Monthly Archives: June 2018

Och The Balvenie

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I have owned many Balvenie expressions. I am showcasing the 12, as it is available almost everywhere. The Balvenie has port exressions and sherried expressions as well as a peated one.

Here is the expression:
Balvenie
12 Year Old Double Wood 40% 70cl

Details
Producer William Grant and Sons
Age 12 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 40%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside

Description
One of the few distilleries in Scotland that goes from barley to cask on site, with much of the barley being grown on site, malted on site, distilled and filled in casks that are coopered on site. The Doublewood is a lovely, easy drinking single malt that has been aged in ex Bourbon casks, before being finished in ex Sherry casks.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Fruity notes, followed by oloroso sherry notes, mixed with honey and vanilla.
Palate: Nutty notes, cinnamon spicy notes, sherry notes and a warming finish.

This expression is available at BEVMO, Total Wine and other liquor wholesalers.

It is a guid dram and relatively cheap.

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

Here’s to swearing, lying, stealing and drinking.
When you swear, swear by your country;
When you lie, lie for a friend;
When you steal, steal away from bad company;
And when you drink, drink with me.

Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi ‘s nach fhaic
(Great health to you every day I see you
and every day I don’t)

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Kilchoman sherried single cask

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Kilchoman is an Islay distillery that sounds Japanese to me but isn’t. It is Islayese.

Here is the expression.
Kilchoman
2011 Single Sherry Cask Royal Mile Whiskies Exclusive 57.2% 70cl

Details
Producer Kilchoman
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 57.2%
Bottler Official
Region Islay
Vintage 2011
Country Scotland

Description
Delight! That’s a great word to express how we feel about this exclusive single cask of Kilchoman. It has been matured in a sole sherry butt before being bottled at natural cask strength. A rich, full and surprisingly fruity dram. A rare whisky that will delight fans of peat and sherry influence.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Rich spices, cinnamon with peat smoke, cooked fruits and citrus.
Palate: Peat smoke, sweet toffee, pears, dried fruits and dark chocolate.
Finish: The finish is long and clean with layers of sherry sweetness and rich smoke.

This is a cask strength single cask Islay. I believe that this will be liked by most even if you don’t like peat.

I have found that if you don’t like a whisky at first, try something you do like and then go back to 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!

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 BenRiach collectable!

Halo Single Malt Mates,

When in Alba last, we visited BenRiach. A guid visit. I hae mony expressions from them. Very guid drams…

So here is a collectable from the distillery:

Benriach 2007
Oloroso #3071 58.3% 70cl

Details
Producer Benriach Distillery Co.
Age 10 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 58.3%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside
Vintage 2007
Country Scotland

Description
Oloroso sherry cask number 3071 was filled with peaty Benriach spirit on 21st February 2007. Now, ten years later, 628 bottles have been filled with a glorious looking liquid

Official Tasting Notes Nose: Smoky bacon rind and apple in chestnut stuffing with black peppercorn and traces of butterscotch.
Taste: Baked apple and sourdough cake progress into peppered butterscotch lingering into the savoury finish.

“There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others.” William Faulkner

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

― Mark Twain

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 Glenallachie

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Glenallachie is a Speyside Distillery near Abelour in Banffshire Scotland..It was founded in 1967 and has released some really incredible expressions in 2018.

Here is one of them:

Glenallachie
12 Year Old 46% 70cl

Details
Producer Glenallachie Distillers Company Ltd.
Age 12 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
Bottler Official
Region Speyside
Country Scotland

Description
The flagship release at the revitalized Glenallachie distillery. This 12 year old release has been matured in quite the combination of casks. It has spent time in ex- Pedro Ximenez, ex-Oloroso and Virgin Oak casks to create a warm depth of character and flavour.

Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: Caramel and chocolate initially but more prominently apples, peaches after a while. Some buttery notes.
Palate: Woody, butterscotch and pepper at first with some citrus. An oily texture with dried fruits emerging after some time.
Finish: Long, smooth and lots of creamy notes. Vanilla ice cream and wafers.

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Butterscotch and honey playing the lead with raisins and mocha in the background.
Taste: Honey, marzipan and bananas, with lashings of butterscotch, raisins and a delicate hint of mocha.

I loes maturations in Sherry PX and Oloroso. Virgin Oak is a different maturation altogether. I don’t believe it is charred which gives a different chemical infusion into the whisky. Some argue that it bourbonizes scotch maturation. But I disagree.

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

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

Slainte gu Soirriadh

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee AnCnoc collectable

Halò Single Malt Mates,

I loes AnCnoc. I hae a 22 that is to die for. This is a collectable as it is a single cask expression with only 222 bottles in existence.

Here tis:

AnCnoc
2005 Royal Mile Whiskies Exclusive Single Cask 58.1% 70cl .

£99.95

Details
Producer International Beverages
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 58.1%
Bottler Official
Region Highland
Vintage 2005
Country Scotland

Description
The first ever UK exclusive single cask of AnCnoc! It has been matured in a sole 1st-fill bourbon barrel at the wonderful Knockdhu distillery, before being bottled just for us. This lightly peated, yet fresh spirit is limited to only 222 bottles and has been bottled at its natural cask strength

Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Aromatic herbal smoke, with heathery lemon balm notes overlaying, a rich toffee apple character.
Palate: Lots of herbal earthy smoke, with vanilla fudge, berries, lime marmalade and spice.

If you are looking at a collectable this is a 13 year old expression. I highly recommend it.

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

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 Laddie

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Bruichladdich is a verry popular Islay. They usually produce a really peaty expression.

This one is a rare sherried ‘laddie’.

Bruichladdich
1986/30 The Magnificent Seven 44.6% 70cl

Bruichladdich

1986/30 The Magnificent Seven 44.6% 70cl

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

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.

All I can say is like wow. This is a collectors item for sure. I’d buy it if I had the quid.

‘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!’

Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi ‘s nach fhaic
(Great health to you every day I see you
and every day I don’t)

Your Scotch Spirit Master

A wee Like Wow!

Halò Single Malt Mates,

Distilleries are moving into more exotic maturation territory..Auchentoshan is the next in the our line of exploration of guid malts.

Now some distilleries use different wine barrels and whisky barrels for maturations all in the same expression.

Here is a wee new expression that was cobbled together by twelve bartenders and Auchentoshan.

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.

This is juist what the doctor ordered tae me. Looking forward to seeing if the local stores will carry this..

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

May the best ye’ve ever seen
Be the warst ye’ll ever see
May a moose ne’er leave yer girnal
Wi’ a tear drap in his e’e
May ye aye keep hale an’ he’rty
Till ye’re auld eneuch tae dee
May ye aye be jist as happy
As we wish ye aye tae be

Free translation

May the best you have ever seen
Be the worst you will ever see
May a mouse never leave your girnal
With a tear drop in his eye
May you always keep hale and hearty
Till you are old enough to die
May you always be just as happy
As we wish you always to be

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