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SRV5 8 Year Old Blended Malt - Thompson Bros
Lessons In The Dram
A solera in spirits is when whisky is aged traditionally and then placed into a large wooden vessel to finish its maturation.
Once in the vat, it’s blended with older product that’s kept inside. After the spirits marry, it’s ready to be bottled. The solera system encourages a consistent product that exhibits rich, complex characteristics.
SRV5 (which stands for Station Road Vat #5) is an 8 year old blended malt created by the Thompson Bros.
The blend contains some carefully selected North Highland, Islay and Speyside single malts, which come together in a 1200-litre European oak vessel. This “solera” vat is never fully emptied, so each batch includes some of the whisky from the previous release. The aim is to deliver a versatile daily dram, easily mixed or enjoyed on its own.
Green apple, lemon curd, cucamelon, green olive, beeswax and a touch of burnt toast.
Mouth-coating and creamy, tomato stem and makrut lime leaves, marzipan and coal tar soap.
Rounded, gentle smoke and more fresh citrus, including orange.
Strathisla 13 Year Old 2006 - Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)
Lessons In The Dram
Gordon MacPhail is an independant bottler who prides themselves as an expert on the process of cask maturation since 1895.
Gordon & MacPhail's Sherry casks are made in Jerez, Spain, to exacting specifications and seasoned before being shipped to Scotland. Meanwhile, their local partners, Speyside Cooperage, help them source the highest quality ex-bourbon casks from North America.
For more than a century, Gordon & MacPhail has been entrusted with new-make spirit from more than 100 Scottish distilleries to mature in their way, using casks made to their exacting specifications.
The 'Distillery Labels' range is a celebration of these long standing and unique relationships.
The history of this range heralds back to our very beginnings - to the days when distillery spirit was produced primarily to be used in blends. Because of the strong working relationships they had with distillery owners, they would bottle and sell the spirit they created as single malt on the condition that it is used as their 'house' label with the caption "bottled by Gordon & MacPhail".
These relationships have culminated in today's 'Distillery Labels' - a showcase of historical label design.
This Speysider was distilled over at Strathisla in 2006, and left to age until 2019. This single malt is bottled at 43% ABV as part of its fabulously retro Distillery Labels series.
Light Gold Straw
Fresh grassy notes, chocolate-covered ginger, triple chocolate cookies and apple blossom.
Fragrant rose leads into lemon shortbread, underripe orchard fruit and a dusting of baking spice.
Chocolate orange biscuits and rich hazelnut.
Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2012 - Carn Mor Strictly Limited
Lessons In The Dram
The Independent bottler of Carn Mor Strictly Limited is Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers. It is solely owned and operated by one of Scotland’s oldest and most prominent whisky families, Jamie and Brian Morrison. It marks the Morrison family’s return to distilling since Brian Morrison sold Morrison Bowmore Distillers, after nearly 25 years.
This Bunnahabhain was distilled in 2012 and bottled in 2021. Only 1,016 bottles available worldwide.
Distilled at Bunnahabhain Distillery, bottled by Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers Ltd.
Bunnahabhain single malt, matured for 9 years between 2012 and 2021 in sherry butts before being independently bottled by Càrn Mòr for its Strictly Limited series.
Very gentle smoke, followed by orange chocolate, rock salt, and fresh herbs.
Mint chocolate now, with burnt baking spices, sherried dried fruit, and black pepper.
A good helping of spice, nuts, and jammy cherries.