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!
The Balvenie Double Wood 12-Year-old
The Balvenie Double Wood 12-year-old is first matured in traditional ex-bourbon American oak which mellows the spirit imparts layers of vanilla spice. It then has a second maturation in European oak Sherry casks. This increases the complexity by adding fuity and honey notes to this flagship dram.
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!
Compass Box Great King St. Artist’s Blend
Compass Box Great King St. is named for Compass Box’s Edinburgh offices, Great King St. is a range of blended whiskies with a large amount of single malt in the recipe. These highly approachable whiskies were aimed at appealing to whisky connoisseurs, non-whisky drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
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 …
SMWS 4.242 Coastal Landscape with Smoke
SMWS 4.242 Coastal Landscape with Smoke, Highland Park 13-year-old is a single cask whisky which produced 262 bottles. This cask was bottled at a cask strength of 58% ABV and was distilled on January 17th, 2005 and put into an ex-bourbon refill hogshead. Here's my take!