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Special Bottlings, Cask Strength & Unchilfiltered

Special Bottlings, Cask Strength & Unchilfiltered

We've sought to find a range of special whiskies that are sure to please any fan of this fantastically diverse spirit.

Sourcing exciting and limited edition distillery releases is a real passion for our spirit buyer, Don, and he's bound to have found something that will inspire and intrigue you. Browse and discover how vast the world of whisky distillation really is.

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  1. A multi-award winning whisky from Taiwan. Kavalan is the old name for Yilan County, where the distillery is located. Originally matured in American oa... Read More
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    Lots of liquorice and Sherry on the nose with a prominent oak influence. On the palate a pronounced florality is joined by some caramel notes and a s... Read More
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    Creamy and sweet with notes of toffee, allspice and hints of pear drops. A smooth dram with a refined finish. Read More
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    Fresh oak and candied cirtus peel on the nose which leads on to a rich spicy palate with notes of orange and vanilla.  Read More
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    A whisky with massive depth and presence. Coffee, tobacco and chocolate on the nose lead to a woody palate which is softened by hints of banana. Read More
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    An interesting dram with just the slightest hint of spiced rum on the nose. Delicately floral on the palate with a peppery finish. Read More
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    • Origin
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    This unchilfiltered 16 year old malt was aged in a pair of Bourbon barrels which has resulted in notes of soft vanilla and a crisp green apple. Read More
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    A pure cask strength bottling expression of this popular highland whisky. Read More
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    A well-balanced malt which is slightly dry but balanced with a touch of sweetness. Read More
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    A sweet and creamy whisky with a very floral edge and lots of spice on the finish. Read More
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    A whisky in its natural form, displaying soft fruit spice with a touch of smokiness on the nose. Sherry notes complement a smooth and malty finish. Read More
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Cask Strength Whisky

Cask strength whiskies are often regarded as whisky in its purest form.

When it is decided that the cask is ready for bottling, the whisky is then cut with local spring water and then blended with other whiskies to make the finished style.

Cask strength whiskies are simply bottled directly from the cask at the natural strength from the barrel, often in excess of 55% abv. It is up to the person drinking their whisky to 'cut' it with mineral water, to get their their preferred strength.

Cask strength whiskies are regarded as a true expression of how a cask can mature at a distillery. They are unique expressions of the distillery's style of whisky and no two casks will ever taste the same.

Unchilfiltered Whiskies

Most whiskies, and other spirits, are chilfiltered to stabalise the liquid that is being bottled. This will stop it from clouding if the bottle gets cold.  Not a problem to the whisky as its will clear as the bottle warms up, but it often causes complaints from customers who do not appreciate that this is a natural phenomenon that occurs.

For big brand owners it is important that this does not happen, as customers often feel it is a fault in the spirit, hence they filter and cold stabalise the product. However, some master distillers feel that chilfiltration and cold stabalisation removes some of the essential oils and character of the spirit which ultimately detracts from the final tasting experience for the customer.

Natural Colour

Often it is assumed that the whisky in the glass is its natural colour.  Colour in a whisky comes from the cask, a sherry cask will give the spirit a deep golden colour, whereas a bourbon cask will make the spirit light, almost a straw yellow colour.  However, there will always be variation in the colour that comes from different casks. Again, this is natural.

Some brand owners will add an addition of caramel to be used as a colouring agent to ensure that all the bottles are consistent. Is this important? I suppose it is if you are a brand embassador.

From an interest point of view, look out for labels that say that the spirit Natural Colour, you will be buying a whisky that the master distller is proud of.

Also See

A Quick History of Whisky
Types of Malts
Now Whisky is Made
Influences on Whisky Flavour and Aroma
Whisky Style Chart 

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