More Douglas Laing with Malt Mongers Israel


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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Douglas Laing Tasting with Fred Laing


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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Johnnie Walker Green Label


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

Been meaning to get my hands on a sample of this one for a while. Green Label is a bit of an exception to the rest of the Johnnie Walker range in that it’s not a regular blend but a blended malt. According to their data it’s made up of Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore and Caol Ila, which on their own can be quite impressive whiskies.

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Compass Box Spice Tree Extravaganza


This is a special release from Compass Box (AKA that independent bottler that is really good at sticking it to the SWA and making a fuss) to celebrate a decade of their Spice Tree expression. This one contains more aged components and a higher quantity of sherry casks in the mix.

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Vintage Malt Whisky Company Tasting at Rozner’s Cellar


This past week I attended a whisky tasting at Rozner’s Cellar in Kfar Saba. It’s a pretty interesting alcohol shop, they have a fair collection (by Israeli standards) of older whiskies including some real oddities, like a bottle of the Bailie Nicol Jarvie blend. They also hold the occasional tasting, this being the second I’ve attended there.

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2013


Big Peat is gimmicky whisky success story which I’ve reviewed here before earlier this year. It’s part of independent bottler Douglas Laing’s regional blended malt series where each blend represents the character of a whisky region. Towards the end of the year they always release a special “Christmas Edition” batch, which is bottled at cask strength as opposed to 46% like the regular one. Each year’s release also comes with a unique and creative label. While I prefer to focus on the contents of the bottle it is a nice little touch.

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Compass Box Canto Cask 35


Thanks to Yori for the sample

Compass Box, love or hate them, do some very very interesting things. This time they had some casks of whiskies originally intended for their Oak Cross blend, a blend of Clynelish, Dailuaine and Teaninich matured in refill casks, which after 12 years were put into a series of 16 casks, either virgin American or European oak, all charred to various levels.

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MMI Lost Distilleries evening.


I often find myself perusing around the various online whisky outlets even when I’m not looking to buy anything just to keep an idea of what’s on the market and prices and so forth. A while ago I started to notice these bottlings with what looked like distillery names which I’d never heard of made by something called the Lost Distillery Company. I was very intrigued but never got round to actually getting a bottle to try, there is quite an assortment and I was worried maybe I’d fall on one that wasn’t to my liking and so on.

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Douglas Laing Regional Malts Tasting


This past week I took myself to a tasting of several Douglas Laing bottlings (and a Glen Scotia), at Wine & Flavours in Ramat Gan. The tasting was very well hosted by Assaf, a very active figure in the local whisky community and fellow Malt Mongers Israel member. As I mentioned in my review of Big Peat, Douglas Laing released the said blended malt to represent the character of Islay. Due to the success of Big Peat this was expanded to a range of blended malts each representing a specific Scotch whisky region.

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