American Rockies Small Batch Bourbon – 44% – American Whiskey News

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American Rockies Small Batch Bourbon – 44%,  6 x 750ml

From the purest water in the Wyoming Mountains and the best non GMO corn produced in the USA we bring you American Rockies Small Batch Bourbon.

Nose: dough, dill-y and woody; smells like a High School woodshop; shelled peanuts, butter tarts and aromatic bitters; peppery with some doughy oatmeal-raisin notes.

Palate: sweet, fruity and spicy, with loads of wood-shop tones; fresh, fruity and toasty; more oatmeal-raisin cookie dough, peppery spices and oaky tannins; demerara sugarand aromatic bitters before warm butter tarts.

Finish: fresh, doughy, fruity, sweet and spicy; can’t get over the oatmeal-raisin cookie dough and demerara sugar mixed with bitters combo…

Comment:  very fresh for an American whiskey, lots of layers, with the oak restrained nicely

Tasting notes by Andrew Ferguson of Kensington Wine Market, Calgary Alberta

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/american-rockies-small-batch-bourbon-44-american-whiskey-news/

Newsflash – Local Barley 9yo & Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength Release – Scotch Whisky News

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Springbank Society Members

We are pleased to announce the release of 2 new bottlings – 1 from Springbank and 1 from Mitchell’s Glengyle.

Both the Springbank 9yo Local Barley and Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength are available to buy in the UK from tomorrow – Tuesday 13th November.

Springbank 9yo Local Barley 57.7%

Matured in 80% Bourbon casks and 20% Sherry casks, this release is the fourth in our series of 5 annual bottlings from barley grown in the local area. For this year’s release we used Optic barley that was grown at High Cattadale Farm.

Nose: Traditional Springbank aromas; saltiness, sea shells and fresh oysters bursting through. Followed just as intensely by pepper-jack cheese, honeycomb and vanilla pods.

Palate: Whipped cream, pear drops and a heathery note are quickly engulfed by barley water, sherbet mix, sugar cane, nectarines and dandelions.

Finish: A gentle dry peat circulates before squashed plums, raisins, cracked pepper and dry straw emerge.

Please Note:

  • This is not a Society exclusive bottle.
  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead Shop is selling this product for £86.00.
  • The Society discount does not apply to this bottle .

Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength 56.5%

The latest edition of the Kilkerran 8yo Cask Strength from Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery. Matured in 100% Bourbon casks and bottled at 56.5% abv.

Nose: The exquisite nose begins with a gentle hint of worn leather and pipe tobacco. Changing now to a much sweeter note with sponge cake, vanilla pods and clotted cream combining with some citrus and fruits in the form of key lime pie and green apple skins.

Palate: Good cask influence here with lots of sweetness from the bourbon casks. Golden syrup cake, banoffee pie and toasted marshmallows are just some of the desserts you could find in this dram.

Finish: The light peat becomes more apparent on the finish, along with an earthy dunnage note typical of Campbeltown whisky. This is followed by a herbal grassy note, marzipan and grape peel.

Please Note:

  • This is not a Society exclusive bottle.
  • The Campbeltown Cadenhead shop is selling this product for £48.00.
  • The Society discount can be applied to this bottle (at the discretion of each Cadenhead shop).

These whiskies are available in the UK from tomorrow – for more information on when they will be released in different countries/markets please contact your local retailers and stockists, details of whom can be found by visiting:

Springbank –http://springbank.scot/distributors/.

Kilkerran – https://kilkerran.scot/trade/

We urge members not to publish the details of this newsflash on social media before we announce it ourselves through our own social media channels tomorrow. This will hopefully let you all get first chance to buy these bottles, although we wish to highlight that we do not control how shops sell their stock. Even the Cadenhead shops are out-with our control so, if you have any enquiries about what stock individual shops have, please contact them directly.

Slainte,

The Springbank Society

Springbank Distillers Ltd

http://springbank.scot/

https://kilkerran.scot/

To join the Springbank SOicety contact them via Springbank Society society@springbank.scot

 

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/newsflash-local-barley-9yo-kilkerran-8yo-cask-strength-release-scotch-whisky-news/

A Pair of Can’t-Miss Speysiders—K&L Exclusives from Linkwood and Craigellachie  – Scotch Whisky News

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There are instances in any person’s booze exploration that are transitional. I used to be somewhat of a checklister, but I’ve learned to stop and smell the malt. As we examine this incredibly diverse and deep category, there’s a strong propensity to categorize our experiences. This is the X of Y. This is like an older version of that. This bottle reminds me of that bottle. We want to categorize our experiences so we can better explain and understand them. But inherent in the goal of understanding and explaining our experiences we remove ourselves from them. Sometimes we just need to sit back and enjoy.

2006 Craigellachie 12 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $54.99 View

1996 Linkwood 21 Year Old “Signatory” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

So if I tell you that this is the best Sherried Speysider under $55 this year – will it be more or less fun if you line it up next to every other sub-$55 sherry bomb you’ve acquired in the last 12 months? There aren’t many so I expect it will be a quick tasting. If I tell you that this is easily the best Linkwood for your dollar in the entire country, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to try it. But I can only confidently say that because I’ve tried every other available Linkwood on the market today. You could spend thousands to do a thorough survey of the marketplace, compare anonymous online reviews and ultimately you’d be very lucky to disprove my postulate. But all that work wouldn’t enhance your experience of these exceptional malts. Indeed, you’ve just wasted all the time you could have spent experiencing with all that thinking.

So stop and enjoy two of the best Speysider Scotches we’ll ever sell you from two exceptional distilleries in two very different styles. Both exemplify what has now become the most important Scottish region and yet each is completely different from the other. A truly befuddling conundrum indeed. Best to have a drink and think about it.

—David Othenin Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

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2006 Craigellachie 12 Year Old “Sovereign” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

Every year the biggest struggle we have when selecting casks isn’t necessarily finding ultra-rare casks. If we’re willing to pay for them, the diamonds are there. What’s much more difficult to find are the affordable sherried malts from good distilleries. Last year we smashed things up with an absolutely stellar Aultmore. This year we’ve got a few replacements, one of them being this incredible cask of Craigellachie. While it doesn’t have the inky, nearly bitter extraction that the Aultmore had, there might not be a better sherried whisky available for this price anywhere. Craigellachie is a workhorse whisky, but its stalwart quality is well known to blenders. Sitting on the hill directly across from Macallan, just a short trip over the River Spey, Craigellachie was never sold as a single malt because Dewar’s was too lucrative to spend time selling single malt. There’s no visitor’s center or other fanfare but those who know this special distillery grow to love it. In 2014, the distillery finally released an OB. Long before those well-received bottles appeared on the scene, the malt was well-regarded by Independent Bottlers, especially when aged in sherry casks. The rich malty character and deep waxy fruit are perfectly balanced by the roasted nutty flavors of this sherry butt. No question, this will be up there as one of the best values we’ll have to offer in malts all year, maybe ever. An absolute must-try by any measure. Those who know best are bunkering this bad boy.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2018

I keep wanting to call this the cask of the season, but I only hesitate because there’s SO much more coming down the line I don’t want to overstate just how special this whisky truly is. That said there’s no doubt that this will be one of those incredible values that people will be asking for in the months and maybe years to come. 12 full years in an oloroso sherry butt have turned the majestic malt from Craigellachie into a veritable gem. The nose is full on oloroso with the dry nutty aromatics taking full charge. It’s not the extracted almost bitter bomb that we had from last year’s Aultmore, but it’s no less complex and filled with sherry character. The palate is ultra rich with the bold oloroso character traits locked with the dense malt – the tiniest hint of fresh peat aromatic is a bonus. With a bit of water the whole thing transmutes into one of the most balanced and approachable malts we’ve sold in years. The nuttiness gives way slightly to a complex dried blood orange, cigar box, exotic wood. The palate has tons of sweet malt to balance the sherry and while some may prefer this at full strength with water this is one of the most exciting and drinkable whiskies we’ve ever sold. The total package in every sense of the term and priced to bunker. The first of many legends in the 2018 Whisky Season!

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2018

Oh man, I like this and wish I was sitting in my grandpa’s basement drinking this right now. This toasty Scotch comes at you with scents of old leather, cigar box, tobacco, and just a little creaminess to take the edge off. There are tiny notes of dark caramel and molasses, cardamom, clove, and a lingering smell of buttery cooked cherries. The palate boasts bigger spice, bolder leather, and a phenolic bandaid flavor that I love. Adding water enhances the caramel and brings out a nice saltiness.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2018

This has daily drinker all over it. It’s a hefty, oily, waxy Scotch with deep sherry notes at a measly 55 bucks for full cask strength juice. The powdery tannins are present, but not overpowering. They showcase the sexy rancio flavors of the finest sherries and bring out the underlying fruity character of the malt. A little water added and this malt explodes into flavors of rolled oats, granola, stone fruit compote, dried figs and cold beer. A perfect pour for every night of the week.

Anthony Russo | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2018

Its richly dark color is completely natural and due to its delicious 12 years in sherry oak. The near 60% ABV is barely detectable on the nose, which is instead replaced by dried apricot and cooking spices. After a few drops of water, the flavors truly appear and the liveliness of this whisky shows itself. With the new 12 year standard price hanging around $70, it is unique to have something this interesting at this age/cask strength. Great find!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2018

I had expected a rich and juicy sherry aged single malt with no smoke but got a pleasant surprise when I tasted this cask. The nose had the deep dried fruit aromas that I had expected but they were topped off with nice smoke notes. In the mouth it was rich and round with plenty of smoke to balance out the flavor profile. A great value for a high quality single malt.

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1996 Linkwood 21 Year Old “Signatory” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)

The exceptional Linkwood distillery is another one of the grand old Diageo malts that you wonder why they haven’t bothered to make a big deal of. Until you dive deeper into how and why the distillery is so important for making them money on the globally viable blended whisky market. After one taste of this Linkwood it’s immediately clear that this is one of the heart malts for the great Johnnie Walker Blends. It kind of reminds me of all the things I love about Johnnie Walker that aren’t peaty. Johnnie Walker, in particularly the Johnnie Green, is actually an incredibly high quality product compared to the majority of blended scotch on the market. The reason even the Black and Red are so well regarded is the addition of very special distilleries like Linkwood, which even in relatively small quantities give those whiskies a distinctive quality that’s hard to replicate. And since the deep complexities of Linkwood are so crucial to improving the character of those blends when inexpensive younger grain whisky is added to soften and stretch the flavors, we very rarely see it available on the open market. In many ways, Linkwood is the classic Speyside malt, but its character is nothing like the names you might associate with the area. The rich character is driven by big malt, herbal and unrelenting, that gives way on the palate to rich textured cereal and sweet grain qualities. A bold complex style that will take most drinkers by surprise. But once you know you’ll never forget.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2018

Linkwood is one of those distilleries that has a pretty surprising following despite not being at all available in the US. The last official release from this exceptional distillery was a limited release 37 year old, which was sold for $600+ initially. In a lot of ways Linkwood is the quintessential “Scotch” for my palate, a bench mark for Scotchiness that they set pretty high. Here we have it in its most classic form—although in desperate need of a tiny dollop of fresh water, there are few malts more enamoring. After a little squirt of spring water, the powerful dark malt suddenly falls away to reveal a complex web of orchard fruit and citrus peel. Canned pineapple and white nectarines, pointed by a subtle green plum and floral honey. Subtle briochey malt lingers in the background, hinting at the rich, textured, almost sweet entry. More of those tart plums, dark cocoa powder, sweet barley tea and a long white peppery finish. An absolute dream that’s approachable enough for nearly any Scotch drinker to fall in love. Indeed this could be the quintessential Speysider. ADD THAT WATER!

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2018

Immediately familiar and yet, completely new. This whisky explodes on the palate with a ferocity that I confess, I must tame with a cube or more than a drop of water. As a major Diageo component whisky, you will typically only experience Linkwood cut with soft grain whisky, never in it’s full power. This beast at cask strength is a bomb of chocolate covered fruit mixed with granola in vanilla yogurt. It’s got tang, sweetness, a bit of dank funk, and major muscle. With a generous drop of water, the game changes dramatically. The softer side of Linkwood that feels like home comes out. A complex blend of cooking spices make you feel like you’re baking for the holidays. Jam and honey and fresh winter fruits fill the glass. It’s immediately transformed in to one of the easiest drinking Scotches in the store. Factor in the price of this bottle compared to a OB from the distillery and you’ve got yourself a hell of a deal.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 05, 2018

It is always exciting to see something from Linkwood on the shelf because it produces exceptionally good single malts. The nose on this bottling is deep with dried fruit aromas. In the mouth it is full bodied and elegant with layered malt and dry fruit flavors and a nice mouth feel.

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St Magdalene 1982 (Malt Musketeers)

By far the oldest St Magdalene I could try – releases are very, very hard to come by these days. The last bottling I can remember was a 1982 by Cadenhead.

This one was bottled by Malt Musketeers, two whisky enthusiasts that occasionally release their own bottlings. This St Magdalene 1982 was their second release. Apparently it took a bit of negotiating to bring this rare product to market. The outturn is incredibly small: only 12 bottles, of 20 cl each.

 

 

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Nose: it’s got this typical combination of chalky notes, gravel, waxed paper and something of ginger. Very mineral. Also herbal notes and grasses, both freshly cut and dried. Rubbed grapefruit skin and wet wool. Classic. Mouth: quite oily. There’s a light creamy and fruity side (green banana, rhubarb, unripe pear) but it’s quickly overtaken by lemon sherbet and grapefruit skin, huge mineral notes, a hint of mezcal and a lot of greasy, waxy notes. Pepper and herbs. Chalk and leafy notes, as well as a briny touch. Finish: long, still mineral and grassy, with juniper and cloves, as well as a subtle underlying sweet lemon note.

A classy Lowlander with such a unique profile (close to the Highlands in fact). Complex as well. Around € 250, two left according to their website.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/st-magdalene/st-magdalene-1982-malt-musketeers/

Port Askaig 33 Year Old (Impex Beverages)

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Port Askaig 33 Years - Impex Beverages

It’s not always the case, but I assume this Port Askaig 33 Year Old was distilled at Caol Ila, most likely in 1984 (although we can’t be sure).

It is bottled from a single cask, selected by the US importer Impex Beverages. The oldest from this distillery so far, if I’m not mistaken (the 45 Year Old is rumoured to be Bunnahabhain).

 

 

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Nose: sets off elegantly, on salty notes, floral honey, ginger, smooth heathery smoke and a little iodine. Nice fruity tones too: quines, pears, hints of slightly sour greengages and apricots. Some lightly tropical too (passion fruits and mango, as in Sorachi Ace). Tiny hints of vanilla, ink and paraffin. Inviting, layered, rather perfect. Mouth: oily but more powerful now, with the same fruity undertones of melons, apricot and a touch of maracuja. Medicinal notes, black pepper, lemon liqueur. Marzipan. Brine and a touch of diesel oil. Some floral notes and soft menthol. Finish: medium to long, fresh with smoked almonds, grapefruits and the lightest smoke.

The proper old Caol Ila profile, showing gentle smoke and coastal notes, and heading towards tropical fruits. Hard to beat. Around $ 800 (€ 700), only available in the US.

Score: 92/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/caol-ila/port-askaig-33-years-impex/

From The Glenrothes distillery to your door ~ The Soleo Collection, one click away – Scotch Whisky News

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From The Glenrothes distillery to your door

The Soleo Collection is now available at our online shop

The Glenrothes Soleo Collection has been a true labour of love for our Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion. Consisting of a 10, 12, 18 and 25 Year Old, as well as our Whisky Maker’s Cut, the Soleo Collection offered Gordon an opportunity to explore the extraordinary stock of sherry seasoned casks available at the distillery. Using his expertise and knowledge, a collection of exceptional single malts has been crafted, marking a historic moment for us at The Glenrothes.

“The new Soleo Collection is a testament to our craftsmanship and quality. By highlighting the natural colours and the diverse range of spicy, fruity and sweet flavours provided by sherry seasoned casks, it also represents a chance for us to go to the heart of what makes The Glenrothes truly special”.

Gordon Motion, Master Whisky Maker.

Get your bottle

The Glenrothes Soleo Collection 10, 12 and 18 Year Old can now be purchased directly from our online shop. We currently ship to 27 countries. Stay in touch with the Spirit of Rothes to hear about our limited editions, as well as the latest releases at our online shop. From The Glenrothes distillery, directly to your door.

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The new 12 Year Old

Of all the whiskies in the new Soleo Collection, it is perhaps the 12 Year Old that most closely reflects the ‘house style’ that epitomises The Glenrothes single malt. “With the 12 Year Old, we were looking to create an expression of all the sweetness and spiciness of a sherry cask, with the balance and smoothness that characterises our whisky”, says Gordon Motion. The result is an elegant, finely balanced single malt that delivers notes of vanilla, melon and cinnamon.

Buy Now 

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The 12 Year Old Rob Roy

What’s the best way to enjoy our new 12 Year Old? Neat? Over ice?
Try The Glenrothes Rob Roy, the perfect way to wind down this Autumn weekend.

  • 60 ml The Glenrothes 12 YO
  • 30 ml Martini Rosso sweet vermouth
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 5 ml Maraschino Cherry Syrup
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherry
  • Serve: Martini Glass

Stir all ingredients with ice, then gently strain into a chilled Martini glass.

The luxurious, rich cherries in this cocktail elevate the sweet sherry notes in our ‘house style’ Soleo Collection 12 Year Old.

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Soleo causes a stir

We’re very happy to say that the response to the new Glenrothes Soleo Collection has been extraordinary. The prestigious “Ultimate Spirits” awarded our new 10 Year Old an impressive score of 95%, while the 25 Year Old was given an exceptional 97%.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/from-the-glenrothes-distillery-to-your-door-the-soleo-collection-one-click-away-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Barrel releases the second of two exclusive bottlings courtesy of independent Scotch Whisky Merchants, Morrison and MacKay – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases the second of two exclusive bottlings courtesy of independent Scotch Whisky Merchants, Morrison and MacKay. 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release the Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 from the fantastic Càrn Mòr “Celebration” range by Morrison and MacKay, selected exclusively for TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

The Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 was distilled at the now lost Imperial Distillery in May 1995. The Imperial Distillery produced single malt Scotch between 1897 and 1998. Located in Carron, Speyside, the distillery was demolished in 2013 and a new distillery, Dalmunach, was established on the site two years later.

Morrison and MacKay are a family owned and managed company based in the Heart of Perthshire. Their ‘Celebration of the Cask’ range is a limited range of whiskies from all over Scotland. Each bottle in this range is non-chill filtered and individually numbered; once gone these cannot be replaced as they are one off bottlings from a single cask.

Bottled in October 2018, with just 42 bottles from Bourbon Barrel 4191, the Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 single malt really is a rare and special find.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 Càrn Mòr “Celebration” of the Cask | Cask No.4191 | 44.4%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Light gold, natural colour.

Nose: Summer fruits with a hint of vanilla. 

Taste: Warm fruit with hints of cinnamon, reminiscent of fruit crumble. 

Finish: A biscuity long finish. 

Price: £199.95 GBP / $218 USD (+ PP) 

The Whisky BarrelE: info@thewhiskybarrel.com

Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.com T: +44 (0)845 2248 156Find us on: Facebook, Twitter Instagram

NOTES

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A)  Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 Càrn Mòr “Celebration” of the Cask.
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A) Thursday 8th November 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
    A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

    Q) How much is it?
    A) £199.95 GBP / $218 USD (+ PP)

  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.Q) What is the ABV of this product?
    A) 44.4% ABV
  2. Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

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The Whisky Barrel releases the first of two exclusive bottlings courtesy of independent Scotch Whisky Merchants, Morrison and MacKay – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases the first of two exclusive bottlings courtesy of independent Scotch Whisky Merchants, Morrison and MacKay. 

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release the Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 from the fantastic Càrn Mòr ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ range by Morrison and MacKay, selected exclusively for TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

The well-known and well-loved Laphroaig Distillery is located on the Isle of Islay and its whisky has a distinctive rich flavour. Founded in 1815, the distillery is named after its location, ‘broad hollow by the bay.’

The Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 is non-chill filtered and has no added colour. With an AVB of 63.4%, this malt is all that you would expect on the peat front from Laphroaig.

Morrison and MacKay are a family owned and managed company based in the Heart of Perthshire. Their ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ range is a collection of whiskies from single malt distilleries across Scotland. All the bottles are non-chill filtered, meaning they retain all the oils and proteins that give natural flavour. The Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 is the first and only cask strength ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ bottling in the UK.

Bottled in 2018, with just 284 bottles from a single cask, the Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 single malt really is something rather unique and special.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

Laphroaig 8 Year Old Càrn Mòr ‘Strictly Limited Edition’ | 2010 | 63.4% 

Tasting notes 

Colour: Light gold, natural colour.

Nose: Delicious sweet peated barley. Hints of brine and sea salt, as well as damp treated wood. 

Taste: Strong peat flavours. 

Finish: Long, smoky finish. 

Price: £66.53 GBP / $73 USD (+ PP) 

The Whisky BarrelE: info@thewhiskybarrel.com

Visit www.thewhiskybarrel.comT: +44 (0)845 2248 156Find us on: Facebook, Twitter Instagram

NOTES:-

  1. Q) What is the product called?
    A)  Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2010 Càrn Mòr ‘Strictly Limited Edition’.
  2. Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
    A) Thursday 8th November 2018.Q) Where is it available?
    A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
    A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.Q) How much is it?
    A) £66.53 GBP / $73 USD (+ PP)
  1. Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
    A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.Q) What is the ABV of this product?
    A) 63.4% ABV
  2. Q) Why has this product been launched?
    A) Limited Edition single cask distillery exclusive for The Whisky Barrel. 

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. The Whisky Barrel won Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

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Gordon & MacPhail celebrates its ‘Private Collection’ range with a new look – Scotch Whisky News

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Gordon MacPhail celebrates its ‘Private Collection’ range with a new look

Single malt Scotch whisky creator Gordon MacPhail has unveiled a new look for its ‘Private Collection’ range: rare and exclusive single malts personally selected by members of the Urquhart family, owners of the company for four generations.

The first releases comprise an ultra-rare whisky from Inverleven Distillery and a forty-four-year-old single malt distilled at Glenrothes Distillery.

In 1985, Gordon MacPhail sent Cask 562, a refill bourbon barrel, to the Inverleven Distillery located in Dumbarton within the area known in whisky terms as the ‘Scottish Lowlands’. The distillery had been making spirit for only forty-seven years and new-make would only flow for another six years before the Inverleven still was mothballed. The site was demolished in 2002, never to produce again. This exceptional single malt has matured for thirty-three years before being bottled at cask strength (ABV 57.4%). It retails for £1,000* (RRP).

Among Gordon MacPhail’s maturing stocks are casks from no fewer than twenty-six closed, mothballed or demolished Scotch distilleries – a liquid archive unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

The second ‘Private Collection’ release dates back to 1974 when a refill Sherry puncheon was filled at Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. The rich, mahogany whisky has an ABV of 49.5% and retails at £1,250* (RRP).

Presented in ridged heavyweight bottles housed in veneered wooden boxes, both ‘Private Collection’ releases were selected for bottling by Stuart Urquhart, Gordon MacPhail’s Associate Director of Whisky Supply and member of the fourth generation of the owning family.

Further ultra-rare releases from the new ‘Private Collection’ will be revealed in coming months.

Stephen Rankin, Gordon MacPhail’s Director of Prestige and member of the Urquhart family, said: “For over a century my family has been maturing whisky and using our skills, experience, and passion for single malts to recognise exactly the right moment to bottle a spirit that will be loved by discerning whisky drinkers around the globe. These two exquisite malts are complemented perfectly by the beautiful new packaging.”

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Notes 

Private Collection from Inverleven Distillery 1985, 57.4% ABV – RRP £1,000*

Cask 562, a refill bourbon barrel, had an outturn of 130 bottles

Colour: Dark Gold

AROMAS: Intense tropical fruit aromas to begin – cooked pineapple, honeydew melon, coconut cream, and little burst of sharp yet sweet lime. A sweet creaminess continues with notes of vanilla ice-cream, sugared red apples, apricot jam, and white chocolate. Hints of overripe cherry and almond marzipan develop into flowering gorse.

FLAVOURS: Creamy and mouth-coating; warming white pepper notes transform into sweet flambéed banana, Madagascan vanilla pod, and salted toffee. Subtle spicy undertones remain as toasted malt comes to the fore; a drying cocoa and charred oak edge develops.

FINISH: A long and lingering charred oak finish with a subtle floral edge.

Private Collection from Glenrothes Distillery 1974, 49.5% ABV – RRP £1,250*

Cask 18440, a refill Sherry puncheon, had an outturn of 276 bottles

Colour: Mahogany

AROMAS: Complex; aromas of Sherry soaked fruitcake filled with stewed sultanas mingle with sticky Medjool dates. Dark chocolate and citrus peel notes develop; a gentle woodiness with a delicate herbal edge comes to the fore.

FLAVOURS: Elegant, smooth, and sweet; Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg flavours balance the mature oak and Sherry influences. Notes of fruit and nut chocolate and hints of raisin and toasted walnut emerge and evolve into zesty citrus. Salted toffee develops towards the end.

FINISH: A modest, medium sweet finish fades; hints of charred oak and chocolate remain.

Gordon MacPhail

Established in 1895, family-owned Gordon MacPhail is curator of some of the world’s finest and rarest single malt Scotch whiskies from over 100 distilleries. Four generations of the Urquhart family have continued to pursue the perfect partnership between spirit and cask.

Since its foundation, Gordon MacPhail has carefully matched spirit to the highest quality oak casks which are sent to distilleries throughout Scotland, filled with new-make spirit, and matured either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouse in Elgin.

It is this simple but endlessly complex pairing that creates an intriguing and unique portfolio of expressions – single malts that Scotch whisky lovers will not find anywhere else.

In April 2018, the company unveiled its streamlined portfolio:

  • DiscoveryUtterly dependable, this flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies.
  • Distillery Labels – A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries.
  • Connoisseurs Choice – The heart of our portfolio – always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
  • Private Collection – Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family.
  • GenerationsA prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2018/11/gordon-macphail-celebrates-its-private-collection-range-with-a-new-look-scotch-whisky-news/

GlenDronach 1989 (cask #5476)

The oldest whisky from Batch 16 of the GlenDronach single casks. It seems we’re about to run out of the 1970s and 1980s entirely. Bottled from a Pedro Ximénez puncheon: GlenDronach 1989 cask #5476.

Its sister cask #5475 was already bottled as part of Batch 7 back in 2012.

 

 

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(49,9%, OB 2017, Pedro Ximénez puncheon #5476, Batch #16, 546 btl.)

Nose: sweet and dark. Lots of earthy notes, moss and mint leaves, as well as heavy roast coffee and dark chocolate truffles. Toasted walnuts and hints of forest fruits jam. A hint of sawdust, but I’m missing a bit of varnished oak here, the caramel sweetness seems to have flattened it a little. Mouth: dark toffee and chocolate again, with brown bread and plenty of oak spices. Nutmeg, pepper and cloves. A little orange peel and camphor. A whiff of smoke and roasted nuts. Quite savoury overall. Finish: long, spicy, with treacle, cinnamon and a charred note.

Really good, but very dark and spicy, lacking a bit of the bright fruits and polished notes that lift the best GlenDronach single casks. Expensive: originally around € 375.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2018/glendronach/glendronach-1989-px-5476/