Monday, December 29, 2008

How big is yours?

Butt--------Approx. volume 500 litres=110 gallons-Approx 700 bottles
Hogshead--Approx. volume 250 litres=55 gallons--Approx 350 bottles
Barrel------Approx. volume 175 litres=40 gallons--Approx 250 bottles
Quarter ---Approx. volume 125 litres=27 gallons---Approx 175 bottles
Octave-----Approx. volume 50 litres=11 gallons----Approx 70 bottles

Hello to Ronnie at Duncan Taylor

We hear you have moved over from G&M. Looking forward to another tasting with you in the springtime.

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I write this with the following amazing Dallas Dhu in hand

Bottling: Duncan Taylor Dallas Dhu 1981 - 24yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Cask No: 387.
Colour: Pale Straw.
Nose: Sweet and creamy with hints of dark fruits.
Flavour: Fruity, drying and malty with a hint of chocolate.
Finish: Lingering fruitiness.
Comments: Hidden fruits come to the front give time.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

D&M Connoisseurs' Club Mortlach

I love Morlach and this one is a great example.
In November 2008 members received a bottle of a 14 Year Old Mortlach, from Duncan Taylor’s NC2 Series. Distilled in 1993 and bottled at 55.1% cask strength exclusively for the Connoisseurs’ Club Members. The whisky is bright gold with slow, thick legs. The nose offers a sherried nuttiness, with light honey grace notes and a hint of candied walnuts. On the palate, it’s big, chewy and very spicy. Richly textured it shows off a candied walnut sweetness. Just one drop of water really opens this one up, bringing up a floral note and integrating the spice. I highly recommend this one and a club membership.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis 16 Year Old Cask Strength Signatory Bottling
Harry and I had this at Lex B&B...great with a cigar. The whisky is a deep brown color with thin, slow legs. The nose is spicy, with a lot of cumin to perk things up. On the palate, it’s nicely balanced, with rich malt backed by that cumin spiciness. The finish is long, with the dry spices staying with you. (D&M Tasting Note)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Best bang for the buck

Mortlach is one of my favorites - and this one finished in Syrah has been a top 10 of the He Man Woman's Haters Kiddush Club for 2 years. Thought we could not get anymore, but K & L now exclusively has more - and at a price below $50!!!! They say: This is K & L's third edition of one of our favorite distilleries, Mortlach. It will never be this price again. So, if you enjoy this bottle, get is will you can! Tasting Notes: Color: Dark Amber. Nose: AMAZING, deep dried fruit aromas that fill your nose with raisins and prunes. It is the smell of a fresh baked pecan pie right out of the oven. Palate: Wow, wow, wow! The whisky first hits the palate with sweet, lush fruit of peach cobbler. Then it moves to the back of the palate to bring you dark, port notes with hints of chocolate. These flavors go on and on and will not let you go.

Benromach pleases

This distillery bottling of a 21 yr old Benromach is terrific. Rich taste, and decent complexity - a great regular dram.
Here are the distillery tasting notes: Colour: Bright gold. Nose (undiluted): Sweet, fruits - peaches and nectarines. Hints of toasted malt and a green leafy aroma. Palate: Sweet, sherrywood flavours. Some charred oak and resinous flavours. Rich. Nose (with water): Sherry influence more prominent. Mulled fruits and a sweet, chocolate aroma. Toasted maltiness remains. Palate: Sherrywood, sweet spicies - cinnamon and a little dry grass, hay-like note. Charred oak flavours lead to a drying finish. Body: Rich and smooth. Finish: Slightly dry with sherry overtones.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Japanese Whisky

can anyone point me to how to get some of these?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Springbank Bourbonwood - more please...

Down to my last bottle.
Does anyone want to road-trip to get it from either of these two places that will not ship it?

A great link to another Springbank lover:

Favorite of recent Fiddich

Aberlour 12 Year Old Duncan Taylor NC2 Bottling. Distilled: 1995 Bottled: 2008. 56.3% ABV. Cask Strength.
From D&M only - a recent delivery from their club.
This pale pine color whisky shows off thin, slow legs. Bourbon wood favorite. The nose offers heather; fresh cut pine wood, a hint of salt and a promise of powerful alcohol. Medium bodied on the palate, there’s a cinnamon candy note set in a heathery meadow. Fresh and lively, with lots of sweet malt and a spicy, peppery finish that doesn’t display much heat for all its power. This one takes a splash of water well and it opens up a nice white chocolate grace note to the finish.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fiddich Launch

Thanks to a partnership with Reb Yisroel, YINR can now celebrate many of our chaggim in the traditional, time-honored way, with a fish kiddush -- as they say in gaelic-aramaic, a Fiddich. We serve whisky distilled from the icy waters of the River Fiddich in Speyside, and fish caught off the coast of the outer Scottish Hebrewdes islands and prepared in the cedar-paneled smoke houses of MacWilliamsburgh.

The hit of the first Fiddich was a 31 year old Signatory bottling of Ben Nevis. Malt Advocate gives it a score of 87 saying: Very traditional West Highland style: somewhat rustic, muscular, and oily in texture, with notes of leather, bourbon, espresso, orange peel, kiwi, and a suggestion of ultra-aged Caribbean rum. Occasionally, a softer side of vanilla and coconut shows itself, but, if this whiskey were a man, he would be a lumberjack.
The hit of the second Fiddich was a 19yr old Macallan from Duncan Taylor. This is the latest from D&M's Single Malt Aficionados Club.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Great website

Choose your whisky by taste...

Uncommon Finds

Two dusty bottles from a Larchmont wine shop that begged me to take these "weird" scotches off his hands.
Both very nice for the price. Both bourbon casks.
The 1993 Signatory bottle of Brakla (13 year old)
The 1993 Signatory bottle of Ledaig (11 year old)

Friday, June 13, 2008

If the Rav likes it, its gotta be good

Tormore 15 Year Old D&M Exclusive Club Bottling
Bright golden color with bronze highlights and thick legs. Very lively on the nose, with red berry fruit and luscious malt along with a little new mown hay. Lushly textured on the palate, with lovely flavors of white chocolate and cinnamon candy along with a tease of red berry fruit. Some dark peat smoke rises up on the second half leading to a warm, dry finish.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fruit of Highland Park

Murray McDavid's Mission selection #4 - a 1979, 25 yr old Highland Park. Bourbon cask - creates an amazing twist on the classic HP. No disrespect to the traditional sherry side of HP, but this ne is out of this world. A top 5 in my collection!!!
A vibrant bouquet. Lots of soft fruits plus light floral notes, orange blossom, wild lily and pine needles intermingled with toasted oak, burnt heather, hints of honey. The sea breeze freshness adds a zesty citrus aroma to this sensational malt. Amazingly well-balanced. All the flavours explode on the palate. Not one flavour dominates. The peat smoke dryness and honeyed fruit complement each other superbly, flooding the taste buds with a mellow, rich, smooth texture. An absolute masterpiece of distillation. Thank you Jim McEwan for this find. (and thanks to MWeiss for the intro!)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Syrah Finished Special

Murray McDavid's 1993 Dufftown - aged in bourbon and finished in a Syrah. I finally finished this off - the first of my experience with the Syrah ACEings. The Mortlach that we fell in love with was the second. There is something about a bourbon cask whisky that takes on a incredible smooth and candy-like finish when it meets the Syrah. This one was bottled in 2004.
UPDATE: I just found more!!!

Mortlach that will be missed

Finished off a favorite from the collection - a 1988 Signatory Bottling of Mortlach. A classic mid-aged Mortlach from a single Sherry Cask.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bruichladdich with an Israeli twist

Check this out - the Laddies have produced a 12yr old and 18yr old using Carmel Wine casks. Can someone grab us some on the next trip to the holy land?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mosstowie - who knew?

Signatory's Cask Strength Collection 27yr old Mosstowie (1979, 54.1%) is a lovely dram. Needs a splash of water to open up this bourbon cask beauty. Has a perfect amber color that marks it as having slept in a bourbon cask. It has a clean grassy start but complexity emerges when hints of vanilla and butterscotch are found. The splash of water brings out a bit of fruit and balances the spicy oak.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Talisker 75th Anniversary

According to guest taster MW: Beautiful nose. Nice spice, hint of vanilla, medium on the body, but good long on the back end with a hiny of sea salt. If you add a little water the vanilla really comes out.
This is one of my favorites in the collection.
Others seem to feel the same way:

Sunday, February 10, 2008

NC² - Mannochmore

An 11 year old single cask from a rarely available modern distillery - Mannochmore. The Speyside based distillery is new (1971) and this sample is from a 1996 cask. Part of Duncan Taylor's The NC² Range of Single Malts , Non chillfiltered + Non coloured = NC². This is a new range from the unique Duncan Taylor portfolio of rare and premium casks. The selection of casks for our NC² range is very specific: the whiskies must demonstrate the exact character of the Distillery and have an abundance of flavours , leaving a long finish. This looks like a light white wine. Nose is of heather and grass. Crisp malt flavors. Finishes very crisp.
The picture is from the Duncan TaylorNC² line, nbut not this botteling. Thnaks to the D&M Connoisseurs' Club for providing this wonderful dram.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ben Nevis - refill please

Signatory Ben Nevis 1975 Cast Strength, 31 yr old (63.1%)
Finished this bottle off and just ordered more. A must have in any collection. Bourbon cask lovers will appreciate the maturity that this age gives this wonderful dram.
Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis gave its name to a distillery in the nearest town, Fort William. The distillery was established in 1825 by "Long John" McDonald, a 6ft 4in descendant of a ruler of the western Scottish kingdom of Argyll. In 1989 the distillery was sold by Whitbread to Mitsui, partner of the Japanese whisky-makers Nikka. The new owners restored production of malt but not grain whisky in 1990 under the name Ben Nevis Distillery Co Ltd.
(the pic is of a similar 1992 bottling)

BusinessWeek: New Whiskies from Old Casks

We know all this already, but helps explain the pricing beyond the obvious of the strength of the pound.