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!
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: …
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!
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 …
Octomore 10.4 Virgin Oak – Oak and Smoke, a Match Made on Islay!
Octomore 10.4 Virgin Oak is the newest expression released by Bruichladdich. It is also the youngest age statement and the lowest peat level in the Octomore range.
Tyrconnell 15-Year-Old Madeira Cask Finish
Cooley Distillery is an Irish Whiskey Distillery located on the Cooley peninsula in County Louth, Ireland. John Teeling purchased the old potato alcohol plant in 1985 and, in two years, converted it into Cooley Distillery. In 2011, Cooley was purchased by Beam Inc. and then in 2014, by Suntory and is now a Beam Suntory …
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