September 2011 New Releases from Adelphi

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By Mike Lord

We are still catching up after The Autumn Speyside Festival so there will be a little spree of shorter updates.

Here is our clutch of new release Adelphi's.   The majority of them were tasted at the Adelphi tasting during the festival and all were superb.   Our tastings during the September festival now come under the banner of “The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival” to give our events a bit of a separate identity.

During the tasting, which was ably hosted by Antonia Bruce, the Lochside was probably the talking point and it is very sherried and unctuous.   The current Breath of Islay, which has some Laphroaig characteristics, is probably the best of this style of whiskies I have had for some time.  The Clynelish is a stunning example from that distillery and the Linkwood is about as good as you will find.  The Dailuaine, not featured during the festival, is a fabulous sherried whisky and is the sister cask to the one from the previous release if that is possible.

I also need to give a special mention to a very lovely sherried unpeated Bunnahbhain which is The WSD's latest bottling and is an exclusive in partnership with Adelphi.

Tamdhu 1984 26 Years Old

Linkwood 1984

Lochside 1965

Breath of Islay 1999

Clynelish 1997

Bunnahbhain 2000

Dailuaine 1993

Bunnhabhain 1991