The Glenfiddich distillery is one of our favourite distilleries and we have tasted quite a few of their expressions. We loved the Glenfiddich 18 yo as a wonderful easy drinking dram and have tried the Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask. Located in Dufftown in the Speyside region of Scotland, the Glenfiddich distillery was founded in 1886. Glenfiddich, together with Kininvie and Balvenie forms part of the William Grant-owned whisky stable and sit in relatively close proximity to each other. The triangular-shaped Glenfiddich has become one of the world’s most recognised whisky bottle shapes. It has been a Glenfiddich feature since 1957. The William Grant company remains independent and family owned.
In 1782 Walter Teeling set up a craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties area of Dublin. Little was he to know that this was the start of a Teeling whisky distilling tradition that will span more than 230 year. Dublin was traditionally the heart of the Irish whiskey industry. But unfortunately as the economy turned, Irish whiskey fell on hard times and so did distilling in Dublin and the last still ran dry in 1976. In 1987 John Teeling converted an older potato alcohol plant to a distillery. Situated on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth the Cooley Distillery company crafted Irish whisky under a Teeling’s control.
Our whisky of the Week this a blend again and this week we chose the Johnnie Walker Platinum. We have rated various Johnnie Walker releases and you can read our thoughts on the Johnnie Walker Blue Label and the Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Gold by following the links. The Johnnie Walker Platinum was the first new ‘colour’ to be released in many years. It was originally introduced solely into the travel retail. However it has now released into the retail trade. The Johnnie Walker Platinum was brought out to fit between the Johnnie Walker Gold Label and the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label. At a 18 yo level, it is Diageo’s competition to the 18 yo single malts.
We were fortunate to be invited to take part in the Kavalan Twitter Whisky tasting, held last night. The tasting was hosted by Whisky Live Festival to celebrate the first Whisky Live Showroom in Pretoria. The twitter tasting was led by whisky expert Paul La Cock, also known in the twitterverse as the @WHiskyThiefZA and the owner of Aficionados, an online liquor shop.
Woolworths has an interesting collection of cheeses in their bigger stores and a while ago, John came home with a Wensleydale cheese with mango and ginger. We patiently waited for the weekend and then started to experiment. When we try whisky cheese pairings, we like to taste and read up on the cheese before looking at our whisky collection to see what might pair well. We usually choose 3 different whiskies to pair to see how the different whiskies pair with the chosen cheese. Wensleydale is a semi hard style of cheese originally produced by French Cistercian monks in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England but now commercially made throughout the UK. Woolworths sourced this cheese from Somerset, England.