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5th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar | Day 2 Blog #199 | Wemyss Malts Treacle Chest

The United States of America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave and Bastion of the craziest alcohol laws anywhere on earth. Tapping your Day 2 cubby hole and pulling out your dram you may be forgiven for a bit of confusion. The title of this whisky is indeed “Treacle Chest” however as you can see on that label in your hand it clearly states “Wooden Chest”.

Treacle Chest

The reason for this is the labelling requirements of the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, United States Department of Treasury. No wonder they are simply known as the TTB. Any flavor definition like Treacle for example could imply that such flavor was actually added to the whisky rather than just being a tasting note or brand name.

Wemyss Malts loves to give each and every limited edition or single cask a tasting note name that gives you a rough idea of the flavor profile. Treacle Chest sounds inviting and delicious. Wooden Chest sounds dry and mothball like but it was the best we could do.

Blended Malts are a difficult category because most of us when reading a whisky label see the word “blend” and stop reading right there. The category used to be Vatted Malt but the Scotch Whisky Association thought that it was to confusing so decided to have two categories starting with the word blend instead because that wouldnt be confusing at all…right?

Single Malt whisky has become for most Scotch drinkers the pinnacle of the Scotch Whisky experience.  The mechanics of Scotch Whisky making for big brands discates that the vast majority of Single Malts are a vatting of 100’s if not 1000’s of barrels from the same distillery. A blended malt whisky is made up of 100% Single Malt casks but from more than one distillery. For a limited edition blended malt like Treacle Chest the number of casks is very small. In this instance only 6,300 700ml bottles or 14 casks. Treacle Chest is only mae up of 2 Highland Distilleries and all the casks were 1st Fill Ex Sherry Hogsheads.

Blended malts are some of the most delicious whiskies I have ever had so for me opening your mind and tastebuds and showcasing this delicious category for all it can be is a high priority.

Wemyss Malts Treacle Chest Blended Malt – 46% non chill filtered, no caramel – 6300 bottles – 14 x 1st Fill Sherry Hogsheads.

Colour:          Tinged amber sherry hues abound tailing to fine gold at the edges. Lovely looking whisky.

Nose:              Stewed plums and dates in butter sauce. Very Sticky Date Toffee Pudding…..mmmmm one of my favorite desserts.

Palate:            Oh yeah this is delivering that nose. 46% is spreading everything nicely like butter on toast. This is sticky date pudding complete with a swirl of fresh cream and toffee sauce. Im loving this and it’s nice to know that out there somewhere are several thousand bottles in the market that you can snap up and add to your whisky cupboard.

Finish:           Toffee is the fading note for me as the sweetness drops off and leaves a dry date and raisin note. Not a super long finish but works perfectly with the weight and balance of this dram.

On day 2 in our 4th edition as seems to be an ongoing tradition now we had another delicious blended malt with the Wemyss Malts Spice King Batch Strength.

Dont forget to head over to the Whisky Vault and to Scotch Test Dummies for their unique take on the Day 2 Dram.

Tomorrow we travel back in time through the skills of those awesome guys at Lost Distillery Company.

Until then my friends drink hearty and often.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting # 198 – 5th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 1 – Single Cask Nation MacDuff

Unbelievable that the time is here to begin our 5th Scotch Whisky Adventure together. This year we welcome a whole new community of delicious dram drinkers from the USA, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and New Zealand. It is really exciting to share this journey with so many and experience how incredible Scotch Whisky truly is together.

Our 5th edition has stretched my wife and Secret Spirits partner Cindy and I to exciting new limits. This edition boasts not just another 25 days of life altering drams but for the first time we have two whiskies over 30 years old and more Secret Spirits bottlings than ever before. Hold onto you hats ladies and gents this is going to be a fun ride.

Firstly lets all punch out that big middle hole and grab our Aurora glasses. Those of you that have been drinking along with us from the begining will know that every year we source a different whisky glass to build up a library of options for you. In years past we have had the Spiegelau Whisky Tumbler (1st Edition), Samaroli Custom Spiegelau (2nd Edition), Neat Glass (3rd Edition) and Spey Glass (4th Edition). For our half decade milestone we wanted to do something a little more artistic with a splash of pizzaz. The Aurora glass is a twisted tumbler that feels great in the hand, can handle whisky stones or ice easily and has enough room for even the heartiest splash of your favorite dram. Boasting the largest opening on any of the glasses so far it will work well for those high alcohol cask strength whiskies but may require more nose engagement for delicate drams. As an added bonus the Aurora can even handle some epic whisky cocktails with ease.

Before we get going Cindy and I would like to thank a few people that are coming along for the ride this year as our guest blogger/tasters. Firstly we have The Whiskey Tribe weighing in at an astounding 133K subscribers on their Whisky Vault Youtube channel and backing that up with their Whisky Biscuits channel, Crowded Barrel Distillery and Fang & Feather whisky bar. Daniel  and Rex are awesome and I know you are going to enjoy their take on these whiskies. Secondly we have the intrepid duo at Scotch Test Dummies, Scott and Bart have built up a very loyal following on their popular Youtube channel. With a funny and relaxed tableside tasting style I know these guys are going to have a blast on this adventure with us.

Right then with glass in hand it’s time to grab that booklet and get ready to add some tasting notes for our first dram.

Single Cask Nation

Day 1 – Single Cask Nation MacDuff 14 Year Old – Distilled in 2003 – Refill Sherry Cask No. 900026 – Highlands – 57%

Single Cask Nation is a small independent bottler based in the US. Joshua Hatton and Jason Johnstone-Yellin have made it their ongoing passion to select extremely good casks of whisky from all over the world. They always bottle at cask strength with no caramel coloring added or chill filtration. This is their first time in the covetted day 1 slot. We always like to start the adventure with something especially delicious and a touch unusual.

MacDuff Distillery

MacDuff distillery is more commonly known by the proprietary label Glen Deveron. Founded in 1960 production began in 1963. William Lawson purchases the MacDuff in 1972 and eventually sells to Bacardi in 1993 when it is made part of the John Dewars & Sons operation. Outside of the Glen Deveron range of Single Malts that are not always easy to find it is independent bottlers like Single Cask Nation that select those outstanding single casks and rescue them from being washed into the every day shelf expressions.

Colour:         Refill sherry imparts a lot less colour and this is very evident with the lovely antiqued gold shining out of this bottle at me.

Nose:             Rich honey overtones with wafts of the tropics. Sometimes pineapple, sometimes lychee….sometimes that more pearlike nose that is often a hallmark of a lot of Highland Malts. This nose is doing a lot for me and I could quite happily sit and sniff this for ages. The sherry influence is nicely in the background with the use of a refill cask. No doubt it is why I am getting more tropic notes.

Palate:           That 57% big mouth feel is there but does not overpower the abundance of ripe fruit that fills every inch of my mouth. The honey is definitely a strong contender for biggest note with flaky pastry and some nutty qualities. I would say that for me it’s reminicent of when I was in Rhodes Greece. The honey there had a special floral and fruit quality that I am getting on this. That honey was wrapped in Phillo pastry complete with pistachios and served daily to my wife and I as part of our daily afternoon Baklava adventure. This dram takes me back there in spades.

Finish:         Lingering on and on with a zesty edge that tingles the sides as it all goes down to a warming glow. The fruit, honey and flaky pastry all roll together for a dram to remember.

Thanks Jason and Joshua for such a memorable day one whisky. What a great way to start our milstone 5th year of Scotch Whisky Adventures. I am really looking forward to sharing the next 24 days with you because I know whats coming bwahahahahaha.

Day 1 of our 4th edition was the truly delicious 18 Year Old Tamdhu from Hunter Laings Old Malt Cask Range. It’s always fun to go back and remember these limited edition drams.

Tomorrow we have a fantastic whisky from Wemyss Malts that will also bring up some fun discussion about US labelling laws.

It is so amazing to be here with you our Secret Spirits community. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to share our love of Scotch Whisky with you all.

Until tomorrow

Dram up baby yeah……

 

Singlemalting # 196 – Magnificent Bastard? Why yes I am.

G’day everyone and welcome to the fun tale of my visit to meet Daniel and Rex of the Whiskey Tribe. I have had several trips to Texas this year as we at Secret Spirits continue to work hard to bring delicious adventures to deserving folk in the US. It was on one of these trips that I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the newly minted Crowded Barrel Distillery.  Getting a secret tour of The Vault up in the Wizards Academy tower and learning all about the Whiskey Tribe was an added bonus.

Wizards Tower

Firstly having seen a lot of their Whiskey Tribe videos I have to say that I really resonate with how much fun Daniel and Rex have in and around all forms of whisk(e)y. The world needs more fun and adventure and these guys offer it in spades.

View from the Wizards Tower

The Wizard Academy is a not for profit university style campus in Austin Texas and helps entepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to delve into the world of marketing and more. There is a wedding chapel that provides an amazing free space for couples from all over to tie the knot. Now a brand new distillery to help fuel Daniel and Rex’s passion for great whisk(e)y is up and running.

The attention to detail that Roy Williams the visionary behind this space has put into the campus experience is amazing. The amount of inspirational artwork and design are everywhere. My personal favorite is the hilt of a sword that perpetually points to the North Star at the top of the tower. You look up from a below sea level trench cut into the Texas bedrock that ties into the old man and the sea display behind you. This would be a fantastic place to learn while getting creative juices flowing.

Boys at the Fang & Feather opening day
Fang & Feather

Daniel escorted me through a tour of the tower where every different floor is a unique experience. The ultimate room however was the Whisk(e)y Vault. You gain entrance through a secret book case doorway and step into a world of whisky donation wonder. Every whisk(e)y in the room is sent to the vault by people from all over the world and Daniel and Rex work tirelessly to review every one of them.

 

I know how much time and energy is required to consistently keep putting good content out there and engage the whisky faithful that are always thirsty for more cool stuff. Well done Daniel and Rex you have created something very special that has enhanced the whisky experience for thousands. What a fantastic whisky achievement.

My wife Cindy and I checked out the Fang and Feather bar attached to the distillery to try the first bottling releases of Eleanor Bourbon that is only available on site. Next time I am in Texas I am going to have to grab one if there are any left as they were just getting the bottling going when we were there. It was the first official day that the distillery and bar was open so we felt very privileged to be able to share it all.

Eleanor Bourbon

This month (August 25th) they had their grand opening celebrations. Wish we could have been there for that as I know that great whisky flowed and a lot of fun likeminded magnificent bastards attended.

Daniel one Magnificent Bastard

To you Gentlemen may your MB Tribe grow in leaps and bounds.

Cheers

Jonathan

Whisky Vault

Singlemalting # 195 – Promise of Hope – Whiskey collectables

G’day everyone and welcome to what will be the first ever blog that I have written on a whiskey without actually tasting it.

 

Bourbon Sunshine

 

Recently I was on yet another trip South and managed to snag myself a bottle of something extremely rare. I have not really been a big buyer of whisky in the past. Wait on a sec before you get all shocked and horrified I need to clarify that having been in the industry most of my whisky drinking life I literally have more whisky in my basement than I can drink.

Whisky shopping can be a bit like Antique shopping with dusty bottles of amazing whiskies often sitting around for years before someone in the know scoops them up and makes an instant 100% return or more. This is frequently the case for Limited edition distillery bottlings but even in the independent bottling world there are bargains to be had. For indies there is even more chance that a special bottle has been overlooked for years and will gift someone a “start the car” moment.

For me this is perhaps the first bottle in what might become a long line of purchases that go into my “whisky fund” collection. I have always been a drinker of whisky and not a collector. Almost every bottle on my shelves is open and I am a firm believer that whisky was made to drink but I have no problem with the fact that the drinker may not be me. Like any investment there are always risks to take and a level of comfort you need knowing that you could blow your money. In the case of whisky investment the worst case scenario is that you can drink it……um seems like a win win to me.

Hope for ALS

In these uncertain times and stock market fluctuations whisky has been a consistent winner for investors over a long period. So with a little homework and a bit of luck you too can find those treasures and start your own whisky bank.

The topic of today’s blog just happens to be a bottle that found it’s way to me after a year of waiting. The Parker’s Heritage Collection from Heaven Hills has had some epic releases over the years including extremely old whiskey. The Promise of Hope is a 10 year old Bourbon at 48% and even reading through many tasting notes and reviews I have found a consistent thread of incredible balance and harmony in this whiskey. Almost enough to make me want to crack it and have a sip right now but I’m going to resist the urge on this occassion.

Parker Beam having been diagnosed with ALS has begun the Promise of Hope fund that goes towards research, advocacy and compassionate care for a very difficult disease with no cure at this time. This is the first single barrel whiskey released under the Parker’s Heritage Collection and helped to add around $ 250,000 into the fund.

If any of you are interested in helping out with this worthy cause you can check it out here – Promise of Hope Fund.

So to give you an idea in numbers for a bottle like this. Original retail price – $ 50. Almost immediately on release that went to $ 100 and is now worth over $ 500 on the secondary market. All this in only 5 short years after ithit shelves in 2013.

Promise of Hope

If you like whiskey/whisky in all its forms and can be disciplined enough to not open every bottle that you bring through your front door then get out there and find some gems. The rewards will be well worth it.

Next time drinking then writing – should be fun.

Cheers

Jonathan

Singlemalting 194# – Keeper Time

G’day everyone,

It has been an extremely eventful year thus far and overdue for me to ket the fingers flying on the keyboard for another Singlemalting Blog. Earlier this year I had the absolute honour to travel to Scotland and attend the Spring induction of the Keepers of the Quaich. If you are unfamiliar with this organization for Scotch Whisky you can read all about them on their website here.

After living my whisky passion that has been for the most part a Scotch Whisky Journey for the past 15 years it was thrilling to be included alongside so many incredible people. Everything from the walk up the red carpet surrounded by an honor guard and pipers to the swearing in ceremony, epic banquet and opportunity to talk whisky together was nothing short of mind blowing.

Even the whiskies on the table paired with dinner were extra special including a Single Cask bottling of Talisker especially for the Keepers of the Quaich that had me more than a few drams in by the end of the night.

My gorgeous wife Cindy has been a big part of my inspiration and journey into this fantastic world of whisky and I was so glad to have her alongside me for such a special moment.

Red Carpet Arrival

There are roughly only 2500 Keepers in the world and there are only 60 to 70 added each year shared between two ceremonies in the Spring and Fall. In this elite company of Scotch Whisky lovers are some absolute industry legends. As I sat listening to the achievements of the other Masters and new Keeper inductees I had to pinch myself that I was becoming part of it all.

From across the globe the 38 new keepers at my induction all had amazing stories to tell. Some working tirelessly for big brands, some breaking new markets, some like myself working with independents but all living and breathing the world of Scotch Whisky.

To my knowledge there are very few Keepers that are Canadian and even less that are Australian. I could probably safely bet that I might be the only Keeper that is both.

I have to say a massive thankyou to my nominator Stuart Nickerson of the Malt Whisky Company. Many of you have read my reviews of his whiskies over the years and having the chance to stay with Stuart and Wilma at their home was hospitality of the highest order. A special thankyou to Wilma who somehow even with a 30 minute roadblock managed to get us to the ball on time. The other industry legend that I must thank is Tim Morrison of A.D. Rattray and Clydeside Distillery who backed up Stuarts nomination by seconding it and endorsing my membership. I have been working with A.D. Rattray for over 15 years now and so it was very special for me to have Mr Morrison as part of this milestone.

Grinning Keeper

Thanks to everyone who has supported Cindy and I and Secret Spirits as we work to bring you amazing whiskies and our labor of love the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. Without you this would not have been possible.

Slainte

Jonathan

Singlemalting # 192 – Big Brand Jazz

G’day everyone and welcome back to a brand New Year. After spending Christmas in Ontario I was back at another wonderful whisky festival week in Edmonton, Calgary and Victoria. You can read about how amazing these festivals are in one of my previous blogs. As promised today I am sharing a rareish bottle of whisky from the largest producing brand of Single Malt in the world.

Shadow oversees the blog writing

Glenfiddich is mopst likely extremely well known to everyone reading this blog. As an imbiber of all things independent bottling it is a scarcity for me to reach out and grab a big brand bottle. I literally stared at this particular packaging for almost the entire month of December while promoting our Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar at Costco in San Francisco. As a branding and packaging piece, the team at Glenfiddich did an amazing job. Everything from the box to the bottle is full of little details that make it exceptionally well thought out.

Seems like I might have had a wee dram or two

This is the Glenfiddich 21 year old Reserva Rum Cask Finish. The rich orange colouring of the box with the double opening doors allows for light to play on the whisky bottle and to say that it beckoned me to open the bottle is an understatement. Like most everyone I am also swayed by beautiful packaging and well thought out design. After tucking it under my arm and transporting it back to Canada I could hardly wait to see if what was inside the bottle would live up to the eye candy.

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Reserva Rum Cask Finish – Bottled at 40%. With the Rum cask no doubt giving it a rouch of extra colour I would hope that it does not have any caramel added but I expect with the worldwide distribution and number of bottles that it is. Also sadly chill filtered.

Nose:   Tropical fruit influence taking me to ripe banana split with vanilla bean ice cream and hot caramel fudge drizzled all over it.

Palate:   Light delivery that leaves me needing another sip as it was all gone rather quickly. There are some light sweet spices… a touch of ginger, vanilla, and a hint of the tropics like the smell of the fruit bowl when its across the other side of your resort hotel room.

Finish:  Drying and trying to hang on but fading quickly. There is some citrus poking through at the death but little else.

Was really hoping for a lot more and if it had been 46% and non-chill filtered I know that I would have been rewarded handsomly. However the bottle yield would have been much less and alas that is not the way Glenfiddich plays.

I went in search of some reviews to compare and found a few lucky souls that had received barrel samples of this whisky and lets just say that their experience was much improved over the final version.

So this bottle was selling for around $ 180 US. For a packaging analysis and big brand experience blog experience I would do it again. If I were a consumer I might be a touch dissapointed that the whisky could have delivered so much more. Why dress the whisky up in the finest of formal evening wear only to strip it of all the nuance and complexity that would have made it shine.

Great experiment and fun to do. Would be nice to really see the big boys let it be all about the whisky sometimes even allowing for spectacular packaging. My suggestion would be to save your $$$’s for something a little more epic but by all means grab it off the shelf and check out the packaging.

Next blog as promised quite a while ago I am going to be tasting a small batch bottle of something crazy from the boys at Two Brewers in the Yukon. Stay tuned.

Slainte

Singlemalting.

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Singlemalting #190 – Day 24 – 4th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – A.D. Rattray Tamnavulin 29 Year Old

Welcome to Christmas Eve and a chance to welcome a new distillery to the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar list. This cask from A.D. Rattray was just shy of 30 years old so could have qualified for the Christmas Day dram with a few more months. Settling for Christmas Eve however is no small feat.

Tamnavulin is a distillery in Speyside that opened in 1966. A relative newcomer to the Scotch Whisky Landscape. It operated until 1995 was closed for over a decade reopening in 2007. Owned by Whyte and Mackay there is limited availability of Single Malt under the Tamnavulin label and so it is up to us independent bottlers to source these rare casks and give you a taste of what could be.

Tamnavulin Distillery

A.D. Rattray Tamnavulin 29 Year Old Single Malt aged in a Bourbon Hogshead # 10026 and bottled at the cask strength of 49.4%.

Colour:    Even after 29 years all it can muster is medium gold.

Nose:   Herbal tea infused with Chamomile, Apple, Pear and just a touch of grapefruit.

Palate:    Wow really palate coating and the ABV seems perfect as is. The pear really shows strongly and the pink grapefruit is there sitting right next store.

Finish:   Custard apple, fragrant, sweet and creamy.

This is a delicious older dram and I can hardly get over the mountain of fruity goodness after 29 years in cask. This is what I look for in an older dram and this is also my first time with a Tamnavulin in my glass. I will definitely be looking for more in the future.

On the 24th day of the 3rd edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar we had the Single Cask Nation 28 Year Old Bunnahabhain.

Please head on over and support our Star Wars loving blogger Scotch Trooper.

Tomorrow being Christmas day we head into the realm of 30 Year Old Scotch Whisky. We have covered pretty much every category of Scotch Whisky over the past 4 editions for our final dram except one. Read closely and you will be able to guess the style of tomorrow’s dram. As in all past years the boys at Samaroli continue to hold the coveted spot.

Hope that everyone has some family and friends surrounding them and can share in the love and fun that this time of year brings.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow on Christmas Day.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and happy dramming.

Cheers

Singlemalting

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Singlemalting #189 – Day 23 – 4th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – Single Cask Nation – Tormore 21yo

Right down to the very end of our journey now with only 3 drams to go. Today we have the lone expression from our mates at Single Cask Nation. Love the casks that these two guys choose and was excited nonetheless to at least get one special dram from them for out 4th edition.

Today we visit a distillery that is seldom seen outside of independent bottling circles. Tormore is in Speyside as are much of Scotland’s distilleries. We have had some amazing expressions in the past including the magical Tormore from Samaroli way back in the 1st edition.

Tormore Distillery

 

Tormore sees much of it’s production included in Teacher’s Blended Scotch. There is a 12 year old expression under the Tormore distillery label but only in a few select markets. A relatively young distillery in Scottish terms Tormore has only been operating since 1960.

Single Cask Nation Tormore 21 Year Old Single Malt – Aged in a 2nd fill Bourbon cask number 14211G and bottled at the Cask Strength of 49% exactly.

Colour: Light gold as you would expect from a 2nd fill American Oak Cask.

Nose:    Could it be that the usually heavy hitting Single Cask Nation expressions are leaning towards the Samaroli model? This is a lovely delicate nose of peach blossom, oatmeal and honey.

Palate:   Ahhh here it is the Single Cask Nation signature oily palate coating dram. Wow much bigger and bursting with intense flavor than I thought after that delicate nose. Citrus infusion there for sure with a lightly peppered flourish. The porridge and honey is there with a curl or two of shaved lemon zest garnished on top.

Finish:   Lingers long for 49% and to me feels even weightier than that. All of the above seem to swirl around the tingly ongoing cask strength effect. Started out thinking this could be a small diversion from Single Cask Nations regular MO but it is right in their wheelhouse.

Fantastic dram and any time I have the opportunity to include a Tormore in an edition I will jump at it. Such a rarity to find and such a shame that so much of it just goes into big brand blends.

On day 23 in the 3rd edition we had the Samaroli Peaty 20 Year Old that was our first time having a mostly Highland Park included in the calendar.

Please head over and check out Scotch Troop if you have not already. It has been amazing having him follow along with us for this edition. Can’t wait to see what he has lined up for Christmas Day.

Tomorrow being Christmas Eve we always have something a little special and the folks at A.D. Rattray provided the cask. Let’s just say that with a touch more age it could have been Christmas Day instead.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Christmas Eve

Until then Merry Christmas

Cheers

Singlemalting

 

Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 22

Singlemalting #188 – Day 22 – 4th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – Samaroli Spey 1995 – Tormore and Alt a Bhainne

Saaaamarolllllliii.. (sung with stage worthy hand gestures and deep bass vocals). Got to love these Italians and their take on Scotch Whisky. Silvano was widely praised as having one of the best palates on earth and with some of their offerings being the best examples of Scotch Whisky I have ever had I would tend to agree.

Today we are getting into a combination of two distilleries.Tormore and Alt A Bhainne We have had Single Malt Expressions of both of these distilleries in previous editions that were both big time favorites with a lot of you. Lets see what happens when Samaroli puts them together. Keeping in mind of course that the Alt A Bhainne in the 3rd edition was only 8 years old and this expression is 21 years.

Samaroli Spey 1995 – 21 year old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky bottled at 45% and non-chill filtered with no added colour.

Colour:   Grassy Gold

Nose:    As per usual with Samaroli it takes time to get into everything that’s going on. Warm up that Spey glass and get your shnoz in there. Floral honeysuckle and lavender blossom with notes of sweet barley and vanilla cream wafers.

Palate:   Spine tingling and a touch tongue tingling as well. “After 8” dark chocolate mints complete with the creamy texture and sweetness. Some baking spices like the tiniest dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Finish:   Keeps evolving with the bed time pillow mint and dark chocolate thread whirling around the continuing spice.

This is a very nice dram especially for those that love a little mystery in their glass and love to spend time unraveling. I found that this one needed even a touch longer than the normal “Samaroli contemplation” which was cool. This is why the vast majority of you do not work through our calendar in just 25 days but prefer to take your time.

This will be available for those lucky few that want it. Just email me as usual and we can sort you out.

On Day 22 in the 3rd edition we had the incredible Adelphi Cambus closed distillery 27 year old Single Grain. Wish I could have had a bottle of that but alas there just wasn’t enough.

Remember to get your Star wars geek on today at Scotch Trooper.

So for tomorrow we are showcasing the single lonely dram in this 4th edition from those naughty boys at Single Cask Nation. They promised me this would be a dram to remember so I cant wait to get stuck in.

Thanks for taking the journey with us so far as we get closer to a special time for many. It is such a pleasure and privilege to be able to share my passion with you.

See you tomorrow

Cheers

Singlemalting

 

 

Whisky Advent

Singlemalting # 187 – Day 21 – 4th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 20yo

As promised we are back to Hunter Laing and their Old Malt Cask series with a cask from the Glen Keith distillery. Glen Keith was the first distillery to open in Speyside after the great crash in 1898, opening its doors in 1958. Always owned by Chivas Bros it was mothballed in 1999 and then reopened in 2012. Almost all of its production goes into blends for export markets but a few casks escape that fate and wind up in the hands of independent bottlers like Hunter Laing.

Glen Keith Distillery

This is the first time we have seen an expression from this distillery in any edition so it is exciting to add another name to the ever growing list.

Old Malt Cask –

20 Year Old Single Malt – Bottled at 50% and aged in a refill sherry butt HL13359.

Colour:   Rich gold

Nose:   Rose petals and English Toffee. Turkish delight.

Palate:    Chewier than I thought it would be with robust flavors of bitter dark chocolate, pomegranate and quince.

Finish:    The fruit rolls on with a burst of dry sherry jumping in at the death. Its the pomegranate that seems to be the heavy lifter here for me all the way through.

A very interesting dram from Old Malt Cask. Loving the sherry refill after 20 years as I had to mull it over for sometime to get to the bottom of everything that was going on. Even now as I sit here there are some other flavors still trying to push their way to the top.

If you really like this dram it is available for Canadians (sorry Southern cousins). Just email me and we will get it sorted for you.

On day 21 in the 3rd edition we had the Wemyss Malts Marmalade Appeal Glenrothes 27 year old.

Please head over to Scotch Trooper as we head towards Christmas I have it on good authority that there will be some awesome climactic shots to look at.

Tomorrow we have another amazing Single Malt Combo from Samaroli. These 20+ year old Samaroli blended malts are always incredible so I am thinking this will be something special.

Looking forward to your company tomorrow

Until then dram safe and dram often

Cheers

Singlemalting