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 from Campbeltownone from Speyside and a wild card from Islay represent the zenith of Scottish liquid gold. 
 
Sláinte!
 
 
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) 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.
 
7) The GlenAllachie, 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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First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
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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Member Reviews and Ratings of Flavors Of Scotch Vol.2
Christopher
Christopher,
Not a fan of Smokey flavored anything .
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Every one of them were horrible!!! If I could give 0 stars I would. I will give the rest away before I torture myself with this worthless so called scotch whisky!!! Thanks for nothing flaviar!!!
Eric
Eric,
I agree I thought they were terrible as well
Tyler
Tyler,
I’m very new to scotch so I really enjoyed this intro to 3 different regions. I never knew there was such a difference, but I can totally taste uniqueness in each one. The GlenAllachie is my favorite.
 
Valerie
Valerie,
GlenAllachie was great even thought it was not my usual type of scotch. Twas easy sipping. Kilkerran was good, but not great. The Askaig was not good--smoke without peat, which seems impossible, and yet...
 
Michael
Michael,
If you like the smell and taste of a crematorium, this set is for you. All offerings are way too young. Not unlike if you were trying to get wasted and mixed Johnny Walker Red with Black and slammed it down. Probably could benefit with water or ice, which is a shame. All three companies should go bankrupt. No one's buying this stuff. The cask-master on each instance was obviously inexperienced. If you like Macallan 30 1989, this would be the polar opposite. It was so awful it made me punch my neighbor's baby in the face.
John
John,
Your review is akin to your neighbor's baby's infantile wailing after you struck it.
Ashok
Ashok,
Our favorite was the GlenAllachie. It had a tasted bit like a cognac. Overall, my wife and I really enjoyed it.
 
Joel
Joel,
If you love the peaty smoky end of Scotch you will like this trio. Having been a bit new to Scotch we did not care particularly for it. Had a few blends and thought we would like it. Back to Bourbon!
 
Gilbert
Gilbert,
Excellent introductions to the flavor profiles of scotch. From mild to wild.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Kilkerran was very good. You smell the smoke and citrus right away. The taste is delicious if you like marshmallow, butterscotch, and almonds. GlenAllachie was very good as well. The smell is chocolate and banana, and the taste is just as much with a hint of butterscotch. The third sample C was horrible. Nothing good to say about C
 
Antti
Antti,
A very good selection of various styles of Scotch!
 
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