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Master of Malt Whisky Blog

Tag: Single Malt Whisky

Check out the all latest news relating to single malt whisky – including top whisky-producing regions like Islay and The Highlands; and top distilleries and single malt whisky brands like Ardbeg, Balvenie,Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Macallan.

Old Whisky

 Macallan 1951 Whisky

Old whiskies have always commanded respect from the drinking public. It is widely thought that the older the whisky, the better. Distilleries have always pushed for this, because they can demand higher prices, and the increased rarity of old whisky has helped cement their éclat. At Master of Malt, we think whiskies have a life span; some require a lot of ageing to reach their peak, and others need only a few years. There are some very young whiskies which have reached their full potential very early in life; Ardbeg 10 is an awe-inspiring single malt and we’ve only got good things to say about the 3 year old English Whisky Chapter 6!

It is undeniable, however, that there is something very special about extensively aged malt. We’ve been lucky enough to taste some great 40 year old whisky recently.

A single cask 40 year old Glenfarclas had this impression on us:

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Categories : Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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The Winner of the Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

All you avid whisky enthusiasts will know of our little (not so little) prize giveaway of last month. We’ve reached our 25th anniversary and we’re full of collective beans so we picked a 40 year old Glenfarclas off the shelf (worth £1,500!) and offered up 250 chances to win it – all entrants had to do was buy any full-size Glenfarclas from the site…

Now, the purpose of this post is twofold. Firstly, we wanted, very much, to revel in our own beneficence, as we join the list of history’s greatest philanthropists (Paul Newman, Bono, Matt Damon…) that’s right…

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Whisky Bottles

Judging the Book by Its Cover

You might remember, a couple of weeks ago we wrote a post about Highland Park Earl Magnus. As we watched it fly off our shelves we got talking about packaging, and how important it is for luxury commodities – especially whisky. (NB we’re by no means saying we think it was all style and no substance – the whisky was great, scrumptious even!)

 The Rich Spicy One

Anyhoo, there’s been a recent spate of success stories, from imperialistic decanters to cartoons and artistic fonts. Now everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon, but there were those who did it first, and did it well.

One of the innovators was Jon, Mark and Robbo’s Easy Drinking Whisky Company. The trio were friends and scotch whisky connoisseurs – brothers Jon and Mark Geary, and David Robertson of Macallan fame – and their whisky was a far cry from some of the passé and overly conservative malts around at the time. To make doubly sure everyone knew this, the whiskies were given downright modish names; The Smooth Sweeter One and The Rich Spicy One, bedecked with caricatures of swarming beehives and Middle Eastern marketplaces of Hessian sacks filled with loose spices. More…

Categories : Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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Compass Box Lady Luck

 Compass Box Lady Luck Many of you will be familiar with Ardbeg Serendipity; a 12 year old blended malt that sprung, rather fortuitously, from a little carelessness at the bottling plant. A few casks of very old Ardbeg were accidentally vatted with a small portion of young Glen Moray (a distillery which was also under Glenmorangie PLC’s umbrella at the time).

 

It’s the sort of story that sparks controversy. Perhaps it was indeed a little too serendipitous and might sound more like the work of a well paid marketing department than that of a hapless blender. At least a great whisky came out of it – which is the bottom line after all.

 

When John Glaser of Compass Box created Lady Luck, the inspiration was “a lucky blend.” Sound familiar?

 

John vatted 25 and 29 year old casks of Caol Ila – a malt known for its oily, smoky character – and some 14 year old Imperial – a sweet, smoky Speyside. It sounds like the perfect marriage, let’s find out…

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Glengoyne Glenguin 16 Year Old Shiraz Finish

 Glengoyne Glenguin 16 Year Old Shiraz Finish

Welcome back everyone! We hope you’ve had a great Christmas, and wish you all a very enjoyable 2010!

Over the festive season we’ve sampled a number of delicious whiskies – Christmas really is a great time for a good dram with some good company – and we wanted to mention one of favourite winter warmers.

At the time of writing, we’re surrounded by several inches of snow, and the thought of a little winter sun is rather appealing… Well, we present to you Glengoyne Glenguin 16 Year Old Shiraz Finish. A Highland single malt finished in Australian Shiraz casks for a touch of Antipodean joie de vivre!

The Shiraz casks come from the Glenguin wine estate in Australia’s Hunter Valley and it’s no accident that Glenguin and Glengoyne sound alike. It all began with Arthur William Tedder, born in Glenguin, Scotland to a Customs and Excise man at the Glengoyne distillery. Arthur was a pilot in the RAF during the First Wold War, as well as holding high command during the Second. After an eminent war career, Tedder was offered a peerage and became the 1st Baron Tedder of Glenguin. Arthur’s grandson, Robin Tedder, is one of Australia’s fifteen Masters of Wine and he also founded the Glenguin Wine Estate in 1988, which brings us back to the whisky…

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Kilchoman Second Release

Kilchoman Second Release

Islay isn’t a very large island, in fact it only takes up a couple of hundred square miles. But somehow this mysterious, peat-laden isle is home to some of the most popular, colossal distilleries in Scotland.

Now the whisky world is buzzing with excitement, as a new, artisan distillery has begun producing single malt. Peaty, pungent and characterful single malt no less.

The distillery is Kilchoman, sited on a small farmstead to the West of Islay. It’s a small and traditional distillery, sourcing its ingredients from the surrounding countryside. It even boasts its own malting floors.

After being entirely stunned by the exceptional inaugural release, we couldn’t wait for what lay in store.

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Welcome to the Master of Malt Blog

Crikey.

The internet then – blogs and twittering, My-face, spacebook and so on… It seems to be the future doesn’t it? We decided we’d better get on-board, so I thought I’d use this inaugural post to tell you a bit about what makes us tick.

To start, a bit about the team ethos – we’re all passionate about Whisky here, Scotch, Japanese, bourbon, rye, Irish, European, we love it all – you’ll find no xenophobia here, just a healthy dose of whiskyphilia.

We’re on a mission to search out the most interesting, exciting, innovative and surprising drams from around the world, whilst maintaining a healthy respect for the traditional crowd-pleasing whiskies we first enjoyed so many years ago, and that have set us all on the path to spiritous Nirvana.

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Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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