Is Jura the forgotten island? Not by me. by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND WHISKY TOURS

Jura is found on Scotland’s west coast, next to its’ busy neighbour, Islay. Although not as busy and as many inhabitants, it has whisky – well just one distillery, more later. It does however also have deer and history in abundance! Jura has been inhabited since 8000 BC and had homes since 5600 BC oh aye, a wee while back. Even 10,000 BC has been put forward,  ok donder along to Lussa Bay and, 3 stone circles can be seen in Lussa Wood – believed to hold the oldest stone structure in Scotland. I do like history and scraping aboot.  Even better, I love delving into clan history, especially my own; Maclean. The Battle of Kura, a little know affray, June 768 AD, a fight between the Britons (Strathclyde) and Dalriada (Ulster as is now and the west of Scotland – I do insist on you doing your own discovery work on Dalriada),  this all came about around 258 AD, it is fascinating, do go and check this out, it is where Scotland and its’ language began. Wee note; the Maclean’s are related to the Kings of Dalriada.

Did I mention the Vikings were here? No, well they were, and it’s almost certain it was them who named this island “deer island”. The Norwegians gave up the island in 1266, it was then ruled and held for the Scottish king by those Macdonalds, Lords of the Isles. Here we go – in 1390 lands were given to Lachlan Maclean of Duart. Then in the early 1600’s those barbarous, land grabbing, devil worshiping, thieves (the Campbells) were given the isle and the Macdonalds driven out. The northern lands of Jura were still Maclean, we didnee get on too well with these savages, two big battles are known to have taken place; both 1647, Barnhill and Glen Garrisdale, all the hero’s of clan Maclean were killed, for years after there was a skull at the glen locally known as Maclean’s skull. In 1690 John Campbell (surname means crooked mouth by the way, very apt) took action against our hero’s , with constant eruptions between the two clans the Maclean’s were forced out but not before selling (canny chief) their lands to Donald McNeill of Colonsay. This 30 mile long and seven mile wide island is surrounded by the wild waters of the Atlantic, home to serene bays, seals and sea eagles. The Corryvreckan, a giant whirlpool at the north tip off the isle, the Royal Navy considers it to be one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the British Isles.  Jura’s only village Craighouse is where the distillery is located. The isle is some two hundred people strong (last counted),  in previous centuries there were as many as a thousand.

Here is a wee tale; a story goes, of an old woman, told prophecies, she saw the departure from the island of the Campbell chief. The last Campbell would have one eye and that all he owned would fit on a cart, drawn by a white horse. In 1938 Charles Campbell had one glass eye, all his goods were taken to the pier by a cart and white horse. Justice!!!  There is an alternative ending, rather than a horse, it was a white car – horsepower.  Which leads me nicely into the whisky! Jura Distillery;  Founded in 1810, it collapsed at the end of the 19th century and fell into ruin. Despite this and the two World Wars, the Diurach spirit remained. In 1963, it was rebuilt to help revive the small island community. Jura Prophecy (whisky)  heavily peated with a sweet and spicy finish. It’s said that centuries ago, an old seer prophesied that the last Campbell to leave the island would be penniless. In 1938, this came to be. To mark the legend, the seer’s symbol watches over every bottle. See? Told you so. Today you get to Jura from Port Askaig, although there are wee ferry companies who will take you from the mainland (no cars). Last time I was there, some wealthy Aussie was building a golf course and posh digs, will be there again pretty soon to be sure. PAUL MCLEAN

https://whiskytours.scot/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/is-jura-the-forgotten-island-not-by-me-by-paul-mclean-of-mcleanscotland-whisky-tours/

Is Jura the forgotten island? Not by me. by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND WHISKY TOURS

Jura is found on Scotland’s west coast, next to its’ busy neighbour, Islay. Although not as busy and as many inhabitants, it has whisky – well just one distillery, more later. It does however also have deer and history in abundance! Jura has been inhabited since 8000 BC and had homes since 5600 BC oh aye, a wee while back. Even 10,000 BC has been put forward,  ok donder along to Lussa Bay and, 3 stone circles can be seen in Lussa Wood – believed to hold the oldest stone structure in Scotland. I do like history and scraping aboot.  Even better, I love delving into clan history, especially my own; Maclean. The Battle of Kura, a little know affray, June 768 AD, a fight between the Britons (Strathclyde) and Dalriada (Ulster as is now and the west of Scotland – I do insist on you doing your own discovery work on Dalriada),  this all came about around 258 AD, it is fascinating, do go and check this out, it is where Scotland and its’ language began. Wee note; the Maclean’s are related to the Kings of Dalriada.

Did I mention the Vikings were here? No, well they were, and it’s almost certain it was them who named this island “deer island”. The Norwegians gave up the island in 1266, it was then ruled and held for the Scottish king by those Macdonalds, Lords of the Isles. Here we go – in 1390 lands were given to Lachlan Maclean of Duart. Then in the early 1600’s those barbarous, land grabbing, devil worshiping, thieves (the Campbells) were given the isle and the Macdonalds driven out. The northern lands of Jura were still Maclean, we didnee get on too well with these savages, two big battles are known to have taken place; both 1647, Barnhill and Glen Garrisdale, all the hero’s of clan Maclean were killed, for years after there was a skull at the glen locally known as Maclean’s skull. In 1690 John Campbell (surname means crooked mouth by the way, very apt) took action against our hero’s , with constant eruptions between the two clans the Maclean’s were forced out but not before selling (canny chief) their lands to Donald McNeill of Colonsay. This 30 mile long and seven mile wide island is surrounded by the wild waters of the Atlantic, home to serene bays, seals and sea eagles. The Corryvreckan, a giant whirlpool at the north tip off the isle, the Royal Navy considers it to be one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the British Isles.  Jura’s only village Craighouse is where the distillery is located. The isle is some two hundred people strong (last counted),  in previous centuries there were as many as a thousand.

Here is a wee tale; a story goes, of an old woman, told prophecies, she saw the departure from the island of the Campbell chief. The last Campbell would have one eye and that all he owned would fit on a cart, drawn by a white horse. In 1938 Charles Campbell had one glass eye, all his goods were taken to the pier by a cart and white horse. Justice!!!  There is an alternative ending, rather than a horse, it was a white car – horsepower.  Which leads me nicely into the whisky! Jura Distillery;  Founded in 1810, it collapsed at the end of the 19th century and fell into ruin. Despite this and the two World Wars, the Diurach spirit remained. In 1963, it was rebuilt to help revive the small island community. Jura Prophecy (whisky)  heavily peated with a sweet and spicy finish. It’s said that centuries ago, an old seer prophesied that the last Campbell to leave the island would be penniless. In 1938, this came to be. To mark the legend, the seer’s symbol watches over every bottle. See? Told you so. Today you get to Jura from Port Askaig, although there are wee ferry companies who will take you from the mainland (no cars). Last time I was there, some wealthy Aussie was building a golf course and posh digs, will be there again pretty soon to be sure. PAUL MCLEAN

https://whiskytours.scot/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/is-jura-the-forgotten-island-not-by-me-by-paul-mclean-of-mcleanscotland-whisky-tours/

Ledaig 2009 (Wu Dram Clan)

This is the fifth release from the Wu Dram Clan (2 German + 2 Asian friends), a Ledaig 2009. Their releases often fly from the shelves by the way, so I’m not sure this is still available.

 

 

 

Ledaig 2009 (Wu Dram Clan)Ledaig 11 yo 2009 (54,4%, The Whisky Kingdom for Wu Dram Clan 2020, bourbon hogshead #700056, 279 btl.)

Nose: a bit of a carbolic peatiness. Smoky and slightly yeasty notes, lemony touches and saltwater. Earthy notes, a hint of eucalyptus and leather. Maybe just a little vanilla from the bourbon wood but overall a pretty austere, to-the-point peated whisky. Mouth: a lighter style of Ledaig, mostly on sea shells, burnt pineapple and preserved lemonds, before the carbolic side and wee floral touches make it a little soapy at times. Nothing too bad though, just part of this style. Kippers. Greasy touches. Oysters with lemons. Finish: medium long, with lemons, herbal touches and a little leather.

Great distillate and I like the combination of lighter notes with a deeper peaty side. The carbolic side is a bit funny but not a blocking point for me. Originally around € 100.

Score: 87/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/ledaig/ledaig-2009-wu-dram-clan/

GLEN LUSS DISTILLERY CROWD-FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR LOCH LOMOND PROJECT – Scotch Whisky News

 

GLEN LUSS DISTILLERY CROWD-FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR LOCH LOMOND PROJECT

Glen Luss Distillery has announced an initial round of crowdfunding. Investors will become members of the Founders’ Club and receive a range of benefits including private tours, distilling masterclasses, early access to new products, inaugural first releases, and an invitation to an annual private members’ event.

The micro distillery, which plans to open in May 2021, will be the first distillery and brewery on the shores of Loch Lomond and the first within the Loch Lomond The Trossachs National Park. Using existing vacant premises in the village of Luss the distillery will provide a year-round visitor experience.

“We are excited to develop a sustainable visitor experience for the estimated million tourists who visit Luss each year,” said Trystan Powell, Director of Visitor Experience for Glen Luss Distillery.

Glen Luss Distillery will produce a range of premium drinks. These will be available through the visitor attraction, as well as wholesaled to on-trade and off-trade domestically and through the export market. Initial product development is underway for a single malt Scotch whisky and other products,

“The Scottish food and drink industry is world renowned for its focus on quality and provenance. At the distillery we will utilise locally sourced ingredients to create a range of drinks inspired by Luss’ history and heritage,” said Daniel Lewis, Director of Operations for Glen Luss Distillery.

Glen Luss Distillery has held initial positive consultations with several groups and stakeholders in the development of the business plan including local community representatives, politicians, tourism bodies, local businesses, and the Loch Lomond The Trossachs National Park.

It is estimated that twenty-six jobs will be created, and the aim is to draw a significant number of these personnel from the local community. Modern Apprenticeships will be provided to support the development of skills within this local workforce.

“With community benefit at the heart of our vision, the distillery will also commit 5% of profits annually, for an initial period of ten years, to a Community Development Fund for projects in the Luss and Arden area,” said Patrick Colquhoun, Sales Director at Glen Luss Distillery.

The initial round of crowdfunding closes on the 4th May 2020. Glen Luss Distillery are inviting interested parties to become part of their exclusive Founders’ Club. Further details can be found at www.glenluss.co.uk

NOTES

Glen Luss Distillery has been founded by Trystan Powell, Patrick Colquhoun and Daniel Lewis, graduates of the University of Strathclyde MBA. They bring together over forty years of combined industry and business experience to this project across operations management, customer experience and sales.

Luss is a picturesque village in the heart of the Loch Lomond The Trossachs National Park, in the Highlands of Scotland. Luss is the historic home of the Clan Colquhoun and the Glen Luss range will take inspiration from the history of the area and the heritage of the clan. Glen Luss itself rises to the west of the village of Luss and is surrounded by six bens, most of which are over 600m high. These are Beinn Eich, Beinn Lochain, Cruach-An-t-Sithein and Beinn Mhanaich. The Glen is one of the sources of freshwater flowing into Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond itself is the largest body of freshwater (by surface area) in the UK.

RELATED LINK: www.glenluss.co.uk

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/glen-luss-distillery-crowd-funding-announcement-for-loch-lomond-project-scotch-whisky-news/

Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: The Dalmore” – Scotch Whisky News

The Dalmore single malt is one of the most popular and iconic of all Scotch whiskies. Founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, the distillery sits by the banks of the Cromarty Firth, deep in the Scottish Highlands. Dalmore’s heritage dates back to 1263, when King Alexander III was saved from a charging stag. The Mackenzie clan, whose descendants owned the distillery from 1687 until 1960, were granted the right to use the twelve pointed Royal stag emblem on their coat of arms. The iconic silver stag now adorns every bottle of The Dalmore single malt.

The distillery has been led by a succession of influential craftsmen, setting standards throughout its 181 year history. The current Master Distiller is Richard Paterson, a pioneer in his field and one of the industry’s great communicators and ambassadors. He has been the creative force behind The Dalmore for nearly five decades.

The Dalmore single malt is typically rich and robust with flavours of dried fruit, almond, toffee, citrus, and spice. Maturation often takes place in ex-Solera Sherry casks that have been soaked in Oloroso and PX Sherry for decades. Port pipes (sourced from Graham’s) and red wine barriques are also widely used alongside traditional ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. Their range comprises traditional age statement whiskies, non-age statement specialities, and high end, small batch, luxury bottlings.

BROWSE OUR FULL DALMORE RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-the-dalmore-scotch-whsiky-news/

Springbank 2000 (The Whisky Kingdom)

On this label you have The Whisky Kingdom, Duckhammer, Friends With Drams and Kyoto Fine Wine and Spirits. And I was told to mention Wu Dram Clan which seems to be a subset, or the ensemble, but that name is not actually mentioned. Next time also list the name of your dogs and mothers in law, please!

You may remember them from a really good Highland Park 2003 and a cracking Springbank 1992. Now they present a Springbank 2000 from a (very light) sherry hogshead.

 

 

Springbank 2000 - Wu Dram ClamSpringbank 19 yo 2000 (50,8%, The Whisky Kingdom for Wu Dram Clan 2020, refill sherry hogshead #669, 249 btl.)

Nose: the greasy / earthy style, with shoe polish, hints of beach sand. Sheep wool. Ashy notes but very much in the background. There’s also quite a juicy fruit note, a mix of green apples, lemons and grapefruit. Mouth: rather vivid with a marked sharpness, a good acidity and green citrus peel, as well as dry herbal touches. Oysters with lemon and mint. The mineral and peaty side is bigger than the nose suggested. Chalk and woody notes go hand in hand. Finish: long, with leather, green pepper, walnuts and a faint vegetal side.

Really good, very chiseled Springbank. A great selection again. Originally around € 250 but already sold out, I believe.

Score: 90/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/springbank/springbank-2000-whisky-kingdom-wu-dram-clan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=springbank-2000-whisky-kingdom-wu-dram-clan

Chivas Brothers Ltd

Chivas Brothers
111-113 Renfrew Road
Paisley, Renfrewshire
PA3DY
United Kingdom
Tel +44 141 531 1801
http://chivasbrothers.com

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is een van ’s werelds grootste drankenconcerns met hoofdkwartier in Parijs. Ze zijn in niet minder dan 80 landen actief en stellen zo’n 18.000 mensen te werk. Naast Absolut Vodka, Beefeater gin, Martell Cognac, Havana Club rum, Malibu, Perrier-Jouët, Mumm champagne en Jameson Irish Whiskey, hebben ze ook een belangrijke voet aan de grond in de Schotse whiskyindustrie.

De Schotse whiskypoot is ondergebracht in Chivas Brothers Ltd. Ze bezitten Aberlour, Caperdonich, Glenburgie, Dalmunach, Glen Keith, Strathisla, Longmorn, Miltonduff, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Tormore en Scapa. Strathclyde, de grain distillery in de Lowlands, behoort hen ook toe. Daarnaast hebben ze nog een heleboel blends op de markt. Denken we maar Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, White Heather, Long John, Passport, Clan Campbell, King’s Ransom… de lijst gaat nog even door.

1909

 Chivas heeft zijn hoofdkwartier in Paisley, vlakbij Glasgow en begon zijn geschiedenis in Aberdeen in 1801, toen John Forrest een kruidenierszaak opstartte, die in 1838 werd overgelaten aan William Edward. Niet veel later trad James Chivas toe. Na de dood van Edward kwam John Chivas, jongere broer van James, in de zaak en werd ze herdoopt tot Chivas Brothers. Hoewel na hun dood de zaak werd overgenomen door zakenlui buiten de familie, bleef de naam behouden.

In 1949 werd het bedrijf opgekocht door drankengigant Seagram, inclusief Strathisla. In 1957 werd dan Glen Keith vlakbij Strathisla neergepoot. Aangezien de verkoop bleef boomen werd in de 1970s Allt-a-Bhaine en Braeval gebouwd om te kunnen blijven voldoen aan de vraag. In 1975 werden daar Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Aberlour, Edradour, Longmorn en Benriach aan toegevoegd. Sinds 2001 is Chivas onderdeel van Pernod Ricard, die een groot deel van de portfolio van Seagram overneemt.

Range

De range van Chivas Brothers kent bijna geen einde. Laat ons daarom even focussen op hun vlaggenschip: Chivas Regal. In 1909 werd de blend voor het eerst gelanceerd en wel meteen als 25-jarige, bedoeld als super premium blend voor de jet set in de States. Het werd meteen een bestseller. Maar oorlog, droogdlegging en een beurskrach gooiden roet in het eten. Na enkele moeilijke jaren komt een 12-jarige expressie uit. Het duurt nog tot 1997 alvorens de 18-jarige op de markt komt, maar het moutgehalte ligt aanzienlijk lager dan bij de vorige versies.

In 2013 verrast Chivas met de Chivas Regal Mizunara, die rijpte op Japanse eik. Zeker ook het vermelden waard is de Royal Salute, een luxe blend als eerbetoon aan de Britse kroon.

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5895

Whisky originates from Ireland by Paul Mclean of Whisky Tours ~ Mclean Scotland

Whisky expert Dave Broom, from Glasgow, says  Scotland’s national drink has its’ origins in Ireland. He said there is “strong evidence” whisky may have been first developed in Ireland and brought to Islay, to be drunk at the seat of the High Kings (is he talking about the Macdonald’s?).

Broom said: “If you look at the north of Ireland and across to Islay, that’s the cradle of distillation… but the first record I found is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Film producer Adam Park (The Amber Light), said research carried out for the film suggests the Beaton family, who were Irish physicians, (related to the Maclean’s) developed a vast international knowledge of botanical remedies.  They were most likely to be instrumental in creating what would become the first Scotch whisky. “The Beatons were pretty amazing people, they travelled the world translating medical scripts and building their knowledge,” he said “They came to service of the High Kings and became experts in distilling spirit and added to it the plants and flowers that grew around them.”  Let’s be fair here; the Beatons, whose family name appears as MacMeic-bethad and MacBeth, are believed to have first arrived on Islay in the 13th century at the time of the marriage between Aine O’Cathain and Angus Og MacDonald, Lord Of The Isles and also closely associated with the Maclean Clan. The Beaton family became hereditary physicians to the Scottish crown, serving Robert The Bruce and every subsequent Scottish king, while also providing medical knowledge to clan chiefs from the Western Isles to the Lowlands.  Here we go –  a spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association said: “The earliest known record of Scotch Whisky production dates from the Exchequer Rolls of 1494, but it is likely the ‘Aqua Vitae’ was being produced long before this date. It is likely early development of distillation in Scotland and Ireland took place in parallel, ultimately leading to two distinct global industries.”

I have said numerous times, the Irish invented whisk(e)y. The first written account of distilling in Ireland comes from Kilkenny in the 14th century with the Red Book of Ossory and the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild are celebrating and highlighting this history. The Red Book of Ossory is a fourteenth century register of the diocese which is associated with Richard Ledred who was Bishop of Ossory, 1317/60. The volume contains copies of documents which would have been important for the administration of the diocese – constitutions and taxations, memoranda relating to rights and privileges, deeds and royal letters. The register is, however, best known for the texts of songs composed by Bishop Ledred for the vicars choral of St Canice’s Cathedral ‘so that their mouths be not defiled with theatrical, foul and secular songs’. It also contains a treatise on acqua vitae (whiskey to you and me). Richard Ledred is must be noted, is the notorious Bishop who went on to tackle what he considered the important issue of witchcraft. He chased Dame Alice Kyteler out of the country and burned poor Petronella de Meat, her maidservant, for witchcraft. Check out; http://whiskytours.scot/kilkenny-whiskey-guild-irish-whiskey-tour

Birthplace of Irish Whiskey. Ballykeefe Distillery is situated in Co. Kilkenny the heartland of Ireland, adjacent to its medieval capital, Kilkenny city. It is steeped in a historic heritage and tradition, holding the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Irish whiskey. It is from this area that the first written account of distilling in Ireland comes in 1324 in the Red Book of Ossory. The word “Whiskey” is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”. https://ballykeefedistillery.ie/our-story/birthplace-irish-whiskey

I have great respect for David Broom, in a way, we agree that the Irish started whiskey and the Scots took it under their wing a century or so later. Why do I write these articles/blogs? Because I can. My life evolves totally around whisky, I buy and sell it, I discuss it, I write about it, I visit so many distilleries with my tour company – it’s in ma hoose it’s in ma blood! Why is our whisky blog called the ANGEL’S BLOG? Named after a few things really, the angel’s share; the amount of alcohol (whisky) that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in oak barrels. The angel’s share. My Dad; he has been an angel for some 60 years or so, liked a dram when he was with us (I was told by my Uncle Harry) and I believe he is still taking his share in that distillery in the sky. I write almost all of the whisky blogs, with a few being from friends around the whisky world now and then. Club Patron (it did used to be a club) is another Maclean, this time of the Charlie variety; Charles Maclean. We know Charlie well (cousin) early on Paul (McLean) asked Charlie if he wished to become a club member, his reply; “Yes and I will be your Club Patron”.  And so it came to pass … you can find him here; https://whiskytours.scot/charlie. If you like a good read, an argument and a debate, take a look, there are tons of blogs waitin for you here; http://whiskytours.scot/whisky-blog-called-angels-blog PAUL MCLEAN Perth Scotland, also Kilkenny Ireland.

Wee note; notice the Irish Cowan’s whisky doesnee have an E

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/whisky-originates-from-ireland-by-paul-mclean-of-whisky-tours-mclean-scotland/

Whisky originates from Ireland by Paul Mclean of Whisky Tours ~ Mclean Scotland

Whisky expert Dave Broom, from Glasgow, says  Scotland’s national drink has its’ origins in Ireland. He said there is “strong evidence” whisky may have been first developed in Ireland and brought to Islay, to be drunk at the seat of the High Kings (is he talking about the Macdonald’s?).

Broom said: “If you look at the north of Ireland and across to Islay, that’s the cradle of distillation… but the first record I found is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Film producer Adam Park (The Amber Light), said research carried out for the film suggests the Beaton family, who were Irish physicians, (related to the Maclean’s) developed a vast international knowledge of botanical remedies.  They were most likely to be instrumental in creating what would become the first Scotch whisky. “The Beatons were pretty amazing people, they travelled the world translating medical scripts and building their knowledge,” he said “They came to service of the High Kings and became experts in distilling spirit and added to it the plants and flowers that grew around them.”  Let’s be fair here; the Beatons, whose family name appears as MacMeic-bethad and MacBeth, are believed to have first arrived on Islay in the 13th century at the time of the marriage between Aine O’Cathain and Angus Og MacDonald, Lord Of The Isles and also closely associated with the Maclean Clan. The Beaton family became hereditary physicians to the Scottish crown, serving Robert The Bruce and every subsequent Scottish king, while also providing medical knowledge to clan chiefs from the Western Isles to the Lowlands.  Here we go –  a spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association said: “The earliest known record of Scotch Whisky production dates from the Exchequer Rolls of 1494, but it is likely the ‘Aqua Vitae’ was being produced long before this date. It is likely early development of distillation in Scotland and Ireland took place in parallel, ultimately leading to two distinct global industries.”

I have said numerous times, the Irish invented whisk(e)y. The first written account of distilling in Ireland comes from Kilkenny in the 14th century with the Red Book of Ossory and the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild are celebrating and highlighting this history. The Red Book of Ossory is a fourteenth century register of the diocese which is associated with Richard Ledred who was Bishop of Ossory, 1317/60. The volume contains copies of documents which would have been important for the administration of the diocese – constitutions and taxations, memoranda relating to rights and privileges, deeds and royal letters. The register is, however, best known for the texts of songs composed by Bishop Ledred for the vicars choral of St Canice’s Cathedral ‘so that their mouths be not defiled with theatrical, foul and secular songs’. It also contains a treatise on acqua vitae (whiskey to you and me). Richard Ledred is must be noted, is the notorious Bishop who went on to tackle what he considered the important issue of witchcraft. He chased Dame Alice Kyteler out of the country and burned poor Petronella de Meat, her maidservant, for witchcraft. Check out; http://whiskytours.scot/kilkenny-whiskey-guild-irish-whiskey-tour

Birthplace of Irish Whiskey. Ballykeefe Distillery is situated in Co. Kilkenny the heartland of Ireland, adjacent to its medieval capital, Kilkenny city. It is steeped in a historic heritage and tradition, holding the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Irish whiskey. It is from this area that the first written account of distilling in Ireland comes in 1324 in the Red Book of Ossory. The word “Whiskey” is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic phrase, uisce beatha, meaning “water of life”. https://ballykeefedistillery.ie/our-story/birthplace-irish-whiskey

I have great respect for David Broom, in a way, we agree that the Irish started whiskey and the Scots took it under their wing a century or so later. Why do I write these articles/blogs? Because I can. My life evolves totally around whisky, I buy and sell it, I discuss it, I write about it, I visit so many distilleries with my tour company – it’s in ma hoose it’s in ma blood! Why is our whisky blog called the ANGEL’S BLOG? Named after a few things really, the angel’s share; the amount of alcohol (whisky) that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in oak barrels. The angel’s share. My Dad; he has been an angel for some 60 years or so, liked a dram when he was with us (I was told by my Uncle Harry) and I believe he is still taking his share in that distillery in the sky. I write almost all of the whisky blogs, with a few being from friends around the whisky world now and then. Club Patron (it did used to be a club) is another Maclean, this time of the Charlie variety; Charles Maclean. We know Charlie well (cousin) early on Paul (McLean) asked Charlie if he wished to become a club member, his reply; “Yes and I will be your Club Patron”.  And so it came to pass … you can find him here; https://whiskytours.scot/charlie. If you like a good read, an argument and a debate, take a look, there are tons of blogs waitin for you here; http://whiskytours.scot/whisky-blog-called-angels-blog PAUL MCLEAN Perth Scotland, also Kilkenny Ireland.

Wee note; notice the Irish Cowan’s whisky doesnee have an E

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/whisky-originates-from-ireland-by-paul-mclean-of-whisky-tours-mclean-scotland/

Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing
Douglas House
18 Lynedoch Crescent
Glasgow G3 6EQ
UK
+44 141 333 9242
www.douglaslaing.com

Generaties

Douglas Laing is een onafhankelijk bottelaar met HQ in Glasgow, opgericht in 1948 door Fred Douglas Laing (Sr). die zelf begon als blender. Zijn zoon, Fred Laing (Jr.) werd reeds op jonge leeftijd de business ingestuurd om de knepen van het vak te leren. Hij begon als trainee bij Whyte Mackay, ging daarna aan de slag by White Horse Distillers en stapte pas in het familiale bedrijf in 1972.

Toen Fred Douglas Laing in 1982 overleed nam zoon Fred Laing het bedrijf over en voer een nieuwe koers. De focus van het bedrijf verschoof van export van blends naar het maken van blends voor de eigen markt en het bottelen van single malts. Fred had van zijn vader geleerd en liet zijn dochter Cara een soortgelijk parcours afleggen. Ze begon haar loopbaan bij Isle of Jura, stapte daarna over naar Morrison-Bowmore (waar ze haar echtgenoot Chris leerde kennen), alvorens mee in het bedrijf te stappen. En op dit moment worden Clara en Chris klaargestoomd om de touwtjes volledig in handen te nemen, zodat Fred van zijn welverdiende pensioen kan gaan genieten.

Clutha

Tot 2013 werd het bedrijf bestierd door Fred en zijn broer Stewart Laing, maar toen besloten ze elk hun eigen weg te gaan, voornamelijk om een toekomst te kunnen bieden aan hun beider kinderen. Cara, zoals hierboven beschreven, terwijl Stewart met zijn twee zoons een nieuw bedrijf uit de grond stampte: Hunter Laing Co (en ondertussen ook al de Ardnahoe distilleerderij op Islay opende).

In 2017 onthulde Fred dat een langverwachte droom eindelijk in vervulling zou gaan: een eigen distilleerderij bezitten. In een ver verleden had Fred al een paar pogingen ondernomen om een distilleerderij te kopen (o.a. Tomatin), maar er telkens naast gegrepen. Dan maar zelf bouwen, moet hij gedacht hebben. Clutha is Keltisch voor Clyde, de naam van de rivier waarlangs de hypermoderne distilleerderij wordt neergepoot. De eigenaars maken zich sterk dat ze nog in 2019 zal open gaan. Maar in oktober 2019 verraste het bedrijf met de aankondiging dat ze ondertussen al een andere distilleerderij hadden opgekocht: het piepkleine Strathearn. Het gaat Douglas Laing duidelijk voor de wind.

Range

Door de split in 2013 werd de portfolio grondig door elkaar gehaald en lanceerde Douglas Laing enkele nieuwe labels. Zo bestaat hun portfolio vandaag de dag nog steeds uit een groot aantal blends die al lang meedraaien – denken we maar aan The King of Scots, McGibbon’s, cland Denny, Eaton’s – maar hebben ze zichzelf ook heruitgevonden met bekende reeksen als Old Particular en Xtra Old Particular, Provenance, Premier Barrel, Single Minded, Double Barrel, enzovoort.

De Remarkable Regional Malts is een reeks van blended malts die de verschillende stijlen vertegenwoordigd en omvat The Epicurean (Lowlands), Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands) en Big Peat (Islay).

PS. Je kan een leuk interview met Fred lezen in ons boek ‘Whisky Voor Iedereen’, verkrijgbaar via de website.

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5419