Monthly Archives: September 2017

A wee Edradour bottled by Signatory

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Pitlochry is a town in the Southeast of Scotland and the Edradour Distillery is near there.
Edradour likes to make a peaty expression and released this ten year old for just you peat lovers.

Ballechin

10 Year Old 46% 70cl

Details
Producer Signatory Vintage
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Highland

Description
This is the first 10 year old edition of Edradour’s heavily peated Ballechin Whisky. Aged in fresh ex Bourbon casks and ex Oloroso casks to give it full, oaky fruity flavours, balancing out the peat.

Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: A pine forest note, mixed in with freshly cut peat. After a bit of time, more candy floss sweet notes.
Palate: Herbal syrup notes, with a dry cigar smoke finish.

My sound advice is if you dinnae like a peated expresson at first, then try it later after a few drams of some you do like. Try it you will like it..

Thoughts on whiskey: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Mark Twain

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

Some Wee tips on enjoying older whiskies

Halò Single Malt Mates,

IF you like aulder whiskies like I do there are some tips you need to follow to get the best results!

To give credit where credit is due these tips came from my Whisky Guru, Ralfy of Glasgow.

First of all please use a glencairn whisky glass for your dram. If nae available, a brandy snifter or wine glass will do.

Next add a wee bit of water but not too much to an aulder whisky. This is because it will drown the flavour of the aulder whisky and prevent a guid palate and finish.

Next do not ever ever shake the glass. A wee swirl of the whisky is guid but shaking agitates the spirit. a slight swirl will do but not too much..

I have been told to swirl the whisky and not to swirl the whisky. This is some advice you need to try for yourself..

If you are in a cold climate like Scotland where it is 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of summer, you should warm up the whisky a wee bit. In hot climes like where I am, Sin City Nevada, hold the glass by the bottom or the stem to keep the whisky cooler.

Anyway I hope this helps you enjoy more and better whisky especially Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The Japanese are making better whisky these days because they use as the French would say La Methode Ecossais. The founder of Japanese Whisky learned his craft working at Glenrothes Distillery

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’.

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 Balblair

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Gordon and MacPhail has purchased a cask from Balblair and bottled a collectable.

Established as a grocery business in 1895 by James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail used their ‘centrical and commodious premises’ to showcase local produce and curate exotic commodities from around the world.

From an eponymously named South Street retail shop, we have expanded into a multi-faceted international business: retailer, specialist UK wholesaler, international trade partner, distiller, and of course, single malt maturation experts.

Balblair 1997
70cl / 52.9%

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & MacPhail

Balblair 1997 / Gordon & MacPhail / TWE Exclusive

Details
Facts

An exclusive 18-year-old cask of Balblair aged in a single refill bourbon barrel. This is a sweet and creamy whisky with notes of green apple, spiced oranges and roasted almond.

Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Age
18 Year Old
Vintage
1997
Bottling Date
June 2016
Country
Scotland
Region
Highland
Cask Type
Refill Bourbon Barrel
Cask Number
1881
There has been no tasting notes on this expression. So I had to find notes from a younger similar expression.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Juicy blood orange, crushed almonds, brown sugar.

Palate: Quite nutty and sweet, though creamy vanilla and oak keep it grounded.

Finish: Citrus and waxy oak.

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

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

IF anyone wants to help out my daughter who had her house damaged by Hurricane Maria

Halò Single Malt Mate,

Mo nighean April lives in St. Croix US Virgin Islands, and the Hurricane ripped off part of her roof. flooded her house and damaged all of her furniture..

So If anyone would be so kind as to generously help her recover, they can donate using the link below..

https://www.mermaidadventures.net/donate-now

Here is her picture with me at our Scotch Pairing Party last year. The owner of the venue we were at has suffered a big decrease in business due to no tourists and the curfew. My daughter has also suffered a decrease in her business due to the Hurricane as well..

Moran Taing Many Thanks

Slante gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Scotch Spirit Master at Seaside Highland Games Ventura CA October 12, 2013

A wee dissertatin on the difference in Maturation casks

Halò Single Malt Mates,

The casks used in Scotch Whisky maturation are the reason for the nose palate and finish of each expression,

In the past, the Sassonachs drank sherry like water and sherry casks can be only used once so they were plentiful and cheap. Nowadays everyone drinks bourbon and now bourbon casks are more plentiful and cheaper.

As a result, most whiskys now are matured first in bourbon casks then in another cask for finishing. I personally like single cask expressions

Now each species of oak imparts different flavours to the whisky being matured.

As you can see in the picture below the whiskies have been matured in American and European Oak and the differences are quite discernible.

Glenlivet has produced an expression in casks usually used for cognac maturation. Cognac is, of course, whiskey made from distilling wine grapes.

Here it is:

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve (70cl, 40%)

Today Glenlivet is one of the “Big Three” single malt producers, being #1 in the United States and #2 worldwide. Their Whiskies are officially “Speyside,” meaning that they are Highland malts produced along the river Spey, and the water for the Whisky mash comes somewhat famously from “Josie’s Well.” Glenlivet produces Whiskies in a variety of ages and wood-matured combinations, and the remaining spirit not bottle as part of their Glenlivet lineup is considered an indispensable component in some of the most famous blends.

The Glenlivet 15 Bottling Note

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is rich and oaked. There are notes of chewy resinous wood with a well-balanced acidity. Fudge and Madeira with apple crumble with calvados. The palate is full and rich with winter spice; cinnamon and cloves, thick oak with developing aridity. The finish is long and dry with a peppery note.

In my auld age I have decided to try different maturations as they are different. In honor of the auld alliance I will say”vive la différence,” Which means long live the difference between whiskies!

May the hinges of friendship ne’er rust nor the wings O Love lose a feather

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 collectable

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Imperial distillery is no longer in operation. However there are still casks of product hanging around and Indies like to bottle them. They are by definition collectables.

When I was in Scotland, I bought mo mac an Imperial at Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh. We had drams of this whisky all over Scotland. it was great..

So here is an Imperial available on line.

Imperial
1997 Gordon and MacPhail 43% 70cl

Details
Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Independent
Region Speyside
Vintage 1997

Description
Imperial was a distillery that was never all that well known even when it was producing whisky for some of the world’s best known blends. Now that it has been demolished and we’ll never see spirit made under the name again it’s started to gain some serious fans in the collectors world.

If you can find an Imperial buy two because it is for sure a collectable. And you might want to try a few drams.

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

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

A collectable Arran

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Arran likes to mature its whiskies in sherry hogsheads.But they make a wee peated expression every now and then. Like Now.

Here is the peated Arran:

Arran

Machrie Moor 8th Edition 46% 70cl

Details
Producer Isle Of Arran Distillers
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Official
Region Island
Country Scotland

Description
To the west of the Isle of arran lies the Machrie Moor, a large and ancient peat bog. Every year Arran distil a small amount of peated spirit and this is bottled in this limited edition release. This have been peated to a level of 20ppm and is limited to 18,300 bottles.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Coastal citrus notes, with a hint of grilled pineapple and menthol.

Palate: Banana chips, peat smoke, caramel sauce and dried earth.

Finish: Subtle salinity juxtaposed with vanilla pod sweetness.

This one is not particularly peaty like the Laddies Octomore or a Laphroig. But it is indeed a wee bit of peaty

if you want to be introduced to a peaty expression, this looks good.

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

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.

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

Your Scotch spirit Master

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A wee Ledaig

Halò Single Malt Mates,

A wee fact.

Tobermory distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery situated on the Hebridean island of Mull, Scotland in the village of Tobermory. The distillery, which was formerly known as Ledaig, was founded in 1798 and has changed hands several times, having undergone a number of periods of closure. The only distillery on Mull, it is currently owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, a subsidiary of Distell Group Limited of South Africa. Its main product, Tobermory single malt, is used in the blends Scottish Leader and Black Bottle. The distillery also produces a smaller amount of peated whisky, which remains known under the former name, Ledaig.

Here is a guid Ledaig.

Ledaig
18 Year Old 46% 70cl

Details
Producer Distell International
Age 18 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46.3%
Bottler Official
Region Island

Description
Ledaig is the heavily peated spirit from the usually much lighter Tobermory Distillery. This is a spectacularly presented single malt bottling that would make a brilliant gift if you know the drinker likes a little smoke in their malt.

Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: Quite salty with a lot of rubbery and plum characteristics. A little bit of sweet cream & a touch of rhubarb. Some pork crackling, sauna notes and also newly polished shoes.

Palate: Plenty of peaty/spicy character despite the light texture. This becomes very sticky and tar-like after some time. The saltiness takes over and even resembles Tabasco sauce towards the end.

Finish: Like sitting around a bonfire; long and delicately smoky.
Comments: A pleasingly peaty one with a more unusual nose which only hints at what is to come.

Official Tasting Notes
Colour: Copper Gold.

Nose: Rich, fruity sherried smokiness ,lovely balance of phenols, seaweed and light creosote, dried chilli flakes, spicy black pepper with hints of sweet oakiness.

Palate: Powerful rich, sherried, herbal smoky flavours, orange peel, coffee, a touch of sea salt, tobacco and white pepper.

Finish: Long and quite pungent with more smoke, a hint of liquorice and sea spray.

Some of my readers like peated whisky. Some don’t Here is a nice aged expression which can be enjoyed by anyone.

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

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 Craigellachie

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Today I want to acquaint you with the Criagellachie Distillery.

Scotch with a Touch of Brimstone

On a rock overlooking the river Spey sits a distillery called Craigellachie. At night, when the moon is full, you can see the worm tubs glisten. These long snaking tubes cool the liquid and bring out a strong, meaty flavor. The result, a single malt that’s anything but smooth.

Here is what the distillery says about its whisky.

A Style Seldom Met

We still use worm tubs to cool the spirit because they work. As these long snaking tubes get smaller and smaller, they bestow Craigellachie with extra flavor, creating a dram to rival whiskies twice its age. Some may call us stubborn for relying on such ancient methods but so what. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Hunter Laing took some casks of Craigellachie and produced a 21 year old cask strength expression.

Craigellachie
1995 Old Malt Cask 50% 70cl

Details
Producer Hunter Laing
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 50%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside
Vintage 1995
Country Scotland

Description
Not one of Speyide’s more known distilleries, however, Craigellachie is a whisky worth seeking out. Very robust and full of character. Hunter Laing have bottled this cask as part of their popular Old Malt Cask range.

This blurb is on the bottle
Nose
Soft with ripe fruits and caramel
Palate
Rich with oranges caramel and chocolate
finish
medium length with bitter fruit taste

I myself am guilty of whisky snobbery. Without even tasting this whisky I had a somewhat negative opinion for no reason at all. Mairs the pity. Thus we didn’t visit the distillery whilst we were in the Speyside region ..
Sad.

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

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

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

Slainte Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee new Glen Scotia

Halò Single Malt Mate,

Or in Scot’s English Awrite!

Since I am an auld Man, sometimes I cawn’t remember what I told you and am too lazy to research it.

So Here is one of mo mac’s faves a Glen Scotia. If I sent this before, in the immortal words of ex UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, “Sorry.”

Glen Scotia
18 Year Old 46% 70cl

Details
Producer Loch Lomond Distillery Co
Age 18 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Campbeltown
Country Scotland

Description
If any distillery has launched themselves to the front of whisky drinker’s cabinets in the past year or so it’s Glen Scotia. Here we have an 18 year old release from their Campbeltown distillery which is full of their smoky, fruity, coastal style of whisky.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: The higher peat content gives a more sweet and smoky character and a beautiful rounded finish.
Palate: Rich deep vanilla fruit flavours, apricot and pineapple, plump sultana.
Finish: Long and dry with gentle warming spice.

I hae a 21 year old Glen Scotia with a braw picture of a fine Scottish Coo on it! You can get the 18 at Royal Mile Whiskies and the 21 at Master of Malt. Both fine online vendors.

If you don’t like a slightly peated whisky at first then try one you do like and go back, It is simply amazing what happens when your palate matures…

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.

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