• 49 bottles of beer on the wall...

    From Maurice Kinal@1:153/7001.250 to Nancy Backus on Mon Nov 13 04:30:28 2017
    Hey Nancy!

    it might have been a way to use up odds and ends

    I believe you are probably right about that. The more expensive bottlings might be from single barrels or perhaps a number of barrels but of the same age. The only example I am aware of where they guarentee a single barrel is the 15yo The Balvenie Single Barrel, which is worth over 200 CAD these days. Mind you they also claim that one to be hand bottled but to be honest I don't know if I could tell the difference between that and a regular 15yo The Balvenie ... if there is such a thing.

    maybe they got some backlash about blending... not exactly a
    single malt if it's blended... ;)

    Actually it still is a single malt even if blended. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_malt_Scotch the definition is, and I quote;

    Single malt Scotch is single malt whisky made in Scotland. To be a
    single malt scotch the whisky must have been distilled at a single
    distillery using a pot still distillation process and made from a
    mash of malted grain. In Scotland, the only grain allowed to be used
    in a single malt whisky is barley. As with any Scotch whisky, a
    single malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak
    casks in Scotland for at least three years and one day. (Most single
    malts are matured longer.)

    Furthermore the above schpeil states;

    Bottlings containing malt whisky from multiple distilleries are called
    "blended malt".

    From the above I deduce that almost every scotch from Scotland is single malt.
    Most (all?) of the blended I have had are from Canadian distilleries. I have run across single malt whiskies from Canadian distilleries but have never tried
    any. An interesting sounding one is "Glen Breton Rare Canadian Single Malt Whisky" priced at ~75 CAD which is more than 12yo Glenlivet. Care to guess which one I would (will) purchase?

    you've had help imbibing

    That is putting it mildly. I suspect that is what will happen with the Macallan.

    Just don't let any of the usual suspects know it exists, and
    you'll have an easier time of keeping it around... :)

    That is impossible around here. However only one of my neighbours is aware of the 15yo and knows what hassel/expense etc. I went through to obtain it so he hasn't brought it up. Also it is stashed out of sight. Also, also everyone who knows me knows that there normally isn't anything to be had unless it is November to January 1. After that I am a teetotaller. It has been that way for around two decades now and a few of the years I've gone without buying any at all. However the January 1 thingy we started pretty well much guarentees that there will be a bottle of single malt available for that. :-)

    Life is good,
    Maurice

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Maurice Kinal on Thu Nov 16 01:20:02 2017
    Quoting Maurice Kinal to Nancy Backus on 13-Nov-2017 04:30 <=-

    it might have been a way to use up odds and ends

    I believe you are probably right about that. The more expensive
    bottlings might be from single barrels or perhaps a number of barrels
    but of the same age. The only example I am aware of where they
    guarentee a single barrel is the 15yo The Balvenie Single Barrel,
    which is worth over 200 CAD these days. Mind you they also claim that
    one to be hand bottled but to be honest I don't know if I could tell
    the difference between that and a regular 15yo The Balvenie ... if
    there is such a thing.

    Can't tell you on the Balvenie.... that's not one I've paid attention
    to... :)

    maybe they got some backlash about blending... not exactly a
    single malt if it's blended... ;)

    Actually it still is a single malt even if blended. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_malt_Scotch the definition is,

    Not that wikipedia is always right, of course....

    and I quote;
    Single malt Scotch is single malt whisky made in Scotland. To be a
    single malt scotch the whisky must have been distilled at a single distillery using a pot still distillation process and made from a
    mash of malted grain. In Scotland, the only grain allowed to be used
    in a single malt whisky is barley. As with any Scotch whisky, a
    single malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak
    casks in Scotland for at least three years and one day. (Most single
    malts are matured longer.)

    So far, so good.... note that there is a difference implied between
    "Scotch whisky" and "single malt Scotch whisky", though....

    Furthermore the above schpeil states;
    Bottlings containing malt whisky from multiple distilleries are
    called "blended malt".

    Which doesn't specifically say that blends have to be from multiple distilleries, only that if they are from multiple it would be a blend...

    From the above I deduce that almost every scotch from Scotland is
    single malt.

    Which may not be a valid deduction... Admittedly, there are certainly a
    LOT of single malts from Scotland... :) My first introduction to Scotch
    was to top-shelf blendeds, like Pinch and Chivas... and there are the
    Johnny Walkers from Red to Black to Blue, the latter being not all that
    bad, but of course frightfully expensive as it is aged more... Black is tolerable, but doesn't compare to the single malts for smoothness and
    all...

    Most (all?) of the blended I have had are from Canadian distilleries.
    I have run across single malt whiskies from Canadian distilleries but
    have never tried any. An interesting sounding one is "Glen Breton
    Rare Canadian Single Malt Whisky" priced at ~75 CAD which is more than 12yo Glenlivet. Care to guess which one I would (will) purchase?

    The latter, of course, being a known quantity for less... ;) You'll
    note that the Canadian distilleries produce Canadian malt whisky, not
    Scotch, though... ;)

    you've had help imbibing

    That is putting it mildly. I suspect that is what will happen with
    the Macallan.

    Just don't let any of the usual suspects know it exists, and
    you'll have an easier time of keeping it around... :)

    That is impossible around here. However only one of my neighbours is aware of the 15yo and knows what hassel/expense etc. I went through to obtain it so he hasn't brought it up. Also it is stashed out of
    sight.

    Out of sight, more likely out of mind.... ;)

    Also, also everyone who knows me knows that there normally
    isn't anything to be had unless it is November to January 1. After
    that I am a teetotaller. It has been that way for around two decades
    now and a few of the years I've gone without buying any at all.

    I suppose if that is the expectation, they would likely leave you alone
    after the first of the year.... ;)

    However the January 1 thingy we started pretty well much guarentees
    that there will be a bottle of single malt available for that. :-)

    Now you have a purpose for the imbibing... ;) And a reason to give for
    upping the ante a bit when the opportunity presents itself... ;)

    ttyl neb

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