als ik
verwachtte) en het papier van een vers gedrukt boek. Ik meen de gist te ruiken,
zonder dat het stoort. Gedroogde rozen, echt waar. Oranjebloesems en een hint
van vaaswater. Opnieuw: het stoort allerminst. Dit is best intrigerend. Zoete
mout en karamel verschijnen en worden verrassend groot, aangevuld met aardbeien
kauwgom, waardoor de neus erg zoet wordt. Dit staat me heel er gaan.

Stroperig op de tong, maar erg groots qua
smaak. Pikant op peper, zout, nootmuskaat en hints van curry. Citrus wordt nu
dominant (limoen, citroen), terwijl zoethout en groene thee hun duit in het
zakje doen. Dat alles tegen een rokerige achtergrond met een bittertje van het
hout. Erg complex en bevredigend (ok, dat klinkt wat vreemd, maar u begrijpt
wat ik bedoel, toch?).

De typische zilte noten van Port Ellen worden
in deze lekkere afdronk wat verdrongen door citrus en hooi, maar de balans is
perfect. Het bittere sterfbed is subliem.

Mijn god, dit is echt wel out of this world.

92/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 04-01-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be)

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