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.
Month: October 2018
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.
This is from a cask at Laphroaig’s Distillery that was hand filled. It was bottled in 2018 after being distilled and barreled in 2011 and spent the entirety of its life in a first fill Oloroso cask. It is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering. It was aged in warehouse 9A.
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.
“Preparing for battle, Viking warriors believed they could harness the great bear’s mighty power and stamina by wrapping themselves in its skins. These fearless warriors became known as ‘berserkers’, their name derived from the old Norse words ‘ber’ – bear and ‘sekr ‘– skin.
Knob Creek is a very familiar product to me, distilled at Beam in Kentucky. This is a 13 year store pick of their Single Barrel Reserve line of expressions, and is bottled at 60% ABV.
This is a core range release from Bunnahabhain. It is aged for 12 years by Bunna on Islay. About 20% of Bunna’s distillate is heavily peated, but this is an unpeated release from them. It contains 25% sherried malt and 75% malt aged in ex-bourbon.
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
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.
This is a gin that is produced using a fruit base by Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this case, the base fruit is pear. There are a variety of other Orchard Series releases on the market now, and I look forward to buying and trying those also.