A Bridge To Another Time— K&L Exclusives “Carsebridge 52 Year Old & Cameronbridge 26 Year Old” – Scotch Whisky News

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Spectacular Single Grains that Harken Back to a Bygone Time

A large proportion of Scotch over the last 50 years was produced at two distilleries located in Fife near the Firth of Forth. The Cameronbridge and Carsebridge are two of the largest whisky distilleries in history. Both adopted the new grain distillation technology developed by the Irish inventor Aeneas Coffey in the mid 19th century. This new technology allowed for the production of vast amounts of whisky at a fraction of the cost, and the early adoption of the new technology is part of what made Scotch whisky so popular around the world for so long.

The light, low flavor whisky was used to cut and soften the more powerful single malts, which had previously not been readily exported in bottle. But the new-found style had appeal and value that single malt scotch did not. The merits of blending are what pushed Scotch whisky to the forefront of the industry. While the common trope in the old guard of Scotch drinkers is that single malt is the way to go, we’re slowly starting to open up the world of single grain. As it has become clear to a growing number of curious drinkers, single grain is so special—different, but special. It might take 30 years for the stuff to start tasting good, but when it does it can truly change one’s mind about the category.

These two Bridge distilleries, one long closed and the other now the largest grain distillery in Europe, represent the very best of what single grain has to offer: wonderful nuance, subtle but distinct character, and stupendous value. We’re moving into a new period of appreciation for this entire category, and there’s no better place to get great grain whisky than KL.

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1991 Cameronbridge 26 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

This is a sister cask to our huge hit with the 25 year old Cameronrbridge earlier in the year. The only difference now is that it comes in a year older. Cameronbridge is one of Diageo’s workhorse grain whisky distilleries, creating the backbone for its world famous brands like Johnnie Walker and White Horse, while simultaneously serving as the home for grain neutral products like Tanqueray and Pimm’s. The dual purpose site is one of the biggest producers of spirit in the UK and because of that volume we can secure incredible pricing on very old whisky. If you have followed our single grain bottlings over the years, you will know what is to be had here. If you are new to old grain stocks, this is the perfect introduction. It’s luscious, incredibly smooth, and shows a beautiful array of fruit, wood, and spice. All at an extraordinary price for the age.

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

This tiny cask of Cameronbridge is one of the oddest and most interesting grains we’ve ever bottled. Full of green, almost oceany, flavors it’s nothing like most of the middle aged grains we buy. Powerful aromas of salty moss, old oak and forest floor continue on the palate, but are bolstered by sweet oak and funky spice. The twinge of mushroom character and fresh forest floor notes have the strangest similarity to one my favorite distillers—Springbank. Not that we’re in the same territory, but more like an allusion—the literary device of grain whisky. A fun one to be sure and considering the odd nature and low output, this one likely won’t last too much longer.

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

Creamy vanilla, soft brioche, caramelized sugar. This is a little sugar and spice and everything nice for your winter holiday cheer. A lively citrus note keeps things particularly festive. A bit of maple syrup and caramel round out the brighter sweet tones with a heavier bass note. Just a faint herbal thread in the background keeps things from getting cloyingly sweet and provides enough backbone to still call this sweeter-than-usual grain whisky balanced. It’s an easy choice on this one, as I’m fairly confident no one would be disappointed to have this in their glass.

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1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($349.99)

Closed in 1983, the once prolific stocks of Carsebridge are running low. At one time the large grain distillery in the town of Alloa was one of Scotland’s biggest. When the whiskey industry fell on hard times due to massive oversupply, Carsebridge was an early victim and eventually was completely demolished in 1992. Diageo, the outgrowth of DCL, did retain the cooperage for some years, but even that was closed in 2011. It’s not every day that we get to the see the whiskies of yore and have access to them at such reasonable prices. Distilled in 1965, this beauty has spent 52 long years in a refill hogshead and it has naturally proofed itself down to a very drinkable 43.4% alcohol. Never bottled as an official distillery bottling, the only Carsebridge to ever reach the open market is in the form of independent bottlings of well aged stocks. Unfortunately, those days too are likely coming to a close as it is becoming harder and harder to find these ancient whiskies.

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

It’s still incredible to me that we’re still able to sell whisky distilled before the moon landing. This whisky, likely forgotten somewhere deep in a dank Scottish warehouse, survived the blenders for more than a half century to end up here in our store. What’s even more incredible is how overtly delicious this one is. The concentration after 50+ years creates an aromatic character almost like cognac, but without the syrupy sweetness. You’d expect the thing to be bitter with extracted oak by this age, but you’d be wrong. It’s sweet, nutty and packed full of rancio fruit. This is a singular experience that just can’t be had anywhere else in the whisky drinking world. A steal and a deal considering the only other 50+ year old grain whisky being sold in the States costs $900 and a sister cask of this same whisky costs $550 in London.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: January 08, 2019

Drinking whiskey this old is like watching your grandpa dance. After too many years some whiskeys just lose a bit of luster. The hop goes out of their two-step. But when you find one who still can move, it’s captivating and beautiful. It’s pure grace with the added value of wisdom lending efficiency to every step and movement. The Carsebridge 52 makes me think of Christopher Walken at 60 years old nailing perfect plié after perfect plié in the lobby of the LA Grand Hotel for a music video. It’s so elegant, right from the nose, giving waves of dulce de leche, soft brown leather, and cardamom spice. And– true to my simile– simply dances across your tongue, smooth as can be. As some of my colleagues noted, the fruit takes a few sips to emerge, but dried apricot comes out on the finish, along with a bit of salted caramel pudding, and soft layers of cedar cigar box. Magnificent!

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2018

Nothing like Scotch for breakfast; what better way to start your day than with a 52-year-old dram? Before I even had my coffee I was pouring a sample into my glass when I found it on my desk this morning. If this didn’t wake me up, my coffee had no chance, but any residual grogginess evaporated and was instead replaced by heavenly wafts of rich brown sugar, candied figs, strawberries and cream with a little tangerine peel timidly showing through. If you’ve never had a 52-year-old Scotch for breakfast, you’re missing out. The texture alone was ethereal: light yet silky, super smooth with notes of marzipan and canned mandarin oranges. The finish was long, reminding me of a fruit salad cup, strawberry gummies, and butterscotch with a nice warmth to remind me that while it is not a major food group, it’s still exciting to mix up your morning routine.

Cameron Price | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

A beautiful single grain whisky that presents a luscious caramel and toffee nose with a side of shortbread. It’s as smooth as smooth comes, like a rich golden river of love streaming into your stomach.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

Myyyyyyy goodness! Honey and baking spices jump out of the glass followed by scents of toasty caramels, juicy summer peaches, and fresh cherries. The palate is incredibly smooth and not over-oaked at all despite its considerable age, ending with flavors of toffee-covered nuts.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

“If I could save time in a bottle/The first thing that I’d like to do/Is to save every day/’Til eternity passes away/Just to spend them with you” Sovereign has done the hard work of capturing time in a bottle. At first blush, this whisky is quite dry, but after a sip or two a shocking amount of fruit presents itself. It’s lush with stone fruits and pears. For those who prize “smooth” above all else in their whisky, it is impossible to surpass the rich, velvety quality of this dram. Darker notes of milk chocolate and dusty cocoa weave in and out of the glass. The angel’s share of this cask is enormous. It’s one of 157 bottles and proofed naturally to 43.4% alcohol. For comparison, most hogshead barrels yield about 250 bottles. Those are some thirsty angels, and with one taste, it’s obvious why.

Alex Schroeder | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This grain whisky is very vivacious on the nose: hints of stone fruit, honey, spice, saw dust, and unsweetened dark chocolate. On the palate, it is naturally proofed down to 43% abv, so it is incredibly smooth to drink. It leaves warm, toasty flavors of caramel, cream, vanilla, dark cocoa, and honeyed cereals lingering for over a minute. The complexity and integration are stunning after 52 years sitting in the barrel. What a special treat to taste such an old, lively whisky!

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Sullivans Cove “Introducing Old & Rare – A Range Decades In The Making” – Tasmanian Whisky News

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Sullivans Cove is proud to announce Old Rare,
a whisky range decades in the making. 

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Building on our multi-award winning core range of Double Cask, American Oak and French Oak whiskies, “Old Rare” is a new designation reserved for the very few casks that we allow to age for at least sixteen years. With incredible length and breadth of palate; rich, oaky and hugely textural, these whiskies retain the unmistakable brightness and character of Sullivans Cove’s unique spirit.

Our philosophy is to bottle our whiskies when we think they’re at their peak of flavour and character, regardless of age. The vast majority of our whiskies reach their peak at around 10-12 years, but every once in a while, our skilled distillers identify a cask with the specific characteristics that allow for extended maturation. The result is the oldest and rarest of Australian whiskies. This is something only possible at Sullivans Cove, the only distillery in Australia that has been consistently using full-sized casks for over 20 years.

“It’s a great feeling to see some of the earliest spirit we distilled and barrelled mature into the whiskies they are now today. Finally, being able to bottle them is like seeing your first born graduate from uni.” 

Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller

Our first Old Rare releases include two award winning single cask offerings: a 17yo American Oak Single Cask HH0317 and a 16yo French Oak Single Cask HH0520.

Each bottle comes in a solid timber presentation box and includes a unique letter of authenticity, personally signed by our Head Distiller, Patrick Maguire and our Production Manager, Heather Tillott.

An incredible rarity and a milestone for both Sullivans Cove and the Australian Whisky Industry, these whiskies are a true piece of Australian whisky history.

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French Oak Single Cask HH0520

Winner: GOLD MEDAL World Whisky Masters, Asia 2018

Aged in a 300L French oak ex-tawny cask for 16 years, this whisky is irresistibly dark and rich; a dream marriage of malt and fortified wine. Bottled at 47.5% ABV, this cask produced only 169 bottles.

Nose: The darkest of all treacle and polished French oak furniture being warmed by a fire. Quality unlit cigars, prunes, molasses, cola and cherry jam.

Palate: Cherry cola, raisins, rosemary, dark chocolate, nutmeg, fine leather, candied orange peel and buttery shortbread.

Finish: An astoundingly thick texture that coats the palate completely and carries the dense brandied cherry flavour. Herbal, floral, prune and chocolate notes linger for many minutes.

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 American Oak Single Cask HH0317

Winner: MASTER World Whisky Masters 2018

Aged in a 200L American oak ex-bourbon cask for 17 years, Cask HH0317 is impeccably balanced and complex, very similar in age and style to the world-beating HH0351, which won Best Single Cask Single Malt in the World at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards.
Nose: An enticingly floral vanilla musk with creaming soda, marshmallows, toffee apple and hints of warm clove backed up by perfumed oak.

Palate: Incredibly rich and creamy with sweet blood oranges, ripe red apples, vanilla custard pastries, and orange marmalade. Smooth, warm, and very fine tannins balance perfectly with the sweet citrus profile.

Finish: Nutty caramel fudge, with floral tones, pastry, oranges and custard.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/sullivans-cove-introducing-old-rare-a-range-decades-in-the-making-tasmanian-whisky-news/

Jura The Sound

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Isle of Jura The Sound is one of four single malt bottlings in the Jura Travellers Collection (formerly known as the Sherry Collection), its global travel retail series. They are all matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks of different ages (15yo / 20yo / 30yo / 40yo).

This is interesting, I have never seen the age of a cask being mentioned as a sign of quality, assuming an older cask also contained older sherry, which has a better effect on the whisky?

There’s simply no evidence for this and I think the argumentation is flawed. In sherry bodegas older casks will not necessarily hold older sherry. Also there is an inverse relation between the age and the activeness of the wood, so you’re basically ageing in ever more tired wood (we all know sherry bodegas love tired wood). It’s a strange reasoning and sounds like a pretty random way of selling one whisky at a higher price than the other.

Anyway The Sound is the youngest of the series, without an age statement. It was finished in 15 years old PX butts.

 

 

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(42,5%, OB 2018)

Nose: freshly sawn planks, that’s what I’m getting. Pencil shavings and a newly opened Ikea delivery. This includes a slight hint of potpourri that you sometimes get with overly active wood. Sour oranges underneath, as well as some nutty hints and leather. Mouth: sweet, malty and a bit nasty. A bit of caramel. Then off to wet cardboard, grasses and bitter herbs. Some metallic notes and a hint of salted dark chocolate. Finish: medium, rather spirity, with grassy notes, always with this new wood underneath.

To be avoided, let’s keep it at that. Sold for around € 55 in travel retail (a bit more from MoM), in 1 litre bottles which they call ‘a more elegant version’ of the normal bottle. Ditch the PR agency already and focus on better whisky first.

Score: 67/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/jura/jura-the-sound/

Park Avenue Liquor Shop “#10yearchallenge = 10% Off 10 Year Olds” – Whisky News

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10% OFF Select 10 Year Olds

May as well make the #10yearchallenge viral sensation work to your advantage

Oh silly social media!

The latest viral trend sweeping through social media platforms is the #10yearchallenge – Basically people are just posting images of themselves next to an image of them 10 years later. We know ~ Fascinating. So while you’re currently being subjected to this viral sensation we thought we’d turn it into a fun opportunity for you. The listed 10 year old spirits in this email are 10% Off through the end of January. Only these select bottles.

Use the Promo Code: 10YEAR (in Caps) 

Please contact us with any questions and don’t forget to RSVP if you’re interested in attending our ‘Burns Night’ after-hours single-malt scotch tasting on the 25th.  

Cheers!
Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-685-2442
jonathan@parkaveliquor.com
eric@parkaveliquor.com

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WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye 

Nose: Allspice, orange peel, anise, oak, char and caramel

Palate: Sweet, hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by rye­spice and mint

Finish: Long finish, warm butterscotch and caramel.

PRICE: $90

AFTER DISCOUNT: $81  

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 Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt  

“For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality ‘entry-level’ single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favorite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavors”.  

PRICE: $75

AFTER DISCOUNT: $67.50  

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Widow Jane 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon 

AROMA:  Butter, cream and toffee.

TASTE: Honey and cherry wood. 

FINISH: Charred oak, orange peel and smooth spicy finish.

PRICE: $85

AFTER DISCOUNT: $76.50  

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Yame ‘Eight Goddesess’ 10 Year Old

Japanese Whisky 

Yame – Eight Goddesses – is a Japanese Whisky blended from whiskies matured in oak for 10-13 years inspired by the mythical Yametsu Hime said to protect the scenic mountainous beauty of the Yame Region, home of the famed Kitaya distillery.

Super Mellow, Delicate notes of Vanilla interlaced with Citrus.

PRICE: $65

AFTER DISCOUNT: $58.50  

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– Bushmills 10 Year Old –

Single Malt Irish Whiskey 

“A superb 10 year old Irish single malt and winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards.  Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

The Wisky Bible previously awarded  Bushmills 10 year old 92.5 points.

Nose: Banana skins.

Palate: Medium, very fruity, chocolate pudding.

Finish: Floral, tannic”.

PRICE: $63

AFTER DISCOUNT: $56.70  

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 – Ben Nevis 10 Year Old –  

Single Malt Scotch 

Ben Nevis 10 Year Old is a superb introduction to the distillery’s style. Full-bodied with a whiff of peat, lots of tropical fruit, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate, this is a great example of western Highland whisky.Nose: Fresh and quite dry. A supple greenness with soft leafy notes with a rich fruitiness. Hints of orange and Seville marmalade with a light vinous character and nutty undertones.Palate: Gentle dryness. Toffee. Looming omnipresent are solid peat notes with a bitter sweetness.Finish: Silken, toffee and caramel notes balanced with a touch of ‘mochaccino’ and dark chocolate.PRICE: $98 AFTER DISCOUNT: $88.20  

Once again this offer is through the end of January. Discount applies ONLY to listed items and CANNOT applied to any other bottles. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the Jets hiring a Head Coach that the Dolphins just fired. Notes and descriptions are not necessarily the opinion of Park Ave. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |  parkaveliquor.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/01/park-avenue-liquor-shop-10yearchallenge-10-off-10-year-olds-whisky-news/

1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

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1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)

The strikingly underappreciated Miltonduff distillery is unique in so many ways. Built on the site of an old mill for the Pluscarden Abbey, the distillery’s old stone buildings hide one of Speyside’s most delicious malts. Originally a Priory founded by King Alexander II in 1230, the area became renowned for illicit distillation. Originally licensed in 1824, the name, Milton, was taken from a still that operated on the property. The Duff family owned the lands surrounding the abbey, hence the name Miltonduff. The malt became an important component of the renowned and still well-regarded Ballentine’s blend. Small quantities are released via trades to independent bottlers, but the new owners (Chivas Regal) haven’t made an effort to market the malt as a standalone whisky. Its quality and rarity mean that bottlers often charge a premium and we’ve seen countless young offerings for over $100, but when this cask of full matured Miltonduff came our way we knew we couldn’t say no. Just a few months shy of that magic 25 year old age statement which would have added a solid 40% to the price tag, this is one old Speysider you can’t afford to miss. The older Ballentine’s blends are regularly awarded high praise from the critics and Miltonduff is a big part of that story. This old elegant whisky is the most approachable of the 20+ year old single casks that we’ve brought in this year – full of fruit, malt and unprecedented purity.

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

Pour little Miltonduff. Nobody seems to want to admit that this stuff is world class. Critics ignore it, amateurs are unaware of it and aficionados dont even pretend to understand it. It took us a while to sell the last exclusive Miltonduff because most people wouldn’t get on board. When they finally got around to tasting it, the stuff flew out the door. This cask might sadly suffer a similar fate. Waiting on our shelves to be discovered, but the lucky few who dip their toes in without bias, will be rewarded handsomely. Quite an old school nose, with hints of citrus, wisps of clean smoke, marzipan and savory herbs. The somewhat subdued nose is in total contrast to the massive intensity of the palate. It’s all citrus, cake frosting and herbs again though, none of the smoke. A bit of camphor and warming minty green tea finish. With water, it just explodes with flavors offering an absolutely stunning bouquet of aromatic complexities. It’s a terrible shame that more people arent jump all over this beauty, but if you don’t act soon you might just miss the malt of your dreams. Once the geeks get a hold of this one I think theyll be hoarding it.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2018

We don’t get to see a lot of Miltonduff which is ashamed. It offers a wonderful flavor prospective to the single malt selection at KL. The nose has bright nice pear fruit like aromas that have wax and honey undertones. In the mouth the entry is sweet, followed with concentrated flavors that have dried fruit nuances. There is a long finish. I thought the Miltonduff 24 was enjoyable with and without an addition of water.

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

An especially clean and pure spirit, even at such an age. Miltonduff is most well known for being the top dressing malt for Ballantine’s wonderful and elegant blends. It’s quite a rare thing to see it bottled on its own as a single malt, and we’re supremely happy to have had the chance to do it. There is lots of butterscotch and Werther’s Original cream and caramel notes to this malt. A bit of buttered popcorn and a fine drizzle of melted milk chocolate round it all out. For those who normally drink the classic malts of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, this is a luxurious rise to the top of that style ladder without paying the premium associated with the very old bottles from those illustrious distilleries. Not a hint of smoke here, just a little dried nuttiness and faint herbal note round out everything with a slight savor. At the natural cask strength of 50.8% ABV, this is utter perfection.

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Edradour 2005 (TWE exclusive)

I’ve had some tips about good sherry matured Edradour before, so we have to keep searching for an expression from this distillery that really convinces me.

I think we’ve found one, an Edradour 2005 from a first-fill Oloroso cask handpicked by The Whisky Exchange.

 

 

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Nose: very rich, not unlike some of the best GlenDronach casks. Entirely on Cherry Heering, raisins and dates. Great hints of leather chairs, cedar wood, a little pipe tobacco. Whiffs of jamón ibérico and roasted almonds. An overt sherry bomb, clean and intense. Mouth: quite strong, with a chewy mouthfeel and massive flavours. Leafy, almost earthy sherry with plenty of spices, balanced by the fruity sweetness. Blackberry jam and blackcurrants, caramelized apples, cooked plums and flashes of oranges. Ginger and caraway seed. Tobacco and leather again. Great sherry flavours coupled to the power of a big American rye. Drying herbs and liquorice towards the end. Finish: long, spicy and chocolaty, with walnuts, cinnamon and drying oak.

A real sherry bomb, nothing delicate about this. One of the better examples of this style I’ve had lately, and the best Edradour ever for me. You can get it from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/edradour/edradour-2005-whisky-exchange-exclusive/

Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy 27 Years

I believe this will complete our reviews of the rather excellent Vintner’s Trilogy from Bowmore distillery:

The last part is a 27 year-old malt which spent 13 years in ex-bourbon barrels and another 14 years in Port pipes, resting in Bowmore’s famous No 1 vaults on Islay.

 

 

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(48,3%, OB ‘Vintner’s Trilogy’ 2018)

Nose: aromatic nose, combining smoky notes with damp tobacco leaves and sweeter notes. Red berries, milk chocolate and toffee. Heather, mint and subtle medicinal touches. Curry spices a little sandalwood. Rather fresh and elegant, with closely interwoven aromas. Mouth: creamy texture, with a syrupy berry sweetness again, now also cooked fruits (peaches), as well as toffee and milk chocolate. Menthol freshness. Some violet candy but nothing perfumy. Herbal notes, lots of dry ashes and a very light salty touch. Finish: sweet and smoky, with some tangy oak and leather.

I’m generally not a big fan of port wood maturation but this is done skilfully. A good Bowmore with syrupy fruits. Really good but it doesn’t beat the 26 Years for me. Still available from The Whisky Exchange (the 26 Years as well by the way).

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/bowmore/bowmore-vintners-trilogy-27-years-port/

Auchentoshan 1990 (for CWS China)

Here’s another one of these interesting bottlings exclusive to the Chief Whisky Society in China.

It’s an Auchentoshan 1990, 27 years old and bottled from a single Oloroso sherry cask. Notice the brown hue, rather than the full-blown reddish tint that we would expect from first-fill sherry these days.

 

 

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(53,1%, OB for CWS China 2017, first-fill Oloroso, 512 btl.)

Nose: not the classic Oloroso style indeed. There’s brown sugar, leafy notes, overripe pear and oranges instead of figs or raisins. Goes on with hay, leather, dried flowers, cloves and Dulce de Leche (love that). Nicely different. Mouth: a spicy, leafy profile again, full of ginger, cloves, cinnamon and hints of Medjool dates. Some tobacco and Seville oranges. Roasted nuts with a bitter hint of Turkish coffee towards the end. Hints of sherry brandy rather than Oloroso wine. Finish: long, still very spice-driven with bitter oranges.

Interesting Auchentoshan, because it has this Brandy de Jerez profile rather than a classic Oloroso style. European oak, probably. Good selection.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/auchentoshan/auchentoshan-27yo-1990-cws-china/

Glenrothes 18 Year Old

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Glenrothes Soleo Collection

At the end of 2018, after they had been releasing vintage-based whiskies for exactly 25 years (later also ‘reserves’), The Glenrothes wiped this concept off the table and renewed its core range with… age statements.

The Soleo Collection as it is called (named after the process of sun-drying sherry grapes in Jerez), ranges from 10 to 25 years (including one NAS at higher strength). Also interesting is the fact that all expressions are entirely sherry matured. Close to 90% of all casks maturing at the distillery are ex-sherry and almost 70% are first-fill (seasoned) sherry casks.

We’re trying the Glenrothes 18 Year Old, the black bottle in the picture. Matured only in sherry seasoned casks, a high proportion first-fill and bottled at natural colour. Too bad they chose to go for 40% ABV for the base expressions and still a meagre 43% ABV for the 18 year-old and 25 year-old.

 

 

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(43%, OB 2018)

Nose: remarkably fresh, with juicy pears and oranges at the centre, alongside apricots and a hint of dried bananas. Quite sherbety with floral overtones. Vanilla cake. Almonds. Moderately grassy spices like ginger and clove. Nothing ground-breaking but really bright and appealing, less plump than the old products. Mouth: a lot drier now, with more overt wood influence. Clove, ginger, crushed peppercorns and oak char. Roasted nuts and leafy notes. Seville oranges. Still the distillery markers of toffee and buttery biscuits. Finish: medium, malty and spicy with some cinnamon and pepper.

This new 18 year-old started off really nice on the nose but became a tad oaky on the palate. Good depth though and a nice Rothes overall.

Score: 84/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glenrothes/glenrothes-18-years/

1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength – Scotch Whisky News

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One-of-a-Kind Single Malt You Won’t Find Elsewhere

“There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

Almost never seen in the United States, Blair Athol is a rare treat for collectors of Scotland’s finest drams. The bottling featured here, a 23 Year Old that was brought up in sherry cask, counts among the best expressions we’ve ever encountered. Heady, expressive, and with a seemingly unending cascade of Amontillado spice, it is a pure delight from start to finish. Blair Athol has developed something of a cult following over the years, and based on the balanced power this 23 Year Old reveals, it’s all too easy to see why. Because of its scarcity, one might expect this scotch to cost twice the price, but that’s the beauty of our direct-import program—we are able to offer it at an unbeatable price. We urge you to scroll down and read our staff reviews, as they paint a picture of a Highland malt of the highest caliber. Previous casks of Blair Athol have sold out in no time, and we expect much the same of this magnificent expression.

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1995 Blair Athol 23 Year Old “Old Malt Cask” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($109.99)

The exceptional Blair Athol Distillery sits just outside the picturesque town of Pitlochry at the base of the great Cairngorm Mountains. This small stone distillery has provided KL with several of our most renowned single barrels, namely a few old refill casks from Signatory, which were dark refill sherry butts. This barrel showing up just a few years after those exquisite examples of this low-key distillery further proves that sherry and Blair Athol play in perfect harmony. Famous in the U.K. as the home of the well-regarded Bell’s Blend, it has no real no real presence in the States. Nonetheless, it’s become sought after partly due to our efforts and because more of our customers are heading over to Scotland. Since invariably a stop in the quaint little village just to the north of the distillery is recommended, every year more people coming home dreaming about it. Once you taste that flora and fauna expression, it must feel rather tragic to realize that no regular expression of this lovely malt is available in the U.S. So when this stupendous cask popped up, we knew we had to nab it. I’d happily sell this exceptional whisky, filled into a fresh sherry butt back in 1995, for $200. I absolutely think it’s worth that much. We crushed the 26 Year Old from Signatory (albeit slightly older and darker) at $180 a bottle years ago. While it might not be as unique as some of the year’s other offerings, it’s is easily the most lovable malt of the season and another insane value from OMC.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2018

The lovely Blair Athol distillery is the spiritual home of the Bell’s Blend, which gets a bad rap from some whisky geeks, but when we see the excellent distillery in the warehouse we take note. Very few things are more appealing to me than an extremely affordable Blair Athol charged from a sherry. One whiff and we knew we had to have this majestic barrel. The nose has a big note of Oloroso, but also some complex malty fruit in the background. With a bit of water, dark fruit compote, exotic spices, and a subtle, almost Amontillado-like savory quality, emerge. On the palate it’s wonderfully textured with big taffy notes and a woodsy herbal quality—although much cleaner after water than the Ben Nevis, it still has a bit of funk to start. This is a total no brainer—an ultra-balanced, but overtly sherried malt in what might be arguably its perfect state of maturation. You barely notice the high proof, but it does love a little dollop of spring water, which opens it up in the most impressive way. Those that love the balance between dark sherry tones and rich maltiness will want to load up on this while it’s still around. There’s no reason a whisky this good and this old should be this inexpensive.

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

Once again we have Blair Athol on the shelves! It has been far too long and I’ve fielded too many customer requests from people hoping for a bottle of our previous casks to pop up. While a touch younger and nowhere near as dark in sherry color, this wonderful cask shows off all of the splendor of sherry-aged Blair Athol with more sophistication than our previous bottlings. The chocolate fudge and spice cake of the sherry butt is more deeply integrated and the nutty texture and earthy flavors of the malt shine through. Don’t let that gentle sounding description fool you. The nose is just as robust as the first fill sherry monsters of yesteryear, but the palate doesn’t attack you, it lulls you into a false sense of security instead. At nearly 60%, for all its grace, this malt still packs a wallop. With a water addition it softens (a little) and exposes more of a dried orange peel and caramelized candied almond profile. A big malt for those who want power in their glass. And all for a pittance in comparison to the pair of 1988s we’ve offered in the last couple of years.

William Beare | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

It’s a cold and blustery evening here in Redwood City as I take my first few sips of the Blair Athol 23. The days are getting shorter and the winds are picking up. But in a large, deep glass, just the nose on this feels like a space heater for my soul. There is a small handful of fire in each inhale, but such a seductive, sweet fire that you feel dared to keep breathing deeper. The palate is filled with sweet honeycomb wax—unbelievably textural with a healthy dose of orange zest and a nutty finish. Well worth the price tag, and way too easy to drink for your own good.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2018

There’s big fruit on the nose with notes of syrupy brandy cherries coming in first, followed by orange zest, kumquat, and apricot. Nice bright caramel and rock candy scents come through next, then just a little earthiness and a whisper of smoke. The palate is initially dominated by salted caramels and stone fruit flavors, but then there’s a bold transition to cherries, spices, and some leather in a nicely long finish.

Jackson Lee | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2018

This cask offering from Blair Athol is unapologetic in the way it presents itself. When first poured into the glass, notes of iodine, peat, astringent, leather, and oak are apparent—stereotypical but then a honeyed apricot and Nilla wafers come in to soften those hardened players. On the palate that sweetness at the end of the nose comes through on the tip of your tongue, hitting you with sweet cashew brittle and green apple undertones. The finish is long and you get a little spice and heat on the end, while that sweetness keeps its promise to the end, drawing out notes of pencil shavings after it..

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2018

This is a highlight of what Scotland’s Highland region can achieve. This whisky typically goes into a bottling that does not reach the United States, so just the opportunity to taste it is incredibly special. The nose is wildly interesting, loaded with all types of fruits and spices. The palate definitely follows up nicely with a flavor I did not expect: a touch of malty sweetness that keeps the finish long. I am very excited about this release, especially at the price/cask strength ABV.

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