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Port Dundas 2009 Martinique Rum Cask Finish-The Cooper’s Choice (60.5% abv)

Although it closed its doors in 2010, indies continue to release glimpses into the glorious past of one of Scotland’s most respected and historic grain distilleries. Initially matured in Bourbon barrels, it was finished in a Martinique Rum Cask before bottling at a whopping 60.5%. The fruitiness of the rum should really complement the distillery style here. 300 bottles from the out-turn, also one of the last distillates Port Dundas turned out before closing for good. Non chill filtered.

Notes from the bottlers… Nose: Fresh and vibrant. Vanilla and coconut with exotic fruits. Palate: Almonds and citrus. Overripe bananas with more vanilla and spice.

Tomatin Forest Fruits-The Cooper’s Choice (57.5% abv)

Another release in the Cooper’s Choice series from The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. The Tomatin “Forest Fruits” was initially matured for about five and a half years in an American oak bourbon cask, and then finished for 16 months in a Ruby Port hogshead (cask #9414).

Nose: Damp forest floor, dirt cellar, wet leaves, dunnage warehouse. Then behind that I find ripe orchard fruits and assorted red berries.

Taste: Full of body and sweetness. Oaky and malty sweetness for the base and on top of this there are mad swirls of spices and tropical fruits. White pepper, even hints

Finish: Medium long finish. Rich, deep sweetness all the way. Creamy vanilla, mango and honey dew melon. Sweet, pickled ginger. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Softly acidic and astringent oakiness in the end.

Macduff 16 Year Old 2003-The Cooper’s Choice (51% abv)

A Port-cask-finished single malt from Macduff here, independently bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for its Cooper’s Choice range. This one was distilled back in September 2003 and initially aged in American oak, before being finished in a Port pipe. 306 bottles were produced.

Cameronbridge 35 Year Old 1984 -The Cooper’s Choice (44.5% abv)

A buttery, sweet delight from Cameronbridge here, after it was distilled back in 1984 this single grain spent over three decades in a single bourbon cask! Eventually The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. bottled it up at 35 years old for The Cooper’s Choice series, with an outturn of 198 bottles at 44.5% ABV.

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Tullibardine 8 Year Old 2011 Moscatel Cask Finish-The Cooper’s Choice (55.5% abv)

Another stellar cask-finished whisky from The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.’s Cooper’s Choice series! After an initial maturation in American oak, this Tullibardine was finished in a single Moscatel cask. Just 246 bottles were released at 55.5% ABV, and will delight those who like a slightly sweet side to their whisky!

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Glenrothes 2010 9 Year Old Port Finish – The Cooper’s Choice (58.5 % abv)

Independently bottled single malt from Glenrothes, aged for 9 years. After a finishing period in a Port cask, this was bottled for The Cooper’s Choice range.

Ledaig 17 years 2002-2019 Release “Moscato Cask Finish” The Cooper’s Choice (53.5% abv)

This smoky Ledaig from the Tobermory distillery was bottled at The Cooper’s Choice by the independent bottler Vintage Malt Whiskey Company and finished in a Moscatel Cask.

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Cooper’s Choice “Wardhead 1997 21 Yrs Old Port Wood Finish” (52.5% abv)

We received only a dozen bottles of this teaspooned Glenfiddich here at Craft Cellars. Bottled at 52.5% after maturing in Bourbon and finishing in Port.

330 Bottles only – Distilled 1997 – Bottled 2018

 

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Caol Ila Peat & Fruit 2019 “Port Cask Finish” Cooper’s Choice (55% abv)

After maturing in a former Bourbon Cask, this Caol Ila got a finish in a former Port Cask, earning it the nickname “Peat & Fruit”. This whiskey from ‘The Cooper’s Choice’ by the independent bottler Vintage Malt Whiskey Company features rich dark fruit notes combined with strong Islay smoke.