TASTE OF THE MONTH

A monthly tasting guide from our whisky experts

MAY 2021

Bowmore 1997 
ABv 54.16% 
RLA 103.4
Est bottles 272

It is well-known that Bowmore makes some of the best whiskies the world has ever seen. After its rectification of its “French Whore Perfume” odor problem in the 80s, its spirits distilled in the 90s and 00s have been nothing less than superb, exhibiting the perfect balance between fruitiness and peatinessNewly released bottles are in high demand and sell out quickly in retail channels.   

APRIL 2021

Balmenach 1989 
AYS 11/4/1989 
Cask type: Bourbon Hogshead 
ABv 46.2% 
RLA 79.7 
Est bottles 246 

Founded in 1824, Balmenach is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Although Balmenach has not previously been regarded as big name in the single malt market and lacks a wide range of original bottlings, its whiskies are made with an unpeated fruity flavour that is true to the Speyside tradition. These whiskies are used in many different blends, and their older bottlings are well-regarded by top critics around the world. Balmenach’s old bourbon hogshead Speyside whisky is distinctively fruity, rich with tropical sweetness. At a friendly ABV level of 46.2%, it is a whisky that is ready to be bottled at an extremely attractive cask price. 

MARCH 2021

Laphroaig 2001
AYS: 14 Feb 2001
Cask type: Hogshead
Abv 50.9%
RLA 82
Est bottles 231

Recent batch of amazing Laphroaig 2001 has appeared in the market, distilled on 14 Feb 2001 and were scooped up by major independent bottlers. We are honored to get our hands on this amazing mid-age Laphroaig. Intense peat smoked accompanied by prominent yellow fruits, citrus and light oakiness, an absolute gem with a balanced flavor and a long finish. Laphroaig casks with proper naming rights will soon be extinct from the marketplace and we urge you to get your hands on one of these while you can. Not only are they incredibly delicious, their values are also only going to go up.

FEBRUARY 2021

Port Charlotte 2002
AYS: 8th Nov 2002
Cask type: Bourbon Barrel
Abv 60.4%
RLA 94.5 

February’s taste of the month is an 18-year-old Port Charlotte. For those who might not be familiar, Port Charlotte is not the distillery’s name. Still, the name Bruichladdich distillery uses for their heavily peated whisky, as Port Charlotte is a silent distillery closed in the early 20th century. Although the distillery closed, this whisky is a heavily peated modern whisky. Port Charlotte was first distilled in 2001, meaning that this 2002 Port Charlotte cask is one of the oldest casks you can find in the market for this series. Shortly after its first release in 2009, its popularity has been growing. Even at a young age of 8 years old when it was first released, many discovered that Port Charlotte whiskies are incredibly complicated and delicious with quality being on-par with the big names like Ardbeg and Laphroaig. As Port Charlotte ages each year a new release is pushed into the market, with whisky connoisseurs following the brand closely appearing never to be disappointed. Due to this whisky’s popularity, a bottle of Port Charlotte can reach double the price of a bottle of Bruichladdich whisky of the same age, even though they are both distilled from the same distillery! Port Charlotte whiskies are generally very peated, with a strong nuttiness and hints of barnyard aroma as its signature. It distinguishes itself nicely from the likes of Laphroaig and Ardbeg with its lack of Iodine and medicinal flavor, but also gives an extra punch of smoke that’s a tad stronger than the likes of Caol Ila. This cask lets you own a piece of Port Charlotte’s history, and with 60% abv in the barrel, you can potentially be sipping your private cask of the oldest Port Charlotte in the world, some day. 

JANUARY 2021

Bunnahabhain 1990
Hogshead
abv 43.5%
RLA 54.75
Est bottles 179

January’s taste of the month is this Bunnahabhain 1990, a 30-year-old cask being aged slowly and gracefully inside a bourbon hogshead, which is now ready to be bottled. Bunnahabhain is located in the most famous whisky region in the world – the Isle of Islay. Although Islay is renowned for its smoky and peaty whisky, ever since the 1960s, it has focused primarily on unpeated whisky, standing out from the rest of the crowd. Currently, 20% of its production is peated, and 80% is unpeated.
Bunnahabhain has created numerous expressions that have become legendary bottlings throughout the years if we look back in time. These include some of its 1960s OB single casks, the 1968 Auld Acquaintance, and some of its 1970s bourbon and sherry casks aged over 30 years.

Bunnahabhain makes a rich and oily spirit which ages gracefully with casks, which is why many of their old aged whiskies sell for extraordinarily high prices in the market. With 30 years in the bourbon hogshead, you may expect this whisky to exhibit a complex profile of yellow fruits, tropical fruits, oak spices and oak sweetness. The oak flavours will be the dominant driver whereas all the harshness from the spirits would have been dissipated, leaving behind an incredibly elegant dram. The cask is suitable to be bottled immediately and thanks to its relatively low abv, it is being offered at an incredible price!

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