Hi Folks - would appreciate your thoughts on the following;
I've just been given one of the recently released "Islay Collection" mini packs which consists of 5 x 20cl bottlings of some Islay classics - Caol Ila 12 & 18, Lagavulin 16 and 12CS and a 5th release Port Ellen - very nice pack indeed.
However, my query relates to the Port Ellen bottling which is labelled and described as 5th Release (25YO, 1979-2005). However, the strength is stated as 57.1%, whereas the strength on the full size 5th release bottling issued last year is 57.4%. I also wonder about the source, as the full size 5th release was limited to 5280 bottles - where has the spirit come from for these new minis ?. If it is not from the same casks used to produce the full size 5th release I feel this is a bit misleading as the mini is not identical to the full size bottling. Any thoughts ?.