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Whisky Alert! Whisky Alert!

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Well, a great new blended malt Scotch has become available. Blended malt before 2009 was called vatted malt because two or more single malts were blended in a vat and then bottled.Now we have all the new variations of names like Blended Scotch which is a mixture of neutral grain spirit and one or more single malts.

Anyway here is the new expression.

Old Perth

21 Year Old 55.4% 70cl

Details
Producer Morrison and Mackay
Age 21 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 55%
Bottler Independent

Description
An insanely good value and tasty drop of cask strength Scotch whisky. With lots of sherry cask character and a clear indication of some smoky whisky being in the mix, this is packed with amazing flavour. Tastes like a lightly smoky chocolate orange.

The vendor gives no indication as to how many bottles have been produced but at 75 pounds sterling a mixture of single malts is a steal of a deal being aged 21 years and all. There is clearly some peated whisky in this bottling but hard to tell if it is an Islay

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

Another wee rare expression

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

It seems I am on a rare whisky roll today. Which means I am running into many rare expressions.

This whisky has an interesting parentage as it has one name but distilled at another distillery with an old style still replaced by the current pot stills. This expression was distilled in 1979 and the pot stills were introduced in 1981. This makes it a rare whisky indeed.

Here is the whisky:
Mosstowie
1979 Connoisseurs Choice 40% 70cl

Description
Mosstowie distillery was actually based within another distillery – Miltonduff. The whisky produced was made in Lomond stills which are very rarely used ot craft whisky these days.

Details
Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 40%
Bottler Independent
Region Speyside
Vintage 1979
Country Scotland

In the late 70’s demand for this whisky was low. The only way one can find out how good it is now, is to buy it and try it.Or simply add it to your collection..

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

Slàinte gu Soírraidh!

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee collectable from a shut down distiller

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

When I was in Scotland, we saw many distilleries that were shut down. The Dallas Dhu distillery is a museum. We had a good time going through the rooms with the stills, washbacks, and mashtuns. A working distillery is more fun. Did you know the machine they use in many distillery’s to grind the barley is over 100 years old? Still works great.

You can still buy a Dallas Dhu expression from the distillery store and from Indie bottlers.

Anyway, I have stumbled onto an expression distilled in 1981.

Here is the expression:

North Port
1981 Connoisseurs Choice 40% 70cl

Description
North Port distillery, which is also known as Brechin distillery after the distillery that homed it, was sadly demolished in 1994. We’ll never see and spirit made from it again but luckily some cunning people still have casks maturing in warehouses around Scotland. This release comes from Gordon and MacPhail and is a very rare example of this lost malt.

Details
Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 40%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Vintage 1981
Country Scotland

This expression is so rare that they don’t dare open one for tasting notes. It is a collectors item for sure..

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 hinges of friendship never rust nor the wings of love lose a feather!

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee guid pairing

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

Tonite I got the idea that I should pair Philippine Barbeque chicken With Glenlivet 18. The Glenlivet has a citrusy palalte that was overwhelmed at first by too much spice on some spicy vegetables but then settled down and went down like water with the chicken.

The nose and palate and finish are smooth and long with spicy food…

As always the whisky pairs well with meat and spice. By the way alcohol removes the burning sensation produced by hot chili peppers just so you know.

Here is the whisky:

Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet 18 Bottling Note

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Quite big and well-rounded. There are notes of chewy sultanas and Sherried peels, barley sugars and toasty cereals with petals and apple blossom. A touch of fudge and gentle wisps of smoke.

Palate: Full and rich with notes of chewy, tannic oak. Manuka honey and walnut with Cox’s apples and orange peels. Cut herbs – fennel and spearmint.

Finish: Long and dry with a spicy oak note.

I never get tired of pairing guid whisky with fine food. i hope you will try it.

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 Mhor Agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee gift from Mo Clann

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

I went to a large liquor outlet and Mo Clann got me a fine lowland whisky. Excellent Lads that they are.

I have needed a lowland whisky for awhile now and voila Here it is.

Glenkinchie
12 Year Old 40%

Age 12 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 40%
Bottler Official
Region Lowland

Description
Just 20 miles outside Edinburgh, surrounded by lots of fields of barley, Glenkinchie is one of the few lowland distilleries left open. They produce a light, easy drinking malt, which is great for blenders, and for those just getting in to single malt whisky.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Aromatic and flowery, like breathing in a country garden. Vanilla and cut flowers, followed by toasted oak notes. Develops to become sweet and creamy, with a light aromatic edge and citrus, like a lemon cheesecake. With water it becomes creamier.
Palate: A sweet, soft start, with custard notes, soon becoming flowery again. The mid palate is crisp, with butter icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.

When I host tastings I like expressions from all 6 whisky producing regions of Scotland. It is a blast.

I owned another Glenkinchie 12 and it went to a guid home…

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

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

Mo Clann agus Mi

A wee pairing party

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

Just the other day, I hosted a pairing party with some of my neighbors.

Here was the menu and the whisky.

First
Glencoe 8 year old by Ben Nevis, which we visited in Scotland. We paired this with barbecued steak.

Notes from Robin Laing

Nose
Big sherry notes of toffee,caramel and spun sugar;turning fresher with straw,slate,pear,peach sundae,and honey on digestives. Struck matches and fireworks later.
Palate
Sweetie cigarettes,tea,coconut, apricot,smooth,full,syrupy.
Finish
Lingering heat.
Comment
An impressive drop,with a masculine sherry influence.

The whisky made the steak taste better and vice versa. I recommend it…

Second
Talsiker 10 with smoked salmon. Always a fave.
Went over well with the folks

Third Glenfiddch 15 with enchiladas
Here is the whisky
Description
Glenfiddich are the best selling Single Malt in the World, and there is a reason for this; they have remarkable levels of consistency, and people really like the taste. Simple really. The 15 is innovative, in that it is a Solera Vatting, which means they continually pour 15 year old Glenfiddich into a large oak vat, where it mingles with Glenfiddich 15 from previous years. They never let this vat empty, creating a complex mixture of older vintage 15 year old Glenfiddich. It produces a fruity, rich and vibrant dram.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Heather honey, vanilla fudge and rich dark fruits on the nose.
Palate: Layers of sherried oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger. A rich and sweet finish.

Glendfiddich 15 goes great with spicy food. Everyone liked this pairing

Fourth Glenfiddich 15 with Kung Pao chicken
This is a real guid pairing.

I recommend you try it.

Fifth Kilkerran bourbon wood with clam chowder.
This whisky is a collectors item as it is no longer being manufactured. You might be agle to get it at a local liquor store

A long-awaited ten year old release from Glengyle distillery, released as part of the Kilkerran Work in Progress series. This is the bourbon-aged expression and shows just how well the spirit is maturing.

Everyone likes this whisky pairing so you can use any Campeltown with your chowder…

Last we paired French Vanilla with an 18 year old Mortlach.
A Signatory Bottling from a snigle cask, Exciting whisky!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Nutty at first, followed by vibrant spices – think ginger and cinnamon – paired with fresh green apples and lemon zest. Lyle’s Golden Syrup and toffee pennies too.

Palate: The decadent syrup and caramel notes develop on the palate, with oak, earthy tobacco and almonds adding depth. Tropical fruit notes give it a lively backbone.

Finish: Citrus, mocha and more tobacco notes last.

Anyway, another successful event. I hope you enjoy some single malt whisky with your food.

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

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 shout out to the Loch Lomond Distillery near Loch Lomond.

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Mo Clann and I had a good time driving by Loch Lomond. Wanted to take the high road and did. Since it was at night we couldn’t see much.

So in honor Of the Mighty Loch, I am going to share with you a collectable Whisky distilled at Loch Lomand Distllery in 2001.

The Loch Lomond distillery is a Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky distillery in Alexandria, Scotland, near Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond Distillery also produces The Inchmurrin Island (largest of Loch Lomond’s islands) Collection:

Inchmurrin 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (46% ABV)
Inchmurrin 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (46% ABV)
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish Single malt Scotch Whisky (46% ABV)

This one is a single cask 15 Which makes it an instant collectable

Here is the expression:

Inchmurrin 2001
15 Year Old Single Cask
70cl / 53.1%

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling

Inchmurrin 2001 / 15 Year Old / Single Cask / TWE Exclusive
Web Exclusive Price £79.95 £66.63 ex VAT (£114.21 per litre)

Details

Chosen by The Whisky Exchange, this exclusive single cask Inchmurrin was distilled at Loch Lomond in September 2001. Bottled at 15 years of age in May 2017, this has notes of tangy orange, sweet vanilla and spicy ginger.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
15 Year Old
Vintage
2001
Bottling Date
May 2017
No of Bottles
204
Country
Scotland
Region
Highland
Cask Number
4157
Chill Filtered
No

This whisky is cask strength and un-chill filtered thus is pure whisky to us aficionados.

If you wish to obtain this whisky buy two. One for sippin’and sharin’ plus one for collectin’

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 wee guid Abelour part 2

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

One of my readers asked me to write some more about Abelour. So Here tis:

Aberlour is a distillery of Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, in Aberlour, Strathspey, Scotland, at the confluence of the rivers Lour and Spey near Ben Rinnes. I was in Elgin very near there.Didn’t visit though. Sad.

History

James Fleming, son of a local tenant farmer built Aberlour Distillery in 1879 after having worked at Dailuiane, Carron for ten years. Producing whisky from 1880 onwards until his death at the age of 65 in 1895, Fleming is buried opposite the distillery in the village cemetery. Robert Thorne & Sons bought the distillery and ran it until 1921. In 1921, Robert Thorne & Sons Ltd. sold the distillery to W. H. Holt & Sons, a brewery near Manchester. In 1945 S. Campbell & Sons Ltd. bought the distillery.[10] In 1975 Pernod Ricard acquired Campbell Distilleries, and they joined with Chivas Brothers in 2001 forming a portfolio of 14 single malt distilleries and 1 grain distillery in Scotland, and 2 gin distilleries in England. In 2002, a new, modernized visitor centre was opened.[11]

So here is an expression that I am looking forward to acquiring:

Aberlour
18 Year Old 43% 70cl

Details
Producer Pernod Ricard
Age 18 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside

Description
The oldest in the delightful Aberlour core range, this is a fitting finale. Lots of Oloroso sherry character, lots of choccy-coated raisin flavours, and lots of after dinner drinking pleasure to be had.

Aberlour 18 Bottling Note

This rich, spicy 18 year old from Aberlour was only released for general consumption in 2008, prior to this it had only been produced for the French market.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Rich and complex, with notes of toffee and butterscotch combining with ripe peach and bitter orange.
Palate: Superbly structured, with initial notes of soft apricot and cream, offset by developing flavours of old leather and oak, with a touch of honey. The finish is very long and well balanced, progressing from Crème Brulè to a gentle oak flourish.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Creamy, like melted vanilla ice-cream. Fruity and honeyed.

Palate: Fresh juicy apples and oranges before sherry kicks in with supple sultanas and vanilla.

Finish: Intricate with chocolate raisins and oily caramel notes.

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

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

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master .

A wee new Bunnahabhain

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

Bunnahabhain is an Islay whisky. When aficionados think of Islay They think of peated expressions and 99.9% of the time they would be right.

Bunnahabhain is noted for producing non-peated Islay Whisky. I am not sure about this one. The blurb doesn’t mention peated nose or palate.

Anyway, Here is the whisky:

Bunnahabhain
Stiuireadair 46.3% 70cl.

Description
Bunnahabhain has made the most of the remote location that they decided to build the distillery on. Right on the Sound of Islay, they have harnessed the abundance of natural spring water to create a unique Islay whisky. Their Stiuireadair release celebrates the sea and the influence that it has on all of Bunnahabhain’s malts.

Details
Producer Distell
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46.3%
Bottler Official
Region Islay
Country Scotland

Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair
(46,3%, OB 2017)

Nose: medium sherried, in a fairly dry, nutty way. Malty core, baked bread, a hint of blackberries and dried apricot. Toasted nuts, with some caramel, chocolate and light coastal notes. Not bad, though probably a bit younger than 12 years. Mouth: less impressive now. Initially quite hot and spirity, with peppery notes, roasted nuts and a lightly bitter edge. More creamy notes towards the end (toffee, raisins, cake, mocha) as well as some salty notes. Finish: medium long, on malt, berries and chocolate.

This sounds like a Talisker if I am reading right. Still not sure about peatiness.

I am seriously considering putting this whisky on my list!

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

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 beannach.duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you.

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Glenfiddich pairing

Halò, Single Malt Mates,

Tonight I had the temerity to pair Glenfiddich 18 with spicy Italian Chicago Style Meatballs. it was fantastically different. The smoothness of the whisky as usual enhanced the palate and finish when paired with the spicy sauce.

Whisky always goes well with meat anyway.

Sherried whiskies are always welcome with spicy foods when I am pairing.

Juist for your information, here is a wee bit of information about the distillery:

Glenfiddich whisky is produced at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. The water source is the Robbie Dhu springs. Glenfiddich is matured in oak casks such as rum casks from the Caribbean (in the case of 21-year-old Gran Reserva), Bourbon whiskey barrels from America (Ancient Reserve), or sherry butts from Jerez in Spain.[16][17]

The distillery uses 28 distinctively-shaped copper pot stills that are smaller than those now in use at most other distilleries.[18] All are handmade and Glenfiddich employs a team of permanent craftsmen to maintain them.[19]

28 Stills, Wow. The Still room must be huge. Anyway, we dinnae hae the time to visit.

Here is the whisky:

Glenfiddich 18 Bottling Note

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old (70cl, 40%)
(54 Reviews)

$73.96 (plus $47.00 shipping and handling if you live in the States)

This 18 year old from Glenfiddich’s core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Loads of fruit. Zesty grapefruit, baked toffee apples. Dry, chocolate Flake-y wood and cinnamon.

Palate: Candied fruits and Glenfiddich freshness balances richer notes of dried apricot, more cinnamon and toffee, ginger and dry Sherry.

Finish: Peels and a touch of salted toffee.

Overall: A wonderfully rich and enjoyable Glenfiddich single malt.

Aye Laddies and Lassies that it is. As an aside, the Restaurant scene in Scotland is great because other Europeans like Italians, the French, and Greeks set up restaurants there with great traditional food. Coupled with traditional Scottish fare, the eatin’ is good. I went to an authentic Italian Restaurant in Glasgow and It was great..

So here is another pairing you can try even if you live in the UK.

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

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

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master