They’ve got the right stuff and they’re tearing up our heart, so we’re just going to put it out there: we’re stanning this band of Scotch Whisky newcomers… hard. They’ve hit the scene with their charm, good looks and undeniable talent and, well, we’ve unofficially nominated ourselves the president of their fan clubs.
There’s a dash of fresh talent in this bunch. A few comeback kids, too. But here’s the thing: there isn’t a one-hit wonder in this batch. So quit playing games with our heart and get into our tumblers, ‘cause we want it that way.
Now, if Scotch Whisky were a boy band, well, that would be… something. But the two do have a few things in common:
1. They’ve got millions of fans all over the world.
2. ...yeah, that’s about it.
Scotch Whisky fandom has had its ups and downs, though. Throughout the past few centuries, you’ll find periods filled with hard-core guzzlers and groupies and years that are best classified as “meh.” But thanks to a renewed obsession with this age-old spirit, the party is back in full swing, giving rise to a new crop of heartthrobs and reviving mothballed classics.
In the latter category, the three fine specimens in this box: Glasgow 1770, which gives away its original birth date in its name (even though its revival didn’t happen until 2013… with Gin). Bladnoch 10-Year, an 1817 distillery that stands as one of six remaining Lowland Single Malt distilleries in Scotland. And finally, Wolfburn, a Highland distillery that went belly-up in 1872 only to come back for an encore in 2012 with a range of stellar Single Malts and the occasional small-batch special release.
Hey, this all might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie…
Get in on this Tasting Box before it goes “bye, bye, bye.”
1. Single Malt Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. And they’ve been doing it that way for a ridiculously long time — the earliest records date back to 1494.
2. If you’re talkin’ Scotch, you’re talkin’ history — and that goes for the barrels used in its production. Scotch Whisky is never aged in new barrels. Typically, it’s Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks that are up for the tasks, with the occasional Wine or Port barrel for a smooth finish.
3. You won’t find a mothballed distillery in your attic closet. When a distillery is said to be “mothballed,” it means that it’s been decommissioned due to finances or low demand.
4. Nowadays, you can find over 120 active distilleries churning out some mighty fine juice in Scotland, and they’re split into five Whiskey-producing regions: Lowland, Speyside, Islay, Highland and Campbeltown.
5. Scotch Whisky exports hit a record in 2018, with over 1.2 billion bottles exported globally. Most of which wound up in… France.
6. Back in 1725, the English Malt Tax made Scotch illegal, which spawned a large bootlegging operation in the Highlands. King George IV didn’t really care, though. He’d still call for his hooch by name — loudly.
7.Twenty million. That’s the number of barrels aging Scotch in Scotland. Which outnumbers the population four to one. Those are our kind of odds.
What's in the box
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
The new Wolfburn stands next to the Wolf Burn stream. But an original Wolfburn, located 350 miles away, was once a behemoth of the 1800's, cranking out 125,000 liters per year according to tax documents from the era.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
It may seem a small thing, but David Prior is believed to be the only Australian in the Whisky business, in the UK. Cheers mate!
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.
A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.