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Monday
Apr042011

New Gordon & MacPhail

I really like the Gordon & MacPhail palate.  They seem to often choose smart casks for their bottlings and that only enhances the reputation of their brand's quality.  What I especially like is that some of their bottlings are at 43%, bucking the current trend that believes malt tastes better at 46% (as if that's a magic number).  Euan from G&M told me in person that he doesn't understand the fascination with percentages, saying that a whisky tastes best at the level where it tastes best, not necessarily a set ABV.  I completely trust that G&M has tried their barrels at both cask strength and with water.  If they decide to bottle at 43% then I assume that it tasted better at that proof.  The previous releases (Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Rosebank) that were at 43% were fantastic and I assume these will be as well.  Can't wait to taste them.  Here's what just came in.  I had to pre-order them to secure them, so haven't sampled them yet, but the selection is fascinating.  A load of distilleries that are closed or rarely available.

1991 Ardmore 16 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $94.99

1976 Banff 28 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $139.99

1984 Convalmore 22 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $149.99

1975 Glen Albyn 31 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $195.99

1984 Glenesk 20 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $139.99

-David Driscoll

Monday
Apr042011

Floor Maltings at Bowmore

Very few distilleries still do this, so this was a treat.  Jamie MacKenzie explains (at 2 AM):

-David Driscoll

Sunday
Apr032011

2.5x Distilled? Flamethrower?!

Peter Currie breaks it down at Springbank distillery

-David Driscoll

Saturday
Apr022011

Scotland Videos

Now that I am safely home and enjoying the use of my superfast internet, I'm going to start uploading a few videos here and there.  This first one shows John from Chieftain's explaining how they keep track of their whiskies.  There are hundreds in their warehouse.  How do they know when each one is ready?

-David Driscoll

Friday
Apr012011

Lessons From Scotland

Sitting here at the airport in Edinburgh, waiting for my flight, trying to summarize everything I've learned on this trip into a few short bullet points.  Here's what I know now that I didn't before:

- Indie bottlers that own distilleries can trade for some great barrels if their own whisky is a key component for another company's blend

- Up until now, indie bottlers have sent their own casks over the distilleries to be filled, or at worst, selected which type of cask they wanted filled.  Because most distilleries are discontinuing this practice, it is IMPOSSIBLE to break into the indie business now.  You need to have decades worth of previous stock to compete with these guys.

- Distilleries will sometimes teaspoon their casks (add a wee bit of another distillery's whisky) to prevent indie bottlers from selling the whisky as a pure single malt.

- Indie bottlers have to be very careful when purchasing barrels from the broker market as some can be 4th or 5th fill barrels, rendering the whisky pale, bland, and practically worthless.  It might say "Glen Keith 17 hogshead," but it still might look and taste like white dog.

- The U.S. system that only allows for 375ml, 750ml, and 1.75L bottles is preventing everyone here from drinking more whisky, and preventing us from selling more whisky.  There are numerous distilleries and bottlers that don't want to deal with a different format just for one market that isn't drinking anywhere near as much as China anyway.

- The type of barrel and the quality of the wood might be more important than just about every other step in the process of making of whisky. 

- Small, independent distilleries are so much smaller and hands on than one would think.  It's amazing they can supply so many parts of the world.

- Bruichladdich makes so much whisky that no one can collect it all.  I love that.  Just drink it, guys.

- Campbeltown doesn't have much going on besides Springbank distillery.

- The Spey doesn't look anything like I thought it would.  The large distilleries are like factories churning out robots.  There is nothing romantic about it.

Maybe I can think of some more later.

-David Driscoll