October 16, 2008
We found out about Glenfiddich's bottling of their Vintage Reserve 1977 this week, and it's got our tastebuds all atwitter about thirty-plus year old scotch. We're hoping we get the opportunity to give this one a try, because every single tasting note we've encountered sings its praises. Here's the info we got from Glenfiddich:
The cask selected was a second or third fill European sherry butt (the age of the cask precedes the time when the distillery began keeping records on the number of times the casks had been used). In early 1977, Dan stripped and rebuilt the cask at the distillery's on-site cooperage before lightly charring the inside surface of the wood. It was then filled with new-make Glenfiddich spirit on the 7th March 1977 before being laid down to mature in one of the warehouses.
Over more than 31 years, the Glenfiddich single malt slowly interacted with the wood, developing the character and flavour that so appealed to the selection panel.
We likey the sound of that.
For tasting notes, check out The Spirit World and Cask Strength; to go right to the horse's mouth, head on over to Glenfiddich.
May 12, 2008
We just found a posting over at The Scotch Blog about a new Swedish malt whisky distillery, that goes by the name of Hven. Sounds interesting - we've had whisk(e)ys from all over the world, but never from the land of Vikings. We wonder if a dram will make us want to pillage?
The state-of-the-art distillery, which will thrive on local cultivated barley and water, is built on a small island in the middle of the strait which separate Denmark from Sweden. The island is the former home of the medieval Scandinavian astronomer Tycho Brahe, but was also a stronghold for Vikings.
from The Scotch Blog
March 19, 2008
For a long time, Scotch was a mythical and confusing beast to us. It seemed like something that was only drunk by railroad barons and other people who wore monocles. After putting some effort into it, and the tutelage of some friends, we were slowly able to piece things together, recognize flavors by region, and lose the intimidation factor that had kept us away from the drink in the first place.
We just received an email press release saying our comfort zone could change, due to some new rules being cooked up by the British government and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). We're drinking generalists here, not Scotch specialists, but even we can see a lot of the new rules could confuse issues and make it even harder for neophytes to understand what they're buying and ensure the high quality they might expect.
...some feel it's a smokescreen to further enhance the commercial interests of a self-regulated industry. "New rules are to strengthen existing laws, protecting whisky regions, targeting counterfeiters, and protecting consumers" says Bruichladdich's MD Mark Reynier. "Some are good rules, others more disingenuous; consumers are to be protected from counterfeiters only so they can be ripped off by the industry instead.
Strong words. But the item that really caught our eye was here:
(Under the new rules) Cardhu 'blended malt' could look exactly the same as the highly successful Cardhu 'Single Malt' (400,000 cases) and yet it could theoretically be 99% of unknown, lesser, single malts of a completely different even inferior style or flavour.
Read the full press release below.
Continue reading: "New Scotch Rules on the Horizon"
January 16, 2008
We don't have much to add to the sentiment of this fine ceramic mug. We love the fact that it's right in your face with its pro-whisky sentiments. We love the fact that it's dishwasher and microwave safe.
But most of all, we love that it holds 11 ounces, which breaks down to 8 ounces for coffee and 3 ounces for whisky (though we don't much like scotch in our coffee...we suggest bourbon or Irish whiskey. We're pretty sure that wouldn't make you a liar - you can still love whisky but drink whiskey in your coffee, private eye style).
I Love Whisky Mug
December 20, 2007
There's something about drinking whiskey (and whisky for that matter) that really - pardon the expression - gets our rocks off. The taste, the smell, the experience...it adds up to greatness. We often like to drink ours on the rocks, but we've never heard of anything like this. They're pieces of Scottish granite designed to be chilled in your freezer and added to your drink without diluting it like ice.
Sippin' On the Rocks [via Luxist]
December 12, 2007
Well, apparently they're finally here...the 12 Days of Scotchmas. If you're anything like us, we know what you're all thinking - you can't believe it was just Scotchgiving, and today's the last day of Scotchnukkah. Well, prepare for the big day itself with The Scotch Blog's 12 day gift guide countdown.
Day 1 - A lead on picking up a bottle the ever-elusive PC5 for the nice folks on your list
Day 2 - 2008 Scotch Blog T-Shirts
We'll do our best to keep this updated, but don't trust us...visit The Scotch Blog.
November 29, 2007
The Macallan has released a 55 year old scotch this year, one of the older bottlings we've heard of to hit the streets. You might like it because of the distinctive, perfume-inspired bottle. Or, you might be into it because the Macallan makes such fine scotch. Us? We're just pumped that we can finally live out our dream of drinking scotch that's as old as our parents.
Who wants to chip into some of the $12K we'll need to buy it? Let us know soon because they're only making 420 of these puppies.
men.style.com [via Luxist]
October 26, 2007
We could go on and on about legendary one-man-band Bob Log III and how you should buy his albums, but the name of this video says it all. [Caution: This video contains actual boobs being dunked into actual scotch.]
July 26, 2007
We just realized we haven't talked Scotch in quite some time, so let's get right to it. We just saw a story on The Scotch Blog about Bruichladdich's PC5 (Port Charlotte 5YO) coming to America. We're interested not only because it sounds like good stuff we'd love to drink a dram of, but also because of who is the importer. Wyatt-Zier, the folks who introduced us to Liquor Snob favorites Compass Box and Zygo, snagged the rights to this one. Good on ya, boys!
More at The Scotch Blog
February 5, 2007
According to an article we just found at the Dallas Morning News, bartenders are taking the "only the finest ingredients" trend in cocktail mixing to its logical conclusion and starting to mix cocktails with single malt Scotches. For those not in the know, single malts are most often drunk neat or with a splash of water by purists, and the idea of mixing one into a cocktail is heresy. Maybe it's just our Scots lineage, but we'd have a little trouble using a $100 bottle as a mixer.
However, if it's your bag, baby, we've included their list of Scotches to use after the jump. We pretty much agree with their taste in Scotch, if not their decisions on what to do with it. Plus, click through to the story at Dallas Morning News for recipes for two cocktails - a Rob Roy and a Highlander's Delight. Our guess is you could find similar enjoyment by mixing these up with some blended Scotch, but what do we know?
Continue reading: "Making Your Single Malts...Sassy?"