Etikettarkiv: Highland whisky review

Tomatin Legacy

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
The Legacy was relaunched in 2016 as the entry level in Tomatin’s core range. It’s been aged in a combination of american ex-bourbon oak barrels and virgin oak casks for an undisclosed amount of time.

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Loch Lomond Madeira Wood Finish

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

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Additional information
This whisky is a travel retail exclusive release. It was first aged in ”traditional” ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in ex-Madeira casks. No maturation time is disclosed.

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Glenmorangie 14 YO The Elementa – New Charred Oak Cask Finish

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
The Elementa is a part of Glenmorangie’s travel retail series called Legends. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and finished in charred virgin oak casks.

The Dalmore 10 YO – Vintage 2006

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very oaky and sweet. There’s honey, malt and a sort of in-between circle of toffee, caramel, cream and fudge. The fruitiness is also very much in focus, with oranges, grapefruit and lime. There’s also a somewhat odd seaweed note laying on top. It has a very noticable oakiness.

Mouth: It’s dusty and the vanilla is very up front and powerful. Beneath is the butterscotchy fudge note coming through with a fruity tang to it. There’s green apples, grapefruit, orange marmelade and lime. The oak is very bitter and astringent and somewhere in there are pure cacao and strong coffee notes.

Finish: The vanilla is still in charge and behind the grapefruit and orange marmelade lingers. The butterscotchy fudge note is quickly gone and leaves room for a very dry and astringent oak. It’s very bitter, almost like there’s a dash of tonic water in there. The cacao is still present and the coffee note swithes up a notch towards espresso.

Additional information
This Dalmore expression is matured in american ex-bourbon barrels. For most of its time it rests in refill barrels and then in first fills during a finishing period.

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Ardnamuchan AD 4.21:3

ABV: 46.8 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh and peaty. At first there’s a fresh green apple note, hints of dark fruits and a sweet vanilla cream note and it battles with a seaside style peatiness which comes through as mild and mineral rich. There’s a hint of seaweed within and it’s connected both to the peat and the sherry cask influence. With time in the glass there’s an oakiness slowly moving up towards the edges of the glass. A young, spirity note is present throughout but it’s not protruding or metallic. There’s a mix of assorted cooking spices in there as well. This is a nice nose which lacks a bit of depth but offers an interesting experience.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild and sweet outer surface and a young and sprawling center. It takes a second or two before the peat shows up and it’s a very unique peatiness with a coffee note attached to it. The sweetness increases in size and brings a standard vanilla/honey mix, but it is very contrasting to the unique peatiness. The fruitiness is contained to a sour note in the back and a miniscule dark fruitiness up front. There are many small flavour circling around such as spices, chalk and anis root.

Finish: The finish starts off with a spike in intensity which hides most of the flavours for a second or two. The first thing that reappears is the peatiness around the edges of the palate. A black pepper note is residing in the back and as the sweetness slowly returns together with the green apple note, the dark fruitiness and dark chocolate. The bitterness remain throughout and the coffee note gives it a pleasant contrast to the sweet notes. This is a very good whisky with a lot to offer to the explorer. It’s not complex but it delivers a fresh take on flavour combinations found in a single malt.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in 65 % ex-bourbon barrels and 35 % ex-sherry casks. The content is ~6 years old. 17502 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Glengoyne 21 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

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Additional information
This whisky was aged in ex-sherry casks for the full maturation time. It has natural colour.

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Blair Athol 10 YO (Lady of the Glen)

ABV: 55.8 %
Origin: Highland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and fruity whisky with a lot of dark fruit notes mixed of a sticky sweetness with toffee, honey and vanilla.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2020. It’s aged in an ex-bourbon hogshead and finished in a first fill ex-PX sherry cask. Cask No 301290. The bottle tried was 124/274. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Balblair Vintage 2000 – 2nd Release

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and fruity whisky with a mix of malt and darker fruits as the main feature. It’s very subdued on the nose but very rich in texture and taste with leather, dust and floral notes floating around.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2017. It’s aged in ex-bourbon casks and finished in ex-sherry butts. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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Royal Lochnagar 16 YO – Special Release 2021

ABV: 57.5 %
Origin: Highland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a sweet and malty whisky with a mix of toffee and apples as the main feature. It’s got a nice chili spicyness and some vanilla, honey and baking spices as well. It’s very straight forward and lacks a bit of complexity which makes it a bit uninteresting.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2004 and then aged in both american and european refill oak casks. It’s part of diageo’s special releases from 2021.

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Teaninich 17 YO – Limited Release (2017)

ABV: 55.9 %
Origin: Highland
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded. The impression was that this is a light and fruity whisky with a mix of high impact yellow pears and some tropical fruits. It’s sweet and malty as well. It felt too young for its age and lacked a bit of body. It had a slight cardboard note in the background. It’s still a good whisky but one could expect a bit more of this.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1999 and then aged in refill american oak hogsheads and butts. It’s part of diageo’s special releases from 2017. 5352 bottles were released.

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Glendronach 21 YO – Parliament

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and sweet. At first there’s a dark, dried fruitiness with prunes and raisins sitting in between a minty top note and a honey, brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. There are notes of tobacco, sulfur and a slightly gritty complexity in the center. Underneath there’s a fresher fruitiness with mainly apples. When it settles it becomes more floral and it feels much younger than its age. The sweetness is a bit sticky throughout and the whole thing has an acidity to it. This is a decent nose, but it lacks a bit of the notes which would come from a 21 year aging period.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet coating on the outside and a mix of black coffee and dark fruits in the middle. After a few seconds a brighter fruitiness gets added to the mix as well. The notes of age missing from the nose are now very pronounced with dust, a hint of old books and a damp cellar note. There’s a spicyness slowly creeping forward as well. The mouthfeel really doesn’t match up to the flavours though and it’s not as sweet as on the nose.

Finish: The spicyness spikes through the transition before the dark flavours comes through once again. It’s still a mix of coffee and dark dried fruits like prunes and raisins. The dusty note and the minty top layer soon follows. The background is filled with a lemon note at this point. It takes a good while before the flavours start to give up and give room to the oakiness. It starts att the edges and slowly moves inwards. It’s a nice mix of hazelnuts and both old and fresh oak. It gets fresher with time though. This is a really good sherried whisky with a half decent nose.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of ex-Oloroso and ex-PX sherry casks for the entire aging period. This is the new chillfiltered version. It has natural colour.

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Edradour 10 YO – The Distillery Edition

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and sweet. At first there’s a thick top layer of dark fruits and berries, with plums and liqueur-soaked raisins, honey and vanilla. There are assorted baking spices with some cinnamon peeking through. It’s very top heavy and it feels a bit two-dimensional. There’s a menthol layer floating around on top and some fresher fruits as well but there’s no complexity to speak of. This is a nice enough nose which lacks both power and complexity.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and the dark fruits with overripe plums and soaked raisins are first to come through. It’s got a very sweet character with vanilla, honey and brown sugar as well. All the flavours are up front and and the back only deals with a drop of lemon, a fresh oakiness and a hint of sulfur. It just stays the same and never really changes at this point except for a small spicyness in the back.

Finish: The spicyness in the back increases in intensity and becomes a mild chili note. Rest of the flavours just suddenly disappears and leaves a big hole where they used to be. There’s a small coating of the Oloroso sherry left around the edges and there’s still some lemon in the back together with a savory note. The oakiness returns and it’s a standard oakiness which leaves no lastning impression. This is a good whisky but it’s a bit unbalanced and engineered. It’s way too mild and top heavy but as a background dram or for a beginner this will work very nice.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. (It’s available in the U.S. with 43 %)

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Tullibardine 500 – Sherry Finish

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a sweet layer of vanilla, honey and coconut sitting on top of a mix of dried fruits and berries. It’s a mix of raisins, apricot and orange marmelade. On top there are spices floating around. It’s leaning towards baking spices but doesn’t reveal any specific kind. It becomes sweeter in the glass over time and it’s a sticky sweetness which becomes a bit overwhelming and makes the whole thing a bit unbalanced. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially interesting but it does its job competently.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild, very sweet mix of honey, vanilla, oak, coconut and sticky sweet red berries. Underneath there are notes of tobacco, coffee and just a hint of sulfur. It’s quite rich and delivers quite a nice palate. It’s a bit too sweet but it makes up for it with some nice background flavours which balances the whole thing out. There’s still notes of apricots and oranges but they are hiding behind everything else. It’s mild but not boring, with a small, yet pleasant, black pepper note on the edges of the palate.

Finish: It starts out with an increase of the sherry notes and now they come through as a bit darker than before with raisins, figs, coffee and tobacco. The black pepper spicyness sort of glides through the transition without increasing. It’s still mild yet decently rich and the sweetness keeps on delivering the same notes. It takes a surprisingly long time for it to fade and when it does, there’s still the oak impact left. It’s a nice enough oakiness with a fresh woodshop character and the coconut returns in the late finish. This is a really good whisky and hits over its paygrade. It’s a bit too sweet to be really balanced but it still delivers a nice array of flavours.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2013. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished for 12 months in 500-litre ex-sherry casks.

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Tullibardine 228 – Burgundy Finish

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet malt and dark fruits. At first there’s a thick layer of figs, raisins and dark chocolate with a sweet maltiness close behind. It takes a few minutes for the nose to balance out and when it does there’s slightly fresher red fruits starting to come up towards the edges together with an oak note. The sweetness do subside, but the whole has a very sweet character and there are honey, vanilla and a burnt caramel note within. There are baking spices in there as well. It’s very easy to approach but it isn’t boring nor flat. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex but it delivers a seemingly balanced experience for those who give it time to open up.

Mouth: It starts out with a very round and sweet center part with malt, honey, vanilla and the dark chocolate. On the outside it delivers a nice complex mix of dark and dried fruits, a hint of sulfur and the burnt caramel. After a few seconds a spicyness slowly arises from the outside. It takes a bit too long to arrive which makes the first impact slightly flat. The dark chocolate moves outwards and creates a nice bitterness around the edges. It feels young and lively but it’s not unpleasant and metallic. It’s a bit top heavy and there’s a big hole in the back of the palate.

Finish: The transition is uneventful and except for a minor increase in spicyness and the dark fruitiness it sort of just keeps on givning the same flavours and the same set-up with the sweet ball in the middle firmly in focus. It dies down rather quickly though and left is a mild peppermint and a bland oakiness. There’s a misplaced sour note coming through from the back as well. This is a decent whisky, but it’s let down by a rather disappointing finish. It is leaning heavily on the finishing cask which doesn’t cut it all the way through.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2013. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in 228-litre Red Burgundy wine casks from Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet.

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Glenmorangie 12 YO – The Quinta Ruban Port Cask Finish

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s sweet layer of honey and malt mixed with black and red berries sitting on top of a fresh lemon sourness. The whole feels very cohesive and there are no sharp edges at all. There are som mild baking spices present as well as a more ripe raisiny fruitiness. With time in the glass vanilla starts to get noticed. The main focus lies on the berries and lemon though. This is a very nice nose. It’s not complex but it delivers everything in a very pleasant way.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild dark raisin and coffee note before the sweetness comes creeping up around the edges. After a second or two the sour lemon note starts to take over the background. It creates a nice contrast between the sweet, sour and bitter notes. It’s not as fruity as on the nose and it takes a while for the whole to reach its potential. It’s slightly dusty and the fresh berries do arrive for those who decides to wait. The fruitiness shifts towards liqeuer-soaked cherries after a while as well.

Finish: The dark raisin note shows up in the middle while the coffee bitterness now move to the back of the palate where it meets up with the lemon. All along the sides there’s a nice nutty oak increasing in intensity as well as a honey sweetness. It becomes slightly astringent. The oakiness brings hazelnuts and vanilla to the finish. The cross-section between the oak and the lemon produces a touch of tropical fruits with mango and pineapple. There’s a mild spicyness following along the finish but it never interferes with the rest of the flavours.

Additional information
This is one out of three expressions in the Glenmorangie ”extra matured” series. It’s aged 10 years in ex-bourbon casks and finished for 2 years in ruby port pipes. It’s now replaced by a 14 YO.

The Dalmore 10 YO – Vintage 2004

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. There’s honey, malt and a sort of in-between circle of toffee, caramel, butterscotch and fudge. The fruitiness is also very much in focus, with dried oranges, grapefruit and raisins. There’s also a somewhat odd seaweed note laying on top. This is a decent nose, but it lacks a bit of umpf.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweetness up front and the vanilla is very pronounced and up front. Beneath is the butterscotchy fudge note coming through with a fruity tang to it. There’s dried apples, orange marmelade and lime. The oak is a bit bitter and somewhere in there are cacao and black coffee notes.

Finish: The vanilla is still in charge and behind the sweet front there’s orange marmelade and the butterscotchy fudge note. It disappears quickly and leaves room for a dry and slightly astringent oak. It’s bitter, almost like there’s a dash of tonic water in there. The cacao is still present even though it’s not especially strong. This is a decent whisky which is a bit too mild and a tiny bit uninteresting.

Additional information
This Dalmore expression is matured in american ex-bourbon barrels. For most of its time it rests in refill barrels and then in first fills during a finishing period.

Tullibardine Sovereign

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a layer of sweet vanilla and honey. Underneath lies a young and fruity distillate which gives notes of green apples and pears. The fruitiness increases in intensity over time and a lemon sourness is slowly getting more and more attention. There’s also a floral side to it with a hint of violets coming through after a while. This is a good nose but it feels a bit shallow and lacks a bit of texture and complexity.

Mouth: It starts out with a very mild vanilla and the start is slightly underwhelming. It’s quite ethanol driven and gets a bit prickly and metallic after a few seconds. The honey sweetness is pushed out on the edges. The fruitiness is pushed back and it feels like there’s a cardboard note connected to a chewy oakiness in the back. There’s a savory note somewhere in the back which adds a much needed extra dimension to the whole.

Finish: The fruitiness with vanilla increase in intensity for a second or two before it returns to the previous state, once again with the young and metallic distillate up front and the cardboard, oak and the savory note in the back. It disintegrates rather quickly and leaves the oakiness to fend for itself. The metallic sour note is still in there for the late finish and it doesn’t help the rather uninteresting oakiness along. This is a so-and-so whisky with a nice nose.

Additional information
This whisky is the entry level in the Tullibardine core range. It was aged in ex-bourbon barrels for about 5 years. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

The Dalmore 12 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark, fruity and sweet. It’s full of raisins and honey. The sweetness is very pronounced. There’s also a savory note in the back. The fruitiness consists of ripe plums, red apples and liqueur-soaked cherries and a bittersweet marmelade. There are hints of leather and oak in the background creating a complex backdrop. It grows sweeter with time in the glass.

Mouth: There’s an immediate bitterness hitting the palate but it’s still filled with honey and fruits. After a second or two it becomes vanilla heavy and marmelade with orange peel becomes the common denominator between the sweetness, bitterness and the fruitiness. There’s still a handful of raisins and the oak comes through pretty quick bringing a cup of coffee and some walnuts to the table. There’s no astringency and just a smidge of spicyness.

Finish: It starts out very mild and a touch waxy. The oak is in front with bitter notes of cocoa, walnuts and coffee. The sweetness is not as pronounced in the finish as in the mouth but notes of honey, raisins and orange peel still persist. In the end, the oak is left all by itself. There’s still no astringency and the somewhat hefty bitterness is still very nice. It’s a very pleasant finish.

Additional information
This version of the Dalmore 12 YO was released in 2008. It’s aged for 9 years in american ex-bourbon barrels. Half of the whisky is then moved into ex-Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks. After being aged for an additional 3 years the two parts are remarried.

Loch Lomond Madeira Cask

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mild vanilla and and mixed fresh and dried fruits. There’s a gentle and sweet minty layer on top as well. It’s malty in the middle and it grows sweeter over time. The fruitiness feels less fresh once it settles. It’s a mix of red berries and oranges and maybe a hint of violets. There’s a lemon note in the back as well. The sweetness feels a bit sticky and everything feels a bit top heavy. The oak shines through with the vanilla notes too. The distillate comes through and it feels ethanol driven behind the madeira curtain. This is a decent nose but it’s not without faults. The cask finish makes for a nice cover-up.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild, slightly watery sweetness but it doesn’t take long for a spiky spicyness to arrive. There’s a fresh fruitiness building up in the back at the same time but the spicyness is a bit unpleasant and takes the focus from it. It’s a nice background with mixed fruits, vanilla and malt as well as a honey sweetness. The distillate is still shining through and it’s not the greatest thing in the world. The whole displays a weird mix of being watery and unpleasantly spiky at the same time.

Finish: The spicyness calms down a bit through the transition and reveals the fruitiness at its fullest. It’s once again a nice mix of oranges, red sweet berries and some lemons. There’s a floral side to it as well. The vanilla and the sweetness slowly changes and becomes the oakiness while the fruitiness is hogging all the attention. The distillate is not as protruding anymore and the finish is the best part of the journey. It’s a nice mix of fruits and a decent oakiness. There’s a sweet liquorice note in there as well. This is a decent whisky for the price point. Corners are cut but the cask finish does a good job of hiding the less desirable sides of it.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in american oak casks for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished in ex-madeira casks for about 6 months.

Ballechin 15 YO – Small Batch Cask Strength

ABV: 59.4 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a sweet, burnt oak with vanilla and caramel attached to it. On top there’s a nail polish remover sharpness and underneath there’s a mixed fruitiness. There are baked red apples, ripe red berries and a mild lime sourness. There’s a chalky/ashy note within as well but it takes a few seconds before it arrives. There are also notes of cinnamon and almond floating around. This is a nice but rather sharp nose with a nice balance underneath.

Mouth: It starts out with an immidiate spicyness and an ashy peat covering the outside of the palate. In the center part it’s a mix of fresh mango, apples, honey and milk chocolate. It’s slightly soapy. The burnt vanilla oakiness is acting like a bridge between the ashy peat and the fruitiness. There’s also a rounded maltiness as well as bitter notes and black liquorice. It still feels quite sharp, but underneath the balance is very nice between the flavour components.

Finish: The nail polish remover note slowly transitions into a menthol cloud while the fruitiness in the center slowly turns a bit darker and riper. It feels quite soapy at this point. There’s still a burnt vanilla oakiness as well as a bitterness. The liquorice note is still in the mix. It’s astringent and when the oak starts to take over it brings the soapy note along for the late finish. This is a good, but somewhat weird, whisky. The soapy note and the sharpness brings it down a notch or two.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and second fill ex-sherry casks. 3126 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.