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I don’t shop scotch very often from May to September, but come October I scour the internet almost daily for things I’ve missed and things to come. I make a list and get ready for November. A little bit off the beaten track this year, these last two weeks have been good.

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Port Askaig 100 Proof

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What is it? A non-age statement independent bottling of Caol Ila at 57.1% abv. Unfiltered and no color added. I’ve not seen whisky so near water in color before. Affordable.

Why did I want it? A young independent bottling of Caol Ila at 57.1% abv. Affordable. Looking forward to a side-by-side with the 2004 Gordon Macphail Cask Strength at 60.5% abv.

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Te Bheag

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What is it? Not Tea Bag (or at least I hope so). Blended whisky with 60% grain content. It’s blended on the Isle of Skye so many believe that some (if not most) of the other 40% is made with Talisker. 40% abv. Cheap.

Why did I want it? A rather large Talisker tasting flight planned for the new year/daily winter dram.

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Tomatin Cu Bocan 2005

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What is it? Tomatin’s peated variety. Unfiltered, no color added. There is a regular version, but this Limited Edition has 50% abv. and an age statement. Affordable.

Why did I want it? Mainland peated whiskies are few and far between. Again with the side-by-side comparison (Tomatin Legacy and 12). Affordable.

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Old Perth 13

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Last Saturday was our local release. I was there at 5 am to guarantee a bottle of Old Perth 13.

What is it? A blend of 90% Macallan, 10% Highland Park (both of which I haven’t tried). Blended in a single barrel, 43.8% abv., unfiltered, and a natural brown/black color. Limited to 620 bottles. Cost-wise it falls into the 17-21 year single malt price range.

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Why did I want it? Curiosity. I’m not crazy about sweet ripe fruits and therefore not generally a sherried scotch drinker. This one’s different though.

Master of Malt says:

Nose: Demerara sugar, rum-raisin ice cream, bonfire smoke.

Palate: Intensely well-sherried, with dried fruit and chocolate notes by the bucket-load. A lingering smokiness sits in the background, with hints of balsamic vinegar.

Finish: Stem ginger, treacle and mince pie.

These are all things I like.

Luckily, my boozer is extremely slow to release and apparently uninterested in the secondary market value at that time.

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Peated Malt Gift Pack

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What is it? An overpriced but affordable variety pack holding a variety of Whiskeys made with a variety of peat.

Why did I want it? The Connemara. I’ve almost no experience with Irish Whiskey. Maybe peat will act as a doorway. The first and last Bowmore I had was 6 years ago. Laphroag 10? I like it, but only had it a couple of times. Ardmore is the wild card.

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*Still on my 2018 list are the Talisker 8 and Game of Thrones Clynelish. Both are available now-ish but I may have to wait until April. As mentioned, my local boozer is very slow to release.

Anyone tried any of these? Rye, Bourbon, world, Irish, or Scotch; what’s Oppo gettin’ or got this season?

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