t8ke :: Private Selections

Over the last couple of years, I have been involved in a number of private selections extending across bourbon, scotch, rum and brandy.


2019: r/Scotch Single Cask Selection #2

Selected for the r/scotch subreddit, this Wardhead is a teaspooned blended malt. As the second cask for the community to be picked in 2019, this Wardhead exhibits a lot of things every scotch enthusiast eventually longs for – cask strength Glenfiddich of decent age, bottled without coloring or filtering, at an attainable price. It was an easy selection.

Distiller: Wardhead (teaspooned Glenfiddich)

Bottler: Morrison & MacKay

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: 22 Years

ABV: 54.7% ABV

Cask: #40 

Additional Info: Distilled in 1997, this Wardhead was aged in a refill hogshead before being bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering while yielding 347 bottles.


2019: r/Scotch Single Cask Selection #1

Selected for the r/scotch subreddit, this Ardmore was a standout. Ardmore, a little released distiller, is a peated non-Islay malt, which makes it unique and interesting. Picked alongside another cask for the group, this

Distiller: Ardmore

Bottler: Morrison & MacKay

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: 11 Years

ABV: 57% ABV

Cask: #702430 

Additional Info: Distilled in 2008, this Ardmore was aged in ex-Bourbon before being bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering while yielding 244 bottles.


2019: Aficionados x Fine Drams : Hampden Estate DOK Overproof Rum

An effort born out of madness, we dared to ask “can we?”. DOK mark rum is typically reserved for perfumes or food products due to its aggressive potency. This rum was distilled to a punishing 86% ABV, diluted to 69% ABV and clocks in at 1489 ester count.

Distiller: Hampden Estate

Bottler: Fine Drams

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: Unaged

ABV: 69% ABV

Additional Info: 1489 Ester Count


2019: r/Rum’s XXX:Three Rum

Selected in tandem with XXX:Two, this sample was too good to pass up. With authorization from FineDrams that we could take two casks, this was a no brainer to pick up alongside XXX:Two. Another distiller very infrequently given attention by IB’s, this release is as exciting as it is rare.

Distiller: Alcoholes Finos Dominicanos

Bottler: Fine Drams

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: 9 Years

ABV: 63% ABV

Cask: #22

Additional Info: MDR5 Mark, Distilled in December, Distilled from Cane Juice


2019: r/Rum’s XXX:Two Rum

Selected in tandem with XXX:Three, this sample succeeds the original XXX:One rum to become the first single cask rum of 2019 for r/rum and beyond. The outstanding favorite, this Venezuelan rum not only demonstrates an incredible profile, but an exercising in bringing a rum rarely touched by IB’s to market.

Distiller: Corporacion Alcoholes Del Caribe S.A.

Bottler: Fine Drams

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: 14 Years

ABV: 60% ABV

Cask: #39

Additional Info: MVCDF Mark, Distilled in April, Matured in ex-Bourbon and French Oak


2019: Lous Pibous 24yr L’Encantada 1995 “Hail Yak II” Cask #135

A sample too good to let slip through our fingers, we chose this 24yr Lous Pibous to accompany the original Hail Yak. While we originally thought we’d take just one cask, sometimes life throws you curveballs. This is a 24yr cask of Armagnac from the storied Lous Pibous and was a perfect fit to become the sequel to Hail Yak.

Distiller: Lous Pibous

Bottler: L’Encantada

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: 24 Years

ABV: 56.1% ABV

Cask: Cask #135


2019: Domaine del Cassou 20yr L’Encantada 1998 “Hail Yak” Cask #44

Taking place in early 2019, Hail Yak is an ongoing brandy private label that celebrates the diversity and quality found in independent “Yak” (Cognac & Armagnac) casks that are available for purchase through private brokers. Two samples easily dominated the sample pool we received, so we elected to kick off with this 20yr Cassou for the inaugural Hail Yak labeling.

Distiller: Domaine del Cassou

Bottler: L’Encantada

Importer & Retailer: Fine Drams

Age: 20 Years

ABV: 49.2% ABV

Bottle: One of 190


2018: r/Rum’s XXX:One Rum

Stretching across 2018 and seeing delivery in early 2019, I was a member of the tasting panel that chose r/Rum’s inaugural rum selection. We tasted 5 different samples blind and settled on the middle sample of the batch, which turned out to be a 13yr Foursquare.

Distiller: Foursquare (Barbados)

Bottler: Fine Drams

Age: 13 Years

ABV: 63% ABV

Bottle: One of 266


In Progress

  • r/bourbon 2019 Selection #1
  • r/Scotch 2019 Selection #1
  • XXX:Two Single Cask Rum
  • XXX:Three Single Cask Rum
  • Aficionados x FineDrams Hampden Estate DOK Overproof Rum