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Whisky fairy knocked a few days ago at home with a huge amount of samples from Master of Malt new bottlings, three new That Boutique-y whiskies and almost a dozen of their latest Single Cask releases.
I will taste today the three That Boutique-y whiskies: Invergordon, Springbank and Bowmore. They are a range of bottles crafted in small batches of which I reviewed seven of them just a few months ago ( many of them sold out by now unfortunately for you ).
One of the things I love about these bottling are the awesome labels… well and the fact that the whiskies inside the bottle are great. Let’s taste them…
There are moments in the life of a man where he clearly needs a Gin. Just kidding! If eventually that moment arrives your can be sure that your mind is already beyond hope… but nevermind… I decided to taste a few Gins for Science’s sake.
The chaps at Master of Malt sent a sample of their new Bathtub Gin at Navy Strength ( Myth Busters like video included at the end of the article by the way! ) so I introduced my hand on the “other drinks” box and grabbed five more gins… there is no worse thing in this world that just having a only a single dram.
I have had these miniatures around for months and never find time to properly taste ( or dispose! ) them so this is a great time to measure what this crazy Professor Ampleforth has achieved with this Gin.
Master of Malt sent me some samples of their new range That Boutique-y and as I happen to have some samples too myself I decided to do a super tasting of this new ramge of whiskies!.
First thing that grab your eye on these whiskies is the precious labels they have created for each of them. And also the fact that the whiskies are bottled at cask strength. Looks like most of them are a vatting of several casks and there is no age statement in any of them but if they are as good as this first batch… :)
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottles Scotch Single Malt Whiskies from a variety of renowned distilleries like Ardbeg, Macallan or Aberlour in limited batches. These whiskies are adorned with cultish comic-book style labels which feature prominent figures from the whisky industry upon them, as well as other little details for you to find!
The whiskies Batch 1
I have tasted several whiskies from the first batch and most of them are already sold out by the time you read this. On their webpage it is available right now a second batch of whiskies.
Holy shit! This is the vilest, nastiest, hottest dram from Master of Malt I have ever tasted… and I love it!
Just kidding! This vodka is infernal! I haven’t even properly tasted it… I just had a small drop, not even a sip, to taste it. As soon as the vodka’s little drop touched my lip a burning feeling started spreading all along the mouth, the throat and the stomach.
Master of Malt’s 250,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka
“Infernal beverage! So hot that a simple drop of this vodka turn your drink in a hot hot dram.”
Master of Malt has created a monster, summoned from the very bowels of hell, formed in a vile carboy filled with a horrid mound of Naga Jolokia chillies (the world’s hottest chillies), steeped in grain vodka. We've packaged it in a handsome, heavy glass bottle with industrial-grade sealing wire and lead security seal (with a skull and crossbones embossed on it).
To get to this bottle, you'll literally have to open it with wire cutters, but we strongly recommend you don't. In fact, this unspeakable 250,000 Scovilles vodka is a chilli vodka so horrendous we suggest you don’t even purchase it. Please just shut down your computer and have a nice cup of tea instead. Try to forget what you saw.
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (65): weak.
green chilli, citrus, alcohol.
Not sure I want to taste this...
“When I first saw the price I thought "What the hell!? Ā£50?! That's expensive". Well, I have to agree with the price tag, there is lots of old peated whisky inside this blend. I just miss a more intense palate, but if you enjoy light whiskies this is a real crack.”
The story of St Isidore and the bloggers blend all started one day when Master of Malt were thinking about how to create their next whisky, when it suddenly hit them: ask the bloggers! These guys and gals are amongst the most knowledgeable, expert and, let's face it, geekiest whisky lovers in the world!
So they send a blending kit to ten prominent bloggers and they crafted their recipes. People then was allowed to buy a sample set of the 10 blended whiskies and cast their vote on one of them. The result is this whisky.
This dram has a amber-like color.
Nose (88): average.
honey, wood, dried fruits, peat, citrus.
Really interesting. Very old whisky in this blend...umm... maybe a bit of Caol Ila 30 years old?
Palate (87): light, smooth.
honey, a bit candies, peat, citrus, spices, wood, pepper, citrus.
Finish (86): average.
peat, wood, sweet, floral.
So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this St Isidore with 87 points over 100.
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“Lovely complex taste with tons of honey and floral notes. Highly recommended.”
This Inchgower was distilled on the 30th June 1982, and it was aged in a single refill hogshead for 29 years before bottling on the 22nd November 2011. A release of just 190 numbered bottles, at natural cask strength.
This bottle is part of Master of Malt Single Cask series which, if you ask me about, are a great value whiskies.
“This vodka is liquid smoked pine wood. Really evil. Just Bloody-Mary-lovers pyromaniacs. ”
In the quest to create the perfect smoked vodka, dozens of species of wood were sent to their fiery deaths before the ultimate combination was settled upon. The final recipe included Maple, Apple, Cherry, Pecan and Hickory to which was added a sprinkling of aromatic Rosemary.