I may like malt whisky, but I can’t always afford it, particularly some of the ‘gourmet’ bottlings that distilleries are keen on tempting us all with.
Consequently, I’ve dabbled with a few blends and now have a couple of favourites. If you can get it, I can heartily recommend Bailie Nicol Jarvie.
More readily available is Black Grouse, a variant of Famous Grouse, which combines Islay Malts with the usual blend.
The bottle promises that characteristic Islay smokiness and, while present on the nose and hefty for a blend, it’s subdued. Certainly not one for the salivating smoke and peat heads out there. Continue reading
Thought I’d give my unrefined palette a work out with something a bit more straightforward this week.
Hailing from the malt epicentre that is Speyside , the Singleton of Dufftown has always raised an eyebow while perusing the spirit shelves of supermarkets, not least due to its distinctive, hipflask bottle. Connoisseurs sniff at it, dubbing a ‘designer whisky’… all brand and no trousers. Continue reading
I’ve been very well served so far this festive season with the excellent Jura Prophecy – it serves me now as I write this.
I did receive another rather special whisky, though ( from someone rather special, God bless ‘em). This time, it’s an Islay malt, the rather milder Caol Ila in a selection box: the standard 12 year old, the richer 18 year and the potentially explosive cask strength. Continue reading
Malt whisky has to be one of the finer pleasures in life. I’m happiest in Scotland, so consider myself fortunate that one if its primary exports does not turn my stomach… quite the opposite, in fact.
I’m partial to most malts, irrespective of source, but my major love has to be the chewable, peaty numbers from Islay. Continue reading