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Singlemalting #238 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 12 Wemyss Malts Lord Elcho

Today we have the sole Blended Scotch Whisky in the 6th edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. Coming from those able folk at Wemyss Malts the Lord Elcho is their only Blended Scotch brand.

Some of you may remember all the way back to the 1st Edition and the 15 Year Old Lord Elcho that was found on day 10. This particular edition is the little brother to that dram at a more entry level pricepoint but the same percentage of Single Grain to Single Malt 60% to 40%. That is a very high percentage of malt for such an inexpensive blend.

As a throwback to that 1st edition here is a snippet of info about Lord Elcho and why he is front and center on the Wemyss Blend.

Lord Elcho, 1721-1787, was the eldest son of the 5th Earl of Wemyss, one of the current company owners’ ancestors. Courageous and loyal, Lord Elcho was the commander of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army. After the Jacobites’ defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746, Elcho was exiled to France – never to return to his native Scotland.

Lord Elcho Blended Scotch Whisky

Wemyss Malts Lord Elcho Blended Scotch Whisky – NAS – 40% abv

Colour:        Light Gold. Even though this is youngish whisky Wemyss do not colour it like so many inexpensive blends.

Nose:            Very fresh, apples, pears, hints of malt, certainly a young nose but very pleasant.

Palate:           Candy apple. Like a green granny smith with the sticky red toffee coating. Bing that it 100% what this whisky is saying to my palate. Nice and light. A very easy drinking dram with enough sweetness and a tough of crisp fruit to carry it all along.

Finish:        Longer than I was expecting with a tingle of oaky spice at the end.

A delicious little blended Scotch that shows well with the high malt content. Without the mass quantities of blended Scotches sold around the world we would not be able to find any delicious single and blended malts on any shelves.

It will be really interesting to see how all the blind tasting goes today with the boys in NZ and Foodquig. Can they pick the blended Scotch?

So to see for yourself how everyone does on today’s blended Scotch you will want to go and check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

On day 12 of the 5th edition we had the Lost Distillery Company Stratheden Classic blended malt.

Tomorrow we are boarding another ferry to the islands for something truly epic from Douglas Laing.

Well we are at the tipping point tomorrow where we start to head down the hill to Christmas day. Hard to beleive that we are half way through the 6th edition. Thanks so much for joining in again.

See you on the morrow.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #237 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 11 Dufftown 11 Year Old

Welcome back everyone to day 11 and an accidental revealing of an 11 year old whisky. Sometimes these things just happen. Today we visit yet another distillery that is a first timer for any of our whisky adventures. We had never been able to find a Dufftown bottled by one of the many independent bottlers we have worked with so we just had to do it ourselves.

Dufftown is home to 9 distilleries and raises more revenue per capita than any other town in the UK. The Dufftown distillery itself has been around since 1895 and was founded by two gentlemen from Liverpool. A former meal mill Dufftown started out with only 2 stills. Owned today by powerhouse Diageo Dufftown is most recognizable by it’s proprietary whisky “Singleton”.

Dufftown Distillery

When I initially saw this Dufftown on the list of casks that I could taste from I was pretty excited. You all know I love to cross a distillery off the list but I also love trying rare to find casks from distilleries owned by the big companies.

Secret Spirits – Dufftown 11 Year Old – Speyside – Oloroso Sherry Cask # 700435A – 55.4% abv

Colour:       Burnished Bronze.

Nose:           After yesterday’s Big Peat this is a polar opposite trip North to Speyside. Lovely deep dark forest fruits. The dominant berry for me is blueberry. Like a lovely rich blueberry compote warming on the stove. I could easily have this on pancakes. Does that make this a breakfast whisky? I sure hope so.

Palate:        Big sherry influence here, figs and dates, winter spices, Oloroso sweetness in spades. Funnily enough the Oloroso comes across much dryer than I remember from my tasting in Scotland.

Finish:       Lovely dry finish that continues to put out layers of rich fruit and spice notes. Very mouth coating and at 55.4% pretty balanced. Was tempted to try a touch of water but am enjoying it as is. All of our intrepid Youtubers have been doing a thorough job of adding water and delving deep into the nuance of every whisky so be sure to check them out.

There may be even at 11 years old just a touch more sherry influence on this whisky than some would want to see but is it ever delicious. There is often several schools of thought about how much sherry cask maturation is the right amount. Some want dark inky whisky that is so sherried that there is little else remaining. Others like just a hint to offset the distillery style. As always I tend to be all over the place and can just enjoy the difference inherant in each different whisky I try.

On this day in the 5th edition we had a blended malt both vibrant and aptly named Wemyss Malts Vanilla Burst.

Yep time to check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

Tomorrow we have the sole representative of a particularly popular style of Scotch Whisky that sometimes does not appear in a Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar edition. Looking forward to seeing how it stacks up against what has come before.

So until tomorrow have a fabulous day. As Bart from Scotch Test Dummies is doing pause and contemplate something meaningful that has happened this year each day as we roll through this Advent season.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #236 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 10 Big Peat

G’day all of you peat heads out there. Sorry for the delay this year in getting around to some serious peat. With all of the sherry votes we had this year we just had to make sure that we were off to a very sherried Christmas.

The peat votes also had a win and we promise that there are one or two more peated expressions in the 6th edition than there have been in the past. Good things come to them that wait I guess.

So today we are back with Douglas Laing and their well known Big Peat brand. Funny story here in that this was supposed to be the limited release cask strength Christmas edition of the Big Peat but some wires got crossed at the warehouse and we got the 46% edition instead. Whoops. By the time the mistake was caught it was too late and so here we are. Delicious anyway but wow that Christmas cask strength Big Peat was pretty special.

All of the single malts contained in this skillful blend are from Islay and this was the first of Douglas Laing’s regional brands. We have already had the Scallywag earlier this edition. Can anyone name the other of the trio?

Douglas Laing’s Big Peat

Douglas Laing Big Peat Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Islay – Bourbon Casks – 46% abv

Colour:          Very light and now the front runner for the lightest colour this edition so far. Sauvignon Blanc.

Nose:              Baaaad Medicine is what I need……. sorry throwback to the 80’s there. Definite medicinal note along with some latex, pencil shavings, eraser dust, and vegemite. Love these notes and the fact that all of this is fantastic is why Islay whisky is so cool.

Palate:           Whoa ok big medicinal hit with some iodine, burnt rubber, salt, a wisp of smoke here but this is all about what that peat brings to the table.

Finish:          Very warming all the way down and all of the above lingers and coats the palate, throat, tongue, breath. I can even still smell the stuff seeping out of my glencairn from a foot away. It’s like some sort of Islay presence has possessed all my olfactory senses.

This is a really great balanced islay dram for every time the urge hits you that nothing other than beastly peat with fix. Having not had this until out trip to Scotland in May I can see why this has been such a popular brand for Douglas Laing.

Great blending work again from DL. Phew well hopefully that should hold the peaties for a wee bit.

On day 10 in the 5th edition we had the Secret Spirits Royal Brackla 11 Year Old that is still available in full bottle size.

You know you want to go and check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

Tomorrow we get back to something a little tamer and get back into something from Secret Spirits. There may or may not be sherry involved again hehehe.

Cheers

Jonathan

 

 

Just do it. Check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig.

Singlemalting #235 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 9 Orkney 10 Year Old

Welcome to da islands mon…. sorry wrong islands. Welcome to the almost perpetually wet, stormy, brine covered and glorious Scottish isles. Today we head to Orkney to a distillery that most of you know very well. This is again one of those casks where the distillery must not be named from Claxton’s Independent bottlers. Claxton’s are based in England and have built a reputation for bottling exceptional casks in their iconic if not imposing flat and square bottles.

The distillery in question today was founded in 1798 and is in the far North in Kirkwall in the Orkney Island chain. Influenced by repeated Viking raids and eventual settlements the Orkneys have a very unique history as part of Scotland lore.

Not so Mysterious Orkney Distillery

Most expressions from this distillery are lightly peated so it will be interesting to see how this single cask compares to the prorietary bottlings.

Claxton’s Orkney 10 Year Old – Island – Bourbon Hogshead #1836-008A – 63% abv

Colour:          Lighter than anything that has gone before so far this edition. 18k gold.

Nose:             Lovely sweet barbequed, buttered corn on the cobb. Definite influence of some earthy peaty elements but they are wrapped in sweetness. Loving this hogshead influence on this nose. It’s a little on the delicate side which is a really good thing. The more sniff time I spend on it the better it gets. All of this and at 63%. No way in the wide world of sports would I think that this was 63%…….. ever. Great balance on this.

Palate:          Some tropical influence which comes as a bit of a surprise. Not quite ripe pineapple, citrus, but lighter lemony notes. The 63% really does not dominate at all and I find myself barely thinking about the abv or feeling it for that matter.

Finish:        The sweetness and fruit dominate the finish. I am still getting that creamy BBQ influenced sweetness that is somehow transforming itself into a corn on the cobb. This is a really new tasting note for me with Scotch but my brain cannot get past it.

This is a great example of how minimal oak influence can be outstanding in leaving a ton of nuanced flavors that would otherwise be swallowed up. Fantastic dram Claxton’s well done on the cask selection.

Last edition we had the A.D. Rattray Glen Moray 9 Year Old.

Just do it. Check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig.

Tomorrow we are heading to Islay for our first full on peaty experience of this edition from Douglas Laing. Buckle up boys and girls this is going to be fun.

This was a nice softening up process on the peat stakes before we set out to try and hurt you tomorrow. Hoping that you have been having a blast so far. It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on the half way mark already. It takes Cindy and I almost a whole year worth of work to put this together and it seems to go by so fast.

See you tomorrow lads and lassies.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #234 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 8 Benrinnes 10 Year Old

Another day and another single cask from Secret Spirits.

Today for the first time we enjoy a unique cask from the Benrinnes Distillery in Speyside. The first Scotch Whisky I ever sold was the Stronachie 12. The long lost distillery was recreated after an original bottle was procured by A.D. Rattray from 1904. The distillery that they sourced the whisky as the base for the Stronachie brand was Benrinnes. Always a super enjoyable every day dram Stronachie inspired me to seek out more single casks of Benrinnes and see what flavors could be found.

This particular cask of Benrinnes is a 1st fill Oloroso. You may be picking up on a theme here as we managed to get access to a decent range of Oloroso aged whiskies for this edition and after having the vast majority of you screaming for more sherry how could we resist.

Benrinnes Distillery

Benrinnes was founded in 1826 and unfortunately was destroyed by a flood a mere 3 years later. Rebuilt in 1835 under the name Lyne of Ruthrie. Unfortunately it went bankrupt, was sold again, went through a fire in 1896 and was finally refurbished and converted to electricity and sold to John Dewar & Son in 1922.

Thats a lot for a distillery to go through over it’s lifetime. So happy that it made it through all those challenges and we can taste this cask today.

Secret Spirits Benrinnes 10 Year Old – 1st fill Oloroso # 303872 – Speyside – 56.1% abv

Colour:        Another reddish cue to this one but again not as much as you can see from a 1st fill Oloroso cask.

Nose:           Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate block complete with the imbedded raisins. Big time memories of being a kid in Australia and having a stick broken off the block to chow down on while watching a movie with the family. This was pretty much one of our staple treats. Along with this sweetness is some of that old leather and dusty library book nose as well. Ladies and gentlemen shall we take a dram and chocolate in the drawing room?

Palate:          Wow really palate spreading flavor. The alcohol seems absolutely spot on at 56.1%. There is a burst of Grand Marnier Liqueur and all the while that lovely nutty, fruity chocolate just keeps coming.

Finish:         Lovely and warming with cocoa nibs, Terry’s chocolate orange and a zippy dry almost tannic finish that leaves everything watering for another sip.

This is the first time I have ever seen Benrinnes in a 1st fill Oloroso and I’m digging it.

On day 8 in the 5th edition we had the 13 year old Balmenach from Old Malt Cask.

Come on now get on over to our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US.  As a bonus we also have Food Quig following along as well so check them all out.

Tomorrow we are having a break from all this delicious Christmasy sherry and heading to an Island distillery from yet another first time independent bottler joining the ranks of our calendar crew.

So until the morrow drink hearty.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #233 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 7 Scallywag

Welcome to the end of the first full week. Cindy and I hope that your whisky adventuring has been fun so far. Today we try something from a very good independent bottler with a long history of exceptional casks and brands. Douglas Laing is a welcome addition to the list of indies that we have featured over the years.

Today much like with Wemyss Malts in the past we are going to explore one of Douglas Laings iconic blended malts, Scallywag.

Including malts from Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes, Scallywag is made up entirely of Speyside distilleries. As most of you know I love a good blended malt and we always highlight at least a handful in each edition.

Scallywag Blended Malt from Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing Scallywag Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – 46% abv – Sherry and Bourbon casks – Speyside

Colour:        Rose gold that hints at the sherry casks used in this small batch blended malt.

Nose:            The local tuck shop from my childhood where I would take my hard earned pocket money and buy a mixed bag of lollies (sweets). Musk sticks, fruit jubes, wine gums, and sherbet. Strawberry Chupa Chup.

Palate:        Lovely soft array of sweet fruit and candy begins the journey but allows some earthier elements to climb aboard. A touch of Christmas spice and a bowl of macadamia nuts.

Finish:       A hint of ginger snap spices up the finish. This is just a lovely dram and could happily stay in my glass (with additional pours) for hours.

Yep I love a good blended malt and this is just plain fabulous drinking. Great as an every night dram that won’t break the budget but is a cut above a lot of your usual suspect shelf warmers.

Last edition on day 7 we had another (cough) blended malt (teaspooned cask) from yet another outstanding independent bottler Adelphi. The Breath of Speyside was truly amazing.

I hope you have been heading over to our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. I have seen that we also have a few more that are running through our calendar this year including Food Quig who always has a very thoughtful and detailed taste of each and every dram.

Tomorrow we are back to another single cask dram from Secret Spirits from a distillery that I have had a long and delicious relationship with.

Really looking forward to your company as we start off the second week of this our 6th Scottish whisky tour.

Until then sleep tight and dream of whisky.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #232 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 6 Dream to Dram Kingsbarns Single Malt

Welcome to the Lowlands everyone. As promised today is the first time we have ever been able to feature the very first whisky release from a Scottish Distillery. Many of you whisky adventurers that have been through our Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar journies before will recognize the Wemyss Malts name. We certainly have had some epic single casks from them over the years.

All the while they have been quietly aging away their very own Single Malt at the Kingsbarns Distillery near St Andrews in the lowlands. Cindy and I have had the pleasure of visiting the distillery on several occasions and it was really exciting this time around to be able to taste “whisky” and see how far they have come since our visit to see the first distillation run.

Have a look at this wee little interview with Jacqueline Sutherland who is the brand ambassador for Wemyss Malts and Kingsbarns. It was a gorgeous sunny day for this visit and the golf courses in the area were calling but alas no time for recreation, there was great whisky to drink.

Kingsbarns Distillery

Kingsbarns Distillery Dream to Dram Single Malt – Bourbon & Portuguese Wine Barrels # KBL1003/1 – Lowland – 46% abv

Colour:       Very pale straw on this as there is no caramel added and the Bourbon and STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) wine casks impart just a touch of colour after only around 4 years of influence.

Nose:           Fresh hay and honey, snowdrops (gorgeous white flowers that blanket the forrest floor on the drive up to the distillery) and vanilla pudding.

Palate:       Super fresh and warming at 46%. Vanilla in spades along with more of that fresh hay/grain adding a tiny touch of barn loft in Spring when the doors are thrown open and everything smells fresh and new. Creamy vanilla custard.

Finish:       The fresh vanilla stays with the finish along with some just out of the oven, thick crust sourdough topped with butter and creamed honey.

Fantastic start for this distillery. If you start with a quality wood programme backed up with outstanding distilling and top notch equipment, there is no way you can not make something truly delicious.

I am going to be very excited to try some of the new expressions as time rolls along. It amazes me that Cindy and I were there for the first run off the still and here we are with whisky in our glass. Time marches on so fast it seems even though when you are visiting Scotland the pace of life seems a wee bit more relaxed.

On day 6 in our 5th edition we had the now sadly no longer operating but extremely delicious last offering of the Exclusive Malts Regional Islay Sherry.

Always remember to head over as in (DO IT GO ON RIGHT NOW THEY ARE AWESOME) to our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US.

Tomorrow we are heading North for something delectable from Douglas Laing who are making their first appearance in any of our editions.

A big thanks to Jacque and the team from Wemyss and Kingsbarns for allowing us to share this first ever release of their whisky Dream to Dram. We hope to feature many more expressions in future years.

Until tomorrow keep your glasses handy.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #231 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 5 – Ledaig 10 Year Old

Welcome to our first peaty day of the 6th edition. Some of you are going to have a hard time with this whisky and some of you have barely tolerated the so called whisky that has come before in anticipation of this dram.

Today we are grabbing a ferry to the isle of Mull and visiting a fantastic distillery by the name of Tobermory. Now looking at your bottle you will see Ledaig (pronounced le’chig). Ledaig is the Tobermory brand for their peated single malt whisky.

Tobermory was founded in 1798 but closed in 1930 due largely to the 10 years of US prohibition. It was reopened in 1972 under the name Ledaig Distillery. Located in the town of Tobermory it is now owned by the Distill group out of South Africa that purchased it in 2013. It remains the only distillery operating on the Isle of Mull and produces a wide variety of different single malt styles.

Picturesque Tobermory Distillery

Secret Spirits Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Island – 46.1% abv – Bourbon Barrel # 70099 – distilled in 2008.

Colour:       Rich Amber

Nose:          Ahhh there it is……sweet smoke and definitely very reminicent of my brisket smoking exploits this Summer. There is a meaty element to the nose that is really drawing me in. Charcoal and hickory. Can’t wait to taste this one.

Palate:       Oh yeah, this is exactly what I was hoping for with the nose. It’s actually kind of like drinking delicious smoked brisket that is juicy, slightly sweet and dripping with flavor. There is also a touch of that island salt and a hint of pencil eraser.

Finish:       The saltiness increases along with a medicinal rubbery thing (great descriptor) that I can’t quite put my tongue on. The sweet meaty flavors are still there as well. Yummo.

I love peated island whiskies like Ledaig and Highland Park. Even though at times they use the same amount of peat in their maltings and distillations they somehow always come across a little softer and more balanced.

On day 5 in the 5th edition we had the Secret Spirits Craigellachie 12 year old that caused so much controversy. We still have bottles of this amazing Craigellachie available.

Always remember to head over to our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US.

Tomorrow we will be having a very exciting first for any of our additions with the inaugural whisky release from a new Scotch Whisky Distillery. I don’t want to ruin the surprise so I won’t tell you which region we will be visiting.

That was a great first peated expression and as promised there will be more as our adventure continues.

Looking forward to our landmark unveiling tomorrow.

So until then let this Ledaig warm your cockles and have a good one.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting #230 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 4 – Burnside Blended Malt 7 yo

G’day everyone and welcome to day 4.

Today we secretly knock off another distillery from my list. I have a map in my office (needs a bit of updating) and I have been slowly highlighting any distillery that we have included in our calendar editions.

Some of them are going to prove to be very elusive as their owners seldom if ever allow an independently bottled barrel. This is where teaspooned casks can come to the rescue. For those of you not familiar with the practice, teaspooning is the act of dropping in a teaspoon of a different single malt into a barrel and thus creating a blended malt. For all intents and purposes it does nothing to change the flavor of the whisky but it is now no longer categorised as a single malt. From what we have seen, many of these casks are noted on the manifest as blended malt but the physical act of teaspooning the cask never happens. Anyway cloak and dagger stuff.

Today we have a pretty recognisable distillery that was opened in 1893. A Speyside distillery near Dufftown it sits as one of the iconic Scotch Whisky brands around the world. Their 12 year old expression was recently named in the top 50 whiskies by Mens Journal. Enough hints? Here is a slightly blurry photo of the distillery to help you out just a bit. Anyway even though we can’t actually name it, I’m highlighting it on my Secret Spirits Scotland map of featured Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Distilleries just the same.

Name that distillery?

Secret Spirits Burnside 7 year old blended malt – Sherry Cask – 46.1% abv – non chill filtered

Colour:        Golden sunset

Nose:           Cinnamon and Raisin tart. Hints of bitter chocolate and caramel fudge.

Palate:        Some chocolate orange comes into play with the slight bitterness and caramel edge coating everything.

Finish:       Really warming for only just over 46% a lovely lighter dram that plays over the palate with really nice balance. The lingering semi-sweet chocolate on the finish is delicious.

Anyone care to guess now that you have had a taste? Hehehe this just makes the adventure even more fun and is pretty much like doing a blind tasting. Hope you have enjoyed this secret dram.

Last edition on day 4 we had the Secret Spirits Glen Moray 9 year old Bourbon Cask. One of the range of full bottles that we just released in October this year. There still might be a few left.

Tomorrow we are heading to the Islands and diving into something on the heavier side for all of you peated whisky lovers out there.

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.

See you all tomorrow and keep on enjoying your whisky adventures wherever they may take you.

Cheers

Jonathan

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.

Cheers

Jonno