Tag: Islay

Lagavulin 9 Game of Thrones (46%, OB 2019)

We all know about Diageo's Game of Thrones range by now. Mostly repackaged NAS fare, it does however contain some interesting variants on distilleries' standard expressions, of which the Lagavulin 9 year-old is an example. (the Clynelish is another, with a welcome high strength edition) After the success of the 8 year-old, a young Lagavulin … Continue reading Lagavulin 9 Game of Thrones (46%, OB 2019)

Lagavulin 8 (48%, OB 2016)

The Lagavulin 8 year-old was initially a limited release to celebrate the distillery's 200th anniversary in 2016. Predictably, it was hugely successful and soon became part of the core range. The bottle I'm reviewing here is from the original batches. One thing to notice straight away is the extremely light colour - a very welcome … Continue reading Lagavulin 8 (48%, OB 2016)

Lagavulin 16 (43%, OB 2018)

Let's taste a few peat monsters before the warm weather returns, starting with a classic. Like most whisky aficionados (I assume!), I always have a bottle of Lagavulin 16 in the cabinet. There often is chat about the quality fluctuating with different batches, but I've never noticed much variability from bottle to bottle. The prices … Continue reading Lagavulin 16 (43%, OB 2018)

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (50%, OB 2017)

Terroir matters for Bruichladdich, as the packaging states, which explains why this Port Charlotte was made with barley grown exclusively in Scotland. Barley is often an international affair, with distilleries importing it from as far as Ukraine for example. Bruichladdich have of course produced even more local varieties of their whisky, moving closer to Single … Continue reading Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (50%, OB 2017)

Caol Ila 2003 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice, 2015)

Caol Ila is always reliable and consistent. There are so many releases from independent bottlers (Gordon & MacPhail in particular always have a lot of Caol Ila), and nearly all of them are very good. It's not as great value as it used to be, but there's still a lot of young Caol Ila about … Continue reading Caol Ila 2003 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice, 2015)

Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten – Second Limited Edition (50%, OB 2016)

Bruichladdich released 18,000 bottles of the Laddie Ten Second Edition. It was matured in first fill bourbon, sherry and, unusually (though not necessarily for this distillery), French wine casks. To their credit, they priced it for drinking, not for collecting. It's bottled at a generous 50% ABV with no chill-filtration or added colouring - Bruichladdich … Continue reading Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten – Second Limited Edition (50%, OB 2016)

Grace Ile 25 (48%, The Character of Islay Whisky Company 2020)

At the time of writing, I haven't actually seen a single review of this mystery single malt, not even a rating on whiskybase. Never let it be said I'm not on the cutting edge of whisky blogging. This is bottled by The Character of Islay Whisky Company, along with a similarly undisclosed 10 year-old that … Continue reading Grace Ile 25 (48%, The Character of Islay Whisky Company 2020)