Bruichladdich The Laddie Eight

Bruichladdich The Laddie Eight

The Laddie Eight is a new whisky that was released in April, exclusively for travel retail. On April 14 there was a tasting on Twitter with the ‘World Duty Free’ to which I been invited to participate in. In addition to the 8-year-old whiskey we also tasted a Port Charlotte, which I will talk about in a separate post. What is most exciting about this whisky is that in addition to being bottled at 50% ABV and have their age visible, which feels very great and unusual to be a whisky on the duty-free…

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Lagavulin 8YO 200th Anniversary Edition, 2016

Lagavulin 8YO 200th Anniversary Edition, 2016

Lagavulin turning 200 in 2016 and this whisky is a tribute and special edition to celebrate this anniversary. 8 year old – young or maybe I should say, to let a young whisky for 10 years and pushing the age on the label is not something we are used to in these times of NAS releases, especially from such a heavy distillery like Lagavulin. With an alcohol content of 48% ABV its ‘stronger’ than the standard edition of 16 years, it feels like it could be a little more flavour…

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Amrut Spectrum

Amrut Spectrum

Amrut Spectrum is probably the most popular whisky in the market now, although there is only a limited edition of 1,000 bottles. Hailed by most if not all. The name comes from the unique range of wood as matured in. First, it has been matured for 3 years in a bourbon casks and then the end is matured in a unique cask composed of staves from the 5 different casks, American oak, French oak, Spanish oak, and Sherry and used PX-casks. This combination together with a relatively short maturation compared to Scotch whisky gets my expectations…

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Hyde No1 10YO Sherry Finish

Hyde No1 10YO Sherry Finish

This Hyde is an interesting whisky which have been matured on First fill Oloroso Sherry casks and without chill-filtration it was bottled at 46% ABV. I can’t say I know that much about the whisky or the distillery but it sure will be very nice to try it out. Nose: Vanilla, chocolate layered with peaches, citrus, malt, honey and assorted spices. A nice mix invites your senses. Palate: A creamy and fruity taste that marries well together and with hints of vanilla and a little malty. Finish: A long finish with…

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Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Kilchoman is still the youngest distillery on Islay and one of the most exciting ones these days in my opinion. This release comes from a total of 35 casks distilled in 2009. So with only 9000 bottles, no chill-filtration and bottled at full cask strength, 59,2% this must be a very interesting whisky. Nose: A lovely peaked scent that makes you dream away to a great bonfire by the beach, but with some lovely sweet hints too. Palate: It’s a powerful peated dram with a growing character that’s about to…

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BOX The Pioneer

BOX The Pioneer

The Pioneer is the first whisky from this new Swedish distillery. It’s one of four whiskies included in their range – The Early Days Collection. It’s bottled at 48,1% ABV and 50% of the whisky comes from bourbon-anchors* with unseated whisky, 35% from bourbon-anchors* with peaked whisky and the rest comes from unpeated whisky matured in 200-liters casks finished on heavy charred Swedish oak. It was limited to only 6500 bottles and only 5000 was released to the market (Swedish monopoly). All 5000 bottles was sold out in 6 hours…

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Smögen Primör 3YO

Smögen Primör 3YO

From one of the newest distilleries in Sweden, we have Smögen Primör. It’s de first release from Smögen and consists of 2188 á 50cl, bottled at cask strength, 63.7% ABV. The Primör is made of 8 brand new European oak casks (110l) and a barrique(225l) that contained Bordeaux wine before, also made of European wood. Nose: Hints of smoke, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla and some nice spices. Palate:  Sweet with some light smoke, citrus and pepper. Finish: Medium with some smoke, vanilla and chocolate. Rating: A great whisky even that it’s…

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Glentauchers 6YO Sherry Cask (A.D. Rattray)

Glentauchers 6YO Sherry Cask (A.D. Rattray)

Time for a young one from A Dewar Rattray – Glentauchers 6 Years Old and matured in a sherry cask. It was distilled April 25 2007 and bottled October 2 2013 at cask strength, 65% ABV. It’s un-chill filtered and matured in a sherry butt. Only 480 bottles available. Nose: Sweet toffee and citrus, chocolate together with some green apples. Palate: Robust with some great oloroso sherry notes, all together with spices, vanilla and some toffee. Finish: Long, wonderful and unforgettable. with much sherry notes and hints of cinnamon. Rating:…

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Glen Elgin 21 YO Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Glen Elgin 21 YO Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

This Glen Elgin from Douglas Laing’s single cask range ‘Old Particular’ is distilled in June 1992 and bottled at 51,5% ABV in December 2013. It was matured in a second fill sherry butt and it’s not coloured or chill-filtered and only 219 bottles available. Nose: Sweet and warm with notes of sherry,citrus, vanilla and spices Palate: Warm and spicy with hints of vanilla, chocolate and fruits. Finish: Long with citrus, spices and some oak. Rating: This was a really surprising dram. I had some high expectations about this before I tried…

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Mackmyra Midnattssol

Mackmyra Midnattssol

Midnattssol is the second release after Midvinter in their new limited range. It’s a summer whisky and I can tell that you will notice it on the flavours. The combination of American and Swedish oak, sherry and bourbon casks together with a final maturation in casks that previously held Swedish birch wine. It’s bottled at 46,1% ABV and available on the Swedish ‘Systembolaget’, May 2. Nose: Intense, fruity with notes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and some wonderful spiciness. Palate: Sweet and creamy with green apples, lemons and vanilla notes, all…

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