Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 4yo

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My Month of the month on this occasion my surprise one or two folk, a Glentauchers 4 year old Single Sherry cask (£35). This would have surprised me a year or so ago but since then we come across many single malts equally youthful but utterly brilliant. It again emphasises the point that the cask is the most important element in whisky and if you find a good one they can taste sublime after just a few years. This Sherry Puncheon from the Glentauchers Distillery on Speyside was originally earmarked for the next batch of Old Perth Blended Malt (My Malt of the Month for December) but when the cask arrived and bottlers tasted it, they were completely convinced it should be bottled as a single cask despite its relatively young age. The creamy and sweet sherry cask notes come through really well, I am delighted we got a chunk of the small amount of bottles allocated for the UK....
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Old Perth Number 3 Blended Malt Whisky

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Perth is a city with an unrivalled heritage of whisky blending. World-famous blends originated here: Bell’s, The Famous Grouse and Dewar’s White Label are all Perth blends. Old Perth Scotch sat comfortably among esteemed company. With the incorporation of Peter Thomson Ltd. into Haddows, Old Perth was taken out of production, meanwhile the other Perth blends were gradually appropriated by multi-national drinks corporations and they became removed from their town of origin. Perth, once a centre of great whisky blending repute, no longer had a whisky to its name. It is, therefore, befitting that Old Perth was resurrected in 2013 and that Morrison and Mackay Whisky Merchants, the company behind this renaissance is based locally. What makes Old Perth blended malt of a superior quality to a typical “blended scotch whisky” is the use of only malt Whiskies in the blend. A typical blended scotch will have on average 70% of the blend as grain whisky and only 30% malt...
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Glenlossie 1995 Connoisseurs Choice

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Elgin based Independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail have been releasing some belting whiskies recently and one of their latest is a 1995 Glenlossie under their Connoisseurs Choice label (£39.99). Reasons for our excitement around this whisky include the fact that it’s matured exclusively in 1st Fill or fresh sherry casks and it is incredible value for money. We’re suckers for whisky matured in fresh sherry casks due to the wonderful sweet fruit and spicy complexity that these casks give to the whisky. They’re also becoming harder and harder to source due to the majority of distillers using ex-bourbon hogsheads. The price of a sherry cask can be up to 5 or 6 times the price of a bourbon cask. I personally love a combination of the two as I think the flavour components blend brilliantly together but the opportunity and lure for a small amount of this Glenlossie was too hard to pass up. Bottled just last year, this is...
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Old Pulteney 12yo

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Old Pulteney 21yo was awarded the award for best Single Malt Whisky 2012 by Jim Murray, writer of The Whisky Bible. Huge praise from one of the finest whisky tasters and writers in the world. It’s important to stock up on whatever receives the top award as they become nigh on impossible to find literally hours after the awards are published. My Malt of the  Month however is not the 21yo but the Old Pulteney 12yo (£31.99). I just wanted to highlight the award for the 21yo and show that it’s testament to this distiller for producing whisky of such a high standard right across its spectrum of ages. The 12yo has always been a popular whisky, not only because it’s a name that people can really trust and rely on but also for its flavour profile, value for money and funky looking bottle. Located near Wick on the Caithness coast, they use a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks....
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Glencadam 10yo

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I’ve been staring at the screen for some time now trying to decide which Single Malt to write about. The amount of quality whisky on the market is quite extraordinary. We all know that demand for whisky has increased with the global market for single malt Scotch hitting a new high in 2012 – selling some 7.8m cases. The market has gained by some 46.7%, or 2.48m cases, over the last 10 years (2003-2012).  I set up the shop at about the time of this boom and it’s within this decade that I’ve witnessed not just a massive increase in the levels of interest in malt whisky but a massive increase in the quality. I could have picked just about any distillery for this week’s column but I’ve finally settled on a wee favourite of ours – Glencadam. It was also about ten years ago that this wonderful distillery in Angus really hit its stride after being bought by independent...
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