Taste bud revival with Whisky. It doesn’t get better than this.
Taste is personal. We all know that, but finding the drinks that you like among the 15,000+ different spirits out there, is a daunting task... So we curate them for you, 3 exciting drinks at a time. Stick with us and you’ll experience what the world of flavours has to offer.
Be warned, it will change you – for the good. If you’re not ready, take your taste buds and go. But we’re sure you’re excited so let’s begin.
When selecting the right spirits for the Welcome Box, Scotch Whisky came as an obvious choice. It offers the most diverse tasting experience to the king of spirits. And because most people drink some blended-schmoo we thought Scotch Whisky with its terroir diversity to be a flavour-tastic starting point of your adventure.
Let’s clarify a few facts:
First, single malt is made from malted barley only. No corn, no grain.
Second, first-class Whisky is taxed not only by the state but also by the angels.
Third, outstanding Whisky can be found in some surprising places, everywhere from India to Switzerland.
Here you have 3 Whiskies from 3 different regions of Scotland: Lowland, Highland and Islay - so you can experience different styles and appreciate the diversity.
Welcome to your flavour journey!
Trivia & SmartAss Corner:
The Five(ish) Single Malt Regions of Scotland are divided into the following five regions:
- Speyside - has the largest number of distilleries
- Highlands - effectively, all the areas surrounding the Speyside region & The Islands, an unrecognised sub-region
- Lowlands - located south of the imaginary line between Glasgow & Edinburgh
- Islay - a small, rugged island off the west coast of the mainland
2) The "Angels’ share" or "Angels’ tax" refers to the Whisky that evaporates from the barrels. In Scotland, angels take around 2% a year.
3) Simplified, Whisky is basically a beer without the hops that has been distilled two or three times.
4) Got milk? Farmers often pick up grain waste from distilleries and give this nutrient-rich feed to their livestock. The feed helps the cows produce more milk.
5) Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).
6) Scotch Whisky is never aged in new barrels. Pot Still Distillation Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavour finishing is concluded in various wine casks such as sherry or port.
7) Whisky lasts forever, supposedly. A sealed bottle of Whisky will last unopened for a century, if not longer. An opened bottle should not change its taste drastically for at least five years, but it depends on how half-full / half-empty the bottle is.
8) The Excise Act of 1823 made many significant changes to the way the industry was taxed and regulated. It laid the foundations for the whole modern Whisky industry, resulting in the rapid demise of illicit distilling and an equally rapid growth in the number of legal distilleries in the following years.
9) “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good Whisky is barely enough.” - Mark Twain.
What's in the box
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Several Dalwhinnie buildings -- including the still house and primary wharehouse - are "B-listed Biuldings." This means that they are of historic importance to the region, due to tradition or architectural styles.
Glenkinchie has the largest wash still in Scotland, with a capacity of more than 30,000 liters.
Cook & Bernheimer -- who purchased the distillery in 1934 - were able to acquire the whole site for only £1250,00. That is the equivalent of £22,484.89 today! How they got such a bargain we may never know.
Glenkinchie has a model of the distillery, inside the distillery.
In 1908, Peter Mackie built a second distillery at Lagavulin and called it Malt Mill. It closed in 1962, and there’s only one bottle of its Whisky known to exist that is stored at Lagavulin Distillery. However, if you watch the movie Angel’s Share, you might believe otherwise…
An un-aged American Whisky is often called “white dog.”