Monday, November 23, 2020

Glendronach 12 Year Old

 This was one of my favorite whiskeys over 25 years ago but it is difficult to find and almost impossible to get in a restaurant. I just happened to find a bottle when I went into the ABC store in the Red Neck Riviera. Color me shocked.

The distillery was opened in 1826 and underwent several ownership changes over the years. It was  mothballed in 1996, which probably led to my inability to find it. Luckily for us, they started back up again in 2002. 

Glendronach is a Highland whiskey that is matured in sherry casks. It has a pleasing golden amber color and a sweet nose. As you would expect from the sherry casks, the palate is smooth and velvety. The finish is long and warming.

I highly recommend this little known whiskey. It will be worth the trouble to find.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Deanston 30 Year Old

 This is another case where I received a special whiskey and put it aside for an occasion. By the time I opened it, the cork was dried out and I had to push it into the bottle. So now I strain cork pieces from my drink and I had to find a substitute cork to prevent the angels from getting more than their share.

Deanston is a Highland Whiskey from a distillery that started life as a cotton mill in 1785. For those concerned about energy, in 1949 the mill installed water turbines and now all their electricity is generated by these turbine generators. In 1965, the mill closed its doors but by 1974, it was converted to a distillery.

The 30 year old has a pleasant medium amber color. It is slightly phenolic but that soon dissipates and you are left with a smooth and velvety texture on your palate. The finish is warm and welcoming. 

My advice? Enjoy your whiskey before the cork dries out.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Head Count

 Four months and still no beheadings in the Kingdom of Saud. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Head Count

 For the third month in a row, Saudi Arabia did not behead anyone!!! Year to date head count steady at 15. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Head Count

 In a belated count, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia again did not behead anybody in the month of August. The Year to Date count remains at 15.

Laphroaig

 Laphroig is a 10 year old whiskey distilled on the Island of Islay. Laphroig means "beautiful hollow by the broad bay" in Gaelic. It has a light amber color, sweet aroma and a slight phenolic taste. The distillery has been around since 1815 and is currently owned by Beam Suntory. (Yes, that's right, Jim Beam is part of a Japanese conglomerate)

Laphroaig has a unique marketing gimmick. They offer you a free piece of the island. You can get a lifetime lease of 1 square foot of the island by becoming a "friend". I had to check how much ilalnd was available for lease. The island has an area of 239.2 square miles. That translates to 6,670,000,000 square feet, so I doubt they will run out space soon.

This is not a entry level scotch as some will not find it smooth, but it is worth a taste in order to learn some of the differences between the areas of Scotland.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Head Count

 KSA made a goose egg in July. No heads were separated. The YTD stands at 15.