KWM Whisky Advent 2017 Day 16 – The Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask – Scotch Whisky News

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KWM Whisky Advent 2017 Day 16 – The Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask 

Evan is taking a spin at the Advent Blog today, in his words: 

Balvenie is one of the two major Speyside distilleries owned by William Grant Sons. It is typically one of the top 10 best selling Scottish Single Malt Brands worldwide – but the distillery’s production and sales are dwarfed by another William Grant Sons operation that goes by the name Glenfiddich. You could say that Balvenie gets overshadowed by the giant that is its neighbouring sister distillery Glenfiddich, but then again which distilleries in Scotland aren’t?

The Balvenie distillery still operates its own floor maltings on site – though it is only responsible for up to 15% of the malt needed for its own production. The house whisky profile is typically well-rounded and honeyed in style. Hints of peat can sometimes be found, but typically not in amounts great enough to keep it from being a crowd-pleaser.

Both as a distillery and as a brand, Balvenie has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past half century – due in no small part to a gentleman named David Stewart. David is the Malt Master at Balvenie who has played a large role in making this single malt as sought after as it is to this day. He was one of the first to experiment with cask finishing with the introduction of the venerable Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood in 1993. In 2017 David marked his 55th year of service in the whisky industry with William Grants.

Cask finishing plays a role in much of the of the current lineup for Balvenie including today’s Advent Whisky – the Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask. Originally matured in ‘traditional oak casks’ before being transferred to barrels that previously held Caribbean Rum. Bottled at 43% ABV. 

Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask – 43% – Evan’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Fruity and floral with honey drizzled on top. Peaches and cream, oatmeal with brown sugar, baked apples, pears and even cherries, vanilla, honey roasted almonds and light wood spices. Palate: Smooth and rich. Honey roasted almonds again, apple turnover, poached pears, preserved peaches in syrup, milk chocolate, angel food cake and a gentle, warming spice. Finish: Tangy rum notes, oak and honey on the fade. Comments: Big, rich, and round but so very, very approachable. No real rough edges on this one, just smooth to the point that you wonder where all of the liquid in the bottle went…” $107 for 700ml – or – $10 for 50ml

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/kwm-whisky-advent-2017-day-16-the-balvenie-14-year-caribbean-cask-scotch-whisky-news/

KWM Whisky Advent 2017 Day 16 – The Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask – Scotch Whisky News

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KWM Whisky Advent 2017 Day 16 – The Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask 

Evan is taking a spin at the Advent Blog today, in his words: 

Balvenie is one of the two major Speyside distilleries owned by William Grant Sons. It is typically one of the top 10 best selling Scottish Single Malt Brands worldwide – but the distillery’s production and sales are dwarfed by another William Grant Sons operation that goes by the name Glenfiddich. You could say that Balvenie gets overshadowed by the giant that is its neighbouring sister distillery Glenfiddich, but then again which distilleries in Scotland aren’t?

The Balvenie distillery still operates its own floor maltings on site – though it is only responsible for up to 15% of the malt needed for its own production. The house whisky profile is typically well-rounded and honeyed in style. Hints of peat can sometimes be found, but typically not in amounts great enough to keep it from being a crowd-pleaser.

Both as a distillery and as a brand, Balvenie has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past half century – due in no small part to a gentleman named David Stewart. David is the Malt Master at Balvenie who has played a large role in making this single malt as sought after as it is to this day. He was one of the first to experiment with cask finishing with the introduction of the venerable Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood in 1993. In 2017 David marked his 55th year of service in the whisky industry with William Grants.

Cask finishing plays a role in much of the of the current lineup for Balvenie including today’s Advent Whisky – the Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask. Originally matured in ‘traditional oak casks’ before being transferred to barrels that previously held Caribbean Rum. Bottled at 43% ABV. 

Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask – 43% – Evan’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Fruity and floral with honey drizzled on top. Peaches and cream, oatmeal with brown sugar, baked apples, pears and even cherries, vanilla, honey roasted almonds and light wood spices. Palate: Smooth and rich. Honey roasted almonds again, apple turnover, poached pears, preserved peaches in syrup, milk chocolate, angel food cake and a gentle, warming spice. Finish: Tangy rum notes, oak and honey on the fade. Comments: Big, rich, and round but so very, very approachable. No real rough edges on this one, just smooth to the point that you wonder where all of the liquid in the bottle went…” $107 for 700ml – or – $10 for 50ml

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/kwm-whisky-advent-2017-day-16-the-balvenie-14-year-caribbean-cask-scotch-whisky-news/

New: Johnnie Walker Blue Label // Big Peat Gold Edition 25 Years // Kyrö Rye

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label - Brora  Rare

Johnnie Walker doesn’t come by often on this blog, but the new Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare line is pretty interesting. Each edition will be composed around whisky from a lost distillery and the first batch is a Brora edition.

At its heart is some Brora single malt, but two other lost distilleries are also included: Pittyvaich and Cambus grain, as well as Clynelish, Lochnagar and others. The first review I saw calls it a masterpiece. It is bottled at 46% ABV and arrived in stores this week.

 

 

Big Peat Gold Edition 25 Years

Big Peat Gold Edition 25 Years

The first expression in a limited trilogy from Douglas Laing: a 25 year-old version of Big Peat, bottled at cask strength 52,1%. Only 3000 bottles globally, available soon for around € 190.

Although the initial press release said it contains Ardbeg, Bowmore and Port Ellen, they withdrew these references.

ps/ There’s also a new Big Peat ‘Drinks by the Dram’ Edition, peatier and slightly higher strength than normal.

 

 

Kyrö Rye Whisky

Kyrö Rye Whisky

Finnish distillery Kyrö announced their single malt rye whisky, produced from wholegrain malted rye and around 3 years old. It was matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Marsala casks. Very limited though: just 315 bottles of which about half will stay in Finland. A bottle will cost around € 70.

 

 

Also interesting…

Things that may not have been widely announced but that I saw popping up in shops recently:

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/whisky-news/johnnie-walker-blue-label-big-peat-gold-edition-25-yo-kyro-rye-whisky/

KWM Whisky Advent 2017 Day 15 – Glenglassaugh Torfa – Scotch Whisky News

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KWM Whisky Advent 2017 Day 15 – Glenglassaugh Torfa 

Glenglassaugh distillery is built into the sand dunes above the east end of the Sandend Bay on the Moray coast. Established in 1875 by Col. James Moir the distillery remained in the family until just 1892 when it became a part of Highland Distillers. The distillery was established at its location near the growing town of Portsoy to supply the town’s growing grocery business. It also helped that the distillery sat on the plentiful clean Glenglassaugh Springs, and it was also surrounded by bountiful barley fields. Highland Distillers, who also owned Macallan, Glenrothes and the Famous Grouse Blend owned the distillery from 1892 through 2008. The distillery didn’t operate uninterrupted during these years.

In 1960 the distillery had a major upgrade, they doubled production and changed to producing a lighter spirit. But the good times were not to last, the late 1970s and early 1980s were a difficult time for the industry. An enormous number of distilleries were closed between 1981 and 1993, many never reopened. Only 26 years after its major upgrade Glenglassaugh joined the list of closed distilleries. The industry downturn was brutal, but it didn’t last forever. In the 1990s interest in Scotch whisky, especially single malts began picking up, many of the closed distilleries we brought back to life, none of them later than Glenglassaugh; though Brora, Rosebank and Port Ellen are set to change this. It is surprising that Glenglassaugh ever re-opened at all, as the distillery was very remote and not especially well known, bottled seldomly even by independents.

In 2007 a group of Dutch investors, the Scaent Group, who had been looking for a distillery to purchase found their way to Glenglassaugh. They purchased the distillery and approximately 400 casks of pre-1986 stock from Highland Distillers. They took possession the following year and released the oldest introductory core range that any Scottish distiller ever has, consisting of 26, 30 and 40 year old single malts. After 6 months of intensive refurbishments, the First Minister of Scotland was on hand to turn on the mill for first time, November 28th 2008, reviving the distillery. In 2013 the distillery was purchased by the BenRiach Distillery Co. who also own BenRiach and Glendronach distilleries. BenRiach Distillery Co. was itself purchased by Brown Forman in 2016. As the post 2008 stocks mature, it will be interesting to see how the whiskies develop. They can’t be the same as the pre-closures stocks as much of the equipment changed, but in the hands of the BenRiach Distillery Co. they will be sure to make a mark. While we wait for more mature stocks, they have released three young expressions including the Glenglassaugh Evolution, our Day 8 whisky!

The name Torfa translates roughly to Turf or Peat in the Old Norse influenced Scots Gaelic of Scotland’s North East, and as the name implies this is a peated single malt. The original Glenglassaugh distilled before its closure in 1986 was unpeated. When the distillery reopened in 2008, cognoscente of the fact that the new whisky would never be exactly the same as the old, the decision was made to produce both peated and unpeated single malts. The Torfa is, according to the bottle, “Richly Peated”, peated to 20ppm, matured Ex-Bourbon.

Glenglassaugh Torfa – 50% – Matured in Ex-Bourbon – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: big, malty and savoury; a big hit of salted caramel, candied apply and brown sugar melting on warm homemade oatmeal; a touch of decadent spice and marmalade. Palate: still big, brash and malty; there is a surge of tarry-oily-peat on the palate; Dutch licorice and salted caramel with dried orange peel and cloves; more decadent spice and marmalade; still sugary with more melting brown sugar. Finish: clean, smoky and malty with more salted caramel. Comment: I swear the recipe for this whisky is evolving as the maturing spirit at the distillery ages; it is richer, more complex and peatier than I recall; it also tastes a lot peatier than 20ppm!”$78 for 700ml or $10 for 50ml

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/kwm-whisky-advent-2017-day-15-glenglassaugh-torfa-scotch-whisky-news/

Laphroaig Lore at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Lpahroaig Lore

Laphroaig Lore

Rich and deep with distinctive smoke, peat and seaside minerality – this expression is unmistakably Laphroaig. This is a result of liquid being drawn from a selection of casks including first fill sherry butts, smaller quarter casks and their most precious stock capturing the timeless passion and very essence of the Laphroaig Distillery.

Was £99

Now only £69 Buy Now

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/laphroaig-lore-at-loch-fyne-whiskies-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada December 2017 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

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Share the Society love this Christmas as December Outturn brings seven sparkling new single casks, sure to be at the heart of your festive celebrations.

CASK NO. 35.172  ALPACA FLEECE

20 years old; 1st fill barrel; 52.9%; Light delicate

We imagined a tiled floor in a vestibule with new Barbour jackets and waxed leather boots. We were invited in for toast with clover honey. A drop of water and it turned very delicate, almost fragile; candied angelica and alpaca fleece.

CASK NO. 64.91  PORRIDGE OATS ON A TROPICAL BEACH

10 years old; 1st fill barrel; 58.8%; Juicy, oak vanilla

The sun was beating down on the upholstery as we sat down to honey nut cereal and porridge oats with lingonberry jam and banana. Honeydew melon was thrown in with pear drops, blackcurrant tea and malted milk as we admired the tropical scene of pineapple trees.

CASK NO. 9.124  MADEIRA MARKET COFFEE BREAK

12 years old; refill hogshead; 56.2%; Spicy dry

The nose is a granary mill next to a Madeira market. The palate contrasts juicy citrus and rosewater against dry ginger, nutmeg and pepper.

CASK NO. 55.44  HONEY ON A STRADIVARIUS

16 years old; 1st fill French oak hogshead; 57.1%; Spicy sweet

The nose – imagine Baklava in cigar boxes, treacle tarts in spice cupboards, honey on a Stradivarius, weavers glugging Calvados. The palate – syrup, toffee and chocolate sweetness combined with coy, wood-derived spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, clove). This was previously in ex-bourbon wood.

CASK NO. 28.32  SOLAR ECLIPSE

8 years old; 1st fill Oloroso butt; 60.3%; Deep, rich dried fruits

Bittersweet chocolate ganache, Madeira soaked raisins and dark roasted coffee beans on the nose, whilst 99% cacao chocolate melting slowly in your mouth made this an overall intense experience. Water added tobacco aromas and on the palate now sweet chewy Medjool dates.

CASK NO. 4.227  DREAMING TO THE SOUNDS OF THE SEA

12 years old; refill hogshead; 58%; Lightly peated

Seaweed swayed in the tide, imagining a seafood platter of shrimps and mussels with tempura and sushi. Sweetly floral with a herbal finish.

CASK NO. 3.300  DIRTY MARGARITA ON A YACHT

17 years old; 2nd fill toasted oak hogshead; 59.7%; Lightly peated

The nose is maritime and malty, with heather, smoke, tar and barbecued ribs. The palate has deeper smoke, lavender, pecan pie, bacon Frazzles and ‘dirty margaritas’ on a yacht. This was previously in a bourbon hogshead.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/scotch-malt-whisky-society-of-canada-december-2017-outturn-scotch-whisky-news/

Introducing Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Special Release – Scotch Whisky News

Crafted by Johnnie Walker Master Distiller, Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is a rich, velvety smooth blend of eight treasured Scotch whiskies, including three “ghost” whiskies from the silent distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and the Highland Single Malt, Brora, which lies at the heart of this special release bringing a light peatiness and sophisticated subtle sweetness.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/introducing-johnnie-walker-blue-label-ghost-and-rare-special-release-scotch-whisky-news/

Just Whisky December 2017 Auction Now Live! – Scotch Whisky News

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Auction Live!

Bid on over 2,100 lots

This month Just Whisky celebrates its 4th Birthday. To celebrate, they are holding their largest and most diverse auction ever! From full cases of Macallan Gran Reserva to brand new releases from Arran Highland Park – they’ve got it all in this fantastic auction.

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Just Whisky has partnered with Annandale Distillery this month to offer 4 fantastic lots for auction during their December auction, with the aim to raise money for two charities; the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which raises funds to aid research into Motor Neurone Disease and Doddie Weir’5 Trust. All commission (from buyer seller) is being donated to the charities, as well as the entire sales price of the bottles.

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On December 1st 2014, Scotland and British Irish Lions rugby legend, Doddie Weir filled the first cask of Annandale’s Man o’Sword peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Cask #2014 040). Accompanied by Finlay Calder and Gary Armstrong, two other rugby giants, Doddie returned on December 1st 2017, to fill the first 5 bottles of Annandale’s Man o’Sword from Cask #2014 040.

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Doddie has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Inspired by his courage, Annandale Distillery has gifted Bottles 2 – 5 to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation (Registered Charity No. SC047871) and to Doddie Weir’5 Trust. These rare bottles feature a silver-chrome collar engraved with Doddie’s signature, unique ‘Doddie Weir’s a Man o’Sword’ branding and each is presented in a bespoke, handcrafted box (by Cameron-Smith Designs, Kirkcudbright).

Bidding Ends from 8pm on Sunday 17th December. View the entire auction at:

http://www.just-whisky.co.uk/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/just-whisky-december-2017-auction-now-live-scotch-whisky-news/

Just Whisky December 2017 Auction Now Live! – Scotch Whisky News

JW1

Auction Live!

Bid on over 2,100 lots

This month Just Whisky celebrates its 4th Birthday. To celebrate, they are holding their largest and most diverse auction ever! From full cases of Macallan Gran Reserva to brand new releases from Arran Highland Park – they’ve got it all in this fantastic auction.

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Just Whisky has partnered with Annandale Distillery this month to offer 4 fantastic lots for auction during their December auction, with the aim to raise money for two charities; the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which raises funds to aid research into Motor Neurone Disease and Doddie Weir’5 Trust. All commission (from buyer seller) is being donated to the charities, as well as the entire sales price of the bottles.

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On December 1st 2014, Scotland and British Irish Lions rugby legend, Doddie Weir filled the first cask of Annandale’s Man o’Sword peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Cask #2014 040). Accompanied by Finlay Calder and Gary Armstrong, two other rugby giants, Doddie returned on December 1st 2017, to fill the first 5 bottles of Annandale’s Man o’Sword from Cask #2014 040.

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Doddie has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Inspired by his courage, Annandale Distillery has gifted Bottles 2 – 5 to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation (Registered Charity No. SC047871) and to Doddie Weir’5 Trust. These rare bottles feature a silver-chrome collar engraved with Doddie’s signature, unique ‘Doddie Weir’s a Man o’Sword’ branding and each is presented in a bespoke, handcrafted box (by Cameron-Smith Designs, Kirkcudbright).

Bidding Ends from 8pm on Sunday 17th December. View the entire auction at:

http://www.just-whisky.co.uk/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2017/12/just-whisky-december-2017-auction-now-live-scotch-whisky-news/

Compass Box No Name

Compass Box No Name - whisky review

Compass Box No Name - whisky review

This is the peatiest whisky ever from Compass Box.

As often the recipe of the blend is easy to find: around 75% Ardbeg from re-charred barrels, around 11% Caol Ila from refill barrels, 13% Clynelish (re-charred hogsheads) and a very small portion of their typical Highland malt blend which usually involves Dailuaine and Teaninich finished in Compass Box’s special French oak ‘hybrid’ casks. A lot of information actually, it turns out the only thing missing is a name.

 

 

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(48,9%, OB 2017, 15.000 btl.)

Nose: lovely elegant Islay style. Lots of ashes and hints of antiseptic bandages. Tarry ropes. All very gentle though. Underneath is a mellow fruity layer of peaches, grapefruit juice and lime. Autumn leaves and mossy notes, a little vanilla custard too. The balance is spot on. Mouth: oily but more firm and slightly sharp now, with salty liquorice, big smoke and wet dogs. Hints of clove and a little oak char. Plenty of grapefruits again (maybe more zesty though). Brine and tobacco notes towards the end. Finish: long, ashy, with strong Dutch liquorice, citrus zest and dry, leafy notes.

This reminds us of the bespoke Compass Box bottling for the 10th anniversary of The Nectar last year. Perfect pedigree, great whisky. Very good value for money as well, check Master of Malt or TWE for instance.

Score: 89/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/blends/compass-box-no-name/