A case of Glenburgie

Glenburgie 8 yo 2012/2021 (54.5%, Cooper’s Choice, marsala cask finish, cask #128, 312 bottles)
Glenburgie 10 yo 2008/2019 (52%, Asta Morris, Caroni finish, cask #AM106, 259 bottles)
Glenburgie 13 yo 2008/2021 (52%, Asta Morris, sherry, cask #AM096, 676 bottles)
Glenburgie 11 yo 2008/2019 (57.5%, Hart Bros., for Switzerland, selected by Gianni MIgliore, first fill sherry butt, 312 bottles)
Glenburgie 14 yo 2007/2021 (62.5%, La Maison du Whisky, Plume, Conquete, sherry)
Glenburgie 14 yo 2007/2021 (62.2%, Signatory Vintage for Kirsch Import, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #900079, 543 bottles)
Glenburgie-Glenlivet 14 yo 2004/2018 (53.6%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 294 bottles)
Glenburgie-Glenlivet 15 yo 2004/2019 (54%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, two bourbon hogsheads, 570 bottles)
Glenburgie 20 yo 1998/2019 (51.1%, Elixir Distillers, The Single Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #900899, 248 bottles)
Glenburgie 21 yo 1998/2019 (59.4%, Elixir Distillers, The Single Malts of Scotland, hogshead, cask #900887, 298 bottles)

Torabhaig Allt Gleann Review

The second release from Sky’s second distillery, the Torabhaig Allt Gleann is made from “select parcels of casks” distilled in 2017 and 2018. Released in 2022 that would make this, at best, a 4-year-old whisky. Though to make that true the 2018 casks would all need to have been distilled in early 2018. I’d wager that’s not the case, but does it really matter?

The Malt Nuts routinely taste young Islay whiskies covering every distillery on the Island and those tastings have nailed home the fact that young peated whisky can indeed be delicious. Though, anyone who tasted early Kilchoman already knew that. They exploded because of how good their young stock was.

With all of this in mind, I approach the Torabhaig Allt Gleann with an open mind and palate. Let’s get to drinkin’!

Torabhaig Allt Gleann – Details and Tasting Notes

 

Whiskey Details

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Islands, Scotland
Distiller: Torabhaig

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: NAS (3+ Years)
ABV: 46%

Torabhaig Allt Gleann Price: $70

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Talisker 35 Years

“A whisky shaped by Skye, but made by Torabhaig.” – Torabhaig

Torabhaig Allt Gleann Tasting Notes

EYE
Light straw

NOSE
Waxy – candied – vanilla, minerality, smoke, citrus, malty sweetness and some copper.

Obviously young and spirit-driven, but nothing off-putting. It’s actually kinda nice.

PALATE
Minerality, smoke, waxy – candied – vanilla, malty sweetness, briny saline, and some copper and light citrus and butterscotch.

Surprisingly tasty and multi-faceted given what this is. I’m digging it.

FINISH
Long -> Peat, caramel, oak, malt and a light sweetness fade out warmly.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Great balance, medium body, and a soft buttery feel.

Torabhaig Allt Gleann – Overall Thoughts and Score

I’m a fan of young, peated, Islay whiskies and now I can say I’m a fan of young Skye whiskies as well. When done right, you get a crisp minerally profile that lets you get to know the spirit more than the cask without it coming across as raw. It’s a fun and interesting way to absorb the character of the distillery.  Though are we surprised?

Young Talisker is pretty good and while I might catch hell for saying this, Skye is kinda like the younger sibling to Islay when you’re talking smoky Scotch hierarchies. So it makes sense that this young peated Skye whisky is hitting all those young peaty notes so well. Torabhaig Allt Gleann is tasty already and it makes me excited to see where they go from here.

SCORE: 3/5 (above average, worth checking out ~ B- | 80-82)

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Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition Review

What’s the difference between release 1 and the Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition? Nothing. Well, the whisky itself obviously because it’s a new batch, but when it comes to the actual specs, the answer is nothing.

It’s still a “double cask” release employing both new charred and used bourbon barrels, still peated, bottled at 105.6 proof, still about $75. So when it comes to the coverage of the details everything is the same. But when it comes to the whisky itself…

Let’s get to drinkin’!

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition – Details and Tasting Notes

 

Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Distiller: Benriach

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, New Charred Oak
Age: NAS (3+ Years)
ABV: 52.8%

Batch: 2

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition Price: $75*

Related Whiskey

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Benriach Smoky 10
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“The spirit is the result of exploring 100% intensely peated malt, batch distilled and matured in first fill bourbon barrels combined with a high proportion of charred and toasted American virgin oak casks.” – Benriach

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition Tasting Notes

EYE
Hay

NOSE
Smoked and candied banana a’la Bananas Foster, graham, marshmallow, slightly nutty.

Peaty banana… that’s the majority of what I’m getting on this.

PALATE
Smoked banana, caramel, hay, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, Honey Nut Cheerios and a slight waxiness.

Palate is more complex than the nose and brings up some warmer earthier notes. Adding water brings up some light minerally-spirity notes, but it doesn’t come across as raw.

FINISH
Long -> Peat, Honey Nut Cheerios, banana, and malt.

BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Decent balance, medium-full body and a light oily feel.

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition – Overall Thoughts and Score

It’s noticeably less minerally than last year’s release, but it’s also noticeably more fruity with a heavy leaning towards the banana side of things. In fact, if I had to sum it up in three words they would be “smoked banana taffy”.

Now, is that necessarily a bad thing? No, I rather dig it. Is it something that sounds appealing to you? Well, that’s between you and your tastebuds and flavor preferences. Me, I like things that are a tad perverse in their combinations and this Benrich Smoke Season 2nd Edition fits that bill.

SCORE: 3/5 (above average, worth checking out ~ B- | 80-82)

*Disclosure: The sample for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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The Dalmore Unveils Two New Vintages

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled two new limited editions from the Vintage collection, The Dalmore 2003 Vintage and The Dalmore 2007 Vintage.

Created by pioneering Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass and Master Distiller Richard Paterson OBE, The Dalmore Vintage collection showcases exceptional whiskies of distinguished character, each hand-selected in November, following a five decades-old Dalmore tradition.

Once a year, The Dalmore whisky makers visit the distillery to reacquaint themselves with their rare casks laid to mature in their historic warehouses, on the banks of Scotland’s great natural waterway, the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands.

November marks the optimum time for The Dalmore whisky makers to return to the distillery to assess their rare casks and the whiskies laid maturing within, as the cooling climate allows their potential to truly shine. Only the most exceptional whiskies reviewed during this special time and considered to have distinguished character are chosen to become a Dalmore Vintage.

The Dalmore 2003 Vintage offers on the nose – Manuka Honey, dark toffee, aged vanilla-pods; on the palate – warm honey, maple syrup and spiced dark fruits; and finishing notes of antique honey, old English marmalade and sweet spice. This elegant whisky was first matured in ex-Bourbon American oak casks, then enhanced through a carefully balanced recipe of hand-selected casks; Rivesaltes sweet wine casks, rare Matusalem and Amoroso sherry casks and small-batch Bourbon barrels.

The Dalmore 2007 Vintage offers on the nose – Honey, fresh baked brioche and ice ginger cake; on the palate – orange blossom honey, spices and mandarins; and finishing notes of patisserie sugars, ginger snaps and cinnamon. The antique qualities of this whisky are created through an initial maturation in ex-Bourbon American white oak barrels, then enhanced with a harmony of rare-hand-selected aged casks – Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso sherry, alongside sweet Marsala wine barrels.

Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass comments: “The time we take each November at The Dalmore is a true highlight of my year. At The Dalmore every cask is special, but when it comes to a Dalmore Vintage, we assess rare casks by hand, reacquainting ourselves with the character of each whisky. For a whisky to become a Dalmore Vintage we are looking for a distinctive characteristic that distinguishes that Single Malt above all else that year, a whisky with true potential to shine”

The Dalmore 2003 Vintage (RRP £350, 46.9% ABV) and 2007 Vintage (RRP £150, 46.5% ABV) and available from December at select outlets worldwide.

Loch Lomond Whiskies Reveals Remarkable Makers Campaign for the Launch of New Distillery Edition

Loch Lomond Whiskies Reveals Remarkable Makers Campaign for the

Launch of New Distillery Edition

Independent distiller reveals its first collaborator, Bread Ahead, to showcase the influence of yeast in whisky making 

Loch Lomond Whiskies is bringing its innovative whisky making style to life with a series of new collaborations with Remarkable Makers.

Working with liked-minded passionate creators and artisan craftspeople from other industries, the campaign intends to lift the lid on the complex whisky making process by explaining the nuances of its approach and showcasing how the slightest variations in method make incredible differences.

Loch Lomond Whiskies’ ‘Remarkable Makers Series’ launches with its first collaborator, Bread Ahead, a popular London bakery chain, which was selected to show the parallels of whisky and bread making – two age old crafts that use simple ingredients to create maximum flavour.

By taking people on a journey into the world of bread, Loch Lomond Whiskies and Bread Ahead are helping to educate people on whisky, inspiring a new appreciation for ingredients and bringing to life the method in an innovative and simplified way.

Specifically, the collaboration explains the role of yeast in whisky and uncovers the story of Loch Lomond Whiskies’ new Distillery Edition, that has been crafted using chardonnay wine yeast, an unusual ingredient in whisky making. Chardonnay wine yeast creates an intense zesty fruit and citrus flavour when added to whisky, and a fresher, sweeter flavour when added to bread.

The first in a new series of distillery editions, the single-malt perfectly captures Loch Lomond Distillery’s innovative approach to whisky making, underpinned by its use of its unique Straight Neck Stills. The only distiller in Scotland to use the Straight Neck Stills, Loch Lomond Whiskies is able to carefully manipulate the flavour at the point of distillation creating a lighter and distinctively fruit single malt, which is characterised by notes of citrus and orchard. When combined with the chardonnay wine yeast, the fruit flavours become supercharged creating an incredibly intense whisky that appeals to a broad range of whisky lovers.

Michael Henry, Loch Lomond Whiskies’ Master Blender, said: “There is a certain mystery to whisky-making, which is often seen as an infinitely complex form of science and art.

“While there are just three ingredients in whisky making – water, barley and yeast – there are endless possibilities to explore, with the most subtle changes in method creating distinctive differences in flavour, colour and alcohol concentration.

“Recognising that most people don’t have the desire to delve into the highly technical details, we are setting out to work with a collection of Remarkable Makers from other industries who exude the same passion and innovation in their fields, as we do in ours.

“By doing so, we hope to lift the curtain on whisky making, educating consumers in a new way, simplifying the process and taking them into our world through that of other creators.”

The new Loch Lomond Distillery Edition, a 9 Year Old Single Cask Malt, was first distilled in 2010. With only 270 bottles worldwide, it is an exclusive and rare expression, and crafted using chardonnay wine yeast in the fermentation process, which supercharges the citrus and orchard notes already amplified through the straight neck stills.

Loch Lomond Distillery Edition opens with freshly grated lemon peel, pear and white peach with vanilla and icing sugar. On the palate, there is creamy vanilla with a honey sweetness, grapefruit and tangy pineapple before a long finish of mouth-watering citrus, elderflower and gentle cinnamon spice.

Michael Henry continued: “At Loch Lomond Whiskies we are fuelled by an eternal spirit of exploration and are always seeking to experiment with what is possible.

“Loch Lomond Distillery Edition intimately showcases our distillery’s innovation and capabilities in whisky making, and perfectly highlights the role of our unique straight neck stills.

“Very few distilleries use chardonnay wine yeast in the fermentation process. The result is an exceptional single malt characterised by a distinctive zesty flavour, with intense notes of orchard and citrus, which truly reflects what we are capable of.”

The collaboration with Bread Ahead will see the creation of educational video content that brings consumers into the method. Master bakers from Bread Ahead have also created a distinctive Loch Lomond Whiskies ciabatta made using chardonnay wine and chardonnay wine yeast, which will be available to consumers in the new year.

Reece Collier, Bakery Director, from Bread Ahead said: “On the surface these two crafts feel worlds apart, but whisky and bread making share many similarities. Using simple ingredients – yeast, water, salt and flour – we can create incredible flavours and hundreds of variations in products from sourdough to focaccia, brioche and ciabatta. While in whisky you use yeast and water, along with barley, to experiment with single malts, single grain whisky and blends to create a vast spectrum of flavour possibilities.

“Like Loch Lomond Whiskies, we are driven to explore new flavours, using quality ingredients in an innovative way to create something memorable.

“This was as educational and inspiring a process for us as it will be for consumers, helping us to better understand the art of whisky making and encouraging us to look beyond the usual boundaries in bread making.

“Inspired by Loch Lomond Whiskies’ innovative approach, we have created a new ciabatta crafted using chardonnay yeast and chardonnay wine. When added to the bread, chardonnay wine yeast gives it a new lease of life and it becomes much sweeter.”

Loch Lomond Distillery Edition bottled at 57.1 ABV% and has a RRSP of £65. Production has been limited to 265 bottles, and wit will be available at  www.lochlomondwhiskies.com

Loch Lomond Distillery can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Its current malt and grain distilleries, in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, close to the banks of Loch Lomond, were commissioned in 1964 with first distillation in 1966.   

The synergies in whisky and bread making

Like bread, a fine whisky is the product of just a few simple ingredients. However, the way in which the ingredients are married together can have an incredible impact on the final flavour, colour, quality, smoothness and texture.

The slightest variation to ingredients and to the method will deliver distinctive differences in the end product.

Once all the ingredients have been mixed the dough goes through the kneading and resting stages, the whisky equivalent of distillation. While quite different processes, both have the effect of helping the flavours to develop.

Loch Lomond Whiskies uses its unique straight neck stills during the distillation, giving it greater control over the spirit than is traditionally achievable through a swan neck still.

The final step in the journey is in the baking process itself, which in whisky making is known as maturation.

The oven creates the same effect as a whisky cask, baking the dough over a certain amount of time, bringing it to life and transforming it from a mixture into something that can be consumed and enjoyed. It is the cask, as it is the oven, that also create the final colour, with the wood imparting certain aromas and contributing to the flavour profile.

For further information visit www.lochlomondwhiskies.com/pages/remarkable-makers

Tasting notes 

Nose: Freshly grated lemon peel, pear and white peach, vanilla, icing sugar

Palate: Creamy vanilla, honey, grapefruit, green apple, pineapple

Finish: Long, mouth-watering citrus, honey, elderflower, cinnamon 

About Loch Lomond Group

Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller based in Alexandria and is home to several award-winning brands that are sold in more than 125 countries worldwide.
Loch Lomond Distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814.
Images and interviews with key staff from the Group are available upon request.
For further details, please visit: lochlomondgroup.com.

About Loch Lomond Whiskies

Loch Lomond Distillery has one of the oldest heritages in the industry. It was founded by American, Duncan Thomas, the owner of the Littlemill Distillery which was licensed in 1772. In the 1930s Duncan Thomas was at the forefront of innovation within the Scotch whisky industry and his innovative philosophy is ingrained into everything that is done at Loch Lomond to this day.
In 1814, the original site of the Loch Lomond Distillery was established near Tarbet, towards the north-west end of Loch Lomond; an area which has been at the heart of the whisky industry for centuries. With at least nine distilleries around the loch lost over the years, Loch Lomond Distillers has maintained a proud local tradition into the 21st
The multi award winning Loch Lomond Whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12 Year Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18 Year Old; Loch Lomond 50 Year Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain.
Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12 Year Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards.
Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12 Year Old
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12 Year Old
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18 Year Old
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL: Loch Lomond 10 Year Old

About Bread Ahead 

Bread Ahead was founded by Matthew Jones in 2013. After a successful career as a chef and then baker, Matthew created Bread Ahead with the intention of bringing artisan quality bread to a market.
The school quickly followed in 2014 when the team realised that their customers had a real interest in creating artisan level breads at home. Their mission remains the same, to teach home bakers how to achieve expert crafted breads in a domestic setting.
Bread Ahead’s products are defined by the seasons and the quality of ingredients they use. Flavours are put front and centre,  and every bake is developed and created using traditional methods and techniques.

Highland Whisky Auctions November 2022 ENDS SOON! – Scotch Whisky News

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Balvenie The Week of Peat 14 Year Old at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Balvenie The Week of Peat 14 Year Old

This expression from The Balvenie tells the tale of distillery manager Ian Millar, who spotted a free week in the distillery’s schedule and decided to experiment! After a recent visit to Islay, Millar decided to order a batch of Speyside peat for the kiln and build a peat burner on the side ‘for, well, extra peatiness’. Part of The Balvenie Stories collection, this release is aged for 14 years and bottled at 48.3% abv.
Described as a sweet, smoky and fragrant expression of The Balvenie make.

KILCHOMAN MACHIR BAY CASK STRENGTH – Aberdeen Whisky Shop News

MACHIR BAY CASK STRENGTH 2021

“Machir Bay at cask strength has such intense flavours, the tropical fruit on the nose jumps out of the glass, and the citrus sweetness on the palate is so concentrated and powerful. Cask strength whiskies are such a pure representation of a distillery and maturation, they are hard to beat.” 

~Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder.

Back by popular demand, the Machir Bay Cask Strength is set for its latest edition, With new look packaging!

Delayed from its scheduled release last year, the 2021 Machir Bay Cask Strength is finally here (in 2022). This limited edition is made using the same vatting recipe as the regular Machir Bay bottling however, rather than reducing the strength to 46% abv, this one is released in a limited number of bottles at cask strength; of 58.3% abv. The higher abv allows for the quality and intensity of the Kilchoman spirit to shine.

Only 18828 bottles were produced.

NOSE: Opens with light, fruity notes influenced by the distillation. Intense waves of fresh green apples followed by candied tropical fruits. Lasting hints of dry, earthy peat smoke become the backbone for this release.

PALATE: Powerful, combining citrus notes of lemon and orange peel. Dominant honeycomb sweetness that makes way from a profile driven by milk chocolate.

FINISH: Slight cracked black pepper spice and nutmeg. Oily rich texture delivers an increasingly smoky influence. Nice balance of heavy peat, slow distillation and oak character.

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Benromach 15 Year Old ~ Classic 15 Year Old Scotch 🥃 at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

Benromach 15 Year Old

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottling

70cl / 43%

WEB EXCLUSIVE PRICE

£65.95

£54.96 ex VAT

Introduced to the Benromach line-up in 2015, this lusciously rich Speyside single malt is a fruity, chocolatey and lightly smoky dram that will delight fans of traditional styles. Matured in a mixture of ex-sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks, with a greater emphasis on sherry than the Benromach 10 Year Old, this is a charming reflection of Speyside both past and present.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Festive feel-good flavours” – Scotch Whisky News

WOW… time flies when your having whisky fun, we’re now only FOUR WEEKS to Christmas. In sheer anticipation and excitement, we’ve released some fantastic feel-good flavours to get us in the mood for the festive season. Warming with real depth and a sense of mischief – these whiskies are ideal for sharing with loved ones.

Keep on scrolling to discover more or click on over to our website to browse our new November Outturn bottling list. For the ultimate festive feast, our Christmas Collection brings an exceptional selection of specially priced whiskies to enjoy, buy now before they are gone forever.

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CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

ADVENT CALENDAR

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

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