We are always on the look out for whisky from interesting countries to compliment our collection. When we got the opportunity to add a whisky from Austria, we grabbed it. The Reisetbauer family farm, Kirchdorfergut, is located in the Hausruckviertel district of Upper Austria. The Reisetbauer distillery produces not only brandy and whisky but also Eaux de Vie and Gin. Because of its favourable soils and a climate with wide fluctuations in temperature, it is one of the best Austrian regions for growing fruit. Hans Reisetbauer makes very good use of this soil and grows most of his own fruits. He also planted four hectares of summer brewing barley.
Two years ago, while traveling through Dullstroom, we tried some whisky from an, up to that point, unknown but intriguing sounding company. Right there and then we fell in love with Wemyss Malts. It is unfortunately not (yet) available in South Africa. While traveling overseas, we managed to get hold of our first bottle, the Dark Chocolate Orange. Now, when possible, we add more Wemyss releases to our collection. We have tried the Brandy Casket earlier this year and rated it Divine. We have also tried the Sweet Mint Infusion and the Gooseberry Marmalade. While following the World Whisky Awards on twitter earlier this year, we saw that Velvet Fig won in the category ‘Best Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 2015’. We had to get our hands on a bottle.
About 2 weeks ago, I blogged about a Mature Gouda and Highland Whisky pairing. We tried the mature Gouda with various Highland Whiskies as well as with a Dutch Whisky. The 8 yo Millstone French Oak whisky was a great companion to the mature Gouda. To our surprise, the Tomatin 12 yo also made a good pairing. Besides the Mature Gouda, I also picked up a Gouda with Cumin cheese from the Gestam range at Checkers Cheese World. we decided to try the Gouda with Cumin with the same Highland whiskies to see if the results would be similar. The Gouda with Cumin is a young cheese only aged for about 4 weeks and flavoured with whole cumin seeds.
Records show that some form of distilling took place on the site that is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1775 already. The first official distillery was constructed in 1812 by Harrison Blanton. The Buffalo Trace Distillery is in Frankfort, Kentucky. It has historically been known by several names, including most notably, the George T. Stagg Distillery. Its namesake bourbon brand, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, was introduced in August 1999. The whiskey was named in tribute to the mighty buffalo that carved paths through the wilderness in the trek to the Great Planes and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them.
During October 2013, we tasted the William Grant & Sons Monkey Shoulder Vatted Malt expression and loved it. It We saw that the Monkey Shoulder was made up of 3 William Grant distilleries. We have various bottles from Glenfiddich and Balvenie, but we have never heard of the Kininvie distillery within the William Grant portfolio. Lucky for us, on one of John’s business trips to London, he found the Kininvie 17 yo at Heathrow Duty Free. The Kininvie is a distillery in Dufftown, which produces single malt Scotch whisky. The whisky from this distillery is mainly used in William Grant blended whisky brands. Notably their Grants and Clan Macgregor releases.