Singlemalting #229 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 3 – Towiemore Classic

Welcome to day 3 of the 6th edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. We will be at the end of the first week before you know it so stop and savor each whisky. Try to find some contemplative moments amid the hussle and bustle of this busy time.

Today we head into Blended Malt territory. Those of you that have followed our adventures and read through many of my blogs know of my love for this very maligned category of Scotch Whisky. Bottom line… if you love Single Malt then by extension u must enjoy a combination of the aforementioned whisky, especially when put together by experienced and skilled guys like the Lost Distillery Company.

To steal a snippet from the Lost Distillery Company website “The Towiemore Distillery was built in 1897 in the parish of Botriphnie just outside of Dufftown where it distilled for just thirty years. In this time it garnered a fine reputation as an excellent pure malt whisky. Owned and supported by renowned whisky entrepreneur Peter Dawson. Dawson was appointed purveyor of Scotch Whisky to Alfonso XIII, the King of Spain, and any bottle produced by Dawson featured the Monarch’s seal. Dawson’s whisky was also selected for the pleasure of the Prince of Wales, later George V, on the maiden voyage of HMS Indomitable to Canada in 1907. In 1910, Captain Scott chose Towiemore as his spirit of choice for his Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole; he took six cases of Towiemore with him.”

Artists rendition of Towiemore Distillery

Lost Distillery Company Towiemore Classic Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – non chill filtered – 43% abv combination bourbon and sherry cask aging.

Colour:        Darker than anything that has come before it so far this edition. Like an outside edge of a small piece of violin bow resin (used to play when I was a kid).

Nose:           Peach cobbler and dried banana chips.

Palate:       Peach Cobbler a la mode (vanilla bean ice cream of course). Can almost pick the fuzzy juicy peach out of my teeth. Plenty of weight for only 43% and thanks guys for not chill filtering. If you have ever had a bottle of Lost Distillery you will notice it is black. You wont see any clouding if the whisky does get cold. A great way to avoid tearing out all those delicious fatty esters.

Finish:      Lingering sugar coated peach rings (chewy rings of jelly like peach candy dusted in sugar). Lovely nice soft finish. If Towiemore was still around it would be awesome to explore a lot more whisky in this vein.

I have always enjoyed the Lost Distillery Company recreations. I love the historical work that they did on each offering and especially the stories of the distilleries from bygone days. Towiemore is one of my favorites from their classic range that also happens to be very affordable as an every day dram.

On day 3 of the 5th edition we had funnily enough the Lost Distillery Company Auchnagie Classic – I didn’t even check back before organising the order of the whiskies this time around…I promise.

Tomorrow we have for the first time a Blended Malt from Secret Spirits. In fact it is a teaspooned barrel from an unmentionable distillery. All will be revealed tomorrow.

Until then don’t forget to go check out our guests at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US.



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