Monday, July 6, 2020

Review - The Lakes WhiskyMaker's Reserve No.3

This new whisky is the third bottling from the English distillery of The Lakes in the WhiskyMaker's series of single malts. The Lakes WhiskyMaker's Reserve No.3 is a limited edition of 9,700 bottles and has been created by Dhavall Ghandi, the Master Blender for The Lakes. It has been matured in an intriguing combination of ex-sherry casks including ex-Cream, ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry, plus ex-red wine casks. Ex-Cream sherry casks are particularly unusual in whisky maturation and are rarely used. It continues the distillery's experimental 'exploration of oak' ethos. The WhiskyMaker's Reserve No.3 has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 54% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (July 3, 2020)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Explain About ... How To Taste Whisky



This is one of our most commonly asked questions - how do I taste whisky properly? The art of tasting whisky can seem confusing but is much simpler than you think. You can read reviews and tasting notes than refer to a whisky having the flavour of this or that, but how do you learn to pick up these characteristics?

The simple answer is to build up experiences by tasting different whiskies and taking a ‘taste snapshot’ of the aromas and flavours. The more that you do this then the better and more precise your whisky tasting will become.

Another key is that with whisky the true character comes through after some time, unlike the majority of other spirits. Therefore, it is important not to drink it too quickly and to remember that taste is a personal thing and that there are no right or wrong answers. Here are a few tips and things to consider so as to get the most of a whisky.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Review - John Crabbie 1994 Single Cask / 25 years old



This whisky is a new single cask single malt from independent bottler John Crabbie & Co. The whisky has been sourced from the Tobermory distillery on the Scottish island of Mull and was distilled and filled to an ex-sherry hogshead cask in 1994. This was a period that saw relatively intermittent production following its aquisition by Burn Stewart Distillers the previous year. After 25 years the cask has yielded just 247 bottles, which are exclusive to the UK.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Allotment Drams - Glasgow 1770 Triple Distilled & Glen Moray Madeira Cask Project


Watch as we present two more episodes from our Allotment Dram series of whisky chat and reviews. Join Matt as he talks about two exciting new releases, one from a new distillery and one from an old favourite. First he tastes the youthful Triple Distilled Release No.1, which is the third release in to the 1770 Signature Range from the Glasgow Distillery Co.





Then, on a very warm afternoon, he discusses the Glen Moray Madeira Cask Project. This is the third release in to the Speyside distillery's limited edition Curiosity Series and is a whisky that has undergine a rare full maturation in ex-Madeira casks. We hope that you enjoy both videos.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Allotment Drams - Label 5 Bourbon Barrel & Benriach Curiositas 10 years old


We catch up with Matt as he visits the allotment and samples the recently released Label 5 Bourbon Barrel, a single grain whisky from the well known blended Scotch brand. Watch as he talks about the brand, the distillery where it is produced and the award that it has already won. Then he gives his thoughts and tasting notes.





On his next visit, Matt chooses a pioneering Speyside single malt - the Benriach Curiositas 10 years old. Watch to find out why it is so pioneering and what the differences are between the Highland peat that they use at Benriach compared to the more well known Islay style of peat, before giving his thoughts and tasting notes.





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Friday, June 26, 2020

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (June 26, 2020)



Welcome to Inbox, our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our WFE email. It was created as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/piece of news/PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Review - Glenallachie 2000 Single Cask / 19 years old

This whisky is a new single cask release that has been bottled for The Whisky World. The London based whisky retailer has two stores in north London, a successful online site and also host one of London's best whisky festivals. The selected single cask is an ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry hogshead barrel (Cask #6248). This was originally distilled on 19 April 2000 and filled to a re-fill ex-bourbon ASB (American Standard Barrel). It was then transferred for a 30-month finishing period in to the sherry hogshead, before bottling at 19 years and 11 months of age in March. The Glenallachie 2000 Single Cask has been bottled at the natural cask strength of 52.5% ABV and is non chill-filtered and of natural colour.

Explain About ... Chill Filtering




Chill filtration is the process where some naturally occuring substances in a whisky are removed before bottling. The main reason to chill filter a whisky is cosmetic. A non chill-filtered whisky that is 46% ABV or lower in alcohol strength will go cloudy and hazy when diluted with water or cooled. This is seen as undesirable by some consumers or that there is something wrong with the whisky. The whisky companies react by removing the offending particles from their products so that this does not occur.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Review - Glasgow 1770 Triple Distilled / Release No.1

This whisky is the third and final expression for The Glasgow Distillery Co's 1770 Signature Range of single malts, which is named after the Dundashill distillery. This was Glasgow's first whisky distillery and was founded in 1770. This Triple Distilled expression joins the 1770 Original and 1770 Peated in the range. As the name suggests, this spirit has undergone a third distillation - this was the traditional method of spirit production practiced in a number of Lowland distilleries and is more commonly associated with Irish whiskey these days. The Glasgow Distillery Co. only switches to triple distillation for about a month each year. For this release the spirit has then been matured exclusively in virgin oak casks.