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here's a secret macallan, japanese private bottling, 29 years old. they can't mention the M word, but coyly alludes to "the smallest stills in Speyside", and "lightly peated style very unusual of this distillery"
finally got my hands on yet another of the official retail range. so far only managed to get the Valour, Luceo, and Dominium.
some recent Ardbeg tastings
Received a bottle of Glenfarclas 15 earlier this week.
Had it shipped to a friend of a friend in Flensburg from whisky.de with six glasses.
Turns out there's a solution to all this "nur innerhalb Deutschlands" when you live in Denmark
Latest acquisition is this bourbon from
a distillery in Woodinville, Washington.
Grains are procured in the state on the east side of the Cascade mountain range. Distilled on the west side of the mountains and aged on the east side.
they state, that they allow their barrel wood to age in the weather before building the casks, then char the insides of the casks. The weather shifts on the east side of the Cascades are more pronounced, which should make the maturation more active.
on uncorking, the nose and flavor was pretty compressed. A bit astringent, spicy, and a touch Smokey. Letting the bottle rest another day, and it seems to have opened up considerably. Sweet notes mostly. Toffee, vanilla, dry fruit, chocolate, and baking spices seem to dominate. A good sipping whiskey that goes down smooth and easy.
As as can be seen, they are not an old distillery but they had good guidance when they started, and used more neutral spirit distillation in their infancy to allow their whiskey to age. They also offer an American Whiskey and a Rye, Which I may be inclined to pick up as well based on the quality of this offering.
Price was not bad ($38 USD plus flat tax per liter, and additional 20% state liquor tax made it closer to $50.)
How do you like the Glengoyne? I almost bought it, but grabbed an Aberlour 18 instead
Glengoyne is very good. Need some air and time to open up. So don't rush it.
Just arrived, two of each (one for the collection, one for enjoying and sharing)!
Tell me please what you think about Ardbeg Kelpie. I got a couple last year in the distillery shop, but I didn't taste it yet.
great minds think alike. I got the exact same two bottles from Laphroaig and waiting for them to clear customs here.
the Ardbeg Kelpie, are just delicious with rich notes of smoke, saltiness, sweetness behind them permeating as you taste. just awesome if you are into such kind of whiskies.
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