By @markjedi1 on 5th Mar 2012, show post
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 246: The Celts 22 Year Old 1996 for MMM
For our second single cask release in the Tribe Series, Jurgen Robyns designed another great label: the fierce Celts. And as with the Picts, our previous release, it is again a secret Speyside scotch, from a distillery that was founded in 1892 in the valley of the deer, literally a stone’s throw away from the famous distillery that produced our Picts. Nuff said! It matured on a bourbon cask for 22 long years. And it is simply marvelous, thank you very much.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 247: Auchentoshan The Bartender’s Malt 02
I felt the first Bartender’s Malt was somewhat mediocre and should be seen only as a malt to be used in cocktails. Last year the second edition finally arrived, again the result of a so-called New Malt Order contest. Twelve bartenders from five different countries were responsible for the composition. The youngest in the mix is 6 years old, while the oldest is more than 40! Again a whole range of casks was used and it was bottled at 50%.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 248: Auchentoshan The Bartender’s Malt Saint Petersburg Edition
It is not an easy feat to find this edition of the Auchentoshan Bartender’s Malt, for it was only launched in Russia and is actually single sherry butt #134. This 12 year old malt – the Saint Petersburg Edition –is bottled at 47%. The cask was selected by bartender Kirill Ivashkov. It was a gift from Kit Yalta – brand ambassador from Moscow – when he visited me in October 2018. Nice detail: I helped Kit land that job so many years ago. What goes around, comes around.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 249: Auchentoshan 29 Year Old 1988 PX Finish
In January I visited Taiwan (business trip with Catawiki). At the airport of Taichung – ready to come back home – I suddenly saw a bottle in the duty free range that was smiling at me. I had not seen it before. For the Toshan Man, this is always a special moment, as you can understand. Despite the price tag of 400 EUR (hey, it is 29 years old, mind you!) I could not leave it on the shelf, obviously. And what a belter of a whisky it turned out to be!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 250: Auchentoshan 27 Year Old 1990 Single Oloroso Cask for CWS
CWS is short for Chief Whisky Society, a whisky club from China. They selected this single oloroso sherry cask as an exclusive to their members. If it were not for my new friends in Taiwan, I do not believe I would ever have gotten hold of it. Luckily I got my hands on two bottles. One for the Toshan Temple and one to savor.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 251: Mackmyra Äppleblom
Äppelblom is Swedish for apple blossom, in the case of this new release from Mackmyra it refers to the fact that the whisky was finished in casks that previously held calvados from Christian Drouin, one of the best calavdos producers in the world. This Mackmyra Äppleblom is a so-called ‘‘säsongswhisky’ – seasonal whisky – like the Skördetit, Iskristall, Blomstertid, Midnattssol, Midvinter, Sommartid, Vinterdröm and Vinterrök. I am expecting a very fruity whisky with apple in the lead, obviously.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 252: Benrinnes 23 Year Old 1995 Italian Car Series
This is already the fifth edition in Jan Vissers’ so-called Italian Car Series. Yes, Jan has a soft spot for Italian race cars. The label sports a so-called ‘Sharknose’, a Ferrari 156 that Belgian racer Willy Meiresse drove to victory in the 1962 Grand Prix of Naples. It’s a single hogshead that was put to sleep on 17th October 1995 and bottled at a cask strength of 49.6% on 27th March 2019. If there were a Grand Prix for Benrinnes, this one would be on the podium indeed. Top class.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 253: Writers’ Tears Red Head
Writers’ Tears is, as it clearly says on the label, ‘distilled, matured and bottled in bond for Walsh Whiskey Distillery Ltd’. That means this is sourced whiskey. Logical, as the Walsh Whiskey Distillery was only founded in 2016 by Bernard and Rosemary Walsh. It will be a while yet before they can release their own distilled whiskey. In the meantime, we enjoy the oloroso sherry cask matured Writers’ Tears Red Head.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 254: Arran 12 Year Old 2006 Private Cask for Whisky Shop Zammel
Lucie Stroesser is well known to most whisky lovers. Until recently she was the Brand Ambassador for Arran. One of the last tastings she hosted, before returning to her native France, was in Belgium. Shop owner Jan Vissers asked her to bring some cask samples to select the next private cask for his Whisky Shop Zammel. He selected a 12 years old sherry hogshead, distilled on 26th July 2006 and bottled on 14th January 2019. And it blew me away!
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 255: Wagging Finger New Make Spirit
You know I have a weak spot for new make, I’m sure. I have been able to try quite a few. The Dutch distillery Wagging Finger is best known for their lovely gin and they’ve recently also launched an Old Geneva, but I will try their spirit that has just been put to sleep to become whisky. The spirit in front of men now was distilled on 6th February of this year and cut to 50%. It is lightly peated: 20 to 25 ppm. I predict it will become a lovely whisky.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 256: Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask
One of the nicest souvenirs one can bring from a distillery visit is without a doubt a bottle that you can only buy there. So I brought one for my buddy Manny and myself a Distillery Reserve from Kavalan. They come in 300ml bottles from different cask types. When I was there in January, they had a rum cask and a peaty cask. The rum cask Kavalan went to Holland, the other one stayed in Belgium and is now open on my desk. Funny detail: I have bottle 002 of 301. Bottle 001 was not available as it went into the distillery archive.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 257: Kavalan Vinho Barrique 2013 ‘Vina’ for Taiwan
This is a limited edition that was released by Kavalan especially for the Taiwanese WhiskyClub.co, presided by my good friend Joseph Wang. I have him to thank for the bottle. It got a very special label and is dubbed ‘Vina’, which is the goddess of vineyards. Must have been one sexy lady, judging by the back label.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 258: Kavalan 2006 Virgin Oak for The Nectar
The boys and girls of The Nectar, Belgian bottler, knocked on many distilleries’ doors for a special cask for their tenth anniversary last year. Many of those can be found on my blog, but this one was sold out before I was able to get my hands on it. Luckily I found a bottle via social media recently and am very happy that I was able to buy it, as it is a belter of a Kavalan. On virgin oak, no less. That’s a first for me. What a color!
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