Back in 2011 when I started collecting whisky, l managed to find whiskies from the more traditional whisky making countries like Ireland, USA and Canada. But on one of John’s trips he stumbled across a bottle of Finnish whisky and a bottle of Taiwanese whiskies. Suddenly the flood gates opened. There was an explosion of world whisky. It might have been that the trip opened our eyes to something that has been there all along. Regardless of the reason, we started noticing world whiskies everywhere and our collection changed to incorporate more world whisky. To date, I have tasted whiskies from 23 different countries. But one of the first non traditional counties was Kavalan from Taiwan.
Category: Single Malt whisky (Page 2 of 24)
Whiskies from Speyside are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Situated around the River Spey, Speyside is one of the most densely populated whisky areas in the world. Over 30 distilleries populate the valley of rivers and glens. The lack of peat or coastal air has allowed the Speyside region to create a broad style of whiskies that are are lighter, honeyed and refined. Some have heavily sherries influences, but there is an undercurrent of rich malts with toffee and honeyed flavours, paired with nuts and fruity notes. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside drams. Every now and again, an expression comes along that veers off the designated path. Like this BenRiach Curiositas.
I always look forward to last weekend in May. This is usually when the world celebrates Ardbeg Day. Ardbeg day started in 2012 and this annual event has been filled with fun and whisky every year since. With loud fanfare, a new limited Ardbeg release is launched and the day is spent tasting and appreciating Ardbeg around the world. From New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, Europe and the USA, special Arbeg themed events turn the day into a world wide party.
The Bushmills 16 yo is probably one of the dustiest bottles in my collection. I have had this bottle for more than 8 years and although we have tried it a few times, I have never written about it. With all the new whisky arrivals, it got moved right to the back of my whisky cupboard and in December, while sorting and organizing, I stumbled across it again. So it made it to my tasting list early in 2017.
A stone’s through from the sea, right in the heart of the town of Oban, sits the Oban Distillery. Established in 1794 by two brothers on the site of an old brewery, Oban town grew around the distillery and today, Oban is one of the last few surviving urban distilleries. Oban is part of the Diageo stable and the Oban 14 yo is part of the Diageo Classic Malt Series. It is one of Diageo’s smaller distilleries and uses water from Loch Glenn a’Bhearraidh. But today we are tasting the Oban Distiller’s Edition.