Sunday, 11 September 2016

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007 Rockside Farm

Tonight I'll review an expression from one of my favourite and most versatile distillery on Islay: Bruichladdich Islay Barley  2007 Rockside Farm.  The Islay Barley was initially a separate expression as a part of their Uber Provenance Series. Today every core expression (Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore) has an Islay Barley expression. The Bruichladdich expression kept its distinctive yellow tube, the Port Charlotte and Octomore stand out from the others with a fashionable white tube.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

The Macphail's Collection Glenturret 2002

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The Macphail's Collection is a range of single malt whiskies bottled by the Elgin based Gordon & Macphail. This is a great starter series with younger malts from Bunnahabhain, Highland Park, Glenrothes, Glen Scotia, Glenglassaugh, Tamdhu and Glenturret. As you can see, not the least of Scotland's distilleries. All of them are bottled at a perfectly drinkable 43% ABV. Tonight I will review The Macphail's Collection Glenturret 2002 Vintage.

Glenturret is one of the lesser names as a single malt and lies somewhat in the shadow of the The Famous Grouse Experience housing in its buildings. The distillery has been appointed as the 'spiritual home' of the Famous Grouse blends. Glenturret can be dated back to 1775 and is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Initially it was an illicit farm distillery named Hosh Distillery. Only in 1875 they took on the name Glenturret (from 1826 until 1853 another distillery nearby was called Glenturret).

Glenturret uses a stainless steel open mash tun. The mash is still stirred by hand and the draff, the residue of husks after fermentation, has to be removed manually. Edrington produces 340.000 litres of alcohol per year at Glenturret. Some 64.000 litres is heavily peated spirit used for blending that goes by the name Ruadh Maor. (I had the opportunity to nose it last year in a blending session with Lucy Whitehall. Sadly no tasting allowed...)