Sunday, 29 June 2014

Malts of Scotland Images of Islay - MacArthur's Head Lighthouse

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Young, rough and rash rich kid

German independent bottler Malts of Scotland revealed a new Images of Islay series in 2013. Every bottle is marked with a distinguished landmark. The mark itself gives a clue to the distillery providing the cask.

MacArthur's Head lighthouse guards the entrance Islay and watches over the ferry route to Port Askaig. And what lies near the harbour? Indeed, Diageo's mega distillery Caol Ila. A frequent supplier of quality independent bottlings.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney 8

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Abandoned factory overgrown by flowers

This 8 years old blend is part of a Wemyss' blended malts trilogy: Spicy (Spice King), Honey (The Hive) and Peaty (Peat Chimney).  All whiskies from the range have both eight and twelve year old age expressions.

Peat Chimney contains up to 16 different single malts before the key component, an Islay malt, is added under the guidance of Charles Maclean. This component gives the whisky the signature notes of sweet smoke, iodine and peat. It probably is a Caol Ila...

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Wemyss Malts Merchant's Mahogany Chest 1991 Glen Scotia

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Chinese restaurant with African furniture

Campbeltown declared itself the whisky capital of the world during the Victorian age. It once had over 30 distilleries. Nowadays only three of them remain: Glen Scotia, Springbank and Glengyle.

Wemyss Malts names every single cask after the defining flavours of the whisky. This 1991 Glen Scotia is described by the panel as 'This butt is reminiscent of a sea merchant's chest full of rich dried fruits'.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Wemyss Malts Pastille Bouquet 1998 Mortlach

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Dusty candy box hidden in the kitchen

Wemyss Malts bottles its single cask range usually at 46% in stead of cask strength. But the whiskies kept their natural colour and are non chill-filtered. The name reflects the prominent flavours of the whisky. This 1998 Mortlach is described as 'This Hogshead has floral pot pourri on the nose, with sugar coated fruit pastilles'.

So we are talking about 14 - 15 year old Mortlach from an ex-bourbon hogshead with flavours of sweet fruit candies with a sugar coat.