Ben Nevis 22 Cadenhead’s Small Batch 53.5%

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Ben Nevis is quite an interesting distillery. At least in my book. As the name would suggest the distillery lies at the foot of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Scotland. It is currently owned by Nikka and a great deal of the whisky produced there is shipped directly to Japan for use in their blends. I believe Nikka Black 8 year old gets the lions share of the spirit but it also shows up in the Pure Malt series. Due to it’s heavy usage in Japanese blends, you don’t see too much of it on the shelves as a single malt. They have a couple standard expressions and some really expensive weird expressions aged in white port and ruby port. So finding a bottle of Ben Nevis was a real treat for me. I have found the independent bottlings of Ben Nevis to be quite exciting.

Distillery: Ben Nevis

Bottler: Cadenhead

Age: 22

Cask: Bourbon

ABV: 53.5%

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Glenfiddich 15 Solera

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Well first off, it may seem odd that the picture does not show the front of the bottle. Well I can explain. The bottle with it’s lovely case was given to me by AliceInWhiskyland for Christmas. At the time Glenfiddich had a promotion where you could send in a postcard with a message to make a personalized label. So there is a very personal label on this particular bottle which I was not inclined to share. The plus side for you is that you get a good view of the actual whisky.

Glenfiddich was the first distillery to really produce and market single malt whiskies. Some people view it as the distillery that started the whole single malt trend and for that many a whisky drinker are grateful. The Glenfiddich 15 year solera is a special one amongst the core Glenfiddich range. Solera is a method of producing liquors where a continuous vatting is used. In the case of the Glenfiddich 15 Solera, there is a large oak vat that has continuously held whisky since the start of this expression. They add whisky in and take whisky out but never fully drain the vat, so theoretically drops of the original spirit are still swirling around in the vat and your glass. It’s a neat idea for maintaining consistency and in this case I believe it has done very well.

Distillery: Glenfiddich

Expression: Glenfiddich 15 Solera

Age: 15

ABV: 40%

Price: ~£36 (£35.83 at Master of Malt)

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Adelphi Private Stock Blended Scotch Whisky

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Adelphi Distillery has a bit of a misleading name. As it exists now it is an independent bottler, although they recently built a distillery called Ardnamurchan Distillery in Glenbeg (Est. 2014). The company is named after an actual distillery in Glasgow that started in 1825 and closed in 1902. The great grandson, Jamie Walker, of the last owner of the distillery revived the name for a bottling company.  The company was sold to two lairds and is now managed by Alex Bruce.

Adelphi is mostly known for their single cask, cask strength bottlings which have been highly praised. Apparently only 50 casks are bottle a year for their single cask range.

The Adelphi Private Stock blend is interesting in it’s contrast to their single cask bottlings. Amongst the sea of their ever changing range this seems to have a bit more permanence.

Bottler: Adelphi Distillery

Age: NAS

Type: Blend

ABV: 40%

Price: ~£21 (£20.95 at Master of Malt)

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