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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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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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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Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 004 – BTC 2017 #11

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As I mentioned in my post about whisky #10, we had yet to have an Islay whisky, and I assumed #10 might be from there and had no idea what was waiting for me the next day. Well it was one of my favourite distillery bottlings of all, the glorious cask strength version of Laphroaig 10, which I guessed wrong , but to my credit I did get the distillery right this time (obviously with some doubt, but hey). I’ve actually had a dram from this batch before while I was visiting Islay, but it was a comfort dram after a long, cold, wet day so no notes, until now.

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Laphroaig 16 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection

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

This is a sample from a swap we did quite some time ago, unfortunately Summer hit pretty hard and I just couldn’t enjoy a Laphroaig properly in such hot weather. Fortunately it’s cooled down a bit (at least in the evening) so I finally popped this open.

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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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Kilchoman 2012 K&L Wines Exclusive Red Wine Cask

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I often mention my disappointment in being so far from K&L Wines in California, but then remind myself that if I did it would not be very good for my wallet. Namely because they have some incredible exclusive bottlings. Now and then they manage to find their way to me, in this case in the form of a bottle share. I really love Kilchoman’s young single cask bottlings too, never tried a red wine cask though.

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Octomore 10 2nd Edition

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Thanks to /u/dramboy for the sample vis /r/ScotchSwap on reddit

A few years ago Bruichladdich released a 10 year old expression of their super heavily peated Octomore, which is usually bottled at closer to 5 years in age. That one was from some of the original octomore stock so was peated to around 80ppm. Recently they went and released a 2nd edition of the stuff, this one peated to 167ppm and matured in fresh bourbon and white Grenache casks.

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