Balvenie 2001 DCS Chapter 2

February 24th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two features five extremely rare single-cask single malt whiskies and highlights the complex manner in which different oak casks influence the flavour of The Balvenie during the maturation process.

David Stewart MBE pioneered double cask maturation, or finishing, during his career at The Balvenie and this chapter showcases his vast knowledge and understanding of this process. The whiskies in Chapter Two, range in age from 15 years to 43 years, with each of the casks chosen by David imparting their own distinct flavour profile to the final expression.

David C Stewart -  "This 2001 cask was a butt that held gorgeous Gonzales Byass Pedro Ximénez over several decades before it came to our cooperage. It is unusual in really showing the sweetness of the Pedro Ximénez and The Balvenie as a near liqueur. It reminds me of the freedom I’ve enjoyed in my role as I filled it without having to decide how it would be used or when"

Filled - 25th April 2001.
Aged for 15 years.

Official tasting notes...
Nose - Deep and intensely fruity, peaches and mango, soft vanilla with layers of brown sugar and oak spices.
Palate - Syrupy with a toffee sweetness, a touch of spicy ginger overlaid with gentle oak tannins.
Finish - A fruity sweetness with gentle oak vanilla and spices.

Distilled at Balvenie Distillery and Bottled by Wm Grant, Dufftown, Scotland.

Balvenie 1997 DCS Chapter 2

February 24th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Two features five extremely rare single-cask single malt whiskies and highlights the complex manner in which different oak casks influence the flavour of The Balvenie during the maturation process.

David Stewart MBE pioneered double cask maturation, or finishing, during his career at The Balvenie and this chapter showcases his vast knowledge and understanding of this process. The whiskies in Chapter Two, range in age from 15 years to 43 years, with each of the casks chosen by David imparting their own distinct flavour profile to the final expression.

David C Stewart - "I remember this port puncheon; it was a cask we used to finish our 21 Year Old PortWood. I decided in 1997 to fill it with a new-make and to be fair I think we forgot about it after that. I noticed it again some years ago and I’m delighted I kept it aside for this maturation".

Filled - August 6th 1997.
Aged for 19 years.

Official tasting notes...
Nose - Creamy toffee notes of brown sugar, hints of dried fruits and delicate spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Palate - Warm and inviting, with prunes, plums and figs. Tropical fruit juice, sweet wood spices and dried fruits.
Finish - Lingering with dried fruits, oak spices and sweet wine.

Distilled at Balvenie Distillery and Bottled by Wm Grant, Dufftown, Scotland.

Bunnahabhain 2007 Cask Strength G&M 55.8%

February 17th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

Another stunning whisky from the Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength range.

Tasting notes:
Sherry aromas mingle with vanilla and cocoa. The palate is smooth and spicy, Hints of apple and cinnamon, complemented by chocolate and oak.

Cask no. 15221 and 15602603.

Distilled - 07.02.2007.
Bottled - 17.11.2016.
Cask type - 1st Fill Sherry Hogsheads.

Distilled at Bunnahabhain Distillery, selected and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.

Caperdonich 1992 Celebration of the Cask #121141 58.9%

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

One of only 240 bottles available worldwide.

Distilled 2nd of October 1992, bottled 16th January 2017 at Cask Strength 58.9% - Cask number 121141 in the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Range.
Cask type - Hogshead.

Distilled at Caperdonich Distillery, bottled by Morrison & Mackay.

Bunnahabhain 1989 Celebration of the Cask #5750 43.9%

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

One of only 285 bottles available worldwide.

Distilled 20th of October 1989, bottled 16th January 2017 a strength of 43.9% - Cask number 5750 in the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Range.
Cask type - Hogshead.

Distilled at Bunnahabhain Distillery, bottled by Morrison & Mackay.

Ledaig 1997 Celebration of the Cask #643024 52.9%

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

One of only 260 bottles available worldwide.

Distilled 1st of October 1997, bottled 16th January 2017 at Cask Strength 52.9% - Cask number 643024 in the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Range.
Cask type - Hogshead.

Distilled at Ledaig Distillery, bottled by Morrison & Mackay.

Benrinnes 8 Year Old Carn Mor Strictly Limited

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

From the Carn Mor range of whisky, a Benrinnes Whisky aged for 8 Years, Don't let the age put you off, this is one incredible dram.

Distilled 2008.
Bottled 2017.
Matured in a Hogshead.

One of only 680 bottles from 2 casks.

Distilled at Benrinnes Distillery. Bottled in the Strictly Limited Carn Mor range by Morrison and Mackay Whisky Merchants.

Speyburn 7 Year Old Carn Mor Strictly Limited

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

From the Carn Mor range of whisky, a Speyburn Whisky aged for 7 Years, Don't let the age put you off, this is one incredible dram.

Distilled 2009.
Bottled 2017.
Matured in a Hogshead.

One of only 730 bottles from 2 casks.

Distilled at Speyburn Distillery. Bottled in the Strictly Limited Carn Mor range by Morrison and Mackay Whisky Merchants.

Alnwick Gin – 20cl

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

This is the 20cl bottling.

Alnwick Gin gives a unique taste of wild & rural sophistication. An expert infusion of locally foraged traditional botanicals & exotic spices. Fantastically versatile, Alnwick Gin is perfect in any classic or contemporary cocktail.

Carefully hand-crafted in the heart of Northumberland, Alnwick Gin perfectly infuses local foraged gin botanicals & exotic spices. Small batch production guarantees premium quality & the most worldy of flavours. With generations of experience Alnwicks Gin Master is highly skilled in mixing the rugged charm of Northumberland with the urban sophistication of the modern world.

Tasting note - Smooth, crisp, aromatic taste & a long smokey finish with natural undertones
Appearance - Peaty hue that reflects the infused flavours & wild Cheviot hills.
Aroma - Fresh, floral, citrus, & aromatic.
Flavour - Clean, crisp, sweet, smooth, full bodied & aromatic.
Finish - Invigorating, long lasting, refreshing, crisp, smokey & slightly drying.

Alnwick Gin.

Alnwick Gin

February 16th, 2017 by Whisky Galore No comments »

Once again our Gin shelves are expanding all the time, here is yet another new addition to the shelf - Alnwick Gin

Alnwick Gin gives a unique taste of wild & rural sophistication. An expert infusion of locally foraged traditional botanicals & exotic spices. Fantastically versatile, Alnwick Gin is perfect in any classic or contemporary cocktail.

Carefully hand-crafted in the heart of Northumberland, Alnwick Gin perfectly infuses local foraged gin botanicals & exotic spices. Small batch production guarantees premium quality & the most worldy of flavours. With generations of experience Alnwicks Gin Master is highly skilled in mixing the rugged charm of Northumberland with the urban sophistication of the modern world.

Tasting note - Smooth, crisp, aromatic taste & a long smokey finish with natural undertones
Appearance - Peaty hue that reflects the infused flavours & wild Cheviot hills.
Aroma - Fresh, floral, citrus, & aromatic.
Flavour - Clean, crisp, sweet, smooth, full bodied & aromatic.
Finish - Invigorating, long lasting, refreshing, crisp, smokey & slightly drying.

Alnwick Gin.