Monthly Archives: April 2017

The hit of the Las Vegas Highland Games

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I attended the Las Vegas Highland Games yesterday and the whisky hit among my aficionado friends was: drum roll please, AnCnoc 22. Everybody loved it.

Here is the whisky:
AnCnoc 22 Year Old
70cl / 46%

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling

Details
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

Facts

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
22 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Highland
Chill Filtered
No
Colouring
Yes

Try it! You will like it!

Here’s to the men of all classes, Who through lasses and glasses Will make themselves asses!

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

Slainte mhor agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee dissertation on pairing guid food with single malt Scotch Whisky

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I am a big fan of pairing guid food with even better whisky! I have found that the palate of the whisky enhances the food and the taste of the food enhances the palate of the whisky..

I have discovered that for me, the finish changes with each pairing.

I has been my experience that the palate of one single malt will change after one has tasted another dram of a different single malt.

Since your nose can identify 32 different smells and your taste buds have an infinite number of taste combinations, I believe that the inquisitive single malt mate can discover how much fun it can be to taste different whiskies with different foods and vice versa.

And of course the standard tasting experience with whisky only is always available and much simpler.

All you need is fine whisky and Glencairn snifters. In a pinch you can use brandy snifters or wine glasses. I had to make do with those at some restaurants in Scotland.

The Glencairn Snifter is the current state of the art whisky tasting glass.

So attend dear readers.

To nite, I decided to pair Talsiker 10 with everyday crab salad. Talisker and smoked salmon are the bomb, so I decided to try it with some crab.

Now Talisker has a peppery sea weedy finish and palate because it is matured on the Isle of Skye. It goes great with Fish and other seafood dishes.

I really liked the palate of the whisky while tasting the crab salad and the finish was interesting too. It made the dish very delicious indeed.

Here is the whisky:

Talisker
10 Year Old 45.8% 70cl

Details
Producer Diageo
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 45.8%
Bottler Official
Region Island

Description

The Scots can be a hard headed, single minded bunch, as Talisker shows. Skye wasn’t the easiest place logistically to set up in the 1830’s, but they persevered, and now it is one of the most visited distilleries in Scotland, and one of the most popular Highland/Island malts. A nice peppery peaty dram.

Official Tasting Notes

Nose: Hot and heavy, with hints of dried cocoa leaves, castor oil and smoked chipotle chilli peppers. Pungent, smoked kippers and freshly ground pepper. Earthiness and peatiness arrive as the dram opens up. You find yourself being enveloped by it.
Palate: A burst of pepper and peat hit the tongue, followed by a sweet note. A note of ginger, and rich, layered and smoked.

Talisker 10 is available almost everywhere in the States, and it is relatively inexpensive.

I suggest you try some with some seafood at your leisure…

Lang may yer lum reek with ither people’s coal!

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Ach, a Collectable cask strength GlenDronach!

Halo Single Malt Mates,

This GlenDronach sends me into Raptures once more. It is a collectable matured in a single PX Puncheon. How delightful!

Since we visited the distillery last summer, we have had a soft spot for GlenDronach expressions. Mo clann and I cawn’t get enough of them…

Here is the whisky:

Glendronach
1995 Cask 5270 RMW Exclusive 54.1% 70cl

Details
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 54.1%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Vintage 1995

Description
We’re delighted to present this brand new EXCLUSIVE release from Glendronach. Matured in Pedro Ximenez puncheon #5270; this is full of all the big Glendronach flavour that their fans have come to love. At 20 years old this really does show a good maturity and is limited to only 633 bottles

Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: A big, rich, sweet nose with a woody, savoury, balsamic vinegar intensity followed by raisins, stewed fruits, figs and mince pies!
Palate: With a very little bit of water the mouthfeel is soft and rounded, and the palate shows rich caramel, butterscotch and coco powder notes with a spectacular Cadbury’s fruit and nut milk chocolate finale, followed by a sweet rum & raisin lingering finish.
Overall: Exactly what you would expect from Glendronach; perfectly balanced, colourful giving whisky at a very good price.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Waves of dark chocolate and coffee beans flood over dark Mediterranean fruits complimented by a warm oak spice note
Palate: Molasses, infused with ginger and a gentle cedar oak spice, pours over rich dates and dried prunes, finished with a dusting of black pepper and cinnamon.

In case you haven’t noticed, I loes older collectables especially those that are matured in PX or Olorosso Sherry casks.

From the Bard,

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’tippeny, we Fear nae evil;
Wi’usquabae, we’ll face the devil!

Here’s tae the heath, the hill and the heather,
The bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather.

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

Happy Actual Birthday Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

Halo Single Malt Mates.

Because the Queen has Scottish Royal Ancestry some Scots are happy to be British Subjects. For now that is.

The date of the Queen’s birth was April 21, but she also has an official birthday on a Saturday in June every year. By the way, she is 91 years old.

Personally I am happy she has as many birthdays as she likes. I am in agreement with how the majority of Scots wish to be ruled and by whom. It is up to them, not me.

IF Scotland becomes an independent Kingdom like it once was, that is fine with me as well.

Anyway, for those readers who are British Subjects or who simply like the British Royal Family,

Here is a blessing from us to them.

Slàinte an Rìgh, na Bàn-righinn, ‘s an teaghlaich rìoghail!
Health to the King, the Queen, and the royal household!

“Co-latha-breith sona Bàn-righinn Ealasaid”

Happy Birthday, Queen Elizabeth

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Subjects and Friends

Scotch Spirit Master at Seaside Highland Games Ventura CA October 12, 2013
if I became a dual Scottish and American Citizen things might be different. But not now.

Whisky Alert

Halo Single Malt Mates,

As you can probably surmise, if you follow the site, I loes sherried whisky…

Here is a new collectable available from Master of Malt

Hazelburn 13 Year Old Bottling Note

Unpeated single malt from the celebrated Springbank distillery matured exclusively in Oloroso Sherry casks! Distilled in October 2003 and bottled in March 2017, around 12,000 bottles were produced.

Hazelburn 13 Year Old Details

Country Scotch Whisky
Region Campbeltown Whisky

Distillery Springbank

Bottler Springbank

Age 13 year old Whisky

Distillation Date October 2003
Style Single Malt Whisky
Bottling Date March 2017
Alcohol 47.1%
Volume 70cl

Tasting Note by The Producer

Nose: Initially raisins, marzipan, Demerara sugar followed by treacle, sticky toffee and wood shavings.

Palate: Homemade strawberry jam, sugary and filled with cream, orange zest, brandy snaps and a white chocolate creme brûlée.

Finish: Chocolate orange, crazy coffee liqueur, buttered popcorn, cocoa beans and mocha coffee with a delicate finish of sweet orange marmalade.

So Lads and lassies this is almost cask strength and unknown if it is chill filtered or not.

Mo Clann loes Hazelburn, so you might like it as well…

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’tippeny, we Fear nae evil;
Wi’usquabae, we’ll face the devil!

Here’s to the men of all classes, Who through lasses and glasses Will make themselves asses!

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

Here is the Chief of the Ventura Highland Games and your humble Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Pairing of Oban 14

Halo Single Malt Mates,

For dinner, I decided to see what went well with Oban 14. I tried lamb chops with the whisky. It was very pleasant indeed. I believe the meat enhances the palate of the whisky and the whisky enhances the palate of the meat…

The quality of the meat enhances the quality of the whisky. You pair cheap meat and guid whisky, I believe that it lowers the result. Therefore I suggest organic natural meat with your whisky!

Here is the Oban 14:
Oban
14 Year Old 43% 70cl

Details
Producer Diageo
Age 14 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Official
Region Highland

Description
Oban Single Malt Whisky, the perfect whisky for sitting at the harbour with some fish and chips (which is perfect, since the distillery is just near the harbour and a great chippy). Sweet, a bit oily and a slight kick of peat.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Oranges, lemons, pears, a sweetness, sea salt and peaty smokiness.
Palate: Dried figs, honey sweet spices, tangerine and a slight peatiness and maltiness.

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’.

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

Ach, This Glengoyne puts me in raptures, ( a feeling of ecstasy)

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Master of Malt has this new Glengoyne!!!
Imagine being matured only in sherry barrels . Exciting!

Tis a bit pricey but if you can afford it this a guid deal…..

Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

Glengoyne 25 Year Old (70cl, 48%)


$249.89 (Macallan 25 sells for 488.0 dollars as an example)

Glengoyne 25 Year Old Bottling Note

Introduced in early 2014, this is a 25 year old single malt from the Glengoyne distillery – an addition to their core range. The Highlands distillery uses unpeated malt for this whisky, which is then matured for a quarter of a century in Sherry casks.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Big notes of Sherry soaked fruit up front – raisins, figs and oranges. This is followed by wafts of toasted almonds and classic notes of old leather.

Palate: Vanilla and dark chocolate open up the palate. Sherry comes through yet again, but this time in the shape of rich, well spiced fruit cake. Hints of orange and oak round it off.

Finish: The finish lasts with notes of red fruits and cracked black pepper.

Overall: A very easy dram to get lost in, to take your time with on every step.

Mo Clann and I visited the distillery and I have fond memories of the visit. IF you are in Scotland please visit the Distillery, and drink sherry, it helps them obtain sherry barrels

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

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,

Arran is an Island distillery on the Isle of Arran in the firth of the River Clyde in Northwest Scotland.

Here is a limited run, 6000 bottle expression, matured in sherry butts. That is my favorite maturation bar none..Tis a bit pricey though and if you can afford it buy two. One fer drinkin’ and one fer collectin’.

Arran
1997 Icons #2 The Rowan Tree 46% 70cl

£275.00
(Inc. VAT)

Details
Producer Isle Of Arran Distillers Ltd
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Island
Vintage 1997

Description
The Icons of Arran series was a 4-part release between 2009 and 2012, with each edition paying homage to an iconic part of the beauty of Arran distillery. The Rowan Tree is the second of these icons, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2010. This bottling is dedicated to the great Rowan that grows on-site at the distillery. This edition was matured in 10 ex-sherry butts which created this 6000 bottle limited run.

The second ‘Icons of Arran’ bottling is a 1997 vintage adorned with a rowan tree, believed to ward off evil spirits. Rich and spicy with a touch of pepper on the finish.

There are no tasting notes on this sadly,but here is a similar expressions tasting notes

Arran 14,
matured in ex sherry and bourbon casks

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: A vanilla toffee and dried fruit note up front. With a dash of water, more caramelised fruit and a briney note come to the fore.

Palate: A burst of brine, toffee apples and hazelnuts. Dates, chocolate orange and tea cakes. Rich and weighty notes. The finish has cinnamon, slight salty notes and more fruitiness.

May the best you’ve ever seen
Be the worst you’ll ever see;
May a moose ne’er leave yer girnal
Wi’ a teardrop in his e’e.
May ye aye keep hale and hearty
Till ye’re auld enough tae dee,
May ye aye be just as happy
As I wish ye aye tae be.

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Happy Easter wish to one and all.

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Here is my best estimation for Happy Easter in Scot’s Gaelic.

A’ Chàisg s(h)ona dhuibh uile, Mo Chairdean Choir
Happy Easter to you my Mates

Mo ghaol ort.
My Love is with you

Where’er ye bide in the world sae wide,
We wish ye a neuk on the sunny side,
Wi’ muckle o’ love and little o’ care,
A wee bit pursie wi’ siller to spare,
Yer ain wee ingle when day is spent,
In a wee bit housie wi’ hearts content.

IN Brit and Yank English

Wherever you live in the world so wide,
We wish you a nook on the sunny side,
With much love and little care,
A little purse with money to spare,
Your own little hearth when day is spent,
In a little house with hearts content.

May the Lord keep you in His hand, and never close His fist too tight on you!

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Whisky Alert Whisky Alert Whisky Alert

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I loes a good Mortlach! I had a sixteen year old flora and fauna which was magnificent, It was so good they sold out., Mairs the pity.

Here is a Indy bottled Mortlach that is great and cheap. Relatively speaking that is. It is real important for us Scots to have both guid and inexpensive whisky!!

Here tis:

Here is a good deal. I might get it for me birthday..

Mortlach

21 Year Old Gordon and MacPhail 43% 70cl

In stock
£81.95
(Inc. VAT)
Quantity

Details

Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Age 21 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Independent
Region Speyside
Country Scotland

Description
It’s kind of amazing that you can still find sherry matured 21 year old Mortlach for less than £100, but you can from Gordon and MacPhail. If you’ve never had the chance to sample this special dram before we’d urge you to grab some while you can!

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Sweet and Fruity – sultanas. A hint of vanilla and Sherry.
With Water: Sweet summer fruits and a hint of peppermint. A very delicate smoke note emerges.
Palate: Hints of black pepper and nuts. A fruitiness also emerges – bananas.
With Water: Very creamy with a distinct cocoa element. A very slight presence of aniseed. Mouth coating.
Finish: Long and sweet.

From Rabbie Burns:

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’tippeny, we Fear nae evil;
Wi’usquabae, we’ll face the devil!

Here’s to the men of all classes, Who through lasses and glasses Will make themselves asses!

Slainte Mhor Agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master