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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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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Glendronach 8 ‘The Hielan’

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Thanks to Rani for the sample.

Every sherry fan is familiar with Glendronach, particularly their single cask bottlings and the notorious 15-year-old ‘Revival’. This bottling receives less attention than those, but it’s still quite an interesting thing. A young age statement instead of no age statement, a bold move that the brands more geared towards the real whisky geeks seem to be doing more and more.

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Glenmorangie Bacalta

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This is Glenmorangie’s annual Private Edition for 2017, called Bacalta. It had been matured in first fill bourbon casks and then finished in Madeira casks. Not just any Madeira casks mind you, Glemorangie’s chief whisky wizard, the man behind these weird and wonderful Private Editions, Dr. Bill Lumsden requested that the Madeira casks be heavily charred.

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Aberfeldy 18

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

Aberfeldy is quite an iconic highland malt. It’s largely used in the Dewar’s blends. The distillery sits in the highland region and has been operating since the late 19th century. Over the years it has been released fairly sporadically, sometimes with many expressions on the market, sometimes with none at all, being produced entirely for blending.

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Glengoyne 2004 Distillery Cask 31

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I’ve often mentioned my affinity for Glengoyne, but I always attach the condition that it needs some age on it. This is a little on the young side for a Glengoyne, but it is cask strength, and I once had a bottle of the 12-year-old cask strength and it was brilliant (eclipsed only by the old 17yo and 25yo bottlings for me). So this one was worth a shot, especially considering that it’s a sample from a distillery exclusive cask.

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