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The Limited Edition Ardbog will be launched at Ardbeg Day (June 1st). It is bottled at 52.1% ABV.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distillation and Whisky Creation at Ardbeg, explains:
“The overall combination of effects in Ardbog truly conjures up the impression of ancient, primeval, salty peat bogs, but reassuringly this is combined with some classic, intense Ardbeg notes of leather, toffee and smoke.
“As with all Ardbeg it is about getting the balance of many flavours right so others such as mocha coffee, cloves and even anchovies play their part!”
Ardbog is matured for ten years in traditional American oak ex-bourbon barrels and rare ex-Spanish Manzanilla sherry butts. This gives Ardbog a distinctively salty texture accentuating the salty, briny flavours already prevalent in the whisky.
“At its heart our hallmark smoky yet fruity and floral spirit has been matured in Spanish ex-Manzanilla sherry casks for ten years, which has then been wrapped with traditional Ardbeg of the same age that is matured in American ex-bourbon oak casks. The Manzanilla maturation weaves salty flavours through the whisky which is then balanced with the maple syrup creaminess of the first-fill ex-bourbon casks.”
Well, after reading Serge tasting note about Highland Park Loki, I have decided to eat my own words and buy a bottle of it. I usually have enjoyed the drams that Serge has scored over 90 and although I still think Loki is extremely overpriced, maybe £60 would have been a good price, I know that after Serge scoring it will be sold out in a matter of days…
Oh my God! What a great night we had! After tasting four thousand single malt whiskies in a row and not being able to choose a clear winner someone appeared between the panelist of this prestigious whisky award with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label and said: “Thou guys hafe to tafte thif one…iz zoo awezome!” and you know, being late, the preasure to choose a winner before we skip the deadline for a third time…
Anyway, despite we weren’t on the best condition after several not-too-bad 40 years old single cask whiskies, we agree to taste this pinnacle of blenders’ artwork.
We took the first sip, someone at the other corner of the table collapsed but I am not sure if it has something to do with this delicious ambrosia, and then the rest of us that were able to stand up agreed that this was the very best whisky Scotland has ever produced.
Soo, here it is! Congratulations to Johnnie Walker for this very-well deserved award!.
I usually provide links to shops so you can buy the drink I am talking about but our panelist told us that the bottle was so rare and exclusive it wasn’t available on whisky shops. I am sorry.
I have been coding some changes to the web. The most relevant ones are:
1) You can now register into A Wardrobe of Whisky without Facebook, just old school username and password.
2) If you used the old Facebook button I am working tirelessly on allowing you to do it. Meanwhile you can create a new account and as soon as I have it fixed your old actions will be imported into the new account.
If all the above sounds strange, enjoy and have a dram! Welcome to A Wardrobe of Whisky.
I have joined Jean-Marie Putz of whisky-distilleries.info and twenty other whisky zealots in the fifth blind tasting session of this year.
The principle is that whisky producers supply whisky they select themselves, according to their marketing goals. The sent whisky bottles are sampled and sent to about 20 tasters who write their impressions about every whisky. Their impressions and their quotation are published in Whisky distilleries blog.
The Whisky Tasting sessions are a flight of six whiskies tasted blind. Usually bottles are from independent bottlers that are really strong sellers in central Europe.
The samples arrived a few weeks ago in a supercool box. Each samples was 2.5cl and bottled in a small flask. Work has been been delaying me on tasting the six samples but finally this Thursday I had a few spare hours to taste them.
Usually I try to short the samples as explained in the how to taste whisky article, but this time I just decided to enjoy and go ahead. Mainly because if I sort the samples I will lack of time to taste them properly.
Sample Nº 1
“Unpromising nose but then a really delicious taste. Maybe Redbreast?”
Impressive whisky from Macduff distillery bottled by Malts of Scotland from the 1980 vintage.
This single cask malt has been matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled at cask strength at a whopping 54,1% abv.
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (87): more than average.
floral, honey, spices, vanilla, citrus.
Very irish style.
Finish (89): longer than average.
honey, spices, nuts.
So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Macallan 1990 Fino Sherry Hogshead Malts of Scotland with 90 points over 100.
It has been a very nice tasting, really fun. And I have tasted two Macallans! Tasting the first one I was really really sure that I have already tasted it. Also really impressed by a very nice Bunnahabhain with its incredible peat and sherry style.
I need some new presentation cards and I am thinking about using Moo for it. I have already seen some Moo cards and although they are very expensive the quality is great. I will order a few and show you the results.
If you have never bought your whisky online you may be missing the best thing ever invented since sliced bread. More bottles, better prices, the best drams
I buy all my whisky in four or five whisky stores, and usually before buying I check on A Wardrobe of Whisky to find the best prices just to make sure where it is cheaper. Don’t do it you will get a few surprises that you will regret!
So here is the sorting that I use oftenly.
Stagnetto at Gibraltar
Located at Gibraltar, Stagnetto is a brand of liquors and tobaconist retailer that has several stores at Gibraltar. The biggest selecction of single malt whisky can be found in the shop near the catholic cathedral.
But not only the range of bottles is awesome. You will have to squeeze your eyes several times to believe the prices. Being a duty free shop, Stagnetto has, for most bottles, the very best prices your will ever see.
The personal is really friendly and helpful and the shop has webpage were you can check bottles available and prices although they don’t do mail orders.
Just one thing, if you plan to move later to Spain you need to know that Spanish Customs will allow only 1 litre of alcohol per person. This is my favorite place to go after monthly income arrives .
The Whisky Exchange
I don’t remember how I discovered this online store, but it turned my passion into madness. My first order was a bottle of Ardbeg Supernova and a Macallan Liqueur. I was so impressive by the huge range and the fair prices that I have been visiting this one once per month and even more.
Prices are usually fair, but it won’t hurt you check it against other shops. Usually The Whisky Exchange don’t have the best prices but just a few pences over it.
They have a physical shop located in London that every whisky lover must visit.
Master of Malt
The first time I entered Master of Malt site I though “Wooo!”. Master of Malt has had one of the best web sites of the whisky world and has done a great investment in user friendly technologies.
But the real thing that hooked me there was the prices. Until a few months ago, they were without discussion the retailer with the best whisky prices on the Internet. Now you have to double check them because they aren’t the cheapest option most of times.
My heart belongs to them, and A Wardrobe of Whisky spirit too, thanks to the great idea ( and business ) behind Drink by the dram. How many times you were not sure about a bottle and ended up buying something you don’t like? Master of Malt gives you the chance of tasting small samples of literally hundred of bottles for a fraction of the real retail price. Let’s put this simple, A Wardrobe of Whisky wouldn’t be possible without them.
Don’t miss the Master of Malt single cask bottlings, awesome value whiskies.
The Whisky Barrel
The new king of web design is here to stay. After a powerful rebranding and with a better looking site than ever The Whisky Barrel is here with an huge amount of single cask, limited releases and collector’s bottles of whisky. If you are looking for something uncommon, they have it.
I love their single cask releases.
Almacenes Porto at Ceuta
Another duty free retailer, Almacenes Porto is located in Port of Ceuta just on the main floor. One of the biggest range of bottles that I have seen with nice prices on cheap whiskies and fair prices on the rest.
You won’t get any discount from them but the prices usually worth it.
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This bottle looks rather interesting from what I read on the Whisky Exchange description:
A first fill sherry cask of Karuizawa from the 1990 vintage, bottled at cask strength after full-term maturation in a first fill sherry butt. This isn’t as sweet as some previous Karuizawas we’ve had, tending more to the dry, spicy, savoury side of Karuizawa’s character.
It sounds to me like a great cask strength sherry whisky and it is in fact the first Karuizawa I can afford to buy. Just ordered it!.
This old ad from Glenfarclasbrand ambassador is perhaps the best whisky ad I have ever seen.
You need to be sure that you made one of the best, most solid, single malt whiskies to sell it using these tricks!