Oishii Wisukii Batch #2 at the Highlander Inn

 

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Last weekend I hopped down to Speyside with fellow whisky Redditors u/unclebarldric and u/gregbenson314 .I didn’t take half as many notes as I intended and we got to try some really fantastic whiskies, so that is most unfortunate, but it was a fantastic trip, we saw some very famous distilleries and whisky bars (and some less famous ones) and Speyside is just a beautiful area to be in.

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Caroni 1998 – The Duchess

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Sample provided by Best of Whiskies

I’ve reviewed quite a few rums from the now closed Caroni distillery in Trinidad before and have come to like its heavy character quite a bit. Caronis are pretty much exclusively available from independent bottlers and this particular one comes from the Netherlands based “The Duchess”, a brand of the online store Best of Whiskies.

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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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Invergordon 43 bottled for Wijnhandel van Zuylen

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This one was on the table at a recent meetup of our whisky Club, Malt Mongers Israel, which was centred around Scottish grain whiskies. Invergordon is probably one of the most commonly found grain whiskies which can be found bottled as such and can really yield quite impressive results with good ageing. This one was an exclusive bottling for Wijnhandel van Zuylen, a well renowned Dutch spirits retailer by Whiskybroker.

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Port Ellen 1979 Bottling for Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2018

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I never really thought I’d be making a Port Ellen post. Let alone from my own bottle. For those unfamiliar with the distillery, it was an Islay distillery which shut down in 1983, owned by a company that would eventually become part of Diageo, they left quite a healthy stock of casks which have slowly been bottled over the years. Whisky distilled in a distillery that shut down before I was born is something special indeed.

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Brora 37

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Apologies for the absence. I had a very busy month with my wedding at the end of it. Hopefully now things are settled down and I can carry on sharing my whisky notes.

I really love Brora, a lot so when a stand at Whisky Live Tel Aviv was selling this off at by the glass, I had to have some.  A lot of closed distilleries have a cheaper contemporary parallel with a similar profile, but Brora is just totally unique to me.

Aged 37 years. 50.4% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength

Nose: Burned straw. Honey. Tobaccos. Red fruits. Smoked salmon. Caramel pudding. Wood spice. Cedar oil. Eucalyptus.

 

Palate: Leather. Wet stone. Burned grass. Slight farminess. Smoke. Wood oils . oil fire. Hard cider. Candy apple.

 

Finish: Long. Warm cider. Unlit tobacco. Lots of Wood spice. Slight liquorice.

Would I buy this: If I had the money to burn

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: N/A

As always a truly unique dram. The light peat mixes so well with the fruity distillate and wood influence. Delicious.

 

Glen Keith 1998 Gordon & Macphail Hopewell Buy-Rite Exclusive

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Thanks to /u/unbreakablesausage from /r/Scotch on reddit for the sample

Glen Keith is a somewhat obscure distillery with quite a rocky history. It’s currently owned by Chivas Brother and is mainly used to beef up their blends, with independent bottlings floating around usually from a few specific distillation year, and some very hard to find original bottlings. This sample is an exclusive bottling from Gordon & Macphail for a specific shop that I got from /u/unbreakablesausage when we did a small in-person swap recently.

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Clynelish 1995 Signatory Vintage

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I sometimes regret how little love I give to Clynelish, for years my favourite distillery, still is I’ve just added several others to the list as well. This is one of many many bottles of mid to late 90’s distillate put out by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. It’s one of the independent bottling labels I really feel confident when trying as they’re almost always fantastic and when they’re not they’re still pretty damn good.

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Paul John 2011 Cadenhead

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I’ve done quite a few reviews of Indian whisky before but they’ve all been from Amrut. There’s another Indian distillery that’s quite widely available called Paul John from Goa. I’ve tried some of their whiskies before but this is the first time I’ve been able to do so with notes. I’ve had this sample around for I don’t even no how long, trying to put a dent in my backlog.

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