Month: October 2018

Review #949 – Laphroaig 12yr Handfill Cask 2006 #666

This is from a cask at Laphroaig’s Distillery that was hand filled. It was bottled in 2018 after being distilled and barreled in 2006 and spent the entirety of its life in an ex-bourbon cask. It is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering. It was aged in warehouse 8. Due to the cask number, Laphroaig refers to this cask as the Devil’s Cask, which makes this the Devil’s Dram.

Review #948 – Hyde 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey

This is a blended Irish whiskey that contains 18 year old single malt and 8 year old single grain whiskey that has been finished in a sherry cask. The 1938 is important, as it signifies the year that Hyde because President in Ireland.

HYDE Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted barley grain from one distillery source in Ireland. It is double distilled in a traditional Copper Pot Still to our very strict HYDE specifications.

Review #946 – Four Roses Private Selection OBSK, Bounty Hunter Wines Selection

Four Roses releases single barrels of a specific recipe at cask strength as their private pick program. This is one of the best values in cask strength bourbon that heralds quality and availability, in my personal opinion.

This particular barrel was selected by Michael of Bounty Hunter Wines in Napa Valley, California. The OBSK recipe denotes a mashbill of 60% Corn, 35% Rye and 5% Malted Barley.

Review #942 – Joseph Magnus Triple Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskey

This is an expensive, triple cask finished bourbon that has been aged in a variety of casks after sourcing distillate of unknown age from MGP/LDi in Indiana, USA. Let’s dive in.

“Joseph Magnus Bourbon is a marriage of straight bourbon whiskey aged in white oak and finished in Oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximénez and Cognac casks. Rich and deep notes of vanilla, citrus, dark chocolate, brown sugar and dark stone fruits deliver with a lingering, warm finish.” – Joseph Magnus Website

Deanston Variety Show

Recently, a Deanston rep came to town, and I had a couple drams from their core line of products. Here are my thoughts.

About 20% of their produced spirit is used for their single malt releases and 80% goes out the door to be a blend component for brands owned by Diageo and William Grant & Sons. Their recent dive into the single malt market comes with a promise to never filter or color, and they recently boosted their ABV floor from 43% ABV to 46-ish% ABV.