Milroy’s “A Gathering of Octomore” – Scotch Whisky News

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A GATHERING OF OCTOMORE

FOR PEAT’S SAKE! (apologies…)

As the fug of smoke clears, a bottle stands tall and proud on the horizon, resplendent in matt black – Octomore – the super peated single malt.

Fans of the peat will be well aware of this smoky monster, and those who shy away from Islay malt will cower from it in fear. Where George T Stagg is as big as Bourbon gets, Octomore takes the mantle for Scotch whisky; cask strength and supercharged with peat smoke, big is as accurate a description as you can give it.

We always get requests for this smoldering megadon and usually we only have availability close to release dates. However, for once the stars have aligned and we have an unprecedented four expressions for sale. From recent releases through to an exceptional independent bottling, your peat cravings can finally be satisfied!

SMOKE ON THE WATER

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Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1 Scottish Barley, 57%

On its release this single malt held the record for the peatiest whisky produced, that is until Bruichladdich went and broke their own record! As you might expect this malt has notes of coal, rich peat and even a hint of parmesan. Despite its extraordinary peating level there is a sense of poise and balance. With a little time in the glass and a splash of water, gentler notes of kiwi fruit and barley join the symphony of flavour.  £94.25

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Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley, 64.5%

With a volcanic peat leavel of 258ppm this Octomore is BIG (record breakingly so!) but again with more balance than you would expect. In the words of our shop manager this Octomore “Floats like a butterfly, stings like a brick in a brioche bun!” (he doesn’t get out much…). Weighing in at 64.5%abv it takes water like there’s no tomorrow if you are so inclined.£150 

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Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley, 59.5%

A recent release of the Bruichladdich behemoth that is Octomore. Like all that have come before it this Octomore offers masses of smoky peat with a sweeter undercurrent. This bad boy rocks in with a hearty ppm of 208, with earthy peat on the nose (surprise surprise) followed by touches of apple, caramel and grist. Well structured, rolling peat smoke and cask strength, there isn’t much not to like! £107.95

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 Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old, Sauternes Cask, Rest Be Thankful, 64%

We haven’t seen much independently bottled Octomore around so we were pretty chuffed to find this little number from the Rest And Be Thankful Whisky Company. Excitingly this has been matured in ex-Sauternes casks which lend this monster a wonderful honeyed character! The sweet wine cask maturation seems to tame the peat without swallowing it, and nicely demonstrates the wider potential of this infamous Islay malt! £184.95

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/06/milroys-a-gathering-of-octomore-scotch-whisky-news/

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Nieuwe Signatory Casks voor The Bonding Dram

EventsGeplaatst door Mark Dermul do, juni 11, 2015 07:25:23

Ik was afgelopen februari al eens in De Kleine Kunst geweest, de gezellige bar aan de Ferdinand Lousbergskaai te Gent. Op maandag 8 juni hield Jeroen van The Bonding Dram opnieuw een Open Bar, maar deze keer was het de bedoeling om de liefhebbers kennis te laten maken met de twee nieuwe vaten die hij heeft geselecteerd voor The Bonding Dram.

Afgezien van een aantal flessen uit andere reeksen (GlenDronach, Ardbeg, Benromach, etc.) was het bijkomende opzet van de avond allerhande releases van Signatory te presenteren, zowel de Cask Strength Collection als de Un-Chillfiltered Collection. De nadruk lag uiteraard op de nieuwe – gratis te proeven – flessen, zijnde:

Dailuaine 17 Year Old 1997/2015 Signatory Cask Strength Collection hogshead #7188, 52,1%, 215 bts (hier te koop aan 85 EUR)

Ledaig 10 Year Old 2004/2015 Signatory UCF Collection first fill sherry butt #15/453, 46%, 379 bts (hier te koop aan 45 EUR)

Beiden bevielen me bijzonder goed en staan ondertussen te pronken in de barkast. Nog deze week zal ik hier uitgebreid op terugkomen met volledige tasting notes. Maar wees gewaarschuwd, de flessen gaan volgens mij snel gaan en zeker de Ledaig is een steal!

Daarnaast kregen we ook de gelegenheid de geweldige nieuwe Glenburgie van Asta Morris te proeven (hier te koop aan 96 EUR), eveneens gebotteld door Signatory in een mooie Ibisco decanter. U kan de tasting notes van dat pareltje hier alvast nalezen.

Bovendien proefde en/of nam ik samples mee van deze flessen (alfabetisch):

Auchentoshan 10 Year Old 1999 Murray McDavid Chenin Blanc Casks

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 2000/2013 The Nectar of the Daily Drams

Balmenach 24 Year Old 1988/2013 Signatory Cask Strength #2802

Ben Nevis 20 Year Old 1992 Signatory UCF cask #2528

Ben Nevis 23 Year Old 1991 Signatory UCF cask #2913

BenRomach 10 Year Old 100° Proof

Blair Athol 12 Year Old 1998/2010 Signatory UCF cask #2764+2765

Blair Athol 22 Year Old 1989/2012 Signatory CS cask #2938

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1999/2015 Exclusive Malts Creative Whisky Company 10th Anniversary

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992/2014 Signatory UCF cask #3662+3664

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1995/2014 Signatory UCF cask #9735-9737

Clynelish 18 Year Old 1996/2014 Signatory CS cask #6514

Glen Elgin 22 Year Old 1990/2013 Signatory Cask Strength #7874+7876

Longmorn 17 Year Old 1996/2013 Signatory Vintage Collection sherry butt #105081

M.O.S. 12 Blended Malt Malts of Scotland

Van deze mag u in de komende weken/maanden bijgevolg eveneens tasting notes verwachten, maar laat ik nu al zeggen dat mijn favorieten de Glen Elgin 1990 en de Balmenach 1988 waren (afgezien van de drie nieuwe flessen eerder vermeld, natuurlijk). De Clynelish 1996 had wat tijd nodig. Caol Ila, tja, wat kan ik zeggen? Coal Ila bevalt altijd!

Geloof het of niet, beide Auchentoshan leken nergens naar (wat natuurlijk voor de nodige hilariteit zorgde onder de vaste kliek die present tekende… ‘als de Toshan Man het al niet lust…’). De twee Ben Nevis leken een tweeling van verschillende moeders en de Longmorn… daar was volgens mij iets mis mee.

Ik blijf het een geweldig concept vinden, die Open Bar. Heel eenvoudig. Je betaalt geen inkom en kan dan per glas proeven aan zeer democratische prijzen. De uren zijn ook meer dan respectabel (van 19u30 tot 22u00), waardoor je op tijd in je bed ligt om daags nadien weer fris (nou, ja) naar het werk te gaan.

Bedankt, Jeroen, voor deze geweldige gelegenheid om je flessen te leren kennen en met korting te kunnen aanschaffen. Wanneer is de volgende Open Bar?

May the Malt be with you!

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “EARLY JULY TASTINGS & EVENTS” – Scotch Whisky News

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EARLY JULY TASTINGS EVENTS

New List Open Tasting – 19 Greville Street – Sat 4 July   More

Steak Whisky Tasting – 19 Greville Street – Mon 6 July  More

Spirit of The Vaults – The Vaults, 87 Giles St – Fri 10 July   More

Whisky Sensory Tasting – 19 Greville Street – Tue 14 July  More

LAST FEW JUNE TICKETS

Dundee Preview Tasting – Malmaison – Fri 26 June  More

Manchester Preview Tasting – Malmaison – Fri 26 June  More

Melrose Preview Tasting – Town House Hotel – Fri 26 June  More

FREE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE VAULTS

Monday Night drop-in: Peat Lovers Night   Mon 29 June

Monday Night drop-in: Speyside Lovers Night   Mon 13 July

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/06/scotch-malt-whisky-society-early-july-tastings-events-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition – staying local” – Scotch Whisky News

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Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition – staying local

Kilchoman has launched the fifth edition of its 100% Islay bottling, with all barley grown on its own farm

It’s the youngest distillery on Islay, but Kilchoman’s history has now reached double figures. Established in 2005, the distillery has made its mark on the island by keeping things local – and with Rémy Cointreau snapping up Bruichladdich in 2012, Kilchoman is now the only independently owned distillery on Islay.

Kilchoman’s latest release is the fifth edition of its 100% Islay bottlings, made with barley grown at the distillery and peated to about 25ppm, half the level of other Kilchoman expressions. The whisky is matured solely in ex-bourbon barrels that were filled in 2009 and 2010.

Founder and MD Anthony Wills says that the lighter peating gives the range ‘beautiful fragrance and balance’ – so, what did we think?

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KILCHOMAN 100% ISLAY 5TH EDITION, 50% ABV

Nose: Clean, with lemon peel and soft, fragrant pear notes at first, followed by a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper, ground almonds, subtle smoke and a pleasant candle-wax aroma. Water brings down the pepper but ramps up the fruitiness.

Palate: The freshness remains, and there’s a lovely balance to this whisky – the soft fruit is bolstered by the peat and smoke, not swamped by them. Everything is in its place: the refreshing lemon, the seductive fruitiness and the snap of pepper and peat.

Finish: Lively and long, with the peat and pepper lingering.

Comment: Elegant and understated, this is a beautifully balanced and clean-tasting dram that doesn’t feel the need to shout.

Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition is available to buy from The Whisky Exchange website, priced at £68.95.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/06/the-whisky-exchange-kilchoman-100-islay-5th-edition-staying-local-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Malt of the Month – Bruichladdich Scottish Barley” – Scotch Whisky News

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Malt of the Month – Bruichladdich Scottish Barley

The Whisky Exchange’s Malt of the Month for June is Bruichladdich Scottish Barley (also known as The Classic Laddie but different to Laddie Classic) – we’re offering £4 off for the whole of the month.

Sitting on the western shore of Loch Indaal on the island of Islay, Bruichladdich distillery was established in 1881, and having endured some troubled times, was reopened and revitalised by independent bottler Murray McDavid in 2000. Current owners Rémy Cointreau took control in 2012 and today the distillery produces three single malts: super-heavily peated Octomore, smoky Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich itself, which unusually for Islay whisky, is unpeated. The Classic Laddie is made with barley grown in the north-east of Scotland, and is aged in a combination of American and European oak. It is the distillery’s signature bottling – an elegant and floral expression of the house style.

 

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley (The Classic Laddie), 50%

Nose: A hint of sea spray, but rich and plush, with punchy fruit, sweet malt and floral aromas.

Palate: Enticing mix of creaminess and salinity with peaches and cinnamon – rich and refreshing.

Finish: Medium in length, with nice balance between the sprightly fruit and tangy sea-spray elements.

Comment: This is a great everyday Islay whisky. The balance between fruit and salinity is exceptional, with a delightful creamy texture all the way through.

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley (The Classic Laddie) is an easy-drinking whisky that’s perfect as we head into summer months. It is available to buy at just £37.75 on The Whisky Exchange website.

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Laphroaig 18yo – Top Pick at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

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TOP PICK

  • Laphroaig 18 year old, Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($115.99) 90 points Whisky Advocate: “Very smooth for Laphroaig — the extra aging has mellowed this whisky. Soothing honeyed malt, creamy vanilla, and toffee provide a bed for peat smoke, charcoal, and tar; along with more subtle brine, smoked seaweed, anise, ginger, and citrus. A gentler, creamier, more tactile, less medicinal Laphroaig when compared to some of its siblings. Will you prefer the new 18 year old to the 15 year old it is replacing? That depends. I enjoy the balance and subtle complexity of flavors with the 15 year old, but I also like the enhanced richness and mouth-coating creaminess of the 18. The higher strength (and no chill-filtering) of the 18 is certainly a bonus. (Side note: I know this is a moot point now, but I would like to have seen the 15 year old bottled at 48%, rather than 43%.) “

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Beam Suntory to Launch New Premium Bourbon, Jim Beam Kentucky Dram – American/Scotch Whisk(e)y News

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Beam Suntory to launch new premium bourbon, Jim Beam Kentucky Dram

Beam Suntory is to launch Jim Beam Kentucky Dram, a premium bourbon infused with highland Scotch whisky. Inspired by the brand’s adventurous forefathers, the distillers who travelled from Scotland, Jim Beam Kentucky Dram is a limited edition which will drive interest in premium bourbons, a focus for growth in the category.

The new product, which is to be released exclusively in global travel retail and appear in store from July, is made with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey expertly blended with a touch of peaty Highland Scotch, resulting in the time-honoured taste of Jim Beam with a hint of something new. At 40% ABV, the smokey flavour of the Scotch enriches the smooth vanilla and oaky notes of the bourbon. It is recommended to be served neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, such as a Dram Manhattan.

Encased in a premium gift tin, Jim Beam Kentucky Dram commands standout on shelf and introduces consumers to the seven generations of Jim Beam master distillers since 1795. The packaging tells the story of T Jeremiah Beam who took on the family business in 1943 and travelled the world, fulfilling his ambition to bring a taste of home to Americans stationed abroad, transforming the brand forever.

Beam Suntory’s Marketing Director, Michael Cockram says: “We are committed to inspiring consumers to discover the rich history of Jim Beam, the #1 bourbon in the world. Jim Beam Kentucky Dram celebrates Jim Beam’s globetrotting heritage, honouring in particular its Scottish ancestry.

“Bourbon is growing at a phenomenal rate across the globe and with our retail partners we are committed to building the category, focusing on premiumisation, enhancing the shopping experience and educating drinkers on bourbon’s heritage.

“The launch of this product will provide not only something unique for consumers in travel retail but also elevate bourbon, by inviting consumers who already enjoy it to explore the category at a higher level.”

Beam Suntory has one of the largest whisk(e)y portfolios globally, comprising leading brands across bourbon, Japanese, Irish and Canadian whiskies and Scottish malts and blends.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2015/06/beam-suntory-to-launch-new-premium-bourbon-jim-beam-kentucky-dram-americanscotch-whiskey-news/

Ledaig 2004 (Signatory for The Bonding Dram)

The latest trip to the Signatory Vintage warehouses resulted in this Ledaig 2004, as well as a Dailuaine 1997 which we’ll review soon. Quite some Ledaig releases out there but few of them are from a sherry cask.

 

 

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Nose: very tarry and ashy with lots of tobacco notes up front. Slightly acrid smoke and motor oil. A lot of wet wool / canvas as well. Anchovies in salt. Becomes sweeter after a while, with almonds, blood orange and toffee apples. Well integrated peat and sherry. Mouth: intense sooty notes again, but the strength is perfect, I think. Sweetened Lapsang. Big salted caramel and liquorice too. It’s really peaty but the candied / caramelized undertones make it really moreish. Also it highlights the buttery texture. Always (pipe) tobacco and blood oranges in the background. Finish: slightly capped by the lower alcohol, but nice. Sweet and ashy.

You know, I think I like this kind of profile better at 46% than at cask strength. The sweetness really stands out and helps to round the edges of this powerful dram. Well done and very well priced: around € 45.

Score: 87/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/ledaig/ledaig-2004-signatory-for-the-bonding-dram/

Ledaig 2004 (Signatory for The Bonding Dram)

The latest trip to the Signatory Vintage warehouses resulted in this Ledaig 2004, as well as a Dailuaine 1997 which we’ll review soon. Quite some Ledaig releases out there but few of them are from a sherry cask.

 

 

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Nose: very tarry and ashy with lots of tobacco notes up front. Slightly acrid smoke and motor oil. A lot of wet wool / canvas as well. Anchovies in salt. Becomes sweeter after a while, with almonds, blood orange and toffee apples. Well integrated peat and sherry. Mouth: intense sooty notes again, but the strength is perfect, I think. Sweetened Lapsang. Big salted caramel and liquorice too. It’s really peaty but the candied / caramelized undertones make it really moreish. Also it highlights the buttery texture. Always (pipe) tobacco and blood oranges in the background. Finish: slightly capped by the lower alcohol, but nice. Sweet and ashy.

You know, I think I like this kind of profile better at 46% than at cask strength. The sweetness really stands out and helps to round the edges of this powerful dram. Well done and very well priced: around € 45.

Score: 87/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/ledaig/ledaig-2004-signatory-for-the-bonding-dram/