A mouth-watering, thirst-quenching taster to one of Scotland’s greatest food and drink producing regions is being served up to audiences for the third year running, with tickets for Spirit of Speyside: Distilled being launched for sale this Friday (June 22).
The one-stop gathering, in the heartland of Scotland’s famed whisky-producing region, showcases an amazing array of food and drink all made in Moray-Speyside, showing how the thriving sector is making its mark through innovation, diversity and quality.
Japan, a beautiful island with stunning architecture, sun, flowers and of course truly amazing whisky. On the evening of June 18, I had the opportunity to try two lovely whiskies, Dekantā Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series, finished in Port Ellen casks and Yamazakura 21 yr old. This with other enthusiasts, online during a live tasting.
Bottled in 2017 to commemorate the Dekanta 3rd anniversary, Eigashima 2011 Kikou – Ki Series, was distilled in 2011 at the Eigashima distillery and matured for 6 years. As a homage to the Scottish education of the “father of Japanese Whisky’, Masataka Taketsuru, the whisky has matured in a freshly emptied Port Ellen Scotch whisky cask, bringing a touch of Scottish seaside influence to the Japanese whisky.
I was smiling when a parcel arrived at my home, a while back. There was something special inside.
I received a wee bottle of Redbreast Dream Cask by surprise, a 32-year-old single pot still whiskey, together with some small gifts, like a beautiful glass. Just found out that here was an empty nest, so the RedBreast was right in time to fill in the gap.
Continuing its journey pushing the boundaries of malt alchemy, BenRiach distillery has released Batch 15 of its cask bottling programme. BenRiach holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside, making it uniquely placed to offer a multi-faceted range of casks in both unpeated and Highland peated styles.
Irish Distillers, maker of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has scooped a remarkable 24 Gold or above medals at the recent International Spirits Challenge and San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Top honours were awarded to Powers John’s Lane 12 Years Old, scooping Best Single Pot Still Whiskey and Best Irish Whiskey at the annual tasting in San Francisco.
Tomatin Distillery has a number of amazing whiskies and the 18-Year-Old Single Malt has been awarded ‘Double Gold’ at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. How amazing is this?
I got a chance to nose and taste the 18-Year-Old. A 46% single malt with a final maturation in Oloroso Sherry butts.
This month’s whisky tasting at The Abbey saw a visit from Glenmorangie. Margaux de Blomac, from the owners Moët Hennessy, was joined by Paul from the production team at the distillery.
We started by tasting the trademark ten-year-old Original Glenmorangie. This whisky has changed little in recent years since the distillery was taken over by its current owners. To the nose are the familiar honeyed notes with a hint of almonds and coconut. The palate is treated to what is a mainstream Highland Whisky. Smooth with a light floral fragrance and the merest notes of citrus. Again a sweetness of honey. The finish is warming with a little touch of bitterness. As always an ideal dram to be enjoyed at any time of the day. ABV 40%.
The Lakes Genesis Single Malt.
A bottle of three-year-old single malt whisky is set to break the record for the most expensive English whisky sold at auction, an historic moment which will confirm the country’s young industry as an authentic new world challenger to the established distilleries North of the border.
The Lakes Distillery is to auction 99 of its first bottles of single malt whisky, with bottle number one expected to go for several thousand pounds.
The Lakes Single Malt whisky, called Genesis, is being sold at cask strength in a bespoke rosewood presentation box, each individually numbered and hand signed by Dhavall Gandhi, the Whiskymaker. Genesis comes from the Greek word meaning origin. The name pays homage to the distillery’s beginning, and gives a tantalising glimpse into its future.
Iain McAlister, Distillery Manager at Glen Scotia
Whisky lovers enjoyed a triple treat as independent distiller Glen Scotia rolled out three limited edition single malts as part of this year’s Campbeltown Malts Festival.
The Campbeltown Malts Festival, which this year ran from 22-24 May, celebrates all that is unique and special about single malts from the region. In the Victorian era the town was home to more than 30 distilleries and known as ‘whisky capital of the world’.
Today Glen Scotia is one of just three surviving local distilleries and its award-winning whiskies are known for their distinctive Campbeltown character.
There can’t be any better place on earth to sit and take a glass of malt whisky. Glengoyne, a picture-postcard whisky distillery, now in the centre of an online tasting.
Glengoyne distillery uses warm air to dry its barley, in addition, it is the slowest distillery in Scotland. And we all got our share during the online whisky tasting, that was held on World Whisky Day, May 19.