Ron Esclavo Xo Cask has been a favourite since about 2 years back. Every year they releases a new special edition for the Swedish market.
Last year it was “Cognac cask finish” and this years experiment was finished in Laphroaig whisky casks.
Ron Esclavo brand is owned by the Danish company 1423 World Class Spirits and they have a big variety of different spirits (1423.dk).
The producer of the rum is Oliver & Oliver in the Dominican Republic.
The bottle nr I have is 258 of 381 and it’s only one batch of this special edition.
According to 1423 them self there will be another or several releases of special editions this year, what flavours or cask types that will be influenced is still unknown.
I have tried all three of the current available variants and the Cognac edition is more sweet than the original and the Laphroaig have more of a punch to it.
Looking forward to see what is to come and a proper review of all three will come in the future.
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A firend of mine had this Laphroaig four oak and it was a good time to try some Lapgroaig that i havent tasted before, a chilled not too hot summer evening with some friends and we are waiting for the charcoal to get a good glow. Like the other Laphroaig whisky’s its peaty, matured in ex-bourbon barrels, small quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads. The whisky has no age statement.
It has a distinct nose of peat, seaweed, oak, vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Its primary released for the retail marketand a review of this is coming in the future.
Its a good dram to the BBQ moments to enjoy. So far i haven’t tried too many Laphroaig whisky’s but the 10 is still a favourite among those i tried.
The first post on this blog will be the Ardbeg drum. It was released during the Islay festival recently and it is going for that carnival feel and tasting notes. Also the packaging is going for the exotic vibe.
It has been resting in ex-bourbon casks and is finished in american ex-rum casks to give it that pineapple and ripe banana flavours along with some classic Ardbeg peat.
Funny story to this bottle is that here in Sweden it’s only the systembolaget that is allowed to import liquor to Sweden and it is also the only place you can buy liquor and take home with you. So when this bottle was announced to be released the 5th of July my friend queued before the opening the store. To my surprise he called in panic and told me there where 30 persons queued like him.
Some took several bottles and the stock on that store was only 24 pieces so every one was “fighting” to get a bottle.
We was lucky to get one bottle each and I’m looking forward to try it and give a review here on the blog in the future.