With the arrival of 28 rare Macallan expressions, we take a moment to delve into the rich history of probably the most famous distillery in Scotland, if not the world.
The buyers at Master of Malt have been wearing their Indiana Jones outfits recently (they do actually have special outfits for whisky sleuthing) and have discovered a stash of rare Macallans that will have enthusiasts salivating. There are further details below, but we thought this was as good an excuse as any to look at a distillery that really does sanction the use of that overused word, iconic.
Macallan dates back to 1824 when a distillery was founded by Alexander Reid at Craigellachie. Many distilleries were built (and many illegal ones went legitimate) around this time due to the 1823 Excise Act which liberalised licensing laws. The distillery passed through various owners until 1892 when it was bought by Roderick Kemp, a giant of whisky who at one point owned Talisker, though not at the same time as The Macallan. He completely rebuilt the distillery and renamed it Macallan-Glenlivet. It was common practice to add ‘Glenlivet’, the area’s best-known whisky, as a suffix to your distillery. Nowadays many distilleries would love to put Macallan after their names, though I think Macallan’s lawyers would have something to say about that.
We take a look at the Yamazaki distillery and its history, and taste a few choice single malt expressions from the renowned Japanese distillery.
The Yamazaki distillery. Maybe you’ve heard of it. If you’re a whisky fan, it’s highly likely that you’re well aware of this legendary Japanese distillery and might have even tasted some of their spectacular Japanese single malt whisky. We’re shining a spotlight on Yamazaki today, so if you want to find out more about the distillery, you’ve come to the right place!
That Boutique-y Whisky Company has announced that they’re introducing age statements to all future releases with immediate effect and, right on cue, they have a raft of new and exciting releases on the way!
All the new releases are listed below and are also available to buy or pre-order from Master of Malt now.
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You know how we hate charging for shipping? We want to banish the mere concept of “shipping charges” to the land of wind and ghosts where it can stay. In our continued effort to do so (aside from trying to modify our delivery trebuchet to be able to open portals to windy ghost lands), up until Christmas if you order a bottle of Ardbeg your entire order will get Free Shipping within the UK and £5 off elsewhere!
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Excited to peek behind the seventh window of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar? Well now’s the time, as it’s Day 7! Behind that little window lies a classic Sherried expression from a family-owned independent Speyside Scottish distillery – it’s a dram of Glenfarclas 10 Year Old single malt whisky!
Six generations of the Grant family have helped run the distillery, and next year marks the 150th anniversary of John Grant buying Glenfarclas back in 1865. #WhiskySanta Towers has been family-owned for many decades too you know, but the Grant family have managed it all without omniscience and flying reindeer. Bloody impressive! Not to say I’m a slouch mind, just watch me move on the 24th!
It’s all go over here at the moment and having recently launched the Reference Series, there is another exciting project or two just on the horizon, not to mention some much-anticipated new releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company*. With all this going on it’s fallen to me to tell you a little about yet another exciting release – our shiny, new 10 year old blend!
Some people still get their knickers in a bit of a twist about blended whisky, persisting with some kind of Orwellian mantra of “single malt good, blended whisky bad”, but blends can be absolutely marvellous, and many are. Indeed, we’ve been encouraging you all to try your hand at creating your own with our Home Blending Kits and Blend Your Own Whisky service for a long time now, and I covered the subject on the blog last year when I had a go myself. (Don’t worry, I had nothing to do with this new blend!)
I’ve long held up Bushmills 10yo as one of my all-time favourite Irish Whiskeys, predominantly because it has such an incredibly clear and obvious flavour component within it, that of Nectarine.
In fact, I can be more specific than that. It’s the taste of the little pieces of Nectarine that are present in yoghurt. I can go further than that, too if you like – it was the standard range of Safeways (before they got eaten by Morrisons) yoghurts available in the late 1980s. Only available as a 4-pack with Strawberry, Peach Melba, and Vanilla I believe (seriously – who eats vanilla yoghurt?). More…