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.

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.