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Pictures from the pairing party..

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Halo single Malt Mates,

Here are pictures from the pairing party. One shows our host Elena from the New Deep End Bar Your Humble Scotch Spirit Master and April of Mermaid Adventures. One shows me giving the presentation on the absolute joy of pairing great Scotch with Great food with Elena in the background.  One shows the winner of the musical chairs contest done to the accompaniment of Whisky in the Jar  performed by Celtica pipe Rock.

Lastly is me giving you all a toast

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

I’m off to St. Croix

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I am on my way to St. Croix to educate as many folks as possible to the joy of pairing single malt scotch whisky and great food…

If you can make it See you there. if not you don’t know what you are missing.

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye’ll ivver see.

May the moose ne’er lea’ yer girnal

wit’ a tear-drap in its ee.

May ye aye keep hail an hertie

till ye’r auld eneuch tae dee.

May ye aye juist be sae happie

as A wish ye aye tae be.

(The language is mainly understandable but here is a translation, just in case)

May the best you have ever seen

be the worst you will ever see.

May the mouse never leave your grain store

with a tear drop in its eye.

May you always stay whole and hearty

until you are old enough to die.

May you still be as happy

as I always wish you to be.

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
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Glenfiddich at it again

Halo single malt mates,

Glenfiddich has made a new single malt from a  collection of their best maturations in their huge warehouse. This is always a good sign. Most single malts  are blended from barrels taken from their bonded warehouse.  Collectors items are bottled from one barrel. Or a collection of rare barrels.

Here is the new expression.

GLENFIDDICH Project XX 43%

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GLENFIDDICH Project XX 43%

Distillery: Glenfiddich
Brain Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, allowed 20 experts to choose their favourite casks maturing in their extensive warehouse. This whisky is made up of a combination of those casks.
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ABV: 43 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Region: Speyside
£48.95  (Inc VAT)
£40.79  (Ex VAT)

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Official Tasting Notes
Warm summer fruit aromas, sweet candyfloss and liquorice notes.
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

Description Details Distillery: Glenfiddich
Official Tasting Notes
Warm summer fruit aromas, sweet candyfloss and liquorice notes.

 

 

One week and it is PARTY TIME

Halo Single Malt Mates

Our SMOKING HOT SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY PAIRING PARTY IS 7 DAYS AWAY…

If you can make it to St. Croix on extremely short notice and drop everything you are doing I will be impressed.

Here are the invite, the hotel deal and the menu

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

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A very interesting new expression

Halo single  malt mates

As I have said before distilleries are experimenting with new and unusual barrels for maturation. Like Sauternes wine barrels or calvados barrels for example.

Glenfiddich has announced an expression matured in India Pale Ale barrels. Wow.

 

 

GLENFIDDICH IPA Experiment 43%

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GLENFIDDICH IPA Experiment 43%

Distillery: Glenfiddich
The first release of Glenfiddich’s Experimental range. This new release has been finished in barrels that have been seasoned with an IPA made in Speyside. Wonderfully unusual!
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ABV: 43 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Region: Speyside
£44.95  (Inc VAT)
£37.46  (Ex VAT)

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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

Official Tasting Notes
Vibrant with a zesty citrus no

 

The new kid in town

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Here is the newest indy bottling company in Scotland.

James Eadie Whiskies
 James Eadie Whiskies was founded in 2016 by Rupert Patrick, a veteran of the industry who has worked for Ian Macleod, Beam Suntory and Diageo. Royal Mile Whiskies are proud to be the exclusive UK retailer of this exciting new Independent Bottler.
With excellent contacts within the whisky industry, Rupert Patrick and his team do exactly what we expect of an independent bottler. Find a broad range of casks from interesting, little known distilleries, sample those casks, and only bottle the best. It sounds simple, but not every Indy does this, and the quality of some releases reflects this. In 2016 we had the opportunity to taste the initial bottlings and agreed on an exclusive partnership for the initial launch period, such was our enthusiasm and confidence in a new player that clearly new what they were doing. The name James Eadie comes from Rupert Patrick’s great-great grandfather, who had a brewing, pub and whisky blending business based near Gleneagles in the 19th Century

 

This new expression sounds delightful and is collectable.

LINKWOOD 2003 James Eadie Single Cask #100220 46%

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LINKWOOD 2003 James Eadie Single Cask #100220 46%

Distillery: Linkwood
This Linkwood single malt has been matured in a single first-fill bourbon cask for 13 years. It has been bottled by the new independent bottlers James Eadie.
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ABV: 46 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Region: Speyside
Age: 13 Years Old
£46.95  (Inc VAT)
£39.13  (Ex VAT)

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Here is to those who loes us or gives us a lift

Slainte mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

 

Description Details Distillery: Linkwood
Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: Tropical fruit salad and tinned fruit syrup.
Palate: Wonderful thick sweetness with pears and kiwi fruits, This has a great texture with no off notes and a lovely creamy finish.

What to do when you are in St. Croix before and after attending the smoking hot whisky pairing party

Halo Single Malt Mates,

If tasting, impossible to get in your local store, guaranteed age Single Malt Scotch paired with Elena’s great cooking isn’t enough for you  here are some things you can do. While in St, Croix USVI

You can experience motorized snorkeling with April and Stormie at Mermaid Adventures . See event flier below. if you can’t read it,  their number is 310-742-5015.

You can go deep sea fishing, ride horses, see the rain forest and take Island tours..Those are just a few of available fun things to do..

And get a good deal at the Tamarand Reef Resort if you attend the party.

Last but not least you can have fun at Elenas New Deep End Bar every day if you want to.

If you can go, I will see you there.

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

 

Your Scotch Spirit Master

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Here’s a fun radio spot for our tasting

Halo single malt Mates,

Here is the radio spot for our sma-sin, smashin meaning great, whisky pairing party on St. Croix US Virgin Islands. The date is September 24 at 6 pm sharp at the Deep End Bar which is connected to the Tamarind Reef Resort.

This is a great ad Kudos to the creator Elena Hensley.

http://www.newdeepend.com/

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Even the Whisky Industry has indies!

Halo single Malt Mates,

I have been studying about Single malt Scotch and giving tastings for over thirteen years and I still learn things.

For example the movie industry has independent films and the Scotch Whisky Industry has famous independent bottlers.

What are independent bottlers?
While distillers make all the whisky, they’re not responsible for every bottle on the shelf. There are a whole host of other companies who select casks and bottle whiskies – the independent bottlers. From casks that the distilleries can’t release to those that they won’t, the indies offer an alternative take on whisky, giving us the change to try a huge range of different drams.
My take on this is that these bottles can be collectable at best and a good dram at worst.

Here are some of the most famous and not known about:

Gordon & MacPhail

For more than 120 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been one of Scotland’s most well-known independents. Still family owned, the company has grown far beyond the walls of the Elgin grocers where it started, and is now one of the world’s biggest independent whisky bottlers

I was in Elgin myself and was blissfully unaware of this fact.

Signatory Vintage

A favourite independent bottler at TWE and one we work closely with, Signatory has some of the best casks of whisky in the business. From the company’s HQ at Edradour distillery, Andrew Symington and his team curate an incredible range of single malts, bottled without compromise.

Used to be we would simply buy single malt Scotch. Now we buy vintage single malt Scotch. Fancy that, aye mates?

This one is new

Speciality Drinks

Founded by Whisky Exchange director Sukhinder Singh, Speciality Drinks bottles a diverse selection of whiskies, including The Single Malts of Scotland, Port Askaig and The Elements of Islay. Driven by Sukhinder’s in-depth knowledge of whisky, the award-winning range continues to expand.

There is also Whisky Galore, Compass Box, which also is a distiller, Alexander Murray Ltd. and the mysterious Finlaggan.

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

If you can’t go to St Croix and want to help out financially Part 2

 

Halo, single malt Mates,

For newcomers and a friendly reminder to regular readers.

We have found a way for you to help out your favorite Scotch Spirit Master financially.

You can decide at short notice, to attend the Single Malt Whisky and Food Pairing party on St. Croix.

Next, you can send a check for any amount to:
Elena Hensley
c/o
DEEP END CATERING COMPANY
5000 ESTATE SOUTHGATE
CHRISTIANSTED VI 00820

Make sure you put whisky pairing party on the check.

Lastly,

CALL 1-340-718-7071 and make a credit card payment  Be advised there is a ten dollar minimum..Please tell them that this payment is being made to support the Whisky Pairing Party.

I successfully made a contribution myself in this manner.

If you do this I would be greatly appreciative and send you Scottish Blessings

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

 

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