Flavors Of Scotch Vol.2

Flavors Of Scotch Vol.2

Scottish Liquid Gold

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Scottish Liquid Sunshine Reigns On
Scotland is home to ancient clans, tartan, and the most fascinating accent ever. But its flagship is undoubtedly their wonderful Whisky, simply called Scotch (which is, unsurprisingly, a synonym for Scottish).
Scotch, the golden potion that makes the world go around, is both simple and complex: it’s simply the best, and complex in its genesis and flavors. Now, the blockbuster is the Single Malt, a spectacular single-distillery Spirit made from malted barley (soaked, germinated, and dried to get the most sugar for the buck), created in six regions of Scotland: The Highlands (oakey-smokey), the Lowlands (gentle’n’non-peaty), Speyside (sweet, no peat), the Islands (briny & peaty), and the Campbeltown (light OR peaty).
Scotch is like the Queen – Freddie, not Lizzie – the same band but incredibly different albums. Quality and variety is exactly why Scotland is the Michael Jordan of Whiskies with its 5 billion dollar behemoth industry, dwarfing even tourism and IT. And the golden era of Pax Scotcha is far from being over as it’s expanding and getting even more popular with both the lavish limited expressions and adventurous no-age-statement experiments.
This box has a mission: prove once again why Scotch is the Emperor of Whiskies – a Scotchus Rex, if you will. One Highlander, one from Campbeltown and a wild card from Islay represent the zenith of Scottish liquid gold. 
Smartass Corner
1) The term ‘Whisky’ comes from the Gaelic “uisge beatha”, which means “water of life”. The medieval folks called the Spirits ‘aqua vitae’ and the French call them ‘l’eau de vie’, which means the same thing.
2) G. B. Shaw called Whisky “liquid sunshine” and his compatriot J. Joyce found the “music of Whisky falling into glasses” an “agreeable interlude”.
3) Single malts have been around for ages, but while the general population drank blends, distilleries gave sample drams to their employees and the locals to see which batches were better. Glenfiddich put their first Single Malt on the market in 1963 and the Don Drapers persuaded everyone that Single Malt is the way to go.
4) Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into ‘aqua vitae’. They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
5) The name Port Askaig's 100° Proof alludes to the old-school proofing system that was based on a badass gunpowder test: if gunpowder ignited while soaked in Spirit, the booze was 100° proof. Today, that's 57.1% ABV.
6) Tullibardine 225 has a Sauternes finish, which means the Scotch spends some time in barrels that used to hold sweet Wine from the French region of Sauternais, made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes.
7) Scotch is made in five steps: malting, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and maturing. Malting means turning starch into sugar through germination. Mashing is adding hot water to hasten the process, and fermentation is when living yeast eats those sugars and produces alcohol and congeners, a side product that contributes to the flavor. Distilling is separating alcohol from water, yeast and residues. Maturing occurs in oak casks and is crucial for the flavor. Scotch must be aged at least three years, by law.
8) Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, The Glenlivet, etc. What the glen does ‘glen’ mean? It stands for ‘valley’ and it’s not a coincidence: distilleries tend to be situated in valleys near a water source instead of on a mountain. And Scotland is chock-full of valleys.

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Has the largest number of distilleries
Effectively, all the areas surrounding the Speyside region
Unrecognised sub-region of Highlands
Scotch Whisky Regions
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
Scotch Whisky Regions
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Member Reviews and Ratings of Flavors Of Scotch Vol.2
Good mixture of flavors.
Very well suited to my tastes!
A very good sampling of the various styles of Scotch!
My first box. Couple good ones for sure if you're a scotch drinker you'd appreciate it.
All of them tasted like petroleum products. I guess I’m not a Scotch fan.
Very good first round so far I’m impressed
Not bad for my first box.
Kilkerran. This was flowered with oak undertones. When adding a dash of water, the peat was released, leaving its scent in the nose, as a hint of lemon crossed the tongue. Tullibardine. Simply smooth and a little sweet. Some would say vanilla, I say a gentle almond breeze of across the palate, that is asking for more..
There were some good whiskies in here!
Diversity. Good faverfull assortment
This was an excellent variation to sample. I typically stick with speyside single malts, so the Askaig definitely took me a bit out of my comfort zone. Starting with Kilkerran 12 year (A): It starts with a pleasant sweet floral aroma. The initial taste I gathered was an oak zest followed by a nutty mid body, ending with a Smokey lemon zest. I will definitely be adding this bottle to my bar. Moving on to The Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish Scotch (B): the initial aroma was fruity/citrus. I gathered that mixed citrus on the initial pallet followed closely by a sweet vanilla. The lasting pallet was a mellow “creamy” sweetness (kind of along the lines of a wine being called buttery). Again, this is right up my alley and I would buy. The third was the Askaig 110° Proof (C): My wife would have you believe it smells like a foot soaked in rubbing alcohol, which I know does not sound very appealing. I would say it is a heavy peaty brine smell, almost to the point of being overpowering. The initial taste was a fist full of peat mixed with sardines chased by smokey licorice. The lasting pallet is a Smokey spice. This was not my cup of tea. If you like a lot of smoke and peat, this would be the one for you. I think the only way I would try this one again would be if I had a good cigar to pair with it.
Loved port Askaig, kilkerran was surprising good considering not my style.
Diverse selection and a range of flavors. Enjoyed the Kilkerran
Nice and diverse selection of Scotch. I enjoyed reading the flavor profile and trying to identify each one blind. Really enjoyed the Kilkerran and the Askaig (very unique savory character) was something that was definitely worth trying, though I have other peated options I prefer.
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