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Whiskys to celebrate Scotland’s National Day

 TAGS:Scotland’s National Day in honor of its patron, St. Andrew, is gone and the best way to celebrate it that I can think at this point (and please, do not ask me what time of the day I’m writing this post or you are going to draw some conclusions) is with good local whisky. Let’s get a list of perfect Scotch to celebrate, to make a present or to end the day enjoying the relaxation.

For the exquisite ones:

The Glenrothes 1998: the complexity of this whisky contrasts with its velvety finish that makes it a delight for the palate. A treat to taste while watching the bottle, so characteristic, with that shape which reminds gemstones.

Famous Grouse Gold Reserve 12 Years: a favorite in the area and one of the selected by big whisky connoisseurs.

Balvenie 21 Years Portwood: simply delicious. There might be those who believe it is a crime what I am about to say, but if we add a splash of water, it tastes even better.

For the traditional ones:

Chivas Regal 12 Years: carefully elaborated blended Scotch whisky. I could not miss it in our list of whiskeys from this part of the world.

Macallan 12 Years Fine Oak: the pleasure of tasting one of the best representatives of whiskys from the Speyside region. It comes from a distillery that has not stopped producing single malts since 1824.

Johnnie Walker Red Label: do not forget that apart from the typical Red Label, there are many other options perfect for the most demanding consumers: Black Label, Green Label, Gold Label, Blue Label Reserve or Swing. And for the demanding ones who also have money enough: Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200 years.

For the cool ones:

Highland Park 12 Years: It is true that we have two other options: 18 and 40 years, but I think that in this whisky twelve years are enough to offer its most delicate, smooth and balanced side.

Bruichladdich Sherry Classic: I love its looks which are far from the typical presentation we can see in other whiskys. While tasting, I liked of it that touch of sherry?s dry fine wine and its Andalusian character, on nose and palate.

Glenmorangie The Nectar d’Or: a truly unique version of the classic whisky from the house. For me the best is its finish in which you can discovere fruity notes of mocha and cinnamon. The Sauternes wood can be the culprit of this great Scottish success.

Speyside whisky

 TAGS:Low clouds, green landscapes and a lot of whiskey. Strathspey region of Scotland has the highest concentration of whisky distilleries around the country. That is the reason why this region is a model for single malt and it is also the area of origin of 2 heavyweights of the distillates of this cereal, Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet.

The best of the Highlands for the best whisky that even has its own name: Speyside Whisky, as the region where they come from is crossed by the river Spey, a whitewater river that provides them with tasty salmon and worldwide famous whiskies.

Cardhu, Balvenie, The Macallan, Glen Moray and Knockando are other special whiskies from this region which, due to its particular orography, stands out from the other seven where whiskey is produced in Scotland. However, it is said there that most of these brands do not get water for their whiskey neither from the Spey nor from its also famous affluents (Dullan, Fiddich and Lossie), but that it is taken from small creeks. It may actually be the secret.

What unites all these whiskies is the high quality of their mixtures, which give them the category of High Class, an honor that seems taken over by the distilleries located on the banks of this river that brings fortune.

In general it is rather sweet whisky, in contrast to the harshness of the climate around. They are also quite aromatic, sometimes playing with expert palates while highlighting some light smoky notes that give a very delicious end result.

It is believed that the trick is the combination of woods that gives way to the proper maturity. First Bourbon barrels shape the evolution of taste, giving the intense aroma and the characteristic looks, that amber gold or golden straw tone present in all their different varieties.

Years later, this process culminates with a variable period in woods that have contained sherry, although some brands are now experimenting with a more powerful finish that gives them their final maturation in red wine casks, such as Benromach Capellanes Picón Wood Finish, which is influenced by its predecessor in wood, Pago de los Capellanes El Picón, one of the best of Pago de los Capellanes cellar.

But true fans of Speyside Whiskey look for Cask Strength ones, also called barrel proof, which are those that go directly from barrel to bottle, with a consequent increase in alcohol content when compared with others that have been watered.

Despite being, in most cases, complex nose, in mouth they are affordable, durable and balanced, with vanilla notes and a sweet ending.

Want to try a good scotch whisky? Let us show you 2 great ones:

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One of the whiskies who made Scotland the capital of the whisky world.

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Great and affordable.

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The Blended Scotch Whisky

 TAGS:The Blended Scotch Whisky is the result of combined experience and adventure, savoir faire and risk, but as things done conscientiously always go well today, just over one hundred and fifty years after its origin, this whisky is the standard of Scottish expansion.

This distillate has many more friends than its predecessor, the single malt one, which has been called a snob or too smoky too often, but which also has legions of exquisite followers.

It is true that in the end everyone has to pass the same test, when you are alone, you take your favorite chair, sit down and start savoring the feeling that it gets to transmit to you, to admire its color and to let yourself be intoxicated by its familiar aroma. This same subjectivity is the driver to designers for creating the wide variety of mixtures that can be found on the market today. Blended Scotch Whisky is almost alchemy, and it is pure magic of an art, it is for sure a culture.

Generally, percentages are usually close to 40% malt and 60% grain (wheat or corn), but everything can change. For example the De Luxe Blended presents opposite proportions. But all is not in the amounts, but the aging of each part plays a decisive role in the palate. The same applies to qualities, as expected.

The Blended Scotch Whisky is a unique product, has character and is independent. Those who drink it already know it and those who have not tried it yet should be seduced by its personality and its rebelliousness.

The Famous Grouse is the perfect choice in Blended Scotch and will pass the test. Its complex taste takes you back to the Highlands and perhaps this realism into the mix, which Matthew Gloag & Son kept top secret, is the key to success that has led the distillate to travel more than a hundred countries.

We cannot talk about Blended Scotch Whisky without mentioning Ballantine’s. Its golden color makes us rock us in the notes of honey that we capture while tasting it. Its openness and its quiet elegance are, together with its reasonable price, some of the key factors that drive us to recommend it both to drink it alone or in good company and in almost any occasion.

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Soft, elegant, heather and honey notes with a hint of spice. Great whisky

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Single malt whisky

 TAGS:Single malt whisky or also known as “Single Malt is a whisky whose main feature in their ingredients, are grains of malt, which supply what in other whiskys would be barley. This particular mixture of malt whisky makes it one of the most special. Single malt whisky is commonly associated with Scotland, a country which has the largest production of such drinks, but we can also find single malt whisky in other countries, aldo in much less quantity.

Main features of malt whisky

Single malt whisky owes its special flavour to malted barley, but is not the only characteristic that defines it.

The Single Malt is distilled in alembic, it must also be aged a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels, which should not exceed 700 liters. These naming rules of origin are restricted rigidly in whiskes from Scotland, since some other countries produces – them – in a similar way, but not quite the same. We must also name the E150A caramel (soluble coloring caramel), which is used in developing this kind of whisky, with the approval of the designation of origin.

Preparation of single malt whisky

Single malt whisky has a unique preparation that could be divided into: water, malted, dried, soaked, fermented, distilled, matured, aged and bottled. It is a similar process to other types of whisky, but with some small differences who makes it unique and different. But we must note that the mixing of the malts is a key part of the preparation, plus some old tones used in its ageing. Today single malt scotch or single malt, can be found with different nationalities, being Scottish the most famous in tradition and fame, but do not discard those made in the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia, India and the leading European whisky producers.

Here we leave a small list of some of the best examples of a good single malt whisky.

We start with the Slyrs Bavarian Single Malt, and then we have in our top the Japanese Nikka Whisky Yoichi Single Malt. I could not miss the Glen Breton Single Malt 10 Years, and the last but not least special Kilchoman Scotch Islay Single Malt.

Would you like the best whisky? Here are our dayly 2 recommendations:

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Slyrs is one of the most prestigious high-end whisky. This Single Malt has a reasonable price for the great whisky it is.

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 TAGS:The Arran Single MaltThe Arran Single Malt

The Arran is one of the most premium brands of whisky sold in the world, but no doubt this Single Malt is more than anyone can expect from a great whisky.

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How to make homemade whiskey cream

 TAGS:Whisky cream is a blend of cream and alcohol of Irish origin, introduced into the market in 1974. It is ideal for consuming over lunch and evening.

The correct way to consume it is straight and accompanied whit plenty of ice, is the favorite of many people for its sweet taste and has 17 degrees of alcohol, which makes it softer than scotch and stronger than beer.

There is a belief that you should not combine the cream of whisky and gas, because of it is advisable to wait an hour and a half to consume one after the other.

Whisky cream is very easy to acquire in nightclubs, bars and supermarkets, but did you know that you can make your ownhomemade whiskey cream easily? Join the cream of whiskey with the following recipe:

Whisky Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 / 3 cup whiskey
  • A can of condensed milk
  • A can of evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon of coffee
  • 5 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • crushed ice
  • blender

Preparation:

  • Step 1:

Put the whiskey in the blender and then the whole can of condensed milk .

  • Step 2:

Now place the whole evaporated milk in the blender

  • Step 3:

In a separate bowl, can be a cup, mix a tablespoon of coffee and 5 tablespoons of water until they fused into a single liquid, you can replace this step by placing a drop of coffee cream.

  • Step 4:

Place the coffee mixture in the blender with all other ingredients

  • Step 5:

Put the teaspoon of vanilla in the blender

  • Step 6:

Turn on the blender for about one second, until all ingredients are unified in a single cream mixture, that is the indication that the drink is ready.

How to serve

Homemade whiskey cream is consumed with plenty of crushed ice, placed in a cup before serving your drink. Enjoy this drink in the summer or winter, is a sweet, creamy drink ideal to take whenever you like something soft and delicious, a taste generated by the vanilla and coffee.

Some people prefer to serve this drink frappe by placing the consuming portion in a blender with plenty of ice and serving as hail, for a more refreshing and lighter taste.

If you want, you can compare your whisky cream with some of the ones we offer. This recipe will improve your everyday life!

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Direct from Ireland best appreciated whiskey cream by connoisseurs.

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The best whisky, 2011

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The Whisky Magazine has published the results of their contest ?World Whiskies Awards? in which the best whisky is select each year.

This year the whiskies who have stood out have been the Japanese, who have won most of the awards. The quality and patience in the development of these distilled by the Japanese distillers has made that, year after year have consolidated them as a reference in the world of whisky, extreme softness and complexity.

Another cause to be point out as determinant in being considered the best is the right value for money.

Most awarded whiskeys take part of limited editions, so they?re really hard to get. However, the distilleries that produced them are most well known, and take advantage of the reward of their “Top Whiskies” to distinguish themselves as a brand.

In addition, one of the most interesting is the award referred to whiskey liquors- won by the famous house liqueur Drambuie, who has spent years combining innovation and tradition, taking the whiskey base, to get the most interesting liquors.

Here are the prizes for the best whiskeys in the world that have been distributed this year:

  • Best Single Malt Whisky of the World: 1984 Yamazaki
  • Best Blended Whisky of the World: Suntory Hibiki 21 Years Old
  • World Best Malt Blend: Nikka Pure Malt 21 Years Taketsuru Old
  • Best Grain Whisky of the World: 15 Years Old Greenore
  • Better World Whisky Liqueur, Drambuie The Royal Legacy of1745

These awards are extended to these other whiskeys,disaggregated by categories and sources:

  • Best Malt Scotch Blend: Berry Bros. & Rudd Blue Hanger 4thLimited Release
  • Best Blended Irish Whiskey: Tullamore Dew 12 years old Special Reserve
  • Best Japanese Blended Whisky: Suntory Hibiki 21 Years Old
  • Blended Whisky Best of the Rest of the World: Three shipsbourbon cask finish
  • Blended Scotch Whisky Best: Hankey Bannister 40 years old
  • Best Grain Whisky: The Snow GrouseFamous Grouse.
  • Best Blended Whisky Canada: Wiser’s Legacy
  • Best American Bourbon: Parker’s Heritage Collection 10 YearOld Cask Strength Bourbon Wheater
  • Best American Whiskey Bourbon no: Thomas H. Handy SazeracRye
  • Best Single Malt Whisky from Campbeltown (Scotland):Springbank 12 Years Old
  • Best Single Malt Whisky Highland (Scotland): GlenmorangieSignet
  • Best Single Malt Whisky Islay (Scotland): Bowmore Tempest
  • Best Single Malt Whisky from the Islands, excluding Islay (Scotland): Highland Park 25 Years Old
  • Best Single Malt Speyside Whisky (Scotland) Glenfarclas 40 years old
  • Best Single Malt Whisky Lowland (Scotland) Matured SherryAuchentoshan 1998
  • Best Single Malt Irish Whiskey: Bushmills 16 Years Old
  • Best Single Malt Whisky Japan: Yamazaki 1984
  • Best Single Malt Whisky from the rest of the World: Sherry CaskStrength Solis Kavalan
  • Best Whisky distilled in Pot Still Irish: Redbreast 12 years old
  • Best Whisky Liqueur, Drambuie The Royal Legacy of 1745

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 TAGS:Highland Park 25 YearsHighland Park 25 Years

Selected as the Best Single Malt Whisky, of all the islands of Scotland, excluding Islay.

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Best Single Malt Whisky from the Highlands.

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The most expensive whisky in history

Whisky

The passion for whisky is universal, equal, in tradition, as of other beverages such as wine.

Although in whisky does not occur as with wine, in which production is subject to the quality of the vintage, the tradition manufacturer of the whiskey distilleries means quality, and gets higher and higher, In addition, these spirits age almost indefinitely, which makes the value of a good bottle to consolidate over time, growing exponentially in terms of consideration for the producer

Dalmore is the case of one of the Scotch whisky distilleries who produces the highest quality. The brand can presume of being the deer head and of having sold the most expensive bottle of Scotch in history. In particular, it is a bottle of Dalmore 62 that sold in the Singapore Changi Airport 143,000 euros.

This is a unique whisky of the one they had bottled 12 units and only 3 came onto the market (the other 9 were sold to VIP customers of the Distillery).

Asia is becoming the desired destination of exports of alcoholic beverages, especially of higher value. And not only of drink, but the companies themselves are realizing who see that with the Asian capital investments helps them to revive the companies, or even provide them without having to dissolve it.

Dalmore distillery itself, Indian property, is a clear example. It was originally managed by the Mackenzie family, whose ancestors rescued the King Alexander III during a hunt in 1263 (hence the reference to the deer’s head on the label). Later on, the Highland distillery was acquired by Whyte & Mackay in 1960. Finally, India’s United Distillers, led by businessman and politician Vijay Mallya, bought Whyte & Mackay in May 2007.

Scotch Whisky distilleries are highly desirable to investors, both for its tradition as for the brand value with whiskies, in a global market. So, even if they change hands, as has happened throughout history, the value of its products remains. Who does not like a good whisky?

Today we’ll recommend a couple to see what would you prefer:

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One of the most accessible whiskey brands can now boast of having sold “the world’s most expensive Whisky”.

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Laphroaig, one of the finest whiskeys in the world due to its originality.

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Whisky aromas and flavours

Whisky

Whisky is one of the leading spirits of the whole story. It continues acquiring great relevance worldwide and is intended for gourmets who appreciate its colour and flavour.

In a whiskey tasting, similar to a wine tasting, we must watch the look, the golden colour, which is darker as it’s aged, or depending on the destillery. Must always be placed in a glass not too high on a white background to better appreciate the brilliance.

Another aspect is the aroma. It is often the type of mixing whiskey with a few drops of water to better appreciate the smell. It is always best to compare 5 or 6 differents, this way we’ll see different aromas and we’ll learn a little bit more.

Among its aromas, high quality remind us fruit and timber, very gently, but there are stronger ones that are combined with herbs that are added to the malt to boost both aroma and flavour.

1001 flavours

Among the flavours, there’s enormous complexity depending on the strong degree of alcohol. And, unlike wine, take a sip (never throw it!) to rest in the mouth for several seconds. We can swallow and come back with another drink to appreciate more nuanced and leave it on the tongue. Wonderful!

Fresh, intense, soft, sweet, strong … the taste is different where whisky emphasize the soft vanilla, smoked fish, fruit like apples or oranges, nuts such as walnuts, caramel, wood and toasted oak from the malt.

As we see, a great assortment always high personality.

Our recommendations today are:

 

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A great whisky from Japan, it’s noticeable its aromas from oak and vanilla.

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One of our favourites whiskies. Lagavulin has such differents aroma and taste, so you have to try it.

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The Irish Whiskey

Whisky de Irlanda

The Irish whisky is called “whiskey“, just as Americans do with their bourbon. This whiskey is made from barley and is characterized by a triple distillation, a fact that makes it a smoother and delicate drink, compared to others of the same class. This whiskey is the most consumed in this country, Ireland, although in recent years the exportation has grown significantly.

“The word Whisky in Irish Gaelic means “uisge beatha” which translates as “water of life” and it is currently known as Whiskey.”

Elaboration of the Irish Whiskey

The Irish Whiskey has a big difference compared to others whiskeys in its production, mainly. This whiskey is made of the must obtained from some cereals such as wheat, oats, rye, being barley the main or the ingredient most used in the preparation, either malted or not.

Although it suffers some variations in its ingredients in comparison to other whiskeys, the preparation is very similar. First of all, there is a selection of cereal grains to be used and immediately proceed to mix the grain, to go to soaking them in a process called hydration and then they are submitted to their own germination, this process derives in the transformation of starch into insoluble sugar grains.

After these initial processes the grinding of grains takes place, except for the whiskey that is going to be malt, from this it is obtained a kind of pasta, which goes to fermentation for 72 hours. The result of this process is distilled three times and passed to aging or aging in oak barrels. Already in oak barrels tend to spend about 7 years or more. (4 years more of what a Scotch whiskey is aged.).

To begin our adventure with Irish whiskey, let’s start with some brands that should not be overlooked. Let’s start with Jameson, this is perhaps one of the Irish whiskeys with more history and tradition, it has been produced since 1780, today is the world’s best-selling.

Among the most notably: 

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One of the best reserve of the brand.

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Great, with the powerful aromas of the cask, intense and savory.

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Which one do you prefer? Would you suggest us a different one?

Scotch whisky

Whisky Escocés

Scottish Whisky, Scotch whiskey or simply Scotch whisky, is the exclusive and only whiskey made in Scotland, for many the best whiskey in the world. To be called Scotch whisky the spirit must conform to the standards of the Scotch Whisky Order of 1990 (UK), which clarified the Scotch Whisky Act of 1988. This record provides the following rules and standards of these spirits, so that the whiskey in question can be called “Scottish”:

  • Scotch must be produced and processed into a Scottish distillery, with water and malted barley.
  • To this preparing, can also be added other types of cereals, as long as they have been processed in the distillery.
  • Scotch must be distilled to a level of 94.8 º alcohol by volume (and keep the flavor of ingredients with which it was produced)
  • Scotch whisky must be aged in oak casks in Scotland for at least 3 years.
  • Scotch whisky is not to be added any substance other than water or candy (dyed).
  • Scotch whisky can’t be bottled – not less than 40 º of alcohol by volume.

History of Scotch whisky

It is said that Christian monks brought the distillation to Scotland between the IV and V century. The first documented record of the production of Scotch whisky dates back to 1494, at the farm Rolls, with a production of 1500 bottles. In 1506, the Scottish king James IV (1488-1513), visited the city of Dundee, where the king was surprised to know that the barbers of this city were evolved in the production of whisky, from back there and on, the Surgeon Barbers Guild of Edinburgh, were responsible for preparing this drink for medicinal purposes.

In 1644 imposing a tax on whiskey making in Scotland, and in 1780, there were 8 legal distilleries and 400 illegal, but this was not eternal, since 1823, parliament removed the restrictions on licensing of distilleries, which nearly ended the illegal distilleries.

In 1831 Scotch underwent a revolution with the introduction of a new process called Coffey stills, a process that allowed development of a better and smoother whisky, a fact which in turn made more famous scotch and began spreading to other countries in Europe. As history tells, Scotch has survived the ban, wars and revolutions, economic depressions and recessions. Today Scotch is the most representative whiskey in the world with presence in over 200 countries.

To recommend a scotch is one of the most complicated tasks. Because, besides the taste, there is a brand loyalty, opposite to wine, which tends to vary more? But still we recommend that at least once, cheat on your whiskey and try these others:

  • Isle of Jura Superstition: In the classic line, Isle of Jura Superstition keeps the original flavor of whiskey and expertise combined with the touch of the barrels in which it is aged. An aged whiskey but soft and alive.
  • Lagavulin 16 Years: Either you love it or you hate it. There is no middle with this so different scotch. Instead of the gentle aroma of vanilla, this whiskey from the very beginning offers strong aromas of oils and salt. It’s different from everything else, and certainly if you insist you will eventually drive you crazy.
  • Macallan 12 Years: One of the more successful whiskeys today. Toast and vanilla flavors are a very nice smooth whiskey. In line of the Isle of Jura and a bit cheaper.

What whiskey have you tried? What is your favorite? Are you a fan of any particular scotch?