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Three Reasons Personalised Whisky Makes a Fabulous Gift

Article by Totally_Gifts

When it comes to choosing the perfect gift, it requires you to put some thought into it so you can be certain you’ve chosen exactly the right thing. Whatever the occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and everything in between – the right present can really help to make the event. If you know someone who enjoys a drop or two of whisky from time to time, why not make their day by buying them some delicious personalised whisky? We take you through three reasons why you should.

Great for any occasion

This could be a particularly great gift for your dad on Father’s Day or your husband on his birthday, but it works for practically any occasion. The bottles come with a personalised label, which is a really nice touch as it lets the person receiving the gift know that you thought carefully about what to get them and took the time to get it personalised rather than just picking up a non-descript bottle in the supermarket. The labels are printed with the name of the recipient and they can also include the special event you are buying the gift for. Examples include Father’s Day, Best Man at a Wedding and Valentine’s Day. This means there are loads of options available and you are sure to find the perfect one for your needs.

Different types of whisky

There are also different types of whisky available, so if the person you are buying for has a favourite, you will be able to find one that they are sure to love. You have a choice between malt and blended whisky. For those not in the know, malt whisky tends to have a distinctive flavour as it uses single malt, whereas blended whisky blends different malts together to create a smooth taste that is delicious but not quite as acquired. This makes blended whisky a good option for anyone who is not a connoisseur of the drink.

When buying personalised whisky, if you choose a malt whisky then it is most likely to come from Glen Grant, whose heritage dates back to 1840. This makes it a gift packed with history as well as character and flavour and it is sure to be a winner with whoever you give it to. Blended whisky is made from Scottish malt and grain to create a delicious peaty flavour that is sure to turn anyone into a fan of the drink.

Add a personalised newspaper

For something extra special, you could give a gift of personalised whisky along with a newspaper from the date of birth of the person receiving your gift. For instance, the personalised blended whisky and newspaper from a date of your choosing would be a really special birthday gift, combining history with the specific tastes of the person you’re buying for, making personalised whisky an overall fantastic gift option.

The Whisky Regions of Scotland

Article by James Macintosh

Some countries excel at growing different types of crops – tomatoes in Guernsey for example, or apples in England. The most delicious apple I ever ate was one I picked from a tree growing at Kew Gardens in southwest London, England. Even the thought of that makes my mouth water now, some 7 years later.

Anyway, the point being that Scotland not only excels for its potatoes – yes, potatoes tend to like the cold, wet conditions that Scotland is known for. But Scotland also also excels at whisky making and has many different whisky regions, just as France has many different vine growing regions used for wine production.

Each different whisky possesses a noticeable difference to the next one. Aroma, colour, taste. Each distillery in Scotland has its own way of production and its own natural water supply, gained from the hills or mountains nearby.

Lets have a brief intro to just a couple of the whisky-producing areas of Scotland.

Lowlands:This area takes into account from the borders between England and Scotland up the coastal areas on both east and west – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and more. Because there tends to be less peat in these areas and also due to the lighter lowland barley that is used in the distilling process, lowland whisky tends to be light, both in colour and in flavour. They are somewhat sweet to the palate and thus can be a super introduction to some one who is new to the delights of whisky. Among the favourite lowlanders we have: Glenkinchie, Inverleven, St Magdalene (don’t know the last one, personally).

Highlands:The largest region in Scotland stretching from the boundary of the lowlands to the north coast, up past Inverness. There are different regions within the highland area to consider:

Northern Highlands: tends to be stronger in flavouring and complex in aroma. Smokey and lightly peaty producing a medium bodied whisky. Among the favourites are Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Ben Nevis (yes, named after the famous mountain).

Southern Highlands: very gentle flavouring as the soils in the southern highlands are light which thus produces a light tasting barley. Sweet, fragrant and also somewhat flowery. Drams to be sampled are – Dalwhinnie, Glengoyne.

Charles Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky

Article by Kamal

Our story begins in 1907, when famous explorer Ernest Shackleton contacted the Glen Mhor Distillery to request twenty-five cases of their Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt – a ten year old whisky which was recognized as one of the classic Highland malts of its day. The distillery was happy to oblige and even created a commemorative label to honor the event, which read “Specially prepared for the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 – Ship Endurance”. You see, at that time Shackleton was planning to change the name of his ship from “Nimrod” to “Endurance”, but he eventually lost interest in the idea. However, time was a factor so in August 1907, Shackleton departed from London on the Nimrod, with the mislabeled “Endurance” whisky safely stored beneath the decks.

The Nimrod arrived in Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound on January 29th, 1908. Landing at Cape Royds, the team battled difficult conditions for days as they struggled to build shelter and bring their equipment and supplies to shore. When they were finally established at their base camp, the team began their scientific work and started planning their long journey to both the South Pole and the Magnetic South Pole. Shackleton and three team members departed in November 1908 and began the difficult march south – a journey which brought the men to the edge of starvation. They ultimately fall short of their goal by less than 100 miles. However, the legendary leadership skills of Shackleton ensured that all four men returned safely and were back on board the Nimrod by early March 1909. As the winter sea ice began to form and the blizzards returned, the expedition hurriedly sailed for home, leaving behind many of their belongings – including several crates of the Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt.

Now fast forward to February 2007, when two crates of whisky were discovered in Antarctica by a team from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust – a group dedicated to preserving the history of the region. Although the discovery sparked the interest of numerous world organizations, the crates could not be removed from Antarctica due to international protocols. So the crates remained encased in ice until early 2010, when the Antarctic Heritage Trust was granted permission to remove one of the cases. It was quickly rushed to the Canterbury Museum where it took two weeks to fully defrost and stabilize the whisky. After completing a detailed analysis of the package, it was deemed that the whisky was the very same Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt that was distilled in 1897 and bottled in 1907 exclusively for Ernest Shackletons’ Nimrod expedition to Antarctica.In January 2011, three bottles of this rare whiskey were returned to Whyte & Mackay, the owners of the Mackinlay brand. It was transferred by private jet to the Whyte & Mackay’s Invergordon Spirit Laboratory, where Master Blender Richard Paterson, and his expert team spent several weeks in the laboratory nosing, tasting and deconstructing the whisky to reveal its true heritage. Aside from identifying the various aromas and flavors, this rigorous analysis proved that the whisky was 47.3% alcohol, was aged in American white oak sherry casks, and the peat used for the malting originated in the Orkney Islands.

Inspired by their analysis, the team embarked on the challenge of recreating this rare whisky, and the result is exceptional. This painstaking reproduction of the original is an intricate blend of Speyside (Longmorn, Benriach, Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin and Glenrothes), Highland (Balblair and Pulteney) and Jura malts which have been carefully selected for their specific flavor profiles. This masterful combination is composed of malts varying in age from eight to thirty years old, which have been married in the finest sherry butts. The resulting spirit is complex, aromatic and refined, offering delicate notes of crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple complemented by smoke, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg and oak. The bottle and packaging have also been recreated down to the last detail – bubbles in the glass make each bottle unique, while the labels incorporate hand-lettering and labeling techniques from the early 20th century. Only 50,000 bottles were produced, so add Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt to your collection today.

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

The famous Grant’s Old Fashioned whisky cocktail

The Grant’s Old Fashioned cocktail is as elegant as they come. Made famous at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, it combines a mix of Grant’s Family Reserve with orange and Angostura bitters. Our mixologist demonstrates how this cocktail classic should be served.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Grant’s Manhattan whisky cocktail

Our mixologist shows you how to mix the perfect Grant’s Manhattan.

Whisky Tasting 12: Macallan 18 Yr Fine Oak Fr Speyside, Scot

Whisky Tasting 12: Macallan 18 Yr Fine Oak Fr Speyside, Scot

The name Macallan is legendary. It is sometimes called the ‘Rolls Royce of all whiskies’. Famous for it’s sumptious Spanish dry Oloroso sherry cask finish style. The house has perhaps more versions of it’s malt than anyone else. Macallan is from the heart of Speyside. It’s uncompromising style is being duplicated by others but seldom matches its calibre. The 18 years old Fine Oak is a relatively new offering along with the Elegancia series. Both were introdcued because of a shortage of these rare Spanish Oloroso Oak casks and a hugh demand for it’s style. The colour is bronze. On the nose, honey, sherry, malt, buttered pop corn, caramel toffee and buttered nuts all emerge but with a feel of volatile alcohol. The body is medium and soft. Again, honey, sherry and spicy christmas pudding characters came through. Neither too heavy nor too light. However, when compare to the original 18 this is but a shadow of the big brother with lighter colour, a leaner body and overall less complexity. The finish is long with a lingering fruity note. (Score 88-90 points) Tasted by Michael Lam of Beverage Review.

whisky review 92 – Lagavulin 12 yo cask strength

… big belter from Islay gets the ‘whiskyreview’ treatment

Whisky Verkostung: Balblair 1997 N 3:15 T 4:56 Wir verkosten den Single Malt Balblair 1997 im The Whisky Store. Ein exotisch fruchtiger Single Malt aus den nördlichen Highlands.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Whisky Marketplace TV – Review 001 – part 1: Balblair

Part 1 of a film in which: Pierre Thiebaut interviews John Glaser of Compass Box about Great King Street and the Last Vatted Malt and Last Vatted Grain. Pierre also catches up with Alasdair Day about his Tweeddale Blend. He reviews Balblair 2001, Arizona Single Malt Whisky and the Tweeddale Blend Batch 2.
Video Rating: 0 / 5

Ludovic Ducrocq – How to Taste Whisky

The art of distilling whisky has been around for hundreds of years, and so has the art of tasting it. So what do you need to know to fully appreciate all the flavours that a good whisky has to offer? Ludovic Ducrocq is the global ambassador for Grant’s Whisky and he’s blessed with the century-old skills required to understand the complexities of malt whisky production. In this video he passes on advice about choosing the correct nosing glass, how to appreciate different flavours, how to tell the difference between a young and old whisky and how much water you should add to a whisky and what difference this make to the taste. If you would like to pick the brains of Ludovic and fellow whisky enthusiasts then you can join him at the Grant’s After Hours Whisky Club at grantswhisky/afterhours