3 Malts For The Serious Collector

Once in a while, we manage to get our hands on some serious kit and recently, Chris managed to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the bag with some unexpected results!

Getting a rare, old, single cask Macallan is almost unheard of these days, so imagine our surprise when this turned up Mackillop's Choice Macallan 1998 (19 year old). Only 235 bottles of this little beauty made it out of the cask, so this will go very quickly. 'The palate opens with some dusty pollen-like barley and barley husks. Slightly grippy but sweet tannins follow along with hints of apricot, apple, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Vibrant and juicy middle as the citrus really kicks in. Long with lingering Bourbon oak and rye-like herbal notes. The oak bitters ever so slightly but the mouth-watering juicy fruit balances. Hints of straw and honeysuckle in the after-taste.'

One of my favourite distilleries is Tomatin. Situated way up in Invernesshire, this stunning Highland distillery has been around officially since the late 1890's, however it is believed to have been distilling, albeit illegally, since the 1700's. The Tomatin 36 Years Old is heavenly. 'The palate is wonderfully silky and slightly toffee'd with the sherry influence more noticeable, but not swamping the mature barley and fruit. Hints of straw, earth and walnut shell follow along with some vibrant citrus notes on the middle.'

Finally, Ardbeg, probably the most collectable malt on the market needs no introduction. We have two bottlings at the moment that are worth considering, one of which is an independently bottled version. The Mackillop's Choice Ardbeg 1993 (24 year old) is another seriously limited bottling of only 240 bottles. This is 'Soft and gentle on the palate, opening with barley, white chocolate and bitter, woody spice. Hints of earthy peat, vanilla and more wood spice. Subtle notes of violets, straw, baked fruit, apricot and lime come through on the middle, along with a touch of salt. Stunningly deep and complex.'

The other bottling of Ardbeg is our last bottle of the Ardbeg Supernova SN2015 Committee Release. This final, fleeting Committee bottling of Ardbeg Supernova heralds the culmination of Ardbeg's experiment in space. Its release coincides with the publication of Dr Bill Lumsden's highly anticipated White Paper on the mysteries of zero gravity maturation.

Mackillop's Choice Macallan 1998 (19 year old) 53.8%

Bourbon Cask 154 Dist: Feb 1998 Btl: Sept 2017 Tasted: Nov 2017 Dense and dusty aromas with barley, apple, apricot, pear, rye-like herbal notes and a good dollop of what appears to be first fill Bourbon. Nutty and malty with developing honeysuckle. With time the barley becomes very floral in character and intertwines with the oak wonderfully.

The palate opens with some dusty pollen-like barley and barley husks. Slightly grippy but sweet tannins follow along with hints of apricot, apple, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Vibrant and juicy middle as the citrus really kicks in. Long with lingering Bourbon oak and rye-like herbal notes. The oak bitters ever so slightly but the mouth-watering juicy fruit balances. Hints of straw and honeysuckle in the after-taste.

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£389.45

Tomatin 36 year old Batch 2 46%

Bourbon/ Sherry finished (7yrs?) Dist: 1980 Btl: 2016 Tasted: June 2016 Beautifully mature and elegant with oodles of tropical melon, apricot, guava and luscious, buttery oak. A hint of sherry in the background, however it is the American oak aged spirit which is hogging the limelight. Incredibly deep and complex with developing notes of minerals, honey, brandy butter, cinnamon and ginger.

The palate is wonderfully silky and slightly toffee'd with the sherry influence more noticeable, but not swamping the mature barley and fruit. Hints of straw, earth and walnut shell follow along with some vibrant citrus notes on the middle. Extremely long and slightly creamy finish, but the juicy fruit keeps on going to be joined by a touch of crystallised stem ginger, heather, peach, sweet ginger powder, vanilla and coffee. A truly amazing whisky!

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£576.02

Mackillop's Choice Ardbeg 1993 (24 year old) 50.9%

Bourbon Cask 1290 Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Sept 2017 Tasted: Nov 2017 A woody and chocolaty nose with gritty peat smoke. Beneath lies some lovely sweet barley and honey along with hints of malt. menthol and eucalyptus. A truly stunning old Ardbeg with late notes of salt, baked apple. rhubarb, tar and fragrant barley.

Soft and gentle on the palate, opening with barley, white chocolate and bitter, woody spice. Hints of earthy peat, vanilla and more wood spice. Subtle notes of violets, straw, baked fruit, apricot and lime come through on the middle, along with a touch of salt. Stunningly deep and complex. Long and salty finish with lingering violety, sweet peat, wood spice and heather.

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£458.07

Ardbeg Supernova SN2015 Committee Release 54.3%

Ardbeg Supernova is one of the peatiest whiskies on Earth. Yet it is also intensely spicy and unfathomably sweet. Truly a mystery of the universe.

This final, fleeting Committee bottling of Ardbeg Supernova heralds the culmination of Ardbeg's experiment in space. Its release coincides with the publication of Dr Bill Lumsden's highly anticipated White Paper on the mysteries of zero gravity maturation.

Distillery Tasting notes.

A big bang of peat... then heavenly sweet... with a lingering trail of smoke.

Colour: Shimmering pale gold

Nose: A shower of peppery, aromatic herbs shoots through the air, scattering particles of effervescent perfume. In its wake, smoked fruits, briny seaweed and fennel. The sensation comes full circle with the earthy, grounding aroma of vetiver root. Add a few drops of water and luscious linseed oil comes to the surface, sending wafts of sweet smoked toffee, brazil nuts and soot into the atmosphere.

Taste: At 100ppm, the peat is firing on all cylinders, with blasts of spice, salted caramel and billowing smoke. And then it's back to the laboratory, where antiseptic lozenges, medicinal notes and zingy aniseed intermingle with dark tar and intense chilli-spice.

Finish: Prepare for a long, lingering, peppery aftertaste that goes on and on and on...

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