Scotch

Review #957 – Bunnahabhain 13yr Limited Edition Marsala Finish

​Review #957 | Scotch Review #320 – Bunnahabhain 13yr Marsala Finish Limited Edition The Schtick: This is an older limited edition hailing from Bunnahabhain that was finished in Marsala casks before being bottled. Distiller: Bunnahabhain Bottler: Bunnahabhain ABV: 46.3% ABV Age: 13 Years Nose: Honey, rich syrupy fruits. Less overstated than the PX, which is nice. Lots of apple, pear, raspberry, …

Review #953 – Mannochmore 22yr Gordon & MacPhail 1994 Bounty Hunter Selection

This is my first brush with a Mannochmore expression. It is bottled by Gordon & MacPhail after being selected by Bounty Hunter Wine in Napa, California. It is aged in sherry casks and bottled at cask strength without coloring or filtering.

For those of you that don’t know of, or haven’t heard of Mannochmore, that’s alright. I hadn’t until I bought this. Mannochmore was founded in 1971 by Haig & Co and produced spirit until 1985 when it was shuttered for 7 years. After several years of producing grain whiskey, it produced its first single malt in 1992. This expression was distilled in 1994, so shortly after their malt beginnings.

Review #951 – Ardlair 6yr Signatory Vintage 2011 Cotes du Rhone Finish

Howdy, all. This is sort of a fun review that’s near and dear to my heart. I make it a point to work on targeted blending, and spend a lot of time trying to understand how to generate blends that are both good, and on profile for certain projects. This was a tinker I worked on that I put in the “this could go so well, or so bad” category, and after marrying period, I realized I was quite fond of it. I’ve been drinking through it over a couple months and wanted to give it a review. I don’t intend to score it, because I don’t think reviewing and scoring something I had a hand in solely picking or creating makes a lot of sense, additionally because it is not sold. I think it’s still valuable to talk about it, so I will remark more on what I learned and whether I think it was a success or a failure overall, rather than a concrete ranking.

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.

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.