Ardbeg Heavy Vapours
As everyone is switching from smoking to vaping, Ardbeg wants to be the first distillery to move from smoky whisky to a vaped whisky? It looks like Ardbeg Heavy Vapours will be the bottling for Ardbeg Day 2023. A Committee release label and the regular label have appeared online.
This whisky is distilled “without the pivotal influence of its legendary purifier”, making it a one-of-a-kind expression. Ardbeg claims it is more intense with a pungent earthiness. The marketing department translated this as the most full-blown Ardbeg ever, but I think we’ve heard that before. Also I’m not sure the 46% ABV fits this kind of profile (even the Committee release is only 50.2%).
Springbank Sherry Wood: 10 Years Pedro Ximénez
We already reported the upcoming Springbank Sherry Wood series, with tasting notes of some preliminary samples. Now, as expected, the first release has been announced: Springbank Sherry Wood – Pedro Ximénez 10 Year Old.
Eight to ten casks seasoned with different kinds of sherry have been filled in 2019. The PX edition got the oldest spirit with the shortest finishing period. One new cask type will released in the following years, always around 10 years of age. When I tasted them, the Pedro Ximénez version was the least impressive for me…
Elements of Islay – new core range trilogy
Elixir Distillers is rearranging its Elements of Islay series. The previous ‘Peat’ expressions are discontinued and replaced by a new core range trilogy:
- Elements of Islay Cask Edit
- Elements of Islay Bourbon Cask
- Elements of Islay Sherry Cask
Cask Edit is a composition (or ‘edit’) of refill bourbon and sherry casks at 46% ABV. The others are bottled at a higher strength of 54.5% ABV to fully showcase their personality.
I will review the new core range trilogy shortly. I see they are already available from Master of Malt if you’re curious.
Rosebank 31 Year Old
Yesterday the new owner Ian Macleod Distillers announced the second bottling in the Rosebank whisky range: Rosebank 31 Year Old. As the distillery was mothballed in 1993, this comes from old stocks. It will be the last ‘old Rosebank’ release before the distillery reopens.
This whisky is bottled at 48.1% ABV and available for £ 1800 from the distillery website.
Last but not least, here are some things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…
- Springbank 26 Years 1995 Sherry (Samaroli)
- Caroni 1998 (The Whisky Jury)
- Kilkerran 16 Year Old (2022)
- Mortlach 25 Years 1993 (Whisky Trail)
- Daftmill 15 Year Old
- Daftmill 2009 Sherry cask #046
- Mortlach 30 Year Old ‘Midnight Malt’
- Bunnahabhain 16 Years for Salt Bar
- Deanston 2007 Calvados Cask (distillery exclusive)
- Caol Ila 11 Years 2010 Sherry (Signatory Vintage)
- Hatozaki 12 Years Umeshu finish
- Milton 72 Years 1949 (Gordon & MacPhail)