Balvenie Caribbean Cask -A Spiced up Malt

Though I love a classic bourbon barrel aged single malt Scotch, I’m always looking for a unique or different style to experiment with. I’m fascinated with how the nature of the barrels/casks used for aging and finishing can imbue such a wide range of attributes to the end result.

So, when I saw that this bottling from Balvenie, one of the great Scotch distillers, was actually finished in a rum cask, I just couldn’t resist! The aging is done in traditional oak casks and then the mature whisky is moved to casks that were conditioned with a mix of Western Indian rums for finishing.

I like this poured neat which delivers a wonderful full-bodied honeyed pallet with a long finish combining toffee/vanilla with nice balance of fruit and spice that doesn’t overwhelm but delights.

Looking to experiment a little – I highly recommend you give this a try.

A hard to find Bunnahabhain

One fateful night at my favorite food and spirits spot in in Seattle called Damn The Weather, I tried a Bunnahabhain called Ceòbanach (please don’t ask me how to pronounce that) that simply knocked me out.

This Islay Island distiller is best known for unpeated bottlings with a sweet subtle sea and salt palette but this dram was really something else. It had a surprisingly earthy, peaty punch with a fine smoky finish. Wow – it was fantastic!

But now the dilemma – that was literally the last they had of this bottling at DtW and  I’ve only come across it once since (at The Whisky House in San Diego). Despite looking at shops around the world, I can’t find a bottle anywhere.

If you know where to find this fine whisky anywhere in the world (preferably near a major airport), let me know.

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