Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review 463 – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review 463 – Scotch Whisky News

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www.ralfy.com has a North-of-Islay moment with Whisky Review 463 – Jura Superstition @ 43% vol:

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Loch Fyne Whiskies ‘Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 – Tasting Review’ – Scotch Whisky News

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Tasting Review

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 – Tasting Review Last week we re-visited last year’s, 2013, expression of the Kilchoman Machir Bay. With each year the small Islay distillery continues the journey of this fantastic single malt by releasing a new bottling. Today we are blessed to be sat with this year’s bottling, the Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014.

To re-cap, Kilchoman’s Machir Bay, the distilleries core expression, was first launched in 2012. The single malt from the small farm distillery created a huge buzz amongst the whisky community and went on to win the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Medal – Best in Class. Since then, the distillery has released a new bottling every year, allowing fans to accompany this single malt through its aging process.

In last week’s tasting review I compared the 2012, one of my favourite whiskies of that year, to the 2013 bottling. Despite the 2013 still maintain a strong character; my preference still sided with the highly revered 2012. So how will the 2014 fare?

The Machir Bay 2014 is a vatting of 5 and 6 year old ex-bourbon barrels and oloroso sherry butts 46%ABV. According to John MacLellan, Distillery Manager at Kilchoman, the sherry butts give the whisky a desired taste that has proven to be this drams unique selling point.

The team at Kilchoman aim for Machir Bay to be the distilleries flagship product, hoping that it will become a staple choice amongst whisky connoisseurs around the world.

Anthony Wills, Managaing Director at Kilchoman, says; “it is important that we are able to offer our distribution partners a consistently available product while also offering Kilchoman followers the opportunity to enjoy the development of our spirit”

John MacLellan, added; “We are delighted that each release of Machir Bay shows a little more cask maturation than the previous one….the 2014 is no exception”

So yet again I sit with Kilchoman’s prized whisky, the Machir Bay. But how will the 2014 compare to its younger siblings?

On the nose is a summery mixture of fruit, heavily leaning towards a more dominant citrus kick. The classic character of Islay peat is also heavily present which balances well with a slight vanilla aroma.

On the palate again those fruits dominate whilst the vanilla deepens bring forward a welcomed sweetness; possibly gifted to the dram by those oloroso sherry butts.

As with the 2012 and the 2013 Machir Bay, the finish is long and lingering; less harsh than the 2013. Overall the Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 is another positive step towards something truly remarkable and again displays this small, farm distilleries talent for distilling superb whisky. The 2014, is for me more well balanced and shows more clearly the development of character that has taken place than that of the 2013.

It’s hard to say, without a dram of 2012 sitting before, me whether the 2014 is indeed more favourable; after all the 2012 left a big impression on me. But what is clear, is that the Machir Bay 2014 is a truly sublime dram and is just a glimpse of the superiority we can expect to see from this distillery in coming years. Discover the Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 for yourself today!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/loch-fyne-whiskies-kilchoman-machir-bay-2014-tasting-review-scotch-whisky-news/

Father’s Dram Ideas From The Whisky Lounge – Whisky News

Hope all is good with you as we bask in the early summer sunshine here in the UK.

In a totally un-cynical attempt to cash-in on another annual non-event (I can say this as I’m a father too!), we have a number of things that might tickle your father’s fancy, or tastebuds. Forget the usual aftershave, CDs and power tools – give him something that he will actually like and thank you for!

So here are our ideas for you and dad…

WHISKY SCHOOLS

The perfect day out for dad!
For a whole day (from 10am to 4pm) your dad (or you!) can learn all the basics of whisky production and what it all means.

There are ‘modules’ on world whiskies, styles and regions of Scotland, wood maturation and even a chance to blend your own whisky and take a miniature home with you. Plus the small matter of over 25 whiskies to sample…

We have schools happening in Newcastle, Manchester, York, Harrogate and London – click here or on the banner for more info on dates and prices. Ticket price also includes a lovely 2-course lunch at the venue.

Our summer tasting series is an extremely exciting one, with a fantastic line-up of 6 single cask, cask-strength single malts from this fabulous bottler. If you (and dad, obviously) like your whiskies pure and profound, then this is the one for you. You will be tasting a range of styles and with the minimum age of whiskies being 18 years old – this is a real rare treat indeed.

DATES VENUES

LONDON            Wednesday 2nd July       The Red Lion, Crown Passage, 7pm
BRIGHTON         Thursday 3rd July           Hilton Metropole, Kings Road, 7pm
LEEDS                Wednesday 9th July       The Cross Keys, Water Lane, 7pm
LIVERPOOL       Wednesday 9th July        Jenny’s Bar, Fenwick St., 7pm
NEWCASTLE     Friday 11th July               Blackfriars, Friar St., 7pm
MANCHESTER  Friday 11th July               Britons Protection, Gt. B’Water St., 7pm
YORK                 Saturday 12th July           Brigantes, Micklegate, 7pm
SHEFFIELD       Tuesday 15th July            Sheffield Tap, Platform 1B, S’field Station

LIVERPOOL, YORKSHIRE MANCHESTER

We have all of these events up and running on the website and as always, they are the must-do whisky events in their areas. What better than to wile an afternoon away amongst the great and good of the industry whilst tasting some truly fabulous whiskies.

Early-birds are still available on Liverpool and Yorkshire (2 for £50), whilst full-day and half day tickets are also available for Manchester…

LIVERPOOL WHISKY FESTIVAL       Sat. 6th September   The Crypts, Met Cathedral
YORKSHIRE WHISKY FESTIVAL      Sat. 13th September  York Racecourse
MANCHESTER WHISKY FESTIVAL  Sat. 25th October      Bridgewater Hall

If you catch us quick, we may even be able to email you a PDF ticket of the relevant event that you can print and trim to pop in a card of your choice!

I think that’ll do it for now but look out for more news in the coming weeks, plus write-ups of our trip to the Islay Festival last month and recent tasting series.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @thewhiskylounge – and like and share our Facebook page to keep bang up to date with the latest news about our events and more.

We look forward to seeing you over a dram or two soon.

Sláinte!

Eddie
Team Whisky Lounge

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/fathers-dram-ideas-from-the-whisky-lounge-whisky-news/

Kensington Malt Messenger Bulletin – New Whiskies, Surprising Returns and Great Events – Whisky News

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks since the last Malt Messenger Bulletin. The Ardbeg Day events were a great success, and the first tasting of the Ardbeg Auriverdes was very well received. Nearly 100 bottles have been pre-ordered, and it’s not too late to reserve one for yourself! They are expected to be in store later in the month.

Speaking of Ardbeg, I was very surprised to learn that a small amount of the Ardbeg Galileo was re-released in Alberta. We managed to get our hands on a few cases and don’t expect it to last long. The Galileo was released to celebrate the first whisky in space, sent up on a rocket to the International Space Station. You can read more on the Ardbeg Galileo below!

We also received some exciting news! The Kensington Wine Market was named the Best Wine Store and 3rd Best Liquor Store in FFWD’s 2014 Best of Calgary. Thank you to all our wonderful friends, partners and customers for your patronage and votes! You can find the full list of winners here!

(This note arrived after the event commenced- WI) The store is going to be a busy place tonight with our Spring Single Malt Festival. 115 whiskies and 100 guests! We’re showcasing some old favourites and a number of new whiskies. Most of our new Japanese whiskies and those from Cadenhead have come in just in time for the event. If you missed out on tickets for the Festival (it sold out 2 months in advance) you can pop in to the store on Friday or Saturday for an opportunity to sample many of the whiskies that were poured!

We have two more great events coming up in the days ahead. Tomorrow night (Now tonight!) we have the Glendronach Batch 9 Dinner at Buchanan’s Chop House ($160). The dinner will feature nine rare single cask vintage Glendronachs from 1971-1995 paired with a 3 course meal. And then on Tuesday there is our Ancient Malts 4 Decades tasting ($200), an opportunity to sample 7 very special whiskies from 30 to 70 years of age. More details on both of these great events can be found below!

We have a number of really hot whiskies in our store right now, including our new Berry’s Own Aberlour 1994 single cask which is already 1/4 sold, and we’ve only had it for 2 weeks! As a matter of fact it is sold out in store right now, but don’t fret, there’s more on the way! Our Duncan Taylor Octaves are also doing nicely. We sold 8 bottles of the Deanston 1994 KWM Octave after last night’s tasting alone! Only 24 bottles left… Another one which is selling briskly is the Brora 35 Year. It is a stunning dram, and flying off our shelves.

I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin, and I hope we’ll see you in store soon to share a dram and check out some of our exciting new offerings.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
Kensington Wine Market

PS- PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/scotch_guy and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1 www.fergusonwhiskytours.com

Thank You Calgary

For voting us Calgary’s Best Wine Store and 3rd Best Liquor Store!

Glendronach Batch 9 Dinner Tonight

9 Vintage Glendronachs from 1995 – 1972 @ Buchanan’s Chop House – $160

Glendronach’s reputation has been soaring since it was bought by BenRiach Distillery Co. in 2008. They revitalized the product line, invested in casks and started a tradition of releasing batches of vintage single cask whiskies. These batches have been very successful since they first began trickling into KWM 4-5 years ago. In some cases as few as one or two cases of each vintage find their way to Canada, and KWM is the only store to always get at least one case of each one. A case in the whisky world is just six bottles and that doesn’t go very far, so we try to set aside one of each for a tasting, and that’s what this dinner is all about. We’ll be sampling whiskies from 19 to 41 years of age, carefully paired with a 3 course meal at Buchanans.

Click Here for more details or to register. Alternatively call 403-283-8000.

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Ancient Malts 4 Decades Edition

A very special tasting featuring 7 whiskies, four of them more than 40 years of age…and one of them is 60 years old!

Our very special Ancient Malts tasting will feature seven whiskies ranging from 30 to 60 years of age. The 60 year old is part of a trilogy of whiskies, 40, 50 and 60 years of age from a “Secret Distillery” (see photo in the right column), the bottler can’t tell you where they were produced, but we are under no such constraints… You’ll just have to come to the tasting to find out more! We will feature 4 whiskies from the same distillery at 30, 40, 50 and 60 years of age. We will also be featuring a very special and very tropical 41 year old Glenfiddich bottled by Cadenhead, and exclusive to KWM in Canada. Only 6 spaces are left!

Click Here for more details or to register. Alternatively call 403-283-8000.

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Finally, Some New Whiskies from Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, Port Charlotte Scottish Barley, Bruichladdich Black Art 4 Octomore 6.1

In the last year and a half Bruichladdich was bought by Remy Martin, and in Canada representation was taken over by Remy’s Canadian importer. It is not surprising that there was a hiccup in getting the new products here. Well after 9 months of waiting I can confirm that 4 new Bruichladdichs are due in to KWM next week! Here are the details:

1. Bruichladdich Scottish Barley – 50% – From the Distillery:Made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, then matured for its entire life by the shores of Lochindaal in premium American oak, it is a testament to the quality our ingredients. – $60.99
2. Port Charlotte Scottish Barley – 50% – From the Distillery: “This whisky is testament to our belief that raw ingredients matter. Trickle distilled from 100% Scottish Barley the spirit gently matures in the lochside village of Port Charlotte before being bottled here at the distillery using Islay spring water.” – $60.99
3. Bruichladdich Black Art IV – 49.2% – From the Distillery:”
Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich.” – $174.99
4. Octomore 6.1 – 57% – From the Distillery:”The world’s most heavily peated whisky, this is the sixth edition of the uber-experimental cult Octomore. Titanic amounts of peat but with a light, delicate complexity and a beguiling finesse. Young, yet eminently mature, it defies us. It remains an enigma. We embrace that. Here, we pay tribute to its pedigree, to the land from which it came and the raw materials that gave it life: Octomore Scottish Barley. We believe challenging convention matters.” – $131.99

We are taking pre-orders on all these bottles, the Black Art and Octomore likely won’t last long!

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Another Chance at Some Rare Old Macallans

25 Year Sherry Oak 30 Year Fine Oak

We haven’t seen either of these in a while, and we have just a couple of both! First come first serve on these two iconic drams. Shudder to think at the price on them the next time we see them!
1. Macallan 25 Year Sherry Oak – 43% – From the Distiller: “Nose: Citrus, balanced with cinnamon, sherry and wood smoke. Palate: Full and rich with dried fruits and wood smoke. Finish: Long with dried fruits, wood smoke and spice. – $949.99
2. Macallan 30 Year Fine Oak – 43% – From the Distiller: “Nose: Rich, exotic, heady and aromatic, orange. Palate: Intense, macadamia nut and vanilla with a hint of sandalwood and black cherry. Finish: Soft, silky and extremely elegant. – $1249.99

Only 2 of each available at this time. Send me an email or call 403-283-8000 to order!

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Ardbeg Galileo is Back!

But only for a very limited time…

A limited Ardbeg 11 Year old distilled in 1999, and released to celebrate the first whisky sent into space! Bottled in 2012 after maturing in Bourbon and Marsala cask, it is 49%. This whisky sold out very quickly in the Fall of 2012, and we were thrilled to get some back. Only 30 bottles left, they won’t last long!

Ardbeg Galileo – 49% – 11 Year – 1999 – My Tasting Note: Nose: surprisingly mellow for Ardbeg (but not Blasda mellow), lots of barley sugar, biscuitty peat, chocolate orange and candied coated fennel; very fruity with raisins and figs, ripe oranges and grape fruits, and mixed berries; Palate: creamy, earthy, peaty, sweet and spicy all at once; the citrus fruits, creamy vanilla and chocolate are all there but loosely buried under the surging peat and barley; more candied fennel along with oily-heathery-peat; Finish: drying, peaty and still sweet showing more chocolate, fennel and orange and lime peels; Comments: this whisky will take off like a rocket! – $119.99

Please send me an email or call the store 403-283-8000 to order!

Lots of Great New Whiskies in Store.

It’s time you dropped in again!

More than 30 new whiskies have come in to the store in the last couple of weeks, most of them exclusive. We have 13 new exclusive whiskies from Cadenhead, 10 of which will be sampled at our Spring Single Malt Festival tonight. We have also received the first of more than a dozen Japanese whiskies, most of them exclusive, with a few more to trickle in over the next couple of weeks. There are also new single casks from Berry’s Own Selection, and Aberlour 1994, bottled exclusively for KWM ($139.99) and a Linkwood 1993 bottled for the Companions of the Quaich ($124.99). Many of these whiskies will feature in the next Malt Messenger. In the meantime, you may want to pop in and have a look around!

Ferguson Whisky Tours

Islay September 7-13 2014 or Kentucky October 5-10 2014

Only 2 spots left for Islay in September!
Interested in joining me on one of my fantastic whisky adventures? It’s too late to join me in Speyside this May, but not too late to take part in my Islay and Kentucky Tours, departing in September and October respectively. More details on these tours will be available on my website in the coming weeks. www.fergusonwhiskytours.com

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger!

Contact Disclaimers

If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store.

All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change, don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
Manager Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
403-283-8000
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

Owner Opperator
Ferguson’s Whisky Tours
www.fergusonwhiskytours.com
scotchguide@fergusonwhiskytours.com

Kensington Wine Market
403-283-8000

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/kensington-malt-messenger-bulletin-new-whiskies-surprising-returns-and-great-events-whisky-news/

Amrut Blackadder Raw Cask Sherry Finish

Laphroaig Cairdeas Feis Ile 2012

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, juni 03, 2014 07:23:38

Distilleerderij: Laphroaig
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Laphroaig
Cairdeas Feis Ile 2012, 20.000 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 51,2%

Tijm en Rozemarijn

Feis Ile is het malt music festival op Islay op
het einde van mei, waar menig liefhebber naartoe trekt om de gelimiteerde
bottelingen te pakken te krijgen. Deze Cairdeas was de festivalbotteling van
Laphroaig in 2012. Cairdeas is Keltisch voor vriendschap. Dat gaat smaken, kan
bijna niet anders. Aan de kleur te zien zit er sherry in de mix. Maar liefst
20.000 flessen werden hiervan gebotteld. Laphroaig heeft dan ook vele vrienden…

De neus kenmerkt zich
minder door het typische rokerige karakter van Laffie, maar offreert vooral een
bijzonder zoete en fruitige neus. Yep, flink wat sherryvaten gingen in deze
release. Limoen, abrikozen, kersen, banaan, houtschaafsel, toffee, ananas op de
grill, karamel, potloodslijpsel, blank hout en nog zoveel meer. Wordt zelfs
halverwege een beetje bourbonny. Een
tikkeltje vreemd, maar zeer lekker. Met een theelepeltje water wordt hij nog
zoeter, als crème brûlée, maar wordt hij ook een pak groener met tuinkruiden
als tijm en rozemarijn. Apart!

De aanzet is licht
drogend en opnieuw is mijn eerste idee dat ik een gerookte bourbon aan de
lippen zet. Wat vreemd! Flink wat tannine, limoen, citroengras en peper. Noten,
ook! Hij wordt wat romiger en minder droog door de toevoeging van een paar
druppels water.

Een droge, rokerige
finish die zeer lang duurt tovert een glimlach op mijn gezicht.

Zeer lekker, ook al
vind ik het heel moeilijk hier een Laphroaig in te herkennen.

86/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 25-05-2014
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Amrut Kadhambam

Laphroaig Cairdeas Feis Ile 2012

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, juni 03, 2014 07:23:38

Distilleerderij: Laphroaig
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Laphroaig
Cairdeas Feis Ile 2012, 20.000 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 51,2%

Tijm en Rozemarijn

Feis Ile is het malt music festival op Islay op
het einde van mei, waar menig liefhebber naartoe trekt om de gelimiteerde
bottelingen te pakken te krijgen. Deze Cairdeas was de festivalbotteling van
Laphroaig in 2012. Cairdeas is Keltisch voor vriendschap. Dat gaat smaken, kan
bijna niet anders. Aan de kleur te zien zit er sherry in de mix. Maar liefst
20.000 flessen werden hiervan gebotteld. Laphroaig heeft dan ook vele vrienden…

De neus kenmerkt zich
minder door het typische rokerige karakter van Laffie, maar offreert vooral een
bijzonder zoete en fruitige neus. Yep, flink wat sherryvaten gingen in deze
release. Limoen, abrikozen, kersen, banaan, houtschaafsel, toffee, ananas op de
grill, karamel, potloodslijpsel, blank hout en nog zoveel meer. Wordt zelfs
halverwege een beetje bourbonny. Een
tikkeltje vreemd, maar zeer lekker. Met een theelepeltje water wordt hij nog
zoeter, als crème brûlée, maar wordt hij ook een pak groener met tuinkruiden
als tijm en rozemarijn. Apart!

De aanzet is licht
drogend en opnieuw is mijn eerste idee dat ik een gerookte bourbon aan de
lippen zet. Wat vreemd! Flink wat tannine, limoen, citroengras en peper. Noten,
ook! Hij wordt wat romiger en minder droog door de toevoeging van een paar
druppels water.

Een droge, rokerige
finish die zeer lang duurt tovert een glimlach op mijn gezicht.

Zeer lekker, ook al
vind ik het heel moeilijk hier een Laphroaig in te herkennen.

86/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 25-05-2014
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Amrut 2009 Single Cask 3448

Laphroaig Cairdeas Feis Ile 2012

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, juni 03, 2014 07:23:38

Distilleerderij: Laphroaig
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Laphroaig
Cairdeas Feis Ile 2012, 20.000 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 51,2%

Tijm en Rozemarijn

Feis Ile is het malt music festival op Islay op
het einde van mei, waar menig liefhebber naartoe trekt om de gelimiteerde
bottelingen te pakken te krijgen. Deze Cairdeas was de festivalbotteling van
Laphroaig in 2012. Cairdeas is Keltisch voor vriendschap. Dat gaat smaken, kan
bijna niet anders. Aan de kleur te zien zit er sherry in de mix. Maar liefst
20.000 flessen werden hiervan gebotteld. Laphroaig heeft dan ook vele vrienden…

De neus kenmerkt zich
minder door het typische rokerige karakter van Laffie, maar offreert vooral een
bijzonder zoete en fruitige neus. Yep, flink wat sherryvaten gingen in deze
release. Limoen, abrikozen, kersen, banaan, houtschaafsel, toffee, ananas op de
grill, karamel, potloodslijpsel, blank hout en nog zoveel meer. Wordt zelfs
halverwege een beetje bourbonny. Een
tikkeltje vreemd, maar zeer lekker. Met een theelepeltje water wordt hij nog
zoeter, als crème brûlée, maar wordt hij ook een pak groener met tuinkruiden
als tijm en rozemarijn. Apart!

De aanzet is licht
drogend en opnieuw is mijn eerste idee dat ik een gerookte bourbon aan de
lippen zet. Wat vreemd! Flink wat tannine, limoen, citroengras en peper. Noten,
ook! Hij wordt wat romiger en minder droog door de toevoeging van een paar
druppels water.

Een droge, rokerige
finish die zeer lang duurt tovert een glimlach op mijn gezicht.

Zeer lekker, ook al
vind ik het heel moeilijk hier een Laphroaig in te herkennen.

86/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 25-05-2014
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 89: Amrut Kadhambam

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 2003 Signatory for The Bonding Dram

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul zo, juni 01, 2014 18:43:36

Distilleerderij: Bunnahabhain
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Bunnahabhain 11
Year Old 2003/2014 Signatory for The Bonding Dram, Sherry Butt #1152, 627 bts
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 58,8%

Moh how, seg!

The Bonding Dram
heeft zopas weer enkele nieuwe vaatjes aangekocht (en gedeeld met collega’s).
Deze jonge Bunnahabhain rijpte op een sherryvat en werd gebotteld op vatsterkte
door Signatory Vintage. Dat betekent dus dat hij in die prachtige decanters is verschenen.

Ow, lekker vettige
neus op boterbollen, gekarameliseerde appels, kandijsuiker, ahornsiroop,
abrikozen, kersen en een bruine toast met goede boter. Rozijnen, verse vijgen
en pannenkoeken. Lekker neus, of zoals ze in West-Vlaanderen zeggen: ‘Moh how,
seg!’ Heel zoet en fruitig en blind zou je je niet op Islay wanen.

Ondanks het hoge ABV
zet deze bijzonder zacht aan. Hij is onmiddellijk mierzoet, maar ook meteen
flink gekruid. Kruidnagel, kaneel, gember, chilipeper, zoethout, zelfs wat
anijs. Het fruit neigt vooral naar de donkere soorten. Een mooie rokerigheid
ontwikkelt zich, zonder dominant te worden. Ik zei het al: ‘Moh how, seg!’ Ik
doe hier alvast geen water bij.

De finish is lang,
kruidig en zeer fruitig. Alles gewikkeld in een rokerig jasje.

Mooie Bunna op jonge
leeftijd. Actief sherryvaatje, als je het mij vraagt. 73 EUR, hier verkrijgbaar
bij The Bonding Dram. Hij is het meer dan waard. Moh how, seg!

86/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-05-2014
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Stunning Father’s Day Gifts from The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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This Father’s Day we’ve got a fantastic selection of stunning gift sets and Whisky Shop exclusives that you will not find anywhere else. What’s more we are offering free postage on all UK orders over £60. Or why not take advantage of our click and collect service and have your bottle delivered to one of our stores.

The Johnnie Walker Private Collection

This 2014 Johnnie Walker Private Collection edition is a tribute to one of Johnnie Walkers signature flavours –– Smoke.

A bold 46.8% ABV blend of incredibly rare, smoky whiskies from 3 regions of Scotland, each possessing their own, unique smoky style: Highland, Island Islay.

Highland –Subtle sophisticated smoke, contains extra layers of complexity through sweet and vibrant notes.
Island – Maritime character, fresh, oily, sea-salt, smoke.
Islay – Bold smoke – dry, medicinal and phenolic.

These blends are married with a worthy body carrier: the fruits of the J.W. Sons innovative ‘Calculus’ experiment, an in-house spin on the finishing process started in the 1980’s. Only 8,888 numbered bottles available worldwide

£500.00 Click here to buy

Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup Blue Label

Each bottle of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label “Ryder Cup Limited Edition” is individually numbered, making it a rare and unique keepsake or gift. The distinctive design of both the packaging and the bottle depicts the unforgettable, classic view of the iconic Gleneagles Hotel and celebrates the return to Scotland after 41 years of The Ryder Cup, the world’s leading match play competition. One of only 1750 ever created.

Aroma: Honey, Hazelnut, Rose petals, Orange, Sherry cask Flavours: Dark chocolate, Smoke, Kumquat, Sandalwood Character: Intense, Complex, Smooth Stock arriving at the start of June

£225.00 – click here to buy

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/stunning-fathers-day-gifts-from-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition

There are all kinds of special variation on the blended whisky The Famous Grouse. Some are limited, some are parts of the core range. There’s The Snow Grouse (blended grain designed to be drunk chilled), The Black Grouse (a slightly smokier version), The Naked Grouse (sherried deluxe version), The Famous Vanilla, etc.

The Black Grouse ‘Alpha Edition’ is intended to be an even richer, smokier version of the already smoky The Black Grouse. It still contains the original base malts (Glenturret, Macallan, Highland Park) but it revolves more around peated Islay whiskies as well. Originally a travel retail exclusive, it’s now widely available.

 

The Black Grouse - Alpha EditionThe Black Grouse - Alpha EditionThe Black Grouse ‘Alpha Edition’
(40%, OB 2013)

Nose: surprisingly smooth – even a little bland for a blend that is intended to be smoky. Sweet honey and toffee up front. Popcorn. Plenty of orange peel. Hints of sweet oak. Some toasted notes in the background. Mouth: fruity sweetness, with almonds and caramel. The more grassy notes, and a grainy harsh note which evolves towards liquorice and peat. Aniseed as well. Finish: medium long, with dark chocolate, charry dryness and some peat smoke.

I suppose some blend drinkers may think this is the real Islay style, but it isn’t. It stays too much on the docile side to be exciting. Add in some bitterness and grainy harshness and you’ve got something I don’t really appreciate. Around € 35.

Score: 72/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/blends/the-black-grouse-alpha-edition/