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Issue 146 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 146
September 2017


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Last year I hosted a whisky tasting to benefit our local animal shelter. We had a good mix of newbies and aficionados so we are planning another event this year. We are in a small county of 20,000 two hours north of Santa Fe in New Mexico, USA. We are fortunate to have a great distillery there (Santa Fe Spirits) and the owner has agreed to come up again and help with presenting. Last year, we tasted Isle of Arran 10 Years Old, The Balvenie 14 Years Old Caribbean Cask, Glengoyne 21 Years Old, Glendronach 15 Years Old Revival, Lagavulin 16 Years Old, and Santa Fe Spirits Colkegan. Rather than the usual regional themes, I'd like to try something fun for the next tasting – maybe an animal theme?
Tibby, New Mexico

There is no shortage of animals, beasts, and critters on the labels of whisky bottles that you can use to design a themed whisky tasting, so here are my suggestions. For deer, look no further than The Dalmore range of single malt Scotch whiskies or a bottle of Stagg Jr Bourbon. Diageo seems to have an animal-friendly labelling approach with the habitat of certain wild animals linked with specific distilleries on the Flora & Fauna series. These themes extend to the Manager's Drams, and some Special Releases if you can stretch to buying rare bottles at auction. Concentrating on fur, rather than feather and fin, seek out a Scottish wildcat (Clynelish), otter (Blair Athol), badger (Dailuaine), or red squirrel (on the rare Aberfeldy bottling). Horses appear on High West's...

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