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A wee New Year’s wish for ye

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr Happy New Year!

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

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

Òlamaid deoch-slàinte!
(Let us drink a toast; literally, Let us drink [to] health)

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.

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

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

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 collectable single cask bourbon

Halò Single Malt Mates,

But Scotch Spirit Master I thought you only wrote aboot scotch whisky?

Aye Lassies and Laddies that is true, but I also subscribe to this adage especially when the whisky is from a single distillery, single cask, and aged 18 years.!

Here is the adage:
“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”
― Raymond Chandler

Here is the whisky:

Elijah Craig
18 Year Old 45% 70cl

I£174.95
(Inc. VAT)

Producer Heaven Hill
Age 18 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 45%
Bottler Official

Description
Named after the man purported to have invented the technique of charring oak casks to open up the wood interaction, Elijah Craig’s 18 year old single barrel edition really benefits from its namesake’s methods. Matured in charred new American oak for an extra 6 years on top of the brand’s standard bottling, the 18 year old has a rich depth and complexity with layers of sweet and dried fruits, toasting oak and peppery spices. The casks used have been hand selected for this complex flavour profile, but each bottle is taken entirely from only one of the barrels, so the bottles from each barrel of this release are unique in their own way.

Single distillery, single cask whiskies made properly simply can’t be bad.

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

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

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.

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

Lift ’em high and drain ’em dry
To the guy who says, “My turn to buy.”

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee collectors Bladnoch

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhma mhath ur! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mo Mac and I had a dram of Bladnoch 15 last week. It was a guid dram. It was very sherried, the drams that I like most….

Mo Chairdean Choir, my dear friends, Gordon and MacPhail have come through once more. They have bottled a 23 year old Bladnoch in their Connoisseur’s Choice series…

Here tis’

Bladnoch
1993 Connoisseur’s choice

Details
Producer Gordon and Macphail
Age 23 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Independent
Vintage 1993

Description
Bladnoch distillery is once again firing up its stills to produce whisky but things didn’t always look so rosy for this often overlooked Lowland. This bottling from Gordon and MacPhail was distilled in 1993 and it a great example of the whisky being made there then. Bottled in 2016

Bladnoch is noted for its floral, and fruity notes so it is reasonable to think that this expression was matured in sherry puncheons along with the usual bourbon casks.

Here is a set of tasting notes from a younger, different Bladnoch, a 15.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: áMedium. Unlit cigars, citrus; mandarin and orange. Cocoa dusting.á

Palate: áRich, lovely dryness. Chocolate orange, freshly ground coffee, malty, touch of peat.

Finish: áLong and urbane, more citrus and whispers, or ‘Wispas’ as the case may be, of chocolate.

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

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

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.

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 whisky fact

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Many independent bottlers are releasing blended malt and blended Scotch Whiskies.

A blended malt is a blend of one or more single malts from different distilleries. Blended Scotch whisky is a blend of single malt and
grain whisky distilled from grains other than barley, and distilled in different Scottish distilleries .

One such bottler is Compass Box, which produces blended malt Scotch whisky, Blended Scotch Whisky and maybe even single grain whisky..

I am showcasing Flatnose today,

Here is the whiskyL

Flatnose
Blended Scotch Whisky 43% 70cl

£28.95
(Inc. VAT)

Details
Producer The Islay Boys Ltd.
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 43%
Bottler Official
Country Scotland

Description
A blended whisky made by two native boys from Islay. This whisky bears the name of the Viking “Flatnose” Ketill Björnsson who was King of the Isles in the 9th century. A hearty blend laced with pepper and smoke.

Official Tasting Notes
Rich with hints of pepper and smoke.

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

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

And Lastly

Nollaig Chridheil
Merry Christmas

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Nollaig Greeting and a shameless plug

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Och, Nolliag (Christmas) is upon us…

So as is my custom, I will wish you all a happy holiday season in Scots Gaelic!

MO CHAIRDEAN CHOIR! MY DEAR FRIENDS!

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhma mhath ur! •

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Òlamaid deoch-slàinte!
(Let us drink a toast; literally, Let us drink [to] health)

In Scot’s English:

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye’ll ivver see.
May the moose ne’er leave yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee.
May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye’r auld eneuch tae dee.
May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wish ye aye tae be.

In English
May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see.
May the mouse never leave your pantry with a teardrop in its eye
May you always stay whole and hearty until you are old enough to die..
May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be..¬¬¬

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

AND NOW THE SHAMELESS PLUG:

MY DEAR SINGLE MALT MATES, I WOULD LIKE, IN THE NEW YEAR, TO SHARE SOME EXOTIC FOOD AND WHISKY PAIRINGS WITH YOU.. HOWEVER, IN ORDER TO DO THAT, I MUST PURCHASE REALLY EXPENSIVE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY. SO IF YOU WOULD BE SO KIND AS TO HIT THE PAYPAL BUTTON ON SITE AND DONATE A WEE BIT, IT WOULD BE A GREAT NOLLAIG PRESENT FOR ME INDEED!

MORAN TAING MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE

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.

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 collectable Highland Park

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Haakon is a name used by Norwegian Kings. The Orkneys were ruled by the Vikings back in the 1100’s. In honor of them, the Highland Park Distillery has issued this expression:

Highland Park
Earl Haakon 3rd Edition 54.9% 70cl

£545.00
Details
Producer Edrington
Age 18 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Bottler Official
Region Island
Vintage 1993

Description
An 18 year old Highland Park matured in sherry casks and what a very good whisky it is too. This is named after an ancient ruler of Orkney who ruled jointly with his cousin Magnus (who he then had killed after a falling out) (as you do).

Tasting notes from a similar Highland Park 18

Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: Apricot, orange oil, full oily notes, light peat note. Heather honey, blackcurrant jam. Each time you nose it, you get different layers of aroma.
Palate: Fruit jam, more apricot, hint of almond paste, slight oaky note and heather peat, but overall, just a juicy palate, with a drying sherried finish.

I loes Highland Park. This goes great with food and simply for sipping…

I hope you can try this…

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

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

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 Glencadam

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I used to own a Glencadam 15. It was a guid dram. Here I have discovered the 18. It should be good too.

Here is the whisky:
Glencadam
18 Year Old 46% 70cl

£86.95
(Inc. VAT)

Details
Producer Angus Dundee
Age 18 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Country Scotland

Description
Another complex addition to Glencadam’s already top-notch range. This 18 year old release is full of fruit, spice and malty goodness and is a great whisky if you’re looking for something a little bit older than someone may not have tried before.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Pineapple and banana bond with malty spice. Wafts of cigar box and white-pepper spice complete the mélange of elegant and complex aromas.
Palate: Floral and spicy with sophisticated mix of fruits, nutmeg and sweet maltiness.
Finish: Brave and proud with gentle pepper and spice.

I loes flora and Fauna whiskies. This one looks guid. You can try it if you like!

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

Too many guid single malt whisky expressions, and too little time! Your Scotch Spirit Master

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

Another wee collectable

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I just stumbled upon another wee collectable this time from Arran and RMW.

Arran
2011 Bramble and Royal Mile Whiskies
$92.51
(Inc. VAT)

Details
Producer Isle Of Arran Distillers
Age 6 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 55.3%
Bottler Official
Region Island
Vintage 2011
Country Scotland

Description
This is the second bottling that we have released in collaboration with the amazing Bramble bar. This is a unusual Arran as it has been peated to a level of 50ppm. The gentle but full smoke works wonderfully with Arran’s naturally light and fruity character. It has been matured in a single bourbon barrel which has produced a very, very small number of bottles. There are only 140 bottles available so move quickly if you’d like one of these amazing little treats.

Official Tasting Notes
The whisky shows a great balance between the much admired Arran distillery character of orchard fruits, citrus and cereal, along with a smokiness that is persistent but never dominant.

This is cask strength and non chill filtered so pure whisky and single cask so a very collectable collectable.

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

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

Lift ’em high and drain ’em dry
To the guy who says, “My turn to buy.”

Slainte mhor agad

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee new Collectable

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Mo Mac loes Glen Scotia these days. So here is a wee collectable bottled exclusively for Royal Mile Whiskies!

Here is the whisky:

Glen Scotia

2007 Single Cask Royal Mile Whiskies

Details
Producer Loch Lomond Distillers
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 59.2%
Bottler Official
Region Campbeltown
Vintage 2007
Country Scotland

Description
The Campbeltown resurgence continues! We’ve managed to get our hands on this exclusive single cask of peated Glen Scotia and we couldn’t be happier with all 204 bottles of it. It’s smattered with pepper, fruit and, of course, a gentle smokiness, which all come together to form a delicious cask strength dram to be savoured. Act fast as we don’t think this one will be around for long!

Staff Tasting Notes Nose: A punchy nose, with great combination of iodine, smoke and swimming pools. Vanilla, but not over the top
Sweet baked goods and shortcrust pastry.
Palate: Short, powerful with a buttery pastry core overlain with oyster shells, swimming pools and iodine.
Overall: Caol Ila like at times, but a little grubbier and wilder.

Official Tasting Notes
Opens on a gentle smokiness, then some peppery notes, fresh cut barley, orange blossom, fresh natural vanilla alongside a delicious syrupy sweetness.

Glen Scotia is a tad peaty but not llke an Islay. Or a peated expression from other distilleries. I myself hae a 21 year old collectable. It is a guid dram..

Òlamaid deoch-slàinte!
(Let us drink a toast; literally, Let us drink [to] health)

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye’ll ivver see.
May the moose ne’er leave yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee.
May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye’r auld eneuch tae dee.
May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wish ye aye tae be.

In English
May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see.
May the mouse never leave your pantry wlth a teardrop in its eye
May you always stay whole and hearty until you are old enough to die..
May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be..¬¬¬

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee whisky fact

Halò Single Malt Mates.

Guessing what whisky is where is a favorite sport of aficionados.

Here is an example from Jason of RMW:

“If you are a whisky fan you have probably had a friend approach you in a pub with a mystery dram and say ‘What distillery is that? Eh? You’re supposed to be an expert!’ If you work in the whisky trade it has probably happened many times, and you have probably been hopelessly wrong on your distillery guess enough times to make you dread the next person doing it. We have a very specific case study that proves how difficult it is to guess a distillery’s identity, and that you should go easy on yourself for getting it wrong. That example is The Ileach Single Malt, bottled by The Highlands and Islandsands Malt Whisky Company. In character, anybody with a basic experience of whisky can tell you that it is a young, peaty single malt and it is one we greatly enjoy.”

What we know about the Ileach

It is a single malt whisky sourced from one Islay distillery, and the owners have never revealed which one it is from.
It is a different distillery to the Finlaggan, which is another Islay single malt from the same company (let’s keep it simple and try not to guess this one too!)
Contrary to rumour, the malts inside Finlaggan and Ileach have never changed.

Here is the new Illeach:
Ileach
Cask Strength 58% 70cl

Details
Producer Highlands and Islands Whisky Company
Age No Age Statement
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 58%
Bottler Official
Region Islay

Description
An Islay single malt of excellent quality. Our guys in the shops are big fans of this mystery malt and occasionally we argue which one it actually is. Contrary to rumour, it has always stayed the same malt.

There are no tasting notes but it is a peated expression.

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

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P. J. O’Rourke

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
Compton Mackenzie

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 gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master