(Source: homemade-appalachian-whiskey, via whiskey-please)
marcouli: 12 years old whiskey, a cigar and an Omega Seamaster Professional owned by my friend Paul.
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Singleton 28 year
three-martini-lunch: John Walker & Sons Odyssey
I was at the Quance St. SLGA liquor store last night, my wife and I standing before the one all-too-short section of scotch and trying to decide what bottle I would treat myself to. An employee of the store came up, joking that the stuff I really wanted was up by the tills; he was referring to the three or four “rare” bottles locked in cabinets at the front of the shop. Eventually he admitted to me that he knows nothing about whisky, but “this one” (Glenlivet 12) and “that one” (Glenfiddich 12) must be pretty good because they’re the most popular.
"Oh, and that Ballentine’s. We sell a lot of that."
Contrast that with my experience at Total Wine & Spirits in Arizona and you see just one more facet of how the Saskatchewan government’s liquor policies are woefully lacking.
When I arrived at Total Wine for the first time I was perusing their scotch shelves when another fellow asked for some help selecting one for his elderly neighbour. After we chatted for a few minutes an employee came up and chimed in as well; Jarred, although young, revealed a depth of knowledge of the products that SLGA would never dream of requiring of its workers. He was able to speak in detail about each distillery, and gave both the fellow looking for help and me something to think about.
One of his recommendations was this 12 year-old expression from The Grangestone, He said the low price, in the $30 range, was deceptive; he insisted it drank like it was worth at least twice that. I’ve since learned that Total Wine is the sole distributor for The Grangestone and it seems some people don’t really approve of that. I don’t really care about the politics of sales, frankly; the overall value of this product is, frankly, remarkable.
Considering the price point, I would imagine this would stack up very well against any number of typical entry-level single malts. It is a fairly luscious and more layered whisky. The nose is delightful: soft, honeyed vanilla oak melds with a rich maltiness. Plenty of green apple and a peppery spice add some character.
The body feels fairly young for a 12 year-old, in the sense that it is somewhat thin, almost watery, for the age. There’s a very strong oakiness that is decidedly pleasant, the vanilla notes combining with honey. The peppery notes from the nose come back in spades, giving it a tongue-teasing spiciness. Compounding that effect is a mellifluous grapefruit zest, softened by a pear note that is crisp and refreshing.
Perhaps the best way to describe this is as a single malt that you can literally drink all night. I know; I did it. Twice. If it was available in Canada I would always have some on-hand and I would never stop drinking it and I would die of cirrhosis of the liver very, very soon. It’s just good.
So politics aside, take away that from this. It’s good.
therewillbebourbon: Happy weekending!
three-martini-lunch: Two new additions to my whisky collection!
Limited edition 18 year old Glenlivet, only 5000 bottles made. And a 10 year old BenRiach, a speyside peated whisky!
(Source: selfishmistakes, via three-martini-lunch)
… and I’m not even sorry
whiskyadventures: Still one of the greatest! #whisky