Isle of Arran 16 yo 1995 (53,2%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2012, refill hogshead, 188 btl.) – 88/100

Arran 18 y 1996 ‘The Island of Fidra’ (50,6%, Morrison & MacKay for Lockett Bros 2015, bourbon hogshead #1300, 200 btl.) – 88/100

Arran 18 yo 1997 (54,3%, OB ‘Limited Edition’ for The Whisky Fair 2016, sherry hogshead #913, 225 btl.) – 87/100

Arran 10 yo 2007 ‘James MacTaggart’ (54,2%, OB ‘Master of Distilling’ 2017, first-fill bourbon, 12.000 btl.)

Arran 21 yo ‘Lochranza Castle’ (47,2%, OB ‘The Explorers Series’ 2019, sherry hogsheads + Amontillado finish, 9000 btl.)

Arran Peacock 12yo 1996 (46%, OB 2009, 6000 btl.) – 85/100

Arran Sherry Cask ‘The Bodega’ (55,8%, OB 2019, first-fill sherry hogsheads)

Master of Malt – online whisky retailer with independent whisky bottlings

Rock Island (46,8%, Douglas Laing ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ +/- 2019)
Rock Island 10 yo (46%, Douglas Laing 2019)
Rock Island 21 yo (46,8%, Douglas Laing 2019, 4200 btl.)

This year’s whisky festival in Gent was a success. There was definitely a lot more people than last year, which was not always a good thing. It was hard to reach the stands and there was not always the opportunity to get into details with the people behind the desk.

The whiskies were interesting. Let’s list some of the things I’ve tasted. No actual tasting notes, the situation is just not ideal. Sorry for having some incomplete references.

Amrut Single Cask (46%, Blackadder 2008, ref. BA 2/2008, 279 btl.)

This one must be a sister cask of the one that won a gold medal in the “non-plus-ultra daily drams” category of the 2008 Malt Maniacs Awards (ref. 1/2008). Very good, huge fruitiness (peach, oranges, pineapple) with vanilla. Rather weak attack but quickly regains its strength, with a long finish. Quite complex, very balanced and nicely ‘different’ in style.

BenRiach 20y BenRiach 20y (43%, OB 2008)

Fresh and fruity. Vanilla. Some ‘dirty’ notes as well, hints of smoke and cow stable. Good Speyside whisky. I would like to taste this again some day, it looked like I didn’t get the full complexity. At € 65, excellent value for money.

BenRiach 13y Maderensis Fumosus
(46%, OB 2008, Madeira finish)

Heavily peated, but the sweet wine finish works well here and adds some fruity notes. Citrus flavours, coal, some salty liquorice. Smokey finish with hints of sweet candy. Nice, could be an interesting replacement for my bottle of BenRiach Arumaticus Fumosus which is almost empty.