Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Monday, 13 January 2020

Rumour: The Balvenie The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19YO

Rumour: The Balvenie The Edge of Burnhead Wood 19YO

"Through the winding paths and steep Speyside hills to a glorious moor of heather. This is the story of what would fondly come to be known as The Heather Trials, and how the people behind them helped create the first-ever expression of The Balvenie made entirely with ingredients grown on its Dufftown estate."

The Edge of Burnhead Wood is n°6 in The Balvenie Stories, a series of whiskies endorsed by key figures from The Balvenie Distillery. The first three expressions - 12YO The Sweet Toast of American Oak, 14YO The Week of Peat and 26YO A Day of Dark Barley - came from the hand of Kelsey McKechnie, Ian Millar and David Stewart.

Through an NFC-tag, whisky enthousiasts could discover specially recorded audio-conversations and a guided whisky tasting of their Balvenie Whisky. These recordings are also available as a podcast.

And while you are sipping one of these tasty drams from The Balvenie, you can enjoy the book Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories by Alex Preston.

This 19-year-old whisky being numbers 6 means there are at least two more missing links in the story.

Identity Card

  • Official bottling from The Balvenie Distillery (Speyside)
  • Alcohol:48.7% ABV

    The Edge of Burnhead Wood

    A delicately fruity and fragrant expression of The Balvenie, crafted with heather from The Balvenie estate.

    Source: Colas Online

    Saturday, 11 January 2020

    Talisker Toddy

    Talisker Toddy

    A hot toddy is a mixture of a spirit (usually whisky), hot water, and honey. Other ingredients such as cloves, a lemon slice or cinnamon are often also added.

    In the book How to Drink, the hot toddy is described as "the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb."

    The origin of the name "Hot Toddy" either comes from the Indian tadi drink, produced by fermenting the sap of toddy palm trees. Its earliest known use to mean "a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices" is from 1786. Other sources credit the Irish physician Robert Bentley Todd for his prescription of a hot drink made from brandy, water, sugar syrup and canella.

    January 11 has been declared as National Hot Toddy Day so let's put the kettle on the fire and grab a bottle of Talisker.

    Robert Bentley Todd
    Picture: Wikipedia (CC BY 4.0)


    • 50 ml Talisker 10YO
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 1 lemon
    • 1 star anise
    • 2 or 3 cloves
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    Talisker Toddy


    Cut the lemon in two and keep a slice to garnish. Stud it with the cloves.

    Add a measure of Talisker 10YO whisky, 2 tablespoons of honey and the lemon juice to your mug. Stir with the cinnamon stick while adding boiling water. Add the star anise and the slice of lemon.

    Sip it slowly and enjoy the warm glow.

    Talisker Toddy

    Talisker mug and sample: Oona Agency


    Monday, 6 January 2020

    Wemyss Malts Nectar Grove Batch Strength

    Wemyss Malts Nectar Grove Batch Strength

    Welcome to 2020, another year to discover breathtaking whiskies and making new whisky friends. Let's kickstart the year with tasting notes of the festive whisky from Wemyss Malts: Nectar Grove Batch Strength.

    Madeira casks aren't the most common vessels to finish or mature a whisky. Only a handful distilleries had a limited run with Madeira casks in a lead role. Wemyss Malts Nectar Grove launched in the first quarter of 2018 and now has a high strength brother.

    Thursday, 2 January 2020

    Rumour: Longrow Red 13 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

    Longrow Red 13 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
    Longrow Red is an annual small batch release of peated Longrow by Springbank Distillery. The whisky is bottled at cask strength and every year a different type of red wine cask is used to mature the whisky.

    Rongrow Red offers an alternate take on the peated Longrow malts with smooth and elegant whiskies. The 2020 release is 13 years old, bottled at 51.6%, and matured in 10 years in a mixture of bourbon barrels and refill sherry hogsheads followed by 3 years in Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from Mont Gras' Intriga Estate in Alto Maipo.

    Identity Card Longrow Red 13 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Official bottling from Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown
    • 13-year-old single malt
    • Matured in Chilean cabernet sauvignon casks
    • Outturn: 9.000 bottles
    • Alcohol: 51.6% ABV

    Source: Colas Online