Monday, 28 November 2016

The Glenlivet Cipher

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A few weeks ago I was a guest at a small scale event from The Glenlivet. The concept was minimal and pure. Almost comparable to their latest feat: The Glenlivet Cipher single malt.

It is all about - don’t look too far - deciphering. They named the whisky The Glenlivet Cipher for a reason. You start out with very little information. No tasting notes, no age statement, no cask details. Only the strict legal minimum. Apart from Alan Winchester and perhaps one or two lucky few, even the people from Glenlivet are kept in the dark about the exact recipe.
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Wemyss Malts The Hive, Spice King & Peat Chimney Batch Strength

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Last month independent bottler Wemyss Malts released a new series of blended malts in their existing line-up. The Hive, Spice King & Peat Chimney all existed in an 8 and 12 year old version.  In 2015 Wemyss replaced the 8 year old version by a NAS expression but upped the ABV from 40% to 46% in return. And now Wemyss presents The Hive, Spice King & Peat Chimney Batch Strength. Every expression is limited to 6000 bottles.
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Douglas Laing Yula 21 Year Old

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The second edition of Douglas Laing's Yula 21 Year Old has been out for about a month or so. I finally have some time to properly sit down with it and sample this blended malt.

I marked the first edition as excellent in my notebook (I do not give a numeral score to whiskies). Edition number 2 is essentially the same whisky only one year older. If I read the press release right, Douglas Laing used the same components from last year with one year of extra maturation before marrying and bottling the blend.
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

News: Kilchoman Club Release 5th edition

Winter is coming so the Wills family will be releasing their annual Kilchoman Club Release 5th edition within a few days. Lurking at the back of the north warehouse were two casks fromKilchoman's first full year of production in 2006, one first fill oloroso sherry butt and one fresh bourbon barrel. They have vatted these ten year old casks together and bottled them at their natural cask strength (57%). The powerful rich fruits from the sherry cask and the beautiful vanilla and citrus from the bourbon wood have combined with the Kilchoman spirit over the past ten years to produce something pretty special.
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