Friday, May 28, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
This whisky is the latest limited edition from the family-owned Islay distillery of Kilchoman. The Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured is constructed from 33 casks in total - nine full maturation ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and 24 that were finished in ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for between 12 and 18 months. Pedro Ximenez is a sweet style of dessert sherry made from grapes that remain on the vine longer than usual. The whisky has been produced using malted barley with a high peating level of 50ppm, which is a higher level than in regular Kilchoman releases. There are just 12,000 bottles.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
This collection of three rare single malt whiskies are from the north Highland distillery of Brora, which has reopened today (May 19, 2021). The Brora Triptych is designed to celebrate the rebirth and renovation by looking back to the distillery's pre-closure days of the 1970s and early 1980s. The collection has been collated by Stewart Bowman, the Master Distiller for Brora, and Dr. Jim Beveridge, the Senior Blender for owners Diageo. They will only be sold as complete sets.
The Brora Triptych is formed of the Timeless Original 38 years old, the Age of Peat 43 years old and the Elusive Legacy 48 years old - the oldest ever official release of Brora by Diageo.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Whiskymaker's Reserve No.4 is the latest release in the limited edition series of single malts from The Lakes distillery in northern England. The Whiskymaker's Reserve series is designed to be an exploration of maturation and blending in order to evolve the distillery character. This fourth bottling is pitched as 'the most complex to date' and has seen maturation in three cask styles - Spanish oak ex-Oloroso sherry casks, American oak ex-Pedro Ximenez casks and French oak ex-red wine barrels. The Lakes Whiskymaker's Reserve No.4 is bottled at 52% ABV and is both non chill-filtered and of natural colour. A bottle will cost £65. Exact numbers were not revealed.
Monday, May 17, 2021
We have the two latest episodes from our Allotment Dram series of reviews for you. First, Matt takes a look at the X by Glenmorangie, a new single malt from the famous north Highland distillery that is 'made for mixing'. Then on his next visit he talks about and opens a new bottle of The Hive, a Speyside-based blended malt from the family-owned Wemyss Malts. Watch both videos to discover more about each whisky and to find out his thoughts and tasting notes. We hope you enjoy them.
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Friday, May 14, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
This whisky is a new release from the north Highland distillery of Glenmorangie. The X by Glenmorangie will sit in their single malt core range and is designed for mixing. The new whisky has been crafted by top bartenders under the watchful eye of Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie. X by Glenmorangie features whiskies that have been matured in ex-bourbon barrels with some being finished in charred virgin oak casks for a short period.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
We have two more episodes from our allotment dram series for you and both feature new whiskies to the market. First, Matt takes a look at the Jura Rum Cask Finish. This is the third bottling in the Cask Editions series from the island distillery and has seen the whisky matured in ex-rum casks sourced from the Caribbean. Watch to find out more about the release and then discover Matt's thoughts and tasting notes.
Then on his next visit to the plot Matt talks about the Ardbeg Scorch. This is the Committee Edition that is released at the natural cask strength. The release is this year's release for the Islay distillery's annual Feis Ile bottling. Sadly it is already all sold out but Matt wanted to review it anyway. Watch to discover more about the whisky and his thoughts and tasting notes.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This whisky is the latest single malt for the Islay distillery's annual Ardbeg Day bottling, which celebrates the final day of the Feis Ile festival on the island. The 2021 edition is named Ardbeg Scorch and is inspired by a mythical dragon that is said to live in one of the dunnage warehouses at the distillery. The whisky has been matured in heavily charred American oak ex-bourbon barrels. This heavy char makes the wood crack and is often known as 'alligator char' as it looks like reptile skin (or dragon skin in this case ...). The Scorch (Committee Edition) is bottled at the natural cask strength of 51.7% ABV. It was available exclusively to members of the Ardbeg Committee but has now sold out.