Monday, 24 April 2017

Bowmore 18 Manzanilla

The Devil's Cask Trilogy has been concluded so it doesn't come as a surprise to see another new collectionable trilogy to show up... It looks like a wine/sherry matured trilogy and the first one is already very promising: an 18yo Manzanilla cask. Bowmore + sherry = excited!

But.. (yes, there's always one) we might see a similar frenzy as we saw with the Devil's Cask trilogy. Auction sites and bottle flippers had a blast. But it was also good to see that some shops were trying hard to obtain bottles for genuine whisky geeks/lovers/drinkers/collectors (delete as appropriate).

Identity Card Bowmore 18 Manzanilla



bowmore 18 manzanilla vintners trilogy


  • Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore Islay

  • 18 year old single malt

  • Manzanilla cask (double maturation)

  • Part 1 of The Vintner's Trilogy


Long lasting, smoky bursts of spicy Seville orange through meticulous double maturation.

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…

Source and pictures: Colas Online
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Diageo Special Releases 2017

I might have spotted some of the Diageo Special Releases for 2017 already. Although only one has Special Release all over its label. The others are younger than usual, but isn't this the nature of the contemporary whisky industry: bottling whisky at a younger age? We can expect a Port Ellen and a Brora. And a 12yo Lagavulin and an unpeated Caol Ila for the affordable malts section. The rest of the Special Releases for 2017?

Let's have a look at the full list.

Port Dundas  52


  • Port Dundas single grain (closed distillery)

  • 52 years old

  • 752 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 44.6% ABV


Glen Elgin 18


  • Glen Elgin single malt (Speyside)

  • 18 years old

  • 5352 bottles

  • Ex-bodega European butts (sherry?)

  • Alcohol: 54.8% ABV


Blair Athol 23


  • Blair Athol single malt (Highlands)

  • 23 years old

  • 5514 bottles

  • Ex-bodega European butts (sherry?)

  • Alcohol: 58.4% ABV


Teaninich 17


  • Teaninich single malt (Highlands)

  • 17 years old

  • Alcohol: 55.9% ABV

  • 200 years limited release


This whisky might very well be a separate 200 years anniversary release and not a so-called Special Release. We'll see...

Brora 1982 - 16th Release


  • Brora single malt (Highlands)

  • 34 years old

  • 3000 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 51.9% ABV


Port Ellen 1979 - 17th Release

  • Port Ellen single malt (Islay)

  • 37 years old

  • 2988 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads and refill American butts

  • Alcohol: 51% ABV


Caol Ila 18

  • Caol Ila (unpeated?) single malt (Islay)

  • 18 years old

  • Unknown number of bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 59.8% ABV


Lagavulin 12 - 17th Release

  • Lagavulin single malt (Islay)

  • 12 years old

  • Unknown number of bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 56.5% ABV


Convalmore 1984

  • Convalmore single malt (Speyside)

  • 32 years old

  • 3972 bottles

  • Refill American hogsheads

  • Alcohol: 48.2% ABV


Diageo decided to come forward with this year's Special Releases since it's the whisky worlds worst kept secret anyway. There's no NAS whisky in the line-up this year (not yet, who knows they'll come up with a £500

Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…

Source and pictures: Colas Online
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Douglas Laing Old Particular Laphroaig 18YO Consortium of Cards

A Tasty Dram Whisky Blog tasting notes

Tonight I’m diving into the first release from Douglas Laing’s Consortium of Cards, an Old Particular Laphroaig 18YO. The Consortium of Cards is a collection of single cask whiskies from the Old Particular series themed around a deck of playing cards. (If you're thinking "This sounds familiar", you are right. Hanyu pulled the same trick already.)

This single cask is presented as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay’s well-known and well-earned nickname. And a properly aged Laphroaig certainly has the qualities to become the crown jewel of Douglas Laing’s Consortium whisky collection.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

Een nieuw whiskygerucht is altijd een leuke opener van een nieuwe maand. Bruichladdich zou aan een vrouwelijke tegenhanger voor de Classic Laddie aan het werken zijn: Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie.

Bruichladdich is altijd een veelzijdige en toegankelijke distillery geweest. De meeste Schotse distilleerderijen zijn nog niet de kilt-doedelzak-lederen zetel-oude man stereotypes ontgroeid. Bij Bruichladdich staan ze ver daarboven; Sommigen omschrijven ze zelfs als de meest vrouwelijke van de distilleerderijen op Islay met hun klassevolle en kleurrijke flessen gevuld met lichte en speelse whisky’s.

Het management van Bruichladdich is zich altijd bewust geweest van deze aantrekkingskracht bij het vrouwelijke publiek. Ze gaan dus nog een stapje verder met deze Classic Lassie expressie. Een stijlvolle roze getinte whisky die de klassieke bloementouch van Bruichladdich combineert met rijke en extravagante aroma’s van rode portovaten en Chateau Pr. d’Avrilfusten.

Een release die de oude master distiller Jim McEwan ongewijfeld zal doen glimlachen en een traktatie voor lassies (meisjes) en laddies (jongens) aan de overkant van de plas.

Identiteitskaart Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

  • Bruichladdich Distillery, Lochindaal (Islay)

  • Gerijpt in rode portovaten en Ch. Pr. d’Avril wijnfusten

  • Alcohol: 50% ABV

Bron: Bruichladdich
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Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

A new whisky rumour is always a great way to start the month. Bruichladdich appears to be crafting a female counterpart for The Classic Laddie. Meet Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

Bruichladdich has always been a versatile and accessible distillery. Most Scottish distilleries have not yet outgrown the kilt-bagpipe-leather-armchair-old-man stereotype. You will not find such stereotypes at Bruichladdich. Some would even dare to call it the most feminine of the Islay distilleries: classy and colourful bottles with light and playful whiskies.

Bruichladdich management has been very much aware of their appeal to woman. So they decided to go one step further and release a Classic Lassie expression. A stylish pink coloured whisky that combines the classic floral Bruichladdich touch with rich and extravagant aromas from tawny Port pipes and Chateau Pr. d’ Avril barriques.

A release that would make former master distiller Jim McEwan smile from ear to ear a treat for lasses and lads across the pond!

Identity Card Bruichladdich The Classic Lassie

  • Bruichladdich Distillery, Lochindaal (Islay)

  • Matured in tawny port pipes and Ch. Pr. d’Avril wine barriques.

  • Alcohol: 50% ABV

Source: Bruichladdich

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