Monthly Archives: January 2017

A belated New Years Toast!

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Here is a belated New Years Toast for you:

 

IN THE NEW YEAR, MAY YOUR RIGHT HAND ALWAYS 

BE STRETCHED OUT IN FRIENDSHIP, BUT NEVER IN WANT

AND 

FOUR BLESSINGS BE UPON YOU;

OLDER WHISKY

YOUNGER WOMEN, AND OR MEN,

FASTER HORSES AND

MORE MONEY

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

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.

Great health and every good blessing to you 

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Whisky Alert Whisky Alert

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Imperial is a defunct distillery.  However independent bottlers have Imperial casks they bottle from time to time.

So:

Imperial

Imperial
1996 Gordon and MacPhail 43% 70cl

Availability: In stock

£74.95

(Inc. VAT)

Quantity

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Product Information

Details

Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Independent
Region Speyside
Vintage 1996
Country Scotland

Description

Although the Imperial distillery has now been demolished, there are still casks of the whisky produced there being bottled by independent bottlers all over the country. This one has been released by Gordon and MacPhail.
This is so rare that there are no tasting notes 

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

The nose of the whisky part 3

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Believe it or not, even though I have been studying whisky tasting for over 12 years I still learn some new things.

Some say you have to hit me on the head with a two by four to get my attention. Maybe they are right.

The photo above shows the colour of whisky as it is aged in a cask year by year. The nose of the whisky concurrently changes.

My whisky guru, Ralfy of Glasgow, has advised that you slowly smell your whisky in your Glencairn whisky snifter. Richard Patterson of Dalmore Distillery says the exact same thing.

I myself have violated my own rules and quickly nosed the whisky before I tasted it. Don’t do it. The nose has more smell receptors than your mouth has taste receptors.  You should nose your glass at least five times before you taste the whisky. Ralfy says let the aroma come to you versus you coming to the aroma

Your nose and mouth are the main components of taste. If you have a cold your taste will be different. Also whisky can taste and smell differently on different days according to the state of your receptors at the time.

I am about enjoying single malt scotch versus getting drunk. A big difference. I hope you feel the same as I do. 

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

 

 

A wee Nollaig present from mo clann

Halo Single Malt Mates,

A belated Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhma mhath ur  (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year).

Sadly, My computer has been off line for a month and my IT crew has finally succeeded in fixing it. So Here is my first post. But I digress.

Mo Clann gave me an An Cnoc (pronounced a-nock) 22

 

AnCnoc 22 Year Old

Here I am toasting you!

A well aged 22 year old edition of whisky from Knockdhu (aka anCnoc), bottled at 46% with no colouring or chill filtration. It’s a mix of American ex-bourbon casks and some Spanish ex-oloroso butts, adding a bit of leathery smokiness to anCnoc’s traditionally silky style

We all loved it and it went well with some spicy food.

Here are some tasting notes from a vendor

anCnoc 22 Bottling Note

Nose: Sweet, biscuity aromas. Hints of manuka honey and toffee apples. Notes of mince pies, a touch of smoke and candied lemon peel. Slightly floral.

Palate: Full-bodied palate entry with notes of Corinth raisins and citrus. Hints of spice, custard and calves leather. Quite juicy and faintly smoked.

Finish: Long finish with honey and allspice.

Like I said we all loved this whisky and my son liked it a lot. I always like auld single malt scotch from any distillery except Laphroigh unless it is the last dram. But that is silly me.

This whisky usually can only be purchased in Scotland but if you find it in the States buy it.

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!

Slainte Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master