Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sampling Single Malt Scotch

I spent quite some time enjoying Scotch before I began to understand that there was a technique to sampling the wondrous spirit. I’m far from being an expert, but for those who stumble upon this blog and know less than … Continue reading

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Talisker Distillers Edition

Talisker Distillers Edition (Distilled 2000, bottled 2011) Talisker whiskey is created beside Loch Harport, in the “…jagged shadow of the Cullin range, on the Isle of Skye.” (from the Talisker website). The Distillers Edition is finished in Amoroso sherry Casks. Colour: Chestnut … Continue reading

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The Whisky Regions of Scotland

Single malt Scotches have numerous personalities; for example, they can be aggressive, sophisticated, gentle, fascinating, and even mystical. Much of a Scotch’s character is a result of the area in which it was distilled. There are four whisky regions in Scotland, … Continue reading

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Glenfiddich 15 YO Solera Reserve

As a rule, I’m a bit of a Glenfiddich basher: I’ve never liked their 12 YO; it is relatively inexpensive, but lacks depth of character. I’ve been an acknowledged snob regarding the Glenfiddich brand, casting the distillery as a slight villain, suggesting that … Continue reading

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A conversation between Spirit and Oak

A single malt scotch owes much of its flavour and personality to the oak casks it is matured in. Historically, different woods were used, but it is now law that the casks must be oak, a robust wood that can be heated … Continue reading

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Glenmorangie: three expressions

Glenmorangie (rhymes with orangey; glen-MORANG-ie) is a Highlands distillery in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland, and the distillery’s mineral-rich waters are supplied by the Tarlogie Springs; which, according to Glenmorangie’s website, imparts unique flavours to the product. I’ve heard that Glenmorangie is … Continue reading

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