November 2012 Archives

Glenfarclas 21 year old

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glenfarclas21.jpgGlenfarclas Distillery was established in 1836 and is one of the few remaining independent, family-owned, distilleries currently operating in Scotland. Situated in the heart of Speyside at the foot of the Ben Rinnes mountain, Glenfarclas - which means "Glen of the green grassland" in Gaelic - has been owned by J & G Grant for 6 generations. In that time they have perfected their house style which  is best summed up as a heavily sherry influenced single malt whisky. 
 
They attribute the unique flavour of their whisky to some of their traditional production methods such as using direct-fired copper pot stills in distillation and maturing their whisky in hand-selected ex-Oloroso and Fino sherry butts in dunnage-style warehouses. These warehouses are made of thick, stone walls, with earthen floors that restricts temperature fluctuations within 6 degrees Celsius. This is an important factor in achieving consistency in the maturation process as the casks are only stacked 3 high compared to a modern racked warehouse which can have casks stacked up to 12 high thereby producing a greater variation in temperature from the top to the bottom of the stack.

Nose: Straight away, sugary aromas of rock candy, bubblegum, and sherried fruits vault from the glass. Behind the heady sweetness is a tinge of malt accompanied by beeswax, almonds and vanilla.

Wednesday November 7th, 2012, ScotchBlog.ca along with the Bruichladdich distillery hosted a tasting at Quinn's Steakhouse and Irish Bar.


Guests were treated to six single malt whiskies made by Bruichladdich including the Octomore Comus 4.2, the worlds most heavily peated whisky, and the Black Art 2. Each whisky was paired with a dish including a lamb and Ermite blue cheese poutine, and a Mincemeat tart.  

Thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a pleasure.  We hope you enjoy this photo gallery of the evening.

Tobermory 10 year old

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Established as a brewery on the Isle of Mull in 1798, Tobermory began distilling whisky in 1823 and was closed in 1930 for over 40 years before re-opening in 1972. Operating as Ledaig, the distillery ran for a few years in the 70's before being put into receivership and was finally revived as Tobermory by Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd. in 1991. 

Bottled at 46.3% A.B.V.,  Tobermory 10 year old is made with un-peated malted barley and is unchillfiltered with no caramel added for colouring.

This bottle was purchased for a ScotchBlog.ca members' group nosing as the price was attractive and we wanted to sample this expression before its limited quantities in the LCBO run out.

Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Year Old

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70cl Decanter.jpgSome days have moments that make them great, while others are defined by a single moment. One that is the product of lifetimes of great moments coming together to create something truly special.

What if that single moment was created by a whisky carried for 70 years in the same cask? One that was carefully maintained and monitored by generations of a single family until the right moment arrived to share it with the world?

Incredibly, all of these rhetorical questions have been answered because the Urquhart family has achieved exactly that with this whisky. Distilled on February 3, 1940 and laid down for seven decades in first fill sherry cask number 339 under truly meticulous care from 3 generations of the family, it is a time machine in every sense. 

It carries the lucky consumer back to a day when the Battle of Britain raged, Speyside whiskies still used local peat to fire the roasting kiln, and when Glenlivet was the name in Scotch malt whisky.  

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

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    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!

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    Do you know where I can purchase this item?

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