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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wife returns from foreign lands, with treats in tow

As mentioned last week, I had a whisky shop in Yorkshire truck a Ledaig 15yr parcel over to Kristen's hotel in Worcester.  I am indebted to her for many things, and I must add this to the list.  She couriered the bottle (box and all) back to me in her luggage with nary a gripe.

Actual bottle shot.
She was also in Wisconsin (twice) and brought us back a cold!  More importantly she brought herself back.  Both times.

Then she was in Australia...
 Where there are birds like this:
They bite people.  Probably just self-conscious about the tail issue.

Then she brought back this:
Buddha approves
First off, Vegemite.

Secondly, The Singleton of Glen Ord.  Diageo bottles three Singletons from three different distilleries: The Singleton of Glendullan (for the North American market), The Singleton of Dufftown (European market), and The Singleton of Glen Ord (Pacific market).  Of the three the Glen Ord is preferred by Serge V, the rest of the Maniacs as a whole, Michael Jackson's Guide, and Jim Murray.  The grand slam is it not?  So when Kristen (bless her) called me from Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport's duty free shop and ran down the whisky selection, the Glen Ord arose as the most intriguing (and affordable) option.  Can't get it here, only out there.  As I keep reading about all of its floral, orange, hazelnut, and chocolate notes, I'm doubting it will stay sealed for very long.

And the Sullivan's Cove Double Cask Single Malt?  Now that was unexpected!  Many thank yous to Chris and Connor for this very nice surprise!  It was an international effort and I/we owe you a drink or two.  In the meantime, shall I pair this with a Vegemite sandwich?


  1. The mention of Glen Ord is reminding me that K&L has a private bottling of a 10 year old North Highland single malt (under their Faultlines label). They cannot name the distillery but they gave a hint about independent bottlings of this malt being practically non-existent. Based on that clue and the specific region, I'm narrowing that down to Glenmorangie, Teaninich, or Glen Ord but I'm really hoping it might be one of the latter two. All in all, a mystery malt from K&L is leaving me intrigued.

    1. You might be onto it there. I've been pondering this for the last couple of days since I got K&L's Single Malt guide in the mail.

      I seriously thought it was Glenfarclas. It wasn't just due to the Oloroso and chocolate notes. Driscoll writes, "The Grant family is also notably averse to their distillery's name used on independent bottlings......So if you ever see a bottle labeled, Possibly Speyside's Finest Malt Whisky, it's probably Glenfarclas..." Then a couple pages later their Highland Malt comes up and he refers to it as being "from an exceptional but unnameable distillery." I was convinced, for a day, that it was Glenfarclas. But they're technically Speyside and there have been a few unnamed indies of theirs.

      So, I'd say Glen Ord is a real possibility since it's tough to find one of their indies. I've never had a Teaninich; but it's one of Diageo's blending malts and they rarely let those out of house. If K&L scored an independent Glenmorangie that would be a bit of a coup.

    2. Darn, it's not Glen Ord based on the other clue on the label photo that I didn't read clearly (got the Single Malt Guide too). The distillery is located on the shores of the North Sea and Glen Ord is some distance inland. And as much as I would like it to be Teaninich, Glenmorangie is looking more and more like the top candidate. What's interesting is that it's been in a refill sherry butt which isn't something Glenmorangie regularly does (since you, of course, know they like ex-bourbon casks and wood finishes).

    3. That would be an interesting score for K&L. I wonder if the refill sherry butt was a one-off test by Glenmorangie or if K&L bought it from an indie who was doing the maturation and storage themselves.

      Good detective work!

    4. Could be either option but I'm leaning toward the indie did the maturation. If this were a wine cask, then I'd say it was a rejected test by Glenmorangie.

      Now it would be fun to mix some of this with Glenmorangie Original to see if we can make a better Lasanta.

    5. True, with a refill sherry element, that house blend could potentially more malt focused. Let us know if you spring for that "North Highland". I'm intrigued.

    6. Yep, it's definitely Glenmorangie. Got the answer while I was picking up the bottle.

    7. They revealed the secret! I'll bet it ain't bad.