Meadowside Blending Company

Meadowside Blending Company
4/3 312 Meadowside Quay Walk
Glasgow G11 6AY
+44 141 342 4018


De naam Meadowside zal niet meteen een belletje doen rinkelen, maar u heeft ongetwijfeld al gehoord van de single malt releases onder het label The Maltman. Het bedrijf wordt gerund door Donald Hart – ook bekend van Hart Brothers (een bedrijf dat hij oprichtte met zijn broer broer Iain, maar in 2007 verkocht) – en diens zoon Andrew. Vader Donald heeft al meer dan 50 jaar ervaring – hij startte in de whisky business in 1964 – en kreeg erkenning als Keeper of the Quaich in 1998.

Zoonlief Andrew kreeg zijn voorliefde voor de gouden nectar dan ook met de paplepel mee. Hij deed zijn eerste ervaring op bij Springbank en in 2013 kreeg ook hij die hoge eer. Samen selecteren ze nu exclusieve vaten whisky – zoals malt als grain – die ze sinds 2011 op de markt brengen.


Voor de Maltman wordt elk vat pas gebotteld als zowel vader en zoon vinden dat het goed genoeg is. Voor geen enkele release wordt kleuring of koelfiltratie gebruikt. Er zijn in de afgelopen jaren nog maar weinig distilleerderijen die nog niet de revue zijn gepasseerd, maar beiden hebben duidelijk een persoonlijke voorkeur voor Ben Nevis, want daarvan bottelden ze al 24 vaten, hoewel Springbank, Mortlach en Arran ook zeer goed vertegenwoordigd zijn.

In januari 2016 besloten ze zich ook op vaten single grain te storten, eveneens gebotteld op vatsterkte en allemaal tussen de 10 en 50 jaar oud. Al 22 vaten graanwhisky werden onder het label The Grainman gebotteld. Tot slot zijn er nog enkele ‘Secret Speyside’ en ‘Secret Orkney’ en gelijkaardige releases op de markt.


The Maltman is duidelijk het meest bekende label. The Grainman is nog maar pas gelanceerd. Maar daarnaast heeft het bedrijf ook nog een zachte en erg betaalbare blend op de markt: Royal Thistle. Een nieuwe reeks is Vital Spark, single malt in flesjes van 500ml waarvan de distilleerderij geheim blijft. Excalibur is een range van luxeblends, waarvan de eerste release werd samengesteld met malts en grain die allemaal in 1972 gestookt werden.

Van de Vintage Cask Reserve Decanter is er nog maar één fles op de markt gekomen: een Macallan 1990.

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2006 Glenlivet 12YO “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength at K&L California ~ Scotch Whisky News

A Divine, Sherried Expression from a Speyside Legend
2006 Glenlivet 12 Year Old “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)
“A modern classic and stupendous value.” — David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

It’s not often one finds a single cask expression of Glenlivet, and rarer still is finding one that’s a sherry first fill. Based on this pedigree alone, one might expect this 12 Year Old to cost upwards of $300. Remarkably, we are offering it for a very approachable $99.99. Sherried expressions of Glenlivet are always huge hits with collectors, and we expect this rendition will command equal interest. A soaring expression, as our NorCal spirits buyer notes, it “leaves nothing to be desired.” A captivating amalgam of exotic fruits, raisins, tea, herb, and sherry notes, it strides confidently from one strength to the next. History has shown that bottlings of this caliber sell out in the blink of an eye. If you gravitate toward a powerful Speyside style, then you owe it to yourself to add this singular expression to your collection.

2006 Glenlivet 12 Year Old “Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection” 1st Fill Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

For those who’ve been paying attention for the last decade or so, you’ll know that we’ve had some pretty incredible success with Signatory. Likely the most requested and reminisced about product we’d ever bottled from them was a series of heavily sherried Glenlivets we bottled nearly four years ago. Those stupendous casks from this blue chip distillery were really quite rare, and have become legends. But the quality of those incredible offerings and their scarcity resulted in an absolute explosion in their price. What we once stocked for under $100, now were pushing $300. So, we waited. And waited. Finally, nearly four years after our last cask was bottled, we stumbled upon this set of wonderful Glenlivets in the Signatory warehouse. Distilled on November 21 of 2006, this malt was filled into the highest quality sherry casks. Despite the availability of the standard releases, single casks of Glenlivet are a rarity on the market today. Because the distillery needs almost every drop they produce, there’s no need for them to trade or divest stocks to their competitors, as so many other distillers in Scotland do. But what’s shocking is that they’d ever let go of these stupendous casks at all. We are extremely lucky to have access to this incredibly high-quality malt, and this little 12-year-old might turn out to be the cask of the whisky season. Yes, you pay a little premium for Signatory, but it’s damn worth it every time. Sherry lovers rejoice!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

We’ve been working with Andrew and Des from Signatory Vintage for almost a decade. We’ve been through thick and thin and found some of our most legendary casks in their little warehouses outside of Pitlochry. But few of their stocks have been more popular than the ’96-’97 sherried Glenlivets we sold back in 2012-2015. After a long dry spell, we’ve finally found something of a followup. This seemingly perfect youngish sherry bomb will be the stuff of legends one day. I don’t know what sort of SNAFU must have occurred in the administrative offices at Glenlivet to allow such high quality sherried malt to leave the premises, but I know I’m desperately grateful that they did. This one starts out dark and brooding. The nose is exotic hard wood, bitter herbs (cinchona, gentian), aged black tea, dried apricots, espresso beans, Seville orange peel, raisins, nougat. The palate is bold rich prickly and powerful. Big spice and nutty fudge. With a splash of water, the darkness dissipates revealing the prettiest possible tropical stewed fruits, pipe tobacco, spice box, tiny twinges of herbs again and now green teas. The palate is creamy and open replacing the fudge with vanilla and maple syrup. This one is pretty crushable, so be careful. Ever evolving in the glass, it’s fun to fill it up and adjust as you move through the glass. A modern classic and stupendous value in today’s complicated market.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

The only disappointing thing about this 1st fill sherry cask is that it had a cracked stave and therefore yielded only about half the whisky it should have! Everything else is perfection. Just 301 bottles came out of this butt of singular quality. It’s astoundingly dark in color and must have been dripping wet when filled. Leaving nothing to be desired it’s the epitome of classic sherry – dried Seville oranges, savory herbs, sweet candied nuts, a bit of varnish, dried cocoa powder and raisined grapes, dates, and figs. The weight of the sherry is borne beautifully by the malt backbone. While today Glenlivet is known for its lighter bourbon aged classic 12 year, it’s bottles like this – demonstrating the true range of complexity and nuance of the house that shows why it is one of the worlds’ best selling malts.

Cameron Hoppas | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

This is a sherried whiskey for sure. First thing you notice is how dark that color is. You could mistake it for Grade A maple syrup. It smells phenomenal. The sweet salty sherried notes come into focus with the density of the spirit that shows dark dried fruit, sweet malt and dark spices. It has great sweet caramelized sugar notes–toffee or maple. It has an incredible, mouth-filling, and round texture. This is a powerful whiskey and it’s incredibly smooth.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: September 24, 2019

Yup, that’s a LOT of Sherry. Scents of dried fruits and nuttiness come out swinging. There is almost a smell of cherries soaking in walnut liqueur and then pecan pralines as well (since no dessert is too decadent, natch). Salted toffee covered with milk chocolate hides the strength of the ABV to a dangerous degree. On the palate, the alcohol is more pronounced with a little bite, but the story here is still focused on the sweets. There’s more fruitiness with dried berries, apricots, prunes, and figs. This is a bold after dinner dram.

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Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse 2019

As part of the partnership, the Orcadian distillery has collaborated with Esquire to launch the limited-edition Highland Park Esquire Single Cask

Global Brand Ambassador, Martin Markvardsen, is hosting a series of masterclasses across the event 

14 October, 2019: Highland Park has become the official whisky sponsor of Esquire Townhouse with Breitling, the prestigious annual event hosted by Esquire.

Taking place between 17-19 October at Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, Martin Markvardsen, Highland Park’s Global Brand Ambassador, is set to host a series of workshops where guests will be given the opportunity to learn all about the award winning brand, before indulging in some delicious whisky and food pairings.

To celebrate the partnership, Highland Park and Esquire have collaborated to create the Highland Park Esquire Single Cask. The limited-edition single malt whisky is the first-ever single cask from Highland Park to be released in collaboration with a UK media house and will be served throughout the weekend.

The unique expression, which has notes of heather-honey and aromatic smoky peat, will also be available via The Whisky Shop (, allowing those unable to attend the event – as well as those who loved it so much they want more – the opportunity to purchase it to enjoy at home. RSP £200 ABV 60.3%.

During the event a choice of delicious Highland Park cocktails will be served at the Esquire Townhouse bar including firm favourites the Orcadian Cooler and Salted Honey Old Fashioned.

Scott McCaffer, Brand Manager at Highland Park said: “As demand amongst whisky lovers for new and exciting expressions continues to grow, we’re delighted to launch our latest Single Cask in partnership with Esquire.

“Launching the whisky at Esquire Townhouse is a really exciting opportunity for us as it is the perfect opportunity to engage with likeminded consumers, as well as those interested in exploring the category.”

Alex Bilmes, Editor-in-Chief, at Esquire said: ““We are excited to be working with Highland Park to produce a bespoke Esquire single cask whisky – a genuine first for us. We are looking forward to launching it, and of course, tasting it at Esquire Townhouse in October.”

Esquire Townhouse is an award-winning luxury brand experience featuring a compelling programme of live celebrity interviews, panel debates and masterclasses spanning fashion, culture, food drink, design and travel.

For more information on the event please visit:


About Esquire Single Cask

RRP: £200

ABV: 60.3%

Volume: 70cl 

Tasting notes

Buttery vanilla aroma with a lingering sweet taste on the palette 

About Highland Park, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul:

Whisky has been distilled at Highland Park in Kirkwall, Orkney since 1798.  Founder Magnus Eunson, was a direct descendant of Vikings who settled in Orkney over 1,000 years ago. A butcher and church officer by day and a bootlegger and smuggler by night, he set up an illegal whisky-making operation at a little bothy (a stone hut) at High Park, overlooking Kirkwall.

It is still the site of the distillery today and although we say Highland Park was founded in 1798, that’s actually the year the authorities finally caught up with Magnus.

Few trees survive the gale-force winds on Orkney. This makes the island peat woodless and rich in heather. This then helps create the trademark Highland Park flavour profile of aromatic smoky peat and sweet heather honey.

About Esquire UK

Esquire is the UK’s premium luxury men’s magazine brand. Esquire engages its stylish, sophisticated and affluent audience via an ecosystem which includes a premium bi-monthly print magazine, a dynamic website and digital channels, consumer experiences such as the Esquire Townhouse and Esquire Evenings, a standalone annual print magazine, The Big Watch Book, and a successful series of luxury branded products, the Esquire Edit.

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Aberlour Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO October 18th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News

Friday, October 18th 5-7PM: 


Traditional Speyside scotch pours at this expert presented Aberlour Tasting! We’ll be pouring new and rare drams by the storied distillery, with whisky experts present for all your scotch questions.

 Click Here to RSVP

Complete your Collection

We’re having a massive sale on ‘Game of Thrones’ branded whiskies, with most 50% to 75% off their original sale price! Even if you’re not a series fan, you can get Lagavulin, Talisker, Clynelish, and more single malt scotches at a fraction of the price during this sale.

Click Here for the Game of Thrones Single Malt Sale

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 278: Glen Flagler 5 Year Old

In 1964 pootte Inver House Distillers een graandistilleerderij neer op het industrieterrein Moffat in Airdrie zo’n 20 kilometer ten oosten van Glasgow. De graanwhisky zou de naam Garnheath meekrijgen. Maar zoals bij vele graandistilleerderijen in die tijd, werden er ook pot stills geïnstalleerd om drie types malt te produceren: Glen Flagler, Killyloch en Islebrae. Die zijn nog moeilijk te vinden zijn, wetende dat de distilleerderij al in 1985 terug dicht ging. Fast forward naar 2019 : ik krijg een fles fles Glen Flagler 5 Year Old te pakken.

Nou, ik laat nooit een kans liggen om vloeibare geschiedenis te proeven!

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Speyside Malt 2005 (Maltbarn)

Unnamed Speyside single malt distilled in 2005 and bottled by Maltbarn. Based on similar releases from other independent bottlers, it is probably a Mac.



Speyside Malt 2005 - MaltbarnSpeyside Malt 2005 - MaltbarnSpeyside Malt 14 yo 2005 (50,4%, Maltbarn 2019, sherry cask, 175 btl.)

Nose: very juicy, bright and lightweight sherry. Marmalade, sour berries, mirabelles and greengages. Apple peel. Hints of (somewhat prickly) oak varnish and a slight grassiness. A little pipe tobacco and almond in the background. Mouth: similar to what the big M is releasing lately. Malty notes, marmalade and citrus again, now more nutty notes as well (walnuts, almond). A little ginger cake, white pepper and soft resinous herbs, as well as some plain oak. Jaffa cake. Finish: quite long, with a toasted, grassy edge and hints of dried fruits.

By no means a sherry powerhouse, but still a nice modern whisky with juicy fruits and balanced oak. Around € 100 from Maltbarn direct.

Score: 86/100

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New Chapter for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News

We’ve been looking back at the origins of the Society this month, in celebration of Pip Hills’s new book The Founder’s Tale. Over 35 years later, we’re continuing to share the finest single cask whiskies, and as our Society community grows ever bigger, we have some exciting additions going live today.


We’ve got even more news for our members this week – we’re delighted to announce our fourth Members’ Room will be opening soon…in Glasgow! From January 2020, we’ll be opening up on Bath Street in the city centre to bring a new home of single cask whiskies for SMWS members and their guests.

For now, we’re busy giving our new space a special Society feel, but keep your eyes peeled for some special previews and events to be announced soon. Ya dancer!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


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Glen Flagler 5 Year Old

Distilleerderij: Glen Flagler
Regio: Schotland (Lowlands)
Fles: Glen Flagler 5 Year Old Rare All Malt Scotch, OB 1970s
Kleur: witte wijn
ABV: 40%

Alive Kicking

In 1964 pootte Inver House Distillers een graandistilleerderij neer op het industrieterrein Moffat in Airdrie zo’n 20 kilometer ten oosten van Glasgow. De graanwhisky zou de naam Garnheath meekrijgen. Maar zoals bij vele graandistilleerderijen in die tijd, werden er ook pot stills geïnstalleerd. Bij Garneath (of is dat Moffat?) werden drie malts geproduceerd: Glen Flagler, Killyloch en Islebrae. Die laatste werd nooit als single malt gebotteld, de eerste twee wel. Maar ik hoef er geen tekening bij te maken dat ze nog moeilijk te vinden zijn, wetende dat de distilleerderij al in 1985 terug dicht ging. Fast forward naar 2019 en een vriend in Holland doet een ontdekking in zijn kelder: een aantal flessen Glen Flagler 5 Year Old. Ik kon er twee te pakken krijgen en ben daar best blij om. Het is de tweede Glen Flagler ooit die ik proef, kan je nagaan!

Toegegeven, ik moest hem na het schenken een kwartier laten staan om de OBE wat te laten optrekken. Groot was mijn vrees dat deze na bijna 50 jaar op fles kapot zou zijn, maar die vrees bleek ongegrond. Hij is alive kicking, lentefris en op en top Lowland. Citroengras, vanille, appeltjes en een umami toets die ik enkel kan omschrijven als een verse snede rosbief. Nice!

Ondanks het lage ABV en de jonge leeftijd (qua rijping, bedoel ik dan) heeft deze een mooie body, is licht pikant op witte peper en vertoont een mooie frisheid van munt. Opnieuw lentefruit. Denk citroenen, kruisbessen en een enkele dadel. Iets van koffiekoeken met abrikozen. Dit is verrassend lekker.

In finish is middellang en wordt zelfs een beetje romig. Aangenaam verrast!

Ah, vloeibare geschiedenis en bovendien erg lekker. Wat ben ik hier blij mee. Bedankt, Jan!


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 16-08-2019
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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 277: Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare Glenury Royal – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 277: Johnnie Walker Ghost Rare Glenury Royal

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, enjoys the third in the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost Rare Series. This time, the leading ‘ghost’ malt is Glenury Royal, joined by Pittyvaich and the grain whisky Cambus, while the ‘rare’ are Inchgower, Glenlossie, Glen Elgin, Glenkinchie and the grain Cameronbridge. The result is decadently delicious, Mark says.

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Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2006 Vintage Sherry Cask #900552 Whisky Barrel Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

Glenlivet 11 Year Old

2006 vintage single sherry cask #900552 exclusive to TWB.

Shop £179.95

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2006 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whiskey. Single cask first fill sherry hogshead #900552 bottled August 2017 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of The Whisky Barrel. 316 bottles at natural cask strength.


Having out-grown his distillery at Upper Drumin George Smith built a new distillery in 1858 at Minore just short distance upstream of the River Livet and which he opened the following year and named Glenlivet Distillery. During the 1850s the Edinburgh firm of Andrew Usher produced the first vatting of malt whisky from a single distillery using a number of different vintages of Glenlivet whiskey. Following expansion in 2010 this distillery is now equipped with fourteen stills making it one of the largest malt whiskey distilleries in Scotland. The range includes Glenlivet Founders Reserve and Nadurra.

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