I am organising a whisky tasting at a pub for Burn's night. The 6 bottles will be
Auchentoshan Valinch / 2011 Release 57.5% Lowland Single Malt
A fan pressure inspired bottling from Auchentoshan, taking their best selling Classic and then bottling at cask strength. The Valinch of the name is the 'proper' name for the tube used to extract whisky from the barrel for tasting, although you may have heard its alternative title - The Whisky Thief.
Caol Ila 12 Year Old / Unpeated / Bot.2011 64% Islay Single Malt
Distilled in 1999, the 2011 release of the unpeated Caol Ila 12yo is an absolute belter - and amazingly easy to drink, even at its slightly scary full strength of 64%. Bottled from first fill ex-bourbon American oak casks, this was one of our favourites in the 2011 Special Releases.
Edradour 1998 / 12 Year Old / Sassicaia Finish 55.6% Highland Single Malt
A single cask 1998 Edradour that has had nearly four years secondary maturation in a cask that formerly held Italy's famed Super-Tuscan Sassicaia red wine.
Scapa 16 Year Old 40% Island Single Malt
The initially controversial 16yo official expression of Scapa is now winning people round with a jump in quality after a few wobbly years following the rapid transition from the much-loved 12yo via the short-lived 14yo. Orkney's less shouted about (but still lovely in its own way) malt whisky has found its feet.
Springbank 10 Year Old 46% Campbeltown Single Malt
Blended from a mixture of Bourbon and sherry casks, the light colour of this malt belies the richness of its character. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Cu Dhub / Black Whisky 40% Speyside Single Malt
A black whisky, produced to replace the infamous but much loved Loch Dhu and now developing a bit of a following. Cu Dhub means Black Dog in Gaelic.
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