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A wee Glenfiddich and food pairing

I am really getting into the Glenfiddich 15. Tis a better dram than the 12 in my humble opinion. Here is a pairing of Glenfiddich 15 and some very interesting food.

1. a complex dessert like a creme brulee or orange chocolate cake.

2. If you don’t have a sweet tooth (I feel very sorry for you!) you might prefer our 15 Year Old Distillery Edition, which I wrote about recently. It’s bottled at a higher ABV, giving it a spicy character that complements everything from a juicy steak to a hot, spicy Oriental Dish. If the higher ABV isn’t for you, our 14 Year Old Rich Oak is also an excellent choice.

I plan on checking out both with the Glenfiddich 15 Can’t wait to see what is the best pairing.

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

Slàinte mhath, a-h-uile latha, na chi ‘snach fhaic!
(Good health, every day, whether I see you or not!)

Your Scotch Spirit Master

Whiskey Alert

Glenrothes has come up with a 19 year old expression that is being sold for a wee bit of a guid price.

it is not a guaranteed age whisky but it was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014. Sounds like 19 years to me.

Glenrothes is a specialty distillery that usually come up with good expressions. Here is the blurb on this one.


Distillery: Glenrothes

A great mix of flavours thanks to a nice blend of 30% 1st fill American and Spanish Sherry oak and 70% refill casks to stop it being overpowering.

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ABV: 43 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Region: Speyside
£89.95  (Inc VAT)
£74.96  (Ex VAT)

Description     Details     Distillery: Glenrothes
Official Tasting Notes
Appearance: Medium golden, clear and bright.
Bouquet: Floral, citrus and butterscotch notes with a hint of spicy white pepper and cedar-wood syrup.
Palate: Rich, sweet, soft fruit flavour, leading to a rich spiciness.

I loes Sherried maturations from almost any distillery.

Finish: Sugared citrus peel soft fruits, medium dry with abundant spices.

I loes Sherried maturations from almost any distillery.

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 bit of whisky facts

BenRiach likes to mix it up in exotic maturations!
Here are some examples:

!2 year old Sherry, 15 year old Dark Rum, 15 year old Madeira,
15 year old Pedro Ximenez ( i owned this and it was great), 15 year old Sauterne, and 15 year old Tawny Port.Their newest expression is this:
Benriach 1997

16 Year Old Marsala

Finish Cask #4435

70cl / 56.1%

  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Benriach 1997 / 16 Year Old / Marsala Finish / Cask #4435

A 1997 vintage Benriach bottled as part of the distillery’s 11th batch of single cask releases. This was aged for 16 years, including a finishing period in a marsala cask before 412 bottles were yielded in July 2014.

This expression is so new tht there are not tasting notes. I like Marsalla but on chicken or veal. I am not sure how a Marsala matured expression will taste.

This is definitely a rare item. Let me know if you feel like buying this whisky and try it.

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’.

Slainte Mhath
Your Scotch Spirit Master

Whisky Alert

Nowadays distilleries are throwing away guaranteed age expressions in favor of expressions with sexy sounding names, like Sienna or cu bocan etc. that are not guaranteed age.
Your humble Scotch Spirit Master disapproves of this as it enables them to put any whisky they want into their expressions. And they are doing it as we speak.
I have stumbled onto a distillery that is not going this way( as much) and I want to promote them.
Here is the new expression:
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Distillery: Craigellachie
There’ a lot of talk about whiskies without age-statements, nowadays, but Craigellachie have jumped right in with a whisky matured for 23 years. It still packs a punch though.
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ABV: 46 %
Volume: 0.7 Litre
Region: Speyside
Age: 23 Years Old
$437.17 (Inc VAT)
$364.31 (Ex VAT)

Description Details Distillery: Craigellachie
Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: Citric fruit pours through with the sweet smell of baking pastry. Cigar ash & a light botanic edge give the whisky a healthy weight. It, of course, includes the sweet apples and meaty feel that we’ve come to love in this new range.
Palate: All the citrus fruit! Orange, lime, lemon & grapefruit all tied together with spice & bee’s wax.
Finish: Long & certain. You know that you’ve had a hefty whisky for while after this.
Official Tasting Notes
A malty tang. Oil grit and grist. Summons the mill house of old. Then cinnamon and a menthol dunt. Pig-headed, big flavoured. Sweet and sulphur with each mouthful. A muckle meaty dram
A muckle is a little bit in Scots.
If you are like me, you don’t have 400 simoleons to spread around on a guid whisky. But I just thought it would a whisky that it is nice to know about.
To the rapturous, wild, and ineffable pleasure
Of drinking at somebody else’s expense.
—Henry Sambrooke Leigh
A h-uile la sona dhuibh‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
May all your days be happy ones!
Your Scotch Spirit Master