Bruichladdich Laddie Crew Valinch 04 – Grant MacLellan

Thanks to /u/whisky_lads for this sample. A few years ago, I asked whisky_lads for a swap. I was looking for a specific GlenDronach single cask. Jumping ahead, one of whisky_lads last posts before he gave up whisky/was kidnapped by Iran/stopped going on reddit/lit a poison candle/became a super secret scientist, he posted this dram and an apology, as he was finishing his PhD and had forgotten… Continue reading Bruichladdich Laddie Crew Valinch 04 – Grant MacLellan

Mortlach SMWS 76.94 “Totally flavoursome” & Mortlach 25 1998 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection

Thanks to /u/Boyd86 and /u/whisky_lads for these samples. A whisky distiller’s juice is an interesting thing. It speaks to the master distiller’s preferences, as well as using what he has around him. Yes, terroir is more so a set of beliefs in a region rather than the region’s inherent items affecting the taste too much (though it still affects it), but the people in charge have say… Continue reading Mortlach SMWS 76.94 “Totally flavoursome” & Mortlach 25 1998 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection

TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 3

In Part 1, we covered grain, mashing and fermenting. In Part 2, we covered distillation, QA, barrelling and aging. Now we’re going to look at the final few steps in the whisky making process, our own attempt to do Don’s job of blending, and a trip into the Whisky Archives. Blending This step is where Don’s creative muscles are exercised. Unlike a single malt scotch, … Continue reading TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 3

TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 2

In Part 1 of the Toronto Whisky Society’s visit to the Hiram Walker Distillery we covered how they handle their grain, the mashing process and fermenting process. Next we move on to: Distillation Distillation is essentially selective evaporation to concentrate a substance and remove unwanted portions. In the spirits world, there are two types of stills: Continuous or column stills, and pot stills. At Hiram … Continue reading TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 2

TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 1

On March 24th, a few founding members of the Toronto Whisky Society were given the opportunity to tour the Hiram Walker Distillery and we want to share that experience with you in a few posts over the next few days. For any of you who don’t know, the distillery was built in 1858 by Hiram Walker, an American businessman who helped grow Canadian whisky to … Continue reading TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 1