Undisclosed Speyside

Distillery Bottlings

Posted 02 December 2020

And we’re off. For the next 24 days we’ll be presenting you with quick fire reviews of each and every dram contained in the 2020 Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar. We’ll be posting a day in arrears - to give us time to sample and write our notes, and of course, to not spoil the surprise for those of you who open your doors a little later in the day.

Independent Bottlings

Atom Brands

Posted 20 April 2021

Darkness 8 year old was introduced as a continuous expression of the previously ‘one shot’ octave-finished range back at the start of 2020. It hails from an unnamed Speyside distillery who utilise worm tubs and two and a bit distillation – so answers on a postcard for that one. The spirit is initially matured in ex-bourbon casks before being re-racked into octaves for “at least three months.” Bottled at 47.8% ABV, it’s available via Master of Malt for £49.95.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Posted 06 December 2020

Paranormal investigators adore distilleries. Often old, echoey buildings combined with a permanently sozzled (back in the day) workforce? Who’d have thought that these conditions would be ripe for countless tales of ghosts and ghouls. From the headless horseman of Bowmore, Tomatin’s ghost dog, Glenronach’s “Sherry Lady” and Glenmorangie’s “White Lady” to the Isle of Jura’s frankly staggering tale of Laird Archibald Campbell, whose response to being caught establishing an illicit still in a cave on the island was to indicate that “the ghost made me do it”. Unexplained noises, doors closing themselves and sudden cold chills – all things which provide plenty of inspiration for product development and distillery tour chit-chat.

Posted 21 December 2020

Whisky writers can be quite a contrary lot. One minute the Scottish malt producing regions are described as being obsolete and the next, a whisky is being characterised as “archetypally Islay” or “typically Speyside”. An altogether antithetical contrast. Despite what will likely be an eternal, cyclical argument – the definition of whisky by either its style or its flavour will never be something of neatness. Conversely, alternative methodologies for classification have not yet received either a wide welcome or anything like universal adoption. “Focus on the quality, not on the location” is an often-intoned phase. But this construct – like any other arrangement will invariably involve an assemblage of assumptions and generalisations.

Whisky Exchange

Posted 01 April 2021

There are 7,139 languages spoken in the world today, but fewer than a dozen off the beaten track number systems. The Oksapmin people of New Guinea use a base-27 number system - derived from more body parts than just their fingers and toes. The Welsh, for reasons that escape me, traditionally used a base-20 system, but added a twist, in that after 15 (pymtheg) each number beyond was represented as an addition. So, 1 on 15 = 16, or more complicatedly 1 on 15 on 20 = 36. Because, you know – reasons. Nevertheless, outside of these infrequent and often historic deviations, numbers are a universal language of our world. And in this same manner numbers and how we communicate about whisky is no different. Irrespective of location or language spoken, numbers, especially age statements are a commonly understood denominator that is often utilised (rightly or wrongly) to identify a whisky’s quality or perceived value.



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