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David WishartWe try and keep an interesting mix of non-chill filtered whiskies and we are deeply indebted to David Wishart whose book Whisky Classified comes highly recommended and has allowed us to use his notes to add more detail to each whisky description. The book is available from behind the bar and you're welcome to have a look.  It details whisky from the perspective of flavour and not area, it also helps you choose a single malt whisky that suits your palate, not someone else's! Have a read and you'll understand the letters (in brackets) after each whisky from Tullibardine (A) to Ardbeg (J)!

The conventional way to classify Scotch malt whiskies is by region - Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Islay and Campbeltown. But knowing where they are made doesn't explain how they taste. Many distilleries today can produce a variety of flavours, peatiness (or lack of it) and this book guides the reader through the process.

How do you drink yours?  Everyone's preference differs, personally I choose to add a drop of water to release the esters that would otherwise never surface and so enjoy a fuller and flavoursome experience.  I wouldn't add ice as that clouds the taste buds and drinking a neat 46%abv+ whisky is not for me.  I'll not take issue with how you like yours though!  Steve

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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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The following tasting notes by Steve Marquis (work in progress)...

Royal Brackla (15 year old)
Cluster F
Bottle by Gordon & Macphail
Region: Highland
Strength: 46% vol
Colour: Pale gold
Chill-Filtered: No
Cask: Refill bourbon hogsheads.
Nose: Fruity with toasted malt and vanilla
Taste: Peppery, citrus and cream
Finish: Medium length, with melon, malt and spice flavours.

Steve Marquis 
7/05/2014

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keyDavid Wishart's book Whisky Classified details whisky from the perspective of flavour and not area, it also helps you choose a single malt whisky that suits your palate, not someone else's! 

The conventional way to classify Scotch malt whiskies is by region - Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Islay and Campbeltown. But knowing where they are made doesn't explain how they taste. Many distilleries today can produce a variety of flavours, peatiness (or lack of it) and this book guides the reader through the process.  The following is a key to the cluster groups used within the book and on our website.  If you lookup your own favourite whisky in th ebook and find what cluster it is in you are bound to find some equally enjoyable whiskies in the same and adjacent clusters that will suit your palate.  Here is a summary of the clusters...

A - Full bodied, sweet, pronounced sherry with fruity, honey and spicy notes.
B - Full bodied, sweet, pronounced sherry with fruity, floral and malty notes, some honey and spice evident.
C - Full bodied, medium sweet, pronounced sherry with fruity, honey, nutty and smoky notes.
D - Quite full bodied and sweet, fruity, floral and nutty notes, fairly spicy, hint of smoke.honey and spicy notes.
E - Medium bodied, medium sweet with fruity, honey and winey notes, and a whiff of smoke and spice.
F - Quite full bodied, sweet and malty with fruity, spicy and smoky notes.
G - Light, sweet and honeyed, with floral, fruity and spicy notes, mostly unpeated, an aperitif style.
H - Very light, sweet and malty, fruity and floral, an aperitif style.
I - Medium bodied, medium sweet, quite smoky, some medicinal notes, spicy, fruity and nutty.
J - Full bodied, dry, pungent with peat smoke and medicinal notes, some spice, malt and fruit in the background and a hint of polished leather or libraries.

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