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Tag: Speyside Whisky (Page 1 of 9)

Tamdhu 10 yo single malt whisky

Tamdhu 10 yo single malt whisky header

The first thing that drew me to the Tamdhu was the bottle shape. In between all the similar shaped bottles, the beautiful shaped Tamdhu bottles stood out. The old fashioned beveled bottle reflects the light like a crystal.  Regardless of the taste, I wanted the bottle for the shape.  Then I went to read up about this Speyside distillery and I just had to taste the Tamdhu 10 yo.

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Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky

Speyburn Bradan Orach Single Malt whisky header

At the end of each year, I look back at what I tasted  and make a few lists.  I list my Top 5 Single Malt and my Top 5 Blended whiskies.  All whiskies that I have tasted during the year and that fall in the affordable category.  The Top 5 Blended whisky list is easy.  There are plenty of blends available in the affordable category (Under R500 / $ 38).  Creating the  Top 5 Single malt category is somewhat more difficult and the price point sits at around R 750 / $ 57. Reasonably priced single malts are a lot more difficult to find.  

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Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange

Wemyss malts darkchocolate orange whisky header

April and Easter is chocolate month. Chocolate bunnies, eggs, even chocolate chickens can be found in most of the shops.  Even in my house, there is chocolate everywhere.  I keep on finding lost (hidden) chocolate eggs in strange places.  I am not complaining.  My love for chocolate is well known… and this time of the year… It is a requirement to eat chocolate.  With all the chocolate around the house, I realized, I have not blogged about my favorite chocolate whisky – The Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange!   

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Peat from Speyside: BenRiach Curiositas

Benriach curiositas 10 yo whisky header

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. 

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A unique expression – The Balvenie Peated Cask

The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 yo Single malt whisky

On the 5th of July, the British Queen presented the Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart with his MBE medal.  This was in honour of his services to the Scotch whisky industry. Spending 54 years in the whisky industry, he is the longest-serving Malt Master in the world. What an amazing achievement!  This achievement was celebrated world-wide by #RaiseaDram with people around the world drinking and tweeting about it with the hashtag.

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