A.D. Rattray Staoisha (pronounced ‘Steesha’) is a single cask, 6-year-old peated expression from Bunnahabhain Distillery. This spirit forward whisky was bottled at a cask strength of 59.1% ABV from an ex-bourbon hogshead. Only half of the cask was bottled and released for sale, limiting this to only 155 bottles.
Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition
Lagavulin Distillery is located on the south end of the island of Islay, Scotland. Lagavulin or ‘Lag a' Mhuilinn’, in Scottish Gaelic, means hollow of the mill. The distillery was founded in 1816 although illicit distilling was said to have taken place onsite as far back as 1742. It is now owned by Diageo, one …
Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley
Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley was distilled using 100% Islay Barley grown and harvested by farmer James Brown at Lorgba, which is a field on Octomore farm. The barley was saturated with peat to an incredible 258 ppm, the highest ever released in the whisky industry. It is non-chill filtered and no colour added and matured for 5 short years.
The BenRiach Peated Cask Strength – Batch 1
BenRiach Peated Cask Strength Batch 1 is the first release in their peated cask strength series. This expression is made with whiskies drawn from Oloroso Sherry casks and ex-Bourbon barrels. It is bottled at 56% ABV. is non-chill filtered and natural colour. It was also part of the BC Spirits Release in November of 2019. Here is my take!
Auchentoshan 12-year-old is triple distilled and then matured is a combonation of ex-bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. It is bottled at 40% ABV, chill filtered and colour is added. Here's my take!
Mystery Drams – Independent Bottlers
As part of a recent “Mystery Drams” Youtube Live event we did, I had the opportunity to sample another single cask Bunnahabhain from independent bottler, Douglas Laing. This expression was from their “Single Minded” line and was from a refilled ex-bourbon hogshead. This 10-year-old whisky was bottled at 43% ABV and here’s my take! Nose: …
Bunnahabhain 12 vs Bunnahabhain 12?
Bunnahabhain, pronounced Bun na h-Abhainne, is Scottish Gaelic for "mouth of the river." Bunnahabhain Distillery is located on the Isle of Islay near Port Askaig and was founded in 1881. Now owned by Distell Group, the distillery has 2 wash stills (30 000 L) and 2 spirit stills (15 000L). Bunnahabhain is one of many …
Glenfiddich 21-Year-Old Winter Storm
Glenfiddich is a single malt distillery located in the Speyside region on Scotland. Owned by William Grant & Sons, it is one of the last remaining family-owned distilleries in Scotland. Glenfiddich is the world’s best-selling single malt whisky and the most awarded. Glenfiddich is Gaelic for “Valley of the Deer.” Which is why they have …
Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Cameronbridge 26-year-old Single Grain
Cameronbridge is a grain whisky distillery founded in 1824 by the Haig family. It is located on the banks of the River Leven, just north of Edinburgh. Although it was founded in 1824, illicit distilling was said to have taken place at Cameronbridge as far back as 1655. Which would make it one of the oldest continuously running distilleries in Scotland and possibly the oldest grain distillery in the world.
We are going back to the Hebridean Isle of Islay again this Whisky Wednesday, and this time we will be visiting Bowmore Distillery on the South Eastern shore of Loch Indaal. Bowmore Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland. Records show it being established in 1779.