What does a Scottish blend from the 1950 / 60s made for a Hamburg distributor and a German malt that barely qualifies as whisky have in common? Or what does a peaty coastal single malt bottled by an Indian distillery have to do with a sophisticated complex Island dram from a much-coveted Indie bottler? And how about the price range from an affordable entry-level Island OB in GBP 20s vs another over 150?! Or sourced from an auction some 40 years after bottling vs direct from bottler within hours of going on sale, to Le Clos Dubai duty-free or available exclusively in Bangalore only… Frankly speaking, they have practically nothing in common beyond a random sweaty evening in Mumbai where they just so happened to be tasted together!
A Remarkable (Random) Range
- Arran Lochranza Reserve 43% – I picked it up in Dubai duty-free years ago, you can still find it as a Limited Edition at the distillery for a mere GBP 25 (Psst… this is the Highland / Island single malt)
- Hedges & Butler Royal Scotch Whisky 21 year (1950/60s – 1970/80s) 43% – Bottled for a German distributor and acquired by Auction some 40+ years after being bottled, it was spotted by Malt Maniac Krishna Nakula then made its way from Germany to India
- Single Malts of India’s Neidhal 46% – A Scottish(?) coastal single malt bottled by Amrut in India – a kind gift from tasting companions
- Chorlton’s Orkney 22 year (2022) 53.4% – Snapped up within hours of going on sale, likely the priciest of the bunch
- St Kilian Signature Edition 9 (2016/17/18 – 2020/21) 55.3% – The most recent offering from Germany’s St Kilian distillery – just barely old enough to be called whisky!
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