Whisky of the Week

Meandering the world, one whisky at a time

From French Brittany: Kornog Single Malt Whisky

Kornog peated single malt french whiskyOn the windswept Northern coast of French Brittany, the old farm that houses the Glann ar Mor distillery has sustained life and faced the sea elements since around 1668. Closer to Plymouth than to Paris, this small distillery makes peated and unpeated whisky. Follow the road from Paris, through Le Mans, Rennes and Saint-Brieuc until it ends by the coast. Here you will find the small little distillery established by the Celtic Whisky Compangnie in 1999. Their first unpeated single malt was released in 2008 under the Glann ar Mor label. Glann ar Mor translates from “ By the Sea” in Breton language.

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Woman’s Day Twitter Tasting

Woman's Day Twitter tasting header

On the 9th of August 1956, more than 20 000 woman staged a march to the Union Buildings to protest against the pass laws. These laws required any South African defined as “black” to carry an internal pass. The women were from all cultures across South Africa and were led by Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams. Thy delivered a petition containing more than 100 000 signatures to the doors of the then Prime Minister JG Strydom.

The first National Woman’s Day to celebrate this courageous act was held in 1994 and it has been a public holiday in South Africa ever since. It is a day to pay homage to the brave woman around us, woman who came before us and to set an example for our daughters to follow.

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From the Western Highlands: Oban 14 yo

Oban 14 yo single malt Whisky

I have had this bottle of Oban for so long, I can’t even remember where I got it. The Oban Distillery is situated in the Scottish Highlands near the west coast port of Oban. It was established in 1794 and a bustling seaside town grew around the distillery. It is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with just 2 pot stills. Oban only releases a small variety of bottlings.   They are primarily known for the 14 yo but also have a Distiller’s Edition (finished in Montilla Fino sherry casks) and a  NAS Oban Little Bay. The Oban 14 yo is part of the Diageo Classic Malt range.

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Whisky & Etorki Cheese Pairing

Etorki cheese whisky pairing

Lately Woolworth has sold some strange but interesting cheeses. I am not sure what drives the demand for these wonderful but rather exotic cheeses, but I am not complaining. Having the variety available is wonderful.  I found an Etorki cheese, something I have never seen before.

Etorki is a cheese made in the French Basque country, in the Pyrenees Mountains. . This cheese is made from pasteurized milk from the native Manech ewes. This style of cheese has been made by shepherds in the Pyrenees for a very long time.

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Glengoyne 17 yo single malt whisky

Glengoyne 17 yo single malt whisky

Situated on the A81 in Scotland, next to a beautiful wooded area, the Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery was started in 1833 and was known as the Burnfoot Distillery. It changed owners and names a few times, however it has been one of the longest continuously run distilleries in Scotland. It is located right on the line that divides the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. Glengoyne’s stills are in the Highlands while the filled casks of whisky mature across the road in the Lowlands.

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