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Monday, March 25, 2013

Single Malt Ramblings on a Monday morning

I won't attempt to top the subject matter of the previous two posts, so I'll just do a little Single Malt Ramblin':

-- I'm nursing a sinus infection, BUT luckily I did a little Taste Off before it set in so I'll have a report later on this week.  We're not leaving the Irish behind just yet.

-- The old Black Label has been opened!  It's safely drinkable yet not at all what I'd expected.  I anticipate it will change further now that it's breathing for the first time in 35 years.

-- There's a new Kilchoman Machir Bay on the loose.  No three year-old whisky in this one.  Just 4 and 5 vatted together with a brief oloroso finish.  They also have a new all-sherry cask release on the way.  That one is also bottled at 46% so it should be considerably more affordable than their cask strength versions.

-- The BenRiach Distillery Company just bought Glenglassaugh Distillery.  They now own BenRiach, GlenDronach, and Glenglassaugh.  Will it be GlenGlassaugh, GlengLassaugh, or GlenglAssaugh?  The previous ownership, known alternately as The Scaent Group and Lumiere Holdings (if anyone can shed some light on these folks, please let me know), lasted less than 5 years.

Finally a pair of tremendous whisk(e)y articles:

-- From the LA Whisk(e)y Society: ADVENTURES IN WHISKEY: THE CASE OF THE STRANGE FITZGERALD.  This is a super post from Adam of LAWS.  I won't spoil the fun by telling you what it's about other than there's some booze and some sleuthing.

-- Finally, the Malt Maniacs reposted their write-up on caramel colorant.  They got their hands on some e150a and did some double blind tests to see how the colorant effects the nose and palate.  I recommend this for those who think they know everything or nothing about caramel coloring.

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