The archaeological discovery of six adult and four children bodies stopped the construction of new storage buildings on the property of Oban distillery in 1890. Did they die due to an extensive whisky consumption?
Pleasantries aside: this 5000 years old remains is a remarkable find which nowadays is exhibited in the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh.
The Oban distillery was founded by the brothers John and Hugh Stevenson in 1794. So it counts to one of Scotlands oldest . Within a few years arose the same named small port village located at the border between the western highlands and the islands. The perfectly safed natural port turns Oban into the most important harbor concerning the traffic to the islands and the capital of the islands. The Oban distillerie belongs to current owners Diageo.
The 14 years Scotch single malt belongs to the world famous Classic Malts. The Oban matures in Bourbon and Montilla-Sherry casks. The water comes from the the Loch Gleann a’Bherraidh. The single malt is know for it´s tender smoky-peaty flavour with a hint of fruits accompanied by a slightly note of salt. Those salty aromas result of the proximity to the sea.
The Isle of Jura is located between the Scotish Westcoast and Islay. The Island is popular for three mountains on the western side, called Paps of Jura. Furthermore Jura is one of the least densely populated islands of Scotland.
The history of Jura Distillery goes back to 1810. The owner of the distillery, Archibald Campell, distilled Whisky until John Ferguson & Sons took over in 1875. They started refurbishing the distillery in 1884. At the beginning of the 20th century they were no longer able to pay the leasehold and had to close the distillery.
In 1958 the two Jura-locals Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith plucked up courage and charged William Delmé Evans to build a very new distillery located at the same place. Some owners changed till now, but the Whisky is still the same: Only 40% vol. alc. – but very complex and aromatic. It comes with a little peat, notes of see salt and almonds. Matured in Bourbon caskets this pure Single Malt is worth the try!
After a great hiking through the Karwendel mountains I enjoyed my todays whisky at the “Zuber” bath. My gaze wanders back to Innsbruck where my little adventure began at 7 a.m. this morning. I took the bus to the “Hungerbahn” station that lifts me up the first 300 meters. The cable cabin brought me to “Hafelekar” at 2.258 meters. Here I red that funny print of famous Hans Kammerlander, letting me think of my whisky passion just for a moment. It took me 1:40 h to get to the Pfeishütte. My step-sister runs that wonderful mountain hut where you can´t get a whisky – what a pitty. But it´s safety first in that high mountain area. On the more strenuous way back I ran fast what was really tiring. But it was a great hike. While I was driving home I had the glorious idea to drink my well-earned whisky in the warm Zuber to relax my muscles.
Balvenie Double Wood scotch whisky matures in Sherry and Bourbon casks. That makes that whisky interesting and tender. It´s a tip among connoisseurs because of it´s orange aroma and that deep sweet taste.
William Grant converted the Balvenie mansion into a distillery. It lies on the slopes of Conval hills near Dufftown. On 1 May 1893 the first whisky has been created at the Balvenie Distillery. William Grant continued his acitivities of distilling whisky to the ripe old age of 83.
Typically whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to 40% ABV, not though the Ardbeg single malt scotch whisky. The manufacture promises itself maximum flavour, more body and added depth from such distillation. The whisky is surprisingly bright. It´s nosing keeps what it promises: peat and smoke. The first sip felt as if it´s prickling on my tongue. Then the Ardbeg developes it´s tart taste of peat and smoke with that note of citron fruits.
The distillery is located at the south shore at Islay near Port Ellen. It was founded in 1794 by moonshiners and smugglers. They had to give up their passion after a police raid. The legal distilling can be traced back to John McDougall. In 1815 he begann to burn whisky under the name “Ardbeg”, that originates from the scottish term “ard bheag” what means low hill. The companys operation is formally documented since 1817. Till 1959 it was family-owned.
While Scotties will decide “Yes” or “No”, i decided to make my choice between Single Malts from the Scottish Highlands and those from Speyside.
Most Scottish Whiskys are distilled along river Spey. These Whisky are popular for smooth and soft taste, pure spring water and are hardly peaty.
The Cardhu 12 years old Single Malt combines all this at its best! This Single Malt is well-balanced and the gentle sweetness is fabulous. Maybe that’s why Cardhu 12 years Single Malt won Gold at International Wine and Spirits Competition as the best Speyside Whisky up to 12 years old. By the way: The Cardhu Distillery was cofounded by two women, Helen & Elizabeth Cumming. Good idea, girls!
On the other hand i’ve chosen Highland Park 12 years old, distilled in Kirkwall, the most northerly distillery in Scotland. A lot of Whisky-Freaks say, it is the best allrounder in the world of malt-whisky! And it’s true: sweet honey, not as sweet as the cardhu 12, but sweet enough to make me curious. Combined with aromatic peat, and the plenty of green notes, this Single Malt is a true allrounder and a good entry for Whisky-beginners!
Well, its a nip-and-tuck-race, and no winner-region should be chosen. Both Whisky are great. Yes for Scottish Single Malts
Maybe my sense of taste is kind of adulterated after an entire day of cycling to get to the ore mountains. 150 km and 1.700 m altitude gain are really demanding. Today I met my father – the most generous person regarding whisky I know – and he gave me this 15 years old, really powerful Glendronach Revival scotch whisky. Already the first sip brought me back to life. So I could enjoy the rest of the evening and think back on my day.
The World Whisky Map team wishs you a happy whisky easter!
Look what the easter bunny brought to me: a 12 years old scotch single malt Bowmore whisky. I tried the 10 years Bowmore before. And I was quite surprised about it´s honest smokey taste. The 10 years Bowmore is a bit brighter than it´s 2 years older brother. What I do know is that a darker colour normally evidences a matured, full-bodied taste. I can´t really tell which one I´d prefer. Both I could suggest because of it´s price (less than 30 euro). You can´t do anything wrong with this investment.
The Bowmore distillery is located at Islay, Scotland. It was founded in 1779 by David Simson and is named after the city Bowmore nearby. So it´s the first known distillery at the island and is therefore one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. The distillery was closed during the 2nd world war. The building was served as a basis for seaplanes. In 1950 it came into the hands of William Grigor & Sons Ltd. It went broken in 1963 so that the Stanley P. Morrison Ltd adopted it which owns also Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch. Since 1994 the distillery is owned by the Japanese Suntory Group.
The Bowmore distillery uses the water of river Laggan that is sourrounded by peat. The whisky usually matures in Sherry casks, stored in a building that gets flooded with salt water 1,5 metre deep.
After a hard day of work our czech friend Filip invites Tobi and me to Glen Parker. As I read in a forum Glen Parker is no destillery. It´s a blended whisky sold in several supermarkets. In fact the labeling is just a marketing trick. But I´m quite surprised about it´s taste. The whiskey is smooth with a agreeable honey note. Maybe the reason is the really fresh mountain air. Or it´s the satisfaction after physical work. I don´t care at all. The important thing is: It tastes quite good!
Does a scotch single malt whisky makes you staring a long time into a bonfires flames? My dad told me that if I stare long enough into the flames I’ll the “fire devil”. That is what my dad told me when I was a child. Combining the bonfire spirit and the Oban single malt whisky spirit makes me “Oban my mind” at this wunderful evening I shared with good friends. Life is great!