Bio: SuperJew, Husband, Father, Scotch aficionado, Musician, Whisky Society President
Posts by Jewmalt:
- Arran 12yo Pinot Noir Cask – 8yrs first fill bourbon, 4 years pinot noir, Single Cask, Cask Strength – Double Bronze medal winner (World of Whiskies tasting panel, International Whisky Competition)
- BenRiach 17yo (peated) – 2nd fill bourbon barrel, Single Cask, Cask Strength – Gold medal winner (International Whisky Competition)
- Dalmore 12yo – 12yrs refill hogshead, 10mos PX sherry hogshead, Single Cask, Cask Strength
- Glen Moray 12yo – first fill bourbon barrel, Single Cask, Cask Strength
- Kilchoman 4yo – first fill bourbon barrel, Single Cask, Cask Strength
- Laphroaig 6yo – refill bourbon hogshead, Single Cask, Cask Strength
Single Cask Nation hits Los Angeles and one of its destinations: Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach, CAMay 10th, 2013
Do you live in California and in or near the Los Angeles area?
Well, then you need to come out to Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach to see us!
Not Jewish? Don’t worry — it’s all about the whisky. Come ye Gentile, Come ye Jew, Come ye all lovers of great whisky!!
(See below for details on date, time, cost, how to get tickets, contact info, etc…)
Jason Johnstone-Yellin and I will be there pouring all six of the Single Cask Nation whiskies (see the image below).
Details on the events (click the image to view/download a PDF of the event flyer):
Date: Sunday, June 30th
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Address: 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA
Modest cost for the event: $40
Contact for tickets: Lee Zaro or Aaron Krouse, firstname.lastname@example.org
What else comes with the tasting event other than fantastic Scotch whisky from Single Cask Nation: Hors d’oeuvres, fun, education, raffles for Single Cask Nation membership (and more). Not party hats, sorry.
Special thanks to LZ and AK for setting up this great event and thanks, too, to Temple Menorah for having us!
Speyside region – 44.6%ABV – $325, US market only
I am about to lose my Glenlivet reviewing virginity.
I don’t know if I’m ready or what it will do to my relationship with The Glenlivet after
we do it I review this whisky. I just know that I really-really like the Exclusive Malts range and, I think I’m ready to commit. I’m ready to take this shapely glass into my hands and…
You know, as I typed the above ridiculousness, I realize that it (and by extension I) is no where near as funny an innuendo as Baptize Me from the Book of Mormon Soundtrack. If you don’t know the piece, you should check it out below. Seriously, here it is (funny stuff):
I guess it’s time for me to do it. I’m finally going to review this Glenlivet. Please think well of me in the morning my sweet, sweet whisky…
On the nose – Upon initial sniff I am reminded of that type of woman that lies about her age. Yes, like Leslie Mann from the new movie “This is 40.” Sure she’s 40 but she tells everyone she’s 36 and, you know what, she looks it too.
Funny enough, this is a 36yo whisky but I’d never assume it as such. Sure there are elements of age in here such as wood spice and clean church pews however, there’s a delicate fruity quality and some clotted cream as well that makes it feel younger.
Let’s explore further…
A whiff of smoke in the background adds to notes of over ripe, browning pineapple and some nail polish remover. Model glue meets white sugar in a honey reduction.
So far, I’m impressed.
On the mouth – Presto-chango-alla-kazam, the flavor profile is quite the different animal from the initial nosing impression.
Step back, take a breath, dive in again, Hatton.
Here we go: An oily start but give it ¾ of a second and it starts dry the tongue. Popsicle sticks soaked in the aforementioned nail polish remover, wood spice and brown spice and wilting dandelion stems.
Some tart, white wine like elements here as well. As I try to think of the wine grape I am reminded that I am a whisky reviewer and not a wine reviewer. I will stop all attempts in guessing the wine grape.
Finish – A long finish with, guess what? Hints of wine! This time I *can* tell you that the wine is identifiable by myself and much more dessert like. I’d liken it to a Moscato.
In sum – A bit on the pricey side but also a rarity to find a single cask of Glenlivet (and a 36yo one at that, too).
Don’t let the nose fool you, this whisky will take you on a bit of a ride. What a great, great nose! The flavors were nice as well, I was just not expecting the change. While I’d not choose this as a celebratory whisky, I’d surely reach for it when I had some “me time” and wanted a bit of a change.
This is a fun whisky to drink when you want to really think about whisky and ponder life a bit.
Special thanks to ImpEx for the sample!!
Forty years old. This whisky is forty years old.
It’s a strange thing to drink a whisky that is older than you. Perhaps what’s even more strange to me is that I will be turning forty this year. It’s actually really messing with me that I’ll be forty. Half way to 80 as it were. Ugh.
I don’t feel forty so, that’s good, right? They say you’re as old as you feel, right? Well, when I think about what happened ten years ago I think about the early 90′s. Not the early 00′s. That’s a bit disconcerting and makes me feel old and a bit disconnected from the new and hip things of the world.
Hold on a sec, I seem to be typing myself into a bit of a depressing cul-de-sac here…
Mayhaps it’s best we talk about fun things? Let’s talk about a 40 year old that is way sexier than I’ll ever be. Yup, this Old Pulteney is one sexy beast.
On the nose – Wow. Just wow-wow-wow. Initial thought? Screw nosing and tasting notes, this smells as lovely as can be and all I want to do is stop thinking and enjoy this whisky. The age is there yet it’s lively and juicy and moreish smelling right from the go. Yum.
I suppose I should try to dissect it though – try and get the most out of this and give it the respect it deserves. Begin:
Let me try to pick it out the time in the cask (good time in a cask, not tiring/tired time)…
Cedar humidors meets old time men’s cologne meets an old study with fine polished wood and leather chairs. Now take those scents and remove the old and tired element from that scenario and there you have it!
Apple slices with cinnamon and orange with touches of clove, filberts and ground nutmeg on the side. Boy, this is really lovely and very hard not to taste!
On the mouth – Very drying upon first sip but the second sip corrects that misstep. Quite ooey with orange syrup, cinnamon and hints of molasses.
I can’t tell if it’s honied or it’s the mouthfeel that’s tricking me into thinking it’s honied. Nah, it *IS* honied and it’s delicious.
Finish – Toasted almond slivers and dark chocolates. It lasts and lasts.
In sum – This has to be up there in the category of best of 2013 (best whiskies I tasted in 2013, that is).
This is oh-so-good and obviously, at almost £1400 a bottle, one to break out at the most special of occasions.
Special thanks to LD of Alembic for the sample!!
Highland Region – 56.3% ABV – About $100, US market only
Trying to get back on the horse here with my whisky reviews. I really have a lot in the pipeline to cover. Thankfully I’ll be traveling quite a bit less this month so with hope, luck and a bit of work, I’ll be reviewing more during May.
Thanks again to the good folks at ImpEx for the samples!
The last two Exclusive Malt bottlings are a Glenlivet from 1976 and today’s Ardmore from 2000. A 12yo single cask that I am guessing is from a refill bourbon barrel based on the pale color.
This is all china cabinets and basement crawlway spaces — places you rarely go but when you do, there’s a reason you went.
Hints of wild flowers and drought-stricken grass fields where the electrical wires go on and on and on. Hike around the woods of Connecticut long enough and you get used to this sort of stuff.
I’m not sure if you can you tell but this whisky is bringing back tons of memories for me.
On the mouth – Much more smokey than the nose lead on to be. Also, she’s no longer shy.
This make be 12 years old but she drinks like a much younger whisky. Me? I sort of like that!
The spirit character seems to shine through here as it’s all about the heavy smoke, pears, malt and, very prominent new make-y-ness to this whisky.
It’s not overly complex but enjoyable.
In sum – I am a fan of Teacher’s blend and Ardmore is the obvious smokey element. This reminds me of why I like Teacher’s. I am not a fan of the Ardmore Traditional Cask but this I like.
This is a whisky I’d keep in a flask and go on a long hike with.
Yosef Yitzak ben Fievel Ephraim v’Dinah Sarah haCohen. Yup, that’s my Hebrew Name.
Basically is says/means:
Yosef Yitzak (Me) ben (son of) Fievel Ephraim (father) v’ (and) Dinah Sarah (mother) haCohen (of the priestly tribe; a descendant of Aaron, brother of Moses. Yes THE Moses.)
While my Hebrew name, heritage and bloodline has nothing to do with whisky, I mention it as there is a connection to how Jews identify as being part of a tribe and how Scots identify as being part of a clan and having a particular tartan that represents their clan.
So we’re not talking about 50ml mini whisky bottles for the 12 tribes of Israel. No, we’re here to discuss something that makes a little more sense when it come to single malt SCOTCH whisky: Keys to the Clan — a 48 bottle collection of 48 different Scottish Clans. Scottish pride, heritage and tartans, people!!
While I can’t say I can claim any right as a Clansman of one of the many, many Scottish clans, I can surely understand ones identification and pride to be part of ones given clan (or tribe in my case).
Are you Scottish with perhaps the last name of Campbell, Johnstone, Keith, Douglas, Davidson, Murray, Mitchell, Young, etc, etc., etc… ? Well, I may make you a happy person right now in telling you that you can get a fine little mini filled with 8yo single malt (distillery unknown), bottled at 40% ABV, with your clan name and tartan on the bottle! Perfect for nipping on, or perhaps a wedding, stocking stuffers and more.
Here is a list of the 48 Clan bottles:
It’s a very cool idea that is *just* starting here in the US and is being imported by ImpEx. If you have interest in these minis, you should be able to get your hands on some from The Whisky Shop San Francisco.
Review to follow in the coming days…