Today I am mixing things up a bit. I am publishing tasting notes for 2 whiskies. Both interesting and both from the independent bottler and blender Douglas Laing. Douglas Laing is responsible for some of the more fascinating blends around. Blends like Scallywag with the cute little terrier, Big Peat and Clan Denny. Keep on reading, there is a VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.
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The bottle is nearly done and I quickly need to capture the tasting notes for this Forty Creek Barrel Select whisky. I bought it in Canada during my July trip and there is barely enough left for a tasting. I was amazed, while strolling through liquor stores in Vancouver, that they had bottle sized up to 1.5 L readily available. Not something you find easily in SA. Also smaller sizes, such as the one I managed to bring home at 375 ml.
In my non stop search for affordable and delicious bends I have tasted some rather “interesting” drams. I have tried some excellent blends. And I have tried a few where I look at the bottle and wonder if the person who bottled this, tasted it before it was bottled. This year have been slower than usual in my search for affordable blends.
It was the clean classic label design that made me buy the bottle of Michel Couvreur whisky more than anything. A cream label with a beautiful cursive font and a red wax seal. The label is attached over 2 sides of the square bottle to ensure the corner of the bottle is presented on the shelf. This feature made it stand out in between other square and round bottled and I noticed it immediately. I have never heard the name or seen anything on this release before.
Many many years ago, a group of friends went for a holiday in Zimbabwe. We first stopped off in the rugged Eastern Highland for some trout fishing and then made our way up to Lake Kariba. There we stayed in the Cutty Sark Hotel while exploring the beautiful dam and finding tiger fish. The name Cutty Sark alway stayed with me and reminded me of wonderful times with good friends. When I saw a whisky with that name, I just had to have it.
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