A few months ago I wrote a short overview of bottle-shares that were still available then. Most of those have sold now except the Willett one. Can’t really blame people for not knowing this rather awesome distillery. What also doesn’t help is that I’ve not even gotten around to tasting and reviewing these samples yet.
Since then I’ve done a bazillion new bottle shares, varying from random bottles that popped up on websites left and right, and some things from my own collection that I’d been wanting to open for ages.
Some of them worked out, some didn’t, some did to some extent.
Some bottle-shares have not sold out yet, so I’ll be listing those available below as well. What also happened is that I went rather ballistic in an auction, based on the incredibly well written article by The Whisky Sponge on April Fools Day. Three bottles were ‘won’ and that bill has to be paid somehow too!
Wolfburn 3 years old
I’m quite thrilled about this one. Their spirit was very promising and I think they’re doing well for not jumping on the ‘heavily peated bandwagon’. The most recent distillery in Scotland to come on steam and get to the three year mark.
10 cl = € 9
Millstone 2013 Peated PX for ‘Whisky in Leiden’
In support of both a cool shop and (IMHO) the best distillery in The Netherlands, this three year old, cask strength, PX matured, peated single malt from Zuidam Distillery. I have no clue what to expect yet, but it’ll sure be interesting!
10 cl = € 9
(30 cl available)
The ones below are a ‘little bit’ more expensive, but we’re also venturing into an entirely different category of whisky here.
While this might sound decadent, I’m hoping to get into the somewhat more rare and old stuff in another ‘quality over quantity’ trial.
Dallas Dhu 1976-2001, Old Malt Cask, 50%
I’m very curious to this one. I don’t have much experience with the closed Dallas Dhu, and this is from the 70s, which was quite a great period of distilling in Scotland. I saw that the two ratings on Whiskybase averaged out on 91 points, so I bet this will be interesting!
10 cl = € 50
5 cl = € 26
(20 cl available)
Balblair 1975-2006, 30yo, 46.2%
And while Balblair is becoming more and more popular, I haven’t tasted many very old ones. The ones that I did try were pretty amazing, so here’s to this one! A 30 year old from the mid seventies, at a relatively low ABV of 46.2%.
10 cl = € 38
5 cl = € 20
(15 cl available)
Balblair 5yo, bottled in the early eighties, 40%
And another Balblair, most likely being distilled in the late seventies. The tax label on the bottle indicated it was bottled anywhere between 1977 and +/- 1985 based on my research. It’s just five years old, but that was how single malt was drunk mostly during that era. Liquid history, if you ask me.
10 cl = € 13
5 cl = € 7
(10 cl available)