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Here are the casks that we have acquired either as Club on our own, or with additional whisky enthusiasts:

Bottled casks:

  • 2012      - Kilchoman «50OF5» Single Cask
  • 2017      - Springbank «50OF5» Private Cask - Edition «55» 
  • 2018      - Wolfburn «50OF5» Private Cask Edition «60» - (bottling planned in 2022)
  • 2018/19 - Highland Park Viking Soul Cask #500115 «òRAN NA BOII»
  • 2021      - Tomatin 21yo - Verdejo cask
  • 2020/21 - Highland Park Viking Soul Cask #500153 «ÒRAN NA BOII» II
  • 2020/21 - Highland Park Viking Soul Cask #500174 «ÒRAN NA BOII» III
  • 2010/21 - GlenAllachie Chinquapin Cask

Maturing casks:

  • 2018/22 - Wolfburn «50OF5» Private Cask Edition «60» - (bottling planned in 2022)
  • 2019/23 - Raasay (new make - bottling planned for 2023)
  • 2019/24 - Lindores Abbey - new make - sherry firkin cask (bottling planned in 2024)
  • 2019/26 - Lindores Abbey - new make - STR cask (bottling planned in 2026)
  • 2020/22 - Old Well «50OF5» Private Cask Edition «60» - Initiated in Marsala cask (bottling planned for 2022)


And we are working on additional ones ... 
Details about individual bottlings below.



Tomatin 21yo
Verdejo Bomb !
[posted Jul-27, 2021]

Full disclosure - we have always been impressed by Tomatin single casks and limited bottlings during their numerous tasting sessions in Vienna. So when a chance came to acquire a private cask, we convinced other whisky clubs to join our effort (under the roof of a newly created CMWS) and went for a hogshead. 

We didn't hesitate to choose something special - the tasting panel opted for the Verdejo cask (Spanish sweet white wine). And thanks to lockdown, we agreed with the distillery to let the liquid in the cask for as long as 21 years! Which was never done before!

Hence, born in the last century and bottled on the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin and Space Shuttle, we got a first ever Single Malt matured full 21 years in a Verdejo cask !

Tomatin CMWS - packaging    Tomatin CMWS

GlenAllachie Duo
California and Chinquapin !
[posted Jul-27, 2021]

Two streams crossed in this case. Billy Walker visited Prague in November 2019. We were so impressed by his whiskies (besides the official masterclass, we also succeeded to hold a session for a small group of enthusiasts) that we convinced the distillery to allow us to go for two private casks. One would be for the 10th Anniversary of the Whisky Festival CZ and the other for the Czech whisky community.

We had to cull the original plan of selecting the casks in the distillery, and chose the casks based on sent samples. The festival organizer wanted something special - and decided for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine cask (that has never been filled by GlenAllachie before). And the CMWS group decided for the Chinquapin cask!


GA - CZ  GA -CZ   GA - Festival


HP VSC - Season II - Lottery win II and III
A Family is Born !
[posted Jul-27, 2021]

When second of the HP VSC program was announced back in 2020, we knew two things: Firstly, we had been so impressed with our cask from the first wave, that it was clear we wanted another one!  Secondly, we also new there will be a tough competition for the limited number of casks. Hence, we teamed with everyone we knew to increase our chance of winning in the lottery again.

This tactics turned our extremely well and we finally got a chance to purchase not one cask, but two. And we even could get one as American oak and the other as European oak - very interesting comparison!

That's the way how our «ÒRAN NA BOII» has become a family: 12½, American 14yo and European 14yo!

HP VSC



Note: Import of the bottles (post-brexit) proved a tricky treat. The carrier selected by the distillery is able to arrange the payment of the local excise and VAT tax, but they have no license to equip each imported bottle with a Czech excise stamp - that's needed to release the bottle to the local market. It took us as many as two months to find a way to get the bottles through the maze of the often contradicting rules ... But the two bottlings were worth it.


HP VSC Firkin 12½ «Bohemian Rhapsody»
He won a lottery and ...
[updated Jul-27, 2021]

In a syndicated effort by a group of Bohemian whisky fans, we succeeded to acquire one of the casks in the Highland Park's Viking Soul [private] Cask program.

Originally, the cask bore the number #50OF5, but HP's lawyers got scared at the end, and "renumbered" the cash to 500115.
It's been a 50-liter firkin, and - due of our origin - we decided to  call it  «ÒRAN NA BOII»

For those few of you who do not speak this language fluently, Òran Na Boii means Bohemian Rhapsody in Scottish Gaelic.
And for those who did not pay attention during your geography lessons, Bohemia is the central part of Czech republic!

Note: A year ago, we stared a research into the real history of the distillery in Kirkwall. This time without HP's Marketing department, to make sure we stick to the facts.
And the first artifacts uncovered in the HP's bottling hall show that the link to Vikings is false. The distillery origins are actually linked to the beer fans from Bohemia! 
We plan to publish the evidence during 2019 !

Additional details on Whiskybase.

HP VSC  HP VSC  HP VSC - bottle



The Wolfcask is Born!
One Cask - Multiple Batches !
[updated Jul-27, 2021]

On June 5, 2018 at exactly 11:00am Wolfburn time, Shane Fraser hammered the bunk onto the full «50OF5» cask.
And that is exactly the moment that was registered as the birth of our next cask!

For the history, we have taken aside a few bottles of new make that went into the cask, reserved for history. Consider it Wolfburn «50OF5» Aged 0 seconds.
It's the most limited edition of Wolfburn so far, just 6 bottles!

You might recognize Wolfburn‘s first whisky maker Shane Fraser - he helped us fill our cask shortly before he moved over the pond!

We plan to bottle the cask in three batches with a year apart, starting in 2022.  
Wolfcask Delivery  Shane - bunk 11:00am <<50OF5> Wolfburn Cask





Springbank 25yo «50OF5» «Edition 55»
The oldest Springbank Private cask ever bottled !!
[updated Sep-9, 2017]

If Kilchoman was our acquisition for the celebration of our 50th, we upped our game and used the opportunity to grab part of a private cask of Springbank 25yo to celebrate 55th! 
Bottled in 1990, a few month after the Berlin Wall had been torn down, it was happily maturing in distillery warehouse in Campbeltown.
The program of selling private casks has been discontinued by the distillery owners ten years ago.
We got hold of the cask when the liquid was 22 years old, and the alcohol level was just shy of 46%.
Yet we decided to take the risk and waited - holding our breadth - till the age reached 25 years, making it the oldest private cask of Springbank!
When the whisky was bottled in February 2017, it alcohol level showed 42.7%  
Lucky us :-)

Additional details on Whiskybase.

     




Kilchoman «50OF5» Single Cask
One of the first Kilchoman Private casks ever !
[posted Dec-31, 2012]

It was back in 2012. The idea to organize one event for five people to celebrate half-century has been considered out-of-the-box. And getting a limited edition of a single malt Scotch whisky for this occasion was even further from the box. 

However, we finally made it, and also created an accompanying leaflet!

Additional details on Whiskybase.



  
Kilchoman «50OF5»  
Kilchoman «50OF5»  
 
Kilchoman «50OF5»






Rollercoaster
An important bottle !
[posted Mar-25, 2010]

There’s one more whisky that has played a special role in our Club, even before it was conceived. It is the Ardbeg Rollercoaster. Due to synchronized approach of all club members, no matter where they were at the critical moment and no matter how overloaded the Ardbeg’s server was on that day and night in February 2010, we finally succeeded to get hold of this special Ardbeg expression celebrating 10 years of the new ownership of the distillery.

Rollercoaster