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Whisk(e)y News: Featuring K&L Exclusive Four Roses Barrels & Ardbeg "Twenty Something - 12/07/2017 - Single Malt Scotch

One exciting spirits release after another keep rolling through our door, so many in fact that we’re barely keeping up! Two notable arrivals that hit our shelves this past week are a pair of K&L Exclusive Single Barrels from Four Roses and the newest committee release from the Scotch powerhouse: Ardbeg. These are perfect gift ideas as they are tailormade for the the spirits maven in your life. (They’ll also make for a special treat for yourself!) Let’s dig in and take a closer look at each…

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Four Roses 8 Year 9 Month Old "K&L Exclusive OESQ" Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon (750ml) ($64.99)

If you're fixin' for some Four Roses going into the holiday season, we've got you covered with two new potent potions that I picked out at the distillery this past September. The single casks from Cox's Creek warehouse are always among the most coveted bottles that we bring in directly, and with allocations on lock down from the distillery, our demand for cask-strength, single-barrel Four Roses has never been higher! The moderately proofed OESQ is a 53.9% ABV specimen for those who enjoy a bit of banana in their bourbon. The nose is a mix of bananas foster and pencil shavings with accents of baking spices in the background. There's more banana on the mid-palate and the more peppery oak spices come out for the finish. It's a balanced bourbon from front to back, with equal parts fruit, oak, and savory/sweet spices. At 8 years and 9 months of age, it's in a lovely spot. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2017

Our Four Roses Single Barrel Cask Strength are always among our most popular offerings we have for bourbon and as my co-worker Jeff points out the various mash bills they use can mean for very different bottling. This offering brings lovely aromas of spice and fruit with a nutty richness. There is a lot of wild spice notes here with a fun balance between the sweet fruit/caramel notes and the savory spice notes. Although this is softer than some of the single barrels we have carried a little water definitely helps open this up and bring out the beauty within.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

I like the single cask selections because it is nice to see how different individual casks are from one another. With Four Roses there is the extra dimension that they have different mash bills. The OESQ offers an expressive and delicate nose.In the mouth it is complex with spice undertones and a nice mouth feel. There is a nice finish with a subtle vanilla nuance.I tasted this single cask with a splash of water.

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Four Roses K&L Exclusive OBSV (8 Years Old, 8 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($64.99)

If you're fixin' for some Four Roses going into the holiday season, we've got you covered with two new potent potions that I picked out at the distillery this past September. The single casks from Cox's Creek warehouse are always some of the most coveted we bring in directly, and with allocations on lockdown from the distillery, our demand for cask-strength, single-barrel Four Roses has never been higher! The OBSV is a 60.8% ABV beast, but it never feels that big on the palate. It's a strong one, but there's loads of cinnamon, clove, oak spice, and vanilla to temper that storm. Bottled at 8 years and 8 months, it's not quite as rich as some of the 9-10 year olds we've bottled in the past, but it makes up for that lack of maturity with precocious punch and intensity. (David Driscoll, K&L buyer)

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

It is always fun to see the difference between two different single casks from the same distillery. This lovely single cask is soft and round with rich and juicy caramel flavors . It is full and tasty. I tasted this single cask with a splash of water.

Ardbeg "Twenty Something" 23 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($549.99)

From the distillery: The nearest thing to being able to step back in time to the Ardbeg Distillery of yesteryear, is to taste the spirit it produced. Ardbeg Twenty Something is a rare Limited Edition Committee bottling from 23 long years ago. On the nose, sweet wood smoke and vanilla cream mingle with sherry notes, burning pine cones and chocolate. Take a sip and experience rich chocolate, dried fruits and fennel. The long finish falls away with just a hint of spiciness.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2017

Here's what I will tell you about the new Ardbeg 23 year old committee release that just landed in our warehouse today: I was lucky enough to try it a few months back when Ardbeg's distiller Dr. Bill Lumsden was in town for a promotional tour and we got the chance to eat lunch together. He pulled out a small flask and poured me a glass, asking me what I thought about the whisky without telling me what it was. I was utterly entranced by it. It was so soft and silky compared to the powerful and high proof Ardbegs like the Uigeadail and Corryvreckan. The smoke was heavy, but it was muted by rounded vanilla and creamy malt flavors. I knew it had to be old. The finish went on forever and I just sat there grinning as I licked my lips and asked him what I had just experienced. Bill smiled and said it was the upcoming Ardbeg "Twentysomething," a new committee bottling from the distillery planned for a winter release in the states. It's by the far the most luxurious Ardbeg I've tasted since the 1977 and Lord of the Isles releases of long ago and it's a legit, top shelf single malt.