- Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:14 pm
They were all pretty good, but a bit too light and fruity for my manly taste. The Glentauchers was my favorite, I think, because of the sherry casking. But at something like 55% alcohol, it was also a bit much. These were all single cask selections from Duncan Taylor.
Learned some interesting things too. For example, when selling to independent bottlers (like Duncan Taylor), the distillers will sometimes put a single teaspoon of (say) Laphroaig (or whatever) into a huge batch of Ardbeg so that the bottlers cannot sell it as single malt. So they bottle it under (for example) a blended malt whisky like Black Bull or Smokehead or whatever. It will be 99.99% single malt from some distiller, but priced much lower. He said there's some vetted malt out there (maybe the Black Bull) that is basically a bunch of 40 year old single malts, but they couldn't sell them as such because they'd gone below the required 40%, so they had to bump them up with a bit of something else from a different distiller…rendering them no longer single malt.
I also knew that a lot of single malts are blends from a lot of casks, often of different ages, but never realized how many: he said that to get the consistent flavor of some of the well known single malts, a distillery might have to blend whiskies from 300 different casks to do so.