Last month, I celebrated my 40 years of existence. May 11 to be precise and I shared my wishes via Twitter, a whisky to celebrate my birthday in style. I got a sweet little message from a fellow whisky enthusiast,Christophe, who wanted to send me a birthday gift that was just perfect.
Unfortunately @Coldorak and I couldn’t find a time or date for over a month. On Thursday 13th of June, we finally had some time to enjoy the whisky together.
It’s our party.
This is a whisky I would recommend to everyone. Especially to those who never had a drop of whisky or says to dislike whisky. Not that long ago, someone told me out of the blue, she didn’t like whisky, at all! I know, its unbelievable, how and why, questions remained unanswered.
I just can’t imagine, that someone doesn’t like this spirit for it’s lovely. Aberfeldy for example is a golden dram that suits everyone, just give it some time, air and love. I am convinced that she and others would love it …
In the past I tried a couple of Arran’s whisky range. Their high reputation was the top reason I was really looking forward to the 18 yr old. The Arran 18 yr is a lovely single malt scotch whisky produced in the Scottish island of Arran.
This time, I tried a whisky that was matured on the best ex-sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks, what gives it a very complex taste. I also had a chocolate heart of gold ready for that extra adventurous bite.
Rhum Clément, something completely different from whisky. Another adventure for my taste-buds in the world or Rhum.
On their website they mention the following; Since 1887, the production of Rhum Clément has been carried out according to the purest traditions and most time-honoured inherited from Homère and Charles Clément. Homère Clément, physician and mayor of Le François, purchased the prestigious 43 hectare sugar plantation, Domaine de L’Acajou, and pioneered Rhum Agricole, a contemporary style of pure rum made directly from fresh free-run sugarcane juice, instead of the traditional rum made from molasses.
That sounds interesting enough! Rum or should I say Rhum, we go!
On the night of December 5 there was an opportunity to try 5 new expressions, The Jura Sherry Cask Collection. The Jura Sherry Cask Collection, is comprised of five whiskies; The Bay, The Loch, The Road, The Paps and The Sound, which have been matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in Pedro Ximénez casks for different periods of time.
Each whisky has it’s own character, what makes it a big adventure for the taste buds. From The Sound to The Paps, it sounds like a Netflix series, and a good one too.
Lindores Abbey is the ruin of a Benedictine abbey from the twelfth century, located in Lindores.
Interesting for the oldest mention about producing whisky in Scotland, is a text from 1494, in which a monk of Lindores Abbey order goods to produce whisky for James IV of Scotland.
A new house style of whisky, featuring a new combination of sweetness from American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and a hint of subtle smoke, with each further enchanted by special selected casks from around Europe.
Time to go on the road, with one distillery and one purpose; Discovering Jura, a distillery operating on the island of Jura to the north of Islay.
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.
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.
This month the regular whisky testing at The Abbey featured the new range of Jura whisky. The well-respected Prophecy, Origin and Superstition have been replaced by this new range.
On a nice mild evening, the Whisky Club members negotiated the seemingly endless roadworks and arrived at The Abbey looking forward to tasting the new whiskies.