Friday, June 29, 2012

Andrew Laing Tasting @Punavuoren Ahvne 26.6.2012

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure to sit down for a tasting held by third generation independent whisky bottler Andrew Laing, who was in Finland promoting his coming private range: Edition Spirits. We got to sample four of his Speyside bottlings, as well as two Islay drams bottled by his, as for now, more famous father Douglas Laing. The Speysides especially were a nice eye-opener for me, as I never got to experience this kind of variety and quality from that are before.

Left to right:

-Glen Spey 1991, 20yo, Edition Spirits
-Linkwood 1987, 24yo, Edition Spirits
-Mortlach 1989, 22yo, Edition Spirits
-Longmorn 1992, 19yo, Edition Spirits
-Bowmore 1987, 21yo, Douglas Laing
-Port Ellen 1982, 24yo, Douglas Laing

My personal favourite of this menu was actually the Mortlach. A rarity from a refill Bourbon Hogshead cask. Apparently the distillery uses mostly Sherry casks, which sometimes can be a bit overpowering in the flavour palette, but this one was very nice.

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