By @markjedi1 on 5th Mar 2012, show post
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 427: Lagavulin 11 Year Old Offerman Edition
Nick Offerman is an American actor and comedian who makes no secret of the fact that he loves to drink Lagavulin. He even had this included in the script by the screenwriters of the TV series Parks & Recreation, so that his character Ron Swanson also likes Lagavulin. It was inevitable that a Lagavulin Offerman Edition would appear, being an 11-year-old.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 428: Isle of Islay 10 Year Old 2007 Creative Whisky Company
The Creative Whisky Company was founded by David Stirk, raised and then... Sold. Yes, that's how it often goes. This is still a cask that Stirk bought, but at the time of bottling he was no longer the owner. This Isle of Islay is indeed Lagavulin – no secret is made of it – and was bottled for the online shop The Whisky Barrel. The cask yielded 285 bottles at 100 Proof or 57.1% ABV. Nice and pale, which suggests that this is spirit-driven.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 429: AnCnoc 2005 Single Cask Exclusive for Premium Spirits
I changed jobs not so long ago. After more than 12 years as Teamleader at the ING Business Credit Center, it was time to broaden my horizons once again. I started working as a Customer Journey Expert – what a great-but-utterly-unrevealing title, right? – and I'm really enjoying myself in that position. My BCC colleagues offered me this bottle as a parting gift. They know my love for whisky all too well, of course.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 430: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2009 Klubb23 for Buds & Barrels
Bunna 2009 on sherry? I have good memories of that. There’s good reason for having bottled such a cask with Mark & Manny's malts. But our friends from Klubb23 also could get their hands on such a cask and bottled it for the shop Buds & Barrels, run by our good friend Tom Haseldonckx. It's the first of a series of four single casks in the series 'L'Histoire d'Alixe', so we have something to look forward to. Nice label, by the way, by the hand of Annie Mation (see what she did there?).
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 431: Torabhaig Allt Gleann
After the successful launch of their Inaugural Release, the Torabhaig distillery founded on Skye in 2017 came up a few months ago with this second release in their so-called Legacy Series. The young malt, composed from around 300 bourbon barrels from 2017 and 2018, listens to the name Allt Gleann, which means as much as Old Valley. Like its predecessor, it is bottled at 46%.
@markjedi1 I'm Canadian, but I believe I have a bottle or two of the Lagavulin Offerman Guinness finish. Both versions of the Offerman Lagavulin were carried by the LCBO. Thanks for your always entertaining reviews, Mark. If I ever make it over to Belgium, I'll bring some samples for sure.
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@OdysseusUnbound Believe it or not, last week some friends from Virginia came over to Belgium and not only did they bring me the requested Oban 18 (US only), but also the Offerman 2 edition, so I was quite happy with that. The power of social media, eh? Gotta love this family of malt enthusiasts.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 432: Isle of Jura 23 Year Old 1998 for MMM
Mark and Manny will also be bottling 4 beautiful single casks for a completely new series in 2022: The Mythical Series! This year, the artworks for the labels are created by the unparalleled Ansgar Speller, who is also manager – together with her lesser half Thomas – of the 1923 Creative Agency. And they are also whisky lovers, as evidenced by their site speller.nl. The first release is already a belter, even if we say so ourselves. We found a beautiful hogshead filled with whisky from the Isle of Jura distillery, filled in 1998 and bottled for MMM after 23 long hibernations. Feast on it!
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 433: Nc’nean Quiet Rebels Annabel
I think you can safely say that I am a fan of Nc'nean. I've tasted the first ten batches and it's become a bit of a daily sipper. So accessible and pleasantly priced that I can drink it daily without any problems. But they recently launched the so-called Quiet Rebels series – an ode to the distillery's employees, each time vatting something special – and start with the distillery’s leading lady: Annabel Thomas. In addition to the classic bourbon and STR casks, she now also chose Tokaji and sherry casks. Tokaji is the oldest type of wine made in Hungary. Very excited to try this.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 434: Teeling Brabazon 1 through 4 Head-to-Head
The Brabazon series from Teeling consists of four interesting releases. The series is named after the 17th Century politician that ruled the Liberties, the area where the distillery can be found. It also refers to the Brabazon House, the building behind the distillery in which Teeling now have their corporate offices. Let’s put these four whiskeys head-to-head.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 435: Clonakilty 9 Year Old 2010 Single Grain Bordeaux Finish
The whiskies of Clonakilty, founded in 2016, are still quietly maturing. But in order to be able to pay the bills in the meantime, they also bought some whiskey that they finish and market themselves. This is a good example. This Clonakilty is a single grain that they finished on Bordeaux wine barrels before being bottled at cask strength. Only 180 bottles of this whiskey have been filled.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 436: Wave Distil 10 Year Old 2011 Fine Spirits ’40 Bottles’
Patrick Ludwich of Fine Spirits has been working for some time to put Belgian whisky on the map once and for all and this bottle, which appeared together with the book 'All Belgian Whiskies' on 6 December 2021, is a wonderful part of that. Patrick's intention is to bottle no less than 40 Belgian whiskies at the end of the day. Hence the '40 Bottles' on the label. Perhaps a bit confusing, because of this release there are indeed 268 bottles. So you have to know the context. I can already recommend the book very warmly. Hopefully I can do that of this 10-year-old whisky too. It was distilled by Wave Distil, a small distillery in Dinant – hence the Saxophone on the label.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 437: Ben Nevis 6 Year Old 2015 Adelphi
My whisky buddy Manny brought a bottle with him on his last visit. It involved a very young Ben Nevis that spent barely 6 years on a very active 1st fill oloroso sherry butt. The cask still yielded 588 bottles after 6 years, at a devilishly high ABV of 62.2%. Oh boy.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 438: Supersonic 7 Year Old 2013 ‘Mach 2’ Blended Malt North Star Spirits
Manny came to visit not so long ago and brought me a bottle of this Supersonic 'Mach 2'. Well, he shouldn't have done that, but I'm pretty glad he did. I had tasted the Supersonic 'Mach 4' a few months earlier and thought it was fine, so I was looking forward to this one. The difference in ABV is considerable. This is 10% lower at 50% ABV. That's not a punishment. It is also significantly lighter in color.
Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 439: Glentauchers 13 Year Old 2009 for MMM
Glentauchers is a lesser-known Speysider – founded in 1897 – that mainly focuses on producing malt whisky for making blends with Ballantine's being the best known. There are hardly any official bottlings, but through independent bottlers you can occasionally taste it. Now Manny and I have found a fantastic cask – a sherry butt, by the way – with Glentauchers from 2009. It's already our 26th release and we're once again enjoying a beautiful label with the art of Ansgar Speller. The color palette also betrays our subtle support for the people of Ukraine.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 440: Oban 18 Year Old
A few months ago I made an appointment with my American friends John and Mary-Angela. After all, they came to Belgium and that was the perfect opportunity for them to bring some bottles, such as the Kentucky Owl bourbon, the Lagavulin Offerman Edition on Guinness casks and this Oban 18 Year Old, which is bottled exclusively for the States. Apart from a pleasant afternoon in which a lot was tasted, followed by a great burger dinner in Ghent, it was also the opportunity for me to finally put this 18-year-old Oban to the test.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 441: Wolfburn Private Cask 2017/540 re-visited
Last year I tasted this private cask from Tom after he had let it come to Belgium just before the Brexit troubles. Well, not the whole cask, though. He bottled 36 bottles. The 3-year-old gem was then at 61.2%. At the end of 2021 Tom had another 36 bottles shipped and that makes this very interesting. The malt has therefore been in the cask for exactly one year longer. Let's see what evolution this Wolfburn has gone through. I'll put the first one next to it to make a real comparison.
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 442: Wolfburn 7 Year Old 2015 Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
Kudos to Belgian bottler Klubb23 who took the initiative to convince Wolfburn to release a bottling in favor of humanitarian actions for Ukraine. And although Wolfburn opened up the initiative further and bottled another 1550 bottles (with black capsule) for all markets, 112 bottles (with silver capsule) and separate label on the box were bottled for Belgium. The proceeds of the sale will go to the Solidarity Fund Ukraine 12-12. I know it's only a very small contribution that I make by buying a bottle, but something is always better than nothing.
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Thank you for your review Mark. It may be a good while before I see any Wolfburn in my area.
"...one lost apricot in there as well...." Poetry.
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