Alexander Murray

Alexander Murray

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The X in Alexander Murray stands for Excitement
When Scotsman Steve Lipp left his beautiful misty country for sunshine and palms of California, he did it with a good reason: bring the best Scotch to West Coast. Bearing the name of his favorite great uncle Alexander Murray, these three bottles are a family reunion of the most breathtaking Whiskies SoCal has to offer. It’s a Scottish Spirit among stars and sunburn. Welcome to Scotchifornia!
The adventurous heir of the powerful Caledonian Murray Clan brought ancient knowledge of Scotch-making to the Golden State, where he makes sure his Whiskies follow the strict code of tradition. Mr. Lipp continually offers exceptional expressions of single malts and blends.
This Tasting Box showcases three exuberant samples of Alexander Murray’s magic: secretive 9 YO Ardmore, 14 YO Mannochmore, and Macduff 14 YO. They prove that a single producer can routinely surprise us with multiple delicacies that are far from routine. Let the true Scottish essence inspire you, and the warm enthusiasm of California caress you with lovely and exiting flavors.
The chief of the Murray clan has the authority to raise Europe’s only legal private army, but the Spirits that bear the clan’s name will sure as heck mobilize the armies of Whisky lovers. The sensational marriage of Scottish mythos and Californian freedom will bring a tear of happiness on your cheek as these three champions of excellence offer you three good reasons to sit down and have a glass of Scotch with your favorite person. May the Murray Clan turn your group of friends into a Merry Clan. 
Smartass Corner
1) Single Malt Whisky is by definition made exclusively from malted barley, at one single distillery, in copper pot stills. 

2) Single Malts are produced by more than 40 distilleries across America and they give it various poetic names. Stranahan calls it "Colorado Whiskey", RoughStock named it "Montana pure malt Whiskey", while Hamilton Distillers of Arizona dubbed it "Whiskey Del Bac". The safest term, however, is "Single Malt Whiskey".

3) Single Malts are produced in every continent but Antartica and it's quite big in Japan. They particularly follow the Scottish distilling traditions, tweaking them slightly. Large quantities of Scotch were originally imported to Japan and blended with native Spirits.

4) Steve Lipp spent his summers on the farm of his great uncle Alexander Murray. He then worked on an oil field and escaped the Reaper twice. He then invested in a distillery where his brother-in-law's father worked. When he eventually moved to California, he founded Alexander Murray in Calabasas, near Jennifer Lopez and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

5) Clans are big in Scotland, giving a sense of shared identity and family to their members with heraldry, coats of arms and tartan patterns. One of the most important is Clan Murray, an ancient Highland Scottish clan, established back in the 12th century. They were staunch supporters of William Wallace (you know, the Mel Gibson "Freedom!" guy).

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Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Has the largest number of distilleries
Effectively, all the areas surrounding the Speyside region
Unrecognised sub-region of Highlands
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Located south of the imaginary line between Glasgow & Edinburgh
A small, rugged island off the west coast of the mainland
Area around the town on the Kintyre peninsula
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Really hard to rate since they were all so different. The 9y was our favorite, good smoke, subtle floral and some oak on the finish. If you don't like smoke, you won't like this one, but it's not as crazy as something like a Laphroig. I'd consider getting a bottle, but there are probably better ones for your buck. I wouldn't buy either of the 14y's. The Mannochmore was way too malty/funky from nose to finish. Neither my brother or I finished ours. I'm usually OK with malty, but this was just too much. Didn't even bother to try picking up any other notes. The McDuff was crazy. Didn't even taste like a whiskey. Straight up honey/lime on the nose. Finished more like a margarita than a whiskey. So it was interesting to say the least. But I'm not reaching for this when I want whiskey.
This collection helped me discover I do not really care for the smokier whiskeys. The first two were very smooth, but the smokey flavor I did not care for. The MacDuff 14 had more of a fruity favor which I loved!
Great whiskys. I prefer the smokier/spicier whiskies so with 2/3 full of smoke this was great.
A) the 9 year old was very nice indeed. Smoky, and earthy (peaty) I did smell other notes but this was a very solid. B) the 14 year old I did smell a hint of Pear at the first nose. Then smelled the smoke after. On the fist sip the initial 'hit' was pear. But that did not last at all as the smoke flavor hit. On the back end I got a lite citrus taste. C) the MacDuff 14 year this did not smell like a scotch at all. VERY citrus in the nose. on the first taste I almost did not taste any smoke at all it was all citrus, the smoke came almost at the very end.
The 9yo Ardmore was surprisingly my favorite here. It has a nice Smokey character. The 14yo’s I found distinct, but harsh for their age.
This is an outstanding sampler if you like smoky whisky. When I got it, it had Ardmore 9, Mannochmore 14, and Macduff 14. The Ardmore was my favorite which reminded me of a smoother and more refined Laphroaig 10. The Mannochmore was the least smoky, but had burnt flavors. This was my least favorite, but taught me a lot about what flavors I do and do not like. The Macduff is a very interesting spirit full of smoke and earth but also fruit and spice. In the end, I'd buy a bottle of Ardmore and skip on the other two. However, I'm very glad I got to try them in a sampler and had a great time doing so.
All three hit the spot! Excellent spirits!
14 yr old speyside was my favorite
Smokey like a dwarves beard. Not a fan
A. Smokey is understatement. I was not a fan. B. Was okay but too many flavors going on. C. Nothing stood out. Not bad, not good. Would not buy again.
So sample A is definitely islay all day but still rounded off sample B is definitely lighter smoke heading towards speyside but dropping off into like a bag of sugar that fell into a campfire sample C smells like a damn pine tree with vanilla bean and caramel the taste is very earthy but in the pine tree zone I finished it and it was my favorite I'm a liquor store worker and this is an amazing tool
This was really fun to try! This was my first time sampling more than one scotch at a time, and it’s amazing how different each of these tastes. It’s great to read about the tasting notes as you’re trying each of these. 7/10 stars because I want to give myself some to grow a bit! I love the smokiness of the Ardmore 9 year.
Is it just me did sample c smell like a pine tree
it really did! loved it and ordered a full bottle. but that ended up tasting quite different, hardly recognizable as the same drink.
Lots of smoke
All smoke
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