At last whiskey in the Forums
At last whiskey in the Forums
A recommendation from one of our producers, 'Jura'. A whisky from the Isle of Jura, apparently from the only distillery on that island. Available in Morrrisons...
Last edited by Matt-CM; 17-2-09 at 13:05. Reason: Oops!
Nice stuff iirc...
Jura horrid horrid stuff
At moment Highland Park is in Asda for just under £20
Some of the supermarket own-brands are - apparently - quite decent, but it helps if you know what's in the bottle!
If it says 'Jura', then there's only one distillery and you can be certain of what you're getting. Similarly, a lot of the Islay own-brands are either neat Caol Ila or a blend based on it.
Coal Ila is used in a lot of blends, with much of its production being bottled that way. It's reputed to be one of the significant components of Johnny Walker - which can't be that bad given that it sells 120 millions bottles a year!
From the archive: a 19 year-old Mortlach.
Nose is, compared to my usual Islay monsters, rather bland; cultured perhaps and a little bit floral, but none of the vigour of an island malt; perhaps a hint of caramel?
On the tongue there's a hint of saltiness but it's generally fruity and refreshing, with just a hint of spice at the back of the tongue. After a while there's a hint of embers, but just a hint. The finish is surprisingly dry with a cleanness, yet with memories of excitement that may have been just imagination.
Overall, it's a pleasant dram, free of the drama of an island malt. I'd hate to use the word 'sophisticated', because that's the perserve of a Macallan. If this a movie character, it would be Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, yet with a couple of days' stubble.
Will I miss it when it's gone? Yes. Will I run to replace it? Possibly not.
They all taste the same to me when they're mixed with Coke and enough ice.
There is a bar in Edinburgh with every single malt known to man in stock. I have spent several happy nights there, minus coke and ice I should say.
Is bourbon allowed in the whisky room or is it the metaphorical giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a polar bears only golf club? If bourbon is allowed, please try the Knob Creek 9 year old Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Goes down smoother the a two bit......well anyway you get the idea. It's so good I changed my name by deed poll to commemorate it!
Bought a bottle of this the other day.
Good evening Charles
A Highland Park 18 has just been poured: in my humble, it's the finest dram at a not-unreasonable price.
Now then... the Balvenie Single Cask
I've had two of those. The second was from cask 114 and was very nice, but not excellent. The first, however, was from cask 11433 and was perhaps the best single bottle of whisky I've ever tasted, by a whisker from the Port Ellen 25.
We just moved into a new house, and I spent $250 the other day to get my scotch rail going.
For the past year, you have gone on and on about that Port Ellen. I have looked for it, but I don't really buy at specialty liquor stores, and every time I drive to the main part of Los Angeles, I never remember to look for such a store.
I've been reluctant to ask, but I think it has finally come to this:
Can you send me a bottle?
Have a look for 'Royal Mile Whiskies' - I'm pretty sure they export!
They've currently got half a dozen to choose from, but they're 'third party' bottlings. Of course, there's no reason why these shouldn't give a good example of the distillery (which distilled its last in 1983).
Closer to home, if you google "shop whisky love scotch" that will find you somewhere with a small selection of Port Ellens they don't have in stock! It may be worth asking, all the same.
There have, so far, been 8 'official releases' since the distillery closed, approximately once a year since 2001:
Release - distilled - bottled - age - % - no. -
1 - 1979-2001, 22yo, 56.2%, 6000 bottles
2 - 1978-2002, 24yo, 59.4%, 12000 bottles
3 - 1979-2003, 24yo, 57.3%, 9000 bottles
4 - 1978-2004, 25yo, 56.2%, 5100 bottles
5 - 1979-2005, 25yo, 57.4%, 5280 bottles
6 - 1978-2006, 27yo, 54.2%, 4560 bottles
7 - 1979-2007, 28yo, 53.8%, 5274 bottles
8 - 1978-2008, 29yo, 55%, 6618 bottles
There is one of the complete set currently on the market at an eye-watering £3,750 - or £468.75 a bottle!
There are a few bottles knocking around from various releases, but they're far and few between - and tend to attract premium prices.
The big problem, however, is that they're selling out before they actually go on sale: there's going to be a 9th Release in the autumn sometime, but it's already sold out of several outlets, despite there being no release date and no price!
I managed to get a bottle of the 5th Release, then failed with the 6th and 7th, before finally succeeding again with the 8th, mostly because RMW owed me a favour after messing a previous order up.
I'll certainly look out for the 9th release and let you know, but otherwise you'd be best off trawling t'interweb
(That said, the place I suggested Googling for has the Highland Park 25 in stock - I've never tasted it, but it might well be as good as the Port Ellen of a similar age. Just not as rare.)
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