Mulberry Bank Auctions “Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm” – Whisky News

Upcoming Whisky Cask Sale on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm.

We have a number of excellent casks from across the Highlands and Islands – not forgetting Speyside!

If you are a true lover of Islay, and of Bruichladdich Distillery in particular, we have casks of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Lochindaal, a trio of different expressions from the famous re-born distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal.  There is also an exceptional cask of Bruichladdich 1989 which has now reached a very significant age for bottling.

Campbeltown was once considered the whisky capital of Scotland and is represented by two casks in the sale, one cask of Glen Scotia 1992 which is always very popular and a very special cask of Springbank 1992 which is a rare cask of the first truly organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced in Scotland by Springbank for Da Mhile Whisky and laid down to mature in ex-sherry hogsheads.  This cask has now passed its 27th birthday and is perfect for bottling now or to hold on to for its 30th birthday!

The Highlands and Speyside are nowadays the home of the bulk of Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries with some cracking Single Malts available from distilleries that are less well known to the general public or who rarely release official bottlings.  We have a number of casks available from this region including a rich and sherried Aultmore 2009; an elegant Linkwood 2008 and a young Royal Brackla that was maturing in an ex-sherry Butt and has now been re-racked into a fresh Fenando de Castilla Oloroso Sherry Hogshead – definitely a whisky to watch out for!

As usual we will be holding a Pre-sale Tasting Event at The Trades House in Ingram Street, Glasgow.  A limited number of tickets are available so drop us line on 0141 225 8181 or e-mail to reserve a ticket.

The full printed catalogue should be released asoon, to request a copy contact us using the same details, we will also send out digital copies of the catalogue as soon as it is ready.

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Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release)

One of the Special Releases 2019 that got me excited was this Talisker 15 Year Old, the first time this is seen as an official release of this age. It’s a 2002 vintage matured in freshly charred American oak hogsheads, bottled at natural strength.



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(57,3%, OB ‘Special Releases’ 2019, freshly charred American oak hogsheads)

Nose: rather bright and mellow at first, with some banana cake and stewed apples, smoked peach and iodine. A little wax and vanilla. Rather summery and blossomy, but not too soft. Light chilli and cinnamon. Mouth: quite powerful, more of the trademark (green) pepper and ashy smoke now. Apples and cinnamon, raisins, maybe charred pineapple and honey. Salty notes as well, with more iodine and seaweed than I was expecting. Bitter almonds and herbs. Finish: long, with earthy spice, mint and wood smoke.

This starts with a nice mix of fruits and coastal notes on the nose. On the palate it’s quite peppery and again quite coastal. A punchy Talisker, slightly deeper and spicier than most. Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt among others.

Score: 88/100

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 285: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 285: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries the oldest Talisker to date: the Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series. This is the second release in a triptych of sherry finished malts from stocks of 1978. Last year saw the release of the Talisker 40 Year Old Bodega Series, finished on Amontillado casks from the Delgado Zuleta bodega. This release is finished on Manzanilla casks from the same bodega and is thus the oldest (and most expensive) Talisker to date. Part three is probably for 2020. With a price tag of around 3.500 EUR (well, it comes in a very nice box) it certainly is not for everyone and that it is a pity. For it is simply divine.

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The newest collection of rare whiskies from The Balvenie represent tales of character and craft, made by hand at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

Toronto, ON- The much anticipated Balvenie Stories collection arrives in select Canadian markets just in time for holiday and gift-giving season.

“The Balvenie Stories collection is about paying tribute to the craftmanship and the people behind the creation of this handcrafted whisky,” comments Jamie Johnson, Canadian Brand Ambassador, The Balvenie. “It is a celebration of the craft, tradition and technique behind each barrel, each bottle, each dram.”

Featuring three new expressions in The Balvenie Stories range, arrival of the new releases will be staggered in Canada. Just in time for the…

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Littlemill 26yr The Whisky Barrel Exclusive Last Bottles… – Scotch Whisky News

Littlemill 26 Year Old TWB Exclusive

Bottled in 2015 by Hunter Laing, a while before exclusive bottlings fully took off. We’ve brought this old stalwart into the 2019 limelight. A wonderful chocolatey whisky. Last bottles, featuring a now historic TWB logo!

Buy – Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 – £299.95

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky BenRiach has teamed up with an award-winning Scottish artist to bring its sensory palette to life through a series of abstract paintings inspired by the Speyside distillery’s landscape, architecture and kaleidoscope of flavour.

Taking inspiration from the distillery’s extensive library of some of the world’s most eclectic casks housed in Warehouse 13, contemporary landscape artist Ellis O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of dramatic landscapes influenced by the 3 casks used to make up the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The deconstruction of this expression will create 3 pieces of art that fuse the flavour palette of BenRiach with Ellis’ signature painting style, the collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in Hackney’s underground bar, TT Liquor during Scotch Whisky Weekend in January 2020.

At the event, Ellis will appear in conversation with the BenRiach team discussing where she found inspiration for these commissions. Guests will get the chance to explore the palette of BenRiach for themselves through a ‘painting by tasting notes’ workshop where Ellis will guide them to explore the depths of BenRiach by harnessing their own creativity.

With a particular focus on the casks used to mature the BenRiach Aged 10 Years, O’Connor draws inspiration from the flavours drawn from the Oloroso sherry, bourbon and virgin oak casks which give a perfect balance of fruit, malt and oak. The bourbon cask gives vanilla and orchard fruits, Oloroso sherry gives the sweet creaminess of the malt and virgin oak gives a touch of toasted spice, all in sublime synchronicity. Following its three-cask maturation for over a decade it has been expertly combined by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie to create a smooth, multi-layered flavour experience, thanks to its multiple eclectic casks from around the world.

Ellis, who originally hails from Dundee, studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone art school. Since then she has continued her studies, which has led her to travel to remote lands to partake in a number of artists’ residencies. BenRiach decided that Ellis was right for this partnership due to her unique approach to art, connection to an eclectic audience and love for whisky.

Artist Ellis O’Connor said: “Speyside is renowned for its big skies, fast flowing river and of course, whisky, so when the opportunity arose to bring this climatic corner of Scotland to life on canvas on behalf of its most creative distillery, I jumped at the chance.

BenRiach is packed full of innovation, experimental heritage and flavour and I wanted to depict that through the essence of its flagship whisky BenRiach Aged 10 Years and how it speaks to me through the colours and movement on the canvas. Each canvas will have a distinct colour that explores the flavour profile of the single malt and its cask journey.”

BenRiach Distillery Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie added:

“At BenRiach we are known for doing things a little differently, always exploring the creative possibilities of our Speyside malt. We have a creative approach to whisky distilling, cask maturation and blending, which Ellis has embraced in her approach to illustrating BenRiach’s eclectic mix of cask types and rich layers of BenRiach Aged 10 Years. Partnering with this talented young Scottish artist is such a wonderful way to bring BenRiach’s flavour journey to life and we can’t wait to see Ellis’ creations on canvas.”


Founded in 1898, Benriach Distillery has long been the home of an ingenious and artistic approach to whisky distilling and cask maturation. Today, our creative team of whisky makers continue to explore the flavour possibilities of our hand-crafted Speyside award winning Single Malts. BenRiach is an award winning liquid, including the 35 Year Old being named best Scotch Speyside Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019. Additional prestigious awards include double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for a number of expressions and category winner at the International Wine Spirit Competition 2019 for BenRiach Aged 35 Years winning Best Single Malt over 26 years old.



Ellis O’Connor is a contemporary landscape artist from Dundee, Scotland living on the Outer Hebridean Island of North Uist working in the field of painting and drawing. The dynamic energy to be seen in the paintings are Ellis’ response to observed changes in the Scottish landscape. In order to immerse herself in the environment, Ellis makes much of the artwork on site where extreme weather and the elements find their way into the pieces of art. Ellis describes the process of working outdoors in wild weather as almost ‘performative’.

Some of her inspiration from site visits become the basis for larger works on canvas painted back in her studio. Here, Ellis usually works with oil paint, building up the surfaces using natural substances like sand and dried seaweed.

By producing the artwork she hopes it will give people a chance to connect with that landscape and respect nature that is so wild around us, to then cultivate a deeper understanding and inspire others to make a difference.



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Arran 2013 // Port Charlotte 2008 (Fisherman’s Retreat)

The Fisherman's RetreatThe Fisherman's RetreatThe Fisherman’s Retreat is a restaurant and wedding venue near Manchester, but they also have a valued whisky bar and store.

We’ll be trying two of their shop bottlings: an Arran 2013 (Yalumba Octavius Shiraz wine cask) and a Port Charlotte 2008 (Haut Brion cask). They seem to have a preference for red wine casks (specifically from the Southern hemisphere), also for their previous releases.




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(54%, Fisherman’s Retreat 2018, Yalumba Octavius cask, 191 btl.)

Salmon colour. Nose: slightly gimmicky red wine maturation, like in the early days. Cooked strawberries and a hint of rubber. Rosé port notes and old roses. Hints of pink grapefruit as well. Some porridge in the background. Mouth: oh so winey. Strawberry bubblegum and vanilla. Hints of liquorice, aspirin, mandarin peel and this tangy dryness of a red wine. Malty notes and oak spice, mostly pepper. Finish: not too long, slightly hot.

Some casks simply don’t work too well with whisky in my opinion – it’s easy to drown Arran spirit with red wine. At around € 100 for a 50 cl bottle, difficult to recommend. False start.

Score: 71/100




Port Charlotte 2008 Haut-Brion - Fisherman's RetreatPort Charlotte 2008 Haut-Brion - Fisherman's RetreatPort Charlotte 10 yo 2008
(54%, Fisherman’s Retreat 2018, Haut-Brion cask, 360 btl.)

Nose: now this can stand up to a bit of red wine. There’s the typical farmy / peaty side, with plenty of cured Spanish hams and dark cecina, old cellars and attics and hints of warm beach sand. Smoked cereals. After a while nice, jammy fruits appear (cassis, cherries). Some buttery vanilla and toffee in the background. Nice and clean. Mouth: very ashy and smoky, a lot of cured meats again, as well as some smoked lemons, blood oranges and kippers. Dried pear. Pipe tobacco. Hints of juniper. Just a wee sour note from the wine cask. Finish: rather long, with sweet and sour fruits, liquorice, dark smoke and herbal notes.

This is much more like it. If you insist on using red wine casks, then choose a powerful spirit. Same price: around € 100 and much better value in my opinion. Available from their online shop.

Score: 86/100

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 285: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series

Hallo daar, Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series. Het is de tweede release in een triptiek van sherry gefinishte malts van stocks uit 1978. Zo verscheen vorig jaar de Talisker 40 Year Old in de Bodega Series gefinished op Amontillado-vaten van de bodega Delgado Zuleta. Deze release is gefinisht op Manzanilla-vaten van dezelfde bodega en vormt meteen de oudste (en duurste) Talisker die al verscheen. Deel drie is wellicht voor 2020.

Met een prijskaartje van om en bij de 3.500 EUR (maar hij komt dan ook in een bijzonder mooie verpakking) is dit zeker geen whisky voor iedereen en da’s jammer. Want hij is goddelijk.

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Limited Edition Release “Lest we Forget” – English Whisky News

“Lest we Forget”

“We will remember them”

In 2014 we released a bottling to remember those that fell in WW1.  This bottling was hugely popular and due to repeated requests for another batch, five years later we have decided to create another release to mark 100 years since the treaty of Versailles which marked the official end of WW1. The whisky itself has gentle undertones of smoke and an earthiness to it – our way of giving a nod to the battlefields.



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Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series

Distilleerderij: Talisker
Regio: Schotland (Islands)
Fles: Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series, 2.000 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 50.7%

Palate Progression

Ik had het privilege om op het release event van deze uitzonderlijke Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series aanwezig te zijn. Wat een feest was dat! Het is overigens de tweede release in een triptiek van van sherry gefinishte malts stocks uit 1978. Zo verscheen vorig jaar de Talisker 40 Year Old in de Bodega Series gefinished op Amontillado-vaten van de bodega Delgado Zuleta. Deze release is gefinisht op Manzanilla-vaten van dezelfde bodega en vormt meteen de oudste (en duurste) Talisker die al verscheen. Deel drie is wellicht voor 2020. Met een prijskaartje van om en bij de 3.500 EUR (maar hij komt dan ook in een bijzonder mooie verpakking) is dit zeker geen whisky voor iedereen en da’s jammer. Want hij is goddelijk.

De neus is zacht en zoet. Al vanaf het eerste moment besef je dat je iets uitzonderlijks in je glas hebt zitten. Verrassend hoe eerst wat schil van mango, stervrucht, banaan en een enkele maraschino kers vooraf gaan aan de typische maritieme toetsen die Talisker zo typeren. Ja, zeker, de peper en de turf zijn aanwezig, maar zo subtiel. Er zit nog een frisse toets van munt in, helemaal op de achtergrond. Even waan ik me in de oude garage van mijn vader, met zijn roestende gereedschap, om dan teruggevoerd te worden naar mijn eerste schooldag. De geur van een nieuwe blocnote. Dit is erg elegant. Dit is sexy. Ik ben nu al in vervoering. Ik had me nochtans voorgenomen sterk te zijn…

De body is prima, licht olieachtig. Mooie viscositeit. De aanzet is zacht, maar dat duurt niet lang. Meteen treedt de typische peper in. Maar dan begint het… tropisch fruit evolueert naar karamel en toffee, de peper evolueert naar een zilte oester. Dan gaat het van dovend vreugdevuur op het strand naar een zalige apple crumble pie die net uit de oven komt. Maar daar stopt het nog niet. Erg complex, hoor. Hij leidt je nog even langs een pas ingevette lederen sofa via een rotsachtige kust naar een vissersboot aan de kade die net zijn lading lost. Made by the Sea, zeg wel. En dat blijft maar evolueren en het strafste van al: hij wordt alsmaar beter. Dit geeft palate progression een nieuwe definitie.

Op de zalig lange en erg soepele afdronk komen de gerookte zalm en lederen sofa nog eens terug, net als de banaan en de munt. Maar het blijft in alle opzichten een Talisker.

Ik ben sprakeloos (nou, ja, aan bovenstaande te zien zou je dat niet zeggen, maar je begrijpt wat ik bedoel). De meeste Taliskers die ik al aan de lippen zette, deden me denken aan stoere zeebonken. Deze 41-jarige is een elegante, sexy zeemeermin.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 05-11-2019
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