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The Dornoch Sessions Part 1: A Trio of Oldies

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The Dornoch Sessions Part 1: A Trio of Oldies

We started off yesterday with a post on the Dornoch Castle Hotel. Today, we delve into some stellar drams we found at the bar itself. Today, we look at old stuff. Like, really old stuff. Let's do a mixed session of two single malts and one blend as we look through the history books and piece together certain styles with a Glen Grant 10YO Moray Bonding, Macallan 1940 and Haig & Haig (Circa 1917).

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Whisky Tourism - Dornoch Castle Hotel

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SGwhisky's Whisky Tourism - Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, Scotland

The Need to Knows -

Name: Dornoch Castle Hotel Bar
Address:
Castle Street, Dornoch, Sutherland, IV25 3SD, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1862 810216
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Opening Hours: All day (Bar opens at 10am due to licencing)
Website: http://www.dornochcastlehotel.com

Let's move away from Singapore for a moment (actually the reason why it's been a while this time is because I have been away in Scotland), and talk about some whisky tourism. As you know, SGwhisky talks a bit about whisky outside the realms of Singapore, and where better to talk about it that the spiritual home of whisky, Scotland!

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Tasting the Benromach Organics

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Trying Two Benromach Organic

Benromach distillery has always been one close to my heart. It was one of the earliest distilleries I visited and till today I do believe that their 10 Year Old is one of the best entry level whiskies on the market (86 points).

So when Juliette Buchan from Gordon and Macphail, who owns Benromach, came along a month ago, it was a tasting I did not want to miss! The tasting concentrated on a few whiskies from the range, but the focus for me was the Benromach Organic, which has had two iterations since the restarting of the distillery.

So what is the Benromach Organic? It was first launched in 2006 by the distillery and it is the first ever certified 'Organic' scotch whisky in the whisky market. This means the ingredients used are all organic, but most importantly, the wood from the oak casks used are also certified organic, and not from any existing bourbon distillery in the USA. This means fresh oak maturation, which can be very interesting.

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SGwhisky Remembers: B.B. King - With Two Whiskies Befitting the Man

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SGwhisky remembers B.B. King - With Two Whiskies Befitting the Man

If you love music, especially the Blues, last Friday was probably a dark day for you, as it was for me. Personally, music is another love of mine and finding a great track to pair with a good whisky is always something I appreciate. And many a times, the music of B.B. King seems to lend itself so well to relaxing with a good dram in your hand. It was sad, therefore, to know that the King of Blues passed on last Friday. A legend of music and an inspiration to me as a person who loves to play the guitar, his passing was indeed a great loss for the world of music. Incidentally, B.B. King also did an advertisement for Cutty Sark whisky in 1982!

So we will honour the memory of this great musician in the way we know how here at SGwhisky, by raising two drams that are befitting of the man. No Cutty Sark, but rather two whiskies that either remind me of him and/or were of vintages that correspond to great music released by the man, a Bowmore 1965 Sestante and Glendronach 1970.

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Two Japanese Whiskies - At a New Place!

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Trying Two Japanese Whiskies - At a New Place

Back to the tastings again with a new location that has a few decent drams. The new One Farrer Hotel and Spa situated right above Farrer Park MRT opened a while ago and quite by accident I stumbled on their hotel bar. Turns out there is quite a whisky selection there with loads of bourbons and rye whiskeys, a healthy selection of scotch and other world whiskies but the crowning glory has to be a small selection of high quality Japanese whiskies. The most important thing? It is all available by the glass. So it was great to be able to see such rare drams not being blindly traded for silly money and not appreciated, but rather opened and drunk as whisky should be. Pardon the bold and underlining, just a peeve that needs to be addressed.

So let us jump on the Japanese whisky bandwagon with two high end whiskies from Suntory, one from Yamazaki and the other from Hakushu, the two Japanese malt whisky distilleries owned by the Suntory group. The first being the Hakushu 25YO and the other the Yamazaki 2000/2013 for the 3rd Annviersary of The Whisky Shop W. in Osaka.

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