November 2019: Talisker Single Malt Whisky

This month features a range of Talisker Single Malt Whisky.

This past summer, Chris Crow and I joined Lee Bullock to celebrate his birthday in Scotland.  Of course, our trip focused heavily on Scotch Whisky.  Nearly all that time was spent on the island of Islay, enjoying the immense peat that this style of whisky is famous for.  I wanted to bring that experience back to Flight Club, but truth be told, the intense peatiness of much of the Islay Scotch is not for all.  Or more likely (I theorize), that style of Scotch takes some getting used to.  Someone new to peat may taste nothing but smoke and ash, but those used to it can see beyond those intense flavors to the other exciting nuances of the whiskies.

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August 2019: Cask Strength Bunnahabhain


After recent trip to Scotland, Flight Club members Lee BullockScott Hill, and Christopher Crow wanted to try and recreate an experience from their favorite Scotch distillery – Bunnahabhain.

At the Bunnahabhain distillery, they had the opportunity to taste five cask strength barrels pulled directly from the barrel.  Our tasting lineup featured four bottles at cask strength and a bottle from Bunnahabhain’s signature line.

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Ardbeg Day and Reviews (Ardbeg 10, An Oa, Kelpie, Uigeadail and Correyvrekan)

Ardbeg is an Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand located on the island of Islay and renowned for its complex but smoky flavors.

The distillery of the same name dates back to 1815, when it was first licensed, although it operated for several decades unlicensed before that. For much of the next two centuries, Ardbeg focused primarily on producing components for blended whiskies.   But like many of Scotland’s storied distilleries, Ardbeg reduced and ultimately stopped production in the 1980’s, and remained (essentially) closed until Glenmorangie purchased and reopened the distillery in the late 1990’s.  Since its reopening, the distillery now focuses on Single Malt Whisky.

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Aberlour Scotch Whisky Reviews

Aberlour is a Speyside* distillery built in 1879 by its founder, James Fleming, who spent the previous 10 years working at the very nearby Dailuaine distillery.  Currently owned by Chivas Brothers, it is located at the confluence of the rivers Lour and Spey.   According to Aberlour, the location was chosen for its “sure supply of pure spring water that flowed over the pink granite of Ben Rinnes [a mountain in Moray, northern Scotland] . . .”

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