Scotch & Scones

Scotch & Scones

We recently sent some samples to a blogger in Boston who owns the blog “Scotch & Scones”.  Tammy writes about her Scotch musings and reviews, as well as baking stories and recipes. She alternates every week, with the occasional pairing of the two.     We became friendly, ended up chatting, one thing led to another and the next thing we knew we were expecting scones in the mail.  Being a Scotch reviewer, they came with tasting notes:   “Nose: Cream dominates, then a touch of caramel and vanilla sneaks in.   Taste: Flaky and soft, slightly crunchy from the topping, not overly sweet, chocolate slips in from behind. Finish: Chocolate lingers on the tongue with a gentle sweetness that slowly fades.   Comments: These scones begs for some strawberry jam or lemon curd with clotted cream alongside a cup of tea…a lovely afternoon snack! (See my posts “Time for Tea” and “I’ll Have That On The Side – Part I & II” for recipes)”   Well, I had a little tasting myself, and here are my tasting notes Nose: It starts out with a reminder grandma baking in the kitchen.  Hints of hugs, love, and repeated stories.  I also kept whiffing a baked-in parmesan cheese that was never there, which I attribute to a pleasant yeast in her mix, and a distinct but welcome lack of excess sugar.     Palate: The palate starts with a soft, buttery crumble that seems like it’s going to fall apart, but holds together just enough to give you a clean bite, and a gentle wrestling with the tongue, which is to be savored.  Melting in...

Great News From Exclusive Malts!

Whisky Advocate has given Exclusive Malts expressions some great ratings! The 33 year old Cameronbridge Single Grain Scotch got 92 points. And Whisky Advocate thought so highly of the 93 point, 23 year Exclusive Blend, that they included it in their 2017 Summer Buying Guide! If you’re looking for some top quality drams this summer, get your hands on these bottles.  You won’t regret...
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 5th Edition Is Finally Here!

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 5th Edition Is Finally Here!

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 46% ABV SHERRY CASK MATURED This year’s Kilchoman‘s Loch Gorm Single Malt Whisky is finally available in the US. Only a limited quantity of the exclusive bottling will be available and, if past releases are anything to go by, it will sell quickly. Loch Gorm, located to the north of the distillery is very peaty in colour, similar to the dark rich colour of our sherry cask matured single malts. This, the 5th installment of the Loch Gorm range has been matured for over six years in Oloroso sherry butts. Named after a famously peaty loch, from which Kilchoman draws water for the production of this and other releases, Loch Gorm is bottled at 46% ABV and is available in the US exclusively through ImpEx Beverages Inc, with a recommended retail price of $99.99. “Loch Gorm’s rich, spicy character sets it apart in the Kilchoman range” Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder & MD Worthy of note, the Robb Report magazine just included Loch Gorm in a list with the most heavily peated Scotches in the world. See post here. Tasting Notes Nose: Spicy and sweet with peat smoke and dark chocolate well integrated. Palate: Soft fruits, well rounded and full of character. Finish: Lingering, sweet and well balanced. Notes: Kilchoman Distillery is a small family run farm distillery based on the rugged west coast of Islay. The distillery was established by Anthony Wills in 2005, the idea was to build a new distillery which took whisky production back to its roots. Anthony and wife Kathy have now been joined by their three sons: George, James and Peter. Kilchoman produces its 100%...
ImpEx Brands Win 6 Top Honors at WoW 2015

ImpEx Brands Win 6 Top Honors at WoW 2015

Whiskies of the World announced the winners of the 2015 Whiskies of the World Awards. The awards, which launched last fall, are part of the Whiskies of the World organization that includes tasting events in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, San Francisco and San Jose. Whiskies of the World is an event of The IWSC Group, a London-based company and owner of prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition.Whiskies from around the globe were judged on a 100-point basis with a concentration on appearance, aromatics, flavor, mouthfeel and finish. Blind judging was performed by a panel of fourteen Texas tastemakers who are all influential figures in the state’s beverage industry.“Being recognized as a Whiskies of the World Awards winner is an extremely prestigious accolade and one that many in the beverage and spirits industry strive to obtain each year,” explains Douglas Smith, Whiskies of the World Event Director. “We truly experience the best of the best in whisky production and are proud of the caliber of participants and judges.”ImpEx Beverages scored an impressive 6 top honors at this year’s awards. We’re proud to announce our roster of winners: The 2015 Best in Class: Malt Heavy Smoke: Kilchoman Machir Bay – Kilchoman Distillery Malt Cask Finished: Arran 12 years old – Isle of Arran Distillery The 2015 Gold Medal Recipients: Malt Heavy Smoke: Kilchoman Machir Bay – Kilchoman Distillery Malt Cask Finished: Arran 12 Years Old – Isle Of Arran Distillery Malt Sherry Cask: Tamdhu 10 Years Old – Ian Macleod Distillers The 2015 Silver Medal and Silver Outstanding Recipients: Malt Cask Finished: (Outstanding) Arran 14 Years Old – Isle Of Arran Distillery                    ...
Exclusive Malts Irish 13 year old 2002 – 96 points by Whisky Advocate

Exclusive Malts Irish 13 year old 2002 – 96 points by Whisky Advocate

The Exclusive Malts 13 year old 2002 (cask #20021), 52.2%, $ 135 This 13 year old malt from central Ireland is an uncommon foray into the Irish whiskey space for the Exclusive Malts Collection. Pure malt is the focus of the nose which supports that malt with tart green apple. On the palate this whiskey is a stunning mix of lush, sweet honey, salt, malt, green apple, and ginger spice. The balance and integration are nothing short of perfect. A long malty finish caps off one of the best Irish whiskeys I’ve had. (U.S. only)—Geoffrey Kleinman Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 96 Exclusive Malts Irish 13 year old 2002 – 96 points by Whisky...