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Celler De Capçanes Tasting
12th April 7pm
1983 Adelphi 45.6% 70cl
1991 Adelphi 55.5% 70cl
Ben Nevis
1996 Adelphi 11 Year Old 60.1% 70cl
Virginia Black
American Whiskey 75cl
Highland Park
1989 Adelphi 47.2% 70Cl
21 Year Old Adelphi 46% 70cl
1993 Adelphi 54.7% 70cl
Breath of the Highlands
22 Year Old Adelphi 55.2% 70cl
1996 Adelphi 49.1% 70cl
Sweetdram Cocktail Night
18th April 7pm
Eden Mill Tasting
8th May 8pm
Roe & Co
Irish Blended Whiskey 45% 70cl Batch 1
Pure Scot
Blended Whisky 40% 70cl
Samsara 46.3% 70cl
1953 58 Year Old 43.9% 70cl
25 Year Old Talia 49.2% 70cl
13 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey 46% 70cl
7 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey 46% 70cl
Wild Botanicals Gin 41% 70cl
The Dubliner
10 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey 42% 70cl
The Dublin Liberties
Copper Alley 46% 70cl
The Dublin Liberties
Oak Devil Blended Irish Whiskey 46% 70cl
Small Batch Rum 40% 70cl

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As well as old bottles of whisky, we have a particular love and affection for objects and documents from the whisky industry's past, so we are going to share these with you in a new series. We are not historians so will limit our analysis and conjecture, but hope that the dusty ephemera we choose delights or at least intrigues you. Let's start small, with matchbooks, which were an important form of advertising for whisky. Brand identity, testaments of quality, and even a pricelist could be cheaply put in the hands of the whisky drinker.  
     Matchbook pricelist, date unknown
  • Glentarras was a distillery in Langholm that was closed by 1915.
  • Note that despite its relative youth, Talisker commands the highest price.
  • It is often said that such old age statements and single malts are a post Sixties phenomenon. This would seem to contradict this.
     Laphroaig matchbox cover, date unknown
  • Scotsmen Balmer and Lawrie were pioneers in tea production, and became sole agents for 'Laphroag' in Calcutta by the 1880s.
  • Note the bucolic image of Scotland, and how romantic that must have been to the colonialists in steamy Calcutta.
     Niblick matchbook, date unknown
  • A Niblick is an obsolete golf club, somewhere between 7 and 9 iron.
  • While the market is now dominated by a few big blends, in the 19th and first half of the 20th century there were many small companies often with highly localised markets.
Is there a more misunderstood food than the noble haggis? A simple food born from frugality that made sure nothing went to waste. These days it’s seen more as something to have on a special occasion here in Scotland, most notably on Burn’s night. It was with that in mind we set out on a simple mission – to find out what you should drink with your haggis.

    [caption id="attachment_59" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Smith and Gertrude Smith and Gertrude[/caption] We sat down in the lovely Smith and Gertrude; a relaxed Edinburgh wine bar which opened in 2015. They brilliantly highlight simple, culinary pleasures, so it seemed like the perfect destination to try our humble haggis experiment. We were joined by some of their delightful staff along with Rupert from Buck and Birch, a chef who provided one of the haggises and one of our favourite new drinks - Aelder Liqueur.   [caption id="attachment_77" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Haggis and Whisky Some of the haggis and whisky we tried.[/caption]   We were treated to 4 different types of Haggis along with mash (we decided to forgo the neeps...Arthur claimed “nobody eats them anyway!”):  
  1. Crombies Traditional Haggis.
  2. McSween’s Vegetarian Haggis.
  3. Simon Howie’s Gluten Free Haggis (we were curious!)
  4. Buck and Birch ‘Five Beast Haggis’ – Created by Rupert from Buck & Birch it was made up of a selection of tasty morsels including venison, pork, pigeon and more!
  [caption id="attachment_69" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Whiskies Just some of the whiskies we tried.[/caption] The list of whiskies included-
  1. Robert Burns Single Malt
  2. Compass Box Hedonism
  3. Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill American Oak Cask Strength
  4. Auchentoshan Three Wood
  5. Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood
  6. Springbank 15 Year Old
  7. Benromach 10 Year Old
  8. Islay Mist
  9. Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition
  10. Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Finish
  11. Marquis De Montesquiou Extra Old Armagnac
  12. Aelder Liqueur
  Our conclusions were simple.  There were a couple that didn’t work so well, but on the whole single malt whisky tends to go very well with haggis.  The Auchentoshan Three Wood which, due to the heavy sherry cask influence, we had assumed would be a sure fire hit. Unfortunately, its light bodied nature meant that it was dominated by the spicy haggis.   [caption id="attachment_71" align="aligncenter" width="500"]The expert team at work in Smith and Gertrude The expert team at work in Smith and Gertrude[/caption]   The other surprise was the Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition. The whisky was loved by everyone but the dry smoke clashed with the spice of the haggis. The consensus was that this whisky would have been better to simply round the night off with on its own. The Balvenie 17 year old Doublewood showed very well as did Springbank 15 year old with weighty spirit and sherry combining with the haggis to make for a delightful culinary experience. However, the two best matches came from two whiskies on the lower end of the pricing structure: Islay Mist and Benromach 10 year old.  The slight touch of smoke in each worked wonders and the Islay Mist Blended Whisky was a particular favourite. Isn’t it a pleasant surprise when your favourite is the cheapest?  As for the wild cards, we tried an Armagnac and the delicious Aelder liqueur. The Auld Alliance of Armagnac and Haggis split the group, but if you’re looking to have a haggis that is led by gamey flavours this year then look no further than Aelder Liqueur. The meaty, fruity cacophony is something that you should dive right into if you have a chance. At 17% ABV it is also a lot more accessible than a whisky for those that don’t like spirits.   There we are. Not only have we found out what goes well with Haggis but we’ve also figured out that it may just be the cheapest dinner party around! Some good haggis, some nice potatoes and a bottle of Islay Mist. It’s a simple recipe for a great night with friends.  

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