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Review: Bowmore Surf

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Surf's Up!

  • Morrison Bowmore Distillers
  • NAS
  • 40% ABV
  • Travel Retail exclusive

Bowmore Surf is, or was, the entry of the Travel Retail range. It is named after the waves that constantly bash the famous warehouse n°1 and give the whisky its typical maritime Bowmore flavours. At least, that's what the marketing boys tell us.

This bottling was given the last honours on July 4, 2014 by HM Queen Elizabeth. She christened a new aircraft carrier and toasted to it with a 25yo Bowmore. Glad it was not the other way around...

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News: Oban Little Bay

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Diageo launched very discretely a new expression last week: Little Bay
  • Diageo
  • NAS
  • 43% ABV
  • Small casks
We all know Oban as a part of the Diageo Classic Malts series representing the Highlands Region with a 14 year old whisky. The lantern-shaped copper-pot stills produce 650,000 liters of whisky annually.
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Review: Laphroaig SMWS 29.157 Heidi's Holiday to Islay

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Burning Christmas trees on the beach

  • Laphroaig
  • 17 years old
  • Single cask - 675 bottles
  • Refill ex-sherry butt
  • 59,2% ABV
  • Distilled September 19 1996, bottled in 2014

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles single cask whiskies since 1983. Every bottle looks the same at first sight. They are only to be distinguished by a unique code and a rather original name and tasting notes.

Laphroaig is an established name in the Society range. The Islay distillery, started by Donald and Alexander Johnston, will celebrate its bicentenary next year. Laphroaig itself already announced the return of the famous 15-years old. And I would not be too surprised if the Society would honour them with a commemorative bottling.

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News: Swiss kid Chapter 7 coming to Belgium

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Chapter 7 is a new independent whisky bottler entering the market. Like other indies they will make single cask whiskies their trademark.

To express the unique character even more, all whiskies will be bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered.

The packaging hints to the provenance of the bottler. Such classy and minimalist design has to come from Switzerland.

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Review: Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

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Unmistakable provenance

  • Teeling Whiskey Company
  • NAS
  • 46% ABV
  • Non-chill filtered 
Teeling Whiskey Company is the creation of Jack and Stephen Teeling, sons of former Cooley owner John Teeling and distant relatives of Walter Teeling, the man who started the first Teeling Distillery in 1782. The brothers are hard at work to breathe new life into a new Irish Whiskey distillery in the heart of Dublin.

The current range is relatively limited and comes from 18.000 barrels from Cooley and another Irish distillery (Bushmills?). When it comes to true Teeling Whiskeys, made in Dublin, we will have to wait at least a few years.

The core range contains a small batch whiskey matured in rum casks, a single grain matured in Californian red wine barrels and a brand new Single Malt without an age statement. The Single Malt is distilled from malted barley and consists of a vatting of 5 different wine casks: Sherry, Port, Madeira, white Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all the Teeling whiskeys, it is bottled at 46% with no chill filtration.

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Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Invergordon batch 1

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Liquid Macaroons

  • Invergordon
  • NAS
  • Single grain small batch
  • 252 bottles
  • 41.6% ABV

'That Boutique-y Whisky Company' is a side project of online retailer Master of Malt. They bottle small batches of single malts (and single grains) from known and lesser known distilleries. The bottles became known for their graphic style labels with prominent people from the industry and some easter eggs.

Invergordon is a gigantic distillery that produces over 40 million litres of spirit per year. It forms an integral part of Whyte & Mackay and forms a base component for their blends.

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News: Benriach 10th Anniversary

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  • Benriach
  • 10 years old
  • 10th Anniversary Edition
  • 46% ABV
    To celebrate the 10th anniversary they have released a special bottling, created from four bourbon barrels distilled and filled during the 1st week that production re-started under the new owners in September 2004. The style is Classic Speyside, non-peated, and quintessentially BenRiach.
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