Clynelish 1995 Signatory Vintage

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I sometimes regret how little love I give to Clynelish, for years my favourite distillery, still is I’ve just added several others to the list as well. This is one of many many bottles of mid to late 90’s distillate put out by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. It’s one of the independent bottling labels I really feel confident when trying as they’re almost always fantastic and when they’re not they’re still pretty damn good.

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Another Malt Mongers Israel Laphroaig Evening

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I’m sure you’ll notice that one of the bottles pictured here stands out. So basically we’d got hold of the Laphroaig 30 and just threw in whatever else we could get a hold of. We chose the two new duty free expressions and threw in the standard 10yo (not pictured) for good measure.

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Ledaig 2007 A.D. Rattray

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Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample

More Ledaig? Of course I’ll have more Ledaig. This was a sample /u/nofansky sent over with a bottle split we did over the Summer. Being Summer it was pushed to the back of my sample shelf but has slowly crept its way forward and the weather could not be more appropriate now.

Aged 9 years. 59.7% ABV. Matured in a bourbon hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Ash. Malt. Barley sugar. A bit new makey. Brine. Custard powder. Lychees. Limes. Chemical smoke, like lye in water. Slight sweet woody undertones.

Palate: Milk chocolate. Irish cream. Vegetal peat. Charred wood. Wet campfire. Bit of vanilla and salt going down.

Finish: Long. Very briney and quite creamy along with some herbal honey, ash and peat.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

This is a very apparently young whisky, with not a huge amount of complexity, but I can’t really fault it for that because it’s a Ledaig, and Ledaig can work really well like that, all that raw distillate character is there and in your face, yum.

 

Arran 1996 Alambic Calssique Rhum Finish

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I feel like I’m seeing more and more rum cask matured whiskies around, which is great because rum is good, and whisky is good, and the combination of the right whisky with the right rum cask can be amazing. The problem I have is a lot of whiskies will just use something general like  “Caribbean Rum”, but rum is a hugely diverse spirit with so many different character profiles so it can get bloody annoying, because not every type of rum cask would work with let’s say a light Speyside whisky.

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Springbank Local Barley 10 – Reddit Scotch Review #500!

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Local Barley 11 just in the picture for fun

Well this is quite a milestone. Enough of one to have cracked open my recently received bottle of Springbank’s latest Local Barley bottling (though that would have happened anyway). It took me a while to start taking notes on the whiskies I drink, but a huge encouragement to do so was the reddit /r/scotch sub. Now that I’m 500 (Scotch) whiskies down the line, I can’t express how awesome of a community it is and how great it feels to be a part of it.

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Highland Park Valkyrie

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Thanks to Rani for the sample.

So a few years ago Highland Park rebranded to put more emphasis on their Viking heritage (well the Isle of Orkney’s Viking heritage). Now they’ve gone and rebranded some more with even more Vikings. This one is supposed to replace the Dark Origins expression which was a non-age stated, very sherried expression with a very cool black design.

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More Douglas Laing with Malt Mongers Israel

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Once again our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel (MMI), met up to try some more whisky, because there sure it a lot of it to try. And once again we tried some Douglas Laing bottlings. DL’s importer here in Israel, SIPIL, has brought in some more bottlings and let us have a preview of them.

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Strathisla 13 Distillery Reserve Collection – BTC 2017 #18

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This is the final dram of the 2017 BTC. It’s been a really wild ride and I feel very lucky to have been able to participate in something of this caliber, especially after watching from the side for 2 years. I’ll try to post a write up-about  what I learned from it, but for now onto the whisky.

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Bowmore 17 SMWS 3.271 The Perfect Cure – BTC 2017 #17

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Image pilfered from the SMWS website because I was silly and forgot to take a picture for this one.

I smelled Islay on this right away but it was odd because it was quite subdued in its peat profile, yet obviously cask strength. The only thing that came to mind was one of Kilchoman’s Cask Strength 100% Islay realeses. I didn’t even think about good old Bowmore. Bowmore is quite notorious for having sub-par distillery bottlings but an excellent base spirit, a lot of the damage being done by chill filtration and low ABV and this is an example of just how good the spirit can be if just left to do its thing.

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