Month: January 2018

Macallan Folio 3 already in March?

Macallan Folio 3 already in March?

Visitors to the Macallan Distillery have been told the Macallan Folio 3 will be released as early as March! We treat this rumour for now as a [DN1], but we’re trying to have the information confirmed.  

Bunnahabhain Toiteach a Dhà

Bunnahabhain Toiteach a Dhà

Bunnahabhain will soon release Toiteach a Dhà, which is Gaelic for Smoky Two. We hope to get back with information if this is a sequel to the Toiteach or only a US-release. This one is 46.3% ABV compared to 46%. Smoke and Oloroso, what can […]

SMWS bottles confiscated (an update)

SMWS bottles confiscated (an update)

Earlier this week we reported bars and restaurants in Canada having their rare whisky bottles from the independent bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society, SMWS, confiscated.

Any official statement from the authorities has still not been made, more than they claim they comply with the current legislation.

Canada has, just like Sweden, a relative strict alcohol legislation and the law stipulates all alcohol for sale at bars and restaurants are only to be purchased from government controlled and owned channels.

However, bars and restaurants have for many years bought rare and collectable whisky from independent whisky importers. The government turned a blind eye to it. In the past, we might now add. These independent whisky importers are legal alcohol resellers but only directly to the public. Their alcohol is not allowed to be sold to bars and restaurants to be resold to customers.

This means the only crime these bars and restaurants have committed is buying whisky from non-allowed channels. Taxes and other formalities have been handled correctly.

No matter your opinion about the legislation no one should really be surprised by the government enforcing the law. The issue at hand is rather why this happened now, and why only against one particular bottler?

 

Diageo challenges the concept of Scotch Whisky!

Diageo challenges the concept of Scotch Whisky!

Leaked documents tell how Diageo have secretly planned and tried to challenge the concept of what is to be allowed to be called Scotch whisky. Today, traditions from the late 15th century and current laws regulate what is to be allowed to be called Scotch […]

Glenfiddich – Winter Storm soon available again!

Glenfiddich – Winter Storm soon available again!

If you missed out on the Glenfiddich Winter Storm you may get another chance soon. Customers in the UK are told there will be a second batch available in 2018. This has been confirmed as a March 2018, unfortunately no information in which countries.

Rumor [DN3] : GlenDronach 12 years old discontinued!

Rumor [DN3] : GlenDronach 12 years old discontinued!

GlenDronach 12 years old discontinued

[DN3] GlenDronach 12 years old discontinued!

The GlenDronach will be in short or have just been discontinued. No words yet for a replacement for the 12 years old expression in the core range, however a NAS expression is the most probable addition. We can still hope for the 15 year old to come back instead, however the current rumor on the 15 year old is that it’s still one or two years away.

The 12 years old expression is still available in shops meaning now is the time to start stock piling!

This is a [DN3] rumor.

North Star Spirits releases Single Cask Batch 3 in the US

North Star Spirits releases Single Cask Batch 3 in the US

North Star Spirits will soon release their batch 3 of their single casks in the US. No information have been released regarding how many of the bottles of the total will be released in the US.   The bottles are : Benrinnes, 294 bottles totalt […]

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Chicago and Washington DC Limited Editions

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Chicago and Washington DC Limited Editions

Most of us are still waiting for more news or the release of the Jane Walker Edition, while we wait we can look forward to two new limited editions. Chicago and Washington DC Limited Editions.  

The beans or the milk?

The beans or the milk?

 

I have been around the speciality coffee scene since 2005, the extension of my interest have varied greatly over the years. However, one thing have always been in focus : the quality of the coffee! If you look how coffee is presented today, you’ll see that’s not the the deciding factor anymore. Speciality coffee (I’ll write more about this later) was initially a very small part of the coffee world, it mainly caught the interest from persons seeking that little extra from a cup of coffee. I’ll not go into depth regarding this subject in the post, but I’ll focus on the newest think in the coffee world right now : Latte-art.

Maybe I’ll sound a bit whiny now, I mean Latte-art is beautiful! Yes truly is, but is it really the most important thing? I’m not saying it’s a craft on its own, because it is! But most seems to think the brown liquid you the poor milk into is not really important. To me it wouldn’t matter if Picasso himself made a leaf in my cup of coffee if the coffee itself is just mediocre.

Nothing gets better than the components it’s made upon. If the coffee is spot on, then it’s a whole other thing to create a beautiful leaf or what’s in fashion at the moment. But you can’t make a bad cup of coffee god even if you have a talent for creating beautiful leaves with a milk jug. Now, some of you may feel I’m exaggerating but the latte-art’s importance has really overshadowed the coffee itself. If you’re follow the coffee world it’s impossible to not notice the change over the last couple of years.

Nowadays it’s rare to see people blogging about extractions, flowering or ground size just to name a few examples.

Those are the issues that should be taught and trained, the foundation that creates the magic experience that a good cup of coffee can bring. Good coffee is not brewed by chance. There is probably no process in the world people are less careful with. People usually looks upon you as your crazy if you tell them you weigh the coffee beans and have a specific brewing time. Why is that so strange?

I don’t know many people taking a chance while baking or cooking! You rarely hear a baker saying : “Let’s just throw everything together and stick it in the oven. It’ll be fine!”. So, why would you do that when brewing coffee?

The key to a good cup of coffee is to be able to repeat making that magical brew, you don’t do that by chance!

SMWS bottles confiscated!

SMWS bottles confiscated!

Over 250 bottles worth well over $40.000 of SMWS, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, whisky was confiscated last night during a raid at four SMWS partner bars in the Canadian cities Vancover and Victoria by liquor inspectors. No official statement has been released saying why the […]