Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Drams of the Day: Scotch Malt Whisky By Taste

Light Delicate Whisky

These whiskies can have Delicate floral grassy notes,  Gentle Malt, Delicate Fruits, Honey Notes with no Noticeable Peat Content 
For example:-  
Deanston Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 years old Distillery edition Tasting Notes.
Breathe deep into the fresh floral, citrus fruit aroma, laden with a honeycomb maltiness.
Delve into layers of barley sugar,  creamy toffee and orange with hints of ginger.
Enjoy the long, balanced finale as spiced honey flavours dance on the tongue.

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Soft, Fruity Creamy Whisky 

These whiskies can have Dried Fruits, Citric Fruits a Sherry Influence Honey and Malty Faintly Peated Whisky with a trace of Peat or and Smoke
For Example:- “Tomintoul” Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 14 Years
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Delicate, soft and creamy with light floral malt and some sweetness
Palate: Elegant, round, soft and gentle. Clean malt with some creamy sweetness
Finish: Long and creamy, tending to dry with slight peppery tones.

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Rich & Fruity Whiskies.


These whiskies are full bodied and can have. Rich Fruit cake Heavily Sherried with Oaky Spicy notes with  maybe more peat and smoke.For Example:-

Glendronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 year old Allardice 46%  Tasting Notes
Appearance: Bright deep gold with a tawny centre.
Nose: Sweet aromatics of fudge and muscovado sugar. Fruit compote and glacier morello cherries provide added complexity. 
Palate: Rich dark and seductive. Remarkable flavours of stewed fruits and all-spice marry together with classical aged Oloroso and toasted walnut bread and chocolate orange. 
Conclusions: Tremendously complex and long.
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Maritime Scotch Whisky


These maritime whiskies are harder to define they can give differing levels of fruit, malt,  oaky, spicy and peat and smoke but is the  Coastal, Salty, Sea Breeze notes that can be detected that sets them apart.

Bunnahabhain Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery lslay region, North shore.
The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air.
The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness,
finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience.

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Gentle Medium Peated Whiskies


The main attributes to Gentle medium peated Whisky is the Fresh Peat Gentle Smoke Earthiness some can have Peppery, Dried Fruits Citric Fruits or and Sherry Influence
Honey and Malty but it is mainly the introduction of peat For Example :- 
Tomintoul Single Malt Whisky with a Peaty Tang 40% notes

Distilled in the traditional manner, and unusually for this district, it is made with a peated malted barley to impart a distictive smoky and heathery flavour.
Colour: Rich gold
Nose: Heathery smoke balanced with subtle floral tones
Palate: Gentle ‘Peat-reek’ flavours with a hint of malty nuttiness
Finish: Lingering smoke and peat with a touch of sweetness.

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Peaty Smokey Phenolic Whisky.


Of course Heavily Peated Whisky with Iodine, Coal Tar
Seaweed Bonfire, Smoke Earthy. James May once referered to these whiskies as drinking through a Growbag- However some of our customers love them:-  For Example:-

Peats Beast
 35 ppm Intensley peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a mystery distillery
Tasting Notes of  RICHARD PATERSON from Whyte & Mackay
Colour :Straw yellow with glittering highlights.
Nose:  A rugged fusion of sea spray, bonfire smoke, damp earth and spicy cinnamon immediately arouses the senses. These powerful aromas of peat moss and wet grass must be fully respected before seductive notes of crushed pear, apple and freshly baked bread provide the perfect finish to this memorable melody.
Taste: Strong and bold with plenty of backbone and structure as this great monster unfolds its fiery fangs on your palate. This is not for the faint hearted. Take a generous mouthful with a biting wind blowing furiously in your face. Hold it long in your mouth allow the thick tar, peat smoke and creamy liquorice to penetrate every part of your tongue. Time will tame it.
There is indeed unashamed beauty in this beast

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