Here we go again with the Wemyss Malts Cream of the Crop tasting notes. The Wemyss family has a passion for whiskey since the beginning of the 19th century when Haig’s founded its first distillery on the island of Wemyss. They make their own blends but are especially appreciated for their job as independent bottlers. Each bottle name has a special name to guide the buyer to its favorite flavors. So what about this “Cream of the Crop”? This one is a Glen Garioch, from the Garioch Valley’s distillery in the Highlands, founded in a very small village at the end of the 18th century. Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2016 (it’s a 27 or 26 years old whisky, we do not have precise dates, 261 bottles). Let’s see this Wemyss Malts whisky!
Here is a little feedback from my last masterclass at the O’Flaherty’s irish pub in Namur on the theme “Whiskeys of the World” (organized by Whiskey-Select). Some options were available for some whiskeys so I will only talk about the ones I’ve tasted (logic eh!). Once again, I would like to thank them all for the explanations provided and the price they asked for!
25 € for 6 glasses including a 5 € voucher for a bottle purchase or a drink in the pub. If you’re in Belgium, do not hesitate to register for the next special tasting “Road of the peat” scheduled for the end of January (well, you have to love peat, necessarily… Otherwise take a good beer, like the McDouglas).
I’ve had the pleasure of participating to a masterclass entirely dedicated to the Teeling distillery. This is the opportunity for me to give you a little return about the whiskeys tasted at this event organized at the O’Flaherty’s (a pub that I highly recommend if you’re spending some time in Namur, Belgium). I already knew the Single Grain and Stout Cask discovered recently and for which tasting notes have already been published on this blog, so i’ll speak about the Brabazon, Small Batch Rum, Revival V (Cognac & Brandy Casks) and the 19-year-old rum bottling for The Nectar 😉
Well, dear friends, here come the tasting notes of Glengoyne 15yo (43% – 2017). This whisky was partially aged in bourbon casks (1st fill) and in sherry casks. Glengoyne has forged its very good (and deserved) reputation, especially, with its older whiskies aged in sherry casks . These barrels are supposed to bring fruity aromas of candied lemon and pineapple, and the sherry casks to bring intensity and balance to the whole thing. That’s what they tell us on paper… But on paper it always looks pretty, so let’s see the reality with the tasting notes 😀
Today I will talk about the Macallan Quest (40%). This whisky, developed for the Macallan travel retail collection, has been aged in 4 different types of casks: old American and European sherry casks, American bourbon casks and small hogsheads. This whisky is a tribute to those people who travel thousands of miles each year in quest of the best casks for their whisky. So, does it worth the trip? :p
The Teeling Stout Cask comes from the marriage between two Irish spirits, the whisky and the famous dark beer. This product was developed in collaboration with the Irish Galway Bay Brewery, one more time we can say that Teeling demonstrates its creativity. This innovative association offers a limited edition (12,000 bottles) announced as being rich in flavors and character. This whisky was aged more than 6 months in casks containing the beer “200 Fathoms Imperial Stout”, and this beer just spent time in… old Teeling bourbon casks! So these casks just come back home with some bonus. Let’s see this! 😀
Tasting notes of the Auchentoshan Springwood. Since two-three years, it looks fashionable to release bottles without mention of age but with nice names, even original, also to expand a distillery range. Well, the name is often bearing promises without necessarily being followed. Let’s see it with this Lowlands whisky 😉
Peat lovers, today I’ll introduce to you the Ardbeg Galileo… You know? This famous whisky that we sent into space to study the impact of gravity on its maturation. The whisky you’ll drink here isn’t the one they sent in space eh, this is just the same whisky that was bottled to celebrate this unusual event. Aged in ex-bourbon casks (first filling) and Marsala, it has an alcohol level of 49%. So, will this whisky take us to infinity and beyond?
I’m testing another single grain, with some hope that this Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch (50%) will meet my expectations, and a little bit more than the recent Teeling that disappointed me a bit (I have to say that I expected a real good surprise). This one comes from the Kentucky Buffalo Trace distillery. A single grain coming from the country of bourbon just has to be good, isn’t it?
When you start discovering whisky, Glenmorangie is a must-have label, especially when you have the (pretty good) idea to try its special finishes, such as the Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or finished in Sauternes casks.