Weekly Whisky News Round-up

2017-04-30

A closer look at Bowmore 15 years old (GTR)

2017-05-03

My May Whisky Wishlist

2017-05-01

It may be a bank holiday for some of us, I couldn’t leave you without my monthly whisky wishlist on this 1st of May! Good news: I’m also currently working on a proper & permanent “wishlist” page on this blog so that you can always easily find my “go-to” drams of the moment and other must-have gems without having to scroll 1654988 articles or spend hours searching the blog archives. It may take a few weeks to have it up and running but keep your eyes peeled my little drammers 😀

And without further ado, let’s have a look at this month’ malted selection!

Laphroaig Four Oak

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First released for the Travel Retail market, Laphroaig Four Oak features a marriage of whisky matured in a quartet of casks, namely ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads. Somewhat following on the theme from their popular Triple Wood expression…

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Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish

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It’s the 2009 vintage Sassicaia-wood-finished single malt from the Benromach distillery! This spends the first portion of its maturation in first-fill bourbon barrels, and is then allowed to finish for 28 months casks which previously held Sassicaia wine from Tuscany.

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Highland Park Valkyrie

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Valkyrie is the first in Highland Park’s Viking Legend series and the bottle has been created by Danish designer Jim Lyngvild. It’s a peatier expression, and whilst with Highland Park this means Ocadian peat and classic heather smoke notes, it’s said that Valkyrie offers a more phenolic (although still balanced) experience…

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Tamdhu 50 years old

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50 year old single malt from the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. Drawn from a single first-fill European oak Sherry butt which was filled in November 1963, this whisky waited patiently for half a century before being bottled at 55.6% ABV (an impressive strength for such an old whisky). Just 100 bottles were produced.

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GlenWyvis Highland Inspiration

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A limited edition release from the upcoming GlenWyvis distillery in Dingwall, celebrating the laying of their historic foundation stone. The whisky itself is a single malt Scotch from an undisclosed Highland distillery, with only 1,600 bottles released.

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Aureum 1865 – Grave Digger Edition

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A special edition 6 year old German single malt whisky from the Ziegler distillery‘s Aureum 1865 range, released in partnership with long-running German heavy metal band, Grave Digger! The label features a Grim Reaper on it, and the presentation box is shaped like a coffin. How cool is that…

Portions of the whisky were aged in Allier oak and chestnut casks for a year, before being aged for the rest of their maturation in bourbon casks. There’s also a portion of Sherry-cask finished single malt and peated single malt in there too.

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