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.
Even if presumably not half of the world does know where Tasmania is located the guys down under seem to know how to destill a good whisky there. Obviously Tasmanians do have a lot of time besides hunting the Tasmanian devil they are now honored with the title “Best whisky of the world” for the Sullivans Cove from the city of Hobart. At Krischs research for the destills around the world I was really surprised how many of them are located at this comparatively small island. We congratulate and hope that we’re going to taste that highly praised liquid one day.
Celebrating this years’ world whisky day on sat. May 17th! Yeah it’s true, someone had a good idea to gave the water of life a holiday. People around the world will enjoy finest whiskys. In Bangkok e.g. the “whisgars whisky festival” takes place. Three days of celebrating whisky from all over the world. Hopefully the next WWMap-mate convent will occur in Bangkok. Regrettably there’ s no money in the box yet. Alternate I’ll celebrate that day at home enjoying finest GLENLIVET!
To my daughters birth my dad gave me a bottle of Taliskers Destillers Edition from 1991. It was bottled in 2005. What to say? I really like Talisker whisky. But this destillers edition really tops the standard 10 years old. I´m quite glad about my dad. He´s the one who introduced me to the world of whisky. And he gives me a good single malt bottle nearly evertime he visits us. I’m going to refuse it each time because it’s not an inexpensive gift. But I have no chance or don’t want to have a chance. So thanks dad!
Pince Charles favorite is the smoky Laphroaig whisky. It’s destilled at the scottish island Islay. The destillery was founded in 1815 by the Johnston brothers. Even their father was destilling whisky illegal before they founded the official destillery.
My first try on Laphroaig is not so long ago. I spend a mens evening with Krisch. After the abortive search for the right location we end up in a heavy smokers bar. They offered two single malt whiskies. We decided for the Laphroaig. I was quite surprised about it’s complex taste. I imagined to taste plum behind all that smoke. So we ordered a second and a third and a…
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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!