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Connemara Peated Cask Strength – 17 September 2013

Produced at: Cooley Distillery.

Description: Unique to the world of Irish whiskeys, Connemara Cask Strength is the only Irish whiskey to be produced from its natural strength. Natural, undiluted and not chill-filtered or coloured in any way, the level of alcohol differs between bottlings, and so labels are printed specially for each batch. Connemara is a blend of aged whiskies, a 4 year, a 6 year and an 8 year. Company representatives tell me that the 4 year old gives the whiskey a level of vibrancy, while the 8 year old adds depth to the whiskey while the 6 year old is needed to marry them together.
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Maker’s Mark 46 – 27 August 2013

Produced at: Makers Mark Whisky Distillery

Description: Maker’s Mark, long famous for their flagship marque, recently introduced Maker’s Mark 46, the first new product in over 50 years from this distillery. Charred French oak staves are inserted inside the barrel and an additional 2 to 3 months of aging have created a bourbon that is both true to the classic Maker’s Mark heritage and yet a world-class whiskey on its own merits. This is a very well crafted whiskey, one that will do double duty as both a whiskey to be enjoyed on its own as well as turned into cocktails.
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Danfield’s Limited Edition 21 Years Old Whisky – 16 July 2013

Produced at: Black Velvet Distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Description: Danfield’s is marketed by Williams & Churchill but as often in Canadian whisky, it is only a brand name, and it’s made at a different distillery (The Black Velvet Distillery). Canadian laws allow them to state ‘Distilled and bottled by Williams & Churchill’ on the label. Danfield’s is made from rye, corn and malted barley in a small batch process and “blended at birth” rather than blended after separate maturation. Also, as mentioned on the label, it is passed through a diamond dust filter.
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Dun Bheagan Islay 2003 – 24 June 2013

Produced at: Distillery Lagavulin
Description: The distillery was founded in 1816 on the South shore of Islay, also known as ‘Kildalton’. The Lagavulin distillery was
built a year after neighbours Laphroaig and Ardbeg and almost a century before the Malt Mill distillery was erected on the grounds of Lagavulin. The Islands and Islay: Pronounced “eye-luh,” Islay is the most famous whisky-producing island in Scotland. Home to ten working distilleries today, Islay is known for its robust, smoky, and heavily peated whisky.
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