Does the perfect place exist to drink a glass of whisky? What is the perfect place for you to have a dram? Is this in your own home, the bar around the corner with the beautiful bartender or is this at your friends place who has the new PlayStation and a Chesterfield couch?
I do love to drink my whisky at home, my comfort zone, but I can imagine everyone has his or her favorite place to raise a glass. In my spare time, you can find me outside most of the time. Walking, wandering and thinking, I love being outside in the fresh air, call it meditation if you like.
The definitive luxury single malt The Dalmore is set to add to its repertoire of exceptional rare and aged whiskies with The Dalmore 40 year old. Building on The Dalmore’s pioneering heritage in the art of maturation, The Dalmore 40 has been carefully nurtured and crafted by renowned Master Distiller Richard Paterson.
Having been laid down to cask 40 years ago, The Dalmore 40 has been maturated in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, before being transferred into 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matsualem oloroso sherry butts and finally finished in first fill bourbon barrels.
Multi-award-winning independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) has released their first batch of Speyburn single malt, which is their 100th first batch! A one-of-a-kind ‘pimped’ one litre bottle of the whisky is also being auctioned for charity.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company, established in 2012, has hit the milestone of releasing their 100th product line. The total represents 100 different whiskies from around the world, incorporating Single Malts, Blended Malts, Single Grains and Blended Whiskies*. Most of these have already run to multiple popular and award-winning batches.
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.
Balvenie, picture: David (insta: @whisky_at_steingartenmaler)
A while ago, a friend of mine has sent me a lovely sample of The Balvenie 12 yr old. I was so pleased that he did. I was looking forward to have a nip from this beauty of 47,8%. In the past I’ve heard extraordinary tasting experiences.
Instead of of wandering I had the opportunity to try.
Luxury single malt whisky maker The Dalmore has released its limited edition distillery bottling for 2017.
Available exclusively from the renowned The Dalmore Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, The Distillery Exclusive Vintage 2000 combines the depth and complexity of The Dalmore’s unique new make spirit with sweetness gifted from the soft character of Californian Merlot.
“A while ago… well let’s be honest months ago (25.11.16) I said I would write a piece about me for someone. An introduction to Smiley Smoggy. Well as it turns out it’s now an introduction to Sarah – iheartwhisky aka Smiley Smoggy.
So who am I? I’m a 23 year old (on the inside) parcelled up as a 46 year old. But age is just a number isn’t it? I’m always a firm believer that it’s what’s inside that counts. I live in Scotland now and have done since the very early 80’s yet I started off life living in a small town on the coast of North East England, having been born in Middlesbrough. This is where the smoggy part of me comes from. The smiley part? Well it’s better to smile than frown.
Following the soaraway success of a festival launched last year to celebrate one of Scotland’s most fruitful food and drink regions, Spirt of Speyside: Distilled is to return – with an even greater range of home-grown flavours.
World leading drinks brands will join small artisan producers for the weekend festival at Elgin Town Hall on September 1 and 2 in a showcase of Speyside’s finest whisky, gin, beer and food. Classic drams will be served up alongside contemporary cocktails with speciality coffee to try alongside grown-up fudge.
In the third part of The Speyside Whisky Festival, I mentioned the wonderfull Cragganmore distillery. After a very interesting tour, we had a litte tasting of their whisky, plus two surprises from the warehouse, Drams & Scran.
The tasting was held in the luxurious surroundings of the Cragganmore Club Room. A romantic room filled with the smell of history, old furniture, good whisky and Kevin. A lovely range of whisky with good looking delights, mouthwatering. But let’s move on to the whisky and the tastingnotes. Cragganmore gained one more fan since, me.