Glengoyne 28

IMG_20170617_160921Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit. 

I had no clue what this was when I set up the swap but I know Glengoyne is a malt that ages fantastically and that I’m a huge fan. After some digging it turns out that this is a special release from quite some time ago (2000) so the distillate itself is quite old (1972).

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Longrow 2001 Springbank Society

IMG_20170616_112044Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.

Been a while since my last update, unfortunately things have been quite busy so I haven’t really had much time so really sit down and enjoy some of the whiskies I’ve been meaning to try. Now that I have some time I was really excited to sit down with this one.

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Port Charlotte 2003 Whisky Broker

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I love Port Charlotte, it’s what won me over to Bruichladdich when I didn’t like their unpeated malt so much. Thing is, a lot of them are matured in all sorts of weird and wonderful casks. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, not at all, I’ve quite enjoyed some of them.

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Two recent Port Charlottes

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Port Charlotte is initially a whisky I didn’t like so much, but it grew on me quite fast, and now I have 3 open bottles of the stuff. The two I’m tasting here are the 2nd release of the 10 year old which was recently released along with a 10 year old Bruichladdich and a 10 year old Octomore, their unpeated and super-heavily peated labels respectively. It was aged in quite a variety of casks, first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and french wine, but that is kind of Bruichladdich’s thing.

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Amrut Kardhambam

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Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

This is another oddity from Amrut that makes up part of their range of interesting expressions. The Kardhambam means ‘mixture’ and that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a mix of peated and unpeated malt which has been initially matured in sherry casks but then finished in rum and brandy casks, both of which held spirits produced by Amrut distillery.

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Kilchoman Cask Strength Quarter Casks

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

Kilchoman have joined the growing number of distilleries experimenting with smaller casks. The increased wood contact adds more woody character which would usually take a much longer maturation period to achieve. This shouldn’t be confused with faster maturation though as the spirit itself still ages at the same pace. This particular one is from a limited cask strength release for the full, unadulterated experience.

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Glenlivet 12 – Old Bottling

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One thing that always intrigues me is how whisky that’s currently available tasted in previous decades. To that end I sometimes trawl local second hand markets. Unfortunately with the current whisky boom a lot of people want to sell these things at obscene prices because they see some collectable malt from the same era going for insane amounts on auction.

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Clynelish 18 TWE bottling for The Whisky Show London 2014

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Thanks to /u/UncleBaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

Clynelish has long been one of my favourite distilleries, partially for sentimental reasons as it’s the first single malt I found all on my own (and it was a bit more obscure back then, especially here in Israel before the tax reform a few years ago). Of late I have not tried too many independent bottlings of it, time to change that.

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