June 2011 Archives

So it came to this. Two expertly crafted blended Scotch whiskies dueling head to head.
The arena: seven battle tested palates with a near insatiable thirst for whisky.
The results: surprising in their certainty.

Battle of the Blends - Round 3

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The top seed, J&B, crashes out in the semi's to Grant's Sherry Cask while the Black Grouse makes another open and shut case, dropping the gavel on Grant's Family Reserve.

See the bracket here

Singleton of Glendullan 12 year old

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A solid offering from the Diageo Classic Malts selection, the Singleton of Glendullan 12 year old is a combination of spirit matured in European Sherry Oak casks and ex-Bourbon casks. 

I first sampled it back at Whisky Live 2010 and was instantly a fan. It's exactly the flavour profile I imagine when I think of my preferred Speyside-style scotch whisky: sweet toffee and nuts, cocoa, and dry, fruity sherry notes underpinned by a gentle hit of smoke. 
Nose: Light and fresh with citrus zest, vanilla and shaved coconut resting atop the dominant aroma of sweet sherry wood accented by hints of black licorice candies.

Palate: Tastes just as it smells! Definitely a dram for those with a sweet tooth. Rich flavours of coconut, vanilla, apple, oatmeal and toffee all wrapped in a slightly sour taste of smoke and sherry which provides a great balance to the sweeter elements. 

Finish: Long and enjoyable and remarkably smooth. The subtle smoke provides a wonderful match to the sweet and resonant sherry flavours of nuts, cocoa, and almond extract. 

Overall: Quite simply this is an amazing value. Food-friendly, smooth, and well-balanced, you really can't go wrong with this purchase. Perfect for those new to scotch whisky and there's enough complexity in the dram to appeal to seasoned enthusiasts. A fine, affordable, everyday single malt which is bound to appeal to most tastes and at $46.45 you might as well buy two eh?

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

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Snow%20Phoenix%20bottle%20and%20tin%20(high%20res).jpgJust in time for Father's day, William Grant & Sons are delivering their latest limited edition to the LCBO.  The Snow Phoenix does not tread lightly, it is elegantly packaged, priced to sell ($90) and higher abv than Glenfiddich's typical product.  What you'll find is that this adversity-inspired and non-chill filtered dram is truly unique. 

Due to record-breaking snowfall in January 2010, Glenfiddich had a number of warehouse roofs collapse onto their maturing casks and exposing them to the winter air.  An image taken of the collapse depicted an angelic figure of light shining into the warehouse that was ultimately responsible for the Snow Phoenix name.

This light gold liquid is composed of a variety of casks up to 30 years matured in American oak and Oloroso sherry barrels from the affected warehouses.  Its creator, Brian Kinsman, sat with us and spoke to this whisky being a tribute to the pioneering spirit of Glenfiddich, taking a potentially tragic event and making a positive of it. 

Spirit of Toronto 2011

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May 14th was a dreary spring evening, but the whisky lovers in Toronto were inside Roy Thomson Hall warming their gullets with their favourite dram. Needless to say, ScotchBlog had to be there to take it all in, and we did just that. Arriving to a huddled throng eagerly awaiting the opening of the doors helped to build a palpable excitement for entry.

Poit Dhubh 8 year old Blended Malt

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Produced and blended by The Gaelic Whiskies, also known as Pràban na Linne Limited, Poit Dhubh 8 year is an unchillfiltered blend of single malt whiskies.

Pronounced "potch ghoo" literally means the "black pot" and is also the Gaelic term for an illicit still.Located on the Isle of Skye, The Gaelic Whiskies is a family-run business specializing as a quality "small batch" distillery. 

I first encountered Poit Dhubh a couple of years back and I vowed that the next time it came around in the LCBO I'd not only review it, but also pick up two bottles!

So you would like to give your dad a bottle of whisky for Father's Day but don't know what to get him? Well, we've got just the thing for you. 

As always, I have taken the time to ensure everything in this guide is available as of time of writing, so finding these whiskies in Ontario will hopefully not be too difficult. 

Naturally, everyone has a different budget, so I will continue to keep things broken into price ranges to make it a little quicker read. But enough of this prologue, right? 


Strathisla-12year-blend.jpgThis 12 year old blended malt from the Chivas Brothers has been recently discontinued at the LCBO, and with only a few dozen bottles remaining in the Greater Toronto Area, ScotchBlog felt it would be a shame to let this malt go untasted.

With a middle of the road price of $56.50 and being one of the main components of Chivas Regal, we hoped that this scotch held some potential. Unfortunately like a child that cannot make up its mind, this whisky jumps from good to bad and then back to good, unable to decide where it stands.


Recent Comments

  • Isabelle Gurble commented on The Famous Jubilee, Special Edition Reserve:

    This looks amazing, something my husband would love. His birth is coming up soon as well.

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Hi Sherry, I think you might be outta luck on this one. Only 9000 bottles of this delicious whisky were produced and I'd wager most - if not all - purveyors have been sold out for quite some time now. If you're looking to sample it, I'd recommend visiting your local whisky bar and checking their list of Canadian whisky offerings. Your only other option would be to try and track down someone willing to give up their bottle? I've got one 2oz sample tucked away and, sorry, I'm keeping it all to myself! :) Good luck! Let us know if you find a bottle!

  • Sherry commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Do you know where I can purchase this item?

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