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Issue 123 - It's All in the Prime Number

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
October 2014


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It's All in the Prime Number

Jonny recommends four great age statement whiskies

Not so long ago, the presence of age statements on whisky bottles was rather conventional and predictable. For a while, many of the great brands created their range of single malts aged for 10, 12, 15, 18, and 25 Years. Glenfarclas, The Macallan, The Glenlivet, they were all at it. You knew where you were.

Whisky styles expanded in all directions offering us a giddying choice: finished whiskies, young whiskies, vintage whiskies, no age statement whiskies, multi-vintage whiskies, and greatly aged whiskies. It felt like someone had torn up the rulebook. I learnt recently about the decidedly different new range of Craigellachie whiskies which include bottlings at 13, 17, and 23 Years Old; intriguingly all prime numbers. Amidst the current paucity of age statements, we greet the new releases with four other proprietary prime number bottlings.

Kininvie 23 Years Old Batch 1 42.6%

Bottler: William Grant & Sons
Region: Speyside
WM tasting scores: N/a
Recent auction price: £260
Auction: Scotch Whisky Auctions
Date: July 2013

Comment: This first bottling under the Kininvie name was released exclusively in Taiwan. The first bottles brought back to the auctions sites made up to £450, though prices have stabilised since then. Batch 2 has recently become available in the UK, which may further control prices, whilst Taiwan is enjoying a new exclusive 17 Years Old edition. Prime numbers all the way.

Glenury Royal Rare Malt Selection 29 Years Old 57.0%

Bottler: Diageo

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