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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 222: Pittyvaich 28 Year Old 1989 Diageo Special Release 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 222: Pittyvaich 28 Year Old 1989 Diageo Special Release 2018

Mark Dermul, Belgian whiskyblogger, tries one of Diageo’s Special Releases 2018. Pittyvaich was built in 1974 to make malt for the popular Bell’s blend. The distillery was short-lived, however, closing in 1993 after just 19 years of operation. That’s less than the time this malt spent in the cask! There was already a 20 Year Old in the Special Releases in 2009. Now they offer a new one – from the same year 1989 – as a 28 Year Old. For Mark, this was the biggest surprise of this year’s series!

https://youtu.be/uViNxNHJoXg

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Makers Mark 46 – American Whiskey News

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https://youtu.be/FGmMBFKQoi8

 IT’S HERE!!!! Months of waiting and anticipation for this bottling but it’s finally landed and ready to buy! Maker’s Mark 46 has always been a firm favourite of mine, now we have a hand selected stave variant, picked by m own very hands. Using 2 Makers 46 Staves, 3 Seared French Cuvee Staves and 5 Roasted Mocha Staves – We have created a very unique Bourbon that was the first of it’s kind to be selected for the UK, I’m now honored to share it with you, hopefully you’ll get your hands one of the 270 bottles of pure deliciousness. Cheers!

The Good Dram Show – Episode 291 ‘Talisker’ – Scotch Whisky News

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The Good Dram ShowEpisode 291 ‘Talisker’ – This weeks episode of the show show asks, what’s the character of Talisker and how do Independently bottled single casks deviate from the distillery releases.

https://youtu.be/n4-fb9sc_OE

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 221: Oban 21 Year Old 1996 Diageo Special Release 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 221: Oban 21 Year Old 1996 Diageo Special Release 2018

Mark Dermul, Belgian whiskyblogger, tries one of Diageo’s Special Releases 2018. Someone whispered into his ear that the Oban 21 ‘does not deliver’. That’s a pity. But allow him to try it for himself. Lo and behold: it is a sniper. It starts somewhat closed, almost sneaky, but given enough time, this one is actually a grand malt!

 

https://youtu.be/sQhpdTVyzBc

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 220: Glenfiddich Experimental Series #4 Fire & Cane – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 220: Glenfiddich Experimental Series #4 Fire & Cane

Mark Dermul, Belgian whiskyblogger, tries an experimental Glenfiddich. The most recent release in the Experimental Series is this Glenfiddich Fire & Cane. It is a very atypical Glenfiddich – so perfect for this series, eh? – because daringly peated. With its 8ppm (hence the ‘Fire’) this makes for a smoky Glenfiddich. The ‘Cane’ refers to the rum casks on which this Glenfiddich – after regular maturation on bourbon cask – was finished.

https://youtu.be/oBVQ4rA4GL0

Whisky Wednesday Reviews – Whisky News

PHIL

Phil is still under the weather….but hopefully should return next week.

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #751 – Scotch Whisky News

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ralfy.com follows a time-line with . ralfy review 751Dewars 12yo Pure Malt @ 43%vol (1980’s).

https://youtu.be/borRjror7NE

ALL ABOOT THE DRAM – it’s not rocket science. – Whisky News

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WhiskyTOURS Paul & Liz with Charlie Maclean

ALL ABOOT THE DRAM – it’s not rocket science.

Other countries produce whisky (or, whiskey), but it is Scotch whisky that has caught the world’s imagination, resulting in an industry that today supports over 40,000 jobs across the UK (including ours); each year adding £5bn or more to the UK’s taxes; and contributes almost £4bn to the UK’s balance of trade.  Legally Scotch whisky within the UK the rules are set out in The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 (SWR), which came into force on 23 November 2009. Under the terms of the SWR, Scotch whisky has to have been distilled at a distillery in Scotland, matured in Scotland for a period of not less than three years and one day (leap years) in oak casks of not more than 700 litres with an alcoholic strength by volume minimum 40%.

There are five categories of Scotch whisky. (a) Single malt Scotch whisky is whisky produced by batch distillation in pot stills at a single distillery. (b) Single grain Scotch whisky is any other whisky produced at a single distillery in Scotland, in addition to malted barley, grains of other malted or unmalted cereals can be used. (c) Blended malt whisky is a blend of two or more single malt Scotch whiskies from different distilleries. (d) Blended grain whisky is a blend of two or more single grain Scotch whiskies from different distilleries. (e) Blended Scotch whisky is a blend of one or more single malt Scotch whiskies and one or more single grain Scotch whiskies. In the labelling, the category of whisky must be shown, and a distillery name may only be shown on Scotch whisky that has been wholly distilled at that distillery. Where an age description is used on a label (i.e. “aged 10 years”), that must be the age of the youngest Scotch whisky in the bottle, the term “pure malt” is banned from labels – but Paul does have a bottle of Cardhu Pure Malt.  Most single malt Scotch whisky is sold at a strength of between 40% and 45% alcohol.

However, whiskies that are not diluted at all and are sold at “cask strength”, i.e. they are bottled at the strength at which they come from the cask. All malt Scotch whisky is matured in oak barrels that are second-hand: that have been previously used to mature some other alcoholic drink somewhere in the world. As a result Scotland is the destination of a constant flow of empty and dismantled bourbon casks from the USA, sherry and port casks from Spain, Burgundy and Claret casks from France, to name just a few, Edradour to my mind is a world leader in experimentation, love this distillery and the drams that emerge from it. The process of making malt whisky has the same stages wherever in Scotland it is made. Many distilleries do not have maltings, preferring to buy their barley already malted from one of the very large industrial maltings that now are available.

The best way of understanding the process is to book with MCLEANSCOTLAND on a bespoke whisky tour, they will take you to various distilleries, offer masterclasses, whisky schools and tastings – they have many industry experts working with them, many of them friends. With a team of 8 driver guides, plus Liz and Paul, you are in the best of hands, no matter if you know it all (no one knows everything) or just starting out, their tours are an education, fun and very more ish.

https://whiskytours.scot/

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The Whisky Making Team at Tamnavulin

Ralfy Publishes Ralfy Review #750 – Scotch Whisky News

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ralfy.com considers a less-eventful malt-moment with . ralfy review 750Balvenie 21yo Portwood @ 40%vol:

https://youtu.be/_AN996vDTLU

Whisky Wednesday Reviews – …….. Whisky News

PHIL

No review this week as Phil is a little under the weather………


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