This week on our tour of Whiskies Across the World we’re headed to Scotland to take a look at the most recent and best drams popping out of Whisky Motherland this 12 months.
Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt
Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt is a characterful whisky, blended from a cautious number of wonderful single malts—all distilled on the islands of Scotland (Islay, Orkney, and Skye)—first aged in refill and first-fill American Oak Hogshead, then re-casked in recent 200-liter bourbon barrels for added depth and a mellow oak-spice end. This second interval of maturation provides additional layers of scented smoky oak to the unique medicinal peaty aromas and a contact of sweetness with heightened vanilla overtones on the palate.
Like different Mossburn’s whiskies, Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt is bottled with out synthetic coloring or chill filtration. The bottle label shows a moody illustration of the ruined fortress and surrounding panorama that was specifically commissioned from an artist on an adjoining island. It conveys the paranormal environment of a spot steeped in legend and delusion—that’s Caisteal Chamuis.
Speyburn Distillery produced its first drop of whisky within the beautiful Speyside area of Scotland in 1897. The liquid got here to life by way of the in depth efforts of founder John Hopkins and his devoted group. All of them labored relentlessly by way of frigid winter days and nights with one purpose—to fill their very first barrel of whisky in time to bear the date of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Their grueling battle in opposition to adversity paid off on Christmas day after they lastly sealed the primary cask of Speyburn Whisky.
Over a century later, Speyburn continues utilizing lots of the identical methods and practices used again when it began. The distillery embodies the generations of dedication, expertise, and custom that go into producing award-winning single malt scotch whisky. To have fun its milestone anniversary, the distillery has created a collection of Eighteen Nineties-inspired cocktails to boost a toast to 125 years of historical past and heritage. Taking inspiration from the Victorian period, Speyburn’s cocktails embody a Jubilee Punch, a Jack Rose, and a Holland Home, every nodding to the heyday wherein the distillery was born, whereas showcasing Speyburn’s fantastic expressions.
Dewar’s 12-12 months-Outdated
Already producers of the world’s most awarded blended scotch, Dewar’s has taken the class to the following degree with the debut of its 12-12 months-Outdated whisky aged in American oak bourbon barrels. This distinctive getting old course of brings unusual depth and smoothness to Dewar’s signature mix, including complexity to your favourite whisky cocktails and making for an unbelievable sipping possibility.
Do you know that each one Dewar’s whiskies share one factor in widespread? For the previous 125 years, they’ve all been double-aged. This maturation course of is exclusive to Dewar’s, having been perfected by the corporate’s first Grasp Blender, AJ Cameron, in 1897. The newly reimagined 12-12 months-Outdated mix builds on this custom of two-stage getting old, the primary age as much as 40 uncommon grains and malts individually, and the second, all blended after which aged in first fill American bourbon casks. The relaunch of the 12-12 months-Outdated mix continues a legacy of custom and innovation stretching into a 3rd century.
To accompany the mix’s relaunch, Dewar’s has reimagined the bottle and labeling. The whisky is introduced in a brand new, premium clear glass bottle with a modified base, branding, and enclosure. The label emphasizes the double getting old course of and affords tasting notes that make the whisky extra accessible. Total, the streamlined look serves to modernize a heritage model whereas remaining true to authenticity. The signature of Grasp Distiller Stephanie Macleod provides a pleasant, personal touch.