||Ardbeg – Ardbeg Day 2012
Country: Scotland Region: Islay
Summary: Specially bottled to celebrate the inaugural worldwide Ardbeg Day, this is a dram that sports a myriad of fine aromas and tastes. As well as its extremely drinkable qualities, it’s the required apparatus for those Islay-limpians who enjoy partaking in the Glass Lifting event.
Aroma: Warm up with a burst of smoky, mint toffee followed by hints of banana, apple, dark chocolate, leather and cinnamon. Classic Ardbeg races in with oily crushed peat and a hint of lime juice. A splash of water brings forth more intense aromas, roasted coffee, smoked almonds and earthy, smoked fruits.
Taste: Chewy, warming mouthfeel followed by a plunge into robust peaty flavours; soot, coal tar soap, aniseed and long-distance herbal notes. Next the International flavours of sweet maple-cured bacon, salted cashew nuts and delicate citrus enter the arena.
Finish: Long and graceful, revealing soft creamy vanilla, milk chocolate and a suggestion of the malty, biscuit-like barley base. Deserves a medal.
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Archives for July 10, 2013
Islay’s independent farm distillery, Kilchoman, has released the latest edition to its popular 100% Islay range.
100% Islay is unique in that it is the only Single Malt in Scotland where every stage of the whisky making process, from the barley grown in the surrounding fields to the malting, distillation, maturation and bottling, takes place at the distillery.
As the 3rd Edition of Kilchoman’s 100% Islay, the Single Malt is a vatting of four and five year old fresh bourbon barrels. Only 10,000 bottles of the limited edition will be available worldwide and are expected to sell quickly.
With a delicate and floral nose of soft fruits and pear drops, 100% Islay goes on to explode with peat smoke in the mouth, complimented by a long, sweet and lingering finish that blends with the softer tones of peat smoke.
Anthony Wills, managing directorof Kilchoman,said: “The previous two editions of the 100% Islay range were extremely well received and we’re delighted with the way the Single Malt’s character is developing. The range is unique in that every stage of production, from barley grown to the hand-bottling takes place at Kilchoman. As a traditional working-farm distillery, 100% Islay epitomises what we’re all about.”
As with the two other core ranges in Kilchoman’s portfolio, Machir Bay and Loch Gorm, a new edition of 100% Islay is periodically released as the whisky matures. A number of limited edition single casks are also released each year.
With an ambition to take whisky production back to its traditional roots, Anthony Wills built and founded Kilchoman Distillery in 2005 on a farm situated on the rugged west coast of Islay. The first distillery on the island for 124 years, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and one of only a handful left that still practice the traditional floor malting method.
Kilchoman 100% Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky, 3rd Edition (bottled at 50% ABV)
Nose: Floral and delicate with a mix of soft fruits and pear drops
Palate: The peat smoke explodes in the mouth with sweet soft mixed fruit very evident
Finish: A long sweet lingering finish with a soft peaty after taste
The Kilchoman range is available from The Whisky Exchange.
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling – Replacing the 1994 in the an Cnoc range from Knockdhu distillery, this 1996 vintage has been bottled at 46% without colouring or chill-filtration.
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