Alright! Two more and then we'll give you a little break. We wanted to make sure we had some grain whisky this year after the Girvan and Caledonian were so well received back in 2011. We also needed more tasty Laphroaig because it's getting harder to find affordable Islay barrels these days. So here they are and for fantastic pricing!
These are the last two barrels from the Signatory deal. After this we’ll move on to the Exclusive Malt whiskies:
1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky $99.99 - Here we go! After two years of hunting for a replacement to our wildly successful single grain Girvan, we've finally found a cask of grain worthy enough for our discerning customers. Cambus is one of the most difficult to find grain distilleries for a couple of reasons, it's been closed since 1993 and it is rumored to be at the heart of the Johnnie Walker Blue bottlings. No surprise that it's difficult to find, if Diageo is relying on this whisky to produce one of its most sought after blends it will certainly be controlling as much stock as possible. Occasionally small lots slip out of the blenders grasp and into our glass! Here we have a super high quality grain in all its awkward splendor. This nose is all oak spice and vibrant fresh fruit. Clove, coriander, freshly grated nutmeg, apple skins, under-ripe mango. On the palate the fruit takes over, plus vanilla cake frosting, the baking spices remain subdued, onto a bit of coconut and some fresh oak. A perfect example of why, sometimes, we must not blend all the grain. (David Othenin-Girard)
1997 Laphroaig 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $99.99 - We love Laphroaig. Everybody loves Laphroaig (if they don't hate it). Not a lot of people on the fence regarding Laphroaig. That's why it's really hard to get. It's really expensive as well. These are both cause and effect. We've seen prices go up, while quality has remained consistent. We took on a middle aged Laphroaig last year and sold it for what seemed like a reasonable $140. Now we have another cask of Laphroaig and it's difficult not to oversell it. If we're always so effusive about every whisky we taste people start to question our judgment. So, I'm not going to do it like that. I'm just going to say that this is top tier Laphroaig. It's in that prime moment between the intensity of a young Laphroaig and that depth of the older offerings from this legendary distillery. This was the whisky that we spent time wringing our hands about because we were expecting to be paying the same price as our 18 year from 2012, but somehow we were able to get the price down to something far more reasonable. It won't last and it will go up significantly after the pre-arrival campaign is finished. Don't miss it! (David Othenin-Girard)
These will be on the same container as the other malts and are due to arrive in late August or September.