Two interesting new and limited releases (Cutty Sark , Balblair Peated)

When it rains, it pours, and it seems that all interesting bottles are released the same week. Two fine limited editions (only few 100’s of each) are what we have this week. so be quick about it, if you fancy any…

Caskstrength Creative Release a Limited Edition of Cutty Sark

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Online retailer Master of Malt announces the release of limited edition blended whisky from drinks writers Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley: Caskstrength and Carry On Cutty Sark.

The third instalment in the growing alphabet range of spirits from Caskstrength founders Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison, Caskstrength and Carry On Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky represents the first blend in the collection. This limited edition bottling is available exclusively through Master of Malt.

After seeing great success with their ‘A’ and ‘B’ releases in the Caskstrength A-Z of Whisky (single malt Scotch whiskies from the Isle of Arran and BenRiach distillery, respectively), Neil and Joel chose to partner with the world famous brand Cutty Sark to try their hand at creating a blend. With guidance from Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell, Neil and Joel have produced a distinctive whisky to coincide with the 90thanniversary of Cutty Sark, which was launched on the 23rd of March, 1923.

Each of the 500 bottles has been hand-signed by Neil Ridley, Joel Harrison and Kirsteen Campbell. The first 100 purchases of Caskstrength and Carry On Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky include an accompanying “Cask Strength and Carry On” cotton bag which has been specially printed for this release. Also included in the first hundred bottles is an edition of “The Daily Cargo”, a collectible newspaper which includes articles from industry experts as well as photographs, cocktail recipes, and a glimpse into the creative and wacky minds of Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison themselves.

I have not tasted this one, but it sure sounds lovely, and Cask Strength blends from cutty are not very common…

Caskstrength and Carry On (Cutty Sark), £34.95

Master of Malt Releases Single Cask, Peated Scotch Whisky from the Balblair DistilleryBalblair-1990-Islay-Cask-1466

Online retailer Master of Malt announces the release of an Exclusive Single Cask, Peated Whisky from the Balblair Distillery in Scotland: Balblair 1990 Islay Cask 1466.As part of its lauded range of vintage whiskies, Balbair Whisky Distillery in the Highland region of Scotland has produced a limited-edition bottling of a peated whisky. Atypical of the regional style, this Highland whisky provides a soft sweetness balanced with a smooth and subtle smokiness.This Single Cask Scotch Whisky has acquired its smoky flavour through non-traditional methods. Instead of producing a spirit made from peated barley, Balblair distillers chose to mature this special bottling in casks that had previously held an Islay Whisky. Thus, the warm, peaty flavours have permeated the classic honeyed sweetness to produce a single malt which is unlike any other.Distilled in 1990, this ultra-rare Single Cask Whisky was aged in Cask 1466, an American Oak Barrel which previously held an Islay Single Malt Whisky. Master of Malt is proud to be the exclusive retailer of Balblair 1990 Islay Cask 1466.

I tasted a sister cask (and bought it) and it was lovely, if that can say anything about this one (until I receive a sample)

Balblair 1990 Islay Cask 1466 , £124

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