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Classic Scottish Malts 2

Journey on to the another 3 Scottish Regions - West Highland, Islay and the Isle of Skye. Here you'll discover more different flavour profiles that Scotland has to offer.

Perhaps a smokier experience? Discover the whisky with our digital notes below!

Oban 14 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Highland
Country Scotland
Distillery Oban
ABV % 43
Aged 14
NOTES:
RM338.00

Lessons in the Dram

Just how expensive can a whisky get?

In 2015, six litres of the Macallan Imperiale ‘M’ bagged US$ 628, 205 at an auction in Hong Kong, giving it the title as the world’s most expensive whisky. The Macallan did it again in 2018, with a bottle of Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 Year Old that sold for a record-breaking hammer price of US$1 million in Edinburgh. Talk about whisky as an investment. You might want to get started.

Description

Beneath a cliff on the West Coast of Scotland sits one of the oldest Scottish distilleries called Oban, built in 1793. It was named after a port town that developed around the distillery. It goes to show how whisky was vital for the economy and still is.

As a distillery, Oban soaks in all that the port has to offer. Their malts are overflowing with briny maritime notes. The 14-year-old is no exception. Each sip is a trip to the harbour. You could almost hear the waves crashing against the rocks. Now and then, a sea breeze comes your way, bringing along the tangy sea spray and thick soot of peated smoke from ferries at the dock. Whew, this is one powerful dram, yet it’s exceptionally smooth. What more can we ask for?

Awards

Master
Highlands & Islands 13 to 18 Years Old – 2015 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Gold Outstanding
Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Gold Outstanding
Scotch Single Malt – Island – 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Gold
Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Gold
Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Years – 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Silver Outstanding
Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition

Tasting Notes

Sight
Golden amber
Nose
The ocean calls with a breeze of seaweed, tarry ropes, and pronounced medicinal odour that mingles with cut hay and wood smoke. With it, comes along a tame and pleasant sweet ester.
Palate
Thick, full-bodied, and slightly smoky. The smell of seaweed materialises on the tongue together with grist, cereal, and malt. It’s unexpectedly rich in oak, and there’s a sweetness from citrus fruits.
Finish
The peaty smoke, dry oak, and fruity sweetness are here to stay! Let’s just say, the flavours slowly float away, towards the port.

Talisker 10 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Island
Country Scotland
Distillery Talisker
ABV % 45.8
Aged 10
NOTES:
RM288.00

Lessons in the Dram

There are only 12 whisky Master Blenders in the world! We’re not sure if this makes us worried or appreciate whisky all the more.

Master Blenders carefully select which Single Malts and which grain whiskies get mixed to create a specific blend. If you think formulating perfume requires intricate craftsmanship, try blending whisky. A blend can have more than 20 whiskies. To do the job, one needs an exceptional nose. From what we heard, a Master Blender recently got his insured for $2 million.

Description

Situated in Carbost, and as the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, the Talisker is a staunch believer of how they make their whisky. Their distillation methods remain unchanged since it was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, except for improving necessary health and safety measures. They go against the current, refusing to give in to the latest whisky trends. There’s a nostalgic charm to their old ways. Ironically, it’s what makes them stand out with a distinctive taste that words fail to describe.

Their signature 10-year-old is the epitome of Single Malt, staying true to the very definition of it. This Talisker generously unleashes an almost never-ending stream of smoke. A marvellous example of what the Talisker distillery can produce.

Awards

Master
Highlands & Islands up to 12 Year Old – 2015 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Double Gold
Single Malt Scotch – to 12 Years – 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Gold Outstanding
Scotch Single Malt – Island – 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition
2nd Place
Best Single Malt Scotch (Islands) – 2015 International Whisky Competition
Gold
Distillers' Single Malts 12 Years and Under – 2014 International Spirits Challenge
Silver
Daily Dram – 2013 Malt Maniacs Awards
Gold
Highlands & Islands up to 12 Year Old – 2013 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Silver
Highlands & Islands up to 12 Year Old – 2014 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Silver
Scotch Single Malt – Island – 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver
Scotch Single Malt – Island – 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Bronze
Islands Single Malt 12 Years and Under – 2014 World Whiskies Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Golden amber
Nose
Thick, pungent smoke fills the nose as sweet pear and apple peels weave their way up. Kippers and seaweed eventually push through to bring some of that seaside saltiness.
Palate
If whisky is served on a sizzling plate, this is it! Greeted with peat and seasoned with black pepper, this savoury mouthfeel serves charred orchard fruits with a measure of brine and dry barley. What a lovely balance!
Finish
A long finish to savour. The heat toasts the malt and caramelises the sugar for a complete experience.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Type Scotch
Style Single Malt
Region Islay
Country Scotland
Distillery Lagavulin
ABV % 43
Aged 16
NOTES:
RM408.00

Lessons in the Dram

Scotland is home to over 100 distilleries. You can categorise them into five regions: the Highlands, the Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, and Campbeltown. Every one of these regions has its speciality. It’s on our bucket list to have you explore them all.

Description

When it comes to peatiness, no one comes close to the Lagavulin 16 Year Old—a smoke-breathing beast with a league of its own. The Lagavulin distillery was strategically built on the Isle of Islay in 1816. It gives them easy access to a long stretch of peat bog, which contributes greatly to its peaty reputation.

Raw peat is not all that makes this whisky a crowd favourite. It’s the dedication. If good things take time, this Lagavulin is proof of that. The fermentation alone takes 55 to 75 hours, the first distillation about five hours and the second takes another nine. Then it goes into the refill European oak casks for 16 years, slowly breathing in all that spicy and sherry flavours from the wood.

Almost anyone wants a classic Lagavulin 16 Year Old. It is, after all, the best of its range. If you have one, you best keep it a secret or it’ll be gone before you know it.

Awards

1st Place
Best Single Malt Scotch 13 to 17 Years – 2015 International Whisky Competition
1st Place
Best Peated Whisky – 2015 International Whisky Competition
Master
Islay 13 to 18 Years Old – 2014 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Gold
Liquid Gold Award – 2014 Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Double Gold
Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Years – 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Winner
Best Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Years – 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Master
Islay 13 to 18 Years Old – 2013 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Gold
Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years – 2016 World Whiskies Awards
2nd Place
Best Single Malt Whisky – 2015 International Whisky Competition
2nd Place
Best Single Malt Scotch (Islay) – 2015 International Whisky Competition
Gold
Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Gold
Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver Outstanding
Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver
Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years – 2014 World Whiskies Awards

Tasting Notes

Sight
Deep amber gold
Nose
Impressive big powerful puffs of smoke! Probably the smokiest in Islay. Obviously, Lapsang Souchong tea. There is, however, an equally concentrated odour of iodine, with traceable sweet spices, well-aged sherry, and creamy vanilla. Smell it once, smell it twice, smell it three times!
Palate
Warning: this is not for the weak. Incredibly thick and rich. Goes almost full-on peat and oak, so robust that it packs a hefty punch. Malt and sherry balance the palate with a fruity sweetness that’s refreshing and not sickly sweet. Exquisite doesn’t even define it.
Finish
Long, nice, and warm. The smoky peat stays, while figs, dates, and vanilla emerge and trail off into a spicy finish.
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