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Ardmore 2013 (Asta Morris)

You don’t get too many Ardmore bottlings matured in sherry casks, I suppose Asta Morris must have bought it as young spirit and decided to go for a sherry cask himself.

This is just 5 years old . When asked about the young age of this whisky, Bert simply answered because it wouldn’t make sense to age it longer and that’s probably the only right answer. Looking at the colour this must have been a very active (deeply charred?) cask.



imageArdmore 5 yo 2013 (56,4%, Asta Morris 2019, sherry butt, 211 btl.)

Nose: lots of dark candy sugar,...

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Benrinnes 1997 (Grindlay’s)

Grindlay’s bottled this 20 year single malt from the Benrinnes distillery after it was drawn from one cask (ex-bourbon probably) which was laid down in 1997 .

Scotland Grindlay Ltd was founded in 2015 by George Grindlay. They have a blend called Dalriada and a series of single malts / single casks, but other than that little information is available, not even a company website.



imageBenrinnes 20 yo 1997 (56,4%, Grindlay’s Selection 2018, cask #895, 200 btl.)

Nose: very fresh and aromatic, with fruit salad and a slightly floral edge. Oranges (and marmalade), peaches and melons. Bright lime....

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Glen Moray Fired Oak 10 Year Old

Glen Moray Fired Oak is a 10 year-old experimental whisky matured in bourbon barrels and then finished in heavily charred virgin oak casks . The least you can say is that Glen Moray is doing their best to bring out interesting experiments, like the Glen Moray Cider Cask Project before.

The official tasting notes mention amplified notes of vanilla, spice and smoky wood, so I expect it to be closer to American bourbon whiskey perhaps?



imageGlen Moray 10 yo Fired Oak (40%, OB 2018)

Nose: sweet fruity notes to the fore here, lots of apple notes with a...

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Mortlach 16 Year Old


Let us call a spade a spade: Mortlach failed in their april 2014 relaunch . The quality was uninspired and the bottles didn’t sell because the asking price was way too high.

The new range went back to 70 cl bottles, which are also priced much more reasonably (the 18 Years was € 350 when counting 70 cl, the new 16 Years is well under € 100) and I guess nothing really stands in their way now.

The Mortlach 16 Years is matured in a mix of first-fill and refill sherry casks. Of course there was the respected 16 Years...

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Jura 10 Year Old

We had a bad experience with Jura The Sound recently. We don’t give up, so let’s try the reworked Jura 10 Year Old and see if this is better. No points for the lousy 40% ABV strength though.

Jura 10 Years was already launched in the US in 2017 but didn’t make it to Europe until the 2018 core range overhaul . It is matured in American oak barrels and finished in Oloroso sherry casks.



imageJura 10 yo (40%, OB 2018)

Nose: better than The Sound, but not much. Gristy notes, hay, a little wet newspaper and a...

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Springbank 9 Year Old ‘Local Barley’

This is the fourth release in the popular Local Barley series from Springbank . One more and we’ll have a full set:

The latest version is produced with Optic barley from High Cattadale Farm and matured in a mix of 80% bourbon casks and 20% sherry casks.



imageSpringbank 9 yo 2009 ‘Local Barley’ (57,7%, OB 2018, 9700 btl.)

Nose: good but just like the 10 Years this is young and therefore a little less...

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New: Macallan Edition No. 5 // Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood // Glenrothes 40 Years


Macallan Edition N°5

The Macallan Edition N°5 celebrates the natural colour of Macallan bottlings. This inspired the renowned Pantone Color Institute to create a unique and ‘exquisitely complex’ shade for the label.

We don’t know what colour this will be. Macallan has been smart: they erased some text on the preview label and completely desaturated it. I’m guessing it will be a shade of red, or majbe brown. What do think it will be?

In any case: bottled at 48.5% ABV and available later this year. Macallan Edition No.4 is still available from The Whisky Exchange .





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Glenlivet 1954 (Gordon MacPhail)

In the impressive stream of (usually excellent) premium releases from Gordon & MacPhail , there was this Glenlivet 1954 , a 64 year old expression bottled at the end of 2018 from a refill sherry butt.



It was launched together with the outstanding Caol Ila 1968, both in the Private Collection series.



imageGlenlivet 64 yo 1954 (41%, Gordon & MacPhail ‘Private Collection’ 2018, refill sherry butt #1412, 222 btl.)

Nose: delicate but very good with lots of tiny nuances. Waxed papers, stewed pears, orange peel, with cedar wood and an ever so light smoky undertone. Lots...

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Talisker 2009 (Douglas Laing Provenance)

This Talisker 2009 was bottled at 8 years of age in Douglas Laing’s Provenance Coastal Collection , a series of four bottlings honouring the islands and the seas.

It’s young and comes from a refill cask – that could leave us with the natural character of this distillery.



imageTalisker 8 yo 2009 (48%, Douglas Laing ‘Provenance Coastal Collection’ 2018, refill hogshead #12611, 319 btl.)

Nose: quite maritime indeed, very spirit-driven with echoes of the newmake. Beach sand, sea breeze and hints of wet shells. Malty notes underneath, a little pear and sweet lemon. Light hints of pencil shavings....

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Macallan 10 Year Old (1970s)

Macallan from the 1970s, matured in sherry wood as stated on the neck label. This seems to be a standard bottle from Macallan-Glenlivet themselves, no mentions of Italian importers in this case.



imageMacallan 10 yo (70 Proof, OB 1970s)

Nose: great nose, with a whole array of old-style notes like turpentine, furniture wax and just a hint of copper polish, but also juicy plums, raisins, even cooked strawberries. Whiffs of wet wood and old books. Me gusta mucho. Mouth: slightly less convincing. It does show a similar (nice) fruitiness, lots of apricot jams, red berry jams, as well...

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New: Laphroaig 30 Years // Tamdhu 15 Years // Glendalough 25 Years


Laphroaig 30 Year Old – The Ian Hunter Story

First-fill bourbon casks and filled at “high strength” (just 48%), that’s the recipe for an upcoming Laphroaig 30 Year Old . It has the subtitle The Ian Hunter Story , referring to the last member of the Johnston family to run the distillery in the 1950s, before it was taken over by the manager Bessie Williamson.

It appears to go back to the green bottle of the 25 Year Old, whereas in the past few years limited releases like the Laphroaig 27 Years were mostly bottled in clear glass.




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Old Pulteney 15 Year Old

Old Pulteney 15 Years is a new expression, part of the 2018 overhaul of the core range. Check my review of the newish  Old Pulteney 12 Years for more information.

The 15 Years is matured in first and second fill bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso sherry butts.



imageOld Pulteney 15 yo (46%, OB 2018)

Nose: a fresh and rather recognizable Pulteney nose, full of yellow apples, barley notes and heather honey with a lovely coastal side. Sea breeze, pine wood and mint. Soft vanilla and hints of golden raisins. Mouth: juicy and rather bright. A nice sweet...

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Laphroaig 25 Year Old (2018)

The new 2018 edition of Laphroaig 25 Years was matured in ex-bourbon casks (earlier versions often had some sherry influence).

The last one I tried was the 2014 edition and that was rather excellent.



imageLaphroaig 25 yo Cask Strength (52%, OB 2018)

Nose: rather mineral start, pretty punchy for such an old malt. Sunflower oil, ashy notes and carbon paper. Underneath there is a nice layer of grapefruits, lime and grilled pineapple – almost tropical. Also a buttery touch. Top notes of eucalyptus and sea spray. Burnt orange peel. Mouth: very big, with minty smoke and medicinal notes....

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Bunnahabhain until we succumb, part two

Bunnahabhain 14 yo 2001/2016 (59.6%, Wilson & Morgan, Barrel Selection, butt, cask #1430, 580) - Bunnahabhain 22 yo 1995/2018 (46.5%, Valinch & Mallet, bourbon hogshead, cask # 18-2201, 256 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1994/2018 (54.8%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 195 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 28 yo 1989/2018 (44.9%, Liquid Treasures, bourbon cask) - Bunnahabhain 26 yo 1991/2018 (50.3%, Malt Musketeers, first fill sherry butt, cask #4321)...

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Bunnahabhain until we succumb, part three

Bunnahabhain 28 yo 1989/2018 (43.8%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, two hogsheads, 432 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 28 yo 1989/2017 (41.3%, Antique Lions of Spirits, refill sherry, 388 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 27 yo (48.4%, The Single Malts of Scotland, Marriage, 2018) - Bunnahabhain 34 yo 1980/2014 (45.4%, Sansibar, sherry cask, 220 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 37 yo 1980/2018 (44.4%, North Star Spirits, refill hogsheads, 140 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1975/2018 (41.4%, The Single Malts of Scotland, Director?s Special, refill hogshead, 341 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 28 yo 1947/1975 (75proof, Matthew Gloag & Son)...

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Bunnahabhain until we succumb, part four

Bunnahabhain 3 yo 2014/2018 ?Staoisha? (60.7%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams) - Bunnahabhain 6 yo 2011/2018 ?Moine? (59.7%, Le Gus?t, hogshead, cask #704134, 278 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 10 yo 2007/2017 (56.7%, Signatory Vintage, Straight From The Cask, for La Maison du Whisky, hogshead, cask #140, 360 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 2007/2018 (46%, Scyfion Choice, Pastoral cask finish, 348 bottles) - Bunnahabhain 11 yo 2004/2016 (49.7%, Single Cask Seasons, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #800195, 674 bottles) - Ma2 2004/2017 (55.2%, Specialty Drinks, Elements of Islay, 1st fill bourbon barrel)...

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Speyburn, Quantum Salmon Leap

Speyburn 2004/2018 (52.5%, OB for The Netherlands, cask #218, first fill sherry butt, 678 bottles) - Speyburn 1988/2015 (52.3%, Berry Brothers, cask #2114, hogshead) - Speyburn 1974/2004 (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseur?s Choice, refill sherry butt) - Littlemill 25 yo 1992/2018 (48.4%, The Auld Alliance, hogshead) - Littlemill 28yo 1988/2017 (49.2%, The Whisky Agency for Taiwan, hogshead, 48 bottles)...

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A new bag of rum

La Mauny ?Signature du Maitre de Chais? (40%, OB, Martinique, agricole, +/-2017) - Nicaraguan 19 yo 1999/2018 (46%, Cadenhead, Green Label) - Enmore 27 yo 1990/2018 (53.7%, The Rum Mercenary, Guyana) - Caroni 20 yo 1998/2018 (64.8%, Hunter Laing, Kill Devil for The Whisky Barrel, Trinidad, 214 bottles) - Caroni 20 yo 1998/2018 (65%, Hunter Laing, Kill Devil for The Whisky Barrel, Trinidad, 233 bottles)...

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