Local whisky brands Royal Barrel, Glenmon and F&G were being passed off as Scotch whisky on their labels and packaging.
Glen Grant 21 yo (40%, Gordon & MacPhail, licensed bottling, +/-2010)
Glen Grant 36 yo 1975/2012 (46.6%, Archives, hogshead, cask #5476, 81 bottles)
Glen Grant 39 yo 1972/2011 (48%, Whisky-Doris, sherry hogshead, cask #11395, 163 bottles)
Villa Konthor is the well-known whisky bar in Limburg, Germany. They have a proprietary label for bottlings that are usually similar to the Whisky Agency releases. Be sure to visit them if you’re heading for the Whisky Fair festival in April.
Nearly two years ago, when Joshua Hatton, Jason Johnstone-Yellin and Seth Klaskin set out to launch the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society as a US-based independent bottling company, they envisioned that their society would embody an “open arms” approach.
Nose: Tempura batter, teak, leather, toffee, potato skins, fresh baked biscuits, banana. Classy.
Palate: Honey over baked oats, creme brulee, silky oak, leather,banana, cola, tobacco leaf, nutmeg, nouget. Very smooth.
Another month and another exciting release of single cask, cask strength Scotch whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada. You’ll note I didn’t say Single Malt, because one of our whiskies this month was a grain whisky; incidentally, one of the most popular at the First Friday tasting.
Colour: gold. Nose: yahoo! (no edvertising!) Wonderful earthy and fruity profile, incredibly fresh, with something that reminds me of the best ryes.
Bowmore Legend is a no-age statement fairly cheap Islay malt. I've heard it suggested it's around 7 years old and that doesn't seem to be far off the mark.
Jameson fans from around the world are being encouraged to party with the Irish this St Patrick’s Day (17th. March), as the world’s No. 1 Irish whiskey unveils an exciting line-up of activities to support its markets and allow consumers around the world to ‘embrace their Irish spirit’.
Nose: A hot start which develops in to Custard Cream biscuits followed by green grass, milk chocolate and toffee. The classic Springbank foundations of light brine, salt and some smoke are there.
The Second of Bunnahabhains Feis Ile offerings , this one was distilled on the 16th May 1966 , matured in sherry butt no.4379 for 35 years and then bottled on the 19th March 2002 producing an outturn of 401 bottles .
The world’s best non-Scotch whiskies are set to be given a new platform with the launch of a genuinely new, exciting tasting event. The Wizards of Whisky (The WOWs) will showcase whiskies from around the world with a unique three-pronged promotional approach.
During the 8 weeks, you will taste in excess of 30 different whiskies. In previous courses, students have tasted whiskies such as: Macallan 25 y.o., Deanston 17, Glenfiddich Havana Reserve, Baillie Nicol Jarvie, Dewar’s 12 y.o., Dalmore Cigar Malt, Glenfarclas 15 y.o., Highland Park 18 y.o., Old Pulteney 21 y.o., Lagavulin 1979 & Ardbeg 17 y.o.
Nose: Almost nothing first, then a mix of vanilla, fruit and some pepper emerges.
Palate: Vanilla, lemon zest, mixed fruit, pepper, hints of chili.
Our single malt has come of age and to celebrate we have released only 2011 bottles, this is the very first single malt release from Abhainn Dearg Distillery and the first ever from the Outer Hebrides, that’s legal! There won’t be another opportunity to get this historic Special Three Year Old from Abhainn Dearg as we hold back our stock to reach five years.
In 2010, we were introduced to a unique product that hit the Manitoba market called White Owl Whisky. It raised eyebrows among Canadian rye drinkers. Many people were sceptical about how a clear whisky would taste and stand up to other whiskys.
Drinkable of course, but not the high quality we found in the rest of the tasting line-up. The porridgy nose kept bothering me. Maybe other batches are more convincing.
Highland Park single malt whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, is increasing investment by 75% into brand activation around a new platform of food and gastronomy.
This was the 12th whisky tasted in my journey, and was my May 2011 bottle. I've just finished it and was really trying to find something in the last few drams in order to write something meaningful here.
First launched in the summer of 2010, this release from Speyside's GlenDronach distillery (owned by The BenRiach Distillery Company since 2008) was matured in re-charred European oak puncheons before being finished in a very small batch of virgin oak.
English Whisky Jubilee Decanter Today, the Queen will begin a tour of the UK as part of celebrations to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The English Whisky Company have launched a collectable, yet affordable expression celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years as our Monarch.
Galloway airline pilot Stewart Gibson took part in the ‘World’s Highest Whisky Tasting’ last week as part of the Walking With the Wounded expedition to Everest.
Palate: Light but oh-so-tasty. Nice sherry flavor that's not overwhelming. Also fruity, although I could not pinpoint a specific fruit.
Colour: Medium amber
Nose: A typical grappa nose, but stronger than normal, the frutiness reminds more of sherry than of port.
The Springbank CV (and CV is Chairman’s Vat, trust me) is a vatting of 7, 10 and 14 year old Springbank. In the mix you’ll find about 70% bourbon, 25% sherry and 5% port cask matured whisky.