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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The Long Island Whisky – Old Ferrytown Whisky No. 4

Long Island Whisky

No matter how versed you think you might be in the world of whiskey, there will always be something new, something unheard of, something unique that you haven’t tried. Recently, I had just that experience.

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April 2017: Single Grain Whisky

Host: Lee Bullock

What is the difference between a single grain and a single malt whisky?  Consumers and even some bartenders have a misconception that single-malt Scotch is not a blended whisky, but this is a myth. Single-malt scotch is a blend, but it’s a very specific type of blend. In fact, nearly all whiskies on the market today are blends—bourbons, ryes, Tennessee, scotches, etc.

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Yamazaki 12 – Not Your Father’s Scotch

Yamazaki 12

There is no dispute that Japanese Whisky can trace its roots back to Scotland. Nearly a century ago, Masataka Taketsuru famously went to Scotland to study and get hands-on experience distilling Scotch in the Speyside and Campbeltown regions. After returning to Japan, Taketsuru joined forces with Shinjiro Torii and they built the Yamazaki Distillery in 1923 near Kyoto. Taketsuru left Yamazaki in 1934 to build the Yoichi Distillery in a different part of the country to better mirror climate conditions he had seen in Scotland. Since then, the Japanese have become well versed in distilling the water of life and even today these two founding visionaries continue to dominate Japanese whisky as their companies have grown into Suntory (Torii) and Nikka (Taketsuru).

Japanese whisky is often compared to Scotch and this is a natural comparison given its previously discussed roots. This comparison, however, is a disservice. While inspired by Scottish whisky, Japanese whisky stands on its own and the varieties of whiskies emerging from the Land of the Rising Sun are sophisticated, multilayered, and creative in their own right.

One of these whiskies is Yamazaki 12 year old single malt (43%ABV, $100+). The 100% malted barley distillate is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon casks, sherry casks, and mizurana oak casks. Visually, the coloring is golden to amber, shimmering in the light. It’s inviting you to come on a journey.

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