01.15.18 | Orange Blossoms in Seville | The Macallan Amber

Scotch Whisky

Let’s just get it out of the way, this scotch is non age stated… phew, alright, did we all get our unnecessary anger out of the way??

Well now we can continue with the review of The Macallan Amber. The Amber is from a four bottle line of NAS scotches that The Macallan picked solely on their color to show the change overtime in Sherry Casks. The Amber is the second iteration of the four, the other three being the Gold, the Sienna, and the Ruby. I for one think it’s an interesting exercise of Sherry Casks that takes away any preconceived opinions on the age of the whisky. Simply, here are the various stages a single malt goes through during a lifetime in a sherry cask. Save your anger over NAS scotches for someone else tonight, because I found this one to be simply lovely.

In the glass it is a crystal clear and watery orange hued Amber, which the body is completely what I would expect at 40% abv. On the nose was bright citrus tangerines and floral honey amongst young grains. The palate is very sweet where I found honey suckle apples and cinnamon streusel. A light breakfast in spring accompanied by a warm lemon and honey tea. The finish was a soft oak and bright colored stone fruits that left the palate feeling refreshed, a short finish, but a pleasant one. Overall, a scotch that put up no fight and was the easy on the mouth pour that I enjoy sometimes between the peat and cask strength beasts.

The Macallan Amber was a refreshing spring time single malt that had me dreaming of orange blossoms on a bright Seville day, I was ready to book a ticket to Spain now with the bottle in tow!

The Amber is one that anyone could approach and find pleasurable, while showcasing a young Sherry barrel before the bold deep red fruits develop. A wonderful scotch for those new to it and a great change of pace scotch with no fight for those of us that know!

Sláinte

01.12.18 | The Light Side | High West 14 Year Light Whiskey

American Whiskey

The yang to the yin of whiskey, light vs dark, Luke vs Vader, what am I talking about?? The High West 14 Year Light Whiskey, that’s what!

Now I am not well-versed on what the hell light whiskey is, so I’m going to let the label fill you in on it, per High West, “…light denotes a grain spirit distilled between 80-95% alcohol by volume – it’s “lighter” than a straight whiskey (which is distilled to <80% ABV) but “heavier” than neutral grain spirits (what is called NGS and makes vodka) which must be distilled >95%.” Basically with this you are distilling out the congeners and science things that make your prototypical whiskey flavors, so what are you left with? You’re about to find out!

The nose gave me a total feel of nostalgia back to my childhood when visiting my grandparents house where they always had those huge tubs of ice cream with the red handle, y’all know what I’m talking about! Well on the nose there was vanilla ice cream with a melted caramel topping, sweet, creamy, and very soft. Once on the palate there was an initial rush of ethanol that quickly dissipated into a decadent buttery pound cake and creamh white chocolate. The 14 years of oak shows its face briefly on the finish before ushering in a lot of butterscotch.

It’s unlike any other whiskey on the market in all the right ways. It’s such a soft whiskey that you could hold in your mouth for hours without discomfort, so decadent and buttery with just the right astringency and no burn. A light spring time whiskey that should be drank with pastries on a Sunday morning, cause that’s how I roll on Sundays. Unfortunately only available at the distillery and the park city lounge, don’t pass it up if you ever find yourself at the mothership!

Cheers