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/

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 Bladnoch Forum

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980/2010, Bladnoch Forum, hogshead #4684, 264 bts
Kleur: licht goud
ABV: 53.3%

Flirt met de Tropen

Zo’n tien jaar geleden kon je deze 30-jarige Caol Ila van Bladnoch Forum kopen voor minder dan 250 EUR. Dat is een decennium later helaas ondenkbaar geworden. Ik ben dan ook erg blij dat ik van deze een sample kon bemachtigen, al moet ik bekennen dat ik niet meer weet van wie… waarvoor mijn excuses (aan de leverancier van het sample uiteraard). Het betreft een single cask op vatsterkte.

OMG! Ik steek mijn neus in het glas en sper mijn ogen in blijdschap open. Ik weet nu al dat ik een kanjer in mijn glas heb (die erg in de buurt komt van de 25-jarige uit 1983, gebotteld door dezelfde bottelaar en twee jaar eerder op de markt gekomen). Zacht geturfd, lichte rook, maar des te meer fruitig zoet. Denk gesuikerde schillen van allerhande citrusfruit – weeral, ik weet het, maar het is niet anders – en wat vanille en boterbloemen. Ge-wel-dig!

Geweldig mondgevoel – zelfs een beetje waxy! – waarin gesuikerde citrusschillen hand-in-hand gaan met rokerige jodium. Zoete boter, honing en marsepein. Gedroogd zeewier en wat tuinkruiden. Dit is werkelijk bijzonder lekker. Het fruit gaat midpalate zelfs flirten met de tropen. Heerlijk!

De lange afdronk offreert een mix van maritieme toetsen en citrusfruit met kristalsuiker.

Op de neus deed hij me denken aan de 25-jarige van Bladnoch Forum die ik eerder proefde, maar op smaak en in de finish gaat deze daar vlotjes overheen. Dijk van een Caol Ila! Deze komt ook op mijn ‘to look out for’-lijstje.

91/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6192

Love Scotch? Read on… – Whisky Magazine News

Reading that will pair perfectly with your next whisky…

Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Magazine Annual

If you’re anything like us, by now you’ve likely worked your way through every unread book and magazine on the shelf and even that junk mail that just came through the door is beginning to look like it might help pass the time…

Don’t do it! We have something far better for you to peruse while enjoying a dram from your favourite distillery: our new Scotch Whisky annual!

Packed with interviews, distillery focus features and blind tasting reviews, Scotch Whisky turns the spotlight on brands old and new, large and small.

This new title has been curated by Whisky Magazine’s Scotch Whisky Editor, Christopher Coates, and is a valuable addition to any whisky lover’s bookshelf.

Available in print and digital editions, Scotch Whisky forms the perfect ‘year in review’ for any whisky enthusiast looking to bring themselves up to date with the latest developments.

• 132-page ‘bookazine’ •

• Includes six in-depth interviews with the great and good of whisky •

• Distillery features on Highland Park, GlenAllachie, Macallan, Rosebank, Raasay, Glenturret and many more •

• More than 100 blind-tasted Scotch whisky reviews •

• Tasting notes and progress reports on unreleased spirits from some of Scotland’s newest distilleries •

Find out more!

Best wishes,

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/love-scotch-read-on-whisky-magazine-news/

Golden Moon Distillery Launches Two New Single Malt Whiskies in Colorado and New York – American Whiskey News

Golden Moon Distillery Launches Two New Single Malt Whiskies in Colorado and New York

Denver Colorado – 13 April 2010 – Golden Moon Distillery is proud to announce the release of two new Colorado Single Malt Whiskies in the Colorado and New York Markets.

Golden Moon Distillery, located in Golden Colorado, was founded in 2008 by Distiller Stephen Gould and Dr. Karen Knight.  Golden Moon currently produces over 20 award-winning products including single malt whiskies, gins, absinthe and a variety of brandies, liquors, liqueurs and other whiskies.

The new releases are Golden Moon Principium, A Colorado Single Malt and Golden Moon Triple, an Irish-Style Colorado Single Malt.

According to Mr. Gould …

We’re really excited to release these two new uniquely Colorado single malt whiskies.  Both are made from 100% two-row Moravian barley, grown in Colorado and the surrounding states and malted right here in Golden Colorado.  Both are milled, mashed, fermented, distilled and cask-matured here at Golden Moon Distillery. We use a unique mashing procedure and a proprietary strain of yeast for fermentation for all our single malts whiskies.

Principium is a double-distilled single malt whiskey that is matured in charred white American oak casks. It is a smooth, approachable whiskey, full bodied with a malty character and nice caramel notes. It is bottled at 46% ABV / 92 Proof.  It took a Gold Medal this past year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Triple is a limited release (allocated) triple-distilled single malt whiskey that is also matured in charred white American oak casks.  We’ve only produced 500 bottles of this whiskey.  I have been a consulting master distiller in Ireland for the last couple years, and that work has inspired me to play around with traditional Irish-style whiskey production techniques here at Golden Moon. This is one of the results.  It is a light and friendly whiskey with a wonderful mouthfeel, slightly sweet with a touch of brown sugar character.  It is bottled at 46% ABV / 92 Proof.

Golden Moon Distillery’s products are distributed in Colorado by RNDC and New York by Blue Print Brands.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/golden-moon-distillery-launches-two-new-single-malt-whiskies-in-colorado-and-new-york-american-whiskey-news/

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1983 Bladnoch Forum

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1983/2008, Bladnoch Forum, American Hogshead #4807, 303 bts
Kleur: goud
ABV: 53.2%

After Shave

Een Caol Ila van een kwart eeuw oud! Een officiële botteling kost ondertussen een arm en een been, maar destijds kon je deze van het Bladnoch Forum nog voor een eerlijke prijs kopen. Hij was destijds slechts 150 EUR, stel je voor. Ah, de goeie ouwe tijd.

Prachtig! Hoera! Ik steek mijn neus nog maar net in het glas en het feest is al begonnen! Ik wordt overspoeld door een zacht, zoet en licht geturfd aroma met citrus in al zijn facetten (limoen, citroen, pomelo, pompelmoes, yuzu), een mooie florale toets en zoete mout, zachte zeebries en minimale rookontwikkeling. Dit komt zelfs heel even over als een heerlijke en erg mannelijke after shave! Gene zever, dit is zalig.

Op smaak is het de heilige Drievuldigheid van citroen, suiker en zout. Laat ons daar gesuikerde citroenschillen van maken, mooi gewikkeld in een jasje van rook die zacht begint maar dan erg groots wordt om midpalate terug te verzachten en de citrusvruchten opnieuw het voetlicht te gunnen. Complex? Nee, hoor. Lekker? En nog geen klein beetje!

Lekker lange afdronk op meer van hetzelfde.

Toegegeven, dit is een eerder ‘eenvoudige’ Caol Ila, maar als het er zo boenk op is, kan me dat geen barst schelen. Deze is hemels!

88/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6186

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1981 Duncan Taylor Rare Auld

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1981/2008 Duncan Taylor Rare Auld, cask #2931, 545 bts
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 54.8%

Onverbiddelijk

Ik herinner me dat ik in 2013 een Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1982 Rare Auld van Duncan Taylor bestempelde als ‘één van de beste Caol Ila die ik al aan de lippen mocht zetten’. Vandaag proef ik van dezelfde bottelaar in dezelfde Rare Auld reeks een Caol Ila die een jaartje eerder op vat ging, maar ook gebotteld werd in 2008. Zal het weer een topper zijn?

Oh, wat een atypische neus is me dat! In plaats van citrus en turf krijg ik hier op de neus in eerste instantie… euh… gekookte boontjes en witte kool. WTF? Dan volgen Zwitsal babyshampoo en onrijpe bananen. Een zachte rooktontwikkeling. Pas na 5 volle minuten ademen in het glas begint hij mooi open te komen en richting Caol Ila te neigen. Oef! Dat was toch even schrikken. En ja, hij herstelt zich volledig en wordt wonderschoon op citrus, turf, zeewier en munt.

Zacht, ondanks het hoge ABV, maar onmiddellijk vertoont hij de klassieke trekjes van het huis: assen, citrus, turf, appels, moutsuikers, brak water… een onverbiddelijk lekkere mix. En perfect drinkbaar zonder water.

De afdronk is zijn troef: lang, zilt versus zoet, mineraal en rokerig.

Geweldige Caol Ila die enkel wat punten laat liggen omwille van de neus die me eerst deed fronsen en ‘oh-oh’ fluisteren. Gelukkig herstelt hij volledig. Destijds was hij 145 EUR, vandaag is dat het dubbele tot drievoudige. Gekkenwerk. Maar wat een dram!

86/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6189

Caol Ila 12 Year Old for Feis Ile 2017

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 12 Year Old for Feis Ile 2017, OB 2017, Amoroso Wood Cask, 1.500 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 55.8%

Cream Sherry

Van Caol Ila heb ik al veel goeds geproefd, met name de Feis Ile bottelingen doen het steeds meer dan uitstekend. Dus was ik maar wat blij dat ik een sample te pakken kon krijgen van deze 12-jarige die het Islay Malt Music Festival van 2017 opfleurde. Zogenaamd double matured in Amoroso vaten, die eerder werden gebruikt voor de Distillers Edition van… Talisker! De Caol Ila rijpte zo’n 11 jaar op traditionele bourbonvaten alvorens in deze verjongde (nieuwe spiegels) Amoroso vaten te worden overgebracht waarin ze nog een dik jaar mochten overwinteren.

Lekker romige neus op zoete karamel, gerookt spek en zeewier, aangevuld met pijnboompitten, vernis en teer met een mooie toets van peer en limoen. Gaat wat op en neer tussen zoet en zilt, maar op een erg onderhoudende manier. Zachte rokerigheid, licht medicinaal, maar vooral zoet en fruitig. Prima in balans.

Ook op smaak is hij lekker romig. De cream sherry, zoals Amoroso ook bekend staat, heeft duidelijk zijn invloed gehad. Pittig gepeperd en flink wat maritieme, zilte toetsen verschijnen, de turfrook wordt betrekkelijk groot, maar dat neemt niet weg dat de zoete toetsen van karamel en fruit mooi doorschemeren en hem extra cachet geven. Indrukwekkend, hoor.

De afdronk is lang, donkerzoet (chocolade!) en gepeperd. De rook sterft langzaam weg.

Wat een indrukwekkende Caol Ila!

89/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6183

Bartels Whisky “New Bottling – Auchentoshan 2010” – Scotch Whisky News

– Auchentoshan 2010 –
Aged 9 Years

Distilled 28.6.2010 – Bottled 21.11.2019 – 60.0%vol – Cask No. 700923 – 216 bottles

We are delighted to announce the release of our single cask bottling of Auchentoshan 2010

A slight delay due to the current situation.  On that note we hope everyone is keeping safe, well and positive in these strange times.

Perhaps this will cheer you up a little!

Sorren at OCD Whisky has written a lovely review and tasting notes on our bottling.  He is what could be described at ones the worlds biggest Auchentoshan fans so to get such lovely feedback from him is fantastic!  Check out his full write up here 

£52

Free, Next Day Delivery.
(order before 12pm)

Click here to read full Tasting Notes

Click here to Buy

Bartels Whisky
4 The Old Glebe
Loughborough, Lec LE12 8LB
United Kingdom

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bartels-whisky-new-bottling-auchentoshan-2010-scotch-whisky-news/

Bowmore One Small Step 17 Year Old 2002 – Apollo Moon Landing – Scotch Whisky News

One Small Step Bowmore 17 Year Old

Wednesday the 20th of May, 2020, Fife, Scotland

Specialist online whisky shop, TheWhiskyBarrel.com, is proud to release an exclusive single malt Scotch whisky distilled at Bowmore Distillery to mark the 51st anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing in 1969. Following on from the 2019 Deanston, One Giant Leap (SOLD OUT) and 2020 Highland Park, Houston We’ve Had a Problem (SOLD OUT) whiskies.

One Small Step
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bowmore 17 Year Old, 2002 Vintage

On the 20th of July 1960 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon in what was one of the most historic, scientific and culturally significant events of the 20th Century. Those famous words spoken by Armstrong really do sum up the event – “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” And fifty years on, we’re all still talking about it.

To mark the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, TheWhiskyBarrel.com has selected a single cask of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in October 2002, this whisky has been aged for 17 years before bottling in March 2020 at 54.6% ABV. Matured in a single first fill Oloroso hogshead (cask reference #TWB1010), this whisky is limited to just 270 numbered bottles.

Available exclusively from TheWhiskyBarrel.com, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan.

‘One Small Step’ Bowmore 17 Year Old | 2009 | TheWhiskyBarrel.com | 54.6%

Tasting notes
Colour: Deep sherry.
Nose: Galactic quantities of rich dark sherry, Meteoric spiced ripe pears in a crater of hot chocolate.
Taste: Solar summer fruits dusted in a smokey nebular.
Finish: Light years of sweet oak on a supernova finish.

Price: £150 GBP inc VAT / $150 USD (+ PP) *

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Notice for Editors:-
Q) What is the product called?
A)  ‘One Small Step’ Bowmore 17 Year Old 2002 Exclusive.

Q) When will this product be released/was it released?
A) Wednesday the 20th of May 2020.

Q) Where is it available?
A) Scotland, off-trade, TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) Is this product already available in other markets?
A) Scotland only, TheWhiskyBarrel.com ships worldwide.

Q) How much is it?
A) £150 GBP / $150 USD (+ PP)

Q) Who handles the product’s distribution?
A) In-house at TheWhiskyBarrel.com.

Q) How many bottles are there?
A) 270 bottles from a single cask limited to one bottle per customer.

Q) What is the ABV of this product?
A) 54.6% ABV natural cask strength.

Q) Why has this product been launched?
A) Limited Edition single cask exclusive for TheWhiskyBarrel.com whisky shop.

Notes

The Whisky Barrel is a specialist online whisky and spirits merchant based in Fife, Scotland and  was established in 2007. In 2019 The Whisky Barrel won The Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade. The Whisky Barrel is also a winner of the Whisky Magazine Online Retailer 2018 and was International Wine Spirits Competition runner-up in 2016.

*N.B. Prices correct at the time of publishing and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bowmore-one-small-step-17-year-old-2002-apollo-moon-landing-scotch-whisky-news/