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Whisky News - 02/01/2018 - Single Malt Scotch

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Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum (750ml) ($59.99)

Foursquare distillery on the island of Barbados is quickly becoming a sensation in the aficionado world of rum drinkers and tiki specialists for its pure, unadulterated flavor and transparency as it pertains to age statements and additives. It's also gaining quite the reputation at K&L for its must-have limited edition releases, like the Smuggler's Cove blend and now this incredible 10 year old "virgin oak" edition. Using rums aged in both ex-Bourbon casks and brand new oak barrels, then dialing the ABV from 40 to 46%, this is the richest and most vanilla-laden edition of the Real McCoy yet. There's more sweetness, more molasses, more spice, and more weight than the standard 12 year edition despite the younger age statement and the rum finishes with a Bourbon-like kick. The blend is comprised of the two wood types, aged separately and then blended together. The ex-Bourbon matured component is all 12 years of age, while the virgin oak-aged rum was matured for the entire decade in new oak, Even though it's labeled as a 10 year old rum, a large proportion of the rum is 12 years old. This limited edition produced only 3000 total bottles for the world and we were lucky enough to grab a large chunk of it. Grab a bottle while you can!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

This rum from Foursquare Distillery is easy to drink and has a lot to offer for fans of rums that are on the dry side. There is a nose that is classic rum with burnt sugar nuances. In the mouth it is rich and round with a pleasant fruitiness. It is, however, not very sweet. There is a long finish with notes of vanilla.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

What a great surprise! This fabulous bottle of sipping rum has an subtle, intricate complex nose not only of butterscotch and exotic fruit, but also mellow vanilla. In the mouth it is rich, without being at all sugary. The serious, no additives allowed approach shows through in the laid back complexity and long, long finish. I can't wait to have a glass of this by the fire tonight after dinner!

1995 Bowmore 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($139.99)

We're going back to the Bowmore well again this winter, albeit with an older cask (22 years instead of 20) for an ever better price ($139 instead of $149)!! Aged in a refill hogshead cask and bottled at full proof with no chill-filtration, this is yet another must-have Islay malt for peat fans who like a bit of richness with their smoke. What stands out immediately about this 22 year old Bowmore is the creamy texture and the sweetness of the malt. The initial palate sensations are sweet vanilla and soft, supple oak, before the phenolics kick in and couple with the salty brine, emblematic of a whisky clearly aged by the sea. The finish brings forward notes of ash and campfire smoke, smoldering embers intermixing with what's left of the sweet malt character. With supplies of rare Islay casks dwindling on the wholesale market currently, we're thrilled with the pricing and we hope you are as well. This Bowmore 22 year is representative of everything our direct purchasing program strives to achieve.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

As my colleague Alex said when I asked if he had tasted our sample bottle, "It's one of the best scotches that has ever passed my lips." I think that sums things up nicely. Especially when you consider the context. 22 years old, cask strength, single barrel, etc...I can't argue. This whisky ranks. It's loaded with citrus, fresh peat smoke, sugar candy and caramels. It's a little salty. That classic brine character really shines through and complements the delicate fruitiness that lingers on the palate. Add in the complex herbaceous notes that waft in and out and you've got yourself a very complete, very balanced whisky. In short: you've got old Bowmore. I expect the only complaints we will register in the Spirits department on this one are about not having enough bottles to sell.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2018

This is one of the best expressions of Islay peat that Ive ever tasted. The peat is subtle on this one, almost lost in the aromas of honeyed grains and marmalade on the nose. On the palate, the smoke shows up elegantly behind the rich creamy sweetness of the malt, eventually matching that intensity for a full proof, 51% abv masterpiece. The complex and delicious flavors stick around for an incredible finish.