Thursday, January 21, 2010

Get ready for Robbie Burns

The 251st Anniversary of Robert Burns birth is Jan 25th. I have a few special whiskies coming in from scotland to compliment the haggis, neaps and tatties.
Address to a HaggisBurns
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang's my arm.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Strathisla 30yr a winner

Strathisla is a significant contributor to Chivas Regal. This whisky has won the Scottish Fields Magazine competition 2 years in a row and for good reason. G&M has a few from Strathisla that I have tried and loved. This is really great and winner of a 8 bottle tasting at the House of Paine recently. Even Stu likes it...
Tasting Notes (G&M): Nose is Sherry wood with ripe fruit - apples, pears. Hints of toasted malt with some leather and hessian. A touch of heather honey.  The palate is a bit smoky with rich sherry elements. Earthy and spicy with moss and other green leaf notes.  Once water is added you get a nose of Treacle and toffee sweetness with dried fruits - dates and figs. Floral aromas - rosewood and lavender. The palate with water is still smoky with hints of clove and cinnamon. Rich sherry, fruitcake - Christmas cake.

1966 was a good year

My birth-year produced this terrific Glen Grant. Scottish Fields Mag reviewer writes:
Gordon and MacPhail is very fortunate to boast over 20 different fine expressions of Glen Grant dating back to the 1940’s! This particular expression is 40 years old and shows no signs of being “over cooked”! It is surprisingly light and refreshing, there are soft fruits present with a whiff of vanilla. There is a dash of smoke on the palate to begin with which reappears on the finish. A surprisingly youthful malt with bags of character.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Celtic Heartlands HP finished

So sad that this is now gone - Jim McEwan (Murray McDavid's master) created the Celtic Heartlands series. This was the 1967 Highland Park - 35 yr old @40.1% from American Oak cask.

Tasting Notes

Michael Jackson

Flapjack, warm from the oven. Cooked morello cherries.
Sweetly smoky. Flavours well integrated and contained. Slow, disciplined, development.
Firm, powerful, straight-ahead. Rounded with a suggestion of mint toffee.
The more heavily-sherried expressions of Highland Park seem more open in displaying their charms.

Dave Broom

Full and rich. Dry grass, light peat, lanolin. Touch of perfume, (heather bells) fudge, kumquat. Fine-framed oak.
Excellent weight. More fruity than nose suggests with good balance between firm oak and sweet, butter tablet mid-palate. Complex.
Fragrant smoke.
A beauty-but what else would you expect from HP?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Hello Roy

Anyone who might need a great guide in Speyside should give our friend Roy a call. He hosted us a few times now and really made the trip to Scotland amazing. See his site at :
Without Roy, we would never have seen this...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Chabad is the coolest!

Yes, Chabad again manages to be first to do something unique - this time a Whisky Menorah.
Read about it here: (and look closely at the bottle in the picture)

I am working on getting a bottle.
Thx to TB for the link.