Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982 Chieftain’s Choice

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

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 232: Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 Signatory 30th Anniversary

Port Ellen 14 Year Old 1983 Signatory Vintage

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, januari 05, 2019 09:23:35

Distilleerderij:
Port Ellen
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Port Ellen 14 Year Old 1983/1997, Signatory Vintage, Cask #30, 750 bts
Kleur: witte wijn
ABV: 43%

Typisch:
Absoluut Atypisch

Ik december proefde ik voor het eerst sinds
lange tijd nog eens een Port Ellen. Tja, zo vaak kom je die fles tegenwoordig
niet meer tegen en als dat al het geval is, moet je er je linkerarm voor over
hebben, zo duur is deze cultwhisky geworden. Maar het smaakte naar meer, dus
kocht ik me een resem samples en vulde zo een bijzonder fijne
verjaardagweekend. Beginnen deed ik met deze golden oldie die ondertussen nergens meer te krijgen is, want meer
dan twintig jaar geleden gebotteld door Signatory. Wat een bleke jongen,
gestookt in de laatste maanden van het bestaan van deze legendarische
distilleerderij.

Verrassend zoete neus op allerhande wit fruit
en zelfs iets van kiwi, godbetert! Dit had ik absoluut niet zien aankomen. Al
even verrassend is dat hij zo waxy
is, dat hij me aan Clynelish doet denken. Bitterzoet op amandelen, maar wel met
een walm van diesel. Absoluut atypisch, maar hoe prettig, zeg!

Hij komt olieachtig binnen, maar mist wel wat
punch. Dat gezegd zijne is het op smaak erg goed en wel op en top Port Ellen.
Citrus- en wit fruit, vuursteentjes. Vanille versus zeewier. Peper en zout.
Maar het vat zal toch wel refill geweest zijn, want deze is zeker en vast spirit-driven, iets wat ik in dit geval
enkel maar kan toejuichen.

De afdronk is middellang, licht rokerig en
mierzoet.

Atypisch en toch typische Port Ellen (volgt u
mij?), gerijpt op naar mijn mening vermoeid hout, maar dat maakt hem net zo
mooi. Mijn enige klacht – als ik het zo al mag noemen – is het alcoholpercentage.
Dat mocht voor mijn part wel wat hoger, maar dat was in die tijd niet bepaald
in de mode.

88/100

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Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

Port Ellen 14 Year Old 1983 Signatory Vintage

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, januari 05, 2019 09:23:35

Distilleerderij:
Port Ellen
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Port Ellen 14 Year Old 1983/1997, Signatory Vintage, Cask #30, 750 bts
Kleur: witte wijn
ABV: 43%

Typisch:
Absoluut Atypisch

Ik december proefde ik voor het eerst sinds
lange tijd nog eens een Port Ellen. Tja, zo vaak kom je die fles tegenwoordig
niet meer tegen en als dat al het geval is, moet je er je linkerarm voor over
hebben, zo duur is deze cultwhisky geworden. Maar het smaakte naar meer, dus
kocht ik me een resem samples en vulde zo een bijzonder fijne
verjaardagweekend. Beginnen deed ik met deze golden oldie die ondertussen nergens meer te krijgen is, want meer
dan twintig jaar geleden gebotteld door Signatory. Wat een bleke jongen,
gestookt in de laatste maanden van het bestaan van deze legendarische
distilleerderij.

Verrassend zoete neus op allerhande wit fruit
en zelfs iets van kiwi, godbetert! Dit had ik absoluut niet zien aankomen. Al
even verrassend is dat hij zo waxy
is, dat hij me aan Clynelish doet denken. Bitterzoet op amandelen, maar wel met
een walm van diesel. Absoluut atypisch, maar hoe prettig, zeg!

Hij komt olieachtig binnen, maar mist wel wat
punch. Dat gezegd zijne is het op smaak erg goed en wel op en top Port Ellen.
Citrus- en wit fruit, vuursteentjes. Vanille versus zeewier. Peper en zout.
Maar het vat zal toch wel refill geweest zijn, want deze is zeker en vast spirit-driven, iets wat ik in dit geval
enkel maar kan toejuichen.

De afdronk is middellang, licht rokerig en
mierzoet.

Atypisch en toch typische Port Ellen (volgt u
mij?), gerijpt op naar mijn mening vermoeid hout, maar dat maakt hem net zo
mooi. Mijn enige klacht – als ik het zo al mag noemen – is het alcoholpercentage.
Dat mocht voor mijn part wel wat hoger, maar dat was in die tijd niet bepaald
in de mode.

88/100

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Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982 A.D. Rattray

Port Ellen 14 Year Old 1983 Signatory Vintage

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul za, januari 05, 2019 09:23:35

Distilleerderij:
Port Ellen
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Port Ellen 14 Year Old 1983/1997, Signatory Vintage, Cask #30, 750 bts
Kleur: witte wijn
ABV: 43%

Typisch:
Absoluut Atypisch

Ik december proefde ik voor het eerst sinds
lange tijd nog eens een Port Ellen. Tja, zo vaak kom je die fles tegenwoordig
niet meer tegen en als dat al het geval is, moet je er je linkerarm voor over
hebben, zo duur is deze cultwhisky geworden. Maar het smaakte naar meer, dus
kocht ik me een resem samples en vulde zo een bijzonder fijne
verjaardagweekend. Beginnen deed ik met deze golden oldie die ondertussen nergens meer te krijgen is, want meer
dan twintig jaar geleden gebotteld door Signatory. Wat een bleke jongen,
gestookt in de laatste maanden van het bestaan van deze legendarische
distilleerderij.

Verrassend zoete neus op allerhande wit fruit
en zelfs iets van kiwi, godbetert! Dit had ik absoluut niet zien aankomen. Al
even verrassend is dat hij zo waxy
is, dat hij me aan Clynelish doet denken. Bitterzoet op amandelen, maar wel met
een walm van diesel. Absoluut atypisch, maar hoe prettig, zeg!

Hij komt olieachtig binnen, maar mist wel wat
punch. Dat gezegd zijne is het op smaak erg goed en wel op en top Port Ellen.
Citrus- en wit fruit, vuursteentjes. Vanille versus zeewier. Peper en zout.
Maar het vat zal toch wel refill geweest zijn, want deze is zeker en vast spirit-driven, iets wat ik in dit geval
enkel maar kan toejuichen.

De afdronk is middellang, licht rokerig en
mierzoet.

Atypisch en toch typische Port Ellen (volgt u
mij?), gerijpt op naar mijn mening vermoeid hout, maar dat maakt hem net zo
mooi. Mijn enige klacht – als ik het zo al mag noemen – is het alcoholpercentage.
Dat mocht voor mijn part wel wat hoger, maar dat was in die tijd niet bepaald
in de mode.

88/100

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A Pair of Rare and Unique “Old Particular” & “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusives from Isle of Jura and Tobermory – Scotch Whisky News

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Hailing from the islands of Mull and Jura, the single malts featured here are off-the-beaten-path finds that perfectly exemplify their own, unique style and approach. If you haven’t delved into the island malts, then you are in for a real treat. First up is the 12 year old from Isle of Jura. While its Jura profile is unmistakable, this bottling has something extra special going on. Delightfully rich and oily, it glides effortlessly from candied fruit flavors to more savory touches and then onto a mélange of exotic spice. At cask strength, there’s ample power, but at no point does this dram come across as overwhelming or unbalanced. Add a drop of water and be prepared for this 12 year old to absolutely sing. Distillers Whyte Mackay produce precious little, so to find a single cask of such quality and character is an absolute thrill.

Also on deck is the superlative Tobermory 22 year old brought to us by “Old Malt Cask.” For those who love their single malt with just a wisp of smoke, this 22 year old is right on the money. Its time in a sherry cask has imparted an enticing spiciness with flavors of ginger, vanilla, and apricot. Behind the spice is a malt base that’s every bit as engaging. It’s a shame that Tobermory is the only distillery on Mull, as clearly there’s something very special about this island. Oh, and did we mention this 22 year old is under $90?! That’s a pretty amazing value for a single malt of this caliber.

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2006 Isle of Jura 12 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($64.99)

The Isle of Jura is one of those incredible malts that we almost never see in the wild. Partly that’s because they just don’t make that much whisky. But it does seem that the owners, Whyte Mackay, don’t let go of the stuff very often. Isle of Jura has its following, but the little distillery on the sparsely populated island to the north of Islay isn’t a household name by any means. The island’s 200 inhabitants are vastly outnumbered by a massive population of red deer, who keep the islands vegetation from growing beyond the lowest grasses. The infertile bog land that comprises most of the island give the place an otherworldly feel. The distilleries’ thick still necks create a rich, bold, oily spirit unlike any other in Scotland. They’ve been distilling there since 1810, but the current facility was built in 1963. The distillery bottlings tend to be slightly underwhelming due to the lower proofs, chill filtration and oily profile. But when we see it offered barrel we MUST taste. Sometimes we get lucky and find a true legend like this one. Cask strength, oily, rich, malty Jura in a second fill oloroso sherry butt. Everything about it works. Add the ridiculously reasonable price and you’ve got one of the most exciting whiskies of the year.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 18, 2018

Isle of Jura is a bit controversial these days. Several customers have already surprised me with their preconception of this odd little distillery. How did such a gorgeous distillery get a reputation across so many disparate drinkers? There is as well the odd customer saying, “Oh, I LOVE Jura,” but the general consensus is that this cask will be eyed with skepticism from some, thanks to some preconceived notion of this malt. Luckily for me, this is the type of cask that can change people’s entire outlook on life. The incredibly oily, rich malt of Jura is perfectly suited for a nice refill sherry butt and without the chill-filtration and low proof of the distillery bottlings, we’ve entered a whole different territory for this wild malt. There’s just so much going on here it’s hard to even begin to describe it. First, the nose is all candied apple, sea spray, roasted malt and hints of speedway. Like having a coffee near an F1 race. The malt is big and the sherry character is not obvious. But with air the complexity really explodes. This one demands a touch of water and some time to breathe because behind those odd flavors is a plethora of complex flavors. Salted fruit, ozone, fennel, oyster shell and camphor. The palate is surprisingly sweet with some nutty sherry starting to sneak in. With more water ocean spray, but not quite briny. Big black pepper, almond butter, Ruger wafers on the palate. With more air, hazelnut spread on rye. A weird wonderful combo, but strangely delicious. This is one of the most unusual and exciting casks we’ve ever bottled, but not at all difficult to love, just in need of some coaxing. And at this price, I’d hope every serious drinker would consider giving the odd little malt a chance and some time to tell its story.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2018

In my mind the Isle of Jura is one of the dark horses of Scotch. It’s the only distillery on the small island off the west coast of Scotland and in my experience, often gets overlooked. Their distillery offerings have always been a go to for me when recommending a bottle at a lower price point and I often felt they weren’t getting the attention they deserved. Now that we’re able to offer a private barreling of their juice, the word will spread and us Scotch drinkers will be giving the town of 200 a lot more work. More on the savory side of the spectrum, with a nose of brown butter, nutmeg, salted toffee and lemon pith, but I felt like it was constantly changing and daring me to take another whiff. The first sip was a wondrous moment; full bodied and chewy with a sweet caramel note to start, while star anise and Chinese five spice were trailing close behind. The finish was long and tingled the tongue as sweet oak notes slowly faded away.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2018

This has to be one of the most interesting single malts that I have tasted in a while. There is a lot going on and it is absolutely delicious. In the nose there are hints of salt, malt and a kiss of savory. This mixture continues in the mouth with the salt, malt and subtle savory flavors working well in harmony and balance.

Joe Manekin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2018

I have fond memories of Isla of Jura’s distillery bottled 12 year old single malt, from about 5 or so years ago now. I remember the nicely burnished color, the intense but not over the top sweetness balanced by a subtly savory chewy quality. Our Old Particular bottling delivered on my expectations for this distillery, and then some. Showing a honeyed quality with more persistence and depth of flavor than many other 10-12 year old single malts, there is also an appealing saline quality towards the finish that sets Isle of Jura apart. Tasty and likely to become a go to for many folks. Anticipate what you need now, it won’t likely stick around our inventory much longer.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2018

Bright and fruity! Medium caramel scents mix with syrupy peaches and pears and some orange-y citrus qualities. Further nosing reveals a white pepper spice, cinnamon, and a luscious butteriness. The palate is fruitier initially with peaches and additional citrus. Quickly, though, dusty leather arrives to dry everything out. This fades to an austere yet tingly finish with just the faded memory of those fruits lingering, ending gently with the light leather and some saltiness too.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

I absolutely fell in love with Jura on my last trip to Scotland in May. I didn’t travel to the island, although there is a spectacular view of the famous Paps of Jura from the new Ardnahoe distillery on Islay, which we did visit. I did however find myself ordering and drinking Jura in damn near every bar in Glasgow. At first it was just because it was on a happy hour special at a couple of places. Then it quickly grew into a love affair, seeking out odd one off casks in champion whisky bars like The Pot Still. While I found the 10yo, 18yo, and a few NAS to be lovely drams, the lightning really struck me upon my first cask strength taste. When later in the trip we were offered the chance at this cask, after a quick nose, we had to take it. It’s sweet and salty at first blush, like a sliced apple sprinkled with a pinch of finely ground sea salt. Candied oranges and brandied pears find themselves paired perfectly with the dried fruit sweetness of the refilled sherry butt. The palate confirms what the nose knows. It also adds more baking spices, dates, and a dusting of powdered sugar. The final wave of sea salt laps against your palate, a gentle tide splashing your legs on a late summer day at the beach. Such is the beauty of unadulterated, full proof Jura.

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1996 Tobermory 22 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

There is only one distillery on the Isle of Mull and while it has a history dating back to the late 1700s, for much of that history, the distillery has been closed. Fortunately for us, in the 1990s the distillery was opened again after its most recent 11 year closure, and has gone back to producing classic island malts. With its small production of less than 1 million liters per year the distillery makes two very different malts today. Tobermory is the namesake malt of the distillery and is generally, although confusingly, not always unpeated. Ledaig is the distillery’s opposite number and is generally, but not always, peated. Here we have a splendid Tobermory with just the faintest hint of smoke wafting through. With the whisky boom today as strong as it has ever been, it seems the Isle of Mull’s distillery has a bright future ahead. If you’re not familiar with Tobermory already, this is the perfect bottle to explore. For 90 bucks you can dive into a 22 year old cask strength bottling, which is an absolute steal compared to the $240 it takes to sample the distillery’s 21 year old official release!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

This awesome cask of Tobermory seems to have gotten lost in the sea of exceptional single casks we’ve just acquired. The new owners of this odd little distillery on the gorgeous Isle of Mull have recently closed the distillery for renovations and won’t likely reopen until sometime in 2020. That means the already expensive whisky could become even more rare. The thing about Tobermory is that it can be a bit inconsistent. When it’s good, it’s an absolute dream. At its worst it’s overly feinty with tons of funky, mashy, fermenty flavors. We were unsure if this whisky aged in a refill sherry butt could possibly be from the right side of Tobermory at this ridiculous price, but we needed to risk it considering the potential opportunity. Turns out this is one of the best Tobermory I’ve ever tasted. Much cleaner than we usually see, perhaps thanks to decades in this old butt and retaining its distinct “islands” quality that I see in all the best Tobermory. When the porridge flavors aren’t there, this stuff can be truly exceptional. The nose starts a bit closed with hints of roasted nuts and sweet malt. On the palate, there’s the tiniest hint of sweet spent mash, but it’s restrained and has none of the lactic quality that makes some of these feel “off.” But when you add water the whole thing explodes into a symphony of salted nuts, roasted stone fruit, vibrant fresh forest and freshly cut grass. On the palate the malt takes a back seat now with a basket of nuts and dried apricots delivered right to your olfactory gates. This might be the best Tobermory I’ve ever had and considering the special distillery release 21 year is $240, it’s worth the risk for even the most jaded hater of Mull’s historic distiller.

Miles Philippe | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2018

One of the most saline Scotches I’ve ever come across, this bottle is fascinating and will keep you enthralled long after your last sip! Fresh golden fruits, ginger, and a touch of oak spices are only some of the notes you will find in the nose and palate. Above all, you will always find yourself sensing a gentle memory of the ocean; a reverie that shades this world while enjoying this dram. The finish is incredibly long and will leave you listening more intently to your senses. The color must also be noted. Extremely pretty and lighter than expected, the pale straw and fair golden hues hint at the elegance and poise within; a youthful soul in a mature spirit.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 11, 2018

Salty like ramen noodles. Malty like a vanilla shake. Spicy like a ginger snap. This is a very special whisky from a refill butt that combines freshness and maturity. It is beautiful golden straw in color like a fine Manzanilla sherry and has the zip to match. But on the palate it’s a super rich compilation of citrus, ginger, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and just a touch of fresh cut hay. Long and lingering, the finish reminds me of standing on a foggy beach wrapped in a warm jacket watching a storm roll in. You can smell the salt, the seaweed, the cold wind carrying the notes of some far off island. It’s beautiful.

Joe Manekin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2018

This is a phenomenal value in aged single malt. It has an original, nearly tropical fruit profile on the nose, with a supple and very easy to drink quality on the palate. 22 year old single malt for well under $100? Yes, and good single malt at that. Recommended.

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Best wishes & Best whiskies of 2018

Best whiskies of 2018

Best whiskies of 2018

Happy New Year! Here’s a quick overview of the highlights of 2018 before we start a new year of (almost) daily whisky reviews.

 

 

I think 2018 was a ‘richer’ year than the past two or three years, in the sense that there were more whiskies which surprised me, with great bottlings coming from more sources.

Speyside 1973 / Speyside 1977 / Vega 40 Years

Speyside 1973 / Speyside 1977 / Vega 40 Years

 

The undisclosed Speyside whiskies have been in my hotlist since 2016 and there have been a couple of great bottlings this year as well, a 1977 and 1973 from Maltbarn and the Vega whisky from North Star Spirits.

Then there was a list of excellent premium releases (roughly between € 1000 and € 100.000) that I gave a very high score:

 

 

Glen Elgin 1997 / Teeling for TWE / Springbank WhiskyNerds

Glen Elgin 1997 / Teeling for TWE / Springbank WhiskyNerds

In a more affordable range, there were also three highlights:

When looking from a price / quality perspective, that Glen Elgin 1997 was probably the best whisky you could buy this year.

In fact Gordon MacPhail deserve a special mention: they have completed a major makeover for most of their ranges and they are now in the lead when it comes to independent bottlings, both in terms of design and sheer quality. Very few bottlers can launch the things they dig up in their warehouses.

Also kudos to the WhiskyNerds for being involved in two of the best whisky releases this year.

 

 

Best value whisky in 2018

Best value whisky in 2018

 

Best ‘bang for your buck’ in 2018

Typically I only include bottlings here that cost less than € 100:

 

This whisky blog

… is still going forward, thank you. Just short of 780.000 visitors in 2018 and over 2.6 million page views. Virtually no summer downfall this year and strong numbers in November and December may indicate a great 2019 as well.

Traffic from the Japan (+12%), Taiwan (+11%) and the USA (+10%) is still growing steadily, while virtually all European countries show a downward trend (especially UK, Belgium and Sweden this year).

Traditional markets are disappointed by the current prices and general value for money compared to the old days? What else…

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The Verdict Is In: Impex Beverages Peated Whiskies Win! – Whisky News

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The Verdict Is In: Peated Whiskies Win!

It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on our achievements, and this year has given us a lot to be thankful for.

Whisky Advocate has compiled a list of their Top 20 Whiskies of the year, and two ImpEx expressions have earned spots!

In addition, a number of ImpEx expressions have won prestigious medals from renowned competitions.  Check out some of the highlights below.   

While Penderyn Myth won a Gold Medal in the ‘Best In Class’ category, Celt won a Silver Medal in the ‘Malt Peated Medium’ category from Whiskies Of The World, placing at #17 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 list, where it earned 91 points! 

Check out Jonny’s tantalizing description below the image.

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“Blender Aista Jukneviciute finishes Celt in peated Islay quarter casks that enable the sooty charcoal smoke and maritime notes to sink their claws into the fresh lemon, mandarin, and buttery, toasty aromas.  Sweet citrus, dark fruits, chocolate, and spicy smoke linger on the finish. Forget Daenerys, this is the whisky of dragons.” ~ Jonny McCormick

Coming in at #15 with 91 points, Kilchoman Loch Gorm, the yearly limited release fully matured in Sherry casks made the grade!  

At the intersection of Sherry and peat, this dream-of-a-dram delivers on both in a way that appeases any peat-pleasured palate.

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“The first edition of Loch Gorm appeared in 2013, and it remains the distillery’s only whisky to be fully matured in Sherry casks. The 2018 iteration comprises the contents of nineteen oloroso Sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008, and 2011, the oldest of which are some of the first Sherry casks filled at Kilchoman. These rich, confident aged whiskies converge in the best Loch Gorm to date, showcasing the expression’s trademark blend of succulent Sherry, cooked fruits, and earthy peat, along with flavors of honey, ginger, sultanas, and spice.” —Gavin D Smith

To top it all off, Kilchoman Sanaig – the core expression matured in Bourbon casks and finished in Sherry casks won  ‘Best Peated Whisky’ at the 2018 Whisky World Cup!  

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‘Kilchoman has outclassed the opposition in the previous rounds. Giants like Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore have disappeared. It was only a matter of time until these Islay icons were to be replaced. And having the new smoke champ from the same island proves that Islay remains the centre of peated whisky in the world.’ ~ Henrik Aflodal, Whisky World Cup orgnaniserAnd finally we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how well received Port Askaig 33 has been this year.  Prominent bloggers distant parts of the world gave this expression really high marks in their reviews.  The two of note that we’re sharing with you are 91 and 92 points, from Dave Broom of ScotchWhisky.com and Ruben Luyten from WhiskyNotes.com, respectively.  

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“There’s no sense of things being forced here, just nature being allowed to gently take its course. What a lovely way to end the year.” ~ Dave Broom

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us.  We truly appreciate all of our supporters and everyone we do business with.  It means the world to us when our whiskies are enjoyed in good company.  So Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, and may the peat keep you warm this winter

We look forward to bringing you more excellent whiskies in 2019! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

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The Verdict Is In: Impex Beverages Peated Whiskies Win! – Whisky News

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The Verdict Is In: Peated Whiskies Win!

It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on our achievements, and this year has given us a lot to be thankful for.

Whisky Advocate has compiled a list of their Top 20 Whiskies of the year, and two ImpEx expressions have earned spots!

In addition, a number of ImpEx expressions have won prestigious medals from renowned competitions.  Check out some of the highlights below.   

While Penderyn Myth won a Gold Medal in the ‘Best In Class’ category, Celt won a Silver Medal in the ‘Malt Peated Medium’ category from Whiskies Of The World, placing at #17 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 list, where it earned 91 points! 

Check out Jonny’s tantalizing description below the image.

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“Blender Aista Jukneviciute finishes Celt in peated Islay quarter casks that enable the sooty charcoal smoke and maritime notes to sink their claws into the fresh lemon, mandarin, and buttery, toasty aromas.  Sweet citrus, dark fruits, chocolate, and spicy smoke linger on the finish. Forget Daenerys, this is the whisky of dragons.” ~ Jonny McCormick

Coming in at #15 with 91 points, Kilchoman Loch Gorm, the yearly limited release fully matured in Sherry casks made the grade!  

At the intersection of Sherry and peat, this dream-of-a-dram delivers on both in a way that appeases any peat-pleasured palate.

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“The first edition of Loch Gorm appeared in 2013, and it remains the distillery’s only whisky to be fully matured in Sherry casks. The 2018 iteration comprises the contents of nineteen oloroso Sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008, and 2011, the oldest of which are some of the first Sherry casks filled at Kilchoman. These rich, confident aged whiskies converge in the best Loch Gorm to date, showcasing the expression’s trademark blend of succulent Sherry, cooked fruits, and earthy peat, along with flavors of honey, ginger, sultanas, and spice.” —Gavin D Smith

To top it all off, Kilchoman Sanaig – the core expression matured in Bourbon casks and finished in Sherry casks won  ‘Best Peated Whisky’ at the 2018 Whisky World Cup!  

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‘Kilchoman has outclassed the opposition in the previous rounds. Giants like Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore have disappeared. It was only a matter of time until these Islay icons were to be replaced. And having the new smoke champ from the same island proves that Islay remains the centre of peated whisky in the world.’ ~ Henrik Aflodal, Whisky World Cup orgnaniserAnd finally we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how well received Port Askaig 33 has been this year.  Prominent bloggers distant parts of the world gave this expression really high marks in their reviews.  The two of note that we’re sharing with you are 91 and 92 points, from Dave Broom of ScotchWhisky.com and Ruben Luyten from WhiskyNotes.com, respectively.  

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“There’s no sense of things being forced here, just nature being allowed to gently take its course. What a lovely way to end the year.” ~ Dave Broom

Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us.  We truly appreciate all of our supporters and everyone we do business with.  It means the world to us when our whiskies are enjoyed in good company.  So Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, and may the peat keep you warm this winter

We look forward to bringing you more excellent whiskies in 2019! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottlings: office@impexbev.com

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Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 Old & Rare at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Bunnahabhain
27 Year Old 1989
Old Rare
£365.20

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead bottled March 2017 by Hunter Laing and Co. for the Old Rare Platinum collection. 198 bottles. A beautifully colour whisky with a delicious nose of home baking and creamy caramel followed by a delicate floral note and a hint of seaweed. On the palate it is smooth and creamy with vanilla the primary taste, then bananas and pears adding fruitiness and body. Ths leads to a late salty note at the end, leaving a dry, long lasting finish. 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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The Dark Side of Islay 21 Year Old Scarabus Malts of Scotland

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, december 18, 2018 17:32:07

Bottelaar:
Malts of Scotland
Regio: Schotland
(Islay)
Fles:
The Dark Side of Islay 21 Year Old Scarabus, Malts of Scotland 2016, sherry,
port wine casks, 1254 bts.
Kleur: brons
ABV: 52.8%

Scarabus

De naam van deze reeks van Malts of Scotland,
alsook de labels, vind ik ronduit geweldig. Voorlopig bestaat de Dark Side of
Islay uit drie bottelingen, telkens een Islay blended malt. De eerste,
uitgebracht in 2016, luistert naar de naam Scarabus. Die uit 2017 werd
Octovulin gedoopt, de meest recente uit 2018 Mulindry. Ik grijp nog gauw even
naar de eerste, waarvan alle ingrediënten maar liefst 21 jaar oud zijn. Wist je
trouwens dat er geschriften bestaan die suggereren dat er een Scarabus
Distillery op Islay bestond tussen 1817 en 1818. Wellicht in de buurt van de
huidige Scarabus Farm nabij Bridgend. Maar ze zou nooit operationeel geweest
zijn in dat jaartje dat ze bestond. Enfin, gelukkig is er deze blended malt van
MoS.

OMG! Wat een neus! Geweldige combinatie van
sherry en turf met alles wat daar bij hoort. Ga er gerust even voor zitten.
Gerookte ham rond een verse dadel, gezouten origine chocolade, zoete perzik,
geroosterde noten, aarden vloer, assen en roet, pruimenmarmelade, zoete rook en
ga zo maar door. U begrijpt het al, dit is een geweldige en heel intense neus.

Prima body. Lekker olieachtig en verrassend
zacht voor zo’n ABV. Prima verderzetting van de neus met een pittigheid als van
kruidnagel, zoethout en kaneel. Wederom dat spek en dat donker fruit in een
mooi dekentje van rook. Noten, cacao en crème d’orange doen hun duit in het
zakje. Man, man, man, wat is dat lekker, zeg!

De afdronk is rokerig op kalisse en
appelsienschillen. Je krijgt het erg lekker warm van. En hij duurt een
eeuwigheid.

Indrukwekkende winterdram van de hoogste
kwaliteit die nogmaals bewijst – voor zover dat nog nodig is – dat een blend(ed
malt) niet per definitie moet onderdoen voor een single malt. Met dank aan de
Whisky Amigos voor het flesrestje.

91/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 25-11-2018
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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