Ardbeg 25 Year Old
A 25 year-old Ardbeg, a very promising idea, which makes us think of the superb Ardbeg Lord of the Isles for instance, the last official expression which reached this age. It is bottled at 46% and expected later this year. The web-like packaging and the black bottle look great.
However with similar recent independent expressions priced € 700-800 we’re afraid it might reach for the stars.
No need to introduce the Spot series from Mitchell & Sons, Ireland’s oldest family owned wine and spirits merchant. Blue Spot is a new 7 year-old pot still Irish whiskey from Midleton distillery, a composition of bourbon barrels, sherry butts and Portuguese Madeira casks. It is non chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
I already hinted at a Blue version when I reviewed the Red Spot whiskey release in 2018.
Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake
Glenmorangie is working on a new Tokaji Dessert wine finish, reminiscent of a pineapple upside down cake. Glenmorangie ‘A Tale of Cake’ is bottled at 46,3% and is said to be a sweet, multi-layered dram that tastes particularly well with actual cake.
Blackpitts is a historic area of Dublin, formerly home to an abundance of malting houses, just behind the new Teeling distillery. It is the inspiration for a peated Teeling Blackpitts single malt, which is matured in bourbon and Sauternes casks. Bottled at 46%.
Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…
- Bunnahabhain 1989 (The Whisky Agency for TWE)
- Port Ellen 40 Years 1979 ‘9 Rogue Casks’
- Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020 release
- Glenrothes 2004 sherry butt #13727 (Douglas Laing)
- Glenlivet Spectra (3x 20cl)
- Caroni 1997 cask #181 (Berry Bros)
- Bunnahabhain 1987 cask #2463 (Berry Bros)
- Dark Bargain 10 Year Old
- Velvet Fig 25 Year Old (discounted)
- Loch Lomond 2006 Peated (TWE exclusive)
- Compass Box Rogues Banquet
- Single Casks by TWE miniature set
- The Whisky Show Magic miniature set