Sunday, 28 June 2015

Benromach Organic 2008

Benromach Organic 2008

Benromach did a huge makeover for its core range in April last year. Out are the metal tubes, in are classy tubes with plenty of references to the stills and the lid serves as a bottle plinth and leaflet holder.

The Organic expression is Benromach's tribute to a pure product since 2006. Back then they were one of the very few who considered an organic approach to distilling. Every step in the whisky-making process meets the standards of the UK Soil Association.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

News: Busy days at Bowmore Distillery

The Old Lady from Islay is hard ad work. No less then three new whiskies will see the light of day in the next few days or weeks.

  • Devil's Casks III
  • Tempest Batch VI
  • Mizunara finish

Devil's Casks

The much hyped Devil's Casks is up to its third edition. The first two batches sold like hotcakes and are much sought after by collectors. Release three, Double the Devil, is a mix of first-fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Alcohol: 56.7% ABV. The first two batches were 10 years old, the new one seemed to have dropped the age statement.

Devil's Casks III Double The Devil
U.S. versie van het label

Tempest Batch VI

Tempest Batch (or Dorus Mor in the U.S.) is a known face in the Bowmore range. This cask strength whisky matures in first-fill bourbon casks for 10 years. Not much is known on edition VI but small teasers are released as we speak. To be continued...

Mizunara finish

Bowmore has been owned by the Japanese Suntory since the early nineties. It is only now that we will see the real fruits of this Scottish-Japanese cooperation. The classic Islay whisky was finished in mizunara (Japanese oak Quercus aliena) casks. Only 2.000 bottles will be released of this expression. Alcohol: 53.9% ABV. And yes, the label design could be discussed. Les goĆ»ts et les couleurs...


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Douglas Laing Scallywag Cask Strength

Douglas Laing Scallywag Cask Strength

The original Scallywag Speyside blended malt was launched in 2013 and is now part of the Remarkable Malts gang (with Big Peat, Timorous Beastie and Rock Oyster). The gently yet mischievous fox terrier now has a cask strength, super brother.

The stunning packaging features a few extra details. The startled dog has his ears pricked and his monocle blasted off. Will Scallywag blow off my socks too?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Benromach Organic (2013)

Benromach Organic

Benromach Organic was the first fully organic single malt certified by the UK Soil Association. The whisky meets rigorous standards for growing the barley, distillation and maturation. The distillery first released this somehow different expression for the first time in 2006.

One of the main key points is the use of fresh (virgin in geek speak) oak casks. Something that was, and still is, rather rare in the Scotch industry

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Chapter 7 Miltonduff 2008

Chapter 7 Miltonduff 2008

This Miltonduff is one of many "first times" for Chapter 7. It is the first sherry matured single cask, the largest outturn (butts are simply larger in size than barrels or hogsheads) and the highest in strength.

Miltonduff is part of the Chivas portfolio and is a key malt to the Ballantine's blends. Mr Ballantine's, Alistar Cunningham, was also the creator of the Lomond still, of which two were in use at Miltonduff to create the rare Mosstowie whisky. The stills were decommissioned in 1981 and Mosstowie is now a highly-sought-after whisky.

Monday, 1 June 2015

News: Scallywag Cask Strength

  • Scallywag Cask Strength
  • Douglas Laing's Remarkable Malts
  • Blended Speyside malt
  • 53.6% ABV
Douglas Laing’s original Scallywag launched in November 2013 with resounding success. They now reveal its super-powered partner in crime: Scallywag Cask Strength. At 53.6% ABV, it’s a particularly complex, powerful Speyside whisky that heightens the richly spiced character of the original “top dog”.

This limited edition bottling is created using only legendary Speyside malts including, amongst others, Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes, and only 1,000 cases are available globally. The unique packaging features a rather startled Scallywag, his ears pricked and his monocle blasted off having just experienced his cask strength namesake.

Official tasting notes from Douglas Laing

Cask Strength Scallywag has a rich, dark colour, extracted from many carefully selected sherry butts.
It carries a richly spiced character on the nose woven through with delicious vanilla from the ex-bourbon casks.
On the big, chewy palate you'll detect layers of dark chocolate, more vanilla and sweet stewed fruit fused with nutmeg and cinnamon and treacle. Most of these flavours can be attributed to quite some years slumbering in sherry butts.
The finish displays a burst of zesty orange with sweet tobacco, cocoa rich fruit cake.

Source and pictures: Douglas Laing