By @markjedi1 on 5th Mar 2012, show post
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 350: Mortlach 12 Year Old 2007 Carn Mor
Thanks to my buddy Manny I was able to taste this Mortlach from Morrison & Mackay in their Carn Mor Strictly Limited series. It’s a vatting of two very active sherry casks, that yielded some 700 bottles, albeit at 47.5%, which I do not believe to be cask strength. It was not love at first sight, but eventually the malt grew on me.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 351: Ardnamurchan AD 09.20:01 Inaugural Release
Another first release from a new distillery, always something to look forward to. In this case, Ardnamurchan actually waited until their whisky was five years old. This is a vatting of 53 casks: 65% former bourbon casks and 35% sherry casks, both oloroso and PX.
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A very interesting presentation, Mark. Thank you.
I see that Ardnamurchan is located right near the coast in the western highlands. No wonder there is some salt getting into the whisky.
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@Victor it's the proverbial stone's throw away from Tobermory (and Nc'nean for that matter).
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 352: Peat’s Beast 25 Year Old
Peat’s Beast is not the most famous whisky around, yet worth seeking out. After all, it is an Islay single malt – albeit undisclosed. The Peat’s Beast 25 years old is a limited edition and if I were a betting man… I daresay it’s a Bowmore. Don’t take my word for it, though.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 353: Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2007 The Octave for Wine4You
An Octave is a smaller type of cask that enables the spirit to have more contact with the wood and hence mature a lot faster. This Caol Ila from 2007 had the pleasure of kissing wood from a sherry octave. It was bottled by Duncan Taylor in their famous The Octave series, exclusively for the Belgian shop Wine4You. And it’s a stunner!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 354: Ballechin 10 Year Old 2010 Signatory for McShelfie
Belgian Whisky Club of the Year McShelfie selected a single cask of 10 years old Ballechin that matured on a sherry cask. Indeed, it’s another heavily peated malt from the Edradour distillery.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 355: Talisker 2009 Distillers Edition
Barely three months ago I tried the Distillers Edition from 2007, bottled in 2017. But I recently presented this version from 2009, bottled in 2019, during my online tasting WhisQy (Whisky in Quarantine) Edition #5: Talisker Treats. As always, the Talisker Distillers Edition is double matured on Amoroso sherry casks.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 356: Talisker Distillery Exclusive
As long as there is a pandemic, I’ll continue my online whisky tasting, the so-called WhisQy Masterclasses. WhisQy with the Q of Quarantine of course. They are quite popular which makes me happy, for it allows us to share drams and stories despite the crisis. In the fifth edition I presented a line-up of Talisker which included this Distillery Exclusive from 2017. Some 6.000 bottles were released and the label reveals the following: ‘First matured in refill oak casks, then specially charred American Oak hogsheads, before finally maturing in old European Oak puncheons’.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 357: Rosebank 30 Year Old 1990 Release One
I think it is fair to say that Rosebank is in the top five of closed distilleries. This King of the Lowlands was shut down in 1993 and for the longest time it looked like it would never re-open. But then Ian MacLeod stepped in and announced in 2017 that they would bring Rosebank back. The renovations have started and in the run up to the reopening they will release some of the old stocks that were part of the deal in buying the name from Diageo. This one matured for no less than 30 years and is aptly named Release One.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 358: Ledaig 26 Year Old 1993 Casqueteers
Casqueteers is a brotherhood of whisky lovers that purchase a cask every now and then in which you can buy a part. They recently bottled a single cask Ledaig from 1993, giving it the wonderful age of 26 years. Cask #243 was laid down on 5th March 1993 and bottled on the 10th September 2019.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 359: Tobermory 1994 – Wilson & Morgan vs The Whisky Mercenary
The independent bottler Wilson & Morgan bottled this second fill oloroso sherry butt #5043 some 6 years ago. I gladly put it head-to-head with sister cask #5013 that was bottled this year by The Whisky Mercenary. For the latter it is a shared cask with Dutch bottler Kintra. It matured 5 years longer than the former.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 360: Tobermory 17 Year Old Distillery Exclusive
A distillery exclusive always captures my attention. After all, if you can only get it at the distillery, surely it must be special. Only 990 bottles of this Tobermory were released after a maturation of 17 years, the last months spent on a Madeira cask. That’s a fortified wine from the eponymous Portuguese island off the coast of Africa.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 361: Ledaig 11 Year Old 2008 The Whisky Barrel
The online retailer The Whisky Barrel has released a series called ‘Originals’ in which they showcase the different styles of malts to their customers. Among those is also this young Ledaig – peaty Tobermory – that was bottled after 11 years of maturation on a first fill oloroso hogshead.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 362: Auchentoshan 20 Year Old 2000 Malts of Scotland
Thomas Ewers bottled another cask of Auchentoshan. This time it’s a refill sherry hogshead that slept for no less than twenty years with my favorite Lowlander. Not sure if it is politically correct to say it like that in these times of Murrygate… It was bottled at cask strength, as Malts of Scotland is wont to do. I taste this Auchentoshan on my 51st birthday as a kick off to a week full of triple distilled reviews and ramblings. Celebrate with me!
**Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 363: Auchentoshan 24 Year Old 1992 Signatory for La Maison du Whisky **
La Maison du Whisky does not need an introduction. Very regularly they select casks that are bottled exclusively for their shops. This is one from my favorite Lowlander. This Auchentoshan was distilled in 1992 and bottled as a single cask for them by Signatory in those beautiful but very-hard-to-pour-from decanters in the Cask Strength Collection. It was part of the line-up of my 50th birthday dinner in whisky restaurant De Cluysenaer… and with good reason!
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 364: Auchentoshan 21 Year Old 1997 Signatory for The Whisky Barrel
This Auchentoshan was distilled on 22nd October 1997 and bottled by Signatory on 22nd October 2018, 21 years later to the day. It was selected by online whisky retailer The Whisky Barrel as an exclusive. Obviously I had to have it for the collection, but it looked so good that I ordered two bottles. One of those was presented during my birthday tasting earlier this year.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 365: Auchentoshan 18 Year Old 2000 Malts of Scotland
Malts of Scotland – the German independent bottler – found a beauty of a sherry hogshead in the warehouse, that was filled with my favorite Lowlander’s triple distilled spirit in 2000. The Auchentoshan matured for 18 years before the cask yielded 329 bottles at cask strength. Two bottles made it my way and I’m very happy with them.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 366: Auchentoshan 30 Year Old 1987 for Singapore
After the single cask release bottled for China in 2017 (which took close to military maneuvers to get a bottle to Belgium) another single cask was bottled in 2018, this time for Singapore. Getting that one to Belgium was even more crazy. After I found out about the release, I put a cry for help on Facebook. Keith Chong from Singapore got in touch saying he could help, while Davide Romano – yes, the fellow behind Valinch & Mallet with which I have been friends for a couple of years – told me he was about to travel there. I brought Keith and Davide together and the latter offered to be the smuggler courier to bring the bottle back to Europe. The corona debacle meant that it still took quite a few weeks to get the bottle to Belgium, but at last it’s home. It’s an Auchentoshan from 1987 that matured for three decades on a sherry butt.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 367: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight
I was secretly hoping for a fourth release in the Ghost & Rare Series and this one actually would fit in that series (same luxurious packaging and it has some ‘ghost’ distilleries in the mix), but for the 200th anniversary Johnnie Walker launched this Blue Label under the banner Legendary Eight. That tells us three things. One: the blend is composed of legendary whiskies, being the malts Lagavulin, Oban, Teaninich, Blair Athol and Brora, upholstered with the grains Port Dundas, Cameronbridge and Cambus. Two: if you are going to call your whisky legendary, it needs to contain liquid from closed distilleries. Yep: Brora, Port Dundas and Cambus fit the bill. Third: it will not come cheap. This release will set you back some 300 EUR.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 368: Nc’nean Malts, Spirits & Cocktails
I was quite fond of the first release by Nc’nean, so much so that I got all batches so far. In this rambling I have put them head to head. But I also discovered their botanical spirit and barrel aged spirit and couldn’t resist creating a few cocktails with them. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 369: Glengoyne 13 Year Old 2005 Hart Brothers
Through my buddy Manny I got an open bottle of this sherry matured Glengoyne. There is still more than a quarter of the contents in there. Perhaps he did not like it much? This single cask was bottled by the Hart Brothers exclusively for the lovers of malt in Switzerland.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 370: Craigellachie 12 Year Old 1971 Gordon & Macphail
The oldest bottler in Scotland is Gordon & Macphail. They celebrate 125 years in 2020. The Connoisseurs Choice is one of their oldest and most popular ranges that has undergone quite some changes in looks over the years. I’m trying an older one today: a 12 years old Craigellachie from 1971, bottled early 1980s. The label still proclaims White Horse Distillers as proprietors. Peter Mackie was one of the founders after all. This bottle is totally gone nowadays, though.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 371: Unleash the Cline 20 Year Old 2000 Mobster on Mopeds
I’m quite naughty by revealing Clynelish immediately, for this is actually an ‘undisclosed’ malt. But when you label your release Unleash the Cline, well. I take full responsibility. This is the eight release already of these so called Mobsters on Mopeds, again very limited. Only 53 bottles. And of course bottle 53 of 53 is proudly displayed in my cabinet until I throw the complete Mobster series in one of my online tastings soon. YOLO.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 372: Kilchoman 13 Year Old 2007 Private Cask for Max & Julia
There are only a few private casks bottled that have reached the age of 13 years at Kilchoman. This bourbon barrel was bottled for Max & Julia. The names may not mean much to you, they do to me. I ordered four bottles immediately because I know the person who owned the cask and he knows a thing or two about whisky (that’s a gracious understatement, trust me). And I was not wrong. It’s not good. It’s not even great. It’s outstanding!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 373: Johnnie Walker Celebratory Blend
One of the special releases Johnnie Walker launched in honor of the 200th anniversary of the company in 2020 was this Celebratory Blend, inspired by the original Old Highland Whisky. And guess what? It’s outstanding.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 374: Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 66
I have tried quite a few a’bunadh in my day, batch 60 only last November, but recently got a bottle of batch 66. The buyer was not very fond of it and asked me to take it off his hands. I did so gladly, so here we are with this sherry monster that will brighten up my day.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 375: Secret Speyside 26 Year Old 1994 The Barrel Baron
One of my whisky buddies from Holland, Marcel Kip, has released his first bottling. He certainly made an entrance with this one. I had the good fortune to taste this beforehand and am happy that I was able to secure two bottles of this beautiful dram.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 376: Miltonduff 13 Year Old 2007 Old Particular for Prima Vinum
Prima Vinum, a Belgian whisky shop, selected a sherry butt that was put to sleep in 2007 at Douglas Laing, containing spirit from the lesser known Miltonduff distillery. They had it bottled last August exclusively for their shop.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 377: Torabhaig 2017 The Legacy Series - Inaugural Release
The first official release from the Torabhaig distillery, founded on Skye in 2017, sold out in a flash. This despite the fact that, like many other inaugural releases we’ve seen in recent months, it is very young liquid, only just legally able to call itself whisky. But then again, we’ve also seen that this is not necessarily a problem. The only problem Torabhaig might suffer from is the fact that it will not escape the comparison with Talisker. Let’s not fall into that trap and just judge the whisky on its own merits, what do you say?
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