Nick Brown wrote:An interesting article, which does support my theory that the development of "very young", "quarter cask", "no age statement", etc. have been created to fix a shortage of supply rather than to create excellent products.
I'm willing to cut them some slack for finding creative ways to deal with a bad situation. Certainly, I've seen lots of positive reports about the Laph QC, so they, at least, seem to be doing something right. Perhaps we might see some other makers trying small casks to accelerate aging.
Which reminds me, I have a bottle of QC I need to open, along with a Laph CS to compare it with.
As for Very Young Ardbeg, I'll probably never see it on this side of the Atlantic; we'll have to wait for the "new" 10yo, since VYA's supplies are being limited to avoid cutting into stocks. From what I've read about VYA, it sounds like it'll be well worth buying once it hits its tenth birthday and I can finally get the Glenmorangie-era product here.
Alternatively, some of us might have to get a little less sniffy about drinking fine whiskies from Ireland, the USA, Canada and beyond.
Nothing wrong with that, either. I've loved the Irish whiskeys I've tried - and if you like peat, I heartily recommend the Connemara bottlings.
There are lots of good offerings on the bourbon side of the aisle, and some are surprisingly cheap. Even limited, super-premium bottlings like Stagg are reasonable next to comparable Scotches. Of course, prices might get topsy-turvy once an ocean crossing is involved.
I'm not familiar with Canadian whiskies other than the Forty Creek offerings, but I'll probably try out a Wiser's soon, and maybe some others as well.
The Japanese distillers have an opportunity here as well; I've only seen Yamazaki in stores here, but maybe we'll start to get some Nikka, Yoichi, or Hakushu as well. Yamazaki 12yo is very reasonable and quite good.