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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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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Glen Moray 1994 Berry’s Best

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Glen Moray is a distillery often overlooked, and this is in fact the first one I’ve ever taken notes for. This one is a bottling by independent bottler Berry Bros & Rudd for the 60th anniversary of the French Whisky Shop/Distributor, La Maison du Whisky(LMDW). It was part of an evening out whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel, did with a number of LMDW exclusive bottlings.

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