This week at the Celtic Whiskey Shop and Wines on the Green we are celebrating a very special anniversary. On the 20th June 2003 we first opened our doors for trading and here we are still going strong after ten years. We would like to thank our customers for supporting us through those ten years and would like to extend an invitation to join us in-store from Thursday to Saturday this week for some extra special free in-store tastings (more details below).
As you would expect we are also celebrating by releasing some commemorative whiskeys to mark the event. Since 2008 we have released a line of single cask Midleton whiskeys and tomorrow we are launching something very special from them. We also have a special bottling of single malt From Cooley distillery that was put together in conjunction with the good people from Inish Turk Beg whiskey. We have set these whiskeys up online this evening but will add images etc when they arrive tomorrow.
In other news we have just become Irish agents for Glengoyne single malt whiskies. To celebrate this we will be adding it to some of the tastings in-store this week, concentrating on their superb 18 year-old. We will, also, add a few introductory offers.
Finally, planning for this years distillery trip is a bit behind schedule but is booked from 10th-14th October. We are starting with Tomatin distillery followed by Glenmorangie & have bookings at BenRiach & GlenDronach. I will try to fill in the blanks next week or the week after.
Our very first single cask from Midleton distillery was a blend and that’s been followed by a yearly release of a single pot still cask. For our anniversary bottling I requested something different & that’s exactly what I got! This bottling was vatted from two separate casks, one of single pot still whiskey and the other single grain whiskey. Both components where entirely matured in first fill Caribbean rum casks. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled less than 1 week ago. It was bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration. It is also, the first Midleton to carry Brian Nation’s signature as Master Distiller. It is fresh and juicy in character with aromas of lemon, guava, pineapple and a touch of cinnamon. The palate has plenty of body with citrus flavours and notes of pineapples, banana and other tropical fruits, becoming more spicy and gingery towards the finish. A fruity whiskey with some subtle influences coming from the rum casks. Delicious with or without a drop of water. Limited to 366 bottles, a number of which were used up doing this month’s Celtic Whiskey Club sample.
The Inish Turk Beg brand was put into a sort of limbo when its supply of single malt whiskey was cut-off last year. The unusually shaped bottle & deliciously fruity single malt has been exceptionally popular & we were lucky enough to get most of their stocks of which we have limited amounts left. However, we are delighted to inform you that we’ll hear plenty more from them in the years ahead, you’ll just have to watch this space! A conversation with the Chief Islander of Inish Turk Beg developed into the creation of this anniversary bottling. A limited edition bottling of just over 700 bottles which was bottled at 44%. Matured for a minimum of 10 years in ex-bourbon casks. These casks had spent a number of months on the shores of Inish Turk Beg breathing in the extraordinary environment. Nose: Delicate and fresh on the nose with aromas of orange sherbet, freshly sliced apples, pink grapefruit and fruit salad sweets. Palate: Fresh and fruity. Medium to full bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Flavours of orange peel, ripe apples, lemon curd, ginger snaps and tropical fruits. Finish: Dry and long lasting with vanilla and a touch of spiced apples coming through at the end. A very good whiskey, fresh and packed full of vibrant fruit flavours.
Special in-store tastings this Thursday, Friday & Saturday – Whiskey with Chocolate and Whiskey with Cheese tastings
As mentioned above we will be showcasing some of our old and new favourite whiskeys from Thursday to Saturday this week. Below is the schedule and the list of whiskeys we will be tasting. Please pop in if you are nearby, it’s all free! We will be carefully matching each whiskey with chocolate on Thursday-Friday, with whiskey and cheese on the Saturday.
Whiskey and Chocolate tasting – Thursday 20th June, 2pm-6pm
Midleton Rum Cask Matured 2001 Blended Irish Whiskey Celtic Whiskey Shop 10th Anniversary.
Chief Islander’s Choice Single Malt Celtic Whiskey Shop 10th Anniversary.
Chocolate to be confirmed!
Whiskey and Chocolate tasting – Friday 21st June, 3pm-7pm
Teeling Whiskey Company 21 Year Old Single Malt.
Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old Single Malt, Scotland.
Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt, Japan.
Chocolate to be confirmed.
Whiskey and Cheese tasting – Saturday 22nd June, 3pm-7pm
Midleton Rum Cask 12 Year Old Celtic Whiskey Shop 10th Anniversary.
Chief Islander’s Choice Single Malt Celtic Whiskey Shop 10th Anniversary.
Glengoyne 18 Year Old Highland Single Malt, Scotland.
Glen Garioch 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt, Scotland.
Cheese selection to be confirmed.
I was brought up somewhere in between Glengoyne & Auchentoshan distilleries which lie just 13 miles apart. Despite being so close to each other Auchentoshan is classified as a Lowland distillery & Glengoyne as a Highland distillery. Glengoyne only uses unpeated malt and the low-yielding but high quality Golden Promise strain of barley. Their whiskeys have a subtle and refined balance of flavour, but also great mouth-feel and lots of barley malt flavours. Judicious use of sherry casks adds some spice and dried fruit flavours throughout the range without overpowering the malt flavours. The visit to Glengoyne distillery last year was one of our highlights & I highly recommend you give them a try! We stock the 10 year-old, 12 year-old, cask strength, 15 year-old, 18 year-old & 21 year-old. I’ve highlighted 3 of my favourites below;
A great un-peated Highland malt. Soft, smooth and delicate but with good malted barley and sherry flavours. Glengoyne’s notes: Lemon zest, toffee apples – and a scent of coconut. Hand-selected sherry casks help create this paradise of flavours and rich, golden colour. It’s the taste of Scotland’s slowest distillation, and our insistence on barley dried by air – never peat.
More assertive and muscular than the rest of the range. The cask strength packs a punch but is still smooth and malty, surprisingly so for a whisky at 58.7%! Glengoyne’s Tasting Notes: Appearance: Amber gold. Nose: Warm baked custard, peppered strawberries, digestive biscuits, soft oak and a short sherbet tingle. Initial taste: Thick rosehip syrup, Demerara sugar developing into a spicy, gooseberry dryness. Wonderful balance, nothing dominates. After Water: Intensified syrup and green fruits. Finish: Very long. Comments: This is over 100 Proof, but you’d never know it.
This was my favourite from our visit to Glengoyne & we’re tasting in-store on Saturday. Rich and luxurious. An un-peated Highland malt packed with flavours of barley, orange peel and cocoa. Glengoyne’s Tasting Notes: Appearance: Medium gold with a rich glow. Nose: Awash with red apple, ripe melon and fresh banana. Heavenly and well rounded, it drifts into hot porridge topped with brown sugar. Initial taste: Full bodied, round and rich. At first macerated fruits, marzipan and walnuts; then warm spices, dry cocoa and lingering Seville marmalade. Finish: Long, warm and dry. Comments: Remarkable depth. Each glass unveils more layers.