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Thank you to Emily and Mike for such a great review. We absolutely loved hosting this special event. It was an absolute pleasure. XX
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Fèis Ilé
Tasting Notes
SMWS 29.228 (Laphroaig)
20 YO abv. 50.9%
1/245 bottles
SOUND: Sounds like a wee stream running over rocky ground on hill. Soft slapping and gentle tinkle of liquid in glass. We use sound to help us taste. Our brains are wired to differentiate between the sound of hot liquid or cold liquid being poured. The sound of the whisky tells us about it's body.
COLOUR: Very pale white gold. Bubbles vanish quickly. abv is not so high in this as it is 20 years old. Long, defined, well spaced legs.
NOSE: Medicine and mince! Salt and sour. Tiny alcohol tickle in the back of the throat from nosing. Raw knuckle bone lying in the grass in the sun - (in the days when butchers gave bones to dogs!) Salt and Lemon.
Lovely sweet notes and it reminds me of being out on a boat on a sunny day and there is just a hint of a seasalt tang in the air. A lemon cut in half on a wooden board.
Peatiness and a sour creaminess. Short waves over seaweed lying on the beach.
More lemon creaminess. Whipped vanilla ice cream. Fresh trout cooking on a fire at the side of a loch.
Creamy pepper. Dried vanilla sticks in a large jar of sugar which is used for baking. Ashiness and smoke. Redcurrants. A hint of elderflower - bubble gum.
PALATE: A lovely fizzy mouthfeel. Liquid feels like dry smooth light satin, soft and silky. A buzzy numbness inside the mouth cavern.
A pleasant burn at the back of the throat from the peat, and a warm diffuse glow left in the chest.
Slàinté!

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Tasting Notes
Octomore Farm Cask 336.
Aged 9 Years. Bourbon Cask. PPM 258
Abv 61.8%
SOUND: Fresh deep throated "glug". Chinks in glass.
COLOUR: Pale golden yellow. Bubbles that vanish almost immediately upon pouring.
NOSE: Fresh gorse flowers, sandy mud. Cotton wool and marshmallows. Dusty and musty, reminding me of old straw bee skeps.
Coconut, baked egg pudding, honey. Old leather sandel, that's been in the sea and you find it, dried out and lying on a stony band of a beach. Coffe and red currants.
Your nose burns inside from the alcohol, a clean sharp feeling. Nougat and feather pillows. A line of old limpet shells. Soapy and marzipan, coconut and dried cowpats - that's the peat!
PALATE: Fizzes in the mouth - a bee buzzed summer. A pleasant numbness on the front of the tongue. The mouthfeel is a silky oiliness. The dram is big in the mouth, with a lingering diffusion of sunny warmth down to your breastbone.
2nd NOSE: Gold from a wedding ring. A creamy sourness with the peat behind it - like the railway sleepers holding up the pyramids of barley in Buckie maltings grain sheds. Coconut with a hint of ice and lime. Coconut Ice - that sweetie we used to have years ago.
2nd PALATE: Soft mouthfeel, liquid like thin satin. Acrid bands of peat lying across the back of the tongue.
Completely different to Cask 335. Lots more going on. Like an adolescent coming out fighting - not just being agreeable to all because their own character isn't yet formed. The abv is much tempered in this one, with the extra two years maturation.
Slàinté!
You can compare and contrast Cask 335 & 336 at the official Fèis Ilé Tasting in the Gaelic College tomorrow.
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Fèis Ilé
#ScotchSeries
Tasting Notes
Octomore Farm Cask No. 335. Aged 7 Years. Bourbon cask. Abv 62.1%
SOUND: Slaps and tinkles in the glass. Funny, but there are no bubbles for such a high abv. No air in this dram.
COLOUR: Pale yellow, white gold. Erratic legs, spotty and lumpy, long and thin and fast.
NOSE: honey, cereal, nuts, toffee, porridge, cluster of Hazelnuts, hint of salt.
A creamy peatiness. Sweet, rolling sourness! Custard creams (a type of biscuit)
It's not "meaty" but there is a strength of something...
Heart is very earth and animal. Raspberries - which can be a sign of creaminess as they contain some dairy notes.
Dusty fur coat, prosciutto ham - very thinly cut, sweet green gorse - the needles, not the flowers. Honey and honeycomb as experienced in a "Crunchie" bar. Milky, honey vinegar. Big nose up front.
PALATE: very high alcohol, but if left for 20 mins or so, calms down. I don't want to put water in it as I think the taste is lovely as is. Young sweetness. I'm not keen on a smooth, sweet dram - and this is certainly not that. But, it is a smooth sweet, strong dram, in a youthful way. It's young and sun kissed and the peatiness is excellent.
Slàinte!
Taste this delicious dram at the official Feis Ile Whisky Tasting in the Gaelic College tomorrow. Hope you have already got a ticket as it's sold out.....
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Tasting Notes -
Highgrove Laphroaig 12 YO Single Cask.
Distilled Sept 2005. Bottled 2018
Bourbon & Refill sherry casks.
Bottle No: 154 Cask No: 4429
abv 46%
SOUND: A nice round "glug" as poured. In the glass the top of the liquid "chinks" - like the waves on the top of the sea, not the body of the sea, itself. You can tell from this, that the liquid has body, it is "heavier".
COLOUR: Very, very thin band of gold. A very pale golden colour. Fast legs, starting far apart, then fringing on the bulb of the glencairn - all these things tell us about the body of the dram. This allows us to taste it and experience it better.
NOSE: Top notes, faint light honey. Sweet creamy salt, seaweed. A lovely whiff of picked herring!
Gorse and cinamon. Sandy seashells, honey, milk and the smell of a bonfire at the beach, on the sand - burning driftwood and ringed with fat, round pebbles.
Yellow gorse flowers and buttercups. Warm faint coconut and vanilla. Then, something that made me think of snuff, and that chewing tobacco in tins that old men and the trendy dudes from Sweden have...
Mustard and custard! Lighty peppery and something makes me see sun and wind dried ploughed furrows of earth in a well ploughed field.
A lighter nose than I am used to with Laphroaig. Dry smell of shafts of sunlight on old faded wooden floorboards in a farmyard potato loft.
Notes which remind me of walking in a dail with green grass, sunshine and a small herd of cows nearby. Then, a younger, fresher, greener smell.
Salty oak and peat very much in the background.
Soft vanilla, honey and a signature hint of Germoline!
Wet barley, salty, milk chocolate. Soft leather and toast.
PALATE: So fine, silky texture, dryish, refined. Oakey and peaty, a buzzing on the inside of the lips. Fine and sweet. It's not a strong finish, it diffuses gently down the throat, leaving a warm fuzzy feeling!
A refined, gentle Laphroaig with lots going on.
I think I will serve this first in my Fèis Ilé Tasting. The others are more peaty or too strongly flavoured to be drunk before this gentle Laphroaig.
Imagine... an Islay Laphroaig as the first dram in a tasting... that doesn't happen very often!
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Stoked to see an Islay Whisky Academy Certificate endorsing these business cards. More power to you, Chris - very best wishes from Islay.
Chris was a very successful Islay Whisky Academy student with us in 2017.
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#SCOTCHSERIES 44
#IndependentBottlers
Distilleries have a house style. They bottle the whisky they make within given parameters. Independent bottlers can buy casks from a distillery and mature it in a totally different way from the original house style of the distillery.
Independent bottlers allow another ring of drinking experience radiating out from the stills. Some distillers don't like independent bottlers as they take "their" spirit and present it in a different way. The distiller loses "control" of the final product.
However, I think independent bottlers are a fantastic way for people to experience more flavour and style in whisky. Independent bottlers also have their own house style!
Some independent bottlers buy the new make spirit and fill it into their own casks. Some buy casks that the distillers have in their warehouse and don't want as they don't fit their distillery flavour profile. There are many ways independent bottlers operate.
Now, many distilleries keep all their spirit for themselves as people love single malt drams from Scottish distilleries - especially Islay ones. It is difficult for Independent bottlers to source casks. This is one of the reason why we are seeing so many independent bottlers setting up their own distilleries - ie Ardnahoe from Hunter Laing, Ardnamurchan with Adelphi, Clydeside with AD Rattray and so on.
Photo is of some of my own eclectic Independent Bottler drams.
Written by Rachel MacNeill
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Anyone in Islay on Saturday 19th May? All welcome. Over 18 Years only. Now booking
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