Monthly Archives: January 2018

A wee Ben Nevis

Halò Single Malt Mates,

When we were in Alba last we went to the Ben Nevis distillery. It was on the way to Glasgow from Elgin near the river Spey. We went through the Highlands and stopped there..

It was a great tour of the distillery and we had a great trip.

Here is the whisky:

Ben Nevis
1996 Old Malt Cask 50% 70cl

In stock

$115.65
(Inc. VAT

Details
Producer Hunter Laing
Age 21 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 50%
Bottler Independent
Region Highland
Vintage 1996
Country Scotland

Description
A very limited single cask from the Highland Ben Nevis distillery. Only 318 bottles have been garnered from a single refill hogshead and they are full of rich toffee character dosed with herbs and honey. A great value for money 21 year old whisky.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Toffee, green herbs and honey.
Palate: Tea, caramel, vanilla and coffee.
Finish: Medium length, with a gentle sweetness.

I had a great time there I actually own a Ben Nevis 23. It is a great dram..

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.

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

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Ardmore 20 year old

Halò Single Malt Mates,

This is a twenty year old Ardmore. It is a guid price for a guid whisky!

Ardmore

1996 20 Year Old 49.3% 70cl

$96.36

Details
Producer Beam Suntory
Age 20 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 49.3%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Vintage 1996
Country Scotland

Description
The price of whisky has become quite the talking point in the past few years, but we’ve been blown away by the value for money from this new Ardmore. Aged for 20 years, initially in 1st fill bourbon casks and then in Islay casks to create a deep, full and zesty character.

Official Tasting Notes Nose: Butterscotch, toasted nutmeg and fig jam. With the addition of water, vanilla sweetness, stewed apples, subtle peat smoke and orange zest.
Palate: Lingering vanilla sweetness, crisp, dry smoky notes.

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

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

I am gratified to learn that you enjoy learning about Scotch Whisky.

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

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee new Arran

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Mo Mac Matt loes Arran whiskies.

Here is a new cask strength Arran. They only produced 12,000 bottles so this will be a collectors item

Arran
James MacTaggart 10th Anniversary 54.2% 70cl

Details
Producer Isle of Arran Distillers
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 54.2%
Bottler Official
Region Island
Vintage 2007
Country Scotland

Description
A fresh, fruity and spicy limited edition from Arran’s distillery at Lochranza. Isle of Arran distillers have seen great success in the past decade and this bottling pays tribute to one of the men who made it possible; Master Distiller James MacTaggart. James has overseen the production of Arran’s whiskies since 2007 and this bottling is made up from some of the earliest casks produced under his watch.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Freshly made cider, coconut water/fresh shavings, lemon oil and a hint of sea brine.
Palate: The warmth of white pepper is immediate and then softens as boiled sweets start to show. Apple pastries, barley sugar and a complex winey note are in the mid-palate.
Finish: the finish is long and has all the freshness of a well-made whisky-sour cocktail which sweetens to candy floss as it fades slowly. A delightful expression of Arran where the true character and complexity shines through beautifully.

Arran or the Isle of Arran (/ˈærən/; Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Arainn pronounced [elan ˈarɪɲ]), at 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi), is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and the seventh largest Scottish island. Historically part of Buteshire, it is in the unitary council area of North Ayrshire!

I think you will like this one.

“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 whisky for Robert Burns Night

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Rabbie Burns Night is tonite. Here is a whisky that can be used to celebrate the evening!

Robert Burns
Single Malt 43% 70cl

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

Description
The Official Robert Burns Malt, made by those fine folks at Arran Distillery. Made with 70% Ex Bourbon Casks and 30% Ex Sherry Casks, it is a light and fruity single malt whisky.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Honey notes, toffee glazed pecans, fresh fruits and a sweet creamy note.
Palate: Rich malty notes, lush vanilla notes and a refreshing fruitiness. The finish begins with a light spicy note, followed by hazelnuts and milk chocolate.

ROBERT Burns is widely regarded as Scotland’s national poet, so revered for his way with words that a day of celebration is held in his honour every year in January.

In the Bard’s own words a quote:

‘Inspiring bold John Barleycorn [whisky]!
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’ tippeny [tuppenny ale], we fear nae evil;
Wi’ usquabae [whisky], we’ll face the devil!’

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Halò Single Malt Mates,

My malt mate Jason of Royal Mile Whiskies turned me on to a single cask sherry monster,O’Joy!
It is from Glen Keith distillery and bottled by my mates at Gordon and MacPhail.

Glen Keith is one of the younger distilleries in Scotland, having only been founded in 1957 by the Chivas Brothers. It is located in the beautiful Speyside town of Keith, within eyeshot of Strathisla, the oldest distillery in Scotland. 2000 the distillery was closed in 2013 and reopened.

Strathisla is one of the main ingredients of Chivas Regal a blended grain whisky. When I was a younger lad, Chivas and J&B were the best Scotch whisky available. Single malts were not available in the States then..

Here is the whisky:

Glen Keith

1997 Connoisseurs Choice 46% 70cl

Details
Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Independent
Region Speyside
Vintage 1997
Country Scotland

Description
Glen Keith distillery is situated on the banks of the River Isla directly behind the picturesque Strathisla distillery. This release has been bottled by Gordon and MacPhail after maturing in first fill sherry hogsheads, which has imparted flavours of stewed apples, toasted oak and lime. A delicious Speyside treat.

I just loe sherry monsters!

“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 Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

An interesting Speyburn

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I have found an interesting expression that my Vendors staff like.

It is a Speyburn 15.

In 1897 John Hopkins discovered a unique spot in the heart of Speyside, ideal for making exceptionally smooth whisky. Building a distillery in the steep, wooded glen by the Granty Burn was challenging. However, with abundant pure water and the rich natural elements of this lush region of Scotland, it was worth the effort.

Here is the whisky.
Speyburn
15 Year Old 46% 70cl

Details
Producer AA4533
Age 15 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside
Country Scotland

Description
The whisky used in this release from Speyburn has been matured for 15 years in both American oak and Spanish oak, before being brought together to make this fruity and full bodied dram. A whisky fitting for one of Scotland’s most scenic distilleries.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Hints of rich dark chocolate with spicy notes of raisins, zesty citrus fruits and vanilla.
Palate: On the palate there are notes of oranges, toffee, vanilla and leather, all wrapped together with a gentle spice. The long lasting finish has a warming spice which is sweet and creamy.

I loes fruity whisky! This one might fit my bill.

“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

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 Highland gin

Halò Single Malt Mates,

But Scotch Spirit Master I thought this site was only aboot Scotch Whisky?

Aye Laddies and Lassies it is. But it is also aboot things Scottish. And what is more Scottish than Highland gin? Other than whisky o’ course.

Here is the Highland gin:

Thompson Brothers

Organic Highland Gin 45.7% 50cl

Details
Producer Dornoch Distillery Co.
Bottle Size 50cl
Alc. Volume 45.7%
Country Scotland

Description
If you’re a fan of knowing the provenance of your drinks then the Thompson Brother’s Organic Highland Gin is your new drink of choice. Made from 100% organic malt and grain distillates, both made right on site at the distillery, this London dry style gin is crisp and balanced and looks amazing too!

Since gin is gin, it depends on what additives they put in it to make the spirit like the English do.

“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.”

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 BenRomach collectable

Halò Single Malt Mates,

BenRomach has put out a collectable of 247 bottles from a single cask. Gordon and MacPhail bless thier hearts bought the cask as is their wont, and here is the collectable..

Benromach
2003 Cask #28 RMW Exclusive 58.6% 70cl

Details
Producer Gordon and MacPhail
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 58.6%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside
Vintage 2003
Country Scotland

Description
Is it fair to say that Benromach is a tad overlooked as a distillery? We’re massive fans of this small Speyside wonder and we’re delighted to have another exclusive single cask available. This one is limited to a spare 227 bottles and is full of all the fruit, smoke and a dry wood influence you could expect from a first fill bourbon barrel.

Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: A beautifully breathy and warm wood tinged start followed by sugared almonds, egg-custard tarts, cigarette ash and chocolate shavings. Gentle floral perfume with a deep menthol nature comes through as well. With time it develops with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream. With water there are more dry stone and earthy aromas combined with a rich and rough apple and lemon.
Palate: Strong without water but still manageable. Vanilla, toasted wood and bonfire notes coming through a bit of strawberry chew sweetie at the end and the gentle smoke continues to come through. Water doesn’t seem to soften this whisky at all; it stays punchy and woody.

Mo Clann and I went to BenRomach which is in Elgin Scotland. We had a great tour. Nothing like touring distilleries. We even went to the Walker shortbread factory. Love their shortbread .

“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.

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 real collectable from Dailuaine

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Gordon and MacPhail has done it again. They specialize in collectables.

I have a Dailuaine 16 and it is hard to find. They have an 18 which was bottled in 1963. Fancy that.

Dailuaine 1963
18 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice
70cl / 40%

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & MacPhail

Dailuaine 1963 / 18 Year Old / Connoisseurs Choice

£399 £332.50 ex VAT (£570 per litre)

Details
Facts

A 1963 bottling of Dailuaine by Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range, released at 18 years of age. The distillery’s claim to fame is that it was home to Scotland’s first pagoda roof, a useful way for distilleries to improve the flow of smoke out of the building from the peat fires in the maltings.

Dailuaine 1963
18 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice
70cl / 40%

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Series
Connoisseurs Choice
Age
18 Year Old
Vintage
1963
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside

Here are the tasting notes for a similar expression 16 years old.

Big, rich, sweet and smoky, with a very smooth mouthfeel and plenty of fruits and spices.

I have the sixteen and it is a guid dram You should try it You will like It.

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.

Slainte Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Whisky Alert

Halò Single Malt Mates,

A new distillery just opened up in the northernmost section of Mainland Scotland.
It is called Wolfburn Distillery.

History

Wolfburn distillery was founded just to the west of the town of Thurso, Caithness,[1] in 1821[2] by William Smith.[3] The distillery was of considerable size for its day and ran as a successful commercial enterprise for several decades, being handed down through several generations of the Smith family.[4] It is thought to have ceased production during the 1850s, although the exact date is a matter of debate. The distillery appears on the first Ordnance Survey map of the area, dated 1872, marked as a ruin. The reasons for its demise are unclear – very little remains of the original distillery and there are no known photographs. However, records of its annual production volumes of whisky can be found in tax returns, which show it producing 28,056 “Total Gallons of Proof Spirit” during 1826[5] (roughly 125,000 litres) – making it the biggest distillery in Caithness at the time.
Revival

In 2012 a private consortium gained approval from the Caithness planning authorities to build a new Wolfburn distillery in Henderson Park, Thurso.[6][7][8] The new distillery is situated approximately 350 m from the site of the old one and draws its water from the Wolf Burn (stream), whence it gets its name. The reinvented Wolfburn site consists of four buildings: the distillery itself and three warehouses for the laying down of casks. Local fabricators Forsyths were contracted to install the distillery plant and equipment. Wolfburn is the most northerly whisky distillery on the Scottish mainland and produces single malt Scotch whisky. Production commenced in early 2013.[9]

In February 2016 the new Wolfburn distillery commenced bottling operations, in a purpose-built on-site bottling facility. The inaugural whisky was launched globally in March 2016 and has gone on to win three gold medal awards in consecutive international competitions. [1

Here is the expression

Wolfburn Northland Single Malt

Wolfburn Northland Single Malt (70cl, 46%)
(23 Reviews)

$57.13

Wolfburn Northland Bottling Note

Becoming Scotland’s northernmost mainland whisky producing distillery when it released its first single malt in March 2016, Wolfburn is built just 350m away from the ruins of the 19th century distillery from which it takes its name. With long fermentation, slow manual distillation and maturation taking place at least partly in quarter casks that previously held peated whisky from Islay, this is a release we’ve eagerly anticipated!
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Orchard fruits, apple pie, a fresh maltiness, almonds, magnolia and a suggestion of smoke

Palate: Honey Nut Clusters breakfast cereal, sweet spices, chocolate croissant, more honey towards the end, and a subtle earthy peatiness.

Finish: Long and fresh, with even more rich honey notes

Overall: A deliciously complex single malt from one of Scotland’s newer distilleries – they are hitting it out of the park!

This looks interesting perhaps, if you like, you can get one..

” I like my Whisky Straight, my coffee black, my chocolate dark, and my men wild.” Brooke Hampton

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