Not sure this is a normal place to start with Arran Distillery offerings but spotted this on Master of Malt and thought it looked interesting. Pleased I did. Really pleasant lightly peated nose with salty toffee and bright fresh menthol hints. Vanilla ice cream and gentle smoke with a warming fiery sweetness and slightly tarry miuthfeel . Watered it down a bit as it's cask strength. Very nicely balanced. Will definitely be exploring more from #arrandistillery#machriemoor#arran#singlemalt#maltwhisky#peated#singlemaltwhisky#islandwhisky#caskstrength
Looking for some interesting whisky while in Rome took me off the beaten path to @whiskey_go and picked this guy up to sip tomorrow. They have a pretty good collection of drams just a short walk from the Spanish Steps. PUNI is the only distillery currently in Italy so when in Rome.. PUNI ALBA Bottling Note
Italian whisky made with malted barley, malted rye and malted wheat! ALBA (which is Italian for 'dawn' and also Scottish Gaelic for 'Scotland') is aged for three years in Sicilian Marsala casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held peated whisky from Islay.
Today we celebrate #familyday here in #alberta as well as some other provinces in #canada
In honour of family, let's talk about one of the oldest family-run distilleries in Scotland.
Glenfarclas Distillery was officially founded in 1836 - though there were apparently stills producing illicit whisky in the area long before that. In 1870 John Grant and his son George bought the distillery. For six generations and nearly 148 years now, there has always been a John or George Grant in charge of Glenfarclas and the scotch it produces.
When we approached Glenfarclas about assisting us with a special 25th Anniversary bottling, they offered a cask strength version of their beloved 25 year. We were thrilled at the opportunity, especially when they agreed to include our 25th Anniversary logo and an etched box, but it gets better... The price it came in at is fantastic, just $20 more than the regular 25 year. Bottled at 52.0% ABV.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: buttery, creamy and very fruity; rhubarb jam, blueberry compote, dried apricots, mandarin orange and vanilla custard; floral rose petals, honeycomb and rich but balanced spices: ginger, cardamom and nutmeg; soft leather, sweet tobacco leaf and slowly dark fruits.
Palate: immediately bold, but balanced and very layered with lots of subtle nuances; begins with soft leather, blueberry compote and sweet tobacco before developing into dark fruits and crisp but delicate spices; the buttery tones start to come out on the second sip with some lovely vanilla custard notes and clotted cream; more bright mandarin orange and stewed rhubarb emerge with some more delicate floral tones and toasty oak; later the spices take their turn at center stage with more cinnamon, cardamom and ginger but also hints of clove and anise.
Finish: long, and delicately layered; waves of fruits, leather, vanilla, oak and spices.
Comment: I wish I could take personal credit for selecting this one, but the work was all done by George and his team at Glenfarclas; never the less we are thrilled with the result and to have our reputation attached to such a brilliant whisky! $285
To celebrate reaching 1,000 followers, it’s time to sample two Japanese whiskies. Yoichi and Miyagikyo, both have had a RUM finish. First time I’ve ever had a rum finished Japanese whisky. And sampling two is a pretty decent way to start! Not commercially available yet but coming out in two weeks..... Keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground. No doubt these beauties will be a sellout!
What's in the boooooooox?
Nothing gruesome luckily. Just some awesome new whisky from @balblairwhisky! Due to be sample this week as part of #BalblairLive . •
Very excited to try these guys! •
P.S. reference to the film Seven (Se7en) for those confused!
Ain't it strange how sometimes a whisky grabs your attention even though you know you'll never taste a single drop of it? Like this 5k bottle of M Decanter by @The_Macallan. When I saw it on display at Alsterhaus on Saturday, it drew me in like a moth to the flame – despite the fact that it costs twice as much as my car! 🥃🚙😳 #mapmymacallan
Though many look very much alike, no two copper pot stills are quite the same. The differences between those used at different distilleries can be stark (for instance, you could never mistake Glenmorangie’s incredibly tall stills for Macallan’s curiously small ones), while others may use relatively similar designs to one another. Within a single distillery, too, there is generally consistency between stills of the same type but occasionally you’ll spot an odd one out. It may be distinct because of its size or shape, but more often than not it’ll be a matter of personality. One such still that comes to mind is this rather grizzly, well-used character I found at Tamnavulin! #speyside#singlemalt#scotchwhisky#tamnavulin
Archives Port Charlotte 2001 - 16 yr old
From Our Website:
Bottlings of Port Charlotte over 10 years of age are rare, and only seem to crop up with Independent bottlers. This cask is a 16-year-old, bottled at 59.7% from an Ex-Bourbon Barrel. Only 18 bottles from this Archives "The Fishes of Samoa" line are coming to Alberta!
Andrew’s Tasting Note
Nose: creamed honey sprinkled in sea salt; firm wood-smoke, scallops poaching in butter, shortbread cookies and morning aromas in a French bakery; salted Dutch licorice and bright lemon-citrus tones.
Palate: briny, medicinal and smoky; vanilla icing, salted caramel and tarry ropes; candied fennel, more Dutch licorice and loads of spice: baked cloves, cinnamon hearts and candied ginger; the peat is much more firm on the palate than nose, tarry, medicinal and smoky; the honey, vanilla and citrus fruits are there too, but firmly in the back seat.
Finish: long, smoky, briny and medicinal; honey and vanilla cream hold it all back and return to the fore as the bolder elements fade away.
Comment: Port Charlotte at 16 years, lots of layers and complexity, but the bold smoky malt you all love is still there! $350