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.

Check out Duncan Taylor's Fine site at

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)