anCnoc and Balblair Tasting

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A while ago some of the more well known and influential guys on the alcohol scene here started a Facebook group for enthusiasts here in Israel. Aside from providing a platform for discussion and sharing cool pictures they’ve also been hard at work organizing events and deals for members and so forth. One result of this was a tasting evening in partnership with online retailer Sipil to show the range of Ancnoc and Balblair that they’re starting to bring into the country (more whisky, yay!)

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Glen Garioch 1978 – The Whisky Shop Release ~/01

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Thanks to Michael from Malt & Oak for the sample

I’ve come to try quite a few older Glen Gariochs, usually by way of my friend Michael from Malt & Oak, who also provided me with this sample, and it’s really been a fantastic thing to discover. This one is from 1978 distillate and released for The Whisky Shop in the UK in 2011 as a single cask exclusive and was particularly well received.

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Old Pulteney 11 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection

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I’m always on the lookout for independent bottlings of Old Pulteney. I really like the (now discontinued) 17 & 21 year old distillery bottlings, but IB’s are few and far between and it’s always fun to get a feel for the same spirit done differently. This one is from Cadenhead’s Authentic collection, it says it was matured in a bourbon hogshead, judging by the colour we’re talking about a refill cask so should be pretty raw spirit here.

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Inchmurrin 12 and Inchmoan 12

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Thanks to Yoav of whiskygospel.com for the sample of the Inchmoan 12

I’ve mentioned Loch Lomond distillery before from a tasting I attended a little under 2 years ago but it warrants mentioning again. It’s probably one of the most interesting distilleries in Scotland. Aside from functioning as both a grain and a malt distillery, with traditional column and pot stills, they have a 3rd set of stills which are a bit of a hybrid.

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Glen Garioch 1978

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A while back a fellow Israeli whisky fiend and blogger, Michael (found over at maltandoak.com), asked if I wanted in on a bottle share of a very special Glen Garioch. Now aside from the bottle just sounding really enticing, I could see how excited Michael was about it, and he is the biggest Glen Garioch fanboy I’ve ever met, so this had to be something special.

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Douglas Laing Tasting with Fred Laing

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Fred Laing doing his thing.

Sorry about the delay since my last post. I was on holiday in Italy but am back and well rested. Very shortly before I left, to the point that I didn’t have time to write this up, I was invited to a very special tasting event. I recently posted about and evening that our whisky club, MMI had in conjunction with Sipil, a local importer and online retailer, who have recently begun to import Douglas Laing products to Israel, currently the only independent bottler on the market.

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Malt Mongers Israel Douglas Laing Evening

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Our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel, usually takes a break in August, but we had a special ad hoc meeting this month and with good reason. Independent bottlings are making a return to our shelves! Sipil, a local online store and importer which is very familiar to all the hardcore whisky geeks here, has begun importing Douglas Laing’s range.

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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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