the whisky lounge - a journal tracking a whisky maturation project involving a newly-acquired oak cask and a significant amount of patience

Friday, January 18, 2008

Looking Far Into the Future

So, I'm thinking ahead. Shocking, I know, but unavoidable. I'm thinking of what next to do with the cask.

Yes, yes, I know that it's only a dozen days into being sherried, and it's got two to three months of Whisky Works whisky to come, but the cask will not cease to exist at that point. I'm thinking I'll put another whisky into it, but I'm not sure which.

Ideally, it would be cask strength, but it's rather impossible to find an immature cask strength whisky hereabouts. They're all already matured to a rather tasty age. Rather defeats the purpose.

It will certainly be a single malt. I have yet to find a blend that inspires me. There are plenty I enjoy, but most that I've had seem to have been blended for general balance, rather than for impact. There are many, many, bland blends out there.

I had been thinking of either the McClelland's Islay Single Malt, which has no age stated, or the Dun Bheagan Islay 8. I'll probably stick to Islay, but if anyone wants to sway me in a different direction, then go for it: now's your chance.

The McClelland's is rumoured to be a 5-year old Bowmore. I have enjoyed a number of different Bowmores in my day, and think this might be a good place to start. The price tag of a hair over thirty dollars is also an attraction.

I haven't been able to identify what the Dun Bheagan Islay is other than an independent bottling. I've heard Lagavulin and Caol Ila as likely candidates, though, and I really quite like those two single malts. Lagavulin 16 is probably my favourite, and Caol Ila is up there as well.

But like I said, I have plenty of time to decide. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Anonymous said...


Just happened across your blog this evening and I am absolutely fascinated by all this. I have so many ideas and suggestions that I'm just going to have to get one for myself!

I was thinking it would be great if you could get a hold of some new make from a distillery and actually start from scratch rather than with a malt but I've only seen 5cl bottles of that sort of thing.

I look forward to many months of following your exploits here.


Will said...

Hi Ian,

I just remembered about the Kilchoman New Make Spirit! Royal Mile Whiskies has it available for sale, though they're out of stock right now. It'd be a little expensive, but you could get a bunch of these and toss them into the cask to mature your own Islay whisky from start to finish!

Just another option, if you were looking for an alternative to the five-year jump start the McClelland's would give you.

Also see here for some nice photos. :)

Ian said...

Hmmmm..... new make spirit. That's a very interesting idea. I wonder if it's possible to get new make in a bottle larger than 5cl.

I think I'll look in to that. Maybe my friendly neighbourhood liquor store will be able to hook me up.

I'll keep you posted


Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

That's the exact new make I was thinking of. They still have a few of the 5cl bottles available to buy direct from their website:

It would take too many bottles and too much money to fill 1L, though.


Anonymous said...

Oops. First thing in the morning and I just noticed that Will already posted the link to their store.