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Issue 139 - Raiders Of The Lost Cask

Whisky Magazine Issue 139
October 2016


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Raiders Of The Lost Cask

The Battle of the Blends No 2 Round 4

At the end of August we were delighted with the attendance at the Soho Whisky Club where guests were taken through a half way deconstruction of the two blends. John Glaser, founder of Compass Box, was also in attendance to give his opinion on the two blends as well as give a very informative talk on deconstructing a blend. A first for us, as a podcast was recorded in two episodes and you can find the first episode at

Neil 'General Mashtun' Ridley

After the catastrophe of last month's leak, which is now thankfully patched up, a little light relief as I began to plan forward to the smokier elements of Woodie. So far, the blend is taking shape nicely and before I entered the peaty realms I wanted to make sure I had given plenty of room to both the Lowland element (this time I went straight in for a liberal two bottle soaking of Auchentoshan Three Wood, which brings additional sweetness and spice) and also the requisite entry from Campbeltown.

I plumped for something straightforward here, not wanting to rock the boat and found Springbank 10 Years Old instantly brought a distinctive nuttiness to the blend. Over the course of another week, it amazed me how this nuttiness had developed into a real ‘thing'; I had only added a single bottle, but slowly-but-surely the coastal funk, coupled with a defined praline note had infiltrated the whole blend – not in a bad way, but just enough to bring some genuine complexity to...

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