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Benromach Organic 2008

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Benromach Organic 2008

Organic cocktail party on a sweaty summer night

  • Benromach Distillery, Forres (Speyside)
  • Distilled in 2008, bottled in 2014
  • 43% ABV
  • Matured in virgin oak casks
    Benromach did a huge make-over for its core range in April last year. Out are the metal tubes, in are classy tubes with plenty of references to the stills and the lid serves as a bottle plinth and leaflet holder.

    The Organic expression is Benromach's tribute to a pure product since 2006. Back then they were one of the very few who considered an organic approach to distilling. Every step in the whisky-making process meets the standards of the UK Soil association.
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    News: Busy days at Bowmore Distillery

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    The Old Lady from Islay is hard ad work. No less then three new whiskies will see the light of day in the next few days or weeks.

    • Devil's Casks III
    • Tempest Batch VI
    • Mizunara finish

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    Scallywag Cask Strength

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    A playful yet mischievous Speyside dog

    Douglas Laing Scallywag Cask Strength
    • Scallywag Cask Strength
    • Douglas Laing Remarkable Malts
    • NAS blended malt
    • 53.6% ABV
    • 1.000 cases available
    The original Scallywag Speyside blended malt dates was launched in 2013 and is now part of the Remarkable Malts gang (with Big Peat, Timorous Beastie and Rock Oyster). The gently yet mischievous fox terrier now has a cask strength  superbrother.

    The stunning packaging features a few extra details. The startled dog has his ears pricked and his monocle blasted off. Will Scallywag blow off my socks too?
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    Benromach Organic

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    Organic aperitif on a sunny terrace

    • Benromach Organic
    • NAS
    • 43 % ABV
    • Bottled in 2013
    • Virgin oak matured
    Benromach Organic was the first fully organic single malt certified by the UK Soil Association. The whisky meets rigorous standards for growing the barley, distillation and maturation.The distillery first released this somehow different expression for the first time in 2006.

    One of the main key points is the use of fresh (virgin in geek speak) oak casks. Something that was, and still is, rather rare in the Scotch industry.
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    Chapter 7 Miltonduff 2008

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    An old fashioned farm on a hot summer day

    • Miltonduff, Elgin (Speyside)
    • 6 year old
    • 65.1 % ABV
    • Distilled in 2008 - bottled in 2015
    • sherry butt #900109 | 662 bottles
    This Miltonduff is one of many "first times" for Chapter 7. It is the first sherry matured single cask, the largest outturn (butts are simply larger in size than barrels or hogsheads) and the highest in strength.

    Miltonduff is part of the Chivas portfolio and is a key malt to the Ballantine's blends. Mr. Ballantine's, Alistar Cunningham, was also the creator of the Lomond still, of wich two were in use at Miltonduff to create the rare Mosstowie whisky. The stills were decommissioned in 1981 and Mosstowie is now a highly-sought-after whisky.
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    Single malt and blended whiskey reviews, industry news, recipes and tasting notes from around the world. Discovering the world of golden spirits . A Belgian whisky geek, beer lover and Scotch Malt Whisky Society member.