fangatang: Macallan 12 and crystal decanters

#macallan #scotch #whiskey

fangatang: Macallan 12 and crystal decanters

#macallan #scotch #whiskey

Glenkinchie 12yr

Glenkinchie 12yr

Glen Morangie 18yr

Glen Morangie 18yr

three-martini-lunch: Rye whiskey tasting

three-martini-lunch: Rye whiskey tasting

Michter’s small batch bourbon.

Michter’s small batch bourbon.

prairiescotch: This one came to me from completely out of the blue last year. I had never heard of Strathisla, neither the distillery nor its individual product. This bottle of their 12-year-old expression was a gift from my father for mowing his lawn last summer while he and my mom were on vacation—proof positive that no good deed goes unrewarded (some, however, may be more rewarded than others).
To my knowledge this has never been available in Saskatchewan liquor stores (surprise, surprise). Ol’ Pops brought this back from an undisclosed liquor store in booze-friendly Alberta. I will have to ask him which one and make a visit of my own one day. If they have a hard-to-find number like this who knows what else may be on offer.
Strathisla is rare for the same reason a lot of Scottish distilleries aren’t well-known: primarily its product is sunk into blends. The Speyside site is known as the home of Chivas Regal; this is a major component in Regal’s 12 and 18-year-old expressions, as well as a number of Royal Salute bottlings. Evidently a very small amount is typically set aside for sale as a single malt, although I’ve read recently that amount is rising to match the worldwide demand for more and better single malts.
The packaging of this bottle is quite striking; the bold splash of pink on the bottle and the cardboard sleeve, off-setting the predominant white and the blue accenting. It’s a pretty drastic re-design undertaken last summer to modernize the brand’s look, moving away from the stark black box and darkened bottle of their previous branding.If the idea is to make it a more eye-catching stand-out on store shelves I’d say mission accomplished.
Now, the whisky. Strathisla single malts are evidently all aged in sherry casks, sometimes first fill and sometimes re-fill. This particular beauty sits at 43% ABV and is non-chill-filtered. I’m not sure if it is coloured but I don’t believe it would be, even though the colour is majestic.
The nose presents quite nicely with a fruity burst of pear and green apple slices contrasting a quite-oaky body. There’s a note of herbal tea, softened with faint honey. A summery graininess is also in the mix. The nose is capped with a curious eucalyptus scent, like someone applying VIck’s vaporub off in the distance. 
It hits the tongue with an initial rush of vanilla-packed oak, riding over the tastebuds on a viscous, oily-yet-creamy spirit that coats the mouth. A hint of orange peel mixes with a peppery spiciness, both counteracted by a sweet nuttiness that carries through the finish. That finish is exquisite and lingering in the loveliest way.
Strathisla’s re-launch came along with some significant accolades: achieving a Master designation from the Scotch Whisky Masters last year and being named the best Speyside single malt 12 years or under at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards (in addition to a gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2011 and the IWSC trophy at the 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition).
As far as I can tell the prestige is well-earned; this is probably about as good a 12-year-old single malt as I’ve ever tasted.

prairiescotch: This one came to me from completely out of the blue last year. I had never heard of Strathisla, neither the distillery nor its individual product. This bottle of their 12-year-old expression was a gift from my father for mowing his lawn last summer while he and my mom were on vacation—proof positive that no good deed goes unrewarded (some, however, may be more rewarded than others).

To my knowledge this has never been available in Saskatchewan liquor stores (surprise, surprise). Ol’ Pops brought this back from an undisclosed liquor store in booze-friendly Alberta. I will have to ask him which one and make a visit of my own one day. If they have a hard-to-find number like this who knows what else may be on offer.

Strathisla is rare for the same reason a lot of Scottish distilleries aren’t well-known: primarily its product is sunk into blends. The Speyside site is known as the home of Chivas Regal; this is a major component in Regal’s 12 and 18-year-old expressions, as well as a number of Royal Salute bottlings. Evidently a very small amount is typically set aside for sale as a single malt, although I’ve read recently that amount is rising to match the worldwide demand for more and better single malts.

The packaging of this bottle is quite striking; the bold splash of pink on the bottle and the cardboard sleeve, off-setting the predominant white and the blue accenting. It’s a pretty drastic re-design undertaken last summer to modernize the brand’s look, moving away from the stark black box and darkened bottle of their previous branding.If the idea is to make it a more eye-catching stand-out on store shelves I’d say mission accomplished.

Now, the whisky. Strathisla single malts are evidently all aged in sherry casks, sometimes first fill and sometimes re-fill. This particular beauty sits at 43% ABV and is non-chill-filtered. I’m not sure if it is coloured but I don’t believe it would be, even though the colour is majestic.

The nose presents quite nicely with a fruity burst of pear and green apple slices contrasting a quite-oaky body. There’s a note of herbal tea, softened with faint honey. A summery graininess is also in the mix. The nose is capped with a curious eucalyptus scent, like someone applying VIck’s vaporub off in the distance. 

It hits the tongue with an initial rush of vanilla-packed oak, riding over the tastebuds on a viscous, oily-yet-creamy spirit that coats the mouth. A hint of orange peel mixes with a peppery spiciness, both counteracted by a sweet nuttiness that carries through the finish. That finish is exquisite and lingering in the loveliest way.

Strathisla’s re-launch came along with some significant accolades: achieving a Master designation from the Scotch Whisky Masters last year and being named the best Speyside single malt 12 years or under at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards (in addition to a gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2011 and the IWSC trophy at the 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition).

As far as I can tell the prestige is well-earned; this is probably about as good a 12-year-old single malt as I’ve ever tasted.

minus-numbers: This was a particularly fine scotch. #oban #scotch #booze #MorePlease

minus-numbers: This was a particularly fine scotch. #oban #scotch #booze #MorePlease

cienporcientoagave: Time to relax! #whiskey #scotch #singlemalt #workaholic #drinks #cheers

cienporcientoagave: Time to relax! #whiskey #scotch #singlemalt #workaholic #drinks #cheers

onelinewhiskey: #19 - Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
One bourbon and two sherry casks finish this smokey, malty, woody, but somehow delicate scotch.   Quite nice. 

onelinewhiskey#19 - Auchentoshan Three Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

One bourbon and two sherry casks finish this smokey, malty, woody, but somehow delicate scotch.   Quite nice. 

three-martini-lunch: Spice Tree, a blended malt scotch by the Compass Box Whisky Company. Latest addition to my personal stash.

three-martini-lunch: Spice Tree, a blended malt scotch by the Compass Box Whisky Company. Latest addition to my personal stash.