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Originally Posted by joelscott7 View Post

Great lineup!

Was it this years Laga DE?

Thank you!

I bought it in Nov or Dec 2014

I think i've narrowed my favorite scotches down considerably. Bunna 25 always delivers, I love it. Yoichi was really great I thought it better than the Hibiki 17 (though I've yet to try the 21). It had the same interesting buttery aftertaste as the Bunna 25, that's a good accomplishment for a younger scotch.

Lag DE was awesome, Sherried Islay's continue to be spectacular.

Oban 18 is still a great scotch in my eyes, but I'm finding many choices I prefer ahead of it.

A'bunadh has run it's course with me, good scotch but I'm losing interest in speysides almost entirely with exception to Longmorn which BTW is a fantastic scotch for paring with cigars. Islay's can be a bit much in that regard so it is nice to have some speysides for that paring.
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Originally Posted by joelscott7 View Post

Great lineup!

Was it this years Laga DE?

Thank you!

I bought it in Nov or Dec 2014

I think i've narrowed my favorite scotches down considerably. Bunna 25 always delivers, I love it. Yoichi was really great I thought it better than the Hibiki 17 (though I've yet to try the 21). It had the same interesting buttery aftertaste as the Bunna 25, that's a good accomplishment for a younger scotch.

Lag DE was awesome, Sherried Islay's continue to be spectacular.

Oban 18 is still a great scotch in my eyes, but I'm finding many choices I prefer ahead of it.

A'bunadh has run it's course with me, good scotch but I'm losing interest in speysides almost entirely with exception to Longmorn which BTW is a fantastic scotch for paring with cigars. Islay's can be a bit much in that regard so it is nice to have some speysides for that paring.
I still love A'bunadh as a daily dram but then I love my whisky sherried. Agreed on the sherried Islays and even the Talisker DE is great stuff
How is the Bunna 25? Im afraid I havent tried many Bunnahabhian before but I've had some independant bottlings that I really liked
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Had a few tonight, including Springbank 10 and Abelour (soooo good).
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I still love A'bunadh as a daily dram but then I love my whisky sherried. Agreed on the sherried Islays and even the Talisker DE is great stuff
How is the Bunna 25? Im afraid I havent tried many Bunnahabhian before but I've had some independant bottlings that I really liked

Bunna 25 is just awesome, its hard to describe except that it is similar to lag de but tastes older.
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Forgive my ignorance of the climate of your island but remember with the aging of single malt, higher temps usually equals faster maturation. India makes some fantastic single malts that generally have no age statements so as the consumer is not put off by their 3-5 maturation. Tasmania being a similar warm climate as you have stated should give similar results. Good young whiskys. Probably dont need to look to deep into ages. smile.gif

Tasmania has a temperate climate, certainly cooler than mainland Australia, and in American terms, probably akin to the Pacific north west.

 

The other Tassie whiskies that you are likely to see are Nant and Hellyer's Road.

 

Nant  have a country property on the way to the Highlands and produce their own barley. The whisky is unpeated, single cask, and produced in a number of cask types. Good whisky and maybe coming to a city near you, as they have plans to have a world wide chain of whisky bars.

 

Hellyer's Road is located at Burnie in the north west and is the largest producer in the state. I haven't tried it as there are enough local producers to keep me going.

 

There are a number of smaller producers which you would be lucky to find overseas.

 

Overeem is reputedly very good, but as it's literally a back yard operation, quantities are small and sell out immediately.

 

McHenry is the southern most distillery, located on the Tasman peninsula. Currently offers a bottling of Sullivan's Cove cut with their own spring water under the Three Capes label. Should have their own whisky available in the next year which is intended to be a lighter style. In the meantime makes good gin.

 

Belgrove makes rye whisky, and something called ginger hammer which I'm curious to try.

 

Redlands is new and not due for release until later this year. They grow their own barley and mature in Tassie pinot noir casks for as Tassie a product as you can get. One to watch.

 

Finally we have a couple of independent bottlers.

 

Trapper's hut bottles Bourbon cask whisky from a previous iteration of Sullivan's Cove, Limited distribution, usually through markets, fairs, etc.

 

Last, but certainly not least is Heartwood. Heartwood produces bottlings of Sullivan's Cove and Lark, with their own unique take on maturation and finishing. The house style is big, cask strength whiskies, often older than the distillery releases, and often at very high alcohol, offered as single casks, or sometimes blends. Very limited numbers. A cult favourite.

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Opened this one up recently and I'm having another dram tonight.  It really lives up to the hype.

AppleMark

 

 

And a couple of recent acquisitions.  A friend also picked up the 53.200, a Caol Ila, and it's fantastic.  I'm really excited to open the 93.61, a Glen Scotia, to see if is anywhere near as overwhelming as its description promises.

AppleMark

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