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Junior Member posted 13 April 2003 03:56 PM
your experience with the double matured Lagavulin is quite the same as mine. They're both great, but the PX finish seems to add a dimension that very much suits my taste. I have the 1981, bottled 2000, haven't tasted others.
The Scotch Whisky Order of 1990 states that the spirit must be matured for at least 3 years in oak casks in order to be called 'whisky'. The order says nothing about changing the whisky from one cask to another and whether that has relevance to the age statement. So a whisky matured for 16 years in a bourbon cask and subsequently for another 4 years in a port pipe is a 20 y.o. whisky.
Can you explain me then, why the "Centenary Edition" from Benromach has an age statement for 17Y, while it has matured in Oak casks for 15Y at the first period, and 17Y in Sherry casks for the second period, 15 plus 17 makes 32Y old isn't it, according to your Exaple from your earlyer post to Rudy????? Now, I would like to know that the answer to that question, I know the Whisky act from 1988, wich says nothing about changing whisky from one to another..
My source at that time was "Verhaar"(Februari 2000), quite some time ago, now I'm getting curious in your story, and what they told me, two differend stories, because if what you say it's right, then then what I've heard is wrong, so wich is wich on this one? I have verified this some time ago about this subject, about the 15Y in lets say cask A, and spend 17Y in cask B, their answer was, that you can't speak of a finish anymore after 17Y, but about a full maturation, wich means 17Y... Hmm strange don't you think so Lex...
I'm not sure if there's a legal definition between a finish and a maturation, however I won't be surprised if there is one. By the time I found out about this, my source was a person from the industry, he said that after three years you can't speak of a finish, but more about a maturation or perhaps even better a double maturation, but are there some guidelines too for double maturation? I don't know. All I know is that a finish usually goes from 3 months up to 2 years, but even after 2 years you would call it a double maturation(see for example Aberlour 12Y old Double wood). So where's the guide line? Perhaps each company has their own regulations, and thougts about this... It's clear that, for example, the Benromach stated 17Y, while I have heard that before the 17 long years it allready has matured for 15 years. But then again might it have been a 15Y old with a 2Y finish? Then say it's a 17Y old? Can you fill me in on this Lex?
Well, at least that confusion is cleared up!
the OB's I know of are 12y, 16y and 25y. There might be independant bottlings of Lagavulin 19y, but I'm not sure.
Do you have a special reason looking for a 19y Lagavulin?
Thank's for your answord, I know only 16y Lagavulin but 15 days ago a my friend has promise that he has found that bottle and I don't belive. SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH
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