.peat’s beast

What can I say about this one: a single malt, from an undisclosed distillery on Islay. Most often this means we are either working with a young Laphroaig or a Caol Ila, where - at this moment, the first is more difficult to obtain for blenders and indie bottlers, so my money is on the … Continue reading .peat’s beast

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.port askaig – 8yo

For us, most of the times we arrived on Islay our ferry landed on Port Askaig, one of the two ports of the island. Although there is no distillery with this name, the spirit in the bottle comes from one of the islands many distilleries, in this case, most likely from the distillery you encounter … Continue reading .port askaig – 8yo

.caol ila – 18yo

Sometimes I am sipping a Caol Ila on the shores of the island of Islay. My feet dipped in the ocean, the heat from a fire roasting a good local beef nearby, the smoke coming from the Port Ellen maltings filling the air around me, just enough not to bother or overwhelm me. Too bad … Continue reading .caol ila – 18yo

.octomore – 07.1_208

Every now and then, Bruichladdich bottles a new version of their Octomore, the world's most heavily peated single malt. This seventh annual edition's malted barley has received a peating level of a whopping 208 phenol parts per million. During the Fèis Ìle 2015, this latest edition - matured in American Oak, was still being bottled … Continue reading .octomore – 07.1_208

.octomore – 6.3 – islay barley

"For the very first time we are proud to release Octomore whisky distilled from 100% Islay barley and harversted in 2008 by farmer James Brown at Lorgba, a single field on his Octomore farm.Peated to a stratospheric 258ppm, the highest ever released in the industry, this extraordinary dram embodies its island origins and carries its phenol count … Continue reading .octomore – 6.3 – islay barley

.port charlotte – 2001-2014 – the maltman – #846

We do not see very often that an independent bottler releases a whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, simply because the distillery hardly ever sells a cask. Every now and then - if you are lucky, you can find a bottle that does not have the official, contemporary label on the bottle, but nevertheless is a distillate … Continue reading .port charlotte – 2001-2014 – the maltman – #846

.octomore 7.2

"The latest exemplar of the cult that surrounds the world's most heavily peated whisky series. A limited edition Cuvée that marries spirit matured in classic American oak with spirit matured in casks that once held Syrah created in the great vineyards of the Northern Rhône valley."58.5% abv, €110, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: sweet, honey, red fruit, cherries, stone fruit, … Continue reading .octomore 7.2

.port charlotte – islay barley – 2008

"Port Charlotte Islay Barley represents a milestone. For the first time, perhaps in the island history, a heavily peated single malt has been distilled using Islay grown barley. The wind-driven rain that lashes Islay's fields, and the Atlantic air breathed by the casks as they mature by the shores of Loch Indaal, gives the whisky … Continue reading .port charlotte – islay barley – 2008

.port charlotte – 9yo – smws 127.37

"Dinosaurs dancing to Stravinsky" it says on the bottle. I get that. There is charcoal you would want to dance with...nicked fromwhiskybase.com66.5% abv, €130, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: peat smoke, charcoal, sweet, liquorice root, a bonfire in summer, fruit, pears, mangos, dried fruits, figs, apricots, raisins, spicy, cinnamon, anisePalate: hot, sweet, honeycomb, liquorice, … Continue reading .port charlotte – 9yo – smws 127.37

.port ellen – 30yo – douglas laing – director’s cut #10124

53.5% abv, €1000, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: pigs, hay, light smokePalate: sweet, dry, gentle, toffee, earthy, a hint of peatsmokeFinish: dry, gentle, a touch of smokeMark: +++++ Conclusion: nothing special, even quite boring, I had expected more.Value for money: +/++++ Quick note made at Jan Beckers' Douglas Laing masterclass at Whisky Live Holland in the Hague, 15 … Continue reading .port ellen – 30yo – douglas laing – director’s cut #10124