Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Alchemist - Scotch Whiskies and other fine spirits

Over the last 15 years Gordon Wright has travelled extensively around Europe, North America and the Far East presenting and selling the finest Single Malt Scotch Whisky, specifically for two of the finest Distilleries in
Scotland – Springbank and Bruichladdich.

His career in the spirit world started at the Wright family’s Distillery in Campbeltown in 1989, where he was in charge of the sales and promotion of Springbank - until then little known in many countries.

In 1996, having left Springbank, he established Murray McDavid – an Independent Bottler of Single Malt whisky.

The company quickly earned a reputation for the high quality and specialist range of its whiskies. This led to an opportunity to buy Bruichladdich Distillery from Jim Beam Brands in 2000.

Having sampled and enjoyed a huge range of spirits during his travels, Gordon discovered a wealth of flavours, textures and characteristics in spirits from a whole range of fruits and grains. An idea took root to assemble a collection of the finest wood aged spirits under one label and from that grew the Alchemist brand.

The 2010 range includes

Bruichladdich 15 year old
Bowmore 9 year old
Caol Ila  12 year old
Highland Park 15 year old
Macallan 10 year old
Macallan 15 year old
Macallan 18 year old

Armagnac Castex 15 year old

Calvados Droin 15 year old

Rhum Agricole Gardel 10 year old

All bottled at the 46% abv optimum strength for fine spirits

Domaine C. Drouin 15 year old Calvados 42% Alchemist

Flamboyant amber colour, it has a complex, well-balanced nose; the fruit giving a mellow aspect to a palate dominated by wood and spice; full and very long. As complex as any single malt.

Christian Drouin has gained a worldwide reputation for producing the finest Calvados. Located in the Pays d'Auge the distillery uses apples from the family orchards to make cider, which is then double-distilled and matured in oak casks until ready to savor. This is a sublime spirit, which demonstrates its creator's skills and passion.

Gardel Distillery Rhum Agricole 10 year old Alchemist 46% 70cl 

 Tasting notes :-

Deep coppery brown with flecks of sunlight.
A bewitching deep sweet and aromatic nose with honey and toffee pudding.
fragrant palate fills the mouth with silky notes of vanilla and oak.
The finish is firm and dry and lingers long into the sunset.

To buy Alchemist selected whiskies calvados and rhums click here and type Alchemist in the search box top left

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