Posts Tagged “Grain Whisky”

The Circus – Compass Box Blended Whisky (49%)

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The Circus – Compass Box Blended Whisky (49%)

Not very much is actually known about three of the four parts of the whisky that makes up The Circus. I thought that this was just a lack of information, but it seems that John Glaser decided to back off a bit from his frontal war with the SWA, as the accompanying sample, of the…

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Compass Box’s 15 Anniversary – With a Luxuriously Not Luxury Whisky!

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Compass Box’s 15 Anniversary – With a Luxuriously Not Luxury Whisky!

Compass Box celebrated its 15th anniversary this past Friday, and what better way to congratulate John Glaser and the team than to review their newest offering? Compass Box is that innovative blending whisky company that decidedly didn’t go down the route to become an independent bottler, which given John Glaser’s fruitful relationship with Diageo would have…

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Throwing in Another Grain – Port Dundas Single Grain

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Throwing in Another Grain – Port Dundas Single Grain

Port Dundas was another of Diageo’s grain distilleries. Located in Glasgow, it was closed in 2010 as Diageo consolidated grain production at Cameronbridge and North British, casks of both were reviewed this past week (North British here and Cameronbridge here). Vom Fass is a lovely idea, in which whisky (and almost every other imaginable oil,…

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Cameronbridge – A Behemoth Tamed in a Bottle…

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Cameronbridge – A Behemoth Tamed in a Bottle…

Cameronbridge is a real monster in terms of the amount of whisky it produces, we’re talking about 140 million liters per year. This is ten times larger than Glenfiddich, which is the largest malt distillery. This is the old Haig distillery (hence Diageo naming the single grain brand coming out of Cameronbridge ‘Haig Club’) which opend in…

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A 25 Year Old Grain From the Distillery Built by Television

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A 25 Year Old Grain From the Distillery Built by Television

Built by television? Well, yes…In 1955 Britain entered the television age, and with it, came TV advertising. Only there were no advertisements for Scotch whisky. The reason is the DCL, which pretty much dominated the industry, and it did not want to get into advertising in this new media. Basically, they took the view that…

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Strathclyde’s Single Grain – Is this Scotch Bourbon?

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Strathclyde’s Single Grain – Is this Scotch Bourbon?

Strathclyde is Chivas Bros’ grain distillery, operating in Glasgow. The distillery has seven column stills used to produce grain whiksy, and while they also have the capacity to produce neutral spirit, the distillery doesn’t use that feature. The grain whisky is intended for use in the Chivas Bros’ blends. Strathclyde distillery was founded in 1927…

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Fred’s Grainy Day – Douglas Laing and Single Cask Grain Whisky

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Fred’s Grainy Day – Douglas Laing and Single Cask Grain Whisky

North British is a 130 year old grain distillery jointly owned by Diageo and The Edrington Group, so you’ll find their grain whisky in both The Famous Grouse and in Johnny Walker (alongside Smirnoff Vodka). The distillery goes through 3300 tons of corn per week (and some malted barley, needed for every grain mash), and the…

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Compass Box goes Back to its Roots – Hedonism Quindecimus

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Compass Box goes Back to its Roots – Hedonism Quindecimus

Most of the whisky that is consumed in the world is grain whisky, and yet, it has always been in the back seat compared to malts. John Glaser started out a decade and a half ago with a grain blend distilled in any of these distilleries: Cameron Bridge and the now mothballed Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or…

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