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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Amrut Portonova Batch #17

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I tend to be cautious when buying World Whiskies because some are priced and sold more on the merit of their unique origins than the actual quality of the spirit they produce, but thankfully I’ve tried enough Amrut that I can usually be rest assured that there’s good stuff in the bottle. This one is a port finished malt, well, sort of, because Amrut likes to be a little different.

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Bunnahabhain Mòine Oloroso

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This is a lovely little thing that popped up on the radar recently. It’s a limited edition distillery bottling of Bunnahabhain that’s a vatting of 7 oloroso sherry casks. Bunnahabhain is generally amazing with sherry, even at a young age. Over and above that, it’s peated. No age statement, but at slightly over 60% ABV this should have some serious oomph to it.

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Dalmore 1989 Cadenhead

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

The Dalmore is quite a controversial whisky. Much loved by collectors and people looking to show off, yet not so much by real whisky geeks. Part of the reason for this is the heavy marketing Dalmore do coming off as a fancy brand meaning they can often be overpriced. Another reason is their heavy use of caramel to colour their whiskies.

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