Isle of Jura Bottlings at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

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Jura 10 Year Old
40%abv

£30.95

Off the west coast of Scotland lies a magical island of soft sea breezes, freshly caught lobster and a bank that comes once a week. As good as life used to be. One shop, one pub, one community. One fine malt whisky distillery. A gift from nature. Pure spring water, clean fresh air and generations of tradition quietly crafting a more delicate island malt. Colour – Deep amber gold. Nose – Light, rich and aromatic. Positive and firm. Silky, almondy wood notes. Palate – Firm, distinguished, elegant tones. A fruity oiliness with just a hint of smoke gently enriches the palate.

Jura 16 Year Old
40%abv
£44.95

For sixteen years in beachside warehouses, the gentle sea breezes have combined to make a whisky that truly expresses the magic of the island. A great age to drink Jura according to the locals. The rich colour of golden sun rays combine with a taste of strong butter notes, tinged with oranges and spices, leaving a sweet toffee and honey finish. Taste the best of island life. Visit the island, meet the people, explore the past. Colour – Glassy golden highlights. Nose – Full and rich. Each aroma beautifully structured to reveal harmony at its best. Silk and honey with a hint of ginger spice encompass this floral bouquet. Palate – Soft peaches and honey with a hint of citrus and marzipan will slowly arise, yet the backbone of its heritage continues to ebb away on the aftertaste, leaving the palate rewarded and satisfied.

Jura Superstition
45%abv
£39.50

The people of Jura are superstitious. From the prophecy of the one-eyed Campbell to an aversion to cutting peat before May, age-old island beliefs resonate to this day. Drawing on Jura’s finest older malts and spring-peated younger whiskies, Jura Superstition is a tribute to the people, the traditions and the mystical heritage that make Jura island life unique. Colour – Deep intense mahogany with glittering sun rays. Nose – Firm and positive, yet forcibly mellow. Strong accents of phenolic aromas. Rich, sensual nuances of honey and marzipan. Palate – Spice, honey, pine and peat aromas make a dramatic impact, the long years in oak casks have tempered and tamed this mystic spirit creating a long, lingering and tantalising aftertaste.

Jura Prophecy
46%abv
£54

A new addition to the Jura line-up, Prophecy is a robustly peated Jura. A limited release (labelled as Limited Annual Release Year 1), it is bottled at 46% ABV, without chill-filtration. A vatting of several vintages, the oldest whisky was distilled in 1989. Having tasted Jura Prophecy a few days ago, we think it might well surprise a few Islay loving peat-heads. As one would expect with any Jura whisky, it is supple and round in texture. On both the nose and the palate it is noticeably peaty, with bonfire notes, liquorice and spicy sea spray. A big step up from the more commercial Jura Superstition, this is a real surprise and definitely worth investigating.

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The Whisky Exchange “Springbank Distillery – a family affair” – Scotch Whisky News

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Springbank Distillery – a family affair

David Allen

David Allen, a key member of the Springbank team

It’s hard to think that Campbeltown was once the whisky capital of the world. With just three distilleries in operation in the area now, you wonder what happened to the other 27 that were there in the 1800s. Campbeltown isn’t the easiest of places to get to. There’s no train station, so your options are a three-hour drive, a four-hour bus journey, or a flight in a tiny plane on to one of the longest runways in the world. But however you get there, it’s well worth the visit. Were it not for Hedley Wright (the owner of Springbank Distillery), Campbeltown may have been lost as a whisky region altogether.

Back in 1998, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) decided that two distilleries were not enough to classify Campbeltown as a whisky region alongside the likes of Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands, and so it was merged into the Highlands. But Hedley spotted that there were only three operational distilleries in the Lowlands, and took it upon himself to purchase a second distillery in the region. After a large amount of investment – and a lot of time and energy – Glengyle distillery was completed in 2004, and following a visit from the SWA, Campbeltown was back on the map.

This highlights the care and love that the family and team at Springbank put into making whisky. They were once described (affectionately) as an ‘odd company of odd people’, and they’re quite happy with this label. They don’t always follow convention when it comes to making whisky. There are elements of their distillation process which no one can provide a reason for other than that’s what’s always been done, including producing ‘two-and-a-half-times-distilled’ whisky (more on that later). Springbank is the oldest independent, family-owned distillery in Scotland, dating to 1828, when John Mitchell first started distilling legally on the site of his father’s illicit still.

Everything at Springbank is done on site, from the malting of the barley right up to the labelling, which is done by hand. There has never been any chill-filtering or colouring, and production is all done in batches. Although this means that there can be some slight variances from batch to batch, it can’t be denied that each bottle is made with a huge amount of care – I’m yet to try a bad whisky of theirs. For this evening’s tasting, David Allen, a key member of the Springbank team, flew down especially to guide us through a selection of his fine whiskies.

A diverse range of whiskies are produced at Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown

A diverse range of whiskies are produced at Springbank Distillery in Campbeltown

Hazelbank 12yo

Hazelburn 12 Year Old, 46%

The night began with Hazelburn. Production is split into three styles at the distillery, with Springbank making up 80% of the production, and Hazelburn and Longrow the other 20%. Hazelburn is unpeated and, unlike most Scottish single malts, it is triple distilled, giving it a floral and fruity character which many have described as a ‘breakfast whisky’ (light and approachable).

Nose: True to its style, the nose is rather fruity with notes of peach, mango, sweet dried fruit, and a hint of raisin and dried banana, too. With a touch of water, a malty character edges in.

Palate: The malty character is more pronounced on the palate both with and without water. This is backed up quite nicely with stone fruits, sweet dried fruit and candied bananas. There’s a touch of sweetness in there, too, which makes it go down rather easily.

Finish: Long finish here with all the flavours playing together; there’s peach, malt and sweetness all working beautifully together.

Comment: I really like this. The sherry cask influence is light and subtle, adding fruit but nothing overbearing. It’s fresh, fruity and slightly sweet and goes down oh so easily.

Hazelbank RK 2003

Hazelburn 2003 Rundlets Kilderkins, 50.1%

Rundlet and Kilderkin are names for types of cask which – at 68 and 81 litres respectively – are much smaller than those normally used to mature whisky. These smaller barrels give the whisky much more interaction with the wood, giving the whisky further character. However, the ‘angel’s share’ is much higher with these casks, making it a rather expensive whisky to produce. This one is about 10 years old and a mix of first-fill bourbon and sherry casks.

Nose: Quite woody (as you’d expect), but in a good way. Honeycomb and chocolate comes through with time, and a lanolin note also.

Palate: Sweet mango, peach, honeycomb, chocolate and a soft alcohol prickle which softens nicely with water.

Finish: An earthy note comes through on the finish with some honey and unripe papaya.

Comment: Rich and fruity with some lovely earthy notes towards the finish. All backed up with a lovely honeycomb character along the way.

Kilkerran WIP (B)

Kilkerran WIP 6 Bourbon Wood, 46%

Glengyle is still quite a young distillery, at just 10 years of age, and as such they’re yet to release a standard bottling. They are, however, rather good to us, and like to keep us all in the loop with how things are going. Work In Progress (WIP) was first launched in 2009 as a single bottling of ex-sherry and bourbon casks vatted together. This continued annually until last year when WIP 5 was released as a sherry cask and bourbon cask individually, and they have done the same again this year. WIP 6 is double distilled, lightly peated and 10 years old. The suggestion from David is that once the whiskies reaches 12 years of age, they will release a standard bottling, but we’ll just have to wait and see…

Nose: Slight hint of smoke. They get their peat from the Speyside region which is more mossy and earthy than Islay peat, and provides a very different character to the whisky than its island counterparts. This peat character is backed up with lots of green fruit – apples and grassy notes.

Palate: Lovely and fresh, slightly sweet with notes of green apples, zesty, sweet peach, grassy, floral and ever so slightly nutty. There’s even a hint of Scottish tablet.

Finish: This finishes with a green-tea note which is delicious and completed with lots of green flavours like grass and apple skin.

Comment: I’m a big fan of this one. It’s well balanced, fresh, delicate and delicious already. If this is the current benchmark for Kilkerran, then their first official bottling is definitely one to look out for.

Kilkerran WIP (S)

Kilkerran WIP 6 Sherry Wood, 46%

Nose: Nutty, dried fruit, tropical notes and prunes. It doesn’t seem overly sherried; they use a mix of first- and third-fill casks which keeps the sherry influence quite light.

Palate: Lovely gingerbread character, and full of nutty, dried-fruit flavours and sweet smoke. It starts out quite sweet but becomes drying in the mouth. With a little water, the dryness softens and dark-chocolate flavours come forward.

Finish: The finish is a little dry – again, in a good way. It has a huge length with lots of fig, nutty and dark-chocolate flavours backed up with some sweet spice.

Comment: A very interesting whisky, full of lots of layers, but ultimately rich, chocolatey and packed with dried fruit.

Springbank 12YO CS

Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength #7, 50.3%

Released in 2013, this is the seventh batch of 12 year old cask strength. Springbank’s distilling techniques are slightly unusual to say the least; they distil the whisky two-and-a-half times. In essence, part of the spirit is distilled two times and a portion is redistilled a third time. They have tried experimenting with double and triple distillation for Springbank, but the resulting liquid has never been as good.

Nose: Sweet smoke, nutty, toffee, fruity and slightly earthy.

Palate: Quite sweet, fruity, nutty, lots of toffee, stone and tropical fruit along with a hint of dried fruit. As it opens up, there’s vanilla, chocolate and raisin coming through. With water added, there’s a lovely briney character along with an oily texture and Scottish tablet.

Finish: The finish is delicate, with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and raisins, and a soft, sweet character.

Comment: This is lovely, rich and surprisingly smooth for its strength. Full of flavour.

Longrow NAS

Longrow NAS, 46%

The malt for Springbank is peated to 10ppm but for Longrow malt, it leaps to 50ppm. Although one might think this would come across as a smokier flavour in the whisky, I found that the smokiness in the NAS is actually quite subtle. The Speyside peat could explain this one, as peat doesn’t always mean bonfires and smoke.

Nose: Salt and brine character balanced around aromas of lime, grape, grass and citrus.

Palate: Sweet and green. Lots of lime, grass, brine, opens up in time to show dried peach, pear, mango and the slightest hint of smoke.

Finish: This opens up slowly but ends with sweet, juicy sultanas and stone fruits.

Comment: This really changes over time. What starts out as a really fresh, citrusy whisky develops after four or five minutes into quite a rich, fruit-driven dram that continually develops. Definitely savour this over a long period – you’ll be well rewarded.

Longrow Red Port Cask (abv unknown)

Longrow Red has previously been aged in Australian Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks. For this next release, they have moved on to a port cask and used it for its entire maturation rather than just to finish the whisky. As a result, this release of Red is quite definitely, without any doubt, a red whisky. But don’t be fooled by its colour; it’s absolutely delicious.

Nose: Cherries, red berries, plum, prune, stewed red cherry and Braeburn apple. Everything about this nose screams red fruit with abundance.

Palate: Lots of chocolate here, supported by red fruits: sweet cherry, red berries, raspberries and Braeburn apple. Although bold in flavour, there’s a lovely soft, creamy character, especially with a bit of water added.

Finish: Chocolate raspberries

Comment: So, so fruity. This is big, rich and packed full of red fruit and chocolate. Even though it’s red in colour, I wasn’t expecting this much red-fruit flavour. I’m not always a fan of port-matured whiskies, but everything that I’ve tried lately has blown me away, and this is no exception. This is due to be bottled in August with approximately 11,000 bottles being made.

Springbank 1999 14 year old local barley, 57.8%

The evening culminated in a rather special bottling, normally only available to members of the Springbank Society. This was one of only 546 bottles, matured entirely in refill sherry casks and, as the name suggests, made using local barley. Typically, Springbank use Optic barley – a variety commonly used for whisky production – from the Fife area. Optic barley doesn’t grow particularly well on the west coast, however, so Westminster barley is grown instead. This variety produces lower yields and is harder to use, but that hasn’t stopped Springbank from making a fantastic whisky from it.

Nose: So much going on here. Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, a hint of smoke, Brazil nuts, raisins and that classic ‘rancio’ note.

Palate: Nutty, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, raisin, dried fruit, damp peat and earth. With water, this gets fruitier and the chocolate gets milkier.

Finish: Such a long finish. The peatiness comes forward more on the finish and is complemented with chocolate and raisins. As it changes and develops, some earthy notes then come into the fore.

Comment: This is an exceptionally good whisky. Springbank have a huge following for their whiskies and it’s not hard to see why. As mentioned earlier, this is only available to those who are members of the Springbank Society. That said, the suggestion is that in a couple of years’ time, they may well release this same whisky, or something very similar, as a 16 year old.

As always, our thanks go to David Allen for coming down from Campbeltown and hosting a superb evening filled with delicious whiskies. 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/the-whisky-exchange-springbank-distillery-a-family-affair-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America “Late June 2014 Outturn Offerings” – Scotch Whisky News

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Late June 2014 Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 7.94                 $205 

Silk Sarong Seduction  

Speyside, Lossie 

Caramels swimming in the foam of a chocolate porter; apricot liqueur spilled on a ballroom floor; a leather purse, tanned with Burgundy and sultriness, left on a barstool. The mouth is a silk sarong of smuggled rum and toasted acorns held in the arms of a woman with perfume dabbed on her wrists. A little water gives us her mouth, shaped like a fresh fig, after she’s washed down almond macaroons and orange fudge with cola gone flat on the site of an old chapel in Elgin. Finishing with betel nuts wrapped in honeyed firefly wings for sweetness and light. 

Drinking tip: Anniversary dinner: after the cake, before the kiss 

Colour: Amber glinting in sunlight 

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 27 years

Date distilled: September 1985

Alcohol: 55.6%

USA allocation: 120 bottles 

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Cask No. 29.146                     $150 

Bright and uplifting 

Islay 

Burning heather, smouldering logs and toffee rolled in ash – something medicinal (Germolene, First Aid box) oyster shells, cigar box, glazed gammon with clove, sweet and sour pork with fried rice and increasing peat smoke – that was the nose; somehow bright and uplifting. The palate was ashy, smoky and earthy, with wild mushrooms, soy sauce, prawn toast, gammon and pineapple and tasty spices (cardamom, toasted coriander seeds, chilli). Water opened up the floral side of the nose (rose petals); the palate also developed some perfume – marshmallows, fruity bubble-gum and gin and tonic with cucumber. Friends of this distillery have a square foot. 

Drinking tip: To evoke memories of beach bonfires on Islay – or to accompany a Chinese takeaway 

Colour: Polished beech

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 18 years

Date distilled: April 1995

Alcohol: 58.1%

USA allocation: 96 bottles

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Cask No. 39.92                               $180 

Dessert Wine and Smoking Jacket 

Speyside, Lossie 

Like well-aged Sauternes this complex whisky displays a nose of honey covered toast , chocolate with dapples of coconut and strawberry. The taste delivered a decadent American Breakfast; crispy bacon, pancakes and maple syrup.  The addition of water created the notion of supper as scents of grilled pork chop were followed by Eton Mess. Aromas of toasted cedar wood were interspersed with ginger. The palette offered the panel darkly roasted coffee, ginger cake and brown sugar coated peach all consumed within a draughtsman’s office. A decadent offering from this Elgin distillery. 

Drinking tip: Cigar in hand and nose upturned 

Colour: Golden syrup

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 23 years

Date distilled: October 1990

Alcohol: 49.5%

USA allocation: 72 bottles 

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Cask No. 100.10                             $90 

Spritzy and tasty with a bitter twist 

Speyside, Deveron 

The nose commenced with spirity pear, apple and wood shavings; then sweetness emerged – vanilla, Rice Krispies squares, strawberry Angel Delight, barley sugars and Edinburgh Rock; tea leaves and tobacco later. The palate had pepper, horseradish and wasabi heat, but was tasty (sugared almonds, Cadbury’s mini eggs, red apple, sweet citrus) with an attractive bitter twist (tonic, fruit skins, perfume spray, oak). The reduced nose was more accessible, if little changed (rhubarb and custard sweets, grass, sherbet straws). The palate now settled to peeled twigs, lychees, sherbet lemons, purple fruit pastilles and some spritzy effervescence. This distillery once had a whisky fountain. 

Drinking tip: Could be a palate cleanser or an aperitif 

Colour: Sandy ocean bed

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 8 years

Date distilled: February 2005

Alcohol: 60.3%

USA allocation: 120 bottles 

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 Cask No. 121.67                             $125 

Energising and enigmatic 

Highland, Island 

The nose could make the unwary recoil (Tabasco, vinegar, nettles, gloss paint), yet it was also sweetly attractive (sticky dates, fig rolls, Liquorice Allsorts, raisins, toffee). The intense, hot, tasty palate had mouth-gripping oak and black tea tannins, stir-fry sauce and jalapenos but was also surprisingly and satisfyingly sweet (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate, runny honey, raspberry ripple). The reduced nose was interesting, energising and enigmatic – putty, waxed jackets and sanded wood, but with comforting kitchen smells (apple crumble, shortbread, lemon sponge). The palate continued lively and tasty – orange peel, lemon meringue pie dusted with pepper and crystallized ginger. Arran’s only distillery. 

Drinking tip: A stimulating dram – to spark up the old grey matter when faculties are flagging 

Colour: Oiled pine

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 13 years

Date distilled: December 1999

Alcohol: 58.1%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

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Images of Islay ‘Finlaggan’ Malts of Scotland

Tamdhu 11 Year Old 2002 Malts of Scotland

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul di, juni 24, 2014 20:00:42

Bottelaar: Malts of Scotland
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)

Fles: Tamdhu 11 Year
Old 2002/2014 Malts of Scotland, Sherry Butt #MoS14016
Kleur: brons
ABV: 54,9%

Schoensmeer

Deze Tamdhu heeft een
zalig kleurtje van het sherryvat gekregen. De distilleerderij werd enkele jaren
geleden nieuw leven ingeblazen door Ian McLeod, maar dit is nog een distillaat
van de vorige eigenaars, de Edrington Group, want gestookt in 2002. Tamdhu
betekent overigens ‘zwarte heuvel’ in het Keltisch. Dit is overigens niet de
eerste Tamdhu die MoS bottelt, maar wel één van de de jongste.

De neus verraadt
onmiddellijk de invloed van een actief sherryvat: rozijnen en verse vijgen.
Daartegenover staat wat selderijzout en Engelse drop. Zelfs iets van
schoensmeer (klink slecht, ruikt goed). Na enkele ogenblikken krijg ik hints
van gebakken appeltjes met kandijsuiker. In de verte zit nog een toets van
rubber, maar gelukkig verre van storend. Goed begonnen.

Hij is heerlijk romig
op de tong, pittig gekruid (denk kruidnagel, gember, anijs en chilipeper) en
meteen flink zoet. Het fruit gaat nu eerder de gekonfijte kant op. Het zilte
randje is bijzonder minimaal geworden, maar iets van bouillon blijft toch
hangen. Wat tannine maakt hem licht bitter, maar hij blijft wel mooi in balans.

De finish is
betrekkelijk lang en begint zoet, maar op het sterfbed komt het zilt nog even
piepen. Nice!

Ik denk dat dit een
first fill olorosovat geweest moet zijn, want het heeft zijn stempel flink
gedrukt op deze jonge Tamdhu. Mooi, dat is hij wel! Voor 55 EUR is deze van
jou.

86/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 21-06-2014
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Longrow 14 Year Old Burgundy Finish 56.1% on Sale at Federal Boston – Scotch Whisky News

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Longrow 14 Year Old Burgundy Finish 56.1%

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Springbank’s Bottling Hall, located in a former bonded warehouse used by the actual Longrow Distillery which closed in 1896

Springbank is one of only three distilleries in the Campbeltown whisky region. With 130 distilleries in Scotland, it seems strange that one of the five regions should contain but three distilleries. This was not always true.

Campbeltown was once the capital of the whisky world, home to more than 30 active distilleries.

In deference to that lost diversity, the Springbank distillery makes whisky in three distinct styles. Their Springbank brand is moderately peated double distilled spirit. Their Hazelburn is an unpeated spirit, 2.5 times distilled and classically Lowland in style. Longrow is their twice-distilled spirit which has been heavily peated in the Islay tradition.

Longrows are very special single-malts that are rare to come by. I’m thankful to be able to offer one you may have not had the chance to try. This heavily peated whisky was aged in an old bourbon cask for eleven years before being transferred for a final three years rest to a cask that once held red wine from Burgundy. It’s been bottled at cask-strength, 56.1%. Everyone who has bought one so far has been very happy with it, and we have only ten bottles left. I expect it to go quickly.

Regularly $136.99 – On Sale $124.99

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Joe Howell
Federal Wine Spirits
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The Whisky Exchange “New Elements Of Islay – Billy Abbott edition!” – Scotch Whisky News

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New Elements Of Islay – Billy Abbott edition!

The Elements of Islay range of whiskies is one that’s very close to my heart. While it’s bottled by our sister company, Speciality Drinks Ltd, the TWE Blog team often help out when putting together a new release. The first whisky I helped select after starting work in the drinks industry was Kh1, a surprisingly hard choice between three excellent cask samples, and the Elements have stuck with me ever since. From Kh1 onwards, I’ve at least had a taste of the new releases before they’ve hit the shelves, and have offered up my palate to help choose casks and decide which whiskies to vat together for the various releases. However, the latest batch are a bit more special to me than the previous ones – these have my name on the bottle.

The Elements are a range of whiskies whose labels tell you very little about what’s in the bottle. There’s no age statement, no cask number(s) and, most importantly, no distillery name. There is a code, which is fairly easy to work out, but the whiskies are put together to show off some great flavours without the preconceptions you might otherwise get from the label.

Annoyingly for Speciality Drinks, buying Islay whisky has become increasingly difficult over the years, with many distilleries stopping sales back in the early 2000s. Fortunately, they started stocking up before then, and there’s still at least a few years’ worth of releases to come.

Each time a batch of Elements of Islay bottlings is put together, Speciality Drinks approaches someone associated with the world of whisky to taste and approve the whisky in the bottles, and have their name on the label. They started with Charlie Maclean, the current king of whisky writers, and have since had luminaries from across the industry: writers Dom Roskrow and Ingvar Ronde, Islay super-fan Gordon Homer, collector Hideo Yamaoka and, for the last release, my colleague Ollie Chilton, who now looks after the Elements range.

I helped out with the selection of the whiskies this time – a hard task that involved accepting glasses pushed into my hand by Ollie, and offering up opinions on the liquid therein. Afternoons were spent blending various casks to find a mix that was better than the sum of its parts; single casks were compared and contrasted; judgements were made as to whether whiskies would get better with more time in the cask. At the end of the process, with four whiskies selected and ready to go, I was asked if I’d be the one to approve the drams this time and have my signature on the label.

I obviously said yes.

This latest release definitely tends towards the heavier and smokier end of the Islay spectrum. There’s nothing light and grassy or even delicately peaty this time, although there is a spot of Br4 and some Bw1 left if you’re looking for something along those lines. This release is about powerful flavours and the more traditional distillery characters.

One thing to note, before I drop in some tasting notes: I can’t give out much information on these whiskies other than what’s on the bottle. There are two reasons behind this:

1. It’s part of the ideology of the range. We have selected single casks and small vattings of whiskies to show off what we consider to be the best that the distillery can produce. That can be along the same lines as official releases, or something totally different, but in the end we just focus on flavour and character.

2. I don’t know much about them other than what they taste like – the focus when creating the whiskies was the flavour and character, and that’s what I had to hand about each whisky when tasting them.

Elements of Islay Ar4

Ar4, 58.1%. £89.95

There’s not much whisky from Ar floating around, other than the casks hidden in their warehouses, and it’s been hard to get hold of for a while. Fortunately, Speciality Drinks have some squirreled away and we had a few samples to choose between for this release. After Ar3′s sherry-heavy approach, to the point of being a bit much for me (despite my love of the combination of peat and sherry), this one goes for a much cleaner and more traditional take on the distillery’s character:

Nose: Earthy and sweet – peat fires and barley sugar. Behind that is spiced vanilla sauce and brioche, with leafy notes and touches of smoky bacon.
Palate: Softer than expected from the nose at first, but still solidly smoky. However, intensity builds, with lemon zest and vanilla accompanied by growing medicinal peat and charcoal. Remains quite sweet, with barley sugar notes balancing the bitter char, and touches of aniseed and cinnamon developing.
Finish: Long and sweet, with anise, liquorice and menthol, although lighter than that might sound and quite sharp. Some darker notes develop as it fades.
Comment: A great example of whisky from the distillery as well as being a bit different. Powerfully flavoured but easy drinking and with a great finish.

Elements of Islay Bn6

Bn6, 56.9%. £49.95

Again, this one is a departure from previous releases from Bn, and looks very much towards the distillery’s usual style. Rather than big peat and bourbon casks, as several of the previous releases in the range have veered towards, this is all about sherry and spirit character.

Nose: Dark dried fruit to start – sweet and spicy. Some more tropical touches develop: dried mango, papaya and pineapple kubes. Spiced fruit loaf (lightly toasted), orange zest and a hint of cocoa appear later on. Surprisingly light and zesty, although with a solid sherried weight behind.
Palate: Sweet and buttery to start: Eccles cakes, Victoria sponge with raisins. Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut, liquorice touches and some developing leafy notes.
Finish: Lingering spice and damp oak, with burnt raisins, a touch of apple and some dark liquorice as it fades.
Comment: Well-balanced sherry influence gives some intense and dark flavours, while allowing some of the fruity nature of the spirit to shine through.

Elements of Islay Cl6

Cl6, 61.2%. £59.95

The folks at Speciality Drinks really like whisky from Cl, and over the years we have spent a lot of time blending and tasting whisky from the distillery. A few years ago, we helped put together a release for a different range of whiskies in the Speciality Drinks portfolio, and in the process of doing so came across a few excellent casks that we put to one side for later use – Cl6 is from one of those special ones. There’s not much of it, as the cask wasn’t particularly full, but it’s probably my favourite of this release.

Nose: White toast, apple jam and freshly cut ferns. Pine needles and subdued pine smoke sit underneath with barley sugar and rich-but-thin caramel. Some minerality develops – granite and flint – along with mulchy leaves. It’s quite fragrant, with the darker notes propping up the lighter elements.
Palate: Powerful. There is some heat from the high ABV, but above that floats delicate flavours: white chocolate, honeysuckle, sweet apple and white grapes. Underneath there are darker notes, with dark chocolate, charcoal, liquorice and burned-meat umami. Water simplifies things, helping the flavours to integrate, although at the cost of the more subtle notes.
Finish: Soft and very long: green plum, green wood, cinnamon, hot chocolate and chocolate cookies, with a hint of cherry menthol.
Comment: Subtle, despite its high ABV, and as long as you can get past the strength, it’s very rewarding. Fortunately, it also takes water well, becoming much more approachable for those times when you don’t want to think too hard.

Elements of Islay Lp5

Lp5, 52.4%. £69.95

Again, a return to distillery form for this one. It’s not sherried, unlike previous batches, and it doesn’t go towards a far-out flavour profile – it’s a classic, sweet and fruity example of whisky from the distillery. It’s from a small batch of casks, bottled after being selected in a blind tasting.

Nose: Sweet smoke and classic medicinal touches: fresh bandages, sea spray and ozone. Aniseed balls sit up front, with richer flavours behind – Victoria sponge and digestive biscuits.
Palate: Big mineral hit to start, with cracked granite and seaside rock pools. Sharp peat smoke comes in, with sweet earth and touches of sweet-cure bacon. It’s quite intense, with developing aniseed, darker grainy notes and touches of Fisherman’s Friends. Water dims the spiciness and dials up the sweetness, while maintaining the smoke and sharp edges.
Finish: Salty liquorice, damp earth and mouth-drying smoke.
Comment: Classic, focused and intense. One for lovers of old-school medicinal peat.

Work is already in progress to select the next whiskies to bottle in the range. A few promising cask samples have appeared and more are on the way down from Scotland as I type. Even though it’ll be someone else’s name on the bottle next time, I’ll still keep a watchful eye on the process. Watch this space.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – New Elements Of Islay – Billy Abbott edition!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/the-whisky-exchange-new-elements-of-islay-billy-abbott-edition-scotch-whisky-news/

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Ardbeg Auriverdes in Next Week & More – Whisky News

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The Ardbeg Auriverdes is nearly here. It will be in store at KWM, North America’s first Ardbeg Embassy, on Wednesday June 25th. Demand for the whisky, which was first sampled at Ardbeg Day Festivities coordinated by KWM, has been very strong, and pre-order requests have been brisk. It is not too late to reserve your bottle. My tasting note can be found below. We also still have a little stock left of the Ardbeg Galileo which was surprisingly re-released in Alberta a couple of weeks ago.

There are also a couple of exciting new whiskies available from KWM. The Gordon MacPhail Glentauchers 1994 is perhaps the most interesting, $114.99. Very few bottlings are seen from this Speyside distillery, and this one caught our attention when it scored 96.5pts in the Whisky Bible. It is a KWM exclusive. There are also some very tasty left over bottles of Berry’s Linkwood 1993 from a single cask bottled for the Companions of the Quaich. The club took most of the bottles, but there are a few left over for the public to sample and purchase at $125.

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.

In this Edition:
1. Ardbeg Auriverdes Due This Coming Wednesday
2. Introducing Gordon MacPhail’s Glen Tauchers 1994
3. Berry’s Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask Available to the Public
4. Lagavulin 37 Year
5. Finally the New Whiskies from Bruichladdich are Here!
6. Ardbeg Galileo is Back

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

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Ardbeg Auriverdes in-store Wednesday June 25

Ardbeg’s tasty 2014 Ardbeg Day Release is Nearly Here!

Demand has been strong for Ardbeg’s 2014 Ardbeg Day special release Auriverdes. The whisky will be available from Kensington Wine Market, North America’s first Ardbeg Embasssy on Wednesday June 25. The limited release was first tasted at Ardbeg Day in Calgary at events held by the brand and KWM. A soccer match was held on Saturday May 31 followed by release celebrations for the Auriverdes later that afternoon at the Bow Valley Lawn Bowling club. The whisky was a hit.

Auriverdes is Latin for Green Gold, a nod to Ardbeg’s classic green bottle and precious golden nectar. Green Gold is also the nickname of Brazil national soccer team, and so a tip of the hat at 2014′s World Cup. Distilled in 2002 the whisky is a tweak on the distillery’s flagship 10 year old bottling. The whisky was matured in 2nd Fill American oak barrels, fitted with custom toasted heads (barrel ends). Bottled at 49.9% it is creamy, fruity and decadent Ardbegian.

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Ardbeg Auriverdes – 49.9%My Tasting Note: ‘Nose: honeyed, fruity and subtly floral with decadent sugars and toffee, coconut butter and a hint of mocha; soft earthy peat, tinges of sea salt, spice and juicy malt lie beneath; both white and tropical fruits; Palate: still honeyed, lots more tropical and white fruits and decadent sugars with more mocha; the salty peat is very soft, and the barley is held well in check considering its age; light sugary spices dance all over while some licorice notes evolve; Finish: long, fresh and fruity with fading spices and soft-salty-peated-malt. $129.99

The Auriverdes is not expected to last long. It is already sold out in the UK, and it was only released just over 2 weeks ago. We are still taking pre-orders, and will have a bottle open for customer sampling on Wednesday. The whisky is exclusive to Ardbeg Embassies for 2 weeks, and will be available in limited quantities thereafter.

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Introducing Gordon MacPhail Glentauchers 1994

Exclusive to KWM, 96.5pts Whisky Bible!

Glentauchers distillery was built in 1898 at the height of what became known as a the Pattison Whisky Crash, the devasting bursting of a late 19th century industry bubble. Unlike many of the distilleries founded around that time it survived and has been in production for the most part ever since. From the bottler: ” The Glentauchers Distillery Company started as a joint venture between James Buchanan, the creator of the “Black White” and “Buchanan” blends and WP Lowrie. The distillery was designed by local architect John Alcock.”

The distillery is currently owned by Pernod Ricard, and there are virtually no official bottlings. The closest thing available are those released by Gordon MacPhail, such as this 1994 vintage which scored 96.5pts in the last edition of the Whisky Bible. On a recent visit to Gordon MacPhail in Elgin, Scotland, I had a chance to sample it. My tasting note from that visit is below. The whisky is available exclusively from KWM in Alberta, and is a lovely summer dram!

GM Glentauchers 1994 – 43% – Refill Sherry Butts Recharred American Oak Hogsheads – My Tasting Note: “Nose: melons, pinapple and kiwi fruit; lots of honey, beeswax and citrus, subtle honey and soft floral tones; Palate: creamy, honeyed and still floral with smooth decadent oak and gentle spices; more melon and pineapple with a building creamy oakyness; Finish: long, clean and sweet, still fruity, soft and decadent.” – $114.99

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Berry’s Linkwood 1993 Companions of the Quaich Cask now available to the Public

Only a couple dozen bottles of this soft and tropical whisky available!

This independently bottled single cask of Linkwood is excellent value for a cask strength 20 year old whisky. Selected by and bottled for Canada’s Companions of the Quaich whisky club, there were a few bottles leftover after the members had their share, and these are now available to the general public.

Berry’s Own Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask – 20 Year – 53.2% – Refill Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very soft, decadent and sugary with toasted oak, citrus and some silky floral tones; honey dew melon, marmalade and clotted cream with mint leaves sprinkled in powdered sugar; Palate: round, creamy and toasty with more sugars, citrus and floral notes; this is a sweet, decadent whisky and very soft; more melon, orange and clotted cream, but with pineapple, toasted oak and building spices too; Finish: long, coating and creamy with fading sugars and fruits.” – $124.99

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Lagavulin 37 Year

Only 6 bottles coming in to KWM this Wednesday, all but 1 are sold!

The window is closing to acquire a bottle of the oldest Lagavulin ever bottled for your collection.

Lagavulin 37 Year – 51% – Distilled 1976 – Bottled 2013 – 1868 Bottles – Tasting Note by Serge at http://www.whiskyfun.com/: ” the oak feels a bit (astringency) but only for fraction of a second, because lemons, smokes and especially lapsang-souchong tea are soon to come to the rescue. I think we’re really in the world of tea here, it’s sharing many similarities with an old pu-erh, the soft kind of woodiness (incense once again, sandalwood, ‘sweet’ cinnamon), the mild fruitiness around kumquats and dried papayas, the earthy smokiness… Then there’s some honeydew, lemon pie, a faint camphory touch, certainly some cough syrup ‘as always’, some black chocolate, oysters, lemon balm… We’re experiencing the same phenomenon as on the nose, it keeps changing. Oh, and there are lovely touches of ripe melon.” 94pts Read the full tasting note here. – $2749.99 (priced over CAD$3,500.00-4,500.00 in other countries)

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Finally the New Whiskies from Bruichladdich are Here!

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

All four of Bruichladdich’s new expressions came in to KWM this week, and while our most of our initial order has sold we have more of each on the way this coming week! I hope to get my own tasting notes up on them soon. In the meantime, here are some 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.” – $81.99

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

The Black Art and Octomore aren’t expected to last long!

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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! 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/malt-messenger-bulletin-ardbeg-auriverdes-in-next-week-a-free-drop-in-tasting-more-whisky-news/

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Ardbeg Auriverdes in Next Week, a Free Drop In Tasting & More – Whisky News

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The Ardbeg Auriverdes is nearly here. It will be in store at KWM, North America’s first Ardbeg Embassy, on Wednesday June 25th. Demand for the whisky, which was first sampled at Ardbeg Day Festivities coordinated by KWM, has been very strong, and pre-order requests have been brisk. It is not too late to reserve your bottle. My tasting note can be found below. We also still have a little stock left of the Ardbeg Galileo which was surprisingly re-released in Alberta a couple of weeks ago.

There are also a couple of exciting new whiskies available from KWM. The Gordon MacPhail Glentauchers 1994 is perhaps the most interesting, $114.99. Very few bottlings are seen from this Speyside distillery, and this one caught our attention when it scored 96.5pts in the Whisky Bible. It is a KWM exclusive. There are also some very tasty left over bottles of Berry’s Linkwood 1993 from a single cask bottled for the Companions of the Quaich. The club took most of the bottles, but there are a few left over for the public to sample and purchase at $125.

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.

In this Edition:
1. Ardbeg Auriverdes Due This Coming Wednesday
2. Introducing Gordon MacPhail’s Glen Tauchers 1994
3. Berry’s Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask Available to the Public
4. Lagavulin 37 Year
5. Finally the New Whiskies from Bruichladdich are Here!
6. Ardbeg Galileo is Back

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

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Ardbeg Auriverdes in-store Wednesday June 25

Ardbeg’s tasty 2014 Ardbeg Day Release is Nearly Here!

Demand has been strong for Ardbeg’s 2014 Ardbeg Day special release Auriverdes. The whisky will be available from Kensington Wine Market, North America’s first Ardbeg Embasssy on Wednesday June 25. The limited release was first tasted at Ardbeg Day in Calgary at events held by the brand and KWM. A soccer match was held on Saturday May 31 followed by release celebrations for the Auriverdes later that afternoon at the Bow Valley Lawn Bowling club. The whisky was a hit.

Auriverdes is Latin for Green Gold, a nod to Ardbeg’s classic green bottle and precious golden nectar. Green Gold is also the nickname of Brazil national soccer team, and so a tip of the hat at 2014′s World Cup. Distilled in 2002 the whisky is a tweak on the distillery’s flagship 10 year old bottling. The whisky was matured in 2nd Fill American oak barrels, fitted with custom toasted heads (barrel ends). Bottled at 49.9% it is creamy, fruity and decadent Ardbegian.

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Ardbeg Auriverdes – 49.9%My Tasting Note: ‘Nose: honeyed, fruity and subtly floral with decadent sugars and toffee, coconut butter and a hint of mocha; soft earthy peat, tinges of sea salt, spice and juicy malt lie beneath; both white and tropical fruits; Palate: still honeyed, lots more tropical and white fruits and decadent sugars with more mocha; the salty peat is very soft, and the barley is held well in check considering its age; light sugary spices dance all over while some licorice notes evolve; Finish: long, fresh and fruity with fading spices and soft-salty-peated-malt. $129.99

The Auriverdes is not expected to last long. It is already sold out in the UK, and it was only released just over 2 weeks ago. We are still taking pre-orders, and will have a bottle open for customer sampling on Wednesday. The whisky is exclusive to Ardbeg Embassies for 2 weeks, and will be available in limited quantities thereafter.

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Introducing Gordon MacPhail Glentauchers 1994

Exclusive to KWM, 96.5pts Whisky Bible!

Glentauchers distillery was built in 1898 at the height of what became known as a the Pattison Whisky Crash, the devasting bursting of a late 19th century industry bubble. Unlike many of the distilleries founded around that time it survived and has been in production for the most part ever since. From the bottler: ” The Glentauchers Distillery Company started as a joint venture between James Buchanan, the creator of the “Black White” and “Buchanan” blends and WP Lowrie. The distillery was designed by local architect John Alcock.”

The distillery is currently owned by Pernod Ricard, and there are virtually no official bottlings. The closest thing available are those released by Gordon MacPhail, such as this 1994 vintage which scored 96.5pts in the last edition of the Whisky Bible. On a recent visit to Gordon MacPhail in Elgin, Scotland, I had a chance to sample it. My tasting note from that visit is below. The whisky is available exclusively from KWM in Alberta, and is a lovely summer dram!

GM Glentauchers 1994 – 43% – Refill Sherry Butts Recharred American Oak Hogsheads – My Tasting Note: “Nose: melons, pinapple and kiwi fruit; lots of honey, beeswax and citrus, subtle honey and soft floral tones; Palate: creamy, honeyed and still floral with smooth decadent oak and gentle spices; more melon and pineapple with a building creamy oakyness; Finish: long, clean and sweet, still fruity, soft and decadent.” – $114.99

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Berry’s Linkwood 1993 Companions of the Quaich Cask now available to the Public

Only a couple dozen bottles of this soft and tropical whisky available!

This independently bottled single cask of Linkwood is excellent value for a cask strength 20 year old whisky. Selected by and bottled for Canada’s Companions of the Quaich whisky club, there were a few bottles leftover after the members had their share, and these are now available to the general public.

Berry’s Own Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask – 20 Year – 53.2% – Refill Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very soft, decadent and sugary with toasted oak, citrus and some silky floral tones; honey dew melon, marmalade and clotted cream with mint leaves sprinkled in powdered sugar; Palate: round, creamy and toasty with more sugars, citrus and floral notes; this is a sweet, decadent whisky and very soft; more melon, orange and clotted cream, but with pineapple, toasted oak and building spices too; Finish: long, coating and creamy with fading sugars and fruits.” – $124.99

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Lagavulin 37 Year

Only 6 bottles coming in to KWM this Wednesday, all but 1 are sold!

The window is closing to acquire a bottle of the oldest Lagavulin ever bottled for your collection.

Lagavulin 37 Year – 51% – Distilled 1976 – Bottled 2013 – 1868 Bottles – Tasting Note by Serge at http://www.whiskyfun.com/: ” the oak feels a bit (astringency) but only for fraction of a second, because lemons, smokes and especially lapsang-souchong tea are soon to come to the rescue. I think we’re really in the world of tea here, it’s sharing many similarities with an old pu-erh, the soft kind of woodiness (incense once again, sandalwood, ‘sweet’ cinnamon), the mild fruitiness around kumquats and dried papayas, the earthy smokiness… Then there’s some honeydew, lemon pie, a faint camphory touch, certainly some cough syrup ‘as always’, some black chocolate, oysters, lemon balm… We’re experiencing the same phenomenon as on the nose, it keeps changing. Oh, and there are lovely touches of ripe melon.” 94pts Read the full tasting note here. – $2749.99 (priced over CAD$3,500.00-4,500.00 in other countries)

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Finally the New Whiskies from Bruichladdich are Here!

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

All four of Bruichladdich’s new expressions came in to KWM this week, and while our most of our initial order has sold we have more of each on the way this coming week! I hope to get my own tasting notes up on them soon. In the meantime, here are some 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.” – $81.99

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

The Black Art and Octomore aren’t expected to last long!

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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! 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/malt-messenger-bulletin-ardbeg-auriverdes-in-next-week-a-free-drop-in-tasting-more-whisky-news/

The Whisky Lounge “The Single Malts of Scotland – UK Series” – Scotch Whisky News

I know, I know, you just got an note from us last week, but you can never get enough of a good thing! Besides this latest series definitely demands and deserves your attention…

We love all kinds of whisky here at TWL HQ. Be it from Scotland, Ireland, India, Japan, England, Taiwan, and so on. 

However, from time to time, we yearn for the fatherland of whisky!

What we are looking at in this series are some incredible quality single-cask, single malts from the fabulous ‘Single Malts of Scotland’ label from Speciality Drinks.

These are brand new bottlings, never before seen, and you will be among the first to taste them. Added to this a new venue in Brighton and our ‘tasting at home‘ pack, there’s plenty to get excited about!

Just look at what you will be tasting…

Clynelish 1995, 18yo, 57.5% £75
Glen Grant 1992, 22yo, 57.5% £75
Glenrothes 1990, 23yo, 49.4% £90
Longmorn 1992, 21yo, 49.7% £80
Tobermory 1994, 19yo, 55.8% £70

plus a mystery dram…

That’s some serious bang for your buck, but you best be quick as some venues are nearly full already!

DATES VENUES

LONDON            Wednesday 2nd July       The Red Lion, Crown Passage, 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
BRIGHTON         Thursday 17th July           Lord Nelson, Trafalgar Lane, 7pm 

 BRAND NEW FOR 2014 – TASTING AT HOME PACK! 

If you’re not able to make it to one of the above dates, new for this tasting – and going forward – we are offering a limited number of mail-order tasting sets. Within this you will find a sample of each whisky, a tasting mat and printed info on the whiskies. Click here for more detail…

Just as an aside, the write-up of our tall ship tastings during the Feis Ile (Islay Festival) is now up if you’re up for a read. It can be found here. We will be going back next year and will be releasing details soon, so keep an eye out…

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/the-whisky-lounge-the-single-malts-of-scotland-uk-series-scotch-whisky-news/

AN INTRIGUING ISLAY SINGLE MALT WHISKY: BOWMORE LAIMRIG – EXCLUSIVELY AT THE WHISKY SHOP – Scotch Whisky News

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AN INTRIGUING ISLAY SINGLE MALT WHISKY:

BOWMORE LAIMRIG – EXCLUSIVELY AT THE WHISKY SHOP 

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Bowmore Laimrig, £70 – The Whisky Shop / www.whiskyshop.com

Luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop presents the 2014 release of a sought-after, limited edition whisky from Islay – Bowmore Laimrig

Scottish Gaelic for ‘pier’, Laimrig celebrates Bowmore’s ancient stone pier where the distillery’s barley would once have been unloaded and where the renowned single malt would have first set sail for the four corners of the world.  

The cask strength, non-chill filtered Bowmore Laimrig 15 Years Old single malt whisky, has been finished in the finest Spanish sherry butts and has a rich, dark character and colour. 

The limited edition release in the UK is exclusively available at premium drinks retailer, The Whisky Shop’s 22 stores nationwide and at www.whiskyshop.com 

Tasting Notes 

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Years Old is bottled at 53.7% volume. 

The Look: On the eye teak brown.

The Nose: Breathe in sweet dark sherry, figs and cocoa balanced with smoky peatiness and a salty tang.

The Palate: Sip a rich combination of chocolate, sherry, raisins and smoke.

The Finish: Savour the long and lingering finish.

Bowmore Laimrig will join The Whisky Shop’s collection of rare and collectable single malt whiskies.  Andrew Torrance, Managing Director of The Whisky Shop, said: “The Whisky Shop is the first retail store in the UK to provide a dedicated platform for some of the world’s most exclusive whiskies and we are proud to showcase Bowmore Laimrig in our range. 

“It’s fantastic that The Whisky Shop has been selected to offer this unique bottling to our customers, both online and at all of our 22 stores, including our premium, new concept flagships in London’s Piccadilly, opposite world-famous landmark The Ritz Hotel, and in Manchester’s exclusive Exchange Street area.” 

Hannah Fisher, Global Senior Brand Manager, Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said: “Laimrig was first released three years ago as part of our portfolio of limited editions and quickly became a favourite of Bowmore enthusiasts around the globe. As such, The Whisky Shop is the perfect partner to showcase this year’s release.”

For further information please visit www.whiskyshop.com 

Notes: 

The Whisky Shop 

The Whisky Shop is the largest specialist whisky retailer in the UK with 22 stores nationwide and an online store at www.whiskyshop.com     

The premium London Piccadilly flagship opened in 2012 and recently won the 2013 National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Award for Retail.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/06/an-intriguing-islay-single-malt-whisky-bowmore-laimrig-exclusively-at-the-whisky-shop-scotch-whisky-news/