We've just received a package with the new Laddie 10yo, one of the first off the line on 9th September. This is the first 10yo to be bottled using only spirit distilled after the distillery reopened. Also in the the same parcel was the latest Port Charlotte, PC9.
Other recent additions include a couple of Glendronach single cask vintages, a 17yo from 1994 and a 21yo from 1989.
Malts of the Month for October are
Smoky - Birnie Moss from Benriach
Non-Smoky - Benriach no age statement
As noted before on the blog, September Malt of the Month is something slightly different. We are featuring two malts which are not renowned for the smokiness, but which in their own way use it to promote a complex flavour.
Glenfarclas 10yo(from the official tasting notes)
Nose - Tempting sherry-sweet malty tones combine with delicate smokiness, releasing subtle spices. Warming the glass reveals honey, vanilla and pear drops.
Flavour - delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves tempt the taste buds further
Fettercairn Fior (from the official tasting notes)
Nose - Aromas of crushed pear, toffee apple and hints of cinnamon and vanilla together with a kiss of peat smoke, hazelnuts, orange rind, ginger and coriander.
Flavour - bold dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and peat smoke fused with nutmeg, mint, citrus fruits and truffle.
To complement these two excellent malts, we are also featuring some older whiskies.
Glenfarclas 40yo - we have a number of old malts on sale in The Grill, but as far as Official Distillery Bottlings go, this one is up at the top. First released in 2010 to industry wide aclaim, this is perhaps the only OB at this age which doesn't come with its own designer "suitcase". And that's good news for the consumer. It means that we can reflect that in the price, £37.50 for a 40yo whisky. And our friends at Glenfarclas have thrown in an engraved Glencairn Whisky Glass for every dram purchased.
We also have some other excellent 40yo which are worth mentioning, all of which are competitively priced.
The award winning Black Bull 40yo Blend (90% malt and only 10% grain) and several single cask bottlings, all bottled by independent Duncan Taylor - Bowmore, Bunnahabhain,Glenrothes, Macduff, Tamdhu & Tomatin.
Whilst we are featuring Fettercairn, its worth mentioning we now have in stock the 24yo and 30yo bottlings.
Kilchoman 100% Islay - still only a 3 year old, the whisky has been produced from barley grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery. Limited supplies.
Laphroaig Triple Wood - not previously available to the pub trade, this one is going down a storm with new and old Laphroaig lovers. An excellent alternative to the 10yo for those of a milder disposition!
Bruichladdich 4x Futures - the quadruple distilled rocket fuel (well, sports car, see Oz Clark & James May) is now 5 years old and bottled at 64.6% abv. We also have the immature spirit to compare it with - ask the staff.
Shakleton's Recreation - this is the recreation, by Richard Patterson, of the Mackinlay whisky which Ernest Shackleton took with him on his unsuccessful but epic endeavour to reach the South Pole. Dismissed by some as a gimic, it hasn't disappointed our customers despite the fairly hefty price.
Our current MALTS OF THE MONTH are Highland Park - Smoky An Cnoc - Non-Smoky
Next Month (September), we are doing something slightly different. Both Malts of the Month are going to be smoky, but not the in-your-face style of smokiness. Fettercairn Fior and Glenfarclas 10yo both have a subtle smokiness which, depending on your palate, you may not be immediately aware of. Try them and let us know what you think?
Following on from the successful launch last year of The Dalmore Dee Dram, we now have all four bottlings in the series which helps to support the best of Scotland's fishing rivers - Spey, Dee, Tay & Tweed. More info here.
Steven McConnachie will present a tasting of the Rivers Collection on Sunday 1st May at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival. More info here.
This isn't a blog in the true sense of the word - more a way of keeping our online lists up to date. So no lecturing, posturing or controversy here. Suffice to say that yes, rum does seem to be getting more popular at The Grill. That may be due to an overall increase in popularity or just down to the fact that we offer some variety here. We don't do cocktails, so unless the rum is served neat with ice,the only alternative is with coke and a wedge of lime.
Our latest additions, courtesy of those excellent people at The Whisky Exchange, are as follows
Antigua - English Harbour 5yo Brazil - Beija-Flor Reserva 10yo Cachaca Guatemala - Botran Reserva Solera Aged Guyana - 5yo, 8yo, 12yo & 21yo (we already stocked the 15yo) Haiti - Barbancourt 4yo & 15yo, to add to the popular 8yo we already stocked. Panama - Ron Abuelo 5yo Peru - Cartavio 7yo Gran Reserva St Lucia - Admiral Rodney Extra Old
Here are the new additions to our selection. Some are proving more popular than others, but they all stimulate discussion!
The new Burn Stewart standard bottlings which are non-chill filtered and with a new abv of 46.3% - Deanston 12yo, Tobermory 10yo and Ledaig 10yo.
Glen Garioch 12yo and a Small Batch Release 19yo from 1991.
Glenmorangie Finealta - recreation of early 1900's taste.
Some single cask bottlings from Duncan Taylor - Royal Lochnagar 1986 22yo, Macduff 1968 40yo, Glenrothes 1969 40yo Octave Cask, Tamdhu 1968 40yo, Tomatin 1965 43yo, Bowmore 1968 40yo (just heard that the distillery are to release a 40yo version with only 50 bottles available worldwide - the Dons could probably get a new central defender for less than the cost of this one!), Bunnahabhain 1968 40yo. And a couple of their finest blended whiskies, Black Bull 12yo 50% and the 33yo Rarest of the Rare which contains spirit from several closed distilleries.
Several bottlings as selected by the Bladnoch Forum - Balmenach 1983 26yo, Cragganmore 1991 19yo & Dailuaine 1983 26yo.
One that may only be available in Travel Retail - Balvenie 14yo Caribbean Rum Cask.
A 38yo Speymaly-Macallan from 1971 which replaced a 27yo from 1975 in our six decades of Macallan flight.
Several of the popular Whisky Exchange Elements bottlings - Ar1, Lg1 & Lp1, plus a return of the 1999 heavily peated 5yo Jura.
The last, I presume in the annual Port Charlotte bottlings from Bruichladdich - An Turas Mor.
The latest in the series of unpeated Caol Ila's, this one is 12yo, plus a 12yo from Hazelburn of Springbank (this one has been on the shelf for a while).
A couple of beauties from Compass Box - The Peat Monster and Spice Tree.
And finally, another one of our own exclusive label bottlings, a 25yo Caol Ila, finished in an octave cask and bottled for us by Duncan Taylor. Great peat offset by sweetness!
The bad news is that following the rise in the rate of VAT our prices have been increased as of today.
The good news is that being forced to produce a completely updated Whisky List has allowed me to introduce several new whiskies, to replace ones that may no longer be available, aswell as more of our ever popular Whisky Flights.
Full details will be listed here in the next couple of days.
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