Coming Soon…

Coming Soon
My review of the Laphroaig Cairdeas, 2015 was once again my most viewed post of the month in November (only the home page and my index of whisky reviews were viewed more). This is now the fourth month in a row since I posted it that it’s been the top whisky review of the month (in September it was beaten by a recipe for beans). I’m curious as to when interest in this whisky will begin to flag: are there still markets in the US where it’s only just showing up? (More than 70% of my readership is from the US.) Further confirming the appeal of widely available OB releases, the next most read review in November was of the Glendronach 15. And Jim Murray mania propelled my review of the Pikesville Rye to third place (despite it having been posted only a week before the end of the month). After that it was a bunch of recipes and non-review posts (the “Distillery Character” piece and also the Glendronach “single cask” piece, whose afterlife also seems to be endless). I’m sure this has been fascinating for you. On to the long list of potential reviews for December. 

As always, I am open to nominations for promotion from the long list to the short list. And it is a very long list this month. None are in the books, all are in play.

Auchentoshan “Heartwood”
Balmenach 25, 1988 (Signatory for Binny’s)
Balvenie 17, Peated Cask
Benriach 27, 1984, Peated-Port Finish
Benriach 29, 1976 (Signatory)
Bladnoch 12, Sherry Cask
Bowmore 12, 2001 (Signatory for K&L)
Brora 25, 7th Release
Brora 30, 5th Release
Caol Ila 16, 1998, (Wilson & Morgan)
Caol Ila 27, 1984 (Douglas Laing “Old & Rare”)
Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch, Bottled in Bond
Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. 17, Cured Oak
Compass Box Peat Monster, 10th Anniversary
Elijah Craig 18
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel, 2015 Release
Four Roses Single Barrel, OBSV, for Paws & Claws
Glen Garioch 25, 1990 (Signatory)
Glen Scotia 40, 1972 (Malts of Scotland)
Glenfiddich 15, Distillery Edition
Heaven Hill 13, 2001, Port Cask Finish (Malts of Scotland)
Highland Park 12 (for Twin Liquors)
Highland Park 16, 1995 (A.D. Rattray)
Inchgower 33, 1980 (Malts of Scotland)
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask S090122079
Lagavulin “Distillery Only”, 2010
Laphroaig 10 CS, Batch 002
Ledaig 9, 2005 (Maltbarn)
Ledaig 10, 2004, Sherry Butt 900176 (van Wees)
Longmorn 46, 1964 (Gordon and MacPhail for van Wees)
Macduff 31, 1980 (Wilson & Morgan)
Old Grand-Dad, 80 Proof
Old Pulteney 8, 1990 (Cadenhead’s)
Port Ellen 27, 6th Release
Port Ellen 30, 9th Release
Port Ellen, Elements of Islay Pe5 (Speciality Drinks)
Redbreast 12, Cask Strength
Springbank 14, 1998, Fino Cask
Springbank 14, 1998 (Whiskybroker)
Springbank 1998-2015, Sherry Hogshead (Malts of Scotland)
Springbank 1998-2014, Rum Cask (Malts of Scotland)
Strathisla 25 (Gordon & MacPhail)
Strathisla 25, 1989 (SMWS 58.15)
Talisker 25, 2006
Teeling Whiskey
Willett 8, Barrel 1434, Wheated
Willett 11, Barrel 2364 (for the Wine and Cheese Shop)
Yoichi 27, 1987 (SMWS)

13 thoughts on “Coming Soon…

  1. Curious what your thoughts are on the Redbreast CS. Easily my favourite Irish.

    I suspect that the traffic on the Cairdeas review is because there really aren’t many reviews out there on it. I am surprised that Serge hasn’t touched on it yet.


  2. The Cairdeas 2015 may be getting views because it’s so damn good! Enormously better than the 2014 and is improving steadily with more air. My vote is for a review of the 10th Anniversary of Peat Monster. Another great Compass Box whisky that also goes from very good to awesome with time and air. I still have a bottle left, but wish I had more.


  3. The Cairdeas 2015 hasn’t hit my state yet (they have to sell thru all remaining 2014’s, which have been shelf-sitters for a lonnnnng time now, before they can roll out the 2015 – “control-state” b.s. and all). I’ve put in for it with my local store, fingers and toes crossed…


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