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Aberfeldy 1995 (E) PDF Print E-mail
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Aberfeldy Distillery, founded by the John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. in 1896 and opened in 1898. The distillery is located on the eastern outskirts of Aberfeldy, on the southern bank of the upper Tay.

Tommy Dewar (John Alexander Dewars younger brother) was the firm's charismatic and energetic salesman extrordinare. He took Dewar's brands around the world in 1891-3, a tour of 26 countries, producing 26 agencies for Dewar's brands.  Tommy's wit was legendary, G&Mhis speeches being peppered with sharp little epigrams or 'Dewarisms,' such as 'We have a great regard for old age when it is bottled;' 'Foot-prints in the sands of time are not made by sitting down;' and 'Minds are like parachutes - they only function when they're open.'

However, with demand for barley rising in World War I for use as a basic foodstuff, the distillery closed from 1917 to 1919. The Second World War also caused barley supplies to be cut, and the distillery was again forced to shut down for some of this period. Supply to final markets was kept up by reducing the period whisky was laid up from 7 years to 3.

In 1972 the distillery was enlarged, and the old stills were replaced by four new steam heated stills. In 1999, an Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt brand was introduced. In 2000, the Earl of Elgin opened "Dewar's World of Whisky" at the Aberfeldy Distillery: this is a centre for marketing the products and educating the public about the process of distillation and history of the Dewar's brand.

Aberfeldy is the largest malt whisky component of Dewar's Blended Whisky.

This is what they have to say: Subtle sherry influences with stewed apple, toasted malt nd floral notes.  On the palate, chilli spice with banana, lemon and charred oak flavours.

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Royal Brackla 1998 (F) PDF Print E-mail
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Royal Brackla was founded by a Captain Fraser at the height of illict whisky production in 1812 and this whisky is a special bottling of their normally unavailable unchillfiltered malt which was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013.  Royal Brackla is usually used in Dewar's blends and accounts for a good deal of their production.

Connoisseurs Choice Royal BracklaRoyal Brackla was the first of only three distilleries (the others being Lochnagar and Glenury) to earn the 'Royal' epithet. In Brackla's case, it was bestowed as a result of King William IV's particular liking for the whisky and it was called 'The King's Own Whisky'. The distillery was rebuilt in 1898 and again in 1966 when the floor maltings were closed and the single pair of stills became 2. In the course of that reconstruction programme, most of the older buildings were demolished, although the modern plant is attractively situated looking on to the distillery pond.

From Gordon & Macphail:

In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the brand name 'Connoisseurs Choice'. Until this time, many of the whiskies the range featured would not have been available as single malt. Today, Connoisseurs Choice retains this exclusive nature with a range of rare and sought after single malts from distilleries throughout Scotland

COLOUR: Pale Gold.where

BODY: Light to Medium.

FINISH: Medium in length.

CASK TYPE: Refill Bourbon Barrels

STYLE: Apertif.

AROMA WITHOUT WATER: Sweet vanilla with tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, mango and banana. An underlying hint of toasted malt develops.

TASTE WITHOUT WATER: Black pepper with green apple and pear flavours initially. Citrus elements develop, orange and lime, with a creamy milk chocolate edge.

AROMA WITH WATER: Hints of blueberry, cranberry and vanilla pod initially. A delicate toasted malt and menthol edge develops.

TASTE WITH WATER: Vanilla with strawberry and kiwi flavours. These are complimented by a sweet cocoa butter edge.

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Glengoyne 18yo (G) PDF Print E-mail
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Glengoyne was originally named Burnfoot distillery and probably operated illegally in the early part of the nineteenth century. Its first licence to distil whisky was granted in 1833, and it was renamed "Glen Guin", or "the valley of the wild geese", when Lang Brothers bought it in 1876. While there has been some modernization over the years, it retains a delightful nineteenth-century charm. It nestles prettily in a wooded valley below Dumgoyne hill, from which the Glengoyne Burn courses through sandstone and over a spectacular 15 metre (49 feet) waterfall, eventually flowing into Loch Lomond.

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 2Glengoyne distillery draws its soft process water from Loch Carron and its cooling water from the Glengoyne Burn. It uses only Scottish barley, Golden Promise and Chariot varieties, air dried after germination and hence un-peated. The carton boldly states "Scotland's Unpeated Malt" which is the whisky's signature, and it is designated the "Authentic Taste of Malt Whisky Untainted by Peat Smoke."

The distillery operates a medium-sized copper domed mash tun, 6 Oregon pine washbacks, 1 wash still and 2 smaller spirit stills with boil balls in the necks and level lyne arms. The size and shape of the spirit stills and boil balls contribute greatly through catalysis and reflux to the flavour of the resulting spirit. The whisky is matured in a combination of refill bourbon and sherry casks, in dunnage warehouses at the site.

The whisky is used in blends such as Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse and Lang's Supreme.

Or so the Glengoyne web site says, they go on...

Digestive biscuits, ripe bananas and a hint of pepper. This is the taste of Scotland's slowest distillation, bottled as tradition insists: at cask strength, un-chillfiltered. Like every Glengoyne, the amber hue is created by time and oak, nothing more.

Nose: Fresh strawberries and cream, crumbled digestive biscuits and a hint of oak spice.

Palate: Treacle-like, sweet and thick. Sharp fruits with sugar syrup and more oaty biscuits.

Finish: A long, lasting finish.

A tasting at the distillary video.

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The Arran Malt 12yo Cask (G) PDF Print E-mail
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Isle of Arran Distillers is one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland. Based at Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, one of the most beautiful and famous in Scotland which lies off the West Coast between Ayrshire and Kintyre.

Arran 12 Year Old Cask StrengthArran is a unique island known as 'Scotland in Miniature', for it has all of the scenery of Scotland, with mountains and lowlands, glens, lochs and royal castles (including one at Lochranza). Early in the 19th century there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The malt from Arran was shipped to the mainland and enjoyed by the gentry who regularly "took the Arran waters". It was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland, only rivalled by those from the 'Glen of Livet'.

This 12 year old cask strength whisky is non-chill filtered and has no added colouring making it a totallly natural and true whisky.

From Master of Malt:

Nose: A fruits character of peaches and nectarines rise of the source of the whisky with a tinge of classic Arran apricot to follow.

Palate: The palate is spicy with the fresh fruit from the nose becoming denser and tangier.

Finish: The finish is long and spicy with nutmeg and orange zest on the tail-end.

Overall: A really fruity showing from Arran with all the spice you could want.

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Bruichladdich Waves (I) PDF Print E-mail
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Bruichladdich

A late release and last chance to try from the Bruichladdich distillery a light single malt. The name Waves suggests the notes of crisp, fresh fruits and a touch of light spice with a touch of typical 'Laddie coastal tones.  Perhaps the Islay for those who think they don't like Islay?

Waves, a young version of Bruichladdich, was an accident. It started life destined exclusively for the Italian market, it was never intended as a strand alone bottling, and was ultimately incorporated in to the trilogy of bottlings along side Rocks (unpeated) and Peat (clearly peated) as a half-way house between the two.

Waves is to be discontinued from Summer 2012.  Tasting from Master Blender Jim McEwan on Bruichladdich Wave from the stillhouse of the Islay Distillery here.

Nose: Light, fresh. Perfumed, stemmy, floral. Dry grass, apples, slightly coastal.
Palate:
Medium body, balanced. Dried seaweed, sweet barley, toffee, vanilla, honey freshly sliced oranges, fruit salad, a touch of smoke - a lot going on!
Finish:
Long, fruity and spiced.

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