Monthly Archives: February 2018

Whisky Alert

Halò Single Malt Mates,

IN my humble opinion, the best blended grain whisky made in Scotland is the Famous Grouse.

From the Grouse itself:
“Blending premium whisky isn’t just something we do, it has been the foundation of our craft since 1800. We bring together the finest ingredients to create a natural spirit before the passing of time imparts the wonderful flavour from our handcrafted casks. Add to this the fusion of skilled craftsmen and a tenacious obsession with quality and you arrive at our Famous, rich, sweet, well-rounded whisky”

You can get Famous Grouse for a wee bit of a guid price.. Like 23 dollars plus tax. Here in the States…

So why the Alert?

Well, the Grouse has just issued a blended malt whisky that is very Special
Here tis:

Naked Grouse Blended Malt
70cl / 40%

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Web Exclusive Price £27.95 £23.29 ex VAT (£39.93 per litre)

Naked Grouse has been relaunched as a blended malt. Based around sherry-matured whiskies from Macallan and Highland Park, this is rich and enticing.

I loes the Macallan and I loes Highland Park. I loes Glenturet as well where the Grouse is distilled,

This sounds like a wee bit of braw blended malt. No doubt.

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.

Slainte Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Organic blended Malt for you whisky purists…

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Per the 2007 Scotch Whisky regulations a blended malt Scotch Whisky is a mixture of whisky distilled in two or more distilleries.

Here is a blended malt made of seven organic whiskies!

Highland Harvest Organic Blended Malt
7 Casks Half Bottle
35cl / 40%

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Harvest Organic Blended Malt / 7 Casks /Half Bottle
Web Exclusive Price £16.45 £13.71 ex VAT (£47 per litre)

Facts

A half bottle of the blended malt offering from Highland Harvest. Each batch is a blend of seven casks of Scotch Single Malt and as with the rest of their range, this is certified organic.

This is guid news I loes things organic

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

Balblair is putting out very guid and relatively inexpensive expressions

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I have received a 1990 Balblair that was aged 23 years in Bourbon and Sherry casks. It will be a hit for my family tasting…

Then I discover that Balblair has come out with a vintage 1991 27 year auld expression. O’ Boy!

Here tis the 91 expression:
Balblair
1991 46% 70cl

Details
Producer International Beverage Ltd
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Vintage 1991
Country Scotland

Description
The natural colour of this tasty dram from Balbalir has been heavily influenced by the ex-sherry casks used in maturation. To bring a lovely balance to the character ex-bourbon barrels have also been used, which has added an undercurrent of light vanilla to the big spicy fruit character.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: The nose is expansive and complex with rich citrus fruits and vanilla notes, toffee and chocolate. The American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish oak butts used in the maturation impart notes of honey, winter spices and apricot with just a hint of liquorice in the background.
Palate: On the palate Balblair’s signature style of citrus orchard is followed with rich creamy chocolate and layers of stewed apples and pears, Christmas pudding and hot vanilla sauce.
Finish: The finish descends slowly into brighter tonality, sparkling orange and toasted coconut overtones, accentuating full-bodied sweetness of vanilla and caramel. A rich and celebratory dram.

This whisky was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2018. A 27 year old expression…Relatively inexpensive for a distillery matured and bottled 27 year old whisky

“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 Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Distilleries are getting a wee bit creative.

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Distilleries are getting creative even more than usual when making new expressions. They are now mixing malts from many different casks with different kinds of wines that have been matured in them. They are consulting with bar tenders world wide to choose their final blend…

This one is a blend of casks from the Auchentoshan distillery.

Here tis:
Auchentoshan
The Bartenders Malt 47% 70cl

Details
Alc. Volume 47%
Bottler Official
Region Lowland
Country Scotland

Description
The Bartender’s Malt is a collaborative effort between Auchentoshan and a dozen renowned, innovative bartenders from across the globe. These 12, together selected a range of casks from Auchentoshan’s warehouses, varying between American oak, European oak, Sherry casks, Red Wine barriques, and spanning maturation ages across five decades. The result is a deep and complex malt, combining mixed fruits, chocolate, tobacco and spices. This is the first of what will be an annual release of unique bottlings.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Dried apricots, milk chocolate, honey, and green tobacco leaf.
Palate: Zest, cherry blossom, brioche and ginger.
Finish: Edgy and expanding with a long lasting warmth.

I hae an Auchentoshan Triple Wood. A great dram indeed. I would like to try this one…

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

Lang may yer lum reek wit’ ither peoples coal!

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

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee peat monster

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Some expressions that are matured in sherry barrels only are called Sherry monsters. Like my fave, the GlenDronach Allardyce. Or Macallans aged in sherry. I loes them.

Compass Box, a new indie bottler, has done the same for peat lovers. This one is a blended malt whisky that is really peaty…

‘ere tis’

Peat Monster

by Compass Box

Details
Producer Compass Box
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official

Description
Artisan Blenders, Compass Box have a refreshing attitude to Scotch Whisky, with the quality of the casks they choose being obvious when you taste their fantastic creations. Peat Monster is a mixture of heavily peated single malts from South Islay, Mull and Speyside. Once they are mixed, they are married in cask for up to 24 months before bottling. The aim when creating this whisky, was to make something with a richness, sweetness and drinkability to balance the smoke.

Official Tasting Notes
A peaty, bonfire on the beach nose. The palate has rich, earthy, dark chocolate notes, with a malty note and a strong smoke all the way through this 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.
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Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee collectable from a new Edinburgh distillery

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Unbeknownst to me there is a new distillery in Edinburgh. A lowland distillery. Somehow they have released a Speyside whisky. This whisky is a Speyside pure whisky!

It is called Crabbie,

Here is the whisky:
Crabbie
30 Year Old Speyside Single Cask 48.6% 70cl

Details
Producer Halewood International
Age 30 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 48.6%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside
Country Scotland

Description
With their brand new Edinburgh distillery almost ready to launch Crabbie have released this treasure of a whisky onto the market. Matured in a sherry butt for 30 years, we’re in the dark about where it was made but we were amazingly impressed by the quality of the whisky itself.

Official Tasting Notes
Beautifully balanced with sweet notes of spice, light smoke and dark chocolate. Velvety on the palate, with a long honey finish.

If I had the quid I would get two. Sadly I don’t.

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

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 Mhath

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee BenRomach collectable

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Mo Clann and I visited the BenRomach Distillery. It is near Elgin and since we were on the wrong side of the highway we had to walk across to get there. True Story.

My favorite vendor Royal Mile Whiskies has a collectable BenRomach for sale. We loes our BenRomach!

Here is the whisky:

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.

The finish of a BenRomach is very guid…

I think you would like this whisky if it is still available that is.

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

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee collectable ‘Laddie’

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Bruichladdich Distillery is known in the trade as the ‘Laddie.’ This one according to the tasting notes is not very peaty as most Islays are.

Here is a collectable Laddie that was matured in sherry only. How delightful!

Bruichladdich

1986/30 The Magnificent Seven 44.6% 70cl.

Limited Availability
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Details
Producer Rmey Cointreau
Age 30 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 44.6%
Bottler Official
Region Islay
Vintage 1986
Country Scotland

Description
An ultra-rare release from the warehouses from Bruichladdich. It has been fully matured in sherry casks, spending 26 years in ex-Oloroso butts before being ‘super-chraged’ in ex-Pedro Ximenez for four further years. These are the last seven casks of Bruichladdich that were distilled in 1986.
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Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Dried fruit – raisins, fig syrup, prunes and Christmas cake. Muscovado sugar, a hint of hot sand and candied peel, dried tea leaves, pipe tobacco and leather rolled in PX.
Palate: The aroma is truly astounding. On the palate the experience raises the bar still further with sweet PX notes, raisins, dried figs, dates, grape sugar. Leather, cigar boxes and Christmas cake. Everything a Sherry matured whisky should be and more. The complexity and balance is retained as the marine freshness and fruity notes of apricot and apple come through from the Bruichladdich DNA.
Finish: Never-ending. Sweet fruit, PX, salted caramel, cinder toffee and a hint of smoke.

Like Wow. This should truly be a great buy..

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 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

WHISKY ALERT

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Time was Distilleries matured whisky in bourbon or sherry casks only. Nowadays they are experimenting with exotic wine casks like Calvados or champagne casks.

In accordance with the times, Glenmorangie has come up with a new exotic expression called Spios matured in Rye whiskey barrels.

American rye whiskey

In the United States, “rye whiskey” is, by law, made from a mash of at least 51 percent rye. (The other ingredients of the mash are usually corn and malted barley.) It is distilled to no more than 160 U.S. proof (80% abv), and aged in charred, new oak barrels. The whiskey must be put into such barrels at not more than 125 proof (62.5% abv). Rye whiskey that has been so aged for at least two years and has not been blended with other spirits may be further designated as “straight”, as in “straight rye whiskey”.[1]
History

Rye whiskey was historically the prevalent whiskey of the northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania and Maryland. Pittsburgh was the center of rye whiskey production in the late 1700s and early 1800s.[2] By 1808, Allegheny County farmers were selling one half barrel for each man, woman and child in the country.[3] Rye whiskey largely disappeared after Prohibition. A few brands, such as Old Overholt, survived it, although by the late 1960s even Pennsylvania names such as Old Overholt were being distilled mostly in Kentucky.[4] Today, an expanding number of brands are produced by Campari Group (Wild Turkey Rye), Diageo (George Dickel Rye and Bulleit Rye), Heaven Hill (Pikesville Rye and Rittenhouse Rye), Beam Suntory (Old Overholt and Jim Beam Rye), The Sazerac Company (Col. E. H. Taylor, Sazerac Rye, and Thomas H. Handy), and various smaller companies. One notable producer is MGP of Indiana, which is a distiller for many brands marketed by others (including some of the large companies previously listed).

Rye has been currently undergoing a small but growing revival in the United States.[5] Since the beginning of the 21st century, many more producers have been experimenting with rye whiskey, and several now market aged rye whiskey. For example, Brown-Forman has also begun production of a Jack Daniel’s rye whiskey, releasing unaged and lightly aged as limited editions. A distillery at Mount Vernon, the homestead of George Washington, sells a rye that is said to be like what Washington made

Here tis the new Scotch;

Glenmorangie

Private Edition 9 Spios 46% 70cl

Details
Producer LVMH
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Country Scotland

Description
Glenmorangie’s Private Edition range has produced some amazing whiskies in the past few years. For the 9th edition master distiller Bill Lumsden has looked across the Atlantic to the USA and hand picked a selection of first-fill rye whiskey casks to mature his soft, Glenmoangie new spirit in. The result is their first whisky (and possibly the first Scotch whisky ever) to be fully matured in rye whisky casks. Another very interesting release from the Tain distillery.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Glenmorangie Spìos first entices with its fresh and herbal nose, hinting at cherry, clove and mint toffee, followed by scents of green grass. A splash of water releases more perfumed notes, both crisp and clean – and an inviting complexity of herbal tones.
Palate: Then, rye’s characteristic spice bursts forth, as tastes of toffee, clove and cinnamon mingle with nutmeg and sweet, buttery vanilla.
Finish: The finish is rich, sweet and lingering, with toffee and Brazil nut emerging alongside a citrus tang.

Lord keep our pots distilling weel
Lord send the excise man to the de’il
Lord bless our couthy meal
Amen

Free translation
Lord keep our pot stills distilling well,
Lord send the revenuer to the devil
Lord Bless our agreeable meal
Amen

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

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Bladnoch

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I have been introduced to Bladnoch 15. At a whisky bar no less. It is unavailable in the States to my knowledge except in a bar or two.

Bladnoch Distillery is a Single malt Scotch whisky distillery in south west Scotland. It is one of six remaining Lowland distilleries, located at Bladnoch, near Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway. The distillery is situated on the banks of the River Bladnoch, and is the most southerly whisky distillery in Scotland.

Here is the Bladnoch 15:

Bladnoch Adela 15 Year Old (70cl, 46.7%)

$105.75

Bladnoch Adela 15yo Details

Country Scotch Whisky
Region Lowland Whisky
Distillery / Brand Bladnoch
Bottler Bladnoch
Age 15 year old Whisky
Style Single Malt Whisky
Alcohol 46.7%
Volume 70cl

Bottling Note

One of a trio of 2017 releases from Bladnoch celebrating the reopening of the distillery in the Lowland region. The Adela 15 Year Old expression is crafted using whiskies matured in both American and Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry butts.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Walnut and coffee cake, juicy cherries and a hint of lemongrass.

Palate: Chocolatey and rich, with notes of strawberry, liquoirce and clove in tow.

Finish: Quite long and packed with Oloroso sweetness.

The tasting notes are accurate, Mo mac and I were impressed by this dram.

“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

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

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master