W is definitely for W Club – The Whisky Shop’s new membership club that gives you access to limited release bottlings, great competitions and some exclusive in-store whisky! We popped along to see Craig, manager of Birmingham’s Whisky Shop to try some of the new bottles he had. The focus of our mission this time was a new bottle out by Glen Garioch which was bottled excessively for the Whisky Shop! There are only 187 bottles of the Glen Garioch 1978 and as it retails at a shade under £400 this was probably going to be our only experience of it. Our thoughts are here:
Glen Garioch 1978
It seemed rude just to stick to the one whisky while we were there so we were lucky enough to try two more of the Whisky Shop’s new bottles – a 1994 Highland Park 18 and an Isle of Jura 21. Both of these have been bottled under the Glenkeir Treasure’s label and provide great access to some rare whisky releases. The Highland Park 18 was very different to the distillery bottle being a lot drier overall with none of the rich toffee and chocolate that we loved, but instead overall was a lot drier and milder. It’s not a bad whisky, we just wouldn’t have guessed it was Highland Park from a blind tasting. The Jura 21 on the other hand was on the money – briny, smokey and reminiscent of a typical Jura bottling and a bargain at £59 for a 50cl bottle – plus buying it saves you the membership fee to the W Club – Bargain!
No real notes on the next two but we just wanted to thank Craig as we finished off with a quick taste of another W Club exclusive – a Queen’s Jubilee bottle of Royal Lochnagar 14 bottled at 58.7% – great nose with bag of freshly cut grass and a recently released Caol Ila – The Moch. This is softer than the 12 year old but is unmistakably Caol Ila and will form part of our cabinet in the future – in fact its part of the tasting I’m going to in the Caol Ila warehouse in May so full excitable notes will follow from the that event I’m sure!