Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Macallan 12yo 43% Bottled Circa 1996



Tried some of this yesterday - what a cracking dram - this for me is what Macallan was all about rich sherry at its very best - shame it seems to be a shadow of it's former self these days. (how many -'s can I use in one sentence)

Nose: Rich heavy sherry without being overpowering. Really rich like chocolate covered cherries and rich burnt oranges with a hint of spice.

Taste: Spiciness is more evident. Fades to allow more rich sherried fruity notes to enhulf your mouth. Very coating - thich and oily.

Finish: Long lingering thich sherry leaves a very moreish feel in the mouth. Spiciness adds a perfect touch of heat.

Comment: It is whisky like this that made The Macallan famouse - bring it back please!

Score 91/100

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Singleton of Glen Ord

Just tried this Singleton of Glen Ord 12yo which is launched whisky in Taiwan and South Korea to alledgedly help people to enter the world of single malt and also be a great dram for conniseuuursss (I hate that word). Anyway Diageo appear to be putting a lot of money behind this so I was very interested to try it.

Nose: Very rich and fully and toffeeish with obvious caramel notes
Taste: Quite thick, a few heavier fruity notes with a toffee creaminess
Finish: Slightly burning at full strength - definately sweet and quite clawing.
Comment: A whisky that is pleasant enough - but nothing special non memorable for being either great or crap would drink this again though - a decent standard whisky. Would love to try the 18yo old though!

Score: 82/100

Interestingly the Singleton of Glen Ord press release by Diageo has reccomendations / tasting notes on it from experts like Michael Jackson, Charlie Maclean etc etc - however the Singleton of Dufftown carries not one review take of that what you will see the press releases by following the link.

Singleton of Dufftown ---> http://www.diageo.com/en-row/NewsAndMedia/PressReleases/2006/PressRelease23August2006SingletonDufftown.htm

Singleton of Glen Ord --> http://www.diageo.com/en-row/NewsAndMedia/PressReleases/2006/PressRelease15June2006Singleton.htm

Shetland Finishing

Muckle Flugga

See the latest from the marketing company (sorry whisky company) Blackwood Distillers, The are going to take 12 casks of whisky and mature them from now until spring on Unst - Shetland Finished http://www.shetland-news.co.uk/pages/news%20stories/12_2006/unst_whisky_here_for_christmas.htm

Ok they are putting this in new french oak casks as well but "wintering" it in Shetland is that really going to cause much difference. What will be next - you have to think that they will spend about 36 hourss on a boat going back and forth to shetland so will it also be a P&O finish?
Where else could this go they are stating that there will be matured in 10 different locations on Shetland will that mean that they will bottle 10 different editions?
Would love to see Shetland Whisky flourish but unfortunately I can only really see this idea as one straight from the marketing school.

Yet Another New Distillery

Plans are a foot for yet another new distillery this time in the Lowlands. Would be good to see some more Lowland whiskies cracking stuff just a shame Rosebank will never be reopened.

Anyway this is the latest in a long list of NEW distilleries http://business.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1832322006 maybe this one will actually take shape. I wish them all the luck in the world - they are probably going to need it!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Glenavon

Refering to an earlier post the Glenavon went for next to £15000 shows how much I know i said it would go for £7000. Well I only hope that the new owner is very happy - all sounds a bit fishy to me and a lot of money to spend on something that will never be drunk!!!!

Pot Noodle and Port Ellen

Sometimes we just want to kick back forget about the world and have a simple drink. Normally I steer clear of ice! Fecking numbs the flavours – interestingly JW gold label was recently written about in a newspaper, as the best way to drink it was to stick it in the freezer over night!

Anyway as I ramble on sometimes I do like to keep things simple so tonight I filled a tumbler with ice and filled it up with a decent glug of Woodford’s reserve one of my favourite American whiskies. What a great way to unwind. What I am trying to say here is that although we can enjoy the so called finer things in life – what is there to stop us liking things that are frowned upon by the high and mighty of society.

Glenfiddich is a classic example of this, Glenfiddich is a good everyday drinking whisky and it has some bloody good example – 15yo Solera is a cracker although I wish it would be bottled at cask strength – if you can ever get to the distillery and drink it straight from the Solera vat. Anyway as this is the best selling malt whisky in the world people knock it, “oh that crap” and other lesser printable quotations – well to hell with if people like it then so what – let them drink what they want rather than be lead by what someone else’s opinions to drink a whisky that they don’t enjoy.

No disrespect to the great whisky writer such as Jackson, MacLean and Murray but just because they give something 6 million point and something else 3 points doesn’t mean you should shy away from drinking something that you like just because that’s the case. Nor does it mean that you can not appreciate quality when you see it. Just because I like Pot Noodles – particularly the Nice and Spicy ones (89 points) as opposed to the new limited edition fajita flavour (83 points) – doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a good Port Ellen or for that point spot a bad Port Ellen – as much as this is a cult whisky there is a lot of crap Port Ellen on the go – there is however a lot more exceedingly good Port Ellen on the go though.
Reminds me of a time when I fell in love in a bar in Sweden – how often do stories start out like that I wonder. Anyway I was in a bar in Sweden drinking Port Ellen and chatting to the barmaid and she recommended a particularly Belgian beer worked particularly well with the particular Port Ellen I was drink – and low and behold it worked perfectly – and with that I asked the stunning barmaid to marry me. Ok I would have done if she hadn’t just introduced me to her boyfriend. Still wish I could remember what the beer was!