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waterskier. Fresh, bright, and perfectly balanced between sugar and spice and sweet and sour. OLD FORESTER “REPEAL BOURBON 75TH ANNIVERSARY” 189 UNITED STATES A. SMITH BOWMAN OWNER Sazerac FOUNDED 1935 CAPACITY Not given ADDRESS One Bowman Drive, At Deep Run, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408 WEBSITE www.asmithbowman.com T VIRGINIA GENTLEMAN he tornado that is plowing through the American whiskey industry is sucking up everything in its path, and that includes the older distilleries. Founded
stills in December 1990, the founding year could easily be stated as 1956 or 1962. The former date was when Glasgow whiskey broker George Christie bought the site on the banks of the Tromie River, not far from Kingussie, and the latter was the year in which dry-stone wallbuilder Alex Fairlie began constructing the distillery. Building proceeded on a leisurely basis, taking almost three decades. Once completed, Christie’s project was christened Speyside, which may seem slightly generic but was
14-year-old. Additionally, a single cask 32-year-old bottling was undertaken in 2010. TASTING NOTES GLENCADAM 10-YEAR-OLD single malt, 40% ABV A delicate, ﬂoral nose with soft fruit, vanilla, and a slightly nutty note. Citrus fruit, malt, and spicy oak on the smooth palate. The ﬁnish is relatively long and fruity. GLENCADAM 14-YEAR-OLD single malt, 46% ABV, ﬁnished in Oloroso sherry casks Vanilla and spice on the sweet nose, while the palate exhibits ﬂoral, spicy notes, and sweet sherry, giving
14-year-old having a greater Bourbon wood maturation inﬂuence than the 10-year-old. However, the very ﬁrst release from Arran was of one-year-old spirits, back in 1996, designed to whet the appetite of consumers and remind them that Arran was up and running. The ﬁrst bottling which could legally be called Scotch whiskey appeared as a three-year-old in 1998, followed by a four-year-old, several single cask editions, and a 1996 vintage, along with an THE ARRAN 10-YEAR-OLD ISLAY & THE ISLANDS
was released, while 2012 saw 40-year-old variants of both Tobermory and Ledaig hit the shelves. SCOTLAND ABHAINN DEARG KILCHOMAN OWNER Mark Tayburn OWNER Kilchoman Distillery Company Ltd. FOUNDED 2008 CAPACITY 6,600 gal (25,000 liters) FOUNDED 2005 CAPACITY 30,400 gal (115,000 liters) ADDRESS Carnish, Isle of Lewis HS2 9EX ADDRESS Rockside Farm, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay PA49 7UT WEBSITE www.abhainndearg.co.uk WEBSITE www.kilchomandistillery.com S K cotland’s westernmost