Pure Scot: Another great value Scotch

Just look at that beautiful, and very Scottish, bottle design! Owner: Maltmileage.com

A few years ago my wife and I went on a road trip through Scotland, passing through the picturesque highlands, glens, and, most memorably, the extinct supervolcano at Glen Coe. It was green, lush, mountainous and pristine, which was basically everything I imagined Scotland would be. One thing that reminds me of that Scottish road trip is the imagery and design on a bottle of Pure Scot scotch whisky. With its shades of green in the shape of mountains and mirroring a blue loch, the bottle design makes me thirsty for Scotch. Lucky for me I happen to have a few samples of Pure Scot on hand!

Pure Scot is a blended Scotch whisky which combines Bladnoch single malt with grain whiskies and a selection of island, highland and speyside malts. At its price, it is (surprisingly) very good and punches well above it weight. The whisky smells of toffee, tropical fruit, grain and cut grass. It tastes great, too – bitey, with a nice mix of sweet orchard fruit, syrupy caramel, vanilla, soft smoke and spice. The finish is chocolaty, mildly spicy, and warming. This sure is a sweet and syrupy Scotch.

Pure Scot + Smoked Cola, perfect with a BBQ! Owner: Maltmileage.com

Served neat the whisky is easy-drinking and enjoyable, but it is at its best on ice or mixed with cola. Pure Scot kindly sent me a pre-mixed drink of Pure Scot Virgin Oak and Smoked Cola, and this combination worked extremely well together. The mixer itself had a nice strong kick of Scotch, the smokiness was subtle and the cola was syrupy sweet, which complimented Pure Scot’s profile and the virgin oak influence (which tends to be sweet and “bourbony”). It is a fun mixer that is easy to drink and perfect with a barbecue.

Overall I think Pure Scot is a great value blended Scotch whisky which, befitting of its lovely bottle design, offers a nice tour of Scottish whisky with its mix of grain whisky and malts from the islands, highlands and speyside regions of Scotland. I would however love to see an age statement on the bottle, just so I know a little more about what I am drinking.

Tasting a trio of show-stopping whiskies from Compass Box: The Circle, The No Name No. 2, and The Affinity

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A trio of whiskies from Compass Box

Compass Box are whiskymakers who craft whisky by blending whiskies from different distilleries and batches, thereby creating unique flavour profiles from what is essentially a concoction of “ingredient” whiskies. This is the art of whisky blending. Blending to create a whisky that matches the blue print in one’s mind is much harder than it sounds or looks (as I learned aboard the Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer!). Trying to unpack a whisky blender’s creation is even harder. To help unravel their complex whiskies, though, Compass Box provide a break down of the “ingredients” that go into each of their whiskies. Trying to piece together the puzzle of a Compass Box whisky by smell and taste is, in my experience, a lot of fun.

The newly released trio of limited edition Compass Box whiskies that sit before me ready to be tasted are Compass Box The Circle, Compass Box Affinity, and Compass Box No Name No. 2.

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All aboard the Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer!

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All aboard the Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer

On a particularly cold Friday evening I ventured into the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show on Glenfiddich’s invitation to board the Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer, a 1972 vintage bus which has been converted into a whisky bar on wheels! Australian chef Matt Moran introduced us to what he loved about Glenfiddich and then the distillery’s brand ambassador, Luke Sanderson, took us on board for a very special evening of whisky tasting and blending, and to craft our very own Glenfiddich single malt from the three core ingredients used to create Glenfiddich’s 15 year old solera.

Ready to join me? All aboard!

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Hunter Laing & Co releases Scarabus Specially Selected at Feis Ile 2019

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Hunter Laing & Co, the family owned Scotch whisky independent bottler, is releasing Scarabus Specially Selected at Feis Ile 2019, the Islay Festival of Music and Whisky.  Continue reading “Hunter Laing & Co releases Scarabus Specially Selected at Feis Ile 2019”

The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection

Fans of Game of Thrones, take heed. As the White Walkers bring the grim promise of a never-ending winter and the icy breath of its ice dragon, viewers may find some warmth in a fiery dram of seven limited-edition single malts which have each been aligned with a great House of Westeros and the Night’s Watch. Without further ado, I introduce you to the Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection.

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Aberlour A’Bunadh (batch #59)

Type: Single malt Scotch whisky

Origin: Speyside, Scotland flag-for-scotland_1f3f4-e0067-e0062-e0073-e0063-e0074-e007f.png

ABV: 60.9%

Age: NAS

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Grant’s Triple Wood

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Type: Blended Scotch whisky

Origin: Scotland flag-for-scotland_1f3f4-e0067-e0062-e0073-e0063-e0074-e007f.png

ABV: 40%

Price: AU$56

Grant’s has recently announced that it is “refreshing” its brand with the introduction of new packaging and a new name for its signature blend. The fresh faced Grant’s “Triple Wood” is one of the whiskies in the Grant’s line up to receive a new face lift.   Continue reading “Grant’s Triple Wood”

The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

A couple of blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh offers diners immaculately crafted modern Scottish fare and a huge selection of single malt in a grand four storey Georgian building that imbues old world charm.     Continue reading “The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)”

News flash: Glengoyne launches batch No. 6 of its Cask Strength series, the first ever to be 100% matured in sherry oak casks

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Sherry lovers, take heed. The Glengoyne distillery has released batch No. 6 of its Cask Strength series, and it is the first ever in the series to be 100% matured in sherry oak casks.  Continue reading “News flash: Glengoyne launches batch No. 6 of its Cask Strength series, the first ever to be 100% matured in sherry oak casks”