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Another way Malt can contribute to better the world

The Scotch industry is very environmentally aware and many of the side products of making the whisky are making its way for other uses and being used to benefit businesses and facilities surrounding the distilleries.

Now a new company has come with a new approach for increasing the ways the distillation by products cen be used to help our Eco system :
Company produces world’s first biofuel made from whisky waste

Personally – and I would make a bold statement on behalf of all the MaltGeeks members, if this was a Kickstarter project looking for funding, We would all be backing it up.

I Wish they succeed and become a major player in the renewable energy market.

Tobermory 10years

Tobermory 10 years

We got ourselves a sample bottle of the Tobermory 10 years old , nice little thing like you get on a flight , for a tasting for two people it was a good quantity and as we were in a very relaxed place more would have been a waste .

The music in whisky

If you ask a large number of people what does whisky (or whiskey) means to them, and what is the first thing that comes to their head when they hear the word, 9 out of 10 people will talk about the drink’s characteristics,the sensations, some might talk about the hangovers they had, but a rare few will talk about the music that the word conjures in their mind.

To me the word brings to mind music. Music not in the traditional way of instruments playing a score, but more of the music of nature: the whisper of the wind blowing over the hills of Northern Scotland, the mellow flowing waters of the Spey river, the roar of crashing ocean waves onto the pier near the town of Tain near the Glenmorangie distillery and even the braying of the bulls in the pens. The musical sounds of Whisky country!

It is something that all those that travelled Scotland to savour this wonderful liquid experience but may not take the time to notice and appreciate; it is a sensation to be absorbed and appreciate slowly, much like a good dram.

Most distilleries have a stream or pond they use when making whisky, and each plays its own tune. Some streams are slow-churning flat stream-beds and some are thunderous cascading waterfalls. It is sometimes difficult to hear the music around you when there are distractions such as other visitors, cars and any other source of noise, but in those rare moments of silence and social isolation, it is then that the echoing sound of the place can be heard and sip into your mind, as slowly as the flavours of the dram descend on the palate in the first taste, that is how the music of a place enters your ears and your mind: bewitching, mesmerising and beautiful.

This has dawned on me in the Glen Grant distillery I visited a long time ago, the drink itself was not to my palate, but the gardens and the music of the stream with its surrounding ambiance enticed me deeply, I felt that the place was so “right”. It was fulfilling in a sense that other distilleries have not been until then. Since then, I always strive to find a moment to listen to the home of the whiskey, and once I heard the music of its birthplace, its place in nature’s symphony, only then do I step inside and experience what the musical composition tastes like; and if I didn’t hear it, I go inside and see maybe the drink will show me the song.

So in the next time you travel Scotland, take the time to listen to the land and it’s music.


It has begun!

We’ve arrived at Glasgow airport yesterday evening, woke up real early today and got on the ferry to the Isle of Arran, a beautiful island with a single distillery, the Isle of Arran Distillery, which was opened 16 years ago. The opening of the distillery marked the end of a period of 158 years in which there was no (legal) whisky distilling done on Arran.

Tasting notes soon to come.

After meeting the lovely people of Arran Distillery (Thank you – Chris, Sue and Campbel!), we went on a wee boat that took us from Lochranza to Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula, from which we drove down to Campbeltown. More on that tomorrow, after our visit to Springbank and GlenGyle.

J & U

Latest additions to the collection

Two weeks ago I found myself in Edinburgh , and like any Malt fan , no visit to the Scot Capital will be complete without a visit to a Whisky shop , my personal Guilty shop is the “Royal Mile Whisky” shop … and those that have been in it needs not explaining why , True it is not the most extravagant shop or the most extensive one can find , but it does have it’s gems and magic if you take the time to explore.

I had some time and budget limitation ( as always) and so I limited myself in the selection and purchasing.
The final Tally of the purchase was varied — at least I hope so …

  • GlenCadam 10 years old , Distillery bottling
  • Glen Fiddich 14 year old Rich Oak
  • Deersralker 10 years old
  • Out of those 3 the GlenFiddich is the only one that I know what to expect as I’ve posted about it before , the GlenCadam was a bottle I wanted for a while , but always got the Connoisseur’s bottling ( 21 and 23 years) , so I got a distillery one this time. And the “Deerstalker”, well that one was a curiosity so I bought it on a whim.

    Watch this space for reports on when I open them.

    Kilchoman Spring 2011 Bottling

    I’ve tasted this dram a few nights ago, boy was I surprised!

    This is a bottling of 3 and 4 years old whisky (One must remember the distillery has only been open since 2005).

    Color: Very light yellow, not surprising given the little time it had to mature in the casks.

    Nose: As expected of an Islay scotch, you can smell the peat, although not as strongly as other drams. There is a sweetness to the smell – maybe honey, or some sweet fruit. The raw side of the spirit is still very much apparent, but not in a bad way.

    Palate: This is where it gets interesting. I was expecting to be hit with a very sharp and biting scotch, but was instead greeted by an oily mellowness, very sweet indeed (more caramel than honey), and a slight medicinal taste. After the initial surprise has diminished, a fruity flavor appeared, as well as the familiar peat, although again, much more timid than other Islay expressions. The finish is long and fruity, with traces of peat.

    Overall, a great experience from a very young bottling.

    Score: 3.7/5.0

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