The Verdict Is In: Peated Whiskies Win!
It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect on our achievements, and this year has given us a lot to be thankful for.
Whisky Advocate has compiled a list of their Top 20 Whiskies of the year, and two ImpEx expressions have earned spots!
In addition, a number of ImpEx expressions have won prestigious medals from renowned competitions. Check out some of the highlights below.
While Penderyn Myth won a Gold Medal in the ‘Best In Class’ category, Celt won a Silver Medal in the ‘Malt Peated Medium’ category from Whiskies Of The World, placing at #17 on Whisky Advocates Top 20 list, where it earned 91 points!
Check out Jonny’s tantalizing description below the image.
“Blender Aista Jukneviciute finishes Celt in peated Islay quarter casks that enable the sooty charcoal smoke and maritime notes to sink their claws into the fresh lemon, mandarin, and buttery, toasty aromas. Sweet citrus, dark fruits, chocolate, and spicy smoke linger on the finish. Forget Daenerys, this is the whisky of dragons.” ~ Jonny McCormick
Coming in at #15 with 91 points, Kilchoman Loch Gorm, the yearly limited release fully matured in Sherry casks made the grade!
“The first edition of Loch Gorm appeared in 2013, and it remains the distillery’s only whisky to be fully matured in Sherry casks. The 2018 iteration comprises the contents of nineteen oloroso Sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008, and 2011, the oldest of which are some of the first Sherry casks filled at Kilchoman. These rich, confident aged whiskies converge in the best Loch Gorm to date, showcasing the expression’s trademark blend of succulent Sherry, cooked fruits, and earthy peat, along with flavors of honey, ginger, sultanas, and spice.” —Gavin D Smith
To top it all off, Kilchoman Sanaig – the core expression matured in Bourbon casks and finished in Sherry casks won ‘Best Peated Whisky’ at the 2018 Whisky World Cup!
‘Kilchoman has outclassed the opposition in the previous rounds. Giants like Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore have disappeared. It was only a matter of time until these Islay icons were to be replaced. And having the new smoke champ from the same island proves that Islay remains the centre of peated whisky in the world.’ ~ Henrik Aflodal, Whisky World Cup orgnaniserAnd finally we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how well received Port Askaig 33 has been this year. Prominent bloggers distant parts of the world gave this expression really high marks in their reviews. The two of note that we’re sharing with you are 91 and 92 points, from Dave Broom of ScotchWhisky.com and Ruben Luyten from WhiskyNotes.com, respectively.
“There’s no sense of things being forced here, just nature being allowed to gently take its course. What a lovely way to end the year.” ~ Dave Broom
Thanks again for being part of our family and enjoying these fine whiskies with us. We truly appreciate all of our supporters and everyone we do business with. It means the world to us when our whiskies are enjoyed in good company. So Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, and may the peat keep you warm this winter
We look forward to bringing you more excellent whiskies in 2019!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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