Port Askaig 45 Year Old

This Port Askaig 45 Year Old was launched back in 2015. It got some extra attention recently because it will now also be imported in the US (just 51 bottles) but it is effectively the same whisky as confirmed by the people at Elixir Distillers.

The distillery is undisclosed, but the whisky was distilled on Islay in 1968 so I can only think of one distillery. It was composed from five sherry butts, married together for one year.

 

 

Port Askaig 45 Year OldPort Askaig 45 Year OldPort Askaig 45 yo 1968
(40,8%, Elixir Distillers 2015)

Nose: delicate fruity notes (apricots, pears, yellow plums) with bergamot and eucalyptus. Heather honey. Soft resinous notes and rubbed lemons. Subtle cashew nuts. Elegant and fresh. Mouth: now more on woody notes. Menthol, nutmeg, plenty of citrus green tea. Crushed mint leaves. Resinous notes again, with a faint salty edge. Seville oranges. Wildflowers. Herbal potions towards the end. Finish: quite long, still on bittersweet oranges with cardamom, leafy notes and fragrant wood.

Very classy whisky, really elegant but outmatched by earlier releases in terms of fruitiness and aromatic intensity. Available from The Whisky Exchange, or a sample from Master of Malt.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/bunnahabhain/port-askaig-45-year-old/

There Has Never Been A Better Time For Kilchoman Expressions – Scotch Whisky News

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There has never been a better time for Kilchoman expressions.  Not only are the core expressions being honored with more accolades, but the level of depth and age in these Islay titans is a tribute to the innovation this distillery exemplifies.

KILCHOMAN STR CASK

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A creation of the late Dr. Jim Swan, STR refers to a specific formula for the Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring of Red Wine Hogsheads. A total of 43 casks filled in 2012 were selected by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman’s founder and Managing Director, bottled at a strength of 50% abv without chill-filtration or coloring.

The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the flavors this single malt possesses. Kilchoman released a full maturation Red Wine Cask release in 2016 which took on lots of the big and bold wine flavors.  The STR cask, however, provides a different approach.

The shaving has reduced some of the bolder flavors on the surface of the oak, producing a more subtle red wine influence.  The casks were then toasted and charred over a natural oak fire, fueled exclusively using oak chips from used staves, removing harsh tannins and undelivered flavors as well as breaking down unwanted chemical bonds of lignin, celluloses, and hemicelluloses, replacing these undesirable characteristics with the creation of basic sugars, vanilla, and spice notes.

“The STR cask, created by the late Dr Jim Swan, balances influence from both the new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak, spice and maritime peat smoke.”
~ Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director

Bottled at 50% ABV     ||     RRP: $119.99

Nose:  Summer fruits with a hearty measure of cinnamon spice, toffee, and gentle peat smoke.

Palate:  Soft caramel at first, with layers of red berries, lemon tart, and earthy peat smoke.

Finish:  Long, with a pronounced spice, honey and caramel notes.

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KILCHOMAN LOCH GORM 2018

Bottled at 56.4% ABV     ||     RRP: $174.99

Nose: Floral sweetness, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

Palate: Balanced and complex with fresh fruit, butterscotch, lemon tart, and cinnamon with hints of soft peat smoke.

Finish: Long and clean with citrus, creme brûlée with waves of Islay peat smoke.

Loch Gorm is the name given to the annually released Sherry cask matured limited edition from Kilchoman. The loch, murky and peaty in color, reflects the dark copper tone of the Sherry matured Loch Gorm release.

As the only expression in the Kilchoman range to be fully matured in Sherry casks, Loch Gorm has always attracted special attention from whisky fans, especially given that just 15,000 bottles will be released and made available around the world.

Over the years the Loch Gorm range of limited edition releases have been evolving, each new edition containing a different combination of casks. This, the 2019 edition, is no different. Twenty oloroso Sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 have been selected for this release, meaning that for the first time Loch Gorm will contain 12 and 13-year-old casks from the Kilchoman warehouses.

Bottled at 46% ABV     ||     RRP: $109.99

Nose: Dried fig, orange peel, sea salt with hints of bacon, oaky spice, cinnamon, and citrus sweetness.

Palate: Stewed plums, morello cherries, dark chocolate with layers of salted caramel, herbaceous heather, honey, and wet ashy peat smoke.

Finish: Cooked apples and pears with babes of all-spice, dark chocolate, and barbecue smoke.

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IMPEX CASK EVOLUTION
11 Year Old Single Cask

The ImpEx Cask Evolution Series aims to demonstrate the importance of quality casks in the development of a fantastic Scotch whisky.

These single casks are carefully selected by Kilchoman Distillery and are exclusively available in the U.S.  Each cask is specifically chosen to exhibit the diversity of character achieved by using different types of cask to mature Kilchoman single malt.

Matured in a first-fill ex-Bourbon cask for over 11 years, this is the oldest Kilchoman available in the U.S. for general distribution.

“Single cask single malt is the pinnacle of any Scotch whisky.  It is an unadulterated marriage of distillate and cask type.”
~ John Maclellan, Distillery Manager

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/there-has-never-been-a-better-time-for-kilchoman-expressions-scotch-whisky-news/

There Has Never Been A Better Time For Kilchoman Expressions – Scotch Whisky News

ImpEx Logo

There has never been a better time for Kilchoman expressions.  Not only are the core expressions being honored with more accolades, but the level of depth and age in these Islay titans is a tribute to the innovation this distillery exemplifies.

KILCHOMAN STR CASK

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A creation of the late Dr. Jim Swan, STR refers to a specific formula for the Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring of Red Wine Hogsheads. A total of 43 casks filled in 2012 were selected by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman’s founder and Managing Director, bottled at a strength of 50% abv without chill-filtration or coloring.

The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the flavors this single malt possesses. Kilchoman released a full maturation Red Wine Cask release in 2016 which took on lots of the big and bold wine flavors.  The STR cask, however, provides a different approach.

The shaving has reduced some of the bolder flavors on the surface of the oak, producing a more subtle red wine influence.  The casks were then toasted and charred over a natural oak fire, fueled exclusively using oak chips from used staves, removing harsh tannins and undelivered flavors as well as breaking down unwanted chemical bonds of lignin, celluloses, and hemicelluloses, replacing these undesirable characteristics with the creation of basic sugars, vanilla, and spice notes.

“The STR cask, created by the late Dr Jim Swan, balances influence from both the new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak, spice and maritime peat smoke.”
~ Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director

Bottled at 50% ABV     ||     RRP: $119.99

Nose:  Summer fruits with a hearty measure of cinnamon spice, toffee, and gentle peat smoke.

Palate:  Soft caramel at first, with layers of red berries, lemon tart, and earthy peat smoke.

Finish:  Long, with a pronounced spice, honey and caramel notes.

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KILCHOMAN LOCH GORM 2018

Bottled at 56.4% ABV     ||     RRP: $174.99

Nose: Floral sweetness, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

Palate: Balanced and complex with fresh fruit, butterscotch, lemon tart, and cinnamon with hints of soft peat smoke.

Finish: Long and clean with citrus, creme brûlée with waves of Islay peat smoke.

Loch Gorm is the name given to the annually released Sherry cask matured limited edition from Kilchoman. The loch, murky and peaty in color, reflects the dark copper tone of the Sherry matured Loch Gorm release.

As the only expression in the Kilchoman range to be fully matured in Sherry casks, Loch Gorm has always attracted special attention from whisky fans, especially given that just 15,000 bottles will be released and made available around the world.

Over the years the Loch Gorm range of limited edition releases have been evolving, each new edition containing a different combination of casks. This, the 2019 edition, is no different. Twenty oloroso Sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 have been selected for this release, meaning that for the first time Loch Gorm will contain 12 and 13-year-old casks from the Kilchoman warehouses.

Bottled at 46% ABV     ||     RRP: $109.99

Nose: Dried fig, orange peel, sea salt with hints of bacon, oaky spice, cinnamon, and citrus sweetness.

Palate: Stewed plums, morello cherries, dark chocolate with layers of salted caramel, herbaceous heather, honey, and wet ashy peat smoke.

Finish: Cooked apples and pears with babes of all-spice, dark chocolate, and barbecue smoke.

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IMPEX CASK EVOLUTION
11 Year Old Single Cask

The ImpEx Cask Evolution Series aims to demonstrate the importance of quality casks in the development of a fantastic Scotch whisky.

These single casks are carefully selected by Kilchoman Distillery and are exclusively available in the U.S.  Each cask is specifically chosen to exhibit the diversity of character achieved by using different types of cask to mature Kilchoman single malt.

Matured in a first-fill ex-Bourbon cask for over 11 years, this is the oldest Kilchoman available in the U.S. for general distribution.

“Single cask single malt is the pinnacle of any Scotch whisky.  It is an unadulterated marriage of distillate and cask type.”
~ John Maclellan, Distillery Manager

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

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/there-has-never-been-a-better-time-for-kilchoman-expressions-scotch-whisky-news/

Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases – Scotch Whisky News

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Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases

Douglas Laing Co, award-winning Scotch Whisky firm, today announces two new releases under its “Rock Island” brand coupled with a new campaign.

A Limited Edition Rock Island 21 Years Old release is available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £89. Just 4,200 bottles have been produced.

Rock Island 10 Years Old, expected to retail at £45, will join the range as a continually available offering, joining fellow Remarkable Regional Malts age statement offerings launched earlier this year; Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old and Scallywag 10 Years Old.

Bringing the Rock Island brand to life, a new campaign is also unveiled today, featuring the headline “A remarkable encapsulation of Scotland’s Whisky islands” and showing the maritime Malt in an elaborate setting. The bespoke illustration highlights the Whisky’s tasting notes of barley, smoke and crashing waves, and will form the basis of a multi-channel Marketing campaign spanning both print and digital advertising, social media and trade collateral. The late summer months will also see Douglas Laing Co host a series of Rock Island seafood-paired dinners in key markets globally, whilst cocktail and food influencers will be recruited to bolster online presence for the brand.

Cara Laing, third generation and Director of Whisky, comments:

“We’re thrilled to celebrate sea-faring Scotch Whisky this summer with our new global brand campaign and two new releases in our Rock Island range – Rock Island 10 Years Old and Limited Edition 21 Years Old. Created by marrying together Single Malts distilled on the Whisky Islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island and its special edition counterparts genuinely encapsulate the archetypal salty, smoky, peppery warmth that Island Whiskies are famed for, and our new master visual, print and digital advertising alongside events across key markets globally are designed to bring those mouth-watering qualities to life”.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dlrockisland

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky company, specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Old Particular Single Casks, XOP and Provenance, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/douglas-laing-rocks-with-two-new-rock-island-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases – Scotch Whisky News

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Douglas Laing Rocks with Two New Rock Island Releases

Douglas Laing Co, award-winning Scotch Whisky firm, today announces two new releases under its “Rock Island” brand coupled with a new campaign.

A Limited Edition Rock Island 21 Years Old release is available via specialist spirits retailers at an expected retail price of £89. Just 4,200 bottles have been produced.

Rock Island 10 Years Old, expected to retail at £45, will join the range as a continually available offering, joining fellow Remarkable Regional Malts age statement offerings launched earlier this year; Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old and Scallywag 10 Years Old.

Bringing the Rock Island brand to life, a new campaign is also unveiled today, featuring the headline “A remarkable encapsulation of Scotland’s Whisky islands” and showing the maritime Malt in an elaborate setting. The bespoke illustration highlights the Whisky’s tasting notes of barley, smoke and crashing waves, and will form the basis of a multi-channel Marketing campaign spanning both print and digital advertising, social media and trade collateral. The late summer months will also see Douglas Laing Co host a series of Rock Island seafood-paired dinners in key markets globally, whilst cocktail and food influencers will be recruited to bolster online presence for the brand.

Cara Laing, third generation and Director of Whisky, comments:

“We’re thrilled to celebrate sea-faring Scotch Whisky this summer with our new global brand campaign and two new releases in our Rock Island range – Rock Island 10 Years Old and Limited Edition 21 Years Old. Created by marrying together Single Malts distilled on the Whisky Islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island and its special edition counterparts genuinely encapsulate the archetypal salty, smoky, peppery warmth that Island Whiskies are famed for, and our new master visual, print and digital advertising alongside events across key markets globally are designed to bring those mouth-watering qualities to life”.

ABOUT DOUGLAS LAING:

www.douglaslaing.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dlrockisland

Twitter: @remarkablemalts

Instagram: @remarkable_malts

Douglas Laing Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky company, specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and without chill filtration to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.

Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions, encompasses The Epicurean Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond its Blended Malts expertise, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Old Particular Single Casks, XOP and Provenance, collectively known as the firm’s “Exceptional Single Casks”.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/douglas-laing-rocks-with-two-new-rock-island-releases-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 261: Kilchoman 11 Year Old 2007 Feis Ile 2018

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2012 STR Cask Matured

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, juli 02, 2019 07:24:03

Distilleerderij: Kilchoman
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles:
Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2012/2019 STR Cask Matured, 14.500 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 50%

STR

Deze gloednieuwe Kilchoman rijpte op STR vaten.
STR staat voor ‘shaved, toasted, re-charred’, wat u een idee geeft wat er met
de vaten werd gedaan. Na 7 jaar rijping werden er maar liefst 14.500 flessen
van afgevuld, versneden naar 50%. De kostprijs van één flesje is zo’n 75 tot
100 EUR, afhankelijk van waar u kijkt. Dat is we erg duur, natuurlijk, maar wel
typisch Kilchoman.

De neus is toch een beetje atypisch voor
Kilchoman, vind ik. Naast wat rood fruit, een hint van banaan, vanille en
karamel, krijg ik nog een koude barbecue (daags nadien), iets metaligs, iets
zilts (maar helemaal op de achtergrond) en iets van bakkerskruiden. Na verloop
van tijd wordt hij een tikkeltje umami met een druppeltje balsamico. Rosbief!
Atypisch, ik zei het al.

Hij is olieachtig, zoet en zacht bij aankomst,
maar al snel komt de turf opzetten. Hij wordt zelfs flink brutaal met nu een
grote rookontwikkeling, vermolmd hout, wijnazijn en zeezout. De metalige toets
die ik ook al op de neus had, blijft echter hangen.

De afdronk is dan weer aan de korte kant en gaat terug de zoete richting uit.

Interessant is deze Kilchoman zeker, maar ik
vind ‘m niet top. Hij lijkt niet goed te weten welke richting hij uit wil.
Thanks, Manny!

82/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 23-06-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Islay Malt 2008 (Liquid Treasures)

Although they can’t officially mention it, this Islay Malt 2008 in the Liquid Treasures series is from a North shore Islay distillery, most likely Caol Ila. It’s part of their 10th Anniversary releases.

 

 

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Nose: essential peat. A lot of brine, green olives, kippers, wet stones and sooty notes. Hay, tar, hints of new tyres. Lapsang. Very faint lemons and a touch of burnt vanilla custard in the background. Mouth: quite fierce again, with enough iodine for a small hospital. Scorched earth, these rubbery and tarry notes again. Sweet lemons, grapefruits and peppers. Finish: very long, very peaty, with salty notes, liquorice and smoked lemons.

A massive powerhouse! It tries to knock you over, the equivalent of these high-Scoville sauces. Very good though and I would never have guessed the distillery. Around € 85, still available from eSpirits and resellers.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/undisclosed/islay-malt-2008-liquid-treasures/

The Independents at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Independent Whisky

Here at Abbey Whisky we only stock the very best whiskies produced by the Independent bottlers based here in Scotland. We work very closely with these companies to ensure our shelves are stocked with only the very best of drams… In this week from Elixir Distillers, we have five new single casks from the excellent Single Malts of Scotland range along and a couple of new offerings from the Elements of Islay series, including a lovely, sherry cask matured Caol Ila.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INDEPENDENTS 

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/the-independents-at-abbey-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Laphroaig 12 Year Old “Alexander Murray” Cask Strength at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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2005 Laphroaig 12 Year Old “Alexander Murray” Cask Strength Small Batch Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $99.99 View

 

Alexander Murray has been making some waves recently. They’ve used their buying power through large volume purchases for many of the country’s largest chain retailers to secure stocks of some very special and rare distilleries. While many of my suppliers are unable to offer me cask strength Laphroaig of any age for less than £100+ a bottle, Alexander Murray is putting small batch cask strength malt from Islay’s most flavorful distiller into the bottle for a bargin. After a little poking and proding, we were able to secure a special price and offer this exceptional whisky, in all it’s briny Islay glory, for less than $100. No other bottler is able to offer such incredibly high quality whisky at such a low price. This whisky is bottled without the addition of coloring or water and not chill-filtered. The batch of approximately 10 barrels was filled into refill bourbon barrels in 2005 and dumped just before their 13th birthday in 2018.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/07/laphroaig-12-year-old-alexander-murray-cask-strength-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2007 for Viking Line

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2012 STR Cask Matured

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, juli 02, 2019 07:24:03

Distilleerderij: Kilchoman
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles:
Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2012/2019 STR Cask Matured, 14.500 bts
Kleur: koper
ABV: 50%

STR

Deze gloednieuwe Kilchoman rijpte op STR vaten.
STR staat voor ‘shaved, toasted, re-charred’, wat u een idee geeft wat er met
de vaten werd gedaan. Na 7 jaar rijping werden er maar liefst 14.500 flessen
van afgevuld, versneden naar 50%. De kostprijs van één flesje is zo’n 75 tot
100 EUR, afhankelijk van waar u kijkt. Dat is we erg duur, natuurlijk, maar wel
typisch Kilchoman.

De neus is toch een beetje atypisch voor
Kilchoman, vind ik. Naast wat rood fruit, een hint van banaan, vanille en
karamel, krijg ik nog een koude barbecue (daags nadien), iets metaligs, iets
zilts (maar helemaal op de achtergrond) en iets van bakkerskruiden. Na verloop
van tijd wordt hij een tikkeltje umami met een druppeltje balsamico. Rosbief!
Atypisch, ik zei het al.

Hij is olieachtig, zoet en zacht bij aankomst,
maar al snel komt de turf opzetten. Hij wordt zelfs flink brutaal met nu een
grote rookontwikkeling, vermolmd hout, wijnazijn en zeezout. De metalige toets
die ik ook al op de neus had, blijft echter hangen.

De afdronk is dan weer aan de korte kant en gaat terug de zoete richting uit.

Interessant is deze Kilchoman zeker, maar ik
vind ‘m niet top. Hij lijkt niet goed te weten welke richting hij uit wil.
Thanks, Manny!

82/100

Geproefd door
Mark Dermul op 23-06-2019
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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