The wide world of whisk(e)y can be a daunting prospect, with so many different distilleries, methods, descriptions making it difficult to pick out a drink you might like and such a varied price range you could risk losing good money on something you don’t enjoy.
Before you start to get serious about whisky, it’s a good idea to think about these five tips to keep you focused and protect your investments as simply as possible.
1. Get to grips with the basics
First of all, you’ll need to understand some of the basics to better get to know what you’re dealing with. For example, the different production types, popular whisky-producing countries, and how aging affects the end product.
The latest releases include the oldest Caol Ila whisky ever bottled
Single malt Scotch whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has released two stunning new additions to its ‘Private Collection’ range: a 64-Years-Old single malt from Glenlivet Distillery and a landmark 50-Years-Old from Caol Ila Distillery – the oldest Caol Ila single malt ever released.
The newly redesigned ‘Private Collection’ range encompasses rare and exclusive single malt whiskies from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries, all of which have been specially selected for bottling by a member of the Urquhart family that owns Gordon & MacPhail.
Washed, dried, powdered, fermented, and distilled; each bottle of whisky is perfected to make each sip an indelible moment. Whiskies are of many kinds, based on the base product, alcoholic content and quality. Malt, grain, single malt, blended malt, cask, single cask etc. roughly make up the whisky family.
Whisky has been in the world for a long time, precisely from the second century BC. It is first believed to have brewed in Mesopotamia. The art of distillation spread to Ireland and Scotland in about the fifteenth century but this was used for medicinal purposes. Even in medieval India, alcohol was reported to be used as an anaesthetic for surgical purposes. Even though it was considered a taboo to consume alcohol in the Britain and other parts of Europe, it was finally James IV of Scotland who broke the ice by ordering several gallons of whisky from the monasteries, who monopolised the art of distilling. But with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VII, distilling and whisky making moved to homes. Even then whiskies were not allowed to age and thus had a bitter taste. Finally in the year of 1606, the Bushmill old distillery was given the license to brew the Irish whisky and the distillation later evolved into a much sought out fashion and whiskies became a daily business with the Act of Union which officially brought forth the United Kingdom.
The Glenlivet is set to re-assert its credentials as the definitive Single Malt Scotch whisky with the release of a contemporary new expression; Captain’s Reserve, a Single Malt selectively finished in high-quality Cognac casks.
The launch is set to push the boundaries of modern Scotch through its distinctive cask combination.
A tasting, with some special whiskies from That Boutiquey Whisky Company. With a selected group of whisky friends, we had the opportunity to try a selection of whisky from their new advent calendar. This evening was a complete adventure with a lot of new whiskies and taste experiences. Every whisky was a surprise, each with their own character. One whisky was more lovable than the other.
New whiskies, were nosed, taste and “dissected” by a couple of whisky enthusiasts. It was an amazing, thrilling and exciting evening. I think we all got at least one favourite of the range That Boutique-y Whisky Company has to offer.
An exceptionally rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest and most exclusive single malt whiskies in the world.
The Elgin-based malt whisky specialists announced the release of Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail , the latest offering in its ‘ Private Collection’ range. Only forty decanters will be available for sale globally, with a UK RRP of £30,000.Continue reading →
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival should be on your list of top Festivals. Not just for the whisky, but also for Scotland itself. And the combination of both is what I call, a perfect trip.
Caperdonich Suite, The Station Hotel (Speyside)
This year I had the pleasure to visit one of my favorite countries again using KLM flying from Amsterdam to Aberdeen, not Edinburgh like some of you thought. My stay for this event was The Station Hotel in Rothes, the Caperdonich suite. It’s named after the now-lost Caperdonich distillery, which produced whisky for blending as well as independent bottlings. Founded in 1897 by James Grant, co-founder of the Glen Grant distillery, it finally closed its doors in 2002. And a nice touch, this room has a bath with a view over the fireplace. Can I say, that this is pretty cool?
The Glenlivet, the original single malt whisky, is expanding its celebrated The Glenlivet Nàdurra brand into a range featuring different cask experiences as it aims to build on its strong development in the growing single malt whisky market*.
Nikki Burgess, Global Brand Director for The Glenlivet at Chivas Brothers, comments: “The Glenlivet Nàdurra is the purest expression of The Glenlivet that captures the original passion and production methods of George Smith’s distillery.