By @markjedi1 on 5th Mar 2012, show post
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 324: Rowan’s Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon
Rowan’s Creek is a small batch bourbon that is produced by the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers company in Bardstown, Kentucky. It has won top awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is bottled at 100.1 Proof, which translates into the rather odd 50.05% ABV. Takes some time to open up, but then reveals itself to be feisty and complex.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 325: Springbank 10 Year Old
Springbank is – together with Glengyle and Glen Scotia – one of the last surviving distilleries on Campbeltown and is unique as it produces three types of malt: peaty Springbank, heavily peated Longrow and unpeated Hazelburn. The entry level Springbank is their 10 years old, of which I will try a release from 2005, meaning that the malt has spent more time in the bottle than it did in the wooden casks.
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Nice, straightforward review for what sounds like a nice, straightforward whisky. I would like to try this one but with a couple of bottles of the 12 YO I just don't think I want a full bottle of the 10 in my cabinet.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 326: Kilchoman Triplets
I put three bourbon cask matured Kilchoman head-to-head. I make no secret of the fact that this is how I love Kilchoman, but was happily surprised by how different the casks taste. The triplets are the Machir Bay 10th Anniversary release, the Original Cask Strength 2009 and a single cask from 2007 for Belgium, all at cask strength.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 327: Kilchoman Rum & Port
I put two Kilchoman on different cask types next to each other. The first is a rum-finished single cask for Belgium, which goes head-to-head with the Port Cask matured from 2014. Both are bottled at cask strength, but could not be more different, of course.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 328: Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie
You have to admit it: Ardbeg has guts. For as long as I can remember the Ten was (and is!) the entry level malt – and a very good one too! An absolutely brilliant Ardbeg. And while they added the An Oa (a NAS release) to the core range only recently, it is now joined by one with an age statement… but a very young one, just 5 years. In traditional (is it?) Ardbeg Style, they gave it a resounding name: Wee Beastie. It’s a vatting of both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks and upon release it was priced between 35 and 45 EUR, but in some markets it was markedly more expensive.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 329: Ardbeg BlaaacK
For Ardbeg Day 2020 the Islay distillery launched a sheep theme. Ardbeg claims to be very different from all other distilleries on the island and therefor calls itself the black sheep. Well, well, the boys and girls of the marketing department really earn their keep. Still, it is a very interesting release, as the malt got a finish on Pinot Noir wine casks from New Zealand. Next to this limited edition Ardbeg also released a Committee Only bottling with cream colored label and at cask strength. I’ll try the 46% release, readily available for us mere mortals.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 330: Caol Ila 16 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020
No Feis Ile this year because of Corona, but luckily we do get a Feis Ile release. This Caol Ila, limited to 3.000 bottles, was sold out in less than three hours. The malt first matured on refill bourbon hogsheads and then got a finish on Amoroso treated hogsheads (BTW: this is the type of cask that Diageo uses for the Distillers Edition of Talisker). Let’s hope – although I’m fairly confident – that it’s tasty.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 331: Lagavulin 20 Year Old Fèis Ile 2020
Because of the corona crisis no Islay Malt & Music Festival this year, but luckily a special release for Feis Ile 2020 was released. This Lagavulin, which matured no less than 20 years, took about two days to sell out. With only 6.000 bottles, that surprised me a bit. It matured on a combination of refill hogsheads and both oloroso and PX sherry casks. It’s a very inviting amber with thick legs.
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