Monday, 15 December 2014

Bored with Whisky snobbery?

Just had what was a well natured debate on whisky and what people enjoy turned into another tedious argument, which I bowed out of quickly, because you always get some men who think that if you're not drinking straight up Laphroaig then you're not really a whisky drinker.

I know I have been a bit school master with my views on ice in whisky which I stand by because you're adding water which you can't control, use those stones things if you want or stick the bottle in the freezer but drink what you want and don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

This sort of whisky hard man nonsense bores me to tears, some of the roughest men I know drink whisky with water and ice and they only drink nice sherry cask whisky never touching the peated beasts we all know and love.

This is sadly not the first time I've come across this, I criticised an Ardbeg a few back and got a torrent of abuse saying I didn't understand the whisky and blah blah blah.

Same goes for the dreaded line "you can't beat a single malt" yes you can, some blends are fantastic and offer complexity unheard of in half the single malts on the market, go and drink some Monkey Shoulder or some of the Japanese blends and tell me different.

If you enjoy peated whisky then good for you, I do too, but don't think you hold some kind of moral high ground because you don't, you're not more Scottish, more of a man (because it's always men coming out with this nonsense) or harder than anyone else just because someone doesn't like drinking something that tastes like it was scraped from a remote bog on the Western Isles.

Anyway I'm off for a peach schnapps and lemonade. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Christmas tipple

Christmas is here and rather than giving you tips on special offers or stuff I think you should be drinking I thought I would share with you what I'll be drinking over the festive period.

My Single Malt shelf is pretty full as always but I've been leaning more towards more brutal whisky, Talisker Storm is my current favourite but be warned it's not for the faint hearted, I take it with a drop or two of water and nothing else and it calms the soul no end.

For blends I'm drinking the Famous Grouse Black Grouse, it's smokey without being overpowering an is brilliant mixed with coke or ginger ale but drinking it on its own is perfectly acceptable. My other blend is Monkey Shoulder which is a blended malt and more expensive than your average blend but offers far more depth of flavour, I drink this either with a little water or ginger ale.

I've recently being buying bourbon. Perhaps it's watching Justified on Netflix but I was drawn recently to two bottles both on offer at Tesco and Asda. Woodward Reserve is beautiful, dark and sweet with subtle winter spices, it's a bit like a nice mulled wine and goes great in an old fashioned, in a hot toddy or with a cube of ice. My other nod to America again comes from Kentucky but a more earthy dram this time with Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey has a lot of Rye in the mash and is apparently aged in charred barrels giving it a character often missing in American tipples. I drink it straight as the honey and cinnamon spice that I pick up is lost when you start buggering about with it.

You'll find all of these whiskies in supermarkets and I imagine many will be offer, if you try any of them let me know what you think.

Merry Christmas.

The Captain. 

That time of year again.

Yeah it's Christmas which means many of you will be buying whisky for yourselves and as gifts and I'm here to tell you to think before you buy.

As always we see a huge amount of offers on the table, discounted whisky with a tenner off here a fiver off there but it worth checking to see just how much you're saving.

Now obviously if you see a bottle you normally buy for less than you normally pay then go for it but I tend to see the offers on stuff that are perhaps out of my price range or weird stuff I wouldn't normally touch but I'm a sucker for a "bargain".

My advice is take just five minutes to go online, you all have smartphones, to both check the price elsewhere and perhaps skim over a couple of reviews, it's not like there aren't any sites offering advice, then if you think that it's worth it then go for especially if you are being bold and picking something you've not tried before, being adventurous is always best when it's on the cheap.

Enjoy.

The Captain.

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. 

Enjoy. 

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.