A Week of Lockdown With Tullibardine

This week of lockdown is definitely going to be a Tullibardine kind of week. We received our shipment from the distillery last week and I thought why not make them my dram of choice this week!

We are huge fans of the whole team at Tullibardine, especially Keith who has taken great care of us! He’s the best! We got a chance to go up to the distillery last year for a terrific tour of everything Tullibardine! A true Scottish distillery still craft amazing whisky in a very traditional way.

We are big fans of the different finishes that the distillery produces, especially the Sauternes finish. Although, those are not the ones that we are looking forward to digging into the most! The distillery recently released their 15 year old. This 15 y/o release was distilled right after the distillery’s reopening and aged in first fill bourbon barrels.

Keith Geddes, Tullibardine’s Master Distiller had this to say:

‘It is a joy to introduce the 15-Year-Old to the world. This whisky really is something special with an abundance of beguiling flavours that sync perfectly together.

It’s a remarkable whisky that has been carefully crafted by our incredible, passionate team at our distillery nestled at the gateway of the Highlands. The whisky has a sweet and warm character that fills the senses with nostalgic aromas.’

Once the 15 goes live on the site, we will let you know! In the meantime, checkout our sale on the different cask finishes!

225 Sauternes finish – 12 months in 225 litre casks brings out some wonderful fresh fruit flavours with sweet cream!

228 Burgundy finish – The time spent in the burgundy casks give off some rich berry flavours, with delicious creamy custard.

500 Sherry cask finish – 12 months in 500 litre sherry butts bring on some dark stewed fruits and very pronounced cinnamon spice, with tasty raw honey notes.

The Original Texas Whisky

If you are not yet aware of Balcones Distillery, you should make a point to get acquainted! A true powerhouse in the world of craft distilleries, that was the first Texas whisky maker since prohibition! Lone Star State passion at it’s finest.

Based in Waco, Balcones is named after a fault line that runs north to south through Texas. The extreme fluctuations in Texas temperatures create dynamic flavours in the barrel aging that you don’t find in most other climates. That just adds to the uniqueness that is Balcones!

The creators have worked with true dedication to their crafting process to make it a wholly Texas product, as opposed to shipping in liquid from some outside of the state. That is a very common practice in this industry. The distillery is housed in a 65,000 square foot facility in downtown Waco. Operating with 2 wash stills and 2 spirit stills made by Forsyth’s in Scotland.

Balcones is a founding member of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commision, a group dedicated to making this fairly new category shine! They are not trying to recreate what single malt is, but rather walk along side the greats…just with an American flair!

They have a huge rotating variety of whisky, but usually a core 7 with seasonal ones thrown in. The whisky that started it all is their Baby Blue. Expertly crafted from 100% roasted heirloom blue corn, which has 20% more protein and has a nuttier/sweeter taste than traditional yellow corn. 100% corn whisky is rare, let alone blue corn!!

We only have a couple Balcones bottlings at the moment, but we will let you know when we receive more!

Balcones Brimstone Whisky

This one-of-a-kind whisky is smoked with sun-baked Texas scrub oak using our own secret process. The result is a whisky full of fresh, youthful corn and light fruit notes married with a bold smokiness. Whether you like smoky whiskies, or just have a penchant for big, new flavors, Brimstone is sure to be a memorable pour. Aromas of masa, Texas campfire and powdered sugar backed by stone fruit, peppery spice, and mint. Bold yet balanced, Brimstone is yet another Texas original from Balcones.

Balcones Texas Single Malt

A timeless style of malt whisky, Balcones “1” Texas Single Malt breathes new life into centuries of distilling tradition with classic techniques and ingredients adapted for New World tastes. Opening aromas bear hints of toffee and overripe fruits. On the palate, layers of toasted malt and honey give way to mellow notes of baked pears and apples. A long finish is accompanied by cinnamon and cloves. Texas made, Texas proud, we hope you enjoy the whisky we owe our success to as much as we enjoy making it.

Untamed Peat

Last week the peat powerhouse unveiled a new bottling to be added to their core range. Wee Beastie is bringing a new flare to the Ardbeg lineup.

The most notable change to the new bottling is the very different red foil top as opposed to normal less flashy dark top. In addition to that, Wee Beastie will wear it’s young age of 5 years old as a badge of honour! Not many whiskies out there have such a young whisky as part of their core range, let alone have the number printed on the label! While most companies usually try to hide their young age statement whiskies, Ardbeg is making it known that they are very proud of that 5 years.

They have definitely geared this one to the peat fanatics out there! Traditionally these heavily peated spirits are aged to tone down the intensity of the peat and medicinal flavours. That’s not the case with Wee Beastie. They are really turning those intense flavours up a few notches, noting that this bottling is intended to be “untamed by age”.

“I am sure that many Ardbeg fans will love this tongue tingling expression. The selected casks create a bottling that can be enjoyed neat or is a delicious main ingredient in a powerfully smoky cocktail.”

Ardbeg’s Director of Whisky Creation, Bill Lumsden.

The availability will be sometime in May and we will let you all know when we are to receive our stock. It will definitely be a welcomed distraction from the craziness of the outside world. We will for sure be experimenting with what super smoky cocktails we are able to come up with.

Images from Moet-Hennessy