So after quite a long break our local whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel (MMI), met up to try some more fine whisky. The theme this time was Cadenhead, the independent bottler owned by the same bunch of people as Springbank.
A few months back a few single cask Benromach bottlings appeared each exclusively bottled for a number of whisky retailers in the Netherlands. This one was bottled for the well reknowned Whiskysite.nl to coincide with their annual Whisky in Leiden festival.
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.
The Macallan is a brand of single malt most whisky aficionados are well acquainted with. Everyone knows that Macallan make good whisky, and everyone knows that their thing is sherry. The problem with everyone knowing this is that with the current whisky boom, demand for Macallan is through the roof.
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.
Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on Reddit.
Aberlour have had a 12 year old expression in their stable from some time now, but a while back they made all the whisky nerds really happy when they announced a non-chill filtered version.
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.
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.
This is a sample that took me a while to get to. Strathisla has been occaisionally bottled as a distillery bottling over the years, but its main role is to add body to the various Chivas Brothers blends. The malt has quite a unique character with no shortage of die-hard fans.
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.