Speymhor 38 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

An Impressive Age Statement and an Even More Impressive Price
Speymhor 38 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky ($179.99)
“I’m shocked and confused as to why I’m able to sell this to people for less than $200. These barrels could have easily ended up as a Last Drop or Compass Box special release retailing for 10 times our shelf price.” — David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: In accordance with local directives, our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have low cost and free delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

If you’ve been a fan of Compass Box, then let us introduce you to a brand you need to know: Speymhor. While little known here in the States, this under-the-radar distiller has conjured up some remarkable bottlings, and chief among them is this captivating Speymhor 38 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Much like Compass Box, it is a soaring blended Scotch of stunning depth and range. Scotch, both blended and single malt, at the 38-year-mark commands a premium that can climb well into the $1000s. Nonetheless, this expression can be had for the jaw-droppingly low price of $179.99. This is almost unheard of and counts among the best finds in Scotch we’ve seen this year. A joining of two casks, one from Speyside, the other from Highlands, it holds its own against some of the top expressions we’ve tasted from Scotland’s best blenders. We could go on and on about the myriad of flavors and textures; however, our SoCal Spirits Buyer, David Othenin-Girard, puts it best when he summarizes that this is “[a]n absolutely unparalleled experience at this price.” There’s simply no two ways about it. If you love a perfectly aged malt with striking vitality and power, you must own this bottle. There are only 200 to go around, so we don’t expect our allocation to last long. Time is of the essence on this remarkable opportunity.

Speymhor 38 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($179.99)

The Speymhor brand (pronounced Spey-VOR) is small brand of blended and single malt from undisclosed distilleries. Bottled by the Glasgow Whisky Company, it’s not a brand we regularly see in the US. This exceptional whisky is a blend of both necessity and delicacy. It begins with a single cask from a high quality unnamed Speyside distillery from 1978. This cask showed exceptional depth and complexity, but was nearing the 80 proof mark and needed to be bottled soon. It was married with one single cask of 1978 from a distillery at the “foothills of the Highlands” that remained at considerable proof. Just two casks distilled in 1978 and bottled at a seamless 92 proof. Very few malt whiskies will offer more value or complexity than this special bottling. Expect a bouquet of deep tropical aromas—mango, cocoa, cinnamon and exotic honey. On the palate, wonderful texture and a rich sweetness prevents any bitterness of age from showing. Malty with tons of dark fruit, which makes us wonder if at least one of the components was aged in sherry. Surprising pop and freshness considering these very old whiskies can occasionally feel thin or overly ethereal. While the labels might not be as cool as the other prominent blended malt brands, the quality of the spirit is unquestionable and the cost, were it to be bottled by anyone else, would cost many multiples of this exceptional bottling. Only 200 bottles available.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2020

There’s absolutely nothing on the market like this. I’m shocked and confused as to why I’m able to sell this to people for less than $200. These barrels could have easily ended up as a Last Drop or Compass Box special release retailing for 10 times our shelf price. But, like the Munros bottling, this whisky was lost in time and space only to resurface right when the rest of the world’s Scotch whisky was becoming more expensive due to tariffs and unprecedented world demand. Now we finally have this gorgeous little two barrel blend from an otherwise unknown label and I was tempted to double the price. I don’t think anyone would complain about spending $400 on single vintage Scotch aged 38 years, but because it’s a “blend” it’s suddenly less valuable. I’d argue that this whisky is multiple times better than either of the two component whiskies would have been alone. Regardless of your feelings about blending, it will be impossible to deny that experiencing EXTREMELY old Scotch should be on every whisky lovers bucket list. Sadly, there’s almost no malt on the market over 30 years old that’s not thousands of dollars. So why would I sell this obviously under valued whisky for less than market value? I just don’t have a good reason except that I want people to enjoy and experience this and not covet and guard it. The color is nearly tawny. The nose is an explosive bouquet of rancio flavors – dried plums, old leather, fancy almond butter, dried spices – nutmeg, allspice, bay. The nose is so sweet and supple you almost expect the palate to be cloying, but the 92 proof keeps it from feeling flat or flabby. Lots of dark fruit, cocoa powder, Werther’s, roasted malt and old tropical hard woods. An absolutely unparalleled experienced at this price point.

Will Blakely | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 20, 2020

Nope. There’s nothing quite like it. Citrus and stone fruit with so much weight and richness on the palate, I might cry. Expertly blended, this avoids the pitfalls of a great deal of 35+ year-old malt, where all the fruit and acid of its youth is replaced by wood tannin and antique furniture. Tones of golden apple and juicy apricot remain, along with notes of their dried counterparts and deeply integrated oak and herbs that can only come from properly matured whisky. Round and dense and endlessly appealing, what it lacks in the nuance of, say, our Caperdonich barrel from Chieftain’s, it more than makes up for in the way it over-delivers on every penny of its cost. In this case, I can confidently say that older does mean better. Whether giving a gift or looking for a gem to add to your collection, this bottle is a no brainer.

Keith Mabry | KL Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2020

What a stunning offering! Beautifully defined flavors of rich toasted grains, vanilla, allspice and cardamom. A rich and smooth palate lead to an incredibly long finish. A must for fans looking to step away from the bigger blending house styles.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/speymhor-38-year-old-blended-malt-scotch-whisky-at-kl-california-scotch-whisky-news/

BLADNOCH DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES THREE LIMITED RELEASES TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THEIR ONLINE STORE – Scotch Whisky News

BLADNOCH DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES THREE LIMITED RELEASES TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THEIR ONLINE STORE.

MAY 20th: 203 year old Bladnoch Distillery has announced the launch of their UK online store this month by releasing three limited bottlings. These releases are the amongst the first to come from Bladnoch’s new
Master Distiller, Nick Savage since he joined in July last year.

Bladnoch Single Cask 01 is the first in an annual five-part series of single cask bottlings hand-selected by Nick Savage. Cask 01 is a UK online exclusive and all 295 bottles were distilled in January 2008 and matured in an ex-red wine hogshead. Bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered, the expression shows notes of red berries with floral honey, sweet oak and dark chocolate. The other four Single Cask bottlings for 2020 will be released in select markets worldwide.

Bladnoch’s 2020 release from the Talia range of rare, aged Single Malt will also be available via the UK online store. This year’s release is a Talia 26 Year Old Red Wine expression. Bottled at cask strength, the Talia 26 Year Old was pulled from the rarest barrels resting in the Bladnoch warehouses. This truly memorable malt shows notes of dark red berries, mature oak and sweet florals.

For the first time outside of their Visitor Centre, Bladnoch will be releasing their New Make Spirit exclusively on their UK online store. A look into the early stages of life of the Bladnoch Single Malts, the distillery’s New Make combines British barley and the pristine water from the River Bladnoch making it a beautiful expression of the region in which it was crafted. The New Make Spirit is fresh and creamy with notes of pear
drops and fresh cut grass.

To learn more about these new Bladnoch releases, visit www.bladnoch.com. Bladnoch Distillery will be offering free shipping across the United Kingdom while their Visitor Centre remains closed due to the
country’s lockdown.

Notes

Bladnoch Distillery is Scotland’s southernmost distillery, and one of a handful that remain independently owned. Since being purchased in 2015 by Australian entrepreneur David Prior Bladnoch has enjoyed a renaissance, launching their line of award-winning Bladnoch Single Malt Whiskies and Pure Scot, their contemporary Blended Scotch Whisky, in over 30 countries. In 2017, Bladnoch Distillery celebrated its 200 year anniversary making it one of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in Scotland. In June 2019, Bladnoch Distillery’s state-of-the-art visitors centre was opened, welcoming visitors to the distillery once again after its significant renovations. Acclaimed Master Distiller, Dr Nick Savage joined the Bladnoch team in July 2019.

Visit www.bladnoch.com or @bladnochwhisky for more information.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bladnoch-distillery-announces-three-limited-releases-to-celebrate-the-launch-of-their-online-store-scotch-whisky-news/

Speyside vs Highlands Facebook Tasting – verslag

Virtuele tastings springen in deze periode als paddenstoelen uit de grond. Ik organiseer zelf WhisQy – met de Q van quarantaine – maar ben gelukkig niet de enige. Zo organiseerden Steven van Art Malts en Lucas van The Whiskybrowser een heuse battle tussen Speyside Highland whisky’s.

Op vrijdag 22 mei was het zover en verzamelden we allemaal rond laptops, PCs, smartphones en tablets om via de Smoelenboek deze tasting vanuit ons eigen kot te volgen.

Welcome dram

Om de smaakpapillen klaar te stomen op de battle die zou volgen, kregen we een welcome dram. Dat gaf ons meteen iets om van te sippen terwijl Lucas zijn introductie uit de doeken deed.

Het bleek een single grain te zijn: Invergordon 11 Year Old 2007/2018 Octave van Duncan Taylor op een niet onaardige 53.8%. Ja, je smaakpapillen zouden voor minder wakker schieten.

Dat gezegd zijnde was de neus een beetje off met wat vaaswater en plantenresten op de neus. Maar op smaak maakt hij één en ander goed… Doch lang niet alles. Echt mijn ding niet, moet ik bekennen. Verre van het beste wat ik al van Invergorden al geproefd heb. Gelukkig was de rest van de line-up wél uitstekend.

Onder de deskundige begeleiding van Lucas schonken we telkens de twee samples uit… weliswaar blind. We wisten dus niet op voorhand welke whisky precies in welk glas ging. Pas nadat iedereen gewikt, gewogen, geroken en geproefd maar ook gestemd had, bekende Lucas kleur. Dat leverde verrassende resultaten op.

Battle 1 :
Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition 1988 (43%) vs
Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old 1988 Distiller’s Reserve (40%)

Ik heb wel iets met Dalwhinnie, de zogenaamde Gentle Spirit. Heeft wellicht voor een stuk te maken met het feit dat het één van de eerste distilleerderijen was die ik bezocht, maar ook gewoon met de whisky, die naar mijn mening wat onderschat wordt. Van de Distillers Edition – een speciale reeks waarbij de klassieke malt dubbel gerijpt wordt, in het geval van Dalwhinnie is dat op oloroso sherryvaten – had ik al 5 versies geproefd (1980, 1986, 1995, 2000 en 2002). De batch variaties zijn naar mijn mening relatief groot en wordt het er door de jaren heen niet beter op. Ik heb nog steeds geen enkele geproefd die de versie van 1980 – gebotteld in 1997 – kon overtreffen. Dat was ook vanavond niet het geval.

Glen Marnoch is een luxe-editie van whisky van de Duitse discountketen Aldi. Eind 2018 lanceerden ze deze Speysider die bijna drie decennia rijpte. De herkomst is een goed bewaard geheim (ongetwijfeld op verzoek van de distilleerderij zelf). En hij is erg, erg lekker. Mocht hij nu op vatsterkte gebotteld zijn geweest, dan was dit wellicht een absolute stunner.

Het verdict:

Dalwhinnie 0 – 1 Glen Marnoch

Volgens de online-poll was de verhouding 45% – 55%. Dat ligt echt wel dicht bij elkaar. Voor mij was de keuze een pak makkelijker.

Battle 2 :
Glengoyne 15 Year Old 1997 Château Palmer Finish (45.3%) vs
BenRiach 15 Year Old Sauternes Wine Cask Finish (46%)

Ook aan Glengoyne heb ik erg goeie herinneringen (de allereerste begroeting die ik daar kreeg zal ik nooit vergeten) en toch verschijnt hun whisky niet zo erg vaak op mijn radar. Vanavond proef ik nog maar mijn 26e, maar zo te zien wel en erg leuke. Maar liefst 15 jaar gerijpt en dan gefinished op een Château Palmer vat. Palmer is een troisième cru in Bordeaux – in het dorp Cantenac, dus een appellation Margaux. Hij was stevig op de neus en zelfs een beetje ‘moeilijk’, maar wel heerlijk.

BenRiach, daarentegen, heb ik al heel wat van geproefd, waaronder ook flink wat finishes. Van deze Sauternes Wine Cask Finish proefde ik eerder de 16-jarige. Deze werd een jaartje eerder gebotteld. Een waarachtig snoepje op zowel neus als in de mond.

Het verdict:

Glengoyne 0 – 1 BenRiach

De online poll leverde 28% – 72% op, terwijl dit voor mij een pak meer een nek-aan-nek-race was. Ik zou ze zelfs een gelijkspel willen aanbieden, maar goed. Er moest gekozen worden. Uiteindelijk ging mijn stem na lang debatteren ook naar de BenRiach.

Battle 3 :
Speyside Distillery 18 Year Old 2000 WhiskyBroker Cask #2794 (56.2%) vs
Tomatin 18 Year Old 1990 Single Cask #16352 (58.6%)

Speyside vind ik een lastige distilleerderij. Afgezien van de verwarring die ze veroorzaakt omdat ze zichzelf naar de regio waarin ze staat, heeft vernoemd, heb ik er ook nog niet zo heel veel van geproefd wat me achterover deed leunen van tevredenheid (ik ben erg beleefd, nu). Maar heel af en toe zit er toch een pareltje tussen. Eens benieuwd of dit hogshead van WhiskyBroker in de tweede categorie hoort. Hij werd op 18-jarige leeftijd in 2008 reeds gebotteld. Ik krijg Werther’s Echte, yoghurt en onrijpe banaan. Hij straalt rust en volwassenheid uit.

Tomatin bottelt slechts een drietal single casks per jaar. Van 1990 heb ik al één en ander geproefd dat me erg goed meeviel, dus de verwachtingen zijn hoog gespannen. Pas op, deze zit al efkes op fles, hoor. Ik krijg pompelmoes, kruisbes en mandarijn uit blik. Beetje ‘spring-in-het-veld’ die een glimlach op mijn tronie tovert. Ik ben erg gecharmeerd door deze malt.

Het verdict:

Speyside Distillery 0 – 1 Tomatin

Ze zijn allebei heel erg lekker, maar wel erg verschillend. 28-72%, dat was de mening van de groep. Ik sluit me daar helemaal bij aan.

Besluit

Afgezien van de lekkere whisky die we geproefd hebben, zijn deze virtuele tastings simpelweg heel erg plezant. Tuurlijk, er gaat niets boven de gezelligheid van een live-tasting in goed gezelschap, maar in deze vreemde tijden is dit toch een prachtig alternatief.

Het gebruik van de korte video’s tussendoor was erg prettig en gaf de tasting nog een extra dimensie. Het gaf ons ook voldoende tijd om ondertussen de whisky’s tegenover elkaar te zetten.

Het werd dus op een erg aangename en leerzame manier aan de man gebracht, dus kunnen we alleen maar besluiten dat het een geslaagde tasting was.

Voor herhaling vatbaar!

May the Malt be with you!

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6222

ralfy review 826 – Rock Oyster Blended Malt 18yo @ 46.8%vol: (D Laing) – Scotch Whisky News

ralfy.com gets blended malt-momented.

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The Glenlivet Spectra at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

The Glenlivet Spectra – can you solve the puzzle?

The Glenlivet is a tricksy whisky. While the distillery is normally quite transparent about how it makes its whisky, once a year they release a bottle where they hide all the details. First Alpha, then Cipher and Code, and now the latest in the range: The Glenlivet Spectra.

A riddle wrapped in an enigma

The conceit is simple. Firstly: here’s a whisky, and we’re not going to tell you anything about it that we’re not legally obliged to – strength, size of the bottle, ‘single malt Scotch whisky’ and not much more. Then: taste it, write tasting notes and compare them to what master blender/distiller/everything else Alan Winchester thought. And finally: they’ll let you know how closely your thoughts matched up with Alan’s with a percentage score.

Good whisky, a bit of a game, and a score at the end – what more could you want?

What about three whiskies?

If one’s good, why not three?

This year’s release is called Glenlivet Spectra and rather than being one whisky, it’s three, showing the range of flavour you can get from a single distillery – the spectrum of flavour, if you will.

We don’t have any information about the whiskies themselves, but they have been deliberately created to be very different-tasting whiskies while still all being Glenlivet.

And rather different each of the three is.

Oh, SPOILER ALERT: if you don’t want to know anything about the whiskies, jump to the bottom of the post and ignore my tasting notes.

The Glenlivet Spectra

Spectra #1

Nose: Fresh and floral – vanilla, grass and meadows. Nice biscuits and a hint of lemon. Apple and ripe pear notes develop along with caramel shortbread.

Palate: Light, delicate and creamy: apples, pears and green leaves. The floral notes from the nose build, along with more biscuits and a touch of lemon shortbread.

Finish: Damp oak and twiggy hints, with stewed pear and a touch of earthiness.

Comment: This is a zesty and rather traditional take on Glenlivet – light, floral and delicate.

Spectra #2

Nose: What’s happening here? Sweet barbecue sauce, burning wood and a handful of singed leaves? This not what I expect from Glenlivet… Damp peat smoke, menthol and fresh sea breeze follow. Floral notes and crisp apple develop.

Palate: Soft, rounded and focused on charred wood. Roasted bananas on a beach barbecue with salty air whipping around. Pears and creosote appear, accompanied by lemon, grapefruit and a good sprinkling of salt.

Finish: Maritime and smoky – burnt toffee and zingy toffee apples.

Comment: This is not what I expected. It’s still got the orchard fruit and flowers you’d expect from Glenlivet, but someone’s set them on fire.

Spectra #3

Nose: Vanilla toffee with a hint of mint to start. Soft spice builds with fudge and leafy hints. Creamy apple, orange, peach and spongecake follow.

Palate: Very creamy, with loads of spiced apple sauce and a touch of clove-studded orange. Wine-poached pears are drizzled with toffee sauce and crumbled spiced biscuits.

Finish: A burst of mint and menthol is washed away by cream and apple sauce. Hints of charcoal and char build, along with mint.

Comment: Rich, rounded and creamy, this hints at the first whisky while making its way straight to the after-dinner drinks trolley.

Glenlivet Spectra is on sale now

Final thoughts

SPOILERS OVER

In short: mission accomplished – these are all definitely Glenlivet, but they are all very much their own drams. From zingy to smoky to rich and toffee-laden, it’s a demonstration that with a few tweaks here and there in the whisky-making process can lead to a very different end result.

The Glenlivet Spectra website offers a headphones-recommended multimedia experience – accessed via a QR code on the (rather excellent) box – which adds sound and vision to the whisky-tasting experience before you give your tasting notes, and they help steer you in the direction of Alan Winchester’s take on the drams.

Everyone will get something different from these, so don’t pay attention to your score (and I’m not only saying that because one of mine was only 60% – I also got a 90%, so it all evens out) – it’s a fun way of pulling apart the flavours you can find in one of the world’s favourite whiskies.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-glenlivet-spectra-at-the-whisky-exchange-scotch-whisky-news/

TOMATIN’S LOCKDOWN WHISKY FESTIVAL RAISES VITAL FUNDS FOR MAGGIE’S HIGHLANDS – Scotch Whisky News

TOMATIN’S LOCKDOWN WHISKY FESTIVAL RAISES VITAL FUNDS FOR MAGGIE’S HIGHLANDS
Popular event raises over £8,000 for cancer charity Maggie’s

18th May 2020 – Tomatin hosted its second virtual whisky festival on 9th May to raise much-needed funds for its charity partner, Maggie’s Highlands.

The event, which was live-streamed on Tomatin’s own YouTube channel, saw over 5,000 individuals tune in across the globe. The Highland distillery partnered with several other whisky brands, with a view to giving back to the community as they share their expertise and insights, and managed to raise over £8,000 for Maggie’s through the virtual event.

Maggie’s, a charity which provides free practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, is currently unable to see people face to face at their 26 centres across the UK and abroad, including its centre in Inverness, close to the Tomatin distillery, which offers support across the Highland’s region.

Maggie’s experts are now supporting people by phone, email and through their online community as they live with the added stress and anxiety of living with cancer, plus changes and delays to treatment and self-isolation.

Jennifer Masson, Head of Brand for Tomatin Single Malt commented: “We were so disappointed to not be able to support Maggie’s Highlands with their golf day last month, which usually raises around £60,000 in one day and unfortunately had to be cancelled. They require over half a million pounds a year in donations to operate so it really was a no-brainer when it came to who we would support.

“This event and the funds it has raised has made a huge difference to them, as well as providing entertainment to whisky fans the world over. We were amazed by the generosity shown by our viewers on the day, and beyond. We aimed to raise £5,000 and this was achieved during the live stream, and the donations continued to come in until today.”

Andrew Benjamin, Centre Manager of Maggie’s Highlands, added: “We feel very lucky that, even with everyone’s attention turned to other issues, Tomatin and other whisky brands have chosen to continue to show support. We have been humbled at how much of the support has come from Tomatin’s global audience, and we can’t thank them enough for doing this. It’ll go a long way to helping us to support people with cancer and their families over this difficult time. “

The recorded streams of both Lockdown Whisky Festivals are available to watch on the Tomatin Distillery YouTube channel.

Maggie’s Highlands are continuing to raise money to fund their online support capabilities, donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/maggieshighlands.

Notes:

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). In the last ten years, Tomatin has secured over 60 prestigious awards in a variety of categories, and in 2019 the distillery celebrated its most successful year ever at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, securing seven Double Gold awards and four Gold awards.

Participating brands:

Blanton’s
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Douglas Laing
Glengoyne
Mackmyra
Old Pulteney
Raasay
Tamdhu
Tomatin Highland Single Malt

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/tomatins-lockdown-whisky-festival-raises-vital-funds-for-maggies-highlands-scotch-whisky-news/

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010 Adelphi

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2010/2019, Adelphi, sherry hogshead #311710, 295 bts
Kleur: mahonie
ABV: 53.7%

Arbroath Smokies

Voor de 15e verjaardag van WIN – Whisky Import Nederland – werd dit single sherry hogshead met een jonge Caol Ila afgevuld op 295 flessen op vatsterkte. Via mijn whiskygabber Marcel uit Nederland kon ik aan een sample komen. En maar goed ook, want dit is wederom een dijk van een Caol Ila! De kleur is op z’n zachtst gezegd ongewoon donker.

Geweldige, umami neus op rosbief, gedroogde ham, flink wat aardse tonen, gedroogde bladeren, origine chocolade en een licht kruidige kant (denk kaneel en peper, maar ook oregano). Verdacht verstoken van zoetigheid, moet ik zeggen. Arbroath Smokies, sojasaus, koffiegruis. Pas na enkele minuten verschijnt er een hint van rozijnen en pruimen. Erg apart. Maar Caol Ila herken ik hier niet in, hoor.

Verrassend zacht op de tong met een lekker romige body. Onmiddellijk erg peaty met zoetzure toetsen, terwijl een hint van plasticine en zeewier zich meester maakt van je tong. De kruiden zijn iets meer uitgesproken en naast peper en kaneel krijg ik nu ook wat vanille en kruidnagel. Geroosterde hazelnoten, gerookte vis, rauw vlees en ruw zeezout. Ik vind het geweldig. De zoetigheid laat weer flink op zich wachten, maar midpalate verschijnt er toch wat pruimenlikeur en bruine suiker. Wederom flink incognito, hoor.

De afdronk is bijzonder lang, licht drogend op gezouten vlees en espresso. Gekonfijte appelsienschillen op het sterfbed! Dat was leuk.

Ja, het is een bommetje, maar wie zegt hier Caol Ila uit te halen is ofwel een fantast ofwel een leugenaar (I mean that in the nicest possible way). Desalniettemin vind ik de Vital Spark nog net iets beter. Bedankt, Marcel!

87/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6195

The Whisky Exchange “Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online” – Scotch Whisky News

Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

The end of May is usually a time for celebration in the whisky world – it’s time for Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. A week-long celebration of Scotland’s most distillery-packed island, with whisky, music, dancing and more. It’s a great week, but not one that’s particularly compatible with current social distancing policies. So, the distilleries have taken the party online and into your home – it’s time for The Virtual Fèis Ìle.

Festival week (Saturday-Saturday: a long week) is usually very simple: there are nine distilleries on Islay, and each gets a day of celebration – newcomers Kilchoman and Ardnahoe share the Wednesday. Things are sticking to the usual schedule in 2020, but now there’s no running around the island to get to your tours and tastings – you just need to open a new tab in your web browser.

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday 22 May – and so it begins

The Islay Festival committee are kicking things off on Friday, with an opening event live on Facebook. They’ve fully embraced the wonders of technology this year, and are organising events and keeping everyone up to date with the latest information via their Facebook page – Fèis Ìle.

The opening event kicks off at 7pm with some chat from the committee and announcements from the distilleries about what they’ll be doing all week. You can tune in via their Facebook event. Keep an eye on the page – it’s the centre for all festival announcements, and it’ll be updating all week with news of what’s going on.

When the announcements are all done, it’s time for the first whisky event – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Virtual Pub. They’ll have music, a quiz, cocktails and drams all over on the SMWS Facebook page from 8pm. From the lineup in the image above, it’ll be a good night.

Saturday 23 May – Lagavulin

The whisky side of the festival all kicks off with Lagavulin day. Diageo’s distilleries have been surprisingly quiet on the virtual front, but hopefully, that will all change with Friday’s opening announcements.

However, The Friends of the Classic Malts, Diageo’s whisky fan club, is continuing its series of live sessions on Saturday at 4pm, with ambassador Ewan Gunn joined by former Lagavulin manager and Port Ellen revival project manager Georgie Crawford on Facebook, for a session of whisky news and stories – head over to the Facebook event to learn more.

Sunday 24 May – Bruichladdich

Usually the biggest party of the week, Sunday is Bruichladdich day. Being Sunday, it’s the day that’s normally full of off-work locals, and the distillery’s courtyard is packed. This year, the distillery is going to be a lot quieter, but they’ve still got a packed program – it’s time for the Laddie Lock-in.

The distillery has things popping up on its Instagram page every day leading up to the festival, but as I write the Sunday schedule isn’t up – you’ll need to join the Laddie mailing list to find out more. They’ll be live from 2-6pm, so keep an eye on all of their online channels to make sure you don’t miss out.

Monday 25 May – Caol Ila

Normally a day of recovery from Laddie day, Monday is also Caol Ila‘s turn in the spotlight. There’s a virtual festival booked in for 6pm on their Facebook page, but details are few and far between – tune in to the Islay Festival opening event to learn more…

Tuesday 26 May – Laphroaig

Tuesday is Laphroaig day, my favourite day of the festival. Rather than sitting on the beach in front of the distillery, I’ll be logging on to the Laphroaig website at 6.15pm Islay time (which probably means sometime between 6 and 6.30pm – they’re quite relaxed on Islay) for some live chat with distillery manager John Campbell. I might even have a dram…

Wednesday 27 May – Bowmore

Bowmore takes on the centre of the week, and for the first time in years, the streets of Islay’s capital won’t be full of people camping out to get the distillery’s festival bottle. Instead, the distillery is throwing an online party over at bowmoreislayfestival.com. You’ll need to sign up to the website to find out what’s going on, but expect a program of tastings, tours and more. And if you want to make it a truly authentic experience, sleep on your doorstep on Tuesday night.

Thursday 28 May – Kilchoman

Thursday is shared between relative newcomer Kilchoman and definite newcomer Ardnahoe. While the latter has been very quiet lately, Kilchoman has made up for it with a day of activity.

Head over to the Kilchoman website at midday to join in, with talks, tours and tastings running through the day. Tasting packs sold out in seconds when launched, but there’s still lots going on – you can find the full schedule on the Kilchoman website.

Friday 29 May – Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain takes the Friday spot and has a lineup of tastings and tours. The tasting packs (and their festival bottlings) flew off the shelf when The Coterie – the distillery fan club – was told they existed, but there’s still lots going on.

Tune in to the Bunnahabhain Facebook page on Friday at 7pm to join in.

Saturday 30 May – Ardbeg

Last, but far from least, comes Ardbeg with the final bash of the festival – Ardbeg Day. It’s usually a bit party, with fans filling the distillery’s courtyard and taking part in a usually ridiculous day of fun and games. While that’s not possible in person, Ardbeg Day continues as The Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials.

Named after this year’s festival bottling – available on our website on Saturday: Ardbeg Blaaack – it’ll be two hours of virtual Ardbeggery, MC’d by distillery manager and Ardbeg Committee head honcho Mickey Heads. Head to the Ardbeg Facebook page at 7pm to find out what trials they’ll be setting…

More Virtual Tastings

Virtual tastings are really taking off, and there are loads happening around the world. We’re continuing our virtual program, and we’ll be announcing the June lineup very soon – expect whisky, a bit of ‘hello, how are you?’, gin and maybe a bit of chocolate pairing…

If you’ve missed our previous tastings, you can catch up with them all on YouTube or Facebook, and we’ll have a new one going out live every Thursday at 5.30pm on our Facebook page.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-whisky-exchange-feis-ile-2020-the-islay-festival-online-scotch-whisky-news/

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Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

The end of May is usually a time for celebration in the whisky world – it’s time for Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. A week-long celebration of Scotland’s most distillery-packed island, with whisky, music, dancing and more. It’s a great week, but not one that’s particularly compatible with current social distancing policies. So, the distilleries have taken the party online and into your home – it’s time for The Virtual Fèis Ìle.

Festival week (Saturday-Saturday: a long week) is usually very simple: there are nine distilleries on Islay, and each gets a day of celebration – newcomers Kilchoman and Ardnahoe share the Wednesday. Things are sticking to the usual schedule in 2020, but now there’s no running around the island to get to your tours and tastings – you just need to open a new tab in your web browser.

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday 22 May – and so it begins

The Islay Festival committee are kicking things off on Friday, with an opening event live on Facebook. They’ve fully embraced the wonders of technology this year, and are organising events and keeping everyone up to date with the latest information via their Facebook page – Fèis Ìle.

The opening event kicks off at 7pm with some chat from the committee and announcements from the distilleries about what they’ll be doing all week. You can tune in via their Facebook event. Keep an eye on the page – it’s the centre for all festival announcements, and it’ll be updating all week with news of what’s going on.

When the announcements are all done, it’s time for the first whisky event – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Virtual Pub. They’ll have music, a quiz, cocktails and drams all over on the SMWS Facebook page from 8pm. From the lineup in the image above, it’ll be a good night.

Saturday 23 May – Lagavulin

The whisky side of the festival all kicks off with Lagavulin day. Diageo’s distilleries have been surprisingly quiet on the virtual front, but hopefully, that will all change with Friday’s opening announcements.

However, The Friends of the Classic Malts, Diageo’s whisky fan club, is continuing its series of live sessions on Saturday at 4pm, with ambassador Ewan Gunn joined by former Lagavulin manager and Port Ellen revival project manager Georgie Crawford on Facebook, for a session of whisky news and stories – head over to the Facebook event to learn more.

Sunday 24 May – Bruichladdich

Usually the biggest party of the week, Sunday is Bruichladdich day. Being Sunday, it’s the day that’s normally full of off-work locals, and the distillery’s courtyard is packed. This year, the distillery is going to be a lot quieter, but they’ve still got a packed program – it’s time for the Laddie Lock-in.

The distillery has things popping up on its Instagram page every day leading up to the festival, but as I write the Sunday schedule isn’t up – you’ll need to join the Laddie mailing list to find out more. They’ll be live from 2-6pm, so keep an eye on all of their online channels to make sure you don’t miss out.

Monday 25 May – Caol Ila

Normally a day of recovery from Laddie day, Monday is also Caol Ila‘s turn in the spotlight. There’s a virtual festival booked in for 6pm on their Facebook page, but details are few and far between – tune in to the Islay Festival opening event to learn more…

Tuesday 26 May – Laphroaig

Tuesday is Laphroaig day, my favourite day of the festival. Rather than sitting on the beach in front of the distillery, I’ll be logging on to the Laphroaig website at 6.15pm Islay time (which probably means sometime between 6 and 6.30pm – they’re quite relaxed on Islay) for some live chat with distillery manager John Campbell. I might even have a dram…

Wednesday 27 May – Bowmore

Bowmore takes on the centre of the week, and for the first time in years, the streets of Islay’s capital won’t be full of people camping out to get the distillery’s festival bottle. Instead, the distillery is throwing an online party over at bowmoreislayfestival.com. You’ll need to sign up to the website to find out what’s going on, but expect a program of tastings, tours and more. And if you want to make it a truly authentic experience, sleep on your doorstep on Tuesday night.

Thursday 28 May – Kilchoman

Thursday is shared between relative newcomer Kilchoman and definite newcomer Ardnahoe. While the latter has been very quiet lately, Kilchoman has made up for it with a day of activity.

Head over to the Kilchoman website at midday to join in, with talks, tours and tastings running through the day. Tasting packs sold out in seconds when launched, but there’s still lots going on – you can find the full schedule on the Kilchoman website.

Friday 29 May – Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain takes the Friday spot and has a lineup of tastings and tours. The tasting packs (and their festival bottlings) flew off the shelf when The Coterie – the distillery fan club – was told they existed, but there’s still lots going on.

Tune in to the Bunnahabhain Facebook page on Friday at 7pm to join in.

Saturday 30 May – Ardbeg

Last, but far from least, comes Ardbeg with the final bash of the festival – Ardbeg Day. It’s usually a bit party, with fans filling the distillery’s courtyard and taking part in a usually ridiculous day of fun and games. While that’s not possible in person, Ardbeg Day continues as The Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials.

Named after this year’s festival bottling – available on our website on Saturday: Ardbeg Blaaack – it’ll be two hours of virtual Ardbeggery, MC’d by distillery manager and Ardbeg Committee head honcho Mickey Heads. Head to the Ardbeg Facebook page at 7pm to find out what trials they’ll be setting…

More Virtual Tastings

Virtual tastings are really taking off, and there are loads happening around the world. We’re continuing our virtual program, and we’ll be announcing the June lineup very soon – expect whisky, a bit of ‘hello, how are you?’, gin and maybe a bit of chocolate pairing…

If you’ve missed our previous tastings, you can catch up with them all on YouTube or Facebook, and we’ll have a new one going out live every Thursday at 5.30pm on our Facebook page.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-whisky-exchange-feis-ile-2020-the-islay-festival-online-scotch-whisky-news/