Glenlivet 12 – Old Bottling


One thing that always intrigues me is how whisky that’s currently available tasted in previous decades. To that end I sometimes trawl local second hand markets. Unfortunately with the current whisky boom a lot of people want to sell these things at obscene prices because they see some collectable malt from the same era going for insane amounts on auction.

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Glen Moray 1994 Berry’s Best


Glen Moray is a distillery often overlooked, and this is in fact the first one I’ve ever taken notes for. This one is a bottling by independent bottler Berry Bros & Rudd for the 60th anniversary of the French Whisky Shop/Distributor, La Maison du Whisky(LMDW). It was part of an evening out whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel, did with a number of LMDW exclusive bottlings.

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Imperial 1995 Signatory Vintage


Imperial is a distillery that I only discovered recently, which is a pity because it was mothballed in the late 90’s and demolished in 2005, so it is no more. What’s nice is that it never developed such a cult following like Brora (drool) or Port Ellen, so there are still affordable bottles floating around.

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SMWS 37.38 Perfumed Elegance – Cragganmore 1999


Now and then I’m lucky enough to get hold of a sample of some of the stuff that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society puts out. They buy and bottle casks for their members and have something of an eye for good stuff. This one was distilled at Cragganmore, one of Diageo’s classic malts from the Speyside region, of which I’m quite a fan.

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Benromach Sassicaia 2007


Thanks to Yoav at Whisky Gospel for the sample.

Benromach has no lack of fanboys nowadays and received a lot of attention because of their simply brilliant their 10 year old expressions. But Benromach is by no means a one trick pony and they have a range of interesting expressions, like a heavily peated version, a 5-year-old, an expression made with organic barley and a few that use experimental cask types.

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Benriach Cask Strength Batch 1


Thanks to Yoav at for the sample

With the success of the No Age Statement (NAS) Glendronach Cask Strength, it’s no surprise that there is now a NAS Benriach Cask strength as well. Quite a different beast to the Glendronach, the Benriach is a light, fruity Speysider, best served Bourboned, or with some other light finish.

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Balvenie 17 Peated Cask


I’m not a huge fan of Balvenie, I find their whiskies overpriced and underwhelming, but like any good peat head, you mention the word ‘peat’ and I’m all ears. This one was finished for an undisclosed period of time in a cask that previously held peated whisky (something a few distilleries are doing now with varying degrees of success). Anyways it had me interested and I’d been dying to try some. Thanks again to the VIP area at Whisky Live Tel Aviv for making my dreams come true.

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