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Port Ellen 12th Release – If you think the 12th release was pricey, the 13th is rumoured to be double! The palate has oily peat, butter-cream icing and faint tropical fruits. $1,425

Bruichladdich The Laddie 10 Year – The first 10 year old distilled and bottled by the new owners is excellent value with lots of layers. Fruity and maritime with lovely honey notes. $60

Laphroaig 18 Year – Very chocolaty for an American oak matured whisky, 18 years in oak has rounded off the edges of its sharp medicinal style. $102

Kilchoman Machir Bay – A marriage of 4 & 5 year old whiskies mostly matured in Ex-Bourbon with a splash of Ex-sherry, the Machir Bay is creamy, smoky and very briny with some dark spice. $69

Lagavulin 16 Year – The distillery’s classic expression is the Scotch that got me hooked. The palate is thick, oily and rich with powerful smoke and juicy fruity. $109 Ardbeg Corryvreckan – The spiciest malt in Ardbeg’s stable is partly matured in French oak adding a layer of depth to the whisky. It is named for the tidal whirlpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan. $110 Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year – A cask strength version of the Darkest 15 Year, it is less expensive than its lower strength stable mate, and even more flavourful with dark, fruity, chocolaty notes and rich finish. $80

Bunnahabhain 25 Year – One of the most delicate of all Islay whiskies the Bunnahabhain 25 year is one smooth elegant dram. Fruity, salty and very toffee with a long creamy finish. $345 Caol Ila 12 Year – Sweet and malty showing its age, the peat builds quickly and never lets up lending a dark earthy backbone to the palate. $80

Culinaire #2:8 (jan:feb2014)  

Calgary's Freshest Food & Beverage Magazine

Culinaire #2:8 (jan:feb2014)  

Calgary's Freshest Food & Beverage Magazine

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