Whiskies a gone-gone

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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby conn75 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:13 pm

Oh, the Celtic Connections festival is running its Whisky Masterclasses again this year. There's one each Saturday afternoon for three weeks starting this Saturday. I'm going next Saturday (26th).
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby conn75 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:15 pm

Here's the details for the first one (all 3 are the same):

Led by Bunnahabhain's distillery manager John MacLellan, this workshop will look at what it is that makes Islay so special, and how these unique attributes combine to produce world-famous whiskies.


http://www.celticconnections.com/whatson/event/69729

£15 a pop.
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Josef » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:30 pm

Now there's an idea. See you there.
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Toby Dammit » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:32 pm

conn75 wrote:I would love to start collecting old/rare malts, but I'm too scared that I'd open them up one night in a fit of drunken madness.


I have a small collection of bottles mostely from lost distilleries in my cellar Conn75 (ie: the kitchen cupboards), and have managed to resisted cracking them all open over the years. I have been tempted when blootered, but something usually stops me.

I do open one now and again on a special occasion, or if the angels have gulped too much of their share out of a not very well sealed bottle. I'm going to have to do this soon with a 1965 bottle from the Lochside distillery (which closed in 1992). The whisky is now well below the shoulders, and much more oxidation will ruin the flavour, so it's time to either sell it or drink it...

Now and then on opening one of these silent still bottles you do realise just why the distillery failed and shut in the first place. One of the wost whiskies I have ever tasted was a 1980 bottle from Dallas Dhu. Bloody horrible it was.
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Mori » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:44 pm

BBC

No half measures for Scotch whisky

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The whisky industry in Scotland is warning of tough action against India unless it relents on taxes and labelling.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is challenging a ruling by the Supreme Court in Mumbai allowing whisky brewed in Bangalore to qualify as a "Scot".
The drink, called Peter Scot, is one of India's favourite tipples but the association said the name gives a misleading impression that it has Scottish connections.
The organisation is also fighting what it said were unfair taxes imposed by some Indian states on the cost of a bottle of Scotch.
India is the biggest spirits market in the world and whisky accounts for most of the 100 million cases which are consumed in the country each year.
Less than one million of these cases come from Scotland.
Gavin Hewitt, of the SWA in Edinburgh, said: "If we could get 5% of the market it could transform the industry."
At Diageo's new headquarters in the Lower Parel area of Mumbai, the company's chief executive in India, Asil Adif, is looking to the future.
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone part 3

Postby Toby Dammit » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:38 am

Toby Dammit wrote:Littlemill is still very widely available as an official release, in a cheery looking, dumpy green bottle, aged just 8 years old (costing around 20 quid).
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I recently tried to replace my long drank bottle of 8 year old Littlemill, which I guess I bought only about 6 years ago for 20 pounds in an offy in Soho, only to discover that the only place currently selling that expression is the Green Welly Shop in Tyndrum for... £100!

It doesnt seem that long ago since I had a beer and fish and chips in the Littlemill Inn in Bowling surrounded by stacks of bottles of the 8 year old malt which seemed like they couldn't give away. If you spot one of these at less than £50 grab it!
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby HollowHorn » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:01 pm

Was up at Port Dundas yesterday & was a tad surprised to see an empty space where the Diageo Distillery once stood:

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Diageo Port Dundas Grain Distillery.
The area is the site of a former large Scotch Grain distillery, which produced 39 million litres of spirit each year on a 21-acre (85,000 m2) site until being closed in 2010. Originally there were two distilleries in the locality, the first was established in 1811 by Daniel McFarlane. Two years later the second one was established by Brown, Gourlie & Co. During 1845 Coffey Stills for the manufacture of Grain whisky were installed in both distilleries.

Both distilleries merged in the 1860s and later became part of the Distillers Company in 1877. They were destroyed by fire in 1903 but were rebuilt and reopened in 1913, and rebuilt again in 1916 after being severely damaged by another fire. The distillery was closed for the duration of World War II. A large modernisation programme was undertaken during the 1970s, when a new grain intake, spirit store, still house, boiler house and dark grains plant were opened.

The Port Dundas Grain Distillery and adjacent Dundashill Cooperage, which manufactured Hogshead casks and dates back to 1770, are currently owned by Diageo, and the distillery's large Flue gas stack dominates the skyline of North Glasgow. It produced Grain whisky used in the Johnnie Walker, J&B, Bell's, Black & White, Vat 69, Haig and White Horse blended whisky brands owned by Diageo.

On July 1, 2009, Diageo announced the closure of the Port Dundas distillery, with all production shifting to the company's other Scottish Grain distillery at Cameron Bridge, as well as the North British Distillery in Gorgie, Edinburgh, which is jointly owned by Diageo and The Edrington Group. There are four remaining active Grain distilleries in Scotland: Invergordon Grain Distillery, owned by Whyte and Mackay, Strathclyde Grain Distillery in the Gorbals, owned by Pernod Ricard, Girvan Grain Distillery, owned by William Grant & Sons and the Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria.
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Toby Dammit » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:06 pm

And on 24 March 2015 new make spirit was distilled once more in Glasgow and put to bed in bourbon casks to become (in at least 3 years down the line) a brand new single malt whisky. Based in the Hillingdon Business Park, the Glasgow Distillery Company already produces Glasgow's only gin and hopes in years to come produce a varaiety of small batch craft whiskies.

They operate two pot stills (called Tara and Mhairi) and source their water from Loch Katerine.

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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby robertpool » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:11 pm

one from my collection (unopened) 100 blended malts in a single glass (most of the distilleries are long since closed). I got this limited edition bottle in 1997 when l worked at Chivas Brothers in Linwood

Image1997 Chivas Brothers Ltd 'The Century of Malts' whisky and accompanying booklet 'The One Hundred Malts' by Robert Pool, on Flickr
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby robertpool » Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:14 pm

did you know there are plans to open a whisky museum at Yorkhill Quay? :-)
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Boxer6 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:22 am

We went in to Gleneagles for lunch yesterday (ooh, get me!!) and, to get to the restaurant, you have to pass through the "retail experience".

They have a shop in there which seems to specialise in spirits, mostly whisky, and there was a bottle of Macallan malt in a fancy, angular bottle, selling for £3250!! 8O 8O 8O

There were a few others priced in the thousands; just glad I don't really like whisky!!
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Doorstop » Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:24 am

Wish I'd known .. I'd have got you to pick me up a couple. 8O
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby Toby Dammit » Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:13 pm

robertpool wrote:did you know there are plans to open a whisky museum at Yorkhill Quay? :-)


I've read a bit about that, apparently this will be run by the same Glasgow Distillery Company. However the opening date was announced as "Autumn 2015" and I take it nothing is currently happening on the site?
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Re: Whiskies a gone-gone

Postby escotregen » Sun May 26, 2019 10:53 am

Toby I’ve only now just chanced on your excellent work in this thread. Can you maybe help me with a bit of a historical puzzle? I've recently moved to the board of our local housing association, Rutherglen & Cambuslang. As part of the lore of local spoken history I found there, I've heard mention of stills in old Burnside (south west hinterland of Rutherglen). Do you know of any evidence or records of such stills? This would have been the early 1800s, by which time perhaps tougher C & E enforcement was driving them out of business. I appreciate that these would have been (largely illicit) stills and not distilleries as such. So that might mean you can't offer me much help. Reading through your own researches the only nearest possibility I can identify is the Rutherglen Bridge Distillery. Glasgow. Founded 1817 by George Brown. Closed in 1823. That wouldn't come within the territory of Burnside. I thought I was onto a winner where you had listed 'The Burnside distillery'... but that was in the Coocaddens.
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