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#501 Post by MBerto » June 5th, 2013, 9:27 am

Apparently there is some 18 year Kirkland Signature scotch being found at some CostCo's. Any reviews?
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#502 Post by Michael C. » June 5th, 2013, 2:16 pm

Lucky you! It's so difficult to find Karuizawa in NYC. Where did you get yours? (I guess that goes with where you are located as well)
Harold Fong wrote:Love that Yoichi 15. Also sampled some Karuizawas recently (1981 and 1999 single cask) and will be adding them to my stash. Obviously not Scotch, but they'll fit into the whisky theme of this thread.

Had a chance to taste through (almost all of) the Compass Box range with John Glaser and really loved every one of his creations. My favorites are still his Flaming Heart releases, but Hedonism is just a terrific grain whisky.

Ardbeg "Ardbog" - I think it's better than the Alligator, Ardbeg Day, and Gallileo.
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#503 Post by Harold Fong » June 17th, 2013, 8:33 pm

Michael C. wrote:Lucky you! It's so difficult to find Karuizawa in NYC. Where did you get yours? (I guess that goes with where you are located as well)
Harold Fong wrote:Love that Yoichi 15. Also sampled some Karuizawas recently (1981 and 1999 single cask) and will be adding them to my stash. Obviously not Scotch, but they'll fit into the whisky theme of this thread.

Had a chance to taste through (almost all of) the Compass Box range with John Glaser and really loved every one of his creations. My favorites are still his Flaming Heart releases, but Hedonism is just a terrific grain whisky.

Ardbeg "Ardbog" - I think it's better than the Alligator, Ardbeg Day, and Gallileo.
San Francisco area. I think it's difficult to find Karuizawa anywhere, as demand has gone up astronomically in recent years. K&L purchased 2 casks (1981, and 1999) and those sold out within days.

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#504 Post by Mike Grammer » June 18th, 2013, 8:25 am

Glen Leinburn 18 year

Distillery bottled. Never heard of this one, but it presents mild and quite on the fruity side. There's still some tactile feel going down though. 7 for me, it's kind of a nice change of pace from more authoritative stuff, but not my usual quaff. Got it for $80 at the LCBO (here's a howl---they have recently run out the Macallan 25 yr at $1,000), which all things considered probably isn't bad.

4 or so years out from initial opening, the last of my 24 yr. Edradour (PX Finish) is still compelling stuff.
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#505 Post by Michael C. » June 20th, 2013, 12:44 pm

Harold Fong wrote:
Michael C. wrote:Lucky you! It's so difficult to find Karuizawa in NYC. Where did you get yours? (I guess that goes with where you are located as well)
Harold Fong wrote:Love that Yoichi 15. Also sampled some Karuizawas recently (1981 and 1999 single cask) and will be adding them to my stash. Obviously not Scotch, but they'll fit into the whisky theme of this thread.

Had a chance to taste through (almost all of) the Compass Box range with John Glaser and really loved every one of his creations. My favorites are still his Flaming Heart releases, but Hedonism is just a terrific grain whisky.

Ardbeg "Ardbog" - I think it's better than the Alligator, Ardbeg Day, and Gallileo.
San Francisco area. I think it's difficult to find Karuizawa anywhere, as demand has gone up astronomically in recent years. K&L purchased 2 casks (1981, and 1999) and those sold out within days.
I know. It's almost impossible to get a Karuizawa single cask for less than 500/600 USD. And with that money, I question myself whether it's more worth it to get Karuizawa or a combination of other single malts.
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#506 Post by Richard Leland » June 22nd, 2013, 6:16 am

Mike Grammer wrote:Glen Leinburn 18 year
Never heard of it. Is this a real distillery?
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#507 Post by Nancy Dolce » June 22nd, 2013, 10:43 am

Richard Leland wrote:
Mike Grammer wrote:Glen Leinburn 18 year
Never heard of it. Is this a real distillery?
http://www.leinburn.com/

Interesting and fairly new.
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#508 Post by Richard Leland » June 22nd, 2013, 12:41 pm

Nancy Dolce wrote: http://www.leinburn.com/
Interesting and fairly new.
Okay, thanks. But there's nothing that indicates they're actually doing any distilling - they look more like an independent bottler to me.
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#509 Post by Nancy Dolce » June 22nd, 2013, 1:50 pm

Richard Leland wrote:
Nancy Dolce wrote: http://www.leinburn.com/
Interesting and fairly new.
Okay, thanks. But there's nothing that indicates they're actually doing any distilling - they look more like an independent bottler to me.
Yes. Looks like that to me, too. Fairly expensive 18 year old but sounds good.
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#510 Post by Mike Grammer » June 23rd, 2013, 6:46 pm

Curious---just went to the website now. The website is definitely listed on the back of the bottle but it seems like this may be their own product in any event. Anyway, it *is* single malt and it remains a nice change of pace :)

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#511 Post by MBerto » September 18th, 2013, 7:42 am

Winter's come, people. Time to resurrect the scotch thread.

Last night:

Dalwhinnie Distiller's edition, cask 1996, bottled 2012.

Big citrus fruity nose that jumps out of the glass at you, but surprisingly hot for only 86 proof at this age. Mild peaty/grassy finish without a ton of smokiness.
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#512 Post by Jay $$ Winton » September 18th, 2013, 8:19 am

My wife brought me a Glen Deveron 16 from Heathrow duty free. Excellent and reminds me a bit of Highland Park 18. 40 quid for a litre.
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#513 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » September 19th, 2013, 7:12 am

up in Speyside right now. Naturally, I've come across some decent whiskys ...

at bar, night of arrival:
Glendronach 18
I thought this was very good. Heavily sherried, though.


Glenfarclas tour:
Glenfarclas 10
The tour was excellent, but I was very disappointed that this was the only post-tour dram offered.


Pub lunch
Balvenie - Roasted Malt
A friend told me to buy him a bottle of this whisky if I came across it while up in Speyside, so I simply had to try it for myself when I saw it available at the pub. I thought it was very good; I'm scared to find out how much a bottle costs, though.


Cragganmore tour:
Cragganmore 12
Cragganmore - Double Matured Distiller's Edition
Cragganmore 21

I thought the DE, which saw a Port pipe, was very good; this surprised me, as I don't normally like whiskys that have been in a Port barrel. The Cragganmore 21 is absolutely wonderful, but I balked at the price (108 pounds, which -- truth be told -- is actually a pretty good price for it).


Aberlour tour:
Aberlour - Single cask ex-bourbon (16yr cask strength)
Aberlour - Single cask ex-sherry (16yr cask strength)
Aberlour 10 - Sherry finish
Aberlour 16
Aberlour - a'bunadh

Both of the single casks were very good, and were available for purchase on a fill-your-own-bottle basis; I purchased two bottles of the ex-bourbon. The 10yr Sherry finish was interesting considering its price-point (30 quid), but I passed on buying b/c my whisky bill is mounting quickly by this time. The 16 was nice, but shamefully watered down to 43%. The cask strength a'bunadh was rough, and not really to my liking (even with water).


Lunch at Glenfiddich restaurant:
Balvenie 17 Peated Cask
Saw this in a store yesterday, and was intrigued, but balked at the 70 quid asking price (I've since discovered that's not a bad price for this one); when I saw it was available at the restaurant today, I happily gave it a shot. I thought it was good, but not 70 quid worth of good. Again, disappointed to see this watered down to 43%. A bit sweet for my preferences.


Have dinner planned at The Mash Tun for tonight, so I reckon I'll be adding one or two whiskys to this list before our stay here is over. [cheers.gif]
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#515 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » September 19th, 2013, 9:51 am

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#516 Post by Morten Munch » October 25th, 2013, 2:35 pm

What an amazing thread this is. Hope for more action soon.

Have had these tonight:

Ardbeg 10 (Robuste, amazing value, and I have to buy a few more)
Lagavulin 16 (so cool and laid back. Wonderfully balanced whisky!)
Springbank 12 years cask strength (4th ed) 52,2% (very good, nice fruity style and beautiful balance)
Bowmore (Exclusive Malts) single cask 9 years 1996-2005 (I really don't care for the nose on this, as I find it too sour. On the palate it is generous and warm and very easy to like)
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#517 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 25th, 2013, 2:39 pm

Morten Munch wrote:What an amazing thread this is. Hope for more action soon.

Have had these tonight:

Springbank 12 years cask strength (4th ed) 52,2% (very good, nice fruity style and beautiful balance)
I had some of this last night, too. I love it, and was very surprised when the first dram I poured showed obvious sherry influence. What's the bottling code on your bottle? Mine is 12/266

I followed that up with a dram of the Port Charlotte - 10 yo
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#518 Post by Morten Munch » October 25th, 2013, 3:03 pm

I am not really sure where to find this bottling code. Not easily detectable...

And Brian, can you give me some recs for Springbank and/or Longrow. We seem to have access to most here - if we are willing to pay the bucks ;) btw; the Longrow 18 is about 170 Euro
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#519 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 25th, 2013, 3:31 pm

Morten Munch wrote:I am not really sure where to find this bottling code. Not easily detectable...
Look through the bottle --- the bottling code is printed on the back of the front label.
And Brian, can you give me some recs for Springbank and/or Longrow. We seem to have access to most here - if we are willing to pay the bucks ;) btw; the Longrow 18 is about 170 Euro
I've only had the Longrow 14 and the Longrow 18 --- I think both are excellent, although I didn't have the 2012 bottling of either. M@rk K@pl@n told me the 2012 bottling of the 18 yo was tainted with excess sulphur, so I'd check the bottling code before purchasing (again, the bottling code is on the back of the front label; it is comprised of a two digit number, a slash, and a three digit number --- the two digit number represents the year it was bottled). 170 euro for the 18 yo is a bad price --- I can find it for ~100 euro in the UK, and in the U.S. I can find it for ~130 euro; but, at the end of the day, it's fantastic whisky, so ... I guess my point is that you could do worse.

As for Springbank: although my experience with them is not very extensive, I do consider Springbank to be of high quality. A friend of mine is part of the Springbank society (or whatever they call their membership), so I've had a dram here and a dram there of many of their bottlings, and I've never thought one was any worse than very good; many have been excellent.

Sorry to be of so little assistance. Perhaps there are others here who can offer their opinions. [cheers.gif]
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#520 Post by M.Kaplan » October 25th, 2013, 5:05 pm

On the back of the front label of Longrow 18, visible through the back of the bottle, is a stamped code, xx/yyy. xx is the last two digits of the year of bottling. 2011 is 11/yyy, 2012 is 12/yyy. The labels on '11 and '12 are blue, while the '13 version, which I have not tasted, is black. The '12 is a mediocre fresh sherry cask and much darker than the '11, which is refill or refill and bourbon. If you have any sensitivity to sulphur, I'd avoid the '12. The bottles that I purchased from Cadenheads shop and Milroy's, both in London, are coded 11/181 and 12/155.
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#521 Post by Morten Munch » October 26th, 2013, 12:44 am

@ Thanks Brian - The code on my bottle is also 12/266. Maybe I will pass on that 18 Longrow. FWIW the store have the Lagavulin 12 (2011 or 2010) for about half the price. I may go for one of those. Seems the majority here prefers the 2011???
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#522 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 26th, 2013, 3:28 am

Morten Munch wrote:@ Thanks Brian - The code on my bottle is also 12/266. Maybe I will pass on that 18 Longrow. FWIW the store have the Lagavulin 12 (2011 or 2010) for about half the price. I may go for one of those. Seems the majority here prefers the 2011???
Ha! Coincidentally, the 2011 Lagavulin 12 yo was one of my drams last night! This thread got me in the mood, so I poured a three-dram lineup:
1982 Mannochmore 21 yo (Cadenhead's bottling)
1994 Mortlach 15 yo (House of MacDuff "The Golden Cask" bottling)
2011 Lagavulin 12 yo

I haven't had the 2010 Lagavulin 12 yo, but I can heartily recommend the 2011. That Mortlach is especially interesting b/c it's not sherried, which is unusual for that distillery.

and, btw, I agree with your description of the Springbank 12 yo CS. I find that it requires very little water to show its best, but it does require at least a few drops.
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#523 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 26th, 2013, 10:42 am

A whisky-loving friend had a bunch of folks over today to celebrate his daughter's first birthday. A few drams from voluminous collection helped liven-up the event quite nicely. :)

Glendronach - 15 yo Tawny Port finish
Laphroaig - 18 yo
Glenfarclas - 25 yo
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#524 Post by Morten Munch » October 26th, 2013, 12:35 pm

@ Brian - Thanks for the words on that Lagavulin 12. Do you (or somebody else) know anything about the Talisker Storm? Like the age of the whisky, barrels etc? I am going to try tonight, just have to finish the remains of a pretty old Laphroig 10 that is very good...
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#525 Post by Morten Munch » October 26th, 2013, 1:39 pm

Well, that Talisker Storm is a bit underwhelming. Somehow too friendly and a bit thin, lacking in character. Although nice oily texture. Could be served for almost anybody, also those normally prefering cheap brandy??? I hope this will gain some momentum with airing.
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#526 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » November 10th, 2013, 3:44 pm

Caol Ila tasting at a friend's house earlier this week. (we didn't get around to the Distiller's Edition; the Feis Ile was astounding)

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The 2 SMWS bottlings were interesting b/c they were part of the same distillation, were bottled at the same time, but were put into separate casks; they tasted virtually identical, but there was a very slight difference between the two on the Nose.
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#527 Post by R. del Rosario » December 2nd, 2013, 12:14 pm

Just got some Edradour 18 finished in Sauterne barrels..... Really looking forward to it. Intersection of my love of scotch and wine :)
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#528 Post by Mike Grammer » December 2nd, 2013, 2:12 pm

It'll be a good start, Ramon, but the PX finished 24 year stuff is magical. An off-topic tanjink, but I'm planning to bring some Sauternes to the Friday night dinner for FallTacular ;)

Only relatively new thing to report is something called "RLoc". A bottler here in Canada had come up with a series where they blend 1% of a to-me-awful single malt from Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia (Glen Breton) with 99% of wonderful singles. I have enjoyed the "Brin" which is 99% aged Benrinnes (about 12-15 years minimum). This one, which I had been looking for for about 4 years was 99% Royal Lochnagar. However, I don't fancy it too much on tasting---it's very aggressive with a lot of heather and herbs and not too much finesse at any point in the experience. 5, I'd say, and I maybe am being generous there. Can't win 'em all...

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#529 Post by R. del Rosario » December 4th, 2013, 11:21 am

Mike- looking forward to seeing you again buddy!

This thread is making me poorer every minute. I keep wanting to try all these good stuff you guys are drinking.

Had a dram of the Edradour and it was so good I had another :). It had wonderful apricot notes that just wouldn't go away. Loving it.

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#530 Post by Brad B a l l i n g e r » December 5th, 2013, 6:21 pm

Bunnahabhain 12 year. Very smooooooth and enjoyable. Only a slight whiff of smoke. Not characteristic of other, more widely-known Islay offerings.
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#531 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » December 5th, 2013, 11:54 pm

Brad B a l l i n g e r wrote:Bunnahabhain 12 year. Very smooooooth and enjoyable. Only a slight whiff of smoke. Not characteristic of other, more widely-known Islay offerings.
Bunnahabhain is a very atypical Islay distillery in that they only ever-so-slightly peat their malts (with the exception of their "Toitech" offering). It's the perfect Islay malt for those who typically don't prefer peated whiskys. :)
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#532 Post by Charlie Carnes » December 13th, 2013, 4:33 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:As for Springbank: although my experience with them is not very extensive, I do consider Springbank to be of high quality. A friend of mine is part of the Springbank society (or whatever they call their membership), so I've had a dram here and a dram there of many of their bottlings, and I've never thought one was any worse than very good; many have been excellent.
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#533 Post by Morten Munch » December 14th, 2013, 1:34 pm

Tonight; time to relax after a lot of work this week:
Ballantines 17
Tallisker 10
LP4 - Elements of Islay (54,8%)
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#534 Post by Morten Munch » December 14th, 2013, 3:17 pm

Then a bang; the Lagavulin 12 (2011) - WOW!
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#535 Post by Larry Kaplan » December 28th, 2013, 11:51 am

Looking for anyone that has had the now Discontinued Laphroaig 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Please let me know if you have had this and have any notes or thoughts on it. Also anyone every have the 1968 Glenfarclas vintage Scotch? This is not one of the family casks just the straight 1968 in a canister with lines on it just like the 1974 and the 1972, 1954. Any info you have would be helpful thank you!
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#536 Post by ehrlichdy » January 6th, 2014, 8:26 am

I have really been enjoying Scotch this winter. I tend to like like the peatier stuff. My current bottle is Laphroig 10 Cast Strength. I love the iodine and smoke on the nose.

My local store is running a sale this month. Can anyone comment or recommend any of these:

Aberlour 12 CS at $45
Aberlour 16 at $59
Aberlour A'Bunade 121.4 CS @ $63
Glenn Grant 16 @ $54
Glenmorangie 18 @ $70
Highland Park 18 CS @ $97
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#537 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » January 6th, 2014, 1:46 pm

ehrlichdy wrote:I have really been enjoying Scotch this winter. I tend to like like the peatier stuff. My current bottle is Laphroig 10 Cast Strength. I love the iodine and smoke on the nose.

My local store is running a sale this month. Can anyone comment or recommend any of these:

Aberlour 12 CS at $45
Aberlour 16 at $59
Aberlour A'Bunade 121.4 CS @ $63
Glenn Grant 16 @ $54
Glenmorangie 18 @ $70
Highland Park 18 CS @ $97
HP or the Aberlour 12 CS.

The Aberlour 16 tastes watery. The A'bundh is like drinking fire. The Glenmorangie 18 is a snooze-fest. Haven't had the Glen Grant 16, but the distillery doesn't have the best of reputations (although I have had an absolutely phenomenal 30+ yo independent bottling of theirs).

Really, though, if you're willing to entertain the idea, I'd say your best bet is to use the money towards another bottle of the Laphroaig 10 yo CS, as that is a knock-down, drag-out superlative whisky. Happy sippin'! [cheers.gif]
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#538 Post by M.Kaplan » January 6th, 2014, 6:29 pm

An inquiry from a friend prompted me to have a taste from my last remaining bottle of Bowmore Maltmen's Selection 13 year old, distilled in 1995, matured entirely in sherry, and bottled at 54.6% in 2008. 3,000 bottles from 5 casks married together and available only at the distillery. A broad-shouldered, peaty, old-school Bowmore. Not for the weak of heart. A good warm up dram in anticipation of the 15th annual Gathering of the Clan, Ardbeggeddon XV, scheduled to take place in Dick Cheney's former secret bunker in two weeks. My other bottle was opened and consumed at Ardbeggeddon XI. It's nice that the boyos remember.
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#539 Post by ehrlichdy » January 7th, 2014, 6:51 am

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
ehrlichdy wrote:I have really been enjoying Scotch this winter. I tend to like like the peatier stuff. My current bottle is Laphroig 10 Cast Strength. I love the iodine and smoke on the nose.

My local store is running a sale this month. Can anyone comment or recommend any of these:

Aberlour 12 CS at $45
Aberlour 16 at $59
Aberlour A'Bunade 121.4 CS @ $63
Glenn Grant 16 @ $54
Glenmorangie 18 @ $70
Highland Park 18 CS @ $97
HP or the Aberlour 12 CS.

The Aberlour 16 tastes watery. The A'bundh is like drinking fire. The Glenmorangie 18 is a snooze-fest. Haven't had the Glen Grant 16, but the distillery doesn't have the best of reputations (although I have had an absolutely phenomenal 30+ yo independent bottling of theirs).

Really, though, if you're willing to entertain the idea, I'd say your best bet is to use the money towards another bottle of the Laphroaig 10 yo CS, as that is a knock-down, drag-out superlative whisky. Happy sippin'! [cheers.gif]
Thanks Brian. I do enjoy the Laphroaig 10 CS a lot so I'll stick to it. Can you recommend anything else at a higher quality level?
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#540 Post by Barry L i p t o n » January 7th, 2014, 8:57 am

Surprised at the A'bunadh comment, as I love, love, love it.

A wee bit of water makes it quite smooth.

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#541 Post by M.Kaplan » January 7th, 2014, 10:08 am

There is a lot of batch variation with A'bunadh. The first few were glorious, then they became quite variable. I haven't tasted any of the more recent batches, so can't comment about them.
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#542 Post by B. Buzzini » February 1st, 2014, 7:46 pm

1997 Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky Double Matured, Distiller's Edition

LOVE the huge smoky peat...burnt clutch, ambesol....smooth cherry wood, salt rock.
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#543 Post by Nguyen D. » February 2nd, 2014, 6:55 pm

Been digging this Edradour 14 made for Spec's here in TX. My favorite scotch under a bill so far.
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#544 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » February 3rd, 2014, 3:44 am

generous friend shared some 2013 Caol Ila Feis Ille edition last night.
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#545 Post by Mike Grammer » March 27th, 2014, 11:56 am

The First Edition 1988 24 Year Clynelish

This is from a bottler I'm not familiar with, First Editions. That doesn't bother me a bit, though. This is bottle 16 of 60. 48.8% And it's liquid dynamite. Killer nose is full of sea air, toffee and old wood. Tastes even better---marvelous chocolate almost coffee crisp thread weaving through a very present salt-filled toffee, smoke and heather portrayal. And it stays with you for a long time. 9+ very glad I bartered for this with a friend. It's really, really good. Pinch-yourself good.

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#546 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 27th, 2014, 12:54 pm

That sounds great, Mike! I love Clynelish. Sounds like First Editions may have split a single barrel with someone(s).
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#547 Post by M.Kaplan » March 27th, 2014, 3:57 pm

Edition Spirits was started by the sons of Stewart Laing and has been rolled-up into Hunter Laing & Co, Stewart's new whisky company formed following the break-up of Douglas Laing.
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#548 Post by Mike Grammer » March 27th, 2014, 8:16 pm

Good info, thanks Mark

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#549 Post by Travis Fantz » April 1st, 2014, 7:12 pm

Are there any other first editions that stand out? We seem to have many options here.
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#550 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 13th, 2014, 12:34 am

1998-2012 Cragganmore - Distiller's Edition
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