They have to check it nearly every week.
I've had 21 year old Havana Reserve Glenfiddich but not the current 21 year old Gran Reserva.
Might have to ask my contact in Dufftown what she knows about it and if she has tasted it.
mar_mcdo wrote:Rum finish is now on the balvenie website, http://www.balvenie.com. its a 14 yo one off botteling from 14 casks, only available on the site and from La maison du whisky in france.
Is it available from the Glenfiddich shop?
BruceCrichton wrote:Is it available from the Glenfiddich shop?
If it is - beware of the pricing
I paid £60 for a Balvenie Islay Cask there 2 years ago only to realise that the price was generally lower in ordinary whisky shops
And I don't really think Balvenie (or many others) need a Rum finish In fact the only two Rum finished malts I personally liked was Springbank Rum Wood (which you cannot really call a finish - 5 years in rum cask after 7 years in bourbon)
The other one is a cask at Bladnoch where Bladnoch itself still overpowers the Rum after one year.
As you may have guessed I'm not too keen on rum finished scotch. Same goes for most of the wine finished one's. But then again that's just a matter of personal taste
would that Balvenie rum finish be greenish somehow? I saw that green tinge in other rum finished malts and always wondered where it might come from.
As to bottling on site we all whished that was done more often because it would most probably also mean that maturation was done more often on site.
Glenfiddich does have its own bottling hall because of the blends they make, Springbank has one because after the aquisitition of Cadenhead the latter moved its operations there. The same is the case with Murray McDavid. After helping buy Bruichladdich they moved their operations there. The new bottlings carry the statement "Bottled with Islay water". I have no objection to that, there is unpeated water on Islay but that is a lot of ferrying to and fro.
Have to say as well, I really liked the Caol Ila rum finish, but I think you need a distillery tyat is capable to still show itself overthe expression. Caol Ila did well, Balvenie might be as well, although it is also quite sweet in nature. Maybe it might get a little too sweet. If anyone tasted it, I'd love to hear
kallaskander wrote:The new bottlings carry the statement "Bottled with Islay water". I have no objection to that, there is unpeated water on Islay but that is a lot of ferrying to and fro.
Not sure what you mean by that last comment.
According to PS&S, the water used for bottling at Bruichladdich is not from the reservoir used for distilling, but from a spring on James Brown's farm (I feel good!). It is clear and peatless. If they did use the reservoir water, I'm sure it would have to be filtered or otherwise purified, anyway, and thus would not likely have much organic material left in it. But that's hypothetical.
I meant exactly what you said Mr T. They can not use the water for Bruichladdich to make the Murray McDavid bottlings.
As to the ferrying, well every barrel that is to be bottled must be transported to Islay. A bottling plant on the mainland would be easier to access, more convenient and cheaper, I think.
It may cost them to ship barrels to Islay for MMcD bottlings (and bottles back again), but on the other hand, they already own Bruichladdich. There must be some economy to keeping it all on one site.
I have it on very good authority, (Ian Millar) that the whisky is in fact 16-17yrs old, even though it states 14 on the bottle. Also, it's only available iether in the distillery shop as Mhairi rightly stated, or at La Maison du Whisky in Paris...
Cheers for the tip Mhairi, tell your dad he packages his bottles really well! (PS, see you in Glasgow soon!!)
Susan -you're right about the packaging. Total product care. Excellent, and I can see no green
Mhairi - compliments to your Dad. This is one customer who will be back.
if you take the bottle by the neck and tilt it slightly the bottom of the bottle shows a yellowish-greenish tint.
If you look closely through the neck of the bottle you will find that tint where the malt meets the glass, too. But it is not so easy to see as in other rum finishings.
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