Whiskypedia: An Introduction to Scotch Whisky

Whiskypedia: An Introduction to Scotch Whisky

Charles MacLean

Language: English

Pages: 384


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

whisky's finest guru' - The Sunday Times 'Charles MacLean writes like no other expert on the subject. His prose is informed and highly entertaining' - The Independent This abridged digital edition of Charles MacLean's best-selling Whiskypedia: A Gazetteer of Scotch Whisky serves as an easy introduction to Scotch whisky which offers a quick guide to the flavour and character of every malt whisky distilled in Scotland with reference to how it is made. Each entry includes a short biography of each brand, its style, mature character, a couple of suggestions of other whiskies with a broadly similar flavour profile, the raw materials that go into the production of each brand, a note on the kinds of casks used and a list of current and recent bottlings released by the distillery. Also included are an ingenious Flavour Map and Flavour Wheel. This is a wholly new approach to understanding and enjoying Scotch malt whisky, by the foremost authority on the subject.



















(Centenary Bottling, released 1996) Dufftown 21YO 1975 @ 54.8% (Rare Malts series, released 1997) EDRADOUR Edradour is a classic farm distillery, was the smallest in Scotland until 2005, and remains among the prettiest. It stands as a reminder of how many distilleries will have looked, and operated, during the nineteenth century. In all likelihood it was established by one Duncan Forbes in 1825 (named Glenforres), but the foundation on the present site was in 1837, when a group of

they are highly sought after. GLEN SCOTIA Glen Scotia has had a patchy existence, but, unlike 30 other distilleries that once operated in Campbeltown, it has survived. The distillery was established in 1832, named simply Scotia, by Stewart, Galbraith & Company, which became a limited company in 1895 and sold to West Highland Malt Distilleries in 1919. From 1999 Glen Scotia has been in production for only a few weeks a year, operated by a team from Springbank Distillery, but since 2007 it

Tauchers Burns; the former supplies process water and the latter cooling water. Maltings closed 1968, now unpeated malt from independent maltsters. Maturation: Refill American oak casks. Expressions: Glentauchers has always been a blending whisky, particularly for Buchanan’s blends, now a key component in Ballantine’s. Glentauchers 15YO was issued by Allied (in their Special Distillery Bottling range) in 2000. Not currently bottled as a single. GLENTURRET There was an illicit farm

MacBeatha family, who arrived in Scotland from Ireland in 1300, and may well have brought the secrets of distilling with them. The distillery was the brain-child of Anthony Wills, wine and spirits merchant, who moved to Islay in 2000, having married Cathy Wilks, an Illeach, some years earlier, and renovated some semi-derelict buildings at Rockside Farm, Kilchoman. The distillery was officially opened by the present writer on 3 June 2005, and went into production in December that year. It can make

single grain whiskies available in the U.K., and one of only three available in the world. CAOL ILA The distillery takes its name (pronounced ‘Cull-eela’) from the strait between the islands of Islay and Jura, the Sound of Islay, and enjoys stunning views. The first distillery on this site – a small bay just north of the ferry point at Port Askaig – was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson who took advantage of copious water from Loch nam Ban. In 1972 the original distillery was demolished

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