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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Just Landed: Smögen Single Cask 56/2011 - Rum Finish

We have just received a small allocation from Smögen Single Cask 56/2011, their Single Cask Edition No.6.. Initially matured in a first fill Bourbon barrel, this whisky was then finished in Port Mourant (Guyana) Rum cask for four and a half months. Distiller/Proprietor Pär Caldenby describes this cask thus:

Nose: Despite the strength of 62.4%, it comes on as welcoming, through intense; very gristy malt notes, soft peaty tones and Demerara sugar. 
Palate: Intense but not biting; creamy chocolate, orange rinds, shortbread, all dipped in leathery, tarry peat oils. 
Finish: Going more vegetal and drier, but still on (now more husky) malty notes, fruity sugar and increasingly tarry peat notes, developing into salty liquorice. Very long! 
Comments: This dram really likes water, though it can be sipped neat (goes very well with dark chocolate). The rum cask makes its presences felt, but with a good balance, as the rum in the cask was as heavy as our whisky is, so a good match, for a dram with a big impact. 

Slightly confusingly whilst the Systembolaget have released Single Cask 57/2011 Single Cask Edition No.7 (which sadly did not yield enough bottles for the UK), they are going to wait until April to release Single Cask 56/2011, Single Cask Edition No.6, so for once we have a Smögen release on sale in the UK, before it appears in Sweden. Amongst others try Hedonism Wines and Shop4Whisky. Cheers!

Smögen Single Cask 56/2011 Edition No.6

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Langatun triumphs in the Wizards of World Whisky Awards

Langatun has picked up three Gold Medals and been named Alpine Distiller of the Year in the Wizards of World Whisky Awards. The Gold Medals were awarded to the Langatun Jacob’s Dram, Old Bear Cask Strength and Old Woodpecker editions, with the Old Bear Cask Strength also being named Alpine Whisky of the Year.

Commenting on the success, Christoph Nyfeler, Joint Owner, said 'I'm always very honoured to receive such acknowledgement as a small Swiss Whisky producer. Specially when it comes from the motherland of whisky and when we are compared to the best producers around the globe.' 
The Wizards of World Whisky, now in their sixth year, are organised by whisky author and commentator Dominic Roskrow, who noted that the Alpine region is ‘now producing some of the most exciting whiskies in the world’. 

Whilst the Langatun Old Woodpecker is not yet available in the UK, a selection of Langatun bottlings, including 'Alpine Whisky of the Year' Langatun Old Bear Cask Strength are available from Gauntleys of Nottingham, Master of Malt,  Nickolls and PerksShop4Whisky and The Whisky Exchange, amongst others. 

Three Golds for Langatun in the Wizards of World Whisky Awards


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Angels' Nectar Whisky Caching returns

Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching returns for the 20th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.
Similar to geo-caching, but with whisky,  we will hide a trail of  Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caches across Speyside for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Guests will be able to find the whisky filled caches via a series of clues after registering for the event via the Spirit of Speyside web site. The first to find each Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be rewarded with one of our 200ml bottles of Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, perfect for sharing.
Whilst there is no charge to take part, whisky cachers are asked to leave a whisky miniature (or better!) in place of the dram they find. Thus everyone who finds an Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be a winner. 
Geo-caching is a worldwide treasure-hunting phenomenon, which started in 2000 and has grown to encompass more than three million caches across 190 countries. Our Angels’ Nectar version does not require GPS, but as the search for the caches will involve some light walking, outdoor clothing and footwear are recommended. The caches will also contain a logbook for participants to record their visit, and guests are invited to share their experience and tasting notes of the dram they find on social media, with #angelsnectarwhiskycache
We hope Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching will encourage festival goers to explore Speyside’s beautiful countryside and discover new drams. Whilst there is no need to have been geo-caching before, for the whisky loving geo-cacher, what could be better than a trail of Angel’s share inspired whisky filled caches.
Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching is one of more than 650 events due to take place across Speyside as part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which this year runs from the 1stto the 6thof May. In addition we will be offering the opportunity to try Angels' Nectar at Elephants in the Pantry, Grantown-on-Spey, on the 4th of May and at Brodie Countryfare, Forres, on the 5th of May.
For more, and to register for the event, please follow this link to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival website.  

Angels' Nectar - liquid treasure