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  • Ardbeg Kelpie 2017 Limited Release Single Malt

    Ardbeg Kelpie 2017 Limited Release Single Malt

    The Kelpie is the 2017 limited release from Islay distillery Ardbeg for their annual ‘Ardbeg Day’ celebrations.

    The retail version of Kelpie is bottled at 46% and un-chill filtered. A portion has been matured in virgin oak casks, crafted from oak grown near the Black Sea.

    An Ardbeg with spice and salinity, there’s still plenty of trademark ashy smoke and sweet toffees underneath.

    Very limited allocation.

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  • Elements Of Islay Peat Full Proof

    Elements Of Islay Peat Full Proof

    An intense peated all-malt blended whisky sources from distilleries around the famous Islay.

    Single malts from the undisclosed distillery come together to provide big smoke and coastal salt and brine notes, with citrus peel underneath.

    This is part of the lauded ‘Elements Of Islay’ series, bottled by The Whisky Exchange in London – one of the world’s best know and highest regarded whisky retailers.

    Tasting notes from Serge Valentin of

    Nose: Possibly less of an infanticide. I mean, it does not feel ultra-young – but young, for sure. Crisp peat and lemon and ‘a working kiln’ and, wait, some church incenses. In London! Cigar ashes. Does what it says on the tin, so far. With water: hospitals and smokehouses.

    Palate: Neat: Perfect. It is ‘one’ – I know, whisky and philosophy – and it’s here (same comments). More Dasein than Sein. Oh forget, this is some mega-smoky, almost pleasantly brutal peated whisky. Green apples, smoked salmon, lemon oil, ashes. With water: more fruits. Grapefruits.

    Finish: Long, sharp, well chiselled, millimetric, almost surgical.

    Comments: It reminded me of those 3-cylindre Kawazakis, circa 1972. Great, dangerous stuff. 

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  • Bowmore Vault Edition First Release 'Atlantic Sea Spray' Single Malt

    Bowmore Vault Edition First Release 'Atlantic Sea Spray' Single Malt

    The first release from Bowmore’s Vault Edition series of single malts, designed to celebrate and explore the historic distillery’s famous No. 1 Vaults warehouse.

    The four-part series will showcase various parts of the Islay distillery’s style – this first edition is dubbed ‘Atlantic Sea Salt’.

    Located by the sea wall, Vault 1 is the oldest whisky maturation warehouse in Scotland.

    Matured in ex-bourbon casks, this has been bottled at cask strength – 51.5%.

    Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and one of the oldest in Scotland. Located by the bay in the island’s capitol city and namesake, the ‘Established 1779’ slogan adorns all their bottles, but the real founded date might have been even earlier.

    Indeed, the distillery building closest to the sea might be the oldest whisky-related building in Scotland.

    Official tasting notes:

    Nose: Breathe in notes of salted honeycomb complemented by the fresh and cool breeze of Atlantic sea spray.

    Palate: After spending its life maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults, this pioneering whisky embodies sun-ripened fruits, zingy spiced cocoa and blood orange

    Finish: A lasting finish that opens out like the vast Atlantic Ocean of which the Bowmore distillery overlooks. The ideal dram to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening, this sublime whisky is awash with blackberry, sea salt and kumquat.

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  • Casale Chianti Colli Senesi 2014

    Casale Chianti Colli Senesi 2014

    Bottled unfined and unfiltered, there is a real purity to the fruit, all cherry scented with liquorice and Tuscan herbs, the palate almost crunchy with refreshing acidity and fine tannins.

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