Whiskybase “Same As 10K” (Laphroaig 6yo)

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Whiskybase.com is one of the largest online databases of whisky. They have listings for just about every bottle of whisky ever made as well as forums, online marketplace and their own store with it’s own well established bottling label (The Archives). With every 10,000 bottles added to their database they release a special bottling to celebrate.

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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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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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Amrut 2009 Single Cask for Whiskybase.com

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Thanks to Ran for the sample. This is a single cask bottling by the distillery for Whiskybase.com, a really comprehensive online database of whiskies with it’s own store who do some phenomenal bottlings of their own. At 6 years of age this is quite well-matured for Amrut. The hotter Indian climate means their whisky matures far faster than in cold places like Scotland.

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