Ledaig / 28 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail CC.
COUNTRY/REGION: Scotland/Isle of Mull.
CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Gordon & MacPhail.
BOTTLING SERIE: Connoisseurs Choice – Cask Strength.
AGE: 28 Year Old
CASK TYPE: Connoisseurs Choice – Cask Strength.
CASK NUMBER: 703
BOTTLES FILLED: 517
ABV: 54.1% Vol.
NOSE: SHERRY aromas give way to MEDJOOL DATES and RED APPLE. FESTIVE SPICES come to the fore alongside SEVILLE ORANGE ZEST and sweet SMOKE.
TASTE: STEWED RED BERRIES combine with fresh GINGER SPICE and subtle ANISEED. TOASTED ALMOND undertones develop accompanied by MINT.
FINISH: A full and long finish with lingering SPICE, FRUIT and BONFIRE EMBERS.
Bunnahabhain / 12 Year Old cask Strength.
CATEGORY: Single Malt.
BOTTLER: Distillery Bottling.
AGE: 12 Year Old.
Introducing Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength, a limited-edition whisky inspired by visitor tastings in the distillery’s iconic Warehouse 9.
Matured on the remote, north-eastern coastline of Islay, and produced using pure spring water from the Margadale Spring, the 12 Year Old Cask Strength is an undiluted celebration of the distillery’s hugely popular Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old expression.
For years, visitors making the pilgrimage to Bunnahabhain distillery have been enjoying drams straight from the cask in the famous, Warehouse 9, so now consumers from all over the world will be able to recreate this privilege at home.
Brendan McCarron, Master Distiller on the inspiration behind Cask Strength.
“When people embark on a journey to Islay and try Bunnahabhain whiskies straight from the cask, it creates so much joy. But we understand that not everyone is able to make the trip. With this limited edition 12 Year Old Cask Strength, we can give people around the world the chance to experience it themselves.”
“Not all whiskies work at cask strength and many whiskies don’t stand up to full maturation in sherry casks. Bottling our 12 Year Old at cask strength intensifies the core characteristics of spice, cracked black pepper, cinnamon but not at the expense of our spirit’s character. In fact, it enhances it. The mouthfeel and texture of the whisky increases and it shows off the balance of the spirit and the wood, but in a more concentrated form. This really represents Bunnahabhain in a bottle.”
COLOUR: Deep russet gold
NOSE: Dark berries, citrus and toasted oak which gradually transitions to sweet vanilla and a hint of cinnamon spice.
PALATE: Creamy chocolate, sherry-soaked fruit and a balanced nuttiness give way to cloves, nutmeg and a subtle sea salt spray.
FINISH: A lingering sweet finish with cherries and a touch of wood spice.
|Compass Box / No Name #3.
CATEGORY: Blended Malt
WHISKY COMPOSITION: Laphroaig, Bowmore, Mortlach, Clynelish and Highland Malt Blend.
BOTTLER: Compass Box.
BOTTLING SERIE: Limited Edition.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 10,794
ABV: 48.9% Vol.
Vibrant and expansive, wild yet graceful peatiness
The series studying heavily-peated malt whisky reaches a somewhat OTT crescendo with this, the third and final No Name. Since 2017, Compass Box have used the same recipe structure to explore different smoky double acts. Whether it was the crème-brûlée-on-freshly-laid-tarmac effect of the inaugural release or the bonfire-in-a-cherry-orchard style of No Name, No. 2, fans of the series have been treated to radically different expressions of smoke
No Name, No. 3 marks a further point on the spectrum of peat. It is older, wilder and weirder than the previous No Names. Seaweedy and barbecue-scented single malt from the Laphroaig Distillery takes top billing, with malt whisky from the Bowmore Distillery lending compelling hints of mango and pineapple at the very limits of ripeness.
Seashells and sage; pineapple and allspice; smoke that moves in oily waves. This is the perfect whisky for introducing a little drama to proceedings – and a fitting conclusion to the peaty trilogy.
The third instalment in Compass Box’s gothic exploration of smoke, or the whiskies that shall not be named, builds upon their bewitching sequence of distillery duets. Pairing Ardbeg with Caol Ila, then Caol Ila with Talisker, blender James Saxon invited Laphroaig and Bowmore to dance for No. 3, underpinned by the familiar Compass Box foundation malts. There’s a charming balance of sweetness and peat, as the hardy coastal smokiness of Laphroaig is quelled by the ripe tropical fruitiness of Bowmore. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly creamy, with orange fondant, chocolate, honey, and apricot flavours tightly bound together by tendrils of smoke – 93 Points and Voted the ninth best Whisky in the World, Jonny McCormick, The Whisky Advocate Magazine.