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We’re delighted to present the newest outrun from Lady of the Glen. Featuring a variety of finishes, a well-aged Isle of Jura, and a 22-year-old single malt from the now-demolished Caperdonich Distillery; this release has proven incredibly popular with our customers and has something to suit any whisky lover.Dailuaine 2008 with First-Fill Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish
Our Dailuaine was matured in an ex-Bourbon cask, with a final finish in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead for over 18 months. Distilled on the 24th of January 2008 and bottled at cask strength on the 29th of May 2020; we are very proud of this delicately balanced, sherry-finished dram, which is priced at £90 including free UK Delivery.
On the Nose
Full and intense with notes of strawberries and cream, pork pies and new oak furniture.
On the Palate
Creamy and luscious with notes of candied fruits and chocolate raisins soaked in sherry.
Long and lingering sweetness with a sugar-coated pecan nut character.
Isle of Jura 1992
We were incredibly fortunate to acquire a rare 28-year-old Bourbon matured cask in April of this year, just in the nick of time considering its lower ABV. Distilled on the 20th of March 1992 and bottled at cask strength on the 23rd of April; this amber coloured dram is a wonderful alternative west coast island style whisky and is priced at £170 including free UK delivery.
On the Nose
Spring gorse bushes, Madeira cake and fresh cut grass
On the Palate
Poached pears and apple turnover. Yoghurt coated raisins and a chocolate biscuit character
Medium and warming with notes of tobacco, developing to mint.
Our bottling of this rare single malt from the demolished Caperdonich distillery, fully matured in a Bourbon barrel, is the jewel in the crown of this outrun. Distilled on the 27th of August 1997 and bottled at cask strength on the 24th of July 2020; this amber hued dram is a piece of whisky history that would grace the shelves of any collector; and is priced at £400 including free UK delivery.
On the Nose
Rum raisin fudge, stewed apricot and a honey on toast character.
On the Palate
Griddled pineapple and oranges dipped in chocolate. Honeycomb and salted butter.
Clean and crisp with notes of creamy vanilla, allspice and walnut loaf.
Tomintoul 2005 with First-Fill Amontillado Sherry Finish
Our Tomintoul was matured in an ex-Bourbon cask, with a final 13-month finish in an Amontillado barrel from Josafer Tanoaria. Distilled on the 17th of May 2005 and bottled at cask strength on the 3rd of June 2020; this copper hued dram is a perfect choice for lovers of a sherry-influenced whisky and is priced at £140 including free UK delivery.
On the Nose
Deep and rich with notes of leather armchair, autumnal fruit, amaretto and brewing coffee.
On the Palate
Maraschino cherries and chocolate caramels with an orange bitters and honey character.
Apple sauce developing into orange peel with oak tannins and treacle toffee.
The following releases proved so popular that we were unable to keep them on the shelves.Auchroisk 2011 with Pedro Ximenez Octave Finish
Our Auchroisk was an immediate hit; selling out entirely through pre-orders. Our release was matured in a Bourbon cask for over seven years, with 50 litres drawn off and finished in a Pedro Ximenez Octave for Josafer Tanoaria. This bronze coloured whisky was distilled on the 14th of April 2011 and bottled at cask strength on the 29th of May 2020.
On the Nose
Dense and fragrant with fresh sawn pine, coffee cream chocolates, leather and tobacco.
On the Palate
Plum jam and blackcurrant lozenges. Wood spices, walnuts and honey coated dried banana chips.
Long and dry with charred oak, liquorice and a whiff of smoke.
Tullibardine 2006 with Rum Cask Finish
It was a wrench to say goodbye to this delicious, rum-finished malt, now sadly sold out. Initially matured in a traditional bourbon cask; we moved this spirit to an ex-rum cask for an extended finish. Seven years on, we were incredibly happy with the resulting whisky, which was bottled at cask strength on the 29th of May 2020.
On the Nose
Dessert notes of pineapple tart, custard creams and brown sugar sweetness. Floral notes of lilac and rose.
On the Palate
Soft and gentle at first with developing sweet and spicy notes of white chocolate and cinnamon.
Long and satisfying with a walnut whip and brandy cream character, with developing buttery toast.
When I started the business in 2012, the biggest challenge was momentum – I would release a pair of casks and only when those were sold would there then be enough money to purchase the next cask. The consequence of this was that customers who bought up early waited months for the next release, and even then there were delays due to bottling and labelling queues.
At the beginning of the year Grace and Paul joined the business; and although the timing couldn’t be more challenging, with the support of new distribution channels and our present customer base we have been able to take strides in the achievement of our goals.
Those goals were originally conceived in early 2018 and were set in the form of three- and five-year targets. A bottling hall was the ‘cherry on top’ to our plans; something that would be nice to have but was tagged on to the five-year plan as a bonus. With that in mind, we are pleased to reveal that we will be opening our own bottling hall and warehouse in Fife to manage the finishing and bottling of Lady of the Glen. We are ahead of schedule and hope to have the first casks from our own bottling hall out later this year in the form of some warehouse exclusives. Having our own warehouse will allow us to print our own labels and to carry out our own fulfilment, so we can expect to release casks from the warehouse more quickly than ever before.
There will be regular updates on the Facebook page but below are some images of the early stages of development.
None of this could have been achieved without the support of our distributors and the customers that have bought our whisky; some of whom we have met through the recent virtual tastings and at Whisky festivals, but the majority of whom we haven’t, so to everyone that has bought one of our drams, a huge thank you to you!
The whisky world is a very different place to the one we lived in a few months ago. We've seen the temporary closure of whisky shops throughout the country, and the cancellation of some of Scotland's best festivals. At Lady of the Glen, this has meant we've had to quickly find new ways to interact with customers; so, we've been incredibly grateful to the whisky societies and clubs throughout the UK who have contacted us to request a virtual tasting.
We've been delighted to join the North Eastern Whisky Appreciation Society, Kask Whisky Edinburgh, and Jeffrey St. Whisky & Tobacco for their virtual tastings; and are very much looking forward to taking part in the Black Country Whisky Society's tasting later in June. These events have let us meet new whisky fans and introduce them to our unique bottlings, and we've been having a wonderful time participating.
Even festivals have joined the virtual tasting train. It was wonderful to be involved in the Virtual Indie Feis Isle Festival, where we shared our Islay malts with attendees located around the world; from South Korea, Mexico, the USA and Singapore; to Sweden, Switzerland and Poland.
Virtual tastings have proven an incredibly popular way for whisky clubs, societies and festivals to keep in touch with their members throughout this crisis, letting them try new expressions from the comfort of their own home. If you are interested in hosting your own tasting and would like Lady of the Glen to be involved, then please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.
Here’s a hypothetical situation - the tasting you planned to attend has been cancelled, you’re staying indoors for the foreseeable, and you have some new whiskies in the cupboard. It’s time to have a tasting at home, but where to start?
Over the years I’ve come across several different ways to taste whisky, so I’m here to help by introducing the technique I use when tasting cask samples with a view to bottling.
There are a wealth of techniques used for evaluating the quality and characteristics of different wines; and with a few tweaks, these techniques can easily be used to evaluate whisky.
Step One: Preparation Time
Firstly, you’ll need paper and pencil to take notes on each whisky you taste. This will help you identify the differences between each whisky, and even better, will give you a written record of your dream dram.
Secondly, you’ll need a jug of clean water and a spittoon (another jug will do). This will allow you to water the whisky during tasting; and will let you rinse and empty your glass between tasting. A pipette can be handy for precisely adding drops of water to your whisky, but if you don’t have one, that’s OK. Just be careful to not be too heavy handed when adding water from a jug.
Thirdly, you’ll need a clean tasting glass. There’s a lot of debate around the best type of glass to use for tasting whisky, and whether to use a Copita glass, a Glencairn glass, or the more unusual NEAT glass is often a case of personal preference. If you don’t happen to have a specific tasting glass, then even a wine glass will do, provided that the shape narrows towards the brim – this will allow the aromas of the whisky to gather in the glass for your waiting nose.
Finally, and more personally, you’ll need to start the tasting with a clean palate, so ensure that you’re not going in having eaten a strong-tasting food. If you’ve just eaten smoked fish, that’s all you’ll end up tasting, so save it for afterwards.
Step Two: It’s All About Appearances
Pour your first whisky into your tasting glass and take a good look at it. With the common use of chill-filtering and caramel colouring in the whisky industry, appearances might not give you much of a starting point in terms of what you’re going to eventually taste. If your dram has been chill-filtered; the fatty acids, esters and proteins from the whisky will have been removed with the aim of creating a clearer liquid with a ‘better’ appearance. Furthermore, if caramel colouring has been added (often with the aim of creating a consistent appearance between batches), then colour won’t give you much to go on either.
But if you have a single cask, non-chill filtered bottle of whisky in your arsenal (such as one from Lady of the Glen!), then appearances can tell you a lot. Give the glass a gentle swirl and you’ll begin to get an idea of the viscosity and body of the whisky by looking at the “legs” of spirit that remain on the sides of the glass – the thicker the legs, the heavier the body. Colour also has a part to play when tasting a single cask whisky, and can give you an idea about the cask in which the whisky was aged – our 9 year old Bunnahabhain was fully matured in a first fill Olorosso Sherry cask, which naturally darkened the whisky as the sherry soaked wood met the new make distillate.
Step Three: The Nose Knows
You’ve given your whisky the eye; next comes the nose.
When I nose a whisky, I’m looking to recognize how pronounced the flavours are while avoiding any alcohol burn. Generally speaking, the more pronounced ‘desirable’ flavours there are, the higher the quality of the whisky. The nosing stage of a tasting should last the longest and should come in three stages.
If you’re having to work hard to nose anything, then try warming the spirit in your hands; however there is every possibility that you’re tasting a very straightforward whisky which doesn’t have a lot going on, which can be an indicator of poor quality.
See what familiar scents you can pick out during each nosing. You should be able to detect characteristics from the original distillate, from the cask, and from the length of maturation. Are there woody, peaty or fruity tones? Feel free to use a tasting wheel if you’re having difficulty putting a name to an aroma – this can only help in the identification process.
Step Four: Tasting Time
The moment you’ve been waiting for – the first taste.
Take a small sip of your whisky, letting it roll around your mouth. What type of mouthfeel does the whisky have? Is it light, or is there an oily heaviness? Once you’ve moved past the initial alcohol burn, see what familiar tastes you can identify, whether they be floral notes, chocolatey dessert tones, or rich meaty savouriness. Are these flavours similar to what you had nosed, or have they become something completely different? If different, did you enjoy this change? It’s all a matter of personal opinion.
It can help to score your dram based on the following:
The answers to these questions will determine your evaluation of the spirits quality
After your first sip, and once you are satisfied with the taste of the neat spirit, add a little water, swirl the glass, and go back to the beginning of the process. How has the water changed the flavour? Has it brought out new characteristics? Do these changes affect your overall impression of the whisky? Take a note of your scores, rinse your glass, and it’s time to move on to the next dram.
And there you have it; a guide to tasting at home. These experiences are always best shared, so please let us know how you got on through our social media channels or by email; and keep an eye on Facebook for an upcoming video on whisky tasting from our Director, Gregor Hannah.
As the Covid19 situation continues to develop, we thought it would be best to give our followers an overview of the steps being taken at Lady of the Glen.
Current NHS guidance states that it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted on packaging or through food. Our products are delivered from our warehouse via couriers including Parcelforce (part of the Royal Mail group) and DPD. Whilst our items are sent as a "signed for" delivery, courier companies have updated their practices to minimise contact between the delivery person and the recipient. More information can be found here on DPD and Royal Mail's Corona Virus pages.
We are following guidance from event management where we are scheduled to attend, and will be able to confirm our festival participation in due course.
As a small business, we are able to work flexibly. We will self-isolate as necessary, and continue to work remotely.
Due to government recommendation, we are not available to host tastings at present, but are happy to discuss dates for later in the year.
We wish you and yours all the best in the coming weeks and months. We'll be keeping an eye on the situation as it develops, but for now, we're keeping calm with a dram.