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Springbank Local Barley 9 Year Old Local Barley (2009-2018) Review

I really like the Springbank Local Barley series. So far four different expressions were released, each using different barley strains, different ages and different casks combination.

The latest one is the 9 Year Old which was released late 2018. It’s distilled from Optic barley strain (grown locally of course), and was aged for just 9 years (after having 16, 11 and 10 year old). The casks mix is 80% Bourbon & 20% Sherry casks (For your reference, the 10 year old had a casks mix of 70% Bourbon and 30% Sherry).

Shall we see how does it fare in comparison?

Springbank Local Barley 9 Year Old (57.7%, 9700 bottles)

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Nose: Intense and rich, Lots of caramel and greenery notes, honey, green sweet peat, motor oil, grease. After a few minutes it becomes more ‘green’ and honeyed and there are pears, peaches and caramel toffee and perfume-y edge. Continue reading

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Daftmill 2006 Summer Batch Release Review

It’s always an exciting day to have the first whisky review of a distillery here on Whisky Gospel and today is such an occurrence – and from a distillery that released their first whisky only last summer after almost 12 years – Daftmill distillery.

Daftmill distillery is a farm distillery owned bu Cuthbert family and is located in the lowlands region (the most expanding whisky region of the last decade!). The distillery is running in the farm’s quiet periods (midsummer and winter – hence the summer/winter releases).

Daftmill 2006 Summer Batch Release was the first wide spread release after the inaugural release, Chariot barley harvested in August 2004 from their Dam Park & Curling Pond fields was used and after distillation in it was filled into first fill Ex-bourbon casks from Heaven Hill in Kentucky before being bottled in 2018 after 11 years.

Daftmill 2006 Summer Batch Release (46%, 1665 bottles)

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Nose: Feels young at first with sweet barley and generous dash of honey & lemon. Vanilla, barley sugar, pears, floral with jasmine and white rose petals but the nose also picked along some chemicals like varnish and polish remover. Continue reading

Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 1990 26 Year Old Review

A while ago I’ve posted the new Bruichladdich Black Art 7.1 label over the blog facebook page (right here – I recommend liking and following the page for more content!) and it’s about time I’ll post my review for the previous member in the series, the Black Art 6.1 which was released last year.

As usual, we don’t know anything about the casks used to create the Black Art whisky (a tradition starting back with the first Black Art created by Jim Mcewan) but we do know it uses wine casks and that 18,000 bottles at 46.9% were released to the market.

Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 1990 26 Year Old (46.9%, £290/269,95)

Nose: Soft and rich, winey with tannins, raisins and figs, dried red fruit with lots of blackberries, almonds and hazelnuts chocolate, honey and nutmeg, very velvety. Continue reading

Port Askaig 10 Year Old (10th Anniversary) Review

The brand Port Askaig (From Elixir Distillers) is celebrating its 10th anniversary (Yes, it has been around for ten years already!). The first special celebratory release is a new ten year old Port Askaig.

There are 10,000 bottles, all from 33 casks. Some are classic refill American-oak hogsheads like thos used in Port Askaig 100 Proof, along with first-fill bourbon casks and ex-solera sherry casks. 

This expression was bottled at unusual strength – 55.85% which also happens to be the geographical latitude of port askaig itself.

Port Askaig 10 Year Old (55.85%, £68.95/€65.95)

Nose: lively and kicking but also very fresh. There can be no doubt this is a Caol Ila with all those classic Caol Ila notes: lemon, honey, seafood and seaweed, sweet peat but there’s also saltiness and bitter almonds to balance the sweetness.

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Old Particular Mortlach 12 Year Old (DL12363) Review

We had a lovely weekend with colder weather and rain but seems like we’re cutting straight into springtime here with warmer weather and greenery everywhere. Time for some springtime fitting whisky, a 12 Year Old Mortlach charged from a single bourbon cask.

Mortlach fitting for springtime? Well, Even though I’m coming from the “whisky fits all seasons” school, if you’re not following this rule, just bear with me for a little more and read the tasting notes below before disagreeing with me.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Mortlach 12 Year Old (DL12363, 48.4%, £60.95/350NIS)

Nose: You feel the Mortlachness here with dense and heavy nose, hazelnuts, fresh grapefruit peels and juice, bread-y, dough, fresh Granny Smith apples, vanilla and a big dash of honey. Continue reading

Glenmorangie Allta (Private Edition #10) Review

Last month, like every winter in the last decade, Glenmorangie distillery released their latest Private Edition (always one of the rare high points of winter time  whisky releases). Yes, a decade has passed and we have ‘Allta’ (Wild in Gaelic) is the 10th Private Edition.

While most of the editions in the last decade were focused on the casks and how they influence the Glenmorangie whisky, Allta and Tusail are like the black sheep of the family. Tusail was all about barley and Allta is all about yeasts. Instead of using the standard yeast strain, Dr. Bill Lumsden went with a different yeast strain – a local strain from around Tain.

After some work and time, they found a wild and suitable yeast strain on barley from Cadboll Estate near Tain and they started distilling using this strain.

Glenmorangie Allta (Private Edition #10) (51.2%, £78.95/84,50/$85.90)

Nose: Bubblegum, very wild and not very Glenmorangie like, malt, I would swear it’s a distilled beer, orange, nuts in the background and a bit of freshness. After a few minutes more nuts and menthol, pears, pine forest, very beer-y. With a few drops of water it’s fruitier and there’s fresh beer froth. A unique nose (especially for Glenmorangie). Continue reading

Compass Box ‘Stranger & Stranger’ Review

Yesterday it was Compass Box Juveniles day and today we review the other whisky released on the same day – Stranger & Stranger.

Just like Juveniles, ‘Stranger & Stranger’ is a whisky release with some external entity in mind and this time it’s the ‘Stranger & Stranger’ – the package design company that Compass Box has been working with for the last decade.

this blended spirit (spirit, not whisky and it’s no mistake) has a unique recipe, 99% is a classic scotch single malt and 1% is a very young malt/wheat spirit which didn’t hit the required 3 year old barrier to be called whisky:

4,802 bottles at 46% were produced and it’s interesting to see how the combination with the young spirit affects the liquid (if at all).

Compass Box ‘Stranger & Stranger’ (46%, £148.95/€169,90/$199.99)

Nose: Honey and wax, yellow plums and pears, very fruity with rich fruit juice. dusty (or perhaps powdery), very dense and intense for 46% whisky. After a short while even some tropical fruits, nutmeg, becoming orchard with added floral side to the fruitiness. Continue reading