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Issue 126 - The Tale of Rosalita and Orville

Whisky Magazine Issue 126
March 2015


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The Tale of Rosalita and Orville

The Battle of the Blends Round Two

The Battle of the Blends is now well under way. The casks have been acquired, even named and now seasoned, not just once but twice. Totally different approaches are being taken by the two contestants. The rules are very simple; create a blend that will be judged by our readers, contributing editors and from within the industry. The final blend has to be complete by 1 September 2015 and the result will be announced in our final issue of the year which publishes on 4 December.

Dave ‘The Rummager' Broom

The mix of malts which had gone into Rosalita in January started off as being light amber in colour with a delicate sweet pear, grass, orange nose. The palate was pleasantly textured, although the finish it has to be said, was slightly spiky. So, I left her alone, in the corner, turning her occasionally more out of habit than with any cunning intent.

After a month I re-tasted. The colour had deepened, there were more fruits, some vanilla and oak and definite hints of the tropical notes of the rum. The mix was fatter, riper, and certainly sweet. So, something had happened.

At this point, I wanted to add grain. I decided to spread the love here, so used a mix of grains from Girvan, Cameronbridge and Cooley to give a mix of three different styles, wheat and corn, active and less active wood. In total, that made up five litres… and more might be added later on. Grain, for me, is the key. Which rhymes.

The effect, 24 hours on, was to add a little crunch to the blend and redu...

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