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An interesting new whisky

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Here  is a new Cambeltown Whisky. Cambeltown used to have many distileries now it’s down to three.

Campbeltown single malts are single malt Scotch whiskies distilled in the burgh of Campbeltown, on the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland. Once a major producer of whisky with as many as 28 distilleries, and claiming the title “whisky capital of the world”, its production has markedly declined. Most of the distilleries have gone out of business and little trace of them remains.

By 2010 only three distilleries continue to produce whisky in Campbeltown: Springbank, Glengyle, and Glen Scotia. The Springbank distillery produces three distinct whiskies; Springbank, Hazelburn, and Longrow. Glengyle distillery has only recently been revived by J & A Mitchell and Co Ltd., who own and operate the Springbank distillery. Glengyle will not see a whisky bottled until around 2014. It will be sold under the name Kilkerran to avoid confusion with the Highland blended malt named Glengyle.

 

KILKERRAN 12 Year Old 46% 70cl

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KILKERRAN 12 Year Old 46% 70cl

Distillery: Kilkerran
Following their closure in 1925, Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery re-opened in 2004, with a series of “Work In Progress” bottles. The Kilkerran 12 Year Old is their first, long awaited age-statement bottling for 2016, marrying 70% bourbon and 30% sherry casks.
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ABV: 46 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Region: Campbeltown
Age: 12 Years Old
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Description Details Distillery: Kilkerran
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Oak notes are dominant, followed by toasted marshmallows and dried fruit pudding, as well as cherries, marzipan and a hint of peat.
Palate: Initially fruity with citrus notes and orange peel. After this, vanilla, butterscotch, honeycomb and digestive biscuits can all be tasted and enjoyed.
Finish: Velvet and smooth with lemon meringue, to conclude, there’s an oiliness and a saltiness that you’d expect from a Campbeltown dram.
This is a new expression and may be worth looking at and of course tasting..

I would like to make a toast to lying, stealing, cheating and drinking. If you’re going to lie, lie for a friend. If you’re going to steal, steal a heart. If your going to cheat, cheat death. And if you’re going to drink, drink with me.

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Hopefully you will attend the Sma-sin (great) whisky pairing party

Halo single malt mates,

If you are planning on attending our sma-sin single malt whisky pairing party in St. Croix US VI, here is a link to a site with cheap fares to STX on St. Croix…

http://scottscheapflights.activehosted.com/social/10a5ab2db37feedfdeaab192ead4ac0e.795

TO:

St. Croix (STX)
FROM:

Boston (BOS) – $331
Chicago (ORD) – $332
Hartford (BDL) – $328
Houston (IAH) – $375
Miami (MIA) – $265
New York City (NYC) – $310
Orlando (MCO) – $266
Salt Lake City (SLC) – $369
Tampa (TPA) – $229
Washington DC (DCA) – $327

May you aye ha’e a copper to spare,
And a pinch o’ guide sneeshin’ to share!
And what is the best thing o’ a’ –
A freend at yet beck an’ yer ca’

Slainte mhor agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master

The wee menu for our Single Malt Scotch Whisky and food pairing party in Paradise

Halo Single Malt Mates,

It has been mentioned to me that I neglected to inform you of the menu of our sma-sin Single Malt Scotch Whisky and guid food pairing party. As you may recall, attendees are all  going to enjoy the Ceilidh, pronounced kaylee, which means party in Scot’s Gaelic, at The New Deep End Bar at the Tamarind Reef Resort,  St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

Sma-sin pronounced smashin means great or excellent in Scot’s Gaelic.
Tha mi duilich! Sorry!

So to rectify this glaring omission, I have entered the menu below. We have spent hours of research and trial and error to come up with this line up of whisky and food pairings. If you can attend you will discover, like every other attendee of my Ceilidh’s, that the pairings are fantastic…

So I have entered the menu below, just after my customary sign-off. And, as always, I hope you can attend.

Whisky, drink divine!
Why should drivelers bore us
With the praise of wine
While we’ve thee before us?”

Slainte Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

 

SCOTCH MENU ONLY(2)

Something to do after you attend the Whisky and food pairing party

Halo Single Malt Mates,

If You are able to attend our sma-sin ( smashin, Gaelic for brilliant great wonderful)   Single Malt Scotch Whisky and food pairing party in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands,  I have posted a coupon that attendees can use while in Paradise ..

If you can’t read the number on the flyer here tis ; Call April  and Stormie at 1- 310-742-5015

Tapadh Liebh thanks for your interest

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Mermaid prize flye R3-4

A wee Invitation to taste whisky with good food in Paradise

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I have been engaged to host a Single Malt Scotch Whisky tasting and food  pairing party. This  will include a grand tour of tasting whisky from all six whisky producing regions of Scotland.  There are limited tickets available, so If you are interested in attending look for details in the fliers below.

The whiskies are from these regions, Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Island, Islay, and Campbeltown. The youngest whisky offered is ten years old and the oldest is 18.

The location of this great event is at the Deep End Bar at Tamarind Reef, Christiansted Saint Croix US Virgin Islands.

Well Malt Mates, I hope you can attend. If you can, call the Deep End Bar for the tasting event at 1-340-718-7071. If you are flying  to St . Croix (or boating), call 1-340-4455 for the Hotel Package.

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you

Your Scotch Spirit Master

FINAL HOTEL SCHOTCH FLYER potrait

 

FINAL SCOTCH FLYER

A wee pairing

Halo single malt mates,

I had the opportunity to pair two foods with two different whiskies this evening.

The first pairing was Lagavulin 16 and  Japanese teriyaki salmon. Very delicious, you should try. it. The peaty flavor of the whisky blended well with the teriyaki and the salmon.

The next was sushi and a sherried  single malt Highland whisky bottled by Alexander Murray.

Whisky and food pairings is my passion nowadays. I hope you decide to try it yourselves.

May you aye ha’e a copper to spare,
And a pinch o’ guide sneeshin’ to share!
And what is the best thing o’ a’ –
A freend at yet beck an’ yer ca’.

A h-uile la sona dhuibh‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
May all your days be happy ones!

Slàinte mhath, a-h-uile latha, na chi ‘snach fhaic!
(Good health, every day, whether I see you or not!)

Your Scotch Spirit Master

 

Everyone is getting in on the act.

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Nowadays whisky is so popular that many countries and regions are copying the auld way of making whisky..IF it isn’t from Scotland it isn’t Scotch but it is acqua vitae the water of life just the same.

By the way, even the Welsh and the English are making whiskey these days…Fancy that!

Here is some rye whisky matured just  like Scotch, only from the USA.

 

WHISTLEPIG 15 Year Old 46%

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WHISTLEPIG 15 Year Old 46%

There aren’t many rye whiskies around with this sort of age statement. Whistlepig have been carving out a very good reputation in recent years and their whiskies have started to prove very popular.
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ABV: 46 %
Volume: 0.75 Litre
Age: 15 Years Old
£199.95  (Inc VAT)
£166.63  (Ex VAT)

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Description Details American Whiskies
Official Tasting Notes
The new Vermont Oak barrels receive a long toast and heavy char designed to draw out a rich sweetness to complement the natural spice of aged rye. The final product mixes rye spice with wood sugar, earthy oakiness and lush citrus notes, all wrapped in a velvety smoothness unique to the finest aged spirits.
Whistle pig is Vermont Rye Whisky.
Enjoy if you want to

To the rapturous, wild, and ineffable pleasure
Of drinking at somebody else’s expense.
—Henry Sambrooke Leigh

A h-uile la sona dhuibh‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
May all your days be happy ones!

Slàinte mhath, a-h-uile latha, na chi ‘snach fhaic!
(Good health, every day, whether I see you or not!)

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A new Blended malt that is not Scotch whisky

Halo single malt mates,

Bottlers are now having a field day bottling collectables and sexy new expressions like this one a mixture of Japanese and Scottish single malts. Very new .

THE GLOVER 18 Year Old Malt Whisky 48.6%

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THE GLOVER 18 Year Old Malt Whisky 48.6%

The Glover is an almost unique whisky. A combination of selected single casks from Hanyu in Japan and distilleries from around Scotland. All of these have been matured for at least 18 years. This is very limited to only 1,448 bottles worldwide.
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2 bottles per customer only!
ABV: 48.6 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Age: 18 Years Old
£144.95  (Inc VAT)
£120.79  (Ex VAT)

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Description Details Vatted Malts
Official Tasting Notes
Richly fruity – ripe pear, juicy red apples, cherries, orange juice – on a base of vanilla sponge, spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream.
if you like new things this one is for you..
Lang may yer lum reek wit’ ither peoples coal.
Slainte mhath
Your Scotch Spirit Master

Good places to eat when you visit Scotland

Halo Single Malt Mates

We have visited some nice places that are reasonable in our Scotland Adventure..

In Edinburgh we went to the Royal Yacht Britannia on the Ocean Terminal Leith. The Royal Deck Tea Room. The food was good and they served the tea and whisky properly.

We also went to Mimi’s Bakehouse. 63 the Shore Edinburge The food was good and reasonable. They even had waffles..Their pastries were good too.

In Pitlochry we went to Cargills, 69 Atholl Road and they had guid coffee and give good advice..

In Forres outside of Elgin we went to The Peppermill 118 High Street. They were nice to tourists and the food was good

If you like guid whisky with your food go to The Mansefield Mayne Road Elgin

They had the most impressive bar collection of single malts outside of a whisky store. They had a column with around $100,000 dollars of whisky showcased, Impressive.

We went to more places but I suppose I had to much whisky and I didn’t keep a good record.

 

 

May you aye ha’e a copper to spare,
And a pinch o’ guide sneeshin’ to share!
And what is the best thing o’ a’ –
A freend at yet beck an’ yer ca’.

Slainte mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Where to go in Scotland part 4.5

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Here are the other distilleries we visited

Dallas Dhu

This distillery is near Elgin and is a museum. You can see all the equipment used to make Scotch whisky without interuption for as long as you like.

GlenDronach

The Glendronach distillery in the Deveron (Speyside) area of
Scotland was founded in 1826 by Glendronach Distillery Co.,
a partnership headed by one James Allardes (or Allardyce).

Just one decade after it was founded, Glendronach was
destroyed by a fire – a fate that was not that unusual for the
whisky distilleries at the time. After the disaster several people
from the whisky industry became involved, including Walter
Scott (from Teaninich), Alexander Ross and ‘Captain’ Charles
Grant (younger son of William Grant of Glenfiddich distillery).
Glendronach remained under control of that branch of the
Grant family until 1960, when George Grey Grant sold it.

The Speyside distillery of Glendronach has quite an extensive range of official bottlings for enthusiasts to choose from. Their collection includes a 12 year old, 15 year old, 18 year old, 21 year old, 24 year old, a Cask Strength bottling, and Wood Finishes Bottlings. The range is relatively new, having been started with the relaunch of the 12 year old Original in 2009, which was accompanied by the return of the 15 and 18 year old bottlings. There aren’t too many independent bottlings at the distillery, although there have been a few by Whisky Galore and Signatory Vintage.

Glendronach has a long history of being associated with the Teachers and Ballantine blends, in which it is still a major component today. When Pernod Ricard acquired the site, Glendronach was also used as a component in Chivas Regal, although this relationship has since been suspended.

Glengoyne

Glengoyne is an interesting distllery The boundary between the highland and lowland districts is the street dividing the distillery from its bonded warehouse. So the product is a highland whisky matured in the lowlands.

Glengoyne Distillery is a whiskydistillery continuously in operation since its founding in 1833 at Dumgoyne, north of Glasgow, Scotland. Glengoyne is unique in producing Highland single malt whisky matured in the Lowlands. Located upon the Highland Line, the division between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, Glengoyne’s stills are in the Highlands while maturing casks of whisky rest across the road in the Lowlands. Like most malt whisky distilleries today, Glengoyne does not use peat smoke to dry their barley, but instead uses warm air.

They use two kinds of sherry barrels European and American oak and two kinds of sherry , Olorroso and Pedro Ximenez used in the barrel to age their whisky.

The difference in color is astounding in the final product.

The upshot of all this is distilleries are fun to visit and I hope you can go to Scotland to see them

When You are gaun up a hill of fortune may ye ne’er meet a frien’ comin’ down.

Slainte mohr agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master