Time to move back down to the Scottish Lowlands this week. The Lowlands has 3 well known malt distilleries, namely Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie. Today I investigate Glenkinchie and especially the Glenkinchie 12 yo. Lowland whiskies traditionally were softer and more floral compared to the more Northern releases.
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Every month, Whisky Brother Shop publish their top 5 sellers for the month. It is always interesting to see the old favorites (Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Glendronach) share space with newcomers. The June the list had an interesting surprise. Obviously, after Ardbeg Day at the end of May, it was expected that the Ardbeg Kelpie will make an appearance. However number 2 on the list was interesting. A South African whisky aged in Brandy Casks – Boplaas whisky.
One of the best things for me about whisky is the opportunity to open it celebrate something special. Opening a new bottle and discover something different and exciting. You create memories when you open a bottle to celebrate a special occasion. Months later, when you opening up that bottle again, you are immediately reminded you of what you have achieved and celebrated.
There is a whisky region that almost disappeared. Around a century ago Campbeltown was the most prolific of all of Scotland’s whisky regions. There were more than 20 distilleries in the small geographic whisky region. This dwindled down to just 3. One of the reasons for the decline was the fact that most distilleries in the Campbeltown region had a strong focus on quantity instead of quality.
Thirty five years ago, most whisky came from Scotland. The sacred place where whisky is distilled and aged as part of a nearly religious experience. Chivas and Dimple were premium blends that brought tears to grown mens eyes. It was a man’s drink, in a man’s world. Ronald Reagan was president and the Cold War was a reality. It was the time of the Falkland War, the launch of MTV and Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spenser. Chernobyl exploded and the Simpsons were created.
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