Category Archives: Whisky of the Month

Posts of each month’s taster!

Signatory Vintage North British 1991

A tasty 28-year whisky from North British, one of few dedicated grain distilleries in Scotland. It’s a big place, located right in the City of Edinburgh and established in 1885. I don’t think it can be classified as a mind-blowing bottle, but I am very appreciative of the chance to try something off the beaten track, a sherry-aged grain whisky! (FYI that means a whisky made with at least some grain other than malted barley). I think it works. 46.2% ABV and one of 461 bottles. $250, sourced from The Whisky Barrel.

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch No. 4

What a damn fine whisky! Tun 1509 Batch No. 4 was acquired by the club after a few members “unofficially” enjoyed a bottle of Tun 1509 Batch No. 5 on vacation. Batch No. 5 hit the spot with a heavy sweet sherry and bourbon influence, while Batch No. 4 backs off on the spirit influence and highlights more American oak aged whisky. There were mixed feelings among those lucky enough to sample both as to which was preferred (I am hands down team No. 5!). An excellent tasting experience all around, the Tun series offerings (the previous run being 1401) have been around for quite some time, a style that involves marrying numerous casks of specially selected whisky in a large vessel, “the Tun”. 51.7% ABV. Acquired for $650 on the secondary market. One of those rare finds where you’d easily spend the money again.

Deanston 2006 Cream Sherry Finish

July highlighted a double-header Deanston tasting, a Highland Distillery. Cream Sherry was another interesting offering, with a little heat from the high alcohol content, big legs, lots of dried fruit, all sorts of caramel and all the lovely sweetness you’d expect from Oloroso Sherry. Overall, the Cream Sherry finish definitely had the edge over the Pinot Noir for the club. 54.2% ABV.

Carn Mor Glen Keith 1992

Glen Keith is another Speyside distillery that is new to us, and what a treat at 28 years old! Such a lovely presentation and an even lovelier bourbon barrel aged whisky inside, offered as part of the Carn Mor “Celebration of the Cask” series. Vanilla, caramel, apples and peaches, oh my! Thoroughly enjoyable and one I wish I could find again. Cask Strength at 55.6%. Sourced from Alberta and long sold out.

Spirit of Hven Alioth Swedish Single Malt

In May, the club had the unique opportunity to sample a Swedish single malt, one of Spirit of Hven’s long-running Seven Stars series. Each of the whiskies in this series is named after a star in the Ursa Major constellation. We had the 5th release, Alioth, which was finished in dry Oloroso Sherry casks. The whisky is slightly peated, sweet and nutty. 45% ABV. Interesting bottle presentation. Sourced from Alberta.

Zuidam Dutch Rye Whisky

Our third global sample for May 2021 hails from the Netherlands. This very interesting single cask was acquired by Gilles Dumangin, a champagne producer in France, from farm-to-glass distillery Zuidam located in Holland. Gilles then finished it for 6 months in his own Ratafia Champenois casks. Fascinating stuff. 46% ABV. Bottle 79 of only 369. Sourced from Alberta.