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By Charles MacLean

Whisky's best guru' - The Sunday occasions 'Charles MacLean writes like no different professional at the topic. His prose is knowledgeable and hugely pleasing' - The autonomous This abridged electronic variation of Charles MacLean's best-selling Whiskypedia: A Gazetteer of Scotch Whisky serves as a simple creation to Scotch whisky which bargains a short advisor to the flavor and personality of each malt whisky distilled in Scotland on the subject of the way it is made. each one access encompasses a brief biography of every model, its type, mature personality, a number of feedback of alternative whiskies with a generally comparable flavour profile, the uncooked fabrics that cross into the creation of every model, a be aware at the varieties of casks used and a listing of present and up to date bottlings published by way of the distillery. additionally integrated are an creative Flavour Map and Flavour Wheel. this can be a completely new method of knowing and having fun with Scotch malt whisky, through the major authority at the topic.

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Aultmore went into construction in 1897. The make used to be now not bottled via its proprietors as a unmarried until eventually 1996, even though it has been ranked top rate by means of blenders from the outset. variety: gentle and estery/fruity. Mature personality: mild and aromatic, with reduce grass and eco-friendly apples. The flavor is good and floral – easy and simple. Light-bodied. such as: Glen Elgin, Cragganmore uncooked fabrics: procedure water from Auchinderran Burn; cooling water from the Burn of Ryeriggs. Unpeated malt from Burghead. Expressions: except a constrained Centenary variation (16YO @ 63%, which accomplished £960 at public sale in 2000), Aultmore used to be no longer bottled via its proprietor till: Aultmore 12YO @ forty three% (Flora & Fauna diversity, brought 1996) Aultmore 1974 21YO @ 60. nine% (Rare Malts sequence, bottled 1996) lower than John Dewar/Bacardi’s possession: Aultmore 12YO @ forty% BALBLAIR based in 1790, by way of John Ross, Balblair is likely one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, and one of many prettiest. Like many malts, the make used to be unknown past neighborhood farmers till really lately, however it is now – ultimately, for it merits it – being nurtured and promoted as a model by means of its vendors. the current distillery stands far from the unique, six miles open air Tain, with its again to the Dornoch Firth. It was once outfitted round 1872, and controlled by means of individuals of the Ross family members for simply over a century. The distillery’s position, Edderton, is reputed to have the cleanest air in Scotland; consequently the logo identify components. variety: Full-bodied, waxy-oily, nutty, leathery, but additionally eco-friendly apples, floral notes and a typical spiciness. Mature personality: Nutty and candy, with a hint of smoke and an elusive maritime word. The flavor is medium-sweet, with fruity, nutty and highly spiced notes and an enticing thick mouth believe. Medium- to full-bodied. such as: Glenmorangie, Craigellachie uncooked fabrics: strategy and cooling water from the Allt Dearg Burn within the Struie Hills, piped 5 miles from the distillery. flooring maltings until eventually the early Seventies, now unpeated malt from Portgordon Maltings. Maturation: 8 dunnage warehouses on website (one with a concrete flooring put in through Norwegian troops in the course of international battle II, so it can be used as a canteen), with means for 28,500 casks. generally U. S. ex-bourbon hogsheads, a few eu oak. All unmarried malt matured on web site. Expressions: First bottled via its proprietor within the overdue Nineteen Nineties, considering that 2007 Balblair has been bottled in restricted version ‘vintages’, with casks chosen by way of present grasp blender, Stuart Harvey, by way of yr, now not age, yet with a ‘rolling center’ of 3 vintages (at round 30, 20 and 10 years outdated) and coffee unmarried cask bottlings. at the moment the middle vintages are: Balblair 1978 @ forty six% (released 2010) Balblair 1989 @ forty three% (released 2011) Balblair 2000 @ forty three% (released 2010) Balblair 1991 @ forty three% (U. S. A. in simple terms, published 2010) Balblair 1997 @ forty three% (U. S. A. merely, published 2010) Balblair 1990 @ forty six% (travel retail unique, 2010) BALMENACH one of many earliest glossy gurus on Scotch whisky is Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart (author of Scotch, 1951).

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