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Glengoyne 18yo (G) PDF Print E-mail
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Glengoyne was originally named Burnfoot distillery and probably operated illegally in the early part of the nineteenth century. Its first licence to distil whisky was granted in 1833, and it was renamed "Glen Guin", or "the valley of the wild geese", when Lang Brothers bought it in 1876. While there has been some modernization over the years, it retains a delightful nineteenth-century charm. It nestles prettily in a wooded valley below Dumgoyne hill, from which the Glengoyne Burn courses through sandstone and over a spectacular 15 metre (49 feet) waterfall, eventually flowing into Loch Lomond.

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 2Glengoyne distillery draws its soft process water from Loch Carron and its cooling water from the Glengoyne Burn. It uses only Scottish barley, Golden Promise and Chariot varieties, air dried after germination and hence un-peated. The carton boldly states "Scotland's Unpeated Malt" which is the whisky's signature, and it is designated the "Authentic Taste of Malt Whisky Untainted by Peat Smoke."

The distillery operates a medium-sized copper domed mash tun, 6 Oregon pine washbacks, 1 wash still and 2 smaller spirit stills with boil balls in the necks and level lyne arms. The size and shape of the spirit stills and boil balls contribute greatly through catalysis and reflux to the flavour of the resulting spirit. The whisky is matured in a combination of refill bourbon and sherry casks, in dunnage warehouses at the site.

The whisky is used in blends such as Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse and Lang's Supreme.

Or so the Glengoyne web site says, they go on...

Digestive biscuits, ripe bananas and a hint of pepper. This is the taste of Scotland's slowest distillation, bottled as tradition insists: at cask strength, un-chillfiltered. Like every Glengoyne, the amber hue is created by time and oak, nothing more.

Nose: Fresh strawberries and cream, crumbled digestive biscuits and a hint of oak spice.

Palate: Treacle-like, sweet and thick. Sharp fruits with sugar syrup and more oaty biscuits.

Finish: A long, lasting finish.

A tasting at the distillary video.

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Cool Jazz with "Stan and His Getz" - 8:30pm every 4th Sat PDF Print E-mail
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We've got Cool Jazz with "Stan and His Getz" featuring Roger Harker  on alto & tenor saxophone and eggs(?), Bob Mason on keyboards and Nigel Wright on double bass. 

The trio plays a repertoire from such jazz composers as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock as well as numbers from the "Great American Songbook" composers including Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, not forgetting the bossa nova maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Usually every 4th Saturday of the month there is a new flavour of music to the Blue, oh so mellow, just the job for a chilled out Saturday night and not to be missed!  

 

 
Laphroaig 10yo Cask (J) PDF Print E-mail
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Laphroaig

Laphroaig waltere awarded Best Single Malt in the World in 2005 by Whisky Magazine, Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength with all the depth of genuine taste and texture normally associated with sampling whisky at source.

Matured in seasoned oak barrels, charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only just, to remove the small char particles present. This means you will enjoy Laphroaig exactly as it was made. In extremes of temperature and when you add water it may appear a little cloudy - this is the natural condition of a malt of such a peaty pungence and uncompromising purity.

Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.

Laphroaig reccomend that you add twice as much water as whisky to fully appreciate the taste characteristics of Original Cask Strength Laphroiag.  Whisky at cask strength may overpower the palate, but adding water will release the rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.

There is more detail on this story here and it'll also tell you why this whisky has won so many awards!

COLOUR : Rich deep gold

NOSE: Very powerful, "medicine", smoke, seaweed and ozone characters overlaying a sweetness

BODY: Full and strong

PALATE: A massive peated burst of flavour with hints of sweetness at the end

FINISH: Long and savoury

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Longrow

With the distillery established in1828, Longrow is distilled at J & A Mitchell & Coin Campbeltown and is a Speyside whisky. First distilled in 1973, Longrow is a double distilled, heavily peated single malt and is the new presentation of the old (2012) Longrow 'CV' style.

The first distillation was carried out as an experiment when the Springbank chairman set out to prove that it was possible to produce an Islay-style single malt whisky on the mainland.  The barley used in the production of Longrow is entirely peat dried for up to 48 hours, giving the whisky a wonderfully smokey, peaty character. 

This experiment produced a whisky so special that Longrow was distilled again a few years later and has become an important part of the Mitchell's portfolio, with regular distillation having taken place since 1992.

Every year, the distilling apparatus at Springbank distillery in Campbeltown is cleaned out and the heavier malted Longrow is produced before reverting to Springbank again. Named after the old Longrow distillery which stood adjacent to Springbank and closed in 1896, Alfred Barnard described the distillery as the quaintest he had set eyes on, with everything done by hand. The one concession to modernity being a steam engine used to power the malt mill. Today one of the bonded warehouses is used today to house Springbank's bottling plant. Longrow originals command big prices, with an 1864 going for £7200 in 2001.

Established in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell's illicit still, it is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. The Springbank Distillery is now in the hands of his great great great grand son, Hedley G. Wright. 

Springbank is one of just two distilleries that bottle their whiskies at the source, using the original water for the reduction to bottling strength (when they reduce at all). Glenfiddich is the only other.

Every drop of whisky made at Springbank is sold as single malt. It is bottled at many different ages, and with many different finishes. It is quite a unique whisky from a unique distillery.

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