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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Ledaig 2005 Signatory Vintage – BTC 2017 #14

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Always happy to find a Ledaig in the mix. I knew what this was the moment I opened it. Ledaig has a very distinct funk to it that most people eventually learn to love. This is from a signatory bottling, one of several sherrycask Ledaigs released over the last year or so as part of their Cask Strength Collection series.  The sherry was quite weird on this one and felt a bit muted compared to the other two bottlings I’ve tried from this series, so I guessed it was the 19 year old marsala cask released last year.

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Glenturret 12 Single Cask Edition – BTC 2017 #12

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Another unfamiliar whisky tonight, from Glenturret distillery in the highlands. Aside from being a lesser known distillery they do peat their malt a little which was also confusing. That’s why for my guess I went with an older Glen Garioch (then changed my mind to a younger Glen Garioch but that’s what put Glen Garioch in my head in the 1st place) which at least netted me some points for the right region.

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Auchentoshan 2008 Distillery Cask – BTC 2017 #09

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And another whisky out of left field. This is not just from the Lowland region, albeit from one of the more well known of the handful of distilleries there, but it is also a bottle hand filled from one of the exclusive distillery casks. This was an incredibly weird whisky, I got a lot of gin-like notes off of it and so I guessed it was a rum cask matured Glen Keith which was the only other whisky I’ve tried that had such a character.

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Ballechin 2004 Manzanilla Sherry Cask – BTC #04

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I’ve skipped whisky #3 from the BTC because it was the Benromach Single Cask bottling for Whiskysite.nl, something I’ve reviewed before and have an open bottle of at home, slightly embarrassing considering my guess was pretty far off. On to this one. I raved recently about a port cask matured Ballechin I got hold of and how I’m really taking a liking to the whisky despite not really being a fan of their unpeated label, Edradour, named for the distillery itself.

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Cadenhead’s 175th Special Releases

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It’s already made quite a lot of news, but for those who don’t know W.M. Cadenhead, the oldest independent whisky bottler, recently celebrated their 175th anniversary For the occasion they released 6 truly remarkable bottles to be tasted at a set of international tasting events. Unfortunately Israel was not on the list for these events, but fortunately a local whisky anorak and fellow Malt Mongers Israel member, Assaf Errel, managed to get hold of the set of bottles and put on one of the most remarkable tasting I’ve ever been lucky enough to attend.

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Hazelburn 13 Sherry Cask Matured

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A while back I mentioned some interesting Campbeltown releases, among them this one. I reviewed the other two, an 8 year old Kilkerran Cask Strength and this year’s Longrow Red release, but didn’t get round to this one for a bit. Unfortunately the heat has been getting the better of me and I’m not often in the mood for whisky.

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Release

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

So every year around the time of the Feis Ile, Ardbeg release a limited edition whisky, usually with some kind of interesting finish. There are actually two versions each year, a batch strength committee (Ardbeg’s fanclub) release which is usually for sale at the distillery and to committee members which has a cream coloured label, and a regular edition usually at a lower ABV and a black label which is more widely available. Lucky me as this sample is the committe release.

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Longrow 2001 Springbank Society

IMG_20170616_112044Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.

Been a while since my last update, unfortunately things have been quite busy so I haven’t really had much time so really sit down and enjoy some of the whiskies I’ve been meaning to try. Now that I have some time I was really excited to sit down with this one.

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Amrut Kardhambam

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

This is another oddity from Amrut that makes up part of their range of interesting expressions. The Kardhambam means ‘mixture’ and that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a mix of peated and unpeated malt which has been initially matured in sherry casks but then finished in rum and brandy casks, both of which held spirits produced by Amrut distillery.

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