Islay Single Malt 8 Year Old 2008 McShelfie #2

Edinburgh Citytrip 2018 – deel 3 van 3

ReizenGeplaatst door Mark Dermul ma, november 12, 2018 07:23:34

Opstaan, stevig ontbijt, de tram naar Princes Street… het
begon al flink te wennen. Maar voor onze laatste dag wilden we wel een beetje
de natuur in. En in Edinburgh kan dat zeker!

We wandelden de Royal Mile af naar Holyrood Park (waar niet
ver vandaan de nieuwe Holyrood Park Distillery momenteel wordt gebouwd),
waarbij we dus ook het nieuwe Schotse parlement passeerden. We liepen door naar
Queen’s Drive, wat toegang biedt tot het park.

Het is een behoorlijke klim naar de top die 251 meter hoger
ligt. Arthur’s Seat is de naam en het uitzicht is ronduit spectaculair. Je kan
zelfs meer dan 60 kilometer ver kijken als het weer meezit. En dat deed het. We
zagen Edinburgh (uiteraard), maar ook de Forth Bridge, Portobello Beach,
Musselburgh, de Pentland Hills en zelfs het Lomond Hills Regional Park.

Tijdens de wandeling – die duidelijk erg populair is, want
je kon bijna over de koppen lopen – passeerden we de ruïne van St Anthony’s
Chapel, de Salisbury Crags, Hunter’s Bog, Dunsapie Loch en St Margaret’s Loch.

Ik had hier graag een rambling opgenomen, maar dat liet de
wind niet toe. Daarvoor moesten we terug naar beneden.

Terug beneden passeerden we eerst het Palace of Holyrood
House, de officiële residentie van de monarch wanneer ze in Schotland is, met
vlak daartegenover het nieuwe Schotse parlement, een erg modern gebouw dat in
1999 in gebruik werd genomen.

Maar wij zochten ons heil in een kleine zijstraat – een
zogenaamde close – met een leuke
whiskygeschiedenis. De White Horse Close is namelijk de plek waar de White
Horse Inn gehuisvest was. Deze Inn, ooit nog eigendom van Peter Mackie, werd
onsterfelijk gemaakt door in 1891 een blend ernaar te vernoemen. De blend bevat
– ook vandaag nog – een flinke scheut Lagavulin.

Nu de rambling was vastgelegd konden we met een gerust hart
gaan lunchen, alvorens onze volgende bezoek aan te vatten.

Our Dynamic Earth is een erg interactieve en hypermoderne
tentoonstelling – erg geschikt voor kinderen – die ons kennis laat maken met de
verschillende geologische en biologische kenmerken van onze wereld. Zeer
aanschouwelijk gemaakt door knappe – met special effects gevulde – ruimtes.
Aanrader!

Moe maar meer dan voldaan keerden we terug naar het hotel
(na nog een laatste erg leuk avondmaal in een Spaanse tapasbar – hey, het kan
niet altijd haggis zijn, toch?). We moesten vroeg onder de wol, want daags
nadien hadden we een red eye vlucht
terug naar de realiteit.

Edinburgh: natuur en cultuur, whisky, shoppen, wine
dine… voor elk wat wils.

Prachtige stad.

(meer foto’s op mijn persoonlijke Facebookpagina!).

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The Whisky Barrel releases the first of two exclusive bottlings courtesy of independent Scotch Whisky Merchants, Morrison and MacKay – Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig label

The Whisky Barrel releases the first of two exclusive bottlings courtesy of independent Scotch Whisky Merchants, Morrison and MacKay. 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release the Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 from the fantastic Càrn Mòr ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ range by Morrison and MacKay, selected exclusively for TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

The well-known and well-loved Laphroaig Distillery is located on the Isle of Islay and its whisky has a distinctive rich flavour. Founded in 1815, the distillery is named after its location, ‘broad hollow by the bay.’

The Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 is non-chill filtered and has no added colour. With an AVB of 63.4%, this malt is all that you would expect on the peat front from Laphroaig.

Morrison and MacKay are a family owned and managed company based in the Heart of Perthshire. Their ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ range is a collection of whiskies from single malt distilleries across Scotland. All the bottles are non-chill filtered, meaning they retain all the oils and proteins that give natural flavour. The Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 is the first and only cask strength ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ bottling in the UK.

Bottled in 2018, with just 284 bottles from a single cask, the Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 single malt really is something rather unique and special.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

Laphroaig 8 Year Old Càrn Mòr ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ | 2010 | 63.4% 

Tasting notes 

Colour: Light gold, natural colour.

Nose: Delicious sweet peated barley. Hints of brine and sea salt, as well as damp treated wood. 

Taste: Strong peat flavours. 

Finish: Long, smoky finish. 

Price: £66.53 GBP / $73 USD (+ PP) 

The Whisky BarrelE: info@thewhiskybarrel.com

Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.comT: +44 (0)845 2248 156Find us on: Facebook, Twitter Instagram

NOTES:-

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A)  Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 Càrn Mòr ‘Strictly Limited Edition’.
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A) Thursday 8th November 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
    A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.Q) How much is it?
    A) £66.53 GBP / $73 USD (+ PP)
  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.Q) What is the ABV of this product?
    A) 63.4% ABV
  2. Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

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New K&L Exclusives from Scotland’s Finest Distillers – Scotch Whisky News

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New KL Exclusives from Scotland’s Finest Distillers

It’s official. Scotch season has finally arrived! To celebrate, we’ve assembled a trio of sure-fire winners that are guaranteed to scratch your whisky itch. Under the “Sovereign” label are a pair of stunning drams from Tullibardine and Caol Ila and from “Old Malt Cask” is a powerhouse 21-Year-Old from Ben Nevis.

The Tullibardine is a picture-perfect 10-Year-Old and a delightful follow up to “The Murray,” which we offered earlier this year. In a classic Tulli style, it serves up bright citrus, toasted nut, and sea salt flavors. Its mouth-coating delivery is so enticing it draws you back to the glass time and again. At $50, this Highland malt is a smashing value. Simply put, we couldn’t be more pleased with this brilliant selection.

Next up, is the Caol Ila 7 Year Old. Like poetry in a bottle, this Sherry-finished single malt is a perfect encapsulation of everything we love about this Caol Ila. Powerful, yet with an understated elegance, it graces the palate with wafts of smoke, sea breeze, iodine, bacon fat, and toffee. A breathtaking Islay, this is bound to become a fast favorite among Caol Ila fans.

Last, but by no means least, is mammoth 1997 Ben Nevis 21 Year Old. Built on a massive scale, it deftly blends the raw power of Ben Nevis with range and complexity of first-fill sherry butt. Honey, salted toffee, graham cracker and so much more are all at play. That it’s priced just under $100 is nothing short of remarkable. But, that’s where having close relationships with the distilleries pays off.

As is always the case with these exclusive single casks, there isn’t much to go around. So, when they are gone they are gone for good. With winter finally upon us, now is the time to stock up on these inspired single malts.

For more on the 2018 whisky season, check out our recent blog post.

 KL1

2008 Tullibardine 10 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

I get asked all the time what my favorite whiskey is. It’s an impossible question to answer without a lot of context caveats, but what does hold true for any candidate in the “best whiskey” category is they offer value. This gem from Tullibardine offers extreme value. For 50 bucks, this hits so many high points. It’s fresh and full of bright fruit. It offers a huge spectrum of flavors from a salty earthy tone straight through cut grass, caramel, cereal grain, and white florals. All the while it has the full and oily texture you’d expect from any Highland Scotch. While we still have a little warm weather, this is at the front of my liquor cabinet; a perfect afternoon whiskey!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

The odd and loveable little distillery in the Southern Highland is so compact and quaint it’s almost laughable. The distillery is right off the road in the tiny town of Blackford and the visitor center is at the far end of a little mini-mall next to a Baxters. They’ve done a great job to take this tiny space and create a veritable Single Malt experience, but crossing over the little burn to the distillery you notice how incredibly tight the space actually is. The distillery’s French owners sell most of the malt in France and this is the first Tulli we’ve ever bought. This whisky fits perfectly in a difficult to hit under $50 price point and offers some serious highland character. I highly recommend a drop of water as the first nosing has a malty gravelly quality, while the palate is full of bright fresh citrus fruit. With a drop of water the earthy grain falls completely away and you’re left with a perfect little aperitif style malt that brings just the right amount of subtle floral quality, pure cereal notes and zippy citrus peel. The texture is creamy with a little hint of Szechuan pepper to keep it from feeling cloying. If you’re a fan of a malt driven style and don’t mind a bit of an aperitif in the afternoon, this will be the perfect whisky for you.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2018

I’ve always had an appreciation for the bottlings that trickle out of Tullibardine, and in my opinion there are never enough. This cask chosen by Signatory lives up to my expectations with a nose of vanilla bean, heavy cream, cedar wood, red licorice, great floral notes of rose and lilac, and a nutty almond quality. The palate has more spice presence with clove and cinnamon, and an addition of water brings out these spices even more revealing cayenne and also adds a nice viscosity.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2018

This is a single malt for someone who is looking for an easy to drink and enjoy whiskey. The nose is sweet and waxy with a very subtle savory nuances. In the mouth it is mouth coating , round and rich, with a juicy malt liveliness.It offers all of this but it is not too heavy or out of balance.

KL2

2010 Caol Ila 7 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Finished Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

We love to when our friends at Hunter Laing bring us young peaters to try. We’ve done several of these casks of Caol Ila in the past, but I don’t think we’ve ever come across one as absolutely perfect as this little monster. Now some people will notice the description is quiet unusual, a Sherry Finished Butt. We usually expect these young peaters to get filled in to old hoggies and often stay there until we come across them 5-6 years later. Maybe they would have thrown is into an ex-sherry cask for a year or so to ace’d. Now we’ve moved into a whole new territory. The Laing’s are taking used sherry butts, filling them with sherry for a year or so and then filling fresh young Caol Ila malt in there. The result is much more significant sherry influence than you’d ever see with a quick 6-12 month finish. I’m not sure why there isn’t more stuff like this coming from the distillery or even independents yet, but there’s no question that the Laing’s have cracked the code here. There’s so much going on in such a small elegant reasonable package. What’s even more incredible is that the sherry doesn’t muck up the gorgeous purity of the Caol Ila smoke, instead it just sits perfectly around the ages adding depth and nuance. This whisky loves water and swims like fish. Definitely don’t miss this special little whisky because while it looks available right now, once people start tasting it, I’m certain they’re going to load up. If you love peaters and can afford it, stock pile this one.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

Oh Caol ila. We love you so much. There’s just something about this malt that gets me everytime. It doesn’t have the fanfare or mystery of the distillers on the southern coast (Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig), but it does have some of the best peated malt in the world. Often when the super geeks lament the loss of legends like Port Ellen, we must reminded ourselves that we have a living legend near the little Port Askaig. Few seem to truly appreciate it majesty mostly because the owners don’t care to make a big deal of it. But, this wonderful cask is something we rarely ever see – sherried Caol Ila! We’ve had Caol Ila finished in sherry before but here we’ve got an old used butt refreshed in Scotland with new sherry. After some time seasoning it was filled with this Caol Ila for a true maturation not just a finish. The result is not something hinting toward a sherried peater, but instead the full hog real deal. It almost feels like cheating. Apparently cheating tastes great sometimes because this stuff is on another level. Deep roasty bbq smoke, dense nutty toffee, leather, tar and salted fruit. The big bold peat (ozone, iodine, bacon smoke and leather) continues on the palate, but is tempered with a sweet dried fruit and smoldering cedar. With water it lightens a bit but keeps its hefty character and rich texture. Adding a bit of salinity and some burnt citrus peel which makes it feel almost refreshing. For some this will easily be the best value whisky of the year. Others might appreciate the depth and complexity. For the peat haters we have other things for you.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2018

This Caol Ila wants you to sip it slowly for long winter contemplation… Reflect on your year as you roll this sweet and smoky whisky around your tongue with its notes of cherry wood, light mesquite, charcoal, old leather, medley of dried and candied fruits, and a super long finish that ties everything together.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2018

Young single malts from Islay can be really nice and delicious. This selection from Sovereign helps present proof for this statement. It has pleasant, pretty smoke and malt aromas. In the mouth it is round with a creamy mouthfeel.With a splash of water it opens up with smoke and subtle salt and savory flavors coming forward. A great value at this price.

KL3

1997 Ben Nevis 21 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Ben Nevis sits just at the base of its namesake, Scotland’s highest mountain. A coastal distillery in the Western Highlands, Ben Nevis draws its water from the Allt a’Mhuilinn which originates from two pools, Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste, which are both sited a good way up the mountain. The distillery was founded in 1825, by the gloriously named ‘Long John’ MacDonald, for whom the renowned Long John blended Scotch was named. After Long John’s death in 1856, ownership was passed down to Donald McDonald, his son. In 1989, the distillery was sold to the Japanese distiller Nikka and that’s where most of the malt is used (both in blends and malt for the Japanese market). We’ve always loved this special idiosyncratic distillery on the gorgeous western coast of Scotland. The thick weighty malt that’s produced here is often too much too handle in the 3rd and 4th fill barrels we often see from the IBs. But when great Ben Nevis is filled into a first fill bourbon or sherry butt, there’s absolutely nothing like it. This cask is rich with funky malty aromatics, but not over the top. A medium amber hue and tons of texture, the most shocking thing about it though is the incredible price. We’re very lucky to have an advantageous exchange rate and some really serious negotiating power. The oily richness of Ben Nevis loves plenty of air and a dab of good spring water will really help open this monster up.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

You can nearly smell the weight of this dram. The aroma is dense, waxy, pungent. It reminds me of an amped up version of Cointreau or Grand Marnier – tons of bitter orange peel, all of the viscosity, but none of the sugar. The sherry is perfectly integrated providing a salty edge and a slight rancio note. A little bit of water opens up the floral and fruity components of the whiskey and provides a softer, gentler drinking experience. This is a work horse whiskey perfect for any occasion or Scotch lover.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2018

This 21 year old offering from Ben Nevis has developed a lot of deep flavors after its prolonged aging and Sherry Butt maturation. It’s delicious with components of deep caramel, honey-graham cookies, salted toffees, old leather, dried peaches, chocolate-covered berries, wildflower honey, beeswax, and just a bit of an oxidized Sherry note. Scrumptious!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2018

Ben Nevis produces very interesting and tasty single malts. This 21 year old single malt is absolutely fantastic. The nose is very expressive with wax, honey and distinctive savory notes. In the mouth this continues with a nice mixture of the above flavors. This single malt is delicious, interesting, complex and a very good value.

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New K&L Exclusives from Scotland’s Finest Distillers – Scotch Whisky News

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New KL Exclusives from Scotland’s Finest Distillers

It’s official. Scotch season has finally arrived! To celebrate, we’ve assembled a trio of sure-fire winners that are guaranteed to scratch your whisky itch. Under the “Sovereign” label are a pair of stunning drams from Tullibardine and Caol Ila and from “Old Malt Cask” is a powerhouse 21-Year-Old from Ben Nevis.

The Tullibardine is a picture-perfect 10-Year-Old and a delightful follow up to “The Murray,” which we offered earlier this year. In a classic Tulli style, it serves up bright citrus, toasted nut, and sea salt flavors. Its mouth-coating delivery is so enticing it draws you back to the glass time and again. At $50, this Highland malt is a smashing value. Simply put, we couldn’t be more pleased with this brilliant selection.

Next up, is the Caol Ila 7 Year Old. Like poetry in a bottle, this Sherry-finished single malt is a perfect encapsulation of everything we love about this Caol Ila. Powerful, yet with an understated elegance, it graces the palate with wafts of smoke, sea breeze, iodine, bacon fat, and toffee. A breathtaking Islay, this is bound to become a fast favorite among Caol Ila fans.

Last, but by no means least, is mammoth 1997 Ben Nevis 21 Year Old. Built on a massive scale, it deftly blends the raw power of Ben Nevis with range and complexity of first-fill sherry butt. Honey, salted toffee, graham cracker and so much more are all at play. That it’s priced just under $100 is nothing short of remarkable. But, that’s where having close relationships with the distilleries pays off.

As is always the case with these exclusive single casks, there isn’t much to go around. So, when they are gone they are gone for good. With winter finally upon us, now is the time to stock up on these inspired single malts.

For more on the 2018 whisky season, check out our recent blog post.

 KL1

2008 Tullibardine 10 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

I get asked all the time what my favorite whiskey is. It’s an impossible question to answer without a lot of context caveats, but what does hold true for any candidate in the “best whiskey” category is they offer value. This gem from Tullibardine offers extreme value. For 50 bucks, this hits so many high points. It’s fresh and full of bright fruit. It offers a huge spectrum of flavors from a salty earthy tone straight through cut grass, caramel, cereal grain, and white florals. All the while it has the full and oily texture you’d expect from any Highland Scotch. While we still have a little warm weather, this is at the front of my liquor cabinet; a perfect afternoon whiskey!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

The odd and loveable little distillery in the Southern Highland is so compact and quaint it’s almost laughable. The distillery is right off the road in the tiny town of Blackford and the visitor center is at the far end of a little mini-mall next to a Baxters. They’ve done a great job to take this tiny space and create a veritable Single Malt experience, but crossing over the little burn to the distillery you notice how incredibly tight the space actually is. The distillery’s French owners sell most of the malt in France and this is the first Tulli we’ve ever bought. This whisky fits perfectly in a difficult to hit under $50 price point and offers some serious highland character. I highly recommend a drop of water as the first nosing has a malty gravelly quality, while the palate is full of bright fresh citrus fruit. With a drop of water the earthy grain falls completely away and you’re left with a perfect little aperitif style malt that brings just the right amount of subtle floral quality, pure cereal notes and zippy citrus peel. The texture is creamy with a little hint of Szechuan pepper to keep it from feeling cloying. If you’re a fan of a malt driven style and don’t mind a bit of an aperitif in the afternoon, this will be the perfect whisky for you.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2018

I’ve always had an appreciation for the bottlings that trickle out of Tullibardine, and in my opinion there are never enough. This cask chosen by Signatory lives up to my expectations with a nose of vanilla bean, heavy cream, cedar wood, red licorice, great floral notes of rose and lilac, and a nutty almond quality. The palate has more spice presence with clove and cinnamon, and an addition of water brings out these spices even more revealing cayenne and also adds a nice viscosity.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2018

This is a single malt for someone who is looking for an easy to drink and enjoy whiskey. The nose is sweet and waxy with a very subtle savory nuances. In the mouth it is mouth coating , round and rich, with a juicy malt liveliness.It offers all of this but it is not too heavy or out of balance.

KL2

2010 Caol Ila 7 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Finished Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

We love to when our friends at Hunter Laing bring us young peaters to try. We’ve done several of these casks of Caol Ila in the past, but I don’t think we’ve ever come across one as absolutely perfect as this little monster. Now some people will notice the description is quiet unusual, a Sherry Finished Butt. We usually expect these young peaters to get filled in to old hoggies and often stay there until we come across them 5-6 years later. Maybe they would have thrown is into an ex-sherry cask for a year or so to ace’d. Now we’ve moved into a whole new territory. The Laing’s are taking used sherry butts, filling them with sherry for a year or so and then filling fresh young Caol Ila malt in there. The result is much more significant sherry influence than you’d ever see with a quick 6-12 month finish. I’m not sure why there isn’t more stuff like this coming from the distillery or even independents yet, but there’s no question that the Laing’s have cracked the code here. There’s so much going on in such a small elegant reasonable package. What’s even more incredible is that the sherry doesn’t muck up the gorgeous purity of the Caol Ila smoke, instead it just sits perfectly around the ages adding depth and nuance. This whisky loves water and swims like fish. Definitely don’t miss this special little whisky because while it looks available right now, once people start tasting it, I’m certain they’re going to load up. If you love peaters and can afford it, stock pile this one.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

Oh Caol ila. We love you so much. There’s just something about this malt that gets me everytime. It doesn’t have the fanfare or mystery of the distillers on the southern coast (Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig), but it does have some of the best peated malt in the world. Often when the super geeks lament the loss of legends like Port Ellen, we must reminded ourselves that we have a living legend near the little Port Askaig. Few seem to truly appreciate it majesty mostly because the owners don’t care to make a big deal of it. But, this wonderful cask is something we rarely ever see – sherried Caol Ila! We’ve had Caol Ila finished in sherry before but here we’ve got an old used butt refreshed in Scotland with new sherry. After some time seasoning it was filled with this Caol Ila for a true maturation not just a finish. The result is not something hinting toward a sherried peater, but instead the full hog real deal. It almost feels like cheating. Apparently cheating tastes great sometimes because this stuff is on another level. Deep roasty bbq smoke, dense nutty toffee, leather, tar and salted fruit. The big bold peat (ozone, iodine, bacon smoke and leather) continues on the palate, but is tempered with a sweet dried fruit and smoldering cedar. With water it lightens a bit but keeps its hefty character and rich texture. Adding a bit of salinity and some burnt citrus peel which makes it feel almost refreshing. For some this will easily be the best value whisky of the year. Others might appreciate the depth and complexity. For the peat haters we have other things for you.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2018

This Caol Ila wants you to sip it slowly for long winter contemplation… Reflect on your year as you roll this sweet and smoky whisky around your tongue with its notes of cherry wood, light mesquite, charcoal, old leather, medley of dried and candied fruits, and a super long finish that ties everything together.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2018

Young single malts from Islay can be really nice and delicious. This selection from Sovereign helps present proof for this statement. It has pleasant, pretty smoke and malt aromas. In the mouth it is round with a creamy mouthfeel.With a splash of water it opens up with smoke and subtle salt and savory flavors coming forward. A great value at this price.

KL3

1997 Ben Nevis 21 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Ben Nevis sits just at the base of its namesake, Scotland’s highest mountain. A coastal distillery in the Western Highlands, Ben Nevis draws its water from the Allt a’Mhuilinn which originates from two pools, Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste, which are both sited a good way up the mountain. The distillery was founded in 1825, by the gloriously named ‘Long John’ MacDonald, for whom the renowned Long John blended Scotch was named. After Long John’s death in 1856, ownership was passed down to Donald McDonald, his son. In 1989, the distillery was sold to the Japanese distiller Nikka and that’s where most of the malt is used (both in blends and malt for the Japanese market). We’ve always loved this special idiosyncratic distillery on the gorgeous western coast of Scotland. The thick weighty malt that’s produced here is often too much too handle in the 3rd and 4th fill barrels we often see from the IBs. But when great Ben Nevis is filled into a first fill bourbon or sherry butt, there’s absolutely nothing like it. This cask is rich with funky malty aromatics, but not over the top. A medium amber hue and tons of texture, the most shocking thing about it though is the incredible price. We’re very lucky to have an advantageous exchange rate and some really serious negotiating power. The oily richness of Ben Nevis loves plenty of air and a dab of good spring water will really help open this monster up.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

You can nearly smell the weight of this dram. The aroma is dense, waxy, pungent. It reminds me of an amped up version of Cointreau or Grand Marnier – tons of bitter orange peel, all of the viscosity, but none of the sugar. The sherry is perfectly integrated providing a salty edge and a slight rancio note. A little bit of water opens up the floral and fruity components of the whiskey and provides a softer, gentler drinking experience. This is a work horse whiskey perfect for any occasion or Scotch lover.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 30, 2018

This 21 year old offering from Ben Nevis has developed a lot of deep flavors after its prolonged aging and Sherry Butt maturation. It’s delicious with components of deep caramel, honey-graham cookies, salted toffees, old leather, dried peaches, chocolate-covered berries, wildflower honey, beeswax, and just a bit of an oxidized Sherry note. Scrumptious!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2018

Ben Nevis produces very interesting and tasty single malts. This 21 year old single malt is absolutely fantastic. The nose is very expressive with wax, honey and distinctive savory notes. In the mouth this continues with a nice mixture of the above flavors. This single malt is delicious, interesting, complex and a very good value.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/new-kl-exclusives-from-scotlands-finest-distillers-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 220: Glenfiddich Experimental Series #4 Fire & Cane

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1982 Diageo Special Release 2018

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul ma, oktober 29, 2018 17:44:55

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland
(Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1982/2018, Diageo Special Release 2018, 3276 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 58.1%

Perfect

Begin dit jaar nog proefde ik de Caol Ila 30
Year Old die in 2014 in de Special Release van Diageo zat. Die omschreef ik toen
als ‘perfect’ en ik plunderde mijn spaarrekening om er een fles van aan te
schaffen. Maar nu Port Ellen en Brora voor het eerst géén deel uitmaken van
deze begeerde reeks, moest er wel een andere topper die plaats innemen. Dat is
zonder enige twijfel dan ook deze Caol Ila, de oudste officiële botteling van
deze Ileach.

OMG! De geur van Port Askaig met zijn zilte
bries, verroest gereedschap langs de kade, dreigende wolken aan de hemel, een
vreugdevuur op het strand, citroen- en oestersap, donker fruit, boerenboter,
menthol, ananas, abrikoos, meubelpoets, houtschaafsel… ik kan nog even
doorgaan. Deze heeft alles wat de 30-jarige al had, maar met iets meer finesse.
Iets delicater. Iets meer uitgesproken. Magisch.

Groots! Terwijl de erg aromatische en rijke
neus zich nog delicaat voordeed, laat deze malt op de tong alle remmen los.
Krachtig, rokerig, kruidig, bitterzoet. Flink wat citrus en gezouten boter,
maar ook hints van tropisch fruit (denk ananas, mango, banaan) en zelfs
pistachenoten. Een bittertje steekt de kop op, maar zorgt net voor balans.

Zalig lang – begint rokerig, wordt dan zoeter
en zijdezacht en dooft erg langzaam uit.

Ik besef dat 750 EUR veel geld is. Heel veel
geld. Voor één fles whisky godbetert. En dan nog niet eens een Auchentoshan….
Maar voor deze heb ik mijn spaarvarken toch maar weer opengebroken. Never looked back.

96/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 22-10-2018
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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #4 Fire & Cane

Eaglesburn 3 Year Old 2015 Dutch Peated Whisky

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, oktober 24, 2018 17:39:34

Distilleerderij:
Eaglesburn
Regio: Nederland
Fles: Eaglesburn 3 Year Old 2015 Dutch Peated Whisky, 20cl
Kleur: koper
ABV: 47%

Donkerzoete
Rook

Ik sprak al eerder over het Nederlandse
Eaglesburn van Bart Joosten, toen hij zijn gin en rum lanceerde, maar ook zijn casked aged spirit
en de 1-jarige Xenna.
Ik schreef toen dat ik reikhalzend uitkeek naar de eerste single malt release
en kijk… daar is ‘m! Gedistilleerd op 8 oktober 2015 en gebotteld op 10 oktober
2018, dus eindelijk een nieuwe Hollandse whisky. En deze is bovendien
geproduceerd van geturfde spirit, die rijpte op een combinatie van Virgin Oak
en 1st fill bourbon barrels. Bart besloot wel, aangezien het om een single cask
gaat en het zijn eerste release betreft, om hem op de markt te brengen in
flesjes van 20cl.

Laat ik beginnen met een beetje goede raad.
Schenk de whisky uit (wees niet te gierig, ook al is het een kleine fles) en
laat hem vier tot vijf minuten ademen. U zal me later bedanken. De neus is al
de voorbode van een smaakbommetje en daar zal de virgin oak zeker niet vreemd aan zijn. Citrusfruit (gesuikerde
appelsienschillen, vooral), pruimpjes, vanille-ijs en apfelstrüdel, grenenhout
en kaneel. Hij heeft tevens iets snoeperigs dat ik best kan appreciëren. En de
turf niet vergeten, natuurlijk. Hoewel die op de neus zich vertaald naar een
lichte, maar aangename rokerigheid.

De body is romig en mond vullend, het ABV
perfect drinkbaar. Hij is licht pikant, zelfs. Peper, gember, kaneel,
nootmuskaat. De kruiden nemen eventjes de lead, maar laten dan de andere
aroma’s losbarsten. Pruimen, appelsienen, mandarijntjes in siroop, ananas uit
blik. Kruidig fruitslaatje, met nog een bittertje van het hout en een zilt
randje dat verrassend om de hoek komt piepen. En dat alles gewikkeld in een zacht
smeulend jasje van turf.

De afdronk is nog het meest verrassende van
deze jongeling. Rokerig en donkerzoet en hij duurt een eeuwigheid.
Indrukwekkend!

Verwacht geen Islay (dat is ook Bart’s
betrachting niet!), maar hou u klaar voor een smaakbom. En dat op amper drie
jaar tijd, wie had dat kunnen bevroeden? Dit is erg, erg lekker! De retailprijs
van 32.50 EUR is allesbehalve goedkoop (want dan spreken we toch al gauw van
114 EUR voor een 70cl fles), maar het is dan ook een ambachtelijke whisky. Ik heb
het er met plezier voor over. Aanrader!

86/100

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Mark Dermul op 16-10-2018
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North Star Regions at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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North Star Regions

Four new regional malts from North Star Spirits. Batch #1 includes: Islay, Island, Speyside Highland single malts from secret distilleries only identified by their latitude and longitude. Maximum 1 bottle per customer!

Buy – North Star Regions – £44.90

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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #2 Project XX

Eaglesburn 3 Year Old 2015 Dutch Peated Whisky

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, oktober 24, 2018 17:39:34

Distilleerderij:
Eaglesburn
Regio: Nederland
Fles: Eaglesburn 3 Year Old 2015 Dutch Peated Whisky, 20cl
Kleur: koper
ABV: 47%

Donkerzoete
Rook

Ik sprak al eerder over het Nederlandse
Eaglesburn van Bart Joosten, toen hij zijn gin en rum lanceerde, maar ook zijn casked aged spirit
en de 1-jarige Xenna.
Ik schreef toen dat ik reikhalzend uitkeek naar de eerste single malt release
en kijk… daar is ‘m! Gedistilleerd op 8 oktober 2015 en gebotteld op 10 oktober
2018, dus eindelijk een nieuwe Hollandse whisky. En deze is bovendien
geproduceerd van geturfde spirit, die rijpte op een combinatie van Virgin Oak
en 1st fill bourbon barrels. Bart besloot wel, aangezien het om een single cask
gaat en het zijn eerste release betreft, om hem op de markt te brengen in
flesjes van 20cl.

Laat ik beginnen met een beetje goede raad.
Schenk de whisky uit (wees niet te gierig, ook al is het een kleine fles) en
laat hem vier tot vijf minuten ademen. U zal me later bedanken. De neus is al
de voorbode van een smaakbommetje en daar zal de virgin oak zeker niet vreemd aan zijn. Citrusfruit (gesuikerde
appelsienschillen, vooral), pruimpjes, vanille-ijs en apfelstrüdel, grenenhout
en kaneel. Hij heeft tevens iets snoeperigs dat ik best kan appreciëren. En de
turf niet vergeten, natuurlijk. Hoewel die op de neus zich vertaald naar een
lichte, maar aangename rokerigheid.

De body is romig en mond vullend, het ABV
perfect drinkbaar. Hij is licht pikant, zelfs. Peper, gember, kaneel,
nootmuskaat. De kruiden nemen eventjes de lead, maar laten dan de andere
aroma’s losbarsten. Pruimen, appelsienen, mandarijntjes in siroop, ananas uit
blik. Kruidig fruitslaatje, met nog een bittertje van het hout en een zilt
randje dat verrassend om de hoek komt piepen. En dat alles gewikkeld in een zacht
smeulend jasje van turf.

De afdronk is nog het meest verrassende van
deze jongeling. Rokerig en donkerzoet en hij duurt een eeuwigheid.
Indrukwekkend!

Verwacht geen Islay (dat is ook Bart’s
betrachting niet!), maar hou u klaar voor een smaakbom. En dat op amper drie
jaar tijd, wie had dat kunnen bevroeden? Dit is erg, erg lekker! De retailprijs
van 32.50 EUR is allesbehalve goedkoop (want dan spreken we toch al gauw van
114 EUR voor een 70cl fles), maar het is dan ook een ambachtelijke whisky. Ik heb
het er met plezier voor over. Aanrader!

86/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 16-10-2018
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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #3 Winter Storm

Eaglesburn 3 Year Old 2015 Dutch Peated Whisky

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul wo, oktober 24, 2018 17:39:34

Distilleerderij:
Eaglesburn
Regio: Nederland
Fles: Eaglesburn 3 Year Old 2015 Dutch Peated Whisky, 20cl
Kleur: koper
ABV: 47%

Donkerzoete
Rook

Ik sprak al eerder over het Nederlandse
Eaglesburn van Bart Joosten, toen hij zijn gin en rum lanceerde, maar ook zijn casked aged spirit
en de 1-jarige Xenna.
Ik schreef toen dat ik reikhalzend uitkeek naar de eerste single malt release
en kijk… daar is ‘m! Gedistilleerd op 8 oktober 2015 en gebotteld op 10 oktober
2018, dus eindelijk een nieuwe Hollandse whisky. En deze is bovendien
geproduceerd van geturfde spirit, die rijpte op een combinatie van Virgin Oak
en 1st fill bourbon barrels. Bart besloot wel, aangezien het om een single cask
gaat en het zijn eerste release betreft, om hem op de markt te brengen in
flesjes van 20cl.

Laat ik beginnen met een beetje goede raad.
Schenk de whisky uit (wees niet te gierig, ook al is het een kleine fles) en
laat hem vier tot vijf minuten ademen. U zal me later bedanken. De neus is al
de voorbode van een smaakbommetje en daar zal de virgin oak zeker niet vreemd aan zijn. Citrusfruit (gesuikerde
appelsienschillen, vooral), pruimpjes, vanille-ijs en apfelstrüdel, grenenhout
en kaneel. Hij heeft tevens iets snoeperigs dat ik best kan appreciëren. En de
turf niet vergeten, natuurlijk. Hoewel die op de neus zich vertaald naar een
lichte, maar aangename rokerigheid.

De body is romig en mond vullend, het ABV
perfect drinkbaar. Hij is licht pikant, zelfs. Peper, gember, kaneel,
nootmuskaat. De kruiden nemen eventjes de lead, maar laten dan de andere
aroma’s losbarsten. Pruimen, appelsienen, mandarijntjes in siroop, ananas uit
blik. Kruidig fruitslaatje, met nog een bittertje van het hout en een zilt
randje dat verrassend om de hoek komt piepen. En dat alles gewikkeld in een zacht
smeulend jasje van turf.

De afdronk is nog het meest verrassende van
deze jongeling. Rokerig en donkerzoet en hij duurt een eeuwigheid.
Indrukwekkend!

Verwacht geen Islay (dat is ook Bart’s
betrachting niet!), maar hou u klaar voor een smaakbom. En dat op amper drie
jaar tijd, wie had dat kunnen bevroeden? Dit is erg, erg lekker! De retailprijs
van 32.50 EUR is allesbehalve goedkoop (want dan spreken we toch al gauw van
114 EUR voor een 70cl fles), maar het is dan ook een ambachtelijke whisky. Ik heb
het er met plezier voor over. Aanrader!

86/100

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Mark Dermul op 16-10-2018
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Caol Ila 2000 (Master of Malt)

No such thing as too much Caol Ila, even though it’s already the most reviewed distillery on this blog, just ahead of GlenDronach and Bunnahabhain. We’re now trying a Caol Ila 2000 that was part of the latest series of single cask bottlings by Master of Malt.

 

 

Caol Ila 17 Years - Master of MaltCaol Ila 17 Years - Master of MaltCaol Ila 17 yo 2000
(68,6%, Master of Malt 2018, bourbon cask)

Nose: very briney, with lots of salted almonds, seaweed and anchovies. Iodine. A light hint of apple vinegar. Grassy notes. Green olive tapenade. Oak char and coffee beans. After a while there’s more flax, leather and a sweet buttery note in the background. Sharp as a blade, proper Islay style. Mouth: sharp again, very medicinal with big pepper, ashy smoke and herbal notes. Hints of resin. A little chinchona. With water: anise and liquorice, perhaps more citrus as well. Finish: long, slightly bitter and herbal, with grassy smoke.

Wow, this is one of the most coastal, sharp and briney whiskies I’ve had in a long time. But it works. With this profile and alcohol level though, not for the faint-hearted. Available from Master of Malt.

Score: 86/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/caol-ila/caol-ila-17-years-2000-master-of-malt/