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anCnoc Twitter Tasting with WhiskyBrother

anCnoc Twitter tasting WhiskyBrother header

I love twitter tastings.  It is an opportunity to taste really interesting whiskies.  Imagine my delight when Whisky Brother sent out a tweet asking people who are interested in an anCnoc twitter tasting to email him.  My email was sent in a flash!  Twitter tastings are fun makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. And this WhiskyBrother anCnoc Twitter Tasting is going to be something really special.  Not only will we have the opportunity to try the 12 yo, but also the 18 yo and the 24 yo. 

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Muirhead Silver Seal Maturity

Muirhead Silver Seal Maturity Single Malt whisky

My never ending quest to find affordable, drinkable whisky.  Finding well priced blended whiskies is rather easy.  There are plenty of them around and some of them are actually quite good.   However, the Single Malt group, is a different story. There are not too many new Single Malts at a good price available locally in South Africa. With the worldwide increase in Single Malt prices and our unstable currency, it might become even more difficult in future. My ongoing search led me to the Muirhead Silver Seal Maturity Single malt. I found it at a Pick n Pay. I have never heard of Muirhead, but it was in the affordable category, so I grabbed it.

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Balblair 2000 Vintage Single Malt

Balblair 2000 vintage single malt whisky

A month or so ago, I got invited to join Paul laCock from Aficionados and a few fellow tweeters for a Balblair Twitter tasting (BalblairTT). The range we tried included the Balblair 90, Balblair 03 and the one I liked the most, the Balblair 1999. The Balblair 1999 was a real “sit down and think of life” dram. Rich, fruity sweet, full-bodied…. Delicious! It made me realize that, although we have made quite a dent in our own bottle of Balblair and photographed it extensively, I have never captured the tasting notes or written about it. So here goes, the Balblair 2000 release.

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From the Western Highlands: Oban 14 yo

Oban 14 yo single malt Whisky

I have had this bottle of Oban 14 yo 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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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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