.auchroisk - 10yo - flora and fauna

The original "singleton of..." brand discontinued a long time ago. This Flora and Fauna bottling of the 10yo Auchroisk is one of the few official bottlings Diageo has released.

.ardbeg - auriverdes

At the Feis Ile - the festival of music and spirit on the Isle of Islay, every distillery has their own event bottling, mostly released during their own day, or spread in smaller batches during the week of festivities. Ardbeg distillery is normally the distillery that ends the sequence of festivities with a large themed party at their distillery terrain, and have a bottling reflecting that very same theme, just as most of their staff. In 2014, this bottling was themed after the World Football Championship, taking part during the same period, "named after its golden whisky (auri), and unmistakable green bottle (verde)" from the colors of the Brazilian flag and of various Brazilian national sports teams.

.benromach - 35yo

Yesterday, February 1, 2016, the Benromach distillery Company Ltd. released one of their rarest expressions to date; a 35yo expression, that was laid down for maturation in a first fill ex-Sherry cask in the 1980's. Today, February 2nd, we received a rather cold and open (!) package. Lucky for us, the omnipresent 10yo and the 35yo were both still available in the envelope.

.buffalo trace - single oak project 10th release - cask #89

"The Single Oak Project is part of an intensive research project Buffalo Trace Distillery started conducting in 1999 by hand picking 96 trees with different wood grains and then dividing them into a top and bottom piece, yielding 192 unique sections."

.octomore - edition 07.4_167

Uncharted territory.
“do not go where the path may lead, go where there is no path and leave a trail”


I love this quote - nicked from the Bruichladdich website - it reflects many of the experimental paths Bruichladdich have already taken in the past, this Octomore especially, and most likely the whisky trails they will keep making in the future.

.port ellen - 27yo - the golden cask

Nothing much known about this whisky, except the distillery, the bottler, the abv, and the age. We have been given this miniature when we visited the Green Welly Stop on a previous trip to Scotland.

.glen moray - smws - 35.112 - perfect storm of flavours

Another SMWS bottling, another first (note) for me; a 17yo Glen Moray whisky.

.mortlach - 17yo - 1995-2013 - signatory

A Mortlach. Needs no further introduction, does it..?

.octomore - 07.3_169 - islay barley 2010

The second release of Bruichladdich's Octomore of Octomore. Distilled from barley grown on the lands of the Octomore farm on the east coast of Islay, where also the water comes from to dilute the whisky during bottling. If they would have done that, because this - is HOT...

.teaninich - 30yo - smws 59.50 - comfortable in the chesterfield

Another mystery smws release. Well, nit such a mystery at all, because the list of numbers is out there if you know how to type "smws" and "code" or something similar in Google. It appears that I have never before reviewed a Teaninich before, so it is about time...

.flying dutchman - rum

Not whisky this time, but rum. And what's more, a Dutch rum! From the same distillery that brings us the various different whiskies and liquors.

.clynelish - 18yo - the maltman

It is no secret I have a weak spot for a good Clynelish. Nice bloke by definition; Andrew Hart of the Maltman was so kind to send us some samples some time ago, one of which was this beauty.

.glen grant - 1954 - g&m

A true example of what time and wood can do with a good spirit. 58 years in a cask has matured this whisky to her zenith very nicely, and Gordon & Macphail were there just in time to bottle and share it with us.

.ardmore - 1996 - g&m

Gordon and Macphail have a series of bottlings they have released with the 'official' labels from these distilleries. In the past, Ardmore did not release their own bottlings, and they still hardly have any, although they can be found as single malts via many independent bottlers and blenders.

.speyburn - 1989-2013 - g&m - cc

The Speyburn distillery has a history of creating whisky solely for the blenders around Scotland. Every now and then an independent bottler got hold of a cask or two and managed to fill a couple of bottles for us to enjoy. Gordon and Macphail are one of the better known bottlers and filled a series for their the Wood makes the Whisky philosophy.

.the macallan - 9yo - g&m

"Gordon & MacPhail bottles a series of single malt whiskies from one of the world's most famous distilleries - Macallan. Established in 1824 the distillery overlooks some of the finest fishing beats on the River Spey."

.the glenrothes - 8yo - g&m

From the MacPhail's Collection of Gordon & MacPhail's the Wood makes the Whisky programme, a nice, creamy and fruity Glenrothes.