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Casks Exploration: Sherry Scotch Whisky

The cask that a whisky is matured in contributes up to 80% of the character of a whisky. I

Discover the romantic tale of marriage between sherry wine from Andalusia, Spain and Scottish whisky.

Glenrothes 2007 Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Speyside
Country Scotland
Distillery Glenrothes
ABV % 47.5
Aged 13
NOTES:
RM450.00

Lessons In The Dram

The "Big 3" Single Malts are #1 Glenlivet, #2 The Macallan, and #3 Glenfiddich. Together, they produce over 20 million bottles of Whisky per year — the vast majority of which is used in their respective Single Malt offerings.

Description

An independently bottled Glenrothes from Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers (formerly Morrison & Mackay) in their Carn Mor Strictly Limited series. This whisky was distilled at the Glenrothes distillery in Speyside and spent 13 years matured before it was bottled from sherry butts in 2020. A limited amount of 1628 bottles were produced.

Where many distilleries strive for consistency across larger batches, Càrn Mòr is able to release unadulterated expressions from these distilleries using traditional methods meaning it is as close to drinking straight from the cask as possible.

Beautifully rich with sweetness of stewed fruits and spicy undertones.

Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Dark Bronze
Nose
Musty, old sherry notes. Spicy and savoury then a slight mineral quality. Dark chocolate.
Palate
Elegant, clean sherry revealing notes of raisins, sponge cake and pastries.
Finish
Caramel, toffee, citrus fruits and a hint of white chocolate.

Linkwood 15 Year Old - Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Speyside
Country Scotland
Distillery Linkwood
ABV % 43
Aged 15
NOTES:
RM389.00

Lessons In The Dram

Most of the whisky produced at the Linkwood distillery is used in blends, most notably Johnnie Walker and White Horse.

Description

Linkwood distillery was founded in 1821, which the alert reader might notice was a few decades before it was technically “legal” to do so. The company was founded by Peter Brown with two stills. And though the business has changed hands several times and is now owned by Diageo they have maintained their good reputation for quality and integrity. 

A 15 year old single malt from Linkwood, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was released as part of the Distillery labels series, and as such, it features a stylish retro label upon the bottle.

Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Pale Straw
Nose
Grassy barley and chocolate raisins. A hint of almond hides in there somewhere
Palate
Baking spices begin to take shape on the palate, soon joined by milky tea and blueberry muffins.
Nose
Slightly drying on the finish, with more ground spices and a whisper of cedar.

Scallywag 12 Year Old Cask Strength (Douglas Laing)

Type Scotch
Style Blended Malt
Region Speyside
Country Scotland
Distillery/Brand Douglas Laing 
ABV % 53.6
Aged 12
NOTES:
RM389.00

Lessons In The Dram

Chill-filtration is a procedure that removes chemical compounds such as esters, proteins and acids from the Whisky by cooling it to approximately zero degrees Celsius, causing the compounds to precipitate out of the Whisky and trapping them in a filter. While some consider these compounds impurities (or simply unpleasant to the eye), purists, however, insists that removing them also removes additional flavor and texture.

Description

Their Scallywag is a Small Batch Whisky created exclusively from single malts of the Speyside region – which is in fact home to the majority of Scottish distilleries. The malts used in Scallywag include Mortlach, Macallan, Inchgower and Glenrothes, and many of these Whiskies are matured in ex-Sherry Butts (Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks), giving the richly spiced Scallywag its dark color and Sherry sweetness. Douglas Laing & Co. will tell you that if a single malt is a violin, then a blended malt is the whole orchestra – and this one is definitely well-tuned.

After the whisky was sufficiently sherried, the casks yielded 6,000 bottles at a cask strength of 53.6% ABV, bottled without colouring or chillfiltering, complete with the familiar friendly fox terrier on the label sporting a monocle.

Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Copper
Nose
A good hit of sherry, with dark cherry jam, dark berries and treacle, with a hefty sprinkling of baking spices.
Palate
Sweet and rich, more rich treacle, sweet, almost honeyed vanilla cream, barley sugar and toasted oak among lots of jammy blackberries.
Finish
The fruity, sweet palate continues onto the finish, with even more spicy notes building, lots of cinnamon and allspice remaining.
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