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Whisky Alert Whisky Alert

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I know folk who love Talisker and I know folk who don’t

I personally like Talisker with smoked salmon. And that is the Ten. I have the 18 and am waiting for a tasting to showcase it.

But I digress.

Here is the 25:

Talisker
25 Year Old 45.8% 70cl

Details
Producer Diageo
Age 25 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 45.8%
Bottler Official
Region Island
Country Scotland
Description
A more subtle release from the weather battered Talikser distillery. After 25 years of maturing in oak barrels the striking nature of Talisker has been somewhat tamed but still with a full peppery bite.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Unreduced, a quiet nose, not hugely assertive, yet quite maritime. Fresh ship’s varnish. Faint nose prickle. Spicy, briny, with distant smoke.
Palate: At bottled strength, a gentle start, immediately building in intensity. Slow and sweet, then kicks in peppery and hot, with significant balancing bitterness and salt, and a little smoke.
Finish: Long, warming, slightly bitter and very drying, with a little smokiness

So if you like peppery single malt with a sea tang to it, Talsiker is for you. And a 25 is heavenly..

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

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

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

A wee bit of Scot’s trivia

Halo Single Malt Mates,

This site is about things Scottish mostly single malt Scotch Whisky.
However when I run into interesting things Scottish I like to share them with you.

So here are some Scottish Sayings in Gaelic and Scots

1.Deoch-an-doris which literally translates as ‘Drink of the door’ is the Scots term for the practice of providing one last drink for their guest before they would leave for the long journey home.

Deoch is pronounced GEOCK ge AWK IN ONE WORD. MEANS DRINK AN MEANS OF DORIS IS THE DOOR

“Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye.”

This one basically means ‘whatever is meant to happen to you, will happen to you”! It’s the Scottish phrase I heard whenever I’d moan or complain about not getting something (or someone!).

“Yer bum’s oot the windae!”

Another colorful Scottish saying, that definitely needs some explaining. Direct English translation would be “Your bum is out the window”, but that’s probably not going to make you any the wiser.

So, the actual meaning of this phrase is something along the lines of ‘You’re talking rubbish (trash)’, or ‘You’re not making any sense’. Believe me, I heard this one a few times!

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.

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee bit of Scottish Trivia

Halo Single Malt Mates,

This site is about things Scottish mostly single malt Scotch Whisky.
However when I run into interesting things Scottish I like to share them with you.

So here are some Scottish Sayings in Gaelic and Scots

1.Deoch-an-doris which literally translates as ‘Drink of the door’ is the Scots term for the practice of providing one last drink for their guest before they would leave for the long journey home.

Deoch is pronounced GEOCK ge AWK IN ONE WORD. MEANS DRINK AN MEANS OF AND DORIS IS THE DOOR

“Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye.”

This one basically means ‘whatever is meant to happen to you, will happen to you”! It’s the Scottish phrase I heard whenever I’d moan or complain about not getting something (or someone!).

“Yer bum’s oot the windae!”

Another colorful Scottish saying, that definitely needs some explaining. Direct English translation would be “Your bum is out the window”, but that’s probably not going to make you any the wiser.

So, the actual meaning of this phrase is something along the lines of ‘You’re talking rubbish (trash)’, or ‘You’re not making any sense’. Believe me, I heard this one a few times!

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.

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,

Have you ever tried a 36 year old Scotch whisky? I haven’t. Here is a single grain whisky which means the grain used in malting was not barley but most likely wheat or corn.

Here is a blurb:

Single means that the whiskey is the product of a single distillery. It doesn’t mean that it’s the result of a single distillation run, or even a single barrel; in fact, most Scottish single malt distilleries use a very careful blending process to produce a consistent single malt product.

Single grain is kind of the long-lost cousin of single malt. The “single” in the name tells you it too the product of a single distillery, but unlike single malt, single grain doesn’t need to be made from barley, nor does the grain need to be malted. Instead, single grain whiskies are often made from wheat, corn, or a blend of the two.

Here is the whisky:

Girvan 1979
36 Year Old Sovereign
70cl / 51%

Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Hunter Laing

Girvan 1979 / 36 Year Old / Sovereign

Web Exclusive Price £158

Facts

Sovereign
Age
36 Year Old
Vintage
1979
Bottling Date
February 2016
No of Bottles
322
Country
Scotland
Region
Lowland
Cask Number
HL12276
Chill Filtered
No

Deatails

A superb example of long-aged single grain, this was distilled at Ayrshire’s Girvan distillery in May 1979. Aged for 36 years in a refill hogshead, this has notes of vanilla, milk-chocolate-covered apples and a hint of nutmeg.

This is a cheap price for such an old whisky. If it was a single malt it would be much more.

Thought you might like to know

Of all our gifts, or great or small,
True friendship is the best of all!

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

Slainte mhor agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master
Mo Brìghde agus Mi

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A wee Birthday present for me

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Recently I had a birthday. My present to my self is this guid whisky. I had the 15 year old expression and everyone loved it. This one is 17 years old .

O’ Happy day

Here is the whisky:

Benriach
17 Year Old PX Finish 46% 70cl

Details
Age 17 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside

Description
We just love the sweet lick a finish using ex Pedro Ximinez casks gives to a Scotch whisky (in fact we’ve bottled our own PX cask exclusives with Benriach we love it so much!) PX for short, this is a thick and unctuous sherry made from incredibly sweet, dried grapes in the Jerez region of Spain.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Creamy spices, chocolate and sugar-coated almonds flow over sweet sultanas and dark fruit cake.
Taste: Dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans merge with sweet dates and fresh figs. Delightful, peppery vintage oak and warm cigar box spices add to the long, contrasting finish.

When I was in Scotland We went to the BenRiach Distillery. Very nice distillery. Love their sherried whiskies

Happy Birthday to me!

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

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

A wee new BenRiach!

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Raise yer tots, Brither Scots!

As I do my whisky research I almost always discover new exciting expressions. For example, Glen Moray has a chardonnay matured expression.

In the old days, when most of you were wee bairns, most whisky was matured in Sherry Barrels. Then they became expensive, and American bourbon barrels were used. It is all a matter of the bottom line. A distillery cannot afford to hold on to products for too long or they go out of business. A sad fate for many.

Nowadays, some distilleries are doing so well, that they are branching out into exotic expressions to drum up more sales. I say Huzzah to that.They also can afford to hold on to expressions for 20 =35 years before bottling. Hooray indeed!

So here is my newest discovery:

BenRiach

MOSCATEL AGED 22 YEARS

Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels, this whisky is then finished in Moscatel wine casks, sourced from Portugal. During this second period of maturation this whisky interacts with the wood and derives a number of additional flavours and aromas specific to the Moscatel cask.

46% ABV
Tasting Notes
Nose

A full, sumptuous nose consisting of dark orange marmalade, rich fig syrup and sweet dates. A dusting of cocoa and cinnamon followed by a gentle hint of garden mint adds a luxurious character.
Colour

Rich gold mahogany.
Taste

Rich, velvety dark chocolate fondant topped with glazed maraschino cherries develops to plum cordial and spiced honey. The long finish is rounded with a gentle, earthy balance of nutmeg, stewed barley and old vintage leather.

IF my exchequer was up to it I would purchase this fine expression. By the way, did you notice the donate button on the bottom of the page? A wee donation will help me explore more expressions for you.. Just saying, no pressure.

You can buy one for yourself, if you wish.

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

May the winds o adversity ne’er blow open your door!

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 Macallan 18

Halo Single Malt Mates

My last post contained a dissertation with Macallan 18 showcased. Alas I forgot to tell you about the whisky..
So here tis:

The Macallan 18 Year Old 2016 Release (70cl, 43%)


The Macallan 18 YO 2016 Bottling Note

Super Sherried Macallan 18 year old, now carrying a release year rather than a vintage. This is the 2016 release of this sought-after whisky.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Classic dried fruit, crème de cacao and crème anglaise with ginger and oak.

Palate: Winter spice, sultanas, toffee apple, rich oak and mixed peels.

Finish: Oak shavings, raisins and caramel

Well, I tried to find this whisky on the UK vending websites to no avail. It is however for sale in the US for now….

So it is a great buy at $289 because they might discontinue it… Making another collectable out of a whisky that used to be common.

May the hinges of friendship ne’er rust nor the wings of love lose a feather.

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

A wee dissertation on tasting guid whisky

Halo Single Malt Mates,

I have in my life owned three bottles of Macallan 18. Before my palate and nose matured I favored the 12 over the 18. No longer.

I have been educating interested people about the joy of enjoying single malt Scotch whisky for at least 12 years. I learn something new all the time.

The Macallan 12 is a fine sippin’ whisky and in the past my nose and palate favored this whisky as I thought it smelled and tasted better than the 18.

Since I have been listening to my whisky guru Ralfy of Glasgow, Things have changed and I have opened a new world of tasting fine single malt Scotch Whisky for meself…

So I will share my way of tasting fine whisky with you now and explain how Macallan 18 is now my favorite Macallan…

The Nose Palate and Finish I have explained to you all in previous posts. I will do so again for my newest readers.

The whole problem we all have is how do our taste buds process the same whisky on different days. There are many factors involved. Do you have a cold. This will interfere with your experience. Have you tried many whiskies. This educates your taste buds.

Is your whisky a single malt or blended grain whisky? This makes a major difference to our taste buds…

But I digress:

Used to be I simply sipped on my whisky from a highball glass or a quaiche, a Scottish friendship cup to share my whisky with friends.
I didn’t add a few drops of water to awaken the whisky and simply tasted it.

Now I don’t do that.I only use a Glencairn whiaky glass which was invented 25 years ago and only recently became readily available. In a pinch I will use a brandy snifter or a wine glass.

I nose the whisky three times and let the aromas come to me slowly and I enjoy it. I wait one minute for every year the whisky is in the barrel with a few drops of water to wake up the whisky and let the esters evaporate. These give the best nose.

I swirl the whisky in the glencairn and then sip and chew on the whisky. This forces the most whisky to interact with the most taste buds. This also leads to the best finish.

So Not using my current technique on the Macallan 18 resulted in my not enjoying the whisky as much as I had hoped and making the 12 better to my taste. As I said, No longer.

I had a dram of Macallan 18 tonite and the conditions were right and it was almost as delightful as the GlenDronach 18 Allardice. Very similar

So , I hope you Single Malt Mates are taking my advice and enjoying the most of your whisky. Like I do.

Naturally, as usual and as always, it is your glass and your whisky so you can drink it any way you want.

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.

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Talisker Pairing

Halo Single Malt Mates,

For my birthday. mo Mac (my son) took me to an Italian restaurant that has been open in Sin city for 42 years.

I ordered Veal de Angelo which was veal, garlic, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and wine. Very different from Veal parmesano.

So I paired it with Talikser ten. The peatiness and peppery palate blended very well with the spicy Italian food…

Here is the whisky:

Talisker
10 Year Old 45.8% 20cl

Details
Producer Diageo
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 20cl
Alc. Volume 45.8%
Bottler Official
Region Island

Description
Talisker, the famed distillery on the Isle of Skye produces a peppery, sweet and smoky whisky. A complex dram, but with a medium level of smoke, so as not to scare off people who are still getting used to peatiness

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Hints of dried cocoa leaves, castor oil and smoked chipotle chilli peppers. A hot and heavy on first nose. Freshly ground pepper, crushed over smoked kippers with an earthy, peaty note. Bewitching, heady and intoxicating.
Palate: Pepper and peat notes followed by a balancing syrupy sweetness. Ginger snaps, spice and a dash of honey. A full, flavoursome, smoky, complex dram. It’s a joy of a dram.

As you can no doubt tell, pairing guid whisky with guid food is my thing…

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’.

May the hinges o frien’ship ne’er rust, nor the wings o love lose a feather!

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee bit of whisky fact

Halo Single Malt Mates,

Bunnahabhain now has a new collectable expression.

Here is the story:

Born out of art and adventure

The sea is a tumultuous siren, calling to those who court adventure. In 2015, artists Maxime Berthou and Mark Požlep heeded that call, refurbishing a tiny old fishing boat and setting a course from France to the Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay. The journey spanned 733 perilous miles that witnessed both men nearly losing their lives.

The boat was then turned into two Hogshead barrels that were used to finish a Bunnahabhain’s 11-year-old single malt. Now, the Whisky is ready to be savored—a bottle for every mile traveled. It’s available to Flaviar Members, each bottle accompanied by a wood covered ship’s log.

Proceeds from the sales of Whisky and book will be used to produce a movie of this odyssey. The kicker? All Flaviar Members who purchase a bottle will be credited in the film.

Bunnahabhain Hogshead 733

This is a Whisky with a story to tell, finished in wood that’s weathered the sea. That kind of journey builds character. Which is what you’ll find here, along with the smoky and oaky richness you’ve come to love in your Islay drams.

Much like the ocean, this is a natural dram—non-chill filtered and without artificial coloring. At an undiluted cask strength of 51.2% ABV, it delivers a subtle heat that warms even the dampest of sea days.

Only 733 bottles exist, one for every mile travelled, each one bearing Bunnahabhain’s coat of arms and a map tracing Maxime and Mark’s perilous path. The bottles are hand numbered and accompanied by a tome of its epic tale. The book is a testament to the trip undertaken by the artists, a timeless record encased in wood that includes the ship’s log and photos of the journey.

This is pure whisky according to the views of whisky experts. And there will only be two hogsheads worth of whisky.

Very interesting indeed

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