Bruichladdich "The Sixteens" Cuvee A – Pauillac, Chateau Lafite

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There’s some exciting stuff coming out of Bruichladdich at the moment, including “The Sixteens”, a range of 16 year old whiskies finished in first growth Bordeaux wine cask finishes.
Now, I know there are some naysayers out there who are critical of the fact thatin 2009 the distillery released 27 different expressions – some better than others, but what I’ve got here is a new one, and it’s a goodie.

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The Dalmore Rivers Collection (4/4): Tweed Dram

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The final leg of The Dalmore Rivers tour takes me to the Tweed. It’s a warm peachy colour (the whisky, not the river) and the now familiar oily looking texture. The Tweed is an up-front dram, and like the others in the series, delivering loads of flavours that come at you in waves rather than a big lump that unfolds, so you see a progression in the glass as you take your time with it.

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The Dalmore Rivers Collection (3/4): Tay Dram

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The third leg of my delightful river trip is the Tay.This is an instant sipper. It doesn’t need time to breathe or open-up before you get into it. That being said, it’s got good length, and like all whiskies, it deteriorates in the glass, but does so very slowly.

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The Dalmore Rivers Collection (2/4): Spey Dram

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So, now I’m heading north-west from the Dee to the Spey, the second of The Dalmore Rivers on my Highland excursion – from the safety and warmth of my living room. With this one, I just had to jump right in, so to speak. It pays to really take your time with this one. It takes a while for it to fully open up, but when it does, it gives you a lot to play with.

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The Dalmore Rivers Collection (1/4): Dee Dram

dalmore-dee-dram-1This whisky was launched last year to help raise funds to protect one of Scotland’s most important salmon rivers. It sold out in nine weeks raising more than £35,000 which will help to open 25 miles of river and spawning ground which have been blocked for nearly 100 years.

The Rivers Collection (Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed) hopes to raise around £400,000 a year to help protect the rivers and the plant and animal life they support. The first of the four to review is the Dee, so, what’s it like?

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A touch of regal attire

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Iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has designed a very British addition to the Chivas 18 year old. A jacket bearing the Union Flag, created in her unique style, will adorn 2,500 bottles in a limited edition run, each priced from around £300. It ties in with the idea of luxury and class by combining one of the world leaders of popular whisky and the design of the flag from 1801 – a year to which the roots of Chivas Brothers can be traced.

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A stag and the king of the castle

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Highland distillery The Dalmore has launched a brand new whisky to help raise funds for the repair of a castle near Inverness.
Castle Leod, the spiritual home of the Clan Mackenzie, has stood for more than 400 years but is now in desperate need of repairs to the upper floors and the roof. Built in 1606, it is one of just a handful which is still occupied by descendants of the original owners.

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Sainsbury’s Irish single malt 40%

Sometimes one of the most daunting things about whisky is the price, but you don’t need to fork out an arm and a leg for a pretty decent drink.
Supermarket branded whiskies, with their simple labels and comparatively low price-tag can often be overlooked, but generally they’re actually pretty good, and they won’t break the bank. Sainsbury’s own Irish Malt is not bad.

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Glenallachie 18 years, 57.1%

The wonderful joy of whisky is that there’s always a dram out there for everyone. In fact that’s not the joy of whisky, the joy is finding your dream dram (say that 10 times without tripping up!). I’m of course still on that hunt, and on my way I came across this little gem. I’m a bit like an old record I think, I love going back to those cask strength beauties, especially those that you can’t typically buy.

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