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.
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%.
One of the most prestigious Highland single malts ever created by Glenmorangie has been revealed this week. Building on the success of the exclusive bottlings of Pride 1981 (released in 2011) and Pride 1978 (released in 2014) with the launch of Pride 1974.
An evening with remarkable whiskies. That Boutique-y Whisky Company is an independent bottler which offers stunning whiskies from world-renowned brands and distilleries. This evening I had the pleasure to try 5 of them, online with other whisky enthusiasts. The foreplay towards this evening was tough, very tough.
This was an amazing evening and with great hosts. As ever, we all had a lot of fun while nosing and tasting the fantastic five.
May 11, my birthday. And what better way, to celebrate this day with a fabulous range of whisky.
In the year 1845, the Distillery got it’s name Glenmorangie and Glenmorangie, is Gaelic for “Valley of Peace”.
This evening, we were all enjoying a fabulous and surprising evening with a range of interesting and mysterious whiskies. Just look at the colors in the picture. This evening was spectacular and very absolutely thrilling.
Thirty distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota in March to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, India, Australia, Japan, and the United States. Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in Florida and will held March 27 and 28, 2014 at Michael’s on East in Sarasota, Florida.
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