After two peated whiskies that were matured in sherry casks, the third whisky from Gordon and Macphail “The Wood Makes the Whisky” campaign is a straightforward ex-bourbon matured whisky from Speyburn distillery.
We’re not used to see many Speyburn indie bottlings out there. In fact, there aren’t many official bottlings, but G&M have longtime relationships and connections with various distilleries and whisky producers and so they stocked a few casks from Speyburn, released under the “Connoisseurs Choice” brand. The latest one, which was part of the package is a 1989 vintage that was bottled in 2013 so it’s a 23-24 year old.
Connoisseurs Choice Speyburn 1989 (46%, £75.95/€97.99)
Nose: Bread dough, cereals, sourdough, grapefruits, honey, white pepper, gentle wet wood note. After 2-3 minutes it’s sweeter with added honey and then some traces of vanilla, gentle flowery and spearmint notes, not perfumed but hints at it and still lots of grapefruits Continue reading
Before I continue with my Scotland tour posts (and the last Islay stop), time for a quick detour to review a bourbon. Yes! a bourbon! and why? Because I found one which I actually liked and got a sample from my good buddy Shai. (He was born in New York and bourbon is flowing in his veins).
So what do we have here? Before we go into the tasting notes here is what I know about it – Widow Jane is produced at Cacao Prieto artisan distillery (in Brooklyn of all places!) and is made with Pure Limestone Mineral Water from the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale New York and is aged for 7 years in casks.
Kilchoman, the youngest distillery on Islay and one distillery I was very curious to visit – a small, boutique-like and independent distillery on Islay with growing good reputation and fan base.
It’s holidays time! well, I know that Thanksgiving is almost 3 months from now and Christmas is 4 months far away but hey, we’re having the Jewish holidays now! starting tonight, for 3 weeks, Jews all over the world celebrates the new Jewish yeah and you know that holidays means lots of big meals, wine and some whisky.
Tomatin has announced today on a twitter tasting the release of Tomatin Cù Bòcan – a lightly peated single malt matured in a compelling combination of Virgin Oak, Bourbon and Sherry casks.
This is the first peated expression ever from Tomatin. The peat rate is 15PPM and the peated malt is just under 8 yo and will get older with future batches.