This week featured the regular monthly whisky tasting at the Abbey. This month presented by Graham McKay from the Independent Bottlers Carn Mor [Morrison and McKay]. When you consider the Independent Bottling business certain points are important.
Their bottlings can be as small as one large cask or barrels purchased from several distilleries. They need very good contacts at distilleries in order to identify when a distillery has surplus whisky and is prepared to sell this at an advantageous price to the Independent Bottler. They also need excellent blenders to make the most of the whisky available to them.
Monday, October 12. A large group of enthusiasts were looking forward to this rum tasting, held online for a long time. Wrapped in a fabulous black box, 4 samples of rum were waiting to be opened, Mount Gay Black Barrel, Mount Gay XO, 1703 Master Select 2016, and a preview of the 2017 release of the 1703 Master Select.
When looking at the line-up, no wonder we all looked forward to this evening.
Rum, another adventure, a new challenge. Curious as I am, I looked up the meaning of the name La Hechicera. This is Spanish for ‘enchantress’ and pronounced as ‘etch-ee-seh-rah’. Try that a few times before and after a couple of glasses filled with rum when the magic kicks in.
Using the solera method of ageing in American white oak barrels, La Hechicera is a wonderful blend of mature rums between 12 and 21 years.
This captures the character, exuberance and diversity of Columbia.
The world is built on writers. Without writers, there wouldn’t be any story to read. Walsh Whiskey has two amazing writers, Writers’ Tears Red Head and Writers’ Tears Copper Pot expressions, next to the new and incredible limited The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Marsala Cask Finish and The Irishman Cask Strength 2017.
Including an introduction of the founders, Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, who established the Walsh Whiskey Distillery in 1999 in Royal Oak.
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.
Aberfeldy, well known for its beautiful area in Highland Perthshire and whisky. The name Aberfeldy comes from the Gaelic and means “from the mouth of the Poldi Burns”, the river Tay flows along the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery.
On the evening of Wednesday, November 22, a couple of whisky friends and I gathered online to enjoy and share our thoughts about the core edition from the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery and two delectable single casks whiskies, hand selected by Dewar’s Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod.
Wednesday, October 25, an evening with an attractive foursome from Wemyss Malts. Vanilla Burst, Treacle Chest, Spice King and the Spice King Old Fashioned cocktail. All delivered in one box with one goal, to make it an unforgettable evening for the tasters, one to remember.
They were separated after the delivery for The Old Fashioned was placed into the fridge to cool down.
An evening with a lot of whisky flowing, the Benromach tweet tasting. On Monday September 18, a few lucky tasters gathered together online to enjoy two new expressions.
Benromach Château Cissac 2009, a wood finish release and Benromach Triple Distilled, a first of its kind for Benromach. This online tweet tasting was organised as part of the launch of an epic new expression.
As you might know, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin.
During The Speyside Whisky Festival 2017, I had the pleasure to join a tasting to discover a part of the range of Gordon & MacPhail whisky. The flight of tasting was all about five whiskies, all bottled without the addition of water.