Exploring the world of Single Malt Scotches

Archive for March, 2012

Penderyn Welch Single Malt

Penderyn Welsh Single Malt – Wrong freekin’ island you say ?  Not so fast you snobbish consumer. While you’re not likely to find this unique bottle at the corner store, it is worth a special delivery.  The Prince of Wales might better have a case of this fine drink than whatever Camilla brings to the party…..The whisky itself is lightly peated and has an engagingly mellow nose that transitions into a minor flavor explosion.  There is a fruity sense and the sherry casks also make their presence known  in the finish.  I found that swirling the whisky in my mouth allowed the complexity to come forward like a royal parade on a spring day.  Don’t get you kilt in a knot over the origins of this very drinkable whisky, just go with the flow.  Snobbishly rated an 8. 

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Springbank Private Label

Springbank Private Label,  Some days are better than others….and today was a rockin’ fine example . Here’s a very special bottle that was purchased as an entire barrel many moons ago and man o man was it worth the wait.  This is a rich and mellow malt with lovely vanilla notes leading to an oaky spice in the background.  My friend Adrienne who provided this example reports that robbing a bank might be the only way to acquire your own stash, as the last bottle sold at auction for a cool grand. Compare this rare scotch with the distinctive tones of a vintage Rickenbacker and you’ll get the picture.  I wonder if Mr. Thomas Petty enjoys the occasional dram……..this liquid music rates a 9+ ,or a Grammy.

Springbank Private Label


The Macallan 12

The Macallan 12- Here’s one very mature 12 year old, way past the usual pre-teen shenanigans! This Highland smoothy is one whisky that you can enjoy with meals as well as during the evening; it’s creamy enough and perfectly flavored for accompanying a juicy steak with your mate.  The rich golden color is the result of perfectly roasted all Scottish barley aged in sherry casks for a full dozen years. This lingering finish lasts longer than War and Peace did on your nightstand. I found fruity notes with vanilla in the background, probably should have another glass in case I missed anything.  I rate this classic a solid 8

The Macallan 12