Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Tasty Drams of 2016

There was far less dramming compared in 2016 to previous years. Not that I’m complaining. As a family it has been an unforgettable year. I’m getting back into a more normal blogging rythm and have a few ideas for 2017. So watch this space.

The end of the year means the traditional "my favourite whiskies of the year". And according to my Facebook feed I'm already a tad late with my list. But anyway... The whiskies featured on this list aren’t necessarily reviewed on the website. Sometimes it was just a whisky I tasted at a festival. And it might not be the best whisky ever but most certainly there's an unforgettable memory attached to it.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Mortlach 1954

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Christmas deserves a very special dram. From the start I knew I wanted to conclude my Six drams till Christmas with this Mortlach 1954. Simply because it is... Mortlach.

Since the relaunch of the Mortlach brand, independent bottler such as Gordon & Macphail became the standard when it comes to affordable and quality bottlings from this once revered distillery.

Not even 10 years after the first still run, Mortlach changed owners for a mere £270 in 1831.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Strathisla 1953

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Christmas eve! Time to prepare for the final two whiskies. Two drams that raised high expectations... The first is a Strathisla 1953

Strathisla is the oldest distillery in Speyside and without a doubt the most scenic. It was subsequently called Milltown, Milton, Strathisla and Milton (again). Since 1951 the distillery goes again by the name of Strathisla.

The spirit is pumped to the nearby Glen Keith distillery for filling cask or to be tankered away to larger warehouses or bottling facilities from Pernod Ricard.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Glen Grant 1949

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This Glen Grant 1949 is the only vatting in the Speyside collections. All casks contained spirit from 1949.

The distillery was founded by John and James Grant. John Grant's nephew and James Grant's son James junior made Glen Grant Thrive. The NAS The Major's Reserve is named after him. He also took part in building the Strathspey railway through Glenrothes.

The Major as he was also known, went on expeditions to India and Afrika. On one of this travels he found an abandoned boy, Biawa Makalage. He came back to Scotland with James Grant and became his page boy. Biawa lived on the Glen Grant house long after the Major had passed away in 1931.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Smith's Glenlivet 1948

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Today I'll be taking another leap through time with the second oldest installment from Gordon & Macphail's Speyside Collection: The Smith's Glenlivet 1948.

George Smith's Glenlivet was the first licensed distillery after the 1823 Excise Act. An act that was pushed through by The Duke of Gordon, Smith's landlord. This Glenlivet isn't the oldest bottling by Gordon & Macphail. A 1940 Glenlivet has been bottled in 2011 as part of a Generations series. This 70 year old single malt is one of  the showpieces by Gordon & Macphail.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Longmorn 1967

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Time for the second review from Gordon & Macphail's Speyside Collection. I dive into my favourite glencairn glass. Tonight's content: a Longmorn 1967.

Longmorn is somewhat of a hidden gem. Some even call it a whisky blender's favourite. The distillery was built in 1893 by John Duff & Company. Four years later he built a second distillery called Longmorn... 2 (this distillery later becomes Benriach). The two distilleries had a private railroad to transport casks, barley, peat and coal to fire the stills.

Longmorn has a bit of a reputation of being stubborn. Floor maltings continued until 1970 and they still used direct coal fire to heat the stills in 1994.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Linkwood 1972

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Tonight I'm starting a mini-series of reviews on Gordon & Macphail's Speyside Collection. First up is the youngest of the bunch: a Linkwood 1972 from a first fill sherry hogshead.

Linkwood Distillery was built by Peter Brown in 1821. Alfred Barnard thought the name came from the woods surrounding the distillery. The buildings were demolished and completely rebuilt in 1872 by William Brown, son of Peter. The only building still standing from this era is Warehouse No. 6 and the old kiln with the pagoda.

One year prior to distilling this whisky, Linkwood increased their stills from two to six. Technically however, the four new stills belonged to a new distillery that was called Linkwood B. Whether the whisky comes from Linkwood A or B is not known (yet).

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Tomatin 2004 for Usquebaugh Society

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We'll be sipping a single cask Tomatin 2004 for Usquebaugh Society tonight. Tomatin Distillery dates from 1897 but remained fairly anonymous until 2004. Some ten years ago Tomatin sold 100.000 bottles a year. Today they quadrupled that number. Most of the output disappeared into blends. In the mid seventies, Tomatin had 23 stills and produced over 12 million liters of alcohol.  Even Glenfiddich, todays single malt giant, didn't produce that much alcohol.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Gordon & Macphail Speyside Collection

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection today. They are offering  the chance to purchase six exquisite single malt whiskies from some of Scotland’s finest and legendary Speyside distilleries.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

12 Christmas presents for whisky geeks

The 1st of December usually means I need to start compiling a list of Christmas gifts. Mrs. C and the in-laws start poking around for hints. Three years ago I found this a daunting task. But then I fell in love with whisky… Things got a lot easier. Now I’m keeping a Pinterest list with interesting bottles, books and movies and by the end of the year I’m capable of compiling a shortlist that fits into the budget.