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Mother’s Day Whisky Wishlist

Mother's Day whisky wishlist

The second Sunday in May is traditionally celebrated as Mother’s Day in our country. Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family. It is seen as a celebration of motherhood, maternal bonds and the impact of mothers in society. Mostly a day where mom can relax a bit and the kids and significant other spoil her.

Cozi did a survey on how moms would like to enjoy Mother’s Day. Spending quality time with the family accounted for 53% of the results. On the question: ‘What would you most like to receive for Mothers day?’ the consolidated list looked like this:

Mother's Day Whisky Wish List

Which got me thinking: What do I want for Mother’s Day? Breakfast in bed – certainly! Some flowers – Yes please. Home made card from my little one – definitely. Last but not least,  a gift – a bottle of whisky!  If you tick these boxes,  you have covered 78% of the options, husband.  That is what I call a winning situation. In order to make it easy, here is my Mother’s Day Whisky Wish List. Darling Husband… please take note!  🙂

Mother’s Day Whisky Wishlist

Glenfarclas 105

Mother's Day whisky wishlist Glenfarclas 105

I have been coveting this Glenfarclas 105 release since we tasted it for the first time in Dullstroom. The official Glenfarclas tasting notes mentions:

Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.
Flavour: Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.
Finish: Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming and with a lingering smokiness, yet very rounded.

Does this not sound yummy?

 Glen Grant 16 yo

Mother's Day whisky wishlist Glen Grant 16 yo

I tried this Glen Grant Release at the Whisky Life Show in Sandton in 2015. I LOVED it. Finished in Bourbon Casks, it was rich, sweet and delicious.   If I remember correctly, this Glen Grant will be discontinued / has been discontinued. If you see a bottle grab it! The official Glen Grant tasting notes mentions:

Nose: Intense and smooth, rich orchard fruits
Palate: Soft, fresh with a good balance of ripe orchard fruits
Finish: Intensely fruity, long and lingering

Wemyss Malts Chocolate Honeycomb

Mother's Day whisky wishlist Wemyss Chocolate Honeycomb

Every year, Wemyss release a few Single Cask selections. We have a few in our collection. I found the tasting notes for the Wemyss Malts Chocolate Honeycomb on Toms Whisky Review. I fell in love. The Wemyss Malts Chocolate Honeycomb was releases as part of their Spring / Summer 2013 Single Cask Selection. It is a 12 yo from Bunnahabhain matured in a ex-sherry cask.   I see that it is sold out. Husband; please keep an eye on the whisky auctions for this one.

Tom’s Tasting notes :

Nose: Wow, there’s definitely chocolate here, not the bitterness of proper 70% cocoa chocolate but more like the velvety smoothness of a Galaxy chocolate bar, touch of fruit in there also some definite orange peel and vanilla covered raisins.
Palate: honey sweetness and spicy orange peel with a touch of puff candy, milk chocolate and raisins
Finish: milk chocolate orange.

Ok, who am I kidding… Anything from Wemyss will do for Mother’s day!

What is on your Whisky wish list for Mother’s Day?

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