Friday, 4 July 2014

New Whisky Distillery

Great news from the banks of the Clyde as Glasgow is going to get a new working distillery along with shop, cafe, whisky tasting room and museum. 

Looks set to open end of 2015, can't wait.

Captain John. 

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Whisky of the Quarter.

Okay so I'm not doing enough updates to do a whisky of the month but I will do a whisky of the whenever I get around to posting.

Today's whisky is the Dalwhinnie 15 year old Single malt.

It's on offer which is always a reason for buying, it's an older whisky so it gives you a chance to sample something a little more mature without breaking the band too.

On the nose it's sweet, caramel and very pleasant.

Palette wise it's got more of that sweetness going on but quite chunky, you know you're drinking whisky and I think it would be pretty rough if it was a younger dram. There are little hints of herb I'm thinking the faintest taste of coriander but don't let that put you off.

Finishing it's smooth but there is something dark going on in the background, like you've just swallowed a sweetie that was hand baked by a satanist. 

I would take this with a touch of water but only a couple of drops. 


The Captain. 

Vegan stuff

Not been around for a while, super busy but I'm going to try and get more regular posts up.

I was asked by a friend recently if I could recommend a nice whisky for under £20, I recommended J&B Rare, it's around £20 it's accessible and it's easy to drink neat, with water, ice or even mixed so what's not to love?

Well what's not to love is that it's not vegan friendly and my friend is vegan. It never occurred to me that it wouldn't be vegan but looking closely there could be two main reasons a whisky isn't veggie or vegan friendly.

1. The barrel used may have come from a winery who used animal by products when the "fining" process is completed.

2. Some whiskies are chill filtered using a paper made with, in part, a small hard algae.

It's nice to learn something new about whisky isn't it?

The Captain.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Legal challenge to minimum pricing.

The Scotch Whisky Association has appealed a court decision to throw out its complaint about the Scottish Government's move to put a minimum pricing on alcohol, a move which threatens to hammer the whisky industry.

Baring in mind that 79% of the price you pay on a bottle is taxation another levy might push the price over the limit for many decent people who like a dram.

Read about it here

The Captain.

Malt of the Month

With the weather taking a brutal turn for the worst I thought I would select a whisky to warm the cockles and send a burn through your body and could think of nothing better than the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

The maturation of this whisky has been speeded up by using quarter casks, hence the name, and you'll find a sweet young flavour with a huge burst of the signature peatiness you'd expect from a Laphroaig.

Not the cheapest whisky you'll ever see on here but one of the best.


The Captain.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Malt of the Month

The First Malt of the Month of 2014 is the Tesco Highland 12Yo Malt Whisky 70Cl

This fine Highland Malt is only £21  made by Whyte and Mackay and I understand that you're basically getting a Dalmore 12 year old which is great value for money.

On the nose it's light and fresh, you know from the off it's going to be smooth and easy drinking and it proves to be so. On the tongue we have a hint of orange and a sweetness which has Dalmore, or a very close relative written all over it. I can also taste something flowery which increases as it goes down. The finish is smooth and sweet and doesn't really need any water at all so I'd avoid adding any.

Over all this is well worth being Malt of the Month. I was wavering on it as it's an own brand and not everyone has a Tesco but then I remembered everyone has a Tesco. On that note please don't be put off by the fact it's own brand, I know some whisky snobs might not fancy it but give it a go, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

The Captain.

Business News

The drinks giant Diageo have announced a £25 million pound expansion plan at the Glen Ord distillery in Ross Shire.

The expansion will see six new stills and double production of the Glen Ord brand most of which will be shipped abroad.

Diageo is also planning a £30 million pound expansion of it's Clynelish distillery. Under the plans submitted Clynelish Distillery will see the installation of an additional mashtun (the vessel for soaking the malted barley) 10 new washbacks (vessels for the fermentation process) and six new copper stills for distilling the spirit. This adds to the 10 washbacks and six stills which the distillery currently has and will effectively double the production capacity to nine million litres of alcohol per annum, whilst retaining the unique character and quality of the spirit. A bio-energy plant is also planned for the site to provide non-fossil fuel energy to power the distillery.

All of this comes months after plans by Diageo to sell off Whyte & Mackay to address competition concerns after it planned to increase its stake in Indian company United Spirits.