By @markjedi1 on 5th Mar 2012, show post
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 221: Oban 21 Year Old 1996 Diageo Special Release 2018
Someone whispered into my ear that the Oban 21 ‘does not deliver’. That’s a pity. But allow me to try it for myself. Lo and behold: it is a sniper. It starts somewhat closed, almost sneaky, but given enough time, this one is actually a grand malt!
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 222: Pittyvaich 28 Year Old 1989 Diageo Special Release 2018
Pittyvaich was built in 1974 to make malt for the popular Bell’s blend. The distillery was short-lived, however, closing in 1993 after just 19 years of operation. That’s less than the time this malt spent in the cask! There was already a 20 Year Old in the Special Releases in 2009. Now they offer a new one – from the same year 1989 – as a 28 Year Old. For me, this was the biggest surprise of this year’s series!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 223: Mortlach’s new range – 12, 16, 20 Year Old
For the longest time, Mortlach 16 Year Old in the Fauna & Flora series was the only one available. But in 2015 it was replaced by a new range in 50cl bottles… at prohibitive prices. The result: the bottles gathered dust on the shelves. Diageo had to rethink their Beast of Dufftown strategy and came up with a new range with a price tag that mortal man can again afford. Hurray! Let’s have a look at those three new releases!
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 224: Arran Rum Cask Finish for Belgium
At the end of 2017 Arran launched a small batch of 900 bottles, exclusively for Belgium, of an Arran 2007 Rum Cask Finish. Cut to 46%, this is a surprisingly easy-going malt, which – if you are looking for complexity – is a bit of a let-down. If, however, you are looking for a sweet and soft after dinner dram, then this is for you.
The video can be found at youtu.be/x21PCw7FuH8 (for some reason, the Connosr site does not allow me to enter the video URL...).
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 225: Glen Keith 22 Year Old 1995 Lads of Lobland
This is the 8th and final release in the Lads of Lobland series by the Belgian Bring Your Own Bottle Club – or BYOB-C (‘biopsy’). It was bottled in collaboration with Liquid Art. They chose a Speysider: Glen Keith 1995, matured for no less than 22 years.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 226: Orkney 15 Year Old 2002 for MMM
For the fourth and final bottling in our Antarctica Series – with again a fantastic label thanks to the sharp lens of photographer Ilse Everaert – we travelled to an Orkney distillery. This sherry cask had been sleeping for 15 years and offers a beautiful malt that bursts with fruit, but remains very close to the distillery character at the same time. With an ABV of 53.2% it would even set the heart of a Viking on fire! A worthy conclusion to MMM’s Antarctica Series.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 227: Talisker 18 Year Old
‘Talisker, the only distillery on the Isle of Skye’. Well… Seems to me owner Diageo will be relabeling their bottles soon, since Torabhaig opened its doors in January 2017. They can simply replace the word ‘only’ by ‘oldest’, I suppose. Having said that, their whiskies are obviously top notch and I am fortunate enough to try the excellent Talisker 18 Year Old, bottled – as Talisker is wont to do for most of their releases – at 45.8%.
4 days ago 3Who liked this?
@markjedi1 - Nice review! One of the best I've had for sure. In fact, I may have to get another for xmas . . .
4 days ago 0
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 228: Bowmore No 1
The Bowmore No. 1 should be seen as the new entry level malt. It is friendly priced, bottled at drinking strength and easy to find. No age statement, but I guess that is no longer an issue, or is it? It matured exclusively on first fill bourbon casks.
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@markjedi1 Thanks for your review, Mark. But I have to ask: aren’t all whiskies bottled at drinking strength?
20 hours ago 1Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound I have had this remark made before. It is a term I use to describe whisky that is bottled at 40, 43 or 46%, thus NOT cask strength or high strength, but diluted. That is what I mean with drinking strength. Sorry for any confusion :-)
12 hours ago 2Who liked this?
@markjedi1 I’m sure I’ve made the same comment before. It’s just my attempt at humour...in the Steven Wright sense of the word.
e.g. I intend to live forever; so far, so good
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