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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 www.soundcloud.com/whiskymag/whisky-podcast-episode-1

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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