Monday, 19 June 2017

Catching up on Friday (16 June 2017)

After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less then two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.

News

Douglas Laing’s Consortium of Cards #2 Ben Nevis 1997

The chaps at Douglas Laing presented the second installment in their Consortium of Cards series. After a rather stellar ’Queen of the Hebrides’ Laphroaig 1998, they bottled a Ben Nevis from 1997 and baptised it fittingly the ‘King of the Hill’.

Douglas Laing’s Consortium of Cards #2 Ben Nevis 1997
Source: Douglas Laing

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask Peated 14

William Grant & Sons presented a new Balvenie Triple Cask - a series of whiskies exclusively for Travel Retail - earlier this week. The new 14 year old single malt is a rare peated expression from The Balvenie. The price should be around £65. 

The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask Peated 14

Rumours

Glenmorangie Private Edition n° 9 Spios

Glenmorangie’s next Private Edition whisky appeared on the Public Colas registry this week. Glenmorangie’s funky cask series doesn’t come with an age statement. Edition number 9 matured fully in American ex-rye casks.  Google isn’t very helpful to explain the name at the moment… But Bill Lumsden will elaborate on it very soon.

 Glenmorangie Private Edition n° 9 Spios

Source: Colas Online

SMWS Blended Malt batch 01 ‘Exotic Cargo’

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society sets sail to new land. The independent bottler will present a 10yo blended malt later this year. The label remains true to the SMWS spirit with tasting notes of an almost poetic quality. One to watch out for sure.

Source: Colas Online

Old Pulteney 17 and 21 year old discontinued

Wick’s based Highlands distillery Old Pulteney confirmed they will be discontinue the 17 and 21 year old single malts due to dwindling stocks (hands up if you’re have a déjà vu feeling…). However Old Pulteney representatives already confirmed they will be replaced by aged versions. Some rumours even speak of an 18 and 25 year old expression.

Some more interesting reads

Dave Broom - Binary thinking won't work in whisky (scotchwhisky.com)

Alex Bean - A Pineapple whisky sour for Pops (whiskycritic.com)

Greg Dillon - We need to get past the single malts are best, blends are bad mindset (greatdrams.com)

That's it. See you next week folks! Enjoy the weekend with a dram or two.
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