I've just been given one of the recently released "Islay Collection" mini packs which consists of 5 x 20cl bottlings of some Islay classics - Caol Ila 12 & 18, Lagavulin 16 and 12CS and a 5th release Port Ellen - very nice pack indeed.
However, my query relates to the Port Ellen bottling which is labelled and described as 5th Release (25YO, 1979-2005). However, the strength is stated as 57.1%, whereas the strength on the full size 5th release bottling issued last year is 57.4%. I also wonder about the source, as the full size 5th release was limited to 5280 bottles - where has the spirit come from for these new minis ?. If it is not from the same casks used to produce the full size 5th release I feel this is a bit misleading as the mini is not identical to the full size bottling. Any thoughts ?.
As the PE came in a boxed set with some other whiskies, it is the total alcoholic strength of the whole package that will determine the cost of the excise, duty, (taxes) and hence the retail price.
By dropping the strength of the PE component by a mere 0.3%, it is possible that the overall strength of the package now comes in underneath a certain threshold that reduces the total tax in the target market.
A possible reason?
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