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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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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Bruichladdich 1991 Cadenhead Wine Cask

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Can’t find the picture I took or a picture of the bottle online, so here’s a picture from my visit to the distillery.

This is another offering from Cadenhead’s wood range, this one having been aged in a Bourbon hogshead and then a Burgundy wine cask. I really like the wood range offerings from Cadenhead and have had some really interesting ones, but to be honest I got this as a sample which didn’t state the cask type and I really didn’t feel it.

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Celp Islay Spirit

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

This is not whisky. It’s a Single Islay Spirit. Why? Because the bottler, The Ultimate Whisky Company, stuck a piece of kelp in the bottle with the whisky, giving it a lovely green tinge but also making it not technically whisky by the definition of the Scotch Whisky Association. I’ve heard that this is some pretty gnarly stuff, but my curiosity got the better of me so I swapped for a sample.

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Bunnahabhain 1999 bottled by Cadenhead

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This is a bottling of Bunnahabhain from Cadenhead. It was aged for 16 years, the last 3 of which were in a sherry hogshead. We actually tried this at our last Malt Mongers Israel meetup which was focused on Bunnahabhain IB’s. I’ve stopped taking notes at those because I felt like it was taking up too much of the time there that should be spent enjoying good whisky with friends. Luckily I also had a part in a shared purchase of a bottle of this one so I got some notes for it.

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Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition 2001-2013

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

This is the Distiller’s Edition of Diageo’s Islay workhorse malt. For those who don’t recall, the Distiller’s Editions are special versions of Diageo’s classic malts which have gone through some kind of special finish to differentiate them from the standard bottlings. This version has been “Double Matured” (the term is usually used instead of “finished” when the period spent in the finishing casks is quite long but no details available so who knows) using Moscatel casks.

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