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Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
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Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
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Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
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  • 1. Single malts Issue 1 For isk Enthusiasts The Whisky & Cigars kindred By Felix Hartmann InsIde speysIde sPiriT Ronnie Cox gets up The heartland of Speyside as close and personal you’ve never seen it before Changing Times Scotland’s leading export is undergoing a seismic shift The Cooper’s ArT Win a ViP TriP To sCoTland SINGLE MALTS 1
  • 2. exclusively available in all MMI, spinney’s & OuA retail shops 2 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 3
  • 3. xxxxxx editor’s Toast Editor’s ToasT W elcome! Just like a new whisky, a new magazine takes time to create, to develop its own particular style and flavour in order to capture the true spirit of Scotland. But we’ve done it! I hope you enjoy our efforts. Come with us on a journey around Scotland, as we delve into the many facets of a fascinating industry. We welcome Ronnie Cox, Master of the Glenrothes, who talks about this distillers’ dram. Felix Hartmann joins us from the Burj Al Arab, to pair a dram with a smoke, and introduces us to some of the inside secrets of Cuban cigars. We’ve a round up of the latest news. recipe suggestions and a look at the art of cooperage. We take a trip along the latest whisky trails, plus you can even win a fantastic trip to five of Scotland’s finest distilleries! In fact there’s so much packed into this inaugural issue, why not pull up a chair, pour yourself a good dram and dive in. Slainte Mhath! John Gillespie next issue • We get up close and personal with Laphroaig Master Blender Robert Hicks • We explore the regions of Islay • We follow the launch of Macallan Lalique and Glenfiddich 50YO • Focus on Japanese whiskies • Behind the scenes of Glenfiddich barrel art • And much, much more ask The experts There is so much to find out about malt whiskies. The trick is not to be daunted. Ask our experts at singlemalt@mmi.ae who are always willing to share their www.smokehead.co.uk passion and knowledge. Smokehead encourages responsible drinking. 4 SINGLE MALTS Available at leading outlets worldwide. SINGLE MALTS 5
  • 4. Contents 36 Monarch of the Glenfiddich 14 Whisky & Cigars Contents 8 The Kindred Spirit 10 Top 10 12 Interesting Times 14 Whisky & Cigars 18 Inside Speyside 22 Competition 24 The Malt Whisky Trails 26 Hotspots of Dubai 28 Whisky: All You Need To Know, Distilled… 31 Nose of the Month 32 The Cooper’s Art 34 Whisky & Cigar Pairings 36 Monarch of the Glenfiddich 38 Events 40 Cocktail Recipes 52 Le Clos 42 46 52 54 The World’s Most Expensive Cocktail What’s New? Le Clos Join us at Single Malts Society 6 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 7
  • 5. the kindred The glenrothes Q&a MMI: What makes the Glenrothes so special? RC: Maturity matters, not age. Malt Whiskies mature at different rates. The sPiriT Glenrothes is bottled only when mature, at its peak and ready to be enjoyed. By contrast an age statement tells the age of a whisky, not its maturity. This philosophy is embodied by both the Vintages and Select Reserve and reflects 300 years of wine & spirit knowledge by London’s oldest wine merchant. MMI: Where does Glenrothes’ flavour BRANd AMBASSAdOR RONNiE COx TALKS ABOUT ONE come from? OF ThE WhiSKy iNdUSTRy’S BEST KEpT SECRETS RC: It’s all about flavour sixty per cent a Cask Wood influence and forty per cent sk a Master Blender to nominate one of itself was established on the banks of the Rothes Burn, distilling. Reputation amongst Speyside’s finest whiskies, and the name that though it drew its water from the Arcanny Spring. Initially Blenders for body, complexity and comes up time and again may be a surprise. operating with a single pair of stills, the first whisky flavour because of: Those in the know reckon The Glenrothes is flowed on December 28th 1879, the very same day as the • Very tall stills and unusually slow just about as good as it gets: a classic Speyside dram with Tay Bridge disaster. distillation; sweet, clean, fruity and peardrop, citrus and grassy elements, all wrapped up in The distillery suffered a few disasters of its own, being elegant spirit a delicious creamy texture and long, smooth finish. So badly damaged in a major fire in 1897. However, the • Scotland’s most stringent wood policy why is it not better known? Well, for most of its history, rebuild enabled the addition of a second pair of stills. and maturation knowledge the fabulous production of the Glenrothes Distillery has Despite an explosion in 1903 and another fire in 1922, • perfect balance of flavours; no one been used as the backbone of certain the distillery soldiered on, surviving dominant element whiskies of which you have certainly the war, American Prohibition and • Careful cask selection: only two heard, namely Cutty Sark, Famous economic turmoil of the time. In per cent of casks selected for Grouse, J&B and Chivas. 1963, another pair of stills was added, Single Malt: rarity and quality guaranteed But you can’t keep a good followed again by the addition of MMI: Can you explain the rational distillery down, and what had been further pairs in 1980 and 1989. behind the different vintages? an occasional bottling of well-aged The distillery is now a powerhouse RC: Each vintage is unique. We bottle casks (if you ever find a bottle of The of production, though it retains for the differences, not for conformity. Glenrothes 30 Year Old, do not let it the unusually tall stills and slow The four core flavours of Glenrothes out of your sight!) began the uniquely distillation that endow the whisky are found in Select Reserve: ripe Fruits, Glenrothes tradition of bottling produced with such character. Citrus, Vanilla, with Spice on the finish, ‘Vintages’ rather than Ages. And so “a calming But it is not just in distillation that all encased in a creamy texture. Unlike The Glenrothes began to find a wider and comforting The Glenrothes is fanatical, it also aged products, Vintages are chosen for their differences. dram…ideal for and very appreciative following. pays particular attention to the process Today, The Glenrothes is known of maturation. The distillery operates The wood used and balance of casks as The Kindred Spirit. It’s that whisky taking you away Scotland’s most stringent wood policy, chosen ensures the variations. Unique you would choose to share with your closest and most trusted friends, who from the rush and has unique depth of skill and knowledge of the effect of the cask on and Scarce: when finished a Vintage can never be repeated. share your love and appreciation and dash. like a the finished whisky. This fanaticism of the finer things. You feel that leisurely walk in a lies at the heart of The Glenrothes’ Ronnie luxurious garden instinctive connection, a mutual unique approach to bottling. All Cox understanding and recognition of whiskies mature at different rates, so on a late summer looking exceptional quality, real craftsmanship the distillery bottles on maturity, rather cool and understatement. The Glenrothes distillery has kept afternoon.” than age. Whiskies are selected for bottling when they are at their peak, – ronnie Cox Brand ambassador Facts & Figures a low profile, quietly going about the rather than at a set number of years. business of making superlative whisky This philosophy is embodied in a range Tasting Review 1994 and maturing it to perfection. But it was not always so. Founded in 1870, the company began as a partnership of Vintages, Single Cask bottling and the Select Reserve. In pursuit of that perfection, The Glenrothes runs its • Berry Brothers & Rudd - Oldest Wine & Spirit Merchant in UK, trading from same site in central London for 300+ yrs Tasting notes between James Stuart (who took over the Macallan license own cooperage onsite at the distillery, giving it absolute • A medium-sized, family owned company. Supplied Appearance: Autumn gold, clear & bright in 1868), and bankers John Cruikshank, William Grant control of the casks selected for filling and maturation. the British Royal family since 1760 Bouquet: Rich, mature aroma, berry fruits, and Robert Dick. John Stuart later left due to financial More than half of the flavour enjoyed in a whisky is due • Volume 4m cases. Sales £200m + vanilla and white chocolate problems, but the others carried the business forward as to the time it spends in cask, and the quality of that cask • Barcelona & N.E. Spain account for over 15 Palate: Soft, mature palate, coconut, William Grant & Co. In 1887, this business was merged is obviously critical to the final quality of finished dram. per cent of global sales: “One in every ten vanilla, butterscotch with the Islay Distillery Co. (owners of Bunnahabhain) Only around two per cent of casks are judged suitable for bottles drunk in Barcelona is The Glenrothes.” Finish: Long, vanilla, sweet finish to form Highland Distillers Company Ltd. The distillery maturing the Single Malt. 8 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 9
  • 6. Top 10 Where to Find a ToP 10 single malTs good dram FEATURiNG OVER 20 SiNGLE MALT, iNCLUdiNG By Volume 2008 8 OF TOp 10 iN ThE WORLd, ANd FURThER 20 BRand Volume 9 liTRe CaSeS % CagR 03-08 MORE BRANdS AVAiLABLE ON REqUEST, ThERE’S SOMEThiNG FOR EVERyONE Glenfiddich........................ 1,107,000 ..............................................+10% The Glenlivet..................... 585,000 .................................................+13% dubai Flagship retail store The Macallan ..................... 567,000 ...................................................+9% Al Wasl ....................................Tel: 04 232 5522 Glen Grant ........................ 324,160 ....................................................-4% Mall of Emirates .......................Tel: 04 341 0371 Glenmorangie ................... 346,000 ...................................................+1% Ibn Battuta ..............................Tel: 04 368 5626 Cardhu ............................... 274,000 ...................................................+5% Trade Centre ...........................Tel: 04 352 3091 Aberlour ............................ 198,000 ...................................................+2% Shiekh Zayed Road ..................Tel: 04 321 1223 Laphroaig .......................... 181,000 ...................................................+5% Balvenie............................. 163,000 ...................................................+7% Bowmore ........................... 133,000 ...................................................+2% TOTAL ......................... 5,258,000 ..................................... +6% ToP 10 exPorT markeTs 2008 Festival City, MMi’s latest retail store CounTRy Value gBP CaSeS mmi are delighted to announce the opening of our USA .................................... 371.4 million ........................... 107.1 million new flagship store in dubai Festival City. France ................................ 358.8 million ........................... 159.8 million Spain.................................. 333.3 million ........................... 102.4 million Dubai Festival City ...................Tel: 04 232 5522 Singapore .......................... 184.5 million ............................. 48.9 million Opening Hours for all stores South Korea ...................... 148.8 million ............................. 41.0 million 11:00am-9pm (Sat-Thurs). Closed Fridays Greece ............................... 113.6 million ............................. 29.6 million Germany............................ 111.0 million ............................. 39.5 million spinney’s Flagship retail stores South Africa....................... 101.4 million ............................. 44.6 million Spinneys Muroor .....................Tel: 02 641 9366 Taiwan ............................... 74.4 million ............................... 13.1 million Spinneys Khalidiya .................Tel: 02 677 0577 Venezuela .......................... 67.0 million ............................... 24.0 million Spinneys Al Ain .......................Tel: 03 763 6367 *source http://www.scotch-whisky.org.uk Opening Hours for all stores 10:00am-1pm & 4pm – 8pm (Sat-Thurs). Closed Fridays oman Flagship retail stores OUA Madinat Qaboos .................Tel: 2480 3892 SCS Azaiba...................................Tel: 2449 5157 OUA Ruwi ..................................Tel: 2470 4031 Opening Hours for all stores 9am-1pm & 5pm-9pm (Sat-Thurs). Closed Fridays Sign uP To THe Single malT SoCieTy and Find ouT aBouT wHiSky eVenTS and exCluSiVe oFFeRS THRougHouT THe uae. FoR moRe inFoRmaTion email SinglemalT@mmi.ae 10 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 11
  • 7. Interesting industry news Turning the barley at Balvenie mill house Times MALT WhiSKy iN SCOTLANd STANdS pOiSEd ON ThE BRiNK OF SUCCESS. BUT WiLL iT industry, with the first new distillery to be built in 30 years. The Roseisle Distillery, when fully commissioned later this year, will have an annual production capacity of 10 million litres. But if it is the giants of the industry that AChiEVE iTS pOTENTiAL? are driving forward production capacities, it is the smaller and more independent P distilleries that are leading the way in erhaps more than any other defining new styles and expressions industry, scotch whisky distilling of single malt whisky. Consider The demands deep pockets, patient Glenrothes, long an industry secret, the investors and an uncanny ability bulk of which went to the production of to see into the future five, ten or fifteen some of the world’s best-known blended years hence. whiskies. Now it is being sold as a single Could you predict with confidence malt in its own right, and the distillery what your own industry will look like has taken the unique approach of bottling two decades from now? The size of your on maturity, rather than age. As a result market? The demand for your product? the Glenrothes is available as a series Consumer tastes? And yet, all these and of vintages, bottlings of selected casks more are in the minds of the people who chosen for their maturity and perfection run Scotland’s leading export industry. rather than a specific number of years. Whisky distilling, maturing and sales The resulting range is winning much support some 65,000 jobs in the UK, and praise from aficionados, and certainly bring in more than £3billion in export adds a welcome new insight into the revenue each year. That’s 25 per cent of world of single malt scotch. the entire food and drink export industry. Another distillery making waves is Even the distillery visit sector is growing, Bruichladdich, on Islay, which has broken attracting more than a million tourists into away from its very staid traditional image Scotland each year, and bringing with and is now experimenting with a range of them all of the associated benefits for highly individual bottlings, including one local accommodation, travel and tourism with a degree of notoriety, The Octomore. industries. This is the most highly peated whisky So it is a vital industry, and one that in the world, with a phenomenal count of looks to be poised for substantial growth. 80.5 ppm phenols. This is roughly double There has been a quiet revolution, the count of any other peated whisky, especially in the single malts category, and is a unique achievement for The Bruichladdich Distillery. Certainly, this is a great time for anyone with distillers large and small casting off comfortably top one million cases in bottlings of exceptional casks, including litres capacity to its current six million interested in single malt whisky. Whether the shackles of tradition and reinventing 2009, and the company has undertaken a 1976 and 1977 Vintage Reserve. Not litres annual production. The Macallan you are just starting to discover the themselves and their products, seeking an extensive revamp of its range in order for nothing is Glenfiddich known as “the range has expanded dramatically of late huge range of tastes available or are an ever more innovative methods of to broaden its appeal to both established world’s most awarded whisky”. with the introduction of its ‘Fine Oak’ established connoisseur, the combination production and new ways to engage and new consumers. In addition to its But it is far from alone. Another bottlings, a dramatic and not always of huge growth in capacity and the sheer with, inform and entertain consumers. definitive single malt, the company now notable contender is The Macallan, popular departure from the distillery’s exuberance of the modern generation of Glenfiddich remains the dominant offers bottlings at 12, 15, 18, 21, 30 and currently restoring a further six stills previous insistence on sherry cask master distillers means there’s no shortage player, selling more single malt scotch 40 years old. The company now also to full production, re-awakening them only maturation. of new experiences for you to explore and than any other distillery. Sales should produces a range of limited release from ‘silent’ to add another two million And then there is Diageo, giant of the enjoy. Fans of a good dram have a great deal to look forward to. 12 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 13
  • 8. Whisky & Cigars Sponsored by Whisky & Cigars aT Burj al araB, The World’s mosT luxurious hoTel By FELix hARTMANN, SKyViEW BAR MMI: Felix, can you tell us a little maize and palm leaves. It wasn’t until by machines or by hand as known five different kinds of leaves. The filler leaf, contributing less to the flavor, but plants that Columbus first discovered bit about the history of cigars? Christopher Columbus sailed his famous nowadays. consists of three different leaves, all sun- standing for the ultimate symbol of in 1492. The soils contribute as much FH: It is widely believed that cigars were voyage to the Americas in 1492 that the grown they include attributes as such perfection. as the skills and heritage of the Cubans first produced and smoked in Spain, rest of the world came to know tobacco. How are Cigars made? as aroma, strength and combustibility. to produce the cigars. However, however tobacco was smoked along time The dried tobacco was given typically Premium cigars such as Cuban The filler leaves are rolled and pressed Why do Cuban cigars have the everybody’s taste is different and great before cigars were actually smoked. as a gift to people and also gifted to “Habanos” cigars are mostly hand-made together with the binder which is also reputation as being the best cigars are produced all over the Americas Tobacco originates from the Americas, Columbus crewmembers, who were (totalmente a mano) with long entire sun grown and hold the bunch together of their kind? such as the Dominican Republic, where the Maya of Yucatan and Central actually more interested in the plant than leaves (longfiller), whereas shortfiller and lends the shape of the cigars. The Cuba is known to have perfect climate Nicaragua, Honduras or Mexico. Tobacco America cultivated and smoked the the discoverer himself. Tobacco became cigars are made with broken leaves. most expensive and most difficult leaf conditions for growing the “Tabaco is also cultivated in Cameroon, the Plant. The natives smoked the dried a popular crop but was first only smoked These cigars can be made by machines to grow is the wrapper, which is shade- Negro Cubano” – native Cuban Black Canary Islands and all over Indonesia Tobacco leaves, twisted and wrapped in in pipes before the cigars were produced as well. Long filler cigars are made with grown to cultivate a more defined Tobacco – directly descended from the furthermore the USA (Connecticut) is 14 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 15
  • 9. Whisky & Cigars Sponsored by Interesting know for its superb light and delicate Wrapper leaves. How can a consumer identify FaCTs a premium cigars? Premium cigars and hand-made and the cigars bought in one box should all have the same appearance in terms of colour aBouT and quality/condition of the wrapper (not torn or cracked). Cuban cigars carry also the boxing date on the bottom of the box which very useful for cigar collectors Cigars and real connoisseurs. The wrapper of the cigar itself should be elastic but firm once gently pressed with the finger. There should be not much noise of cracking leaves inside of the cigar when pressed between the fingers. The cigars should be stored at temperatures between 16-18C and at a relative humidity of 65 to 70 per cent. my special recommendation Punch Robusto “exclusivo emiratos” A pleasant and delicate smoke of approximately 30 minutes. The cigar has a beautiful floral and subtle fruity aroma with hints of dry cedar wood and Cinnamon. The punch Robusto has a perfect draw and make and is therefore a good Cigar for every beginner. Only 2000 Boxes in produced or the U.A.E. FaCT 1 The world record FaCT 4 Montecristo is the FaCT 7 Win! for the longest Cigar is 45.38 most famous brand with 25 per cent The best tabaco on earth is said to meters, made by a Cuban cigar market share of sold Cuban Cigars come from the Vuelta Abajo Region in Roller Jose Castelar Cairo followed by Cohiba and Romeo the Western part of Cuba & Julieta an exclusive limited FaCT 2 The Global turnover FaCT 8 for 2008 with original habanos Cigars FaCT 5 Currently Habanos At the last Festival de habano 2009 edition box of Punch is 390 million dollars US$ distribute 27 Brands with 80 (11th Edition of the annual Festival), robusto cigars different Formats 981.000 Euros were raised during FaCT 9 email your name, mobile number and FaCT 3 the traditional humidor auction for The biggest La Casa habanos shop is subject heading Punch Robusto cigars 144 La Casa del habanos FaCT 6 habanos Cigars are the Cuban health System – only two located in Jumeriah Board Walk Competition to singlmalt@mmi.ae existing worldwide available in more than 150 Countries humidors were auctioned (above) Closing date is 31st november 2009. winner will be contacted by email Tell us a little bit about your with a corresponding beverage. A fresh rolled cigars and meet the people and your timely requirements. Sample Which spirits go best with Cigars? experience in Cuba and written exam had to be filled in behind the masterpieces. Havana is like different cigars and brands of several In general, what ever tastes best, and how you claimed the Title too before we had to introduce, big humidor and smoking is a double vintages, there is alot to discover. everybody has a different palate. In “Habanos Sommelier suggest and serve several unknown pleasure in this extraordinary, When smoking a cigar, take your general, I can say that all kinds of dark World Champion”? cigars to the jury in the grand final. beautiful City. time, don’t tip the ash off since this spirits, wine, sherry, port, coffee, tea The best cigar experts, working in Cuba is a unique experience for will damage the glow and increase and even champagne can be enjoyable the hospitality industry, meet in me as a passionate cigar smoker Can you give our readers some the temperature of the smoke. Light accompaniments to cigars. Personally Cuba to go through two rounds of because you have the chance advice of do’s and don’ts when and cut your cigar with thoughtfulness I like whisky or rum best with my the Sommelier contest. A cigar had to visit the tobacco plantations smoking cigars? to have and continuous and cigar, along with a premium coffee to presented and served alongside and cigar factories on side, buy Smoke a cigar which suits your palate pleasant smoke. on the side. 16 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 17
  • 10. inside speyside Inside F rom the source of the water to the shape of the still, its history and traditions, the way it malts its barley to the casks in which its whisky is matured – these are just some of the things which make every Single Malt Whisky distillery different. No two are the same. Each has a unique setting and story, as well sPeyside as a distinctive way of doing things that has evolved over many years. Every distillery, whether grand or humble, has a unique character, its own traditions and legends, its own particular flavour and aroma. To walk around the mash tuns, to smell the barley and sometimes peat, to watch as the pure new whisky flows through the spirit safe, to stand in a dark and cool warehouse, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of litres of maturing ThE hEART OF SCOTiSh diSTiLLiNG A landscape picture of speyside whisky, is to begin to understand the of the world’s most popular brands and Glenlivet is known as the Single Malt pumping as much spirit into barrels mystique and allure. And Speyside is best-selling single malts are produced that started it all. Today, The Glenlivet as it possibly can. Global demand has where it all began. in Speyside. distillery produces a range of bottlings, created a boom time for whisky, and the In reality Speyside is not officially The huge selection of Speyside from the 12 Year Old all the way to Speyside distilleries are well positioned a whisky region, but it is generally malts offer a variety of styles and the highly acclaimed Glenlivet Cellar to accommodate this demand. There is a accepted as a subdivision of the can generally be broken down into Collection vintage whiskies. proliferation of newer, younger whiskies Highlands Region. It ranges from two categories, the heavy, rich sherry Another powerhouse of Speyside is Strathisla distillery home of Chivas as the new-make spirit comes of age. around Dalwhinnie in the south, then flavoured malts, and the more complex the Glenfiddich distillery and its 10 Whilst there will always be industry “one thing is for north and east along the strath of the light floral flavoured malts. Speyside stills capable of producing 10 million stalwarts such as Glenlivet, Macallan River Spey, through Moray and into malts are essentially sweet whiskies, litres of whisky a year. and Glenfiddich widely accessible to Badenoch and Strathspey, ranging over although some can have a little peaty This is bottled in a variety of ages certain, speyside will us, we’re also fortunate to be seeing countryside as diverse as the slopes character with just a slight whiff of and expressions, ranging from the 12 continue to provide us more whiskies from distilleries like the of the Monadlaith Mountains to the smoke. year old to the occasional 40 year old. interesting, high-quality Glenrothes, whose product previously arable pastures of the Laich of Moray. And through it all runs the magnificent Mention words single malt to a scotch drinker and the names But these two distilleries are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to whiskies.” only went into blended scotch. One thing is for certain, Speyside will River Spey, one of the mightiest of all Glenfiddich and Glenlivet won’t be far the quantity and quality of Speyside and low key, like Longmorn and The continue to provide us with interesting, Scotland’s rivers, and thanks to the behind. The first ever license to distill whiskies. Within this small area of the Glenrothes, legends in the industry but high-quality whiskies, driving the distilleries along its banks, certainly the whisky in Speyside was granted in Scottish Highlands lie nearly half of little-known outside it. industry forward with a combination Longmorn Stills most famous. Over half of all Scotland’s 1824 to George Smith and his son John Scotland’s whisky distilleries. Some Speyside is the heart of the scotch of bold innovation and comforting distilleries are located here, and many Gordon Smith, and to this day The are household names, others are quiet whisky industry, and the region is tradition. 18 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 19
  • 11. inside speyside Speyside in an a-Z of speyside distilleries aberlour Founded by James Gordon & peter glenrothes highly reputable distillery that Weir in 1826, Aberlour in Gaelic means produces rich single malts and whisky for ‘Mouth of the Chattering Burn” the famous Cutty Sark blend allt-a-Bhainne Relatively unknown distillery glen Spey A light fresh spirit that is used numBers whose whisky goes almost exclusively into primarily in the J&B Rare blended range Chivas Regal blending glentauchers distillery that produces auchroisk Modern 1970s distillery that exclusively for the Ballantine’s blended produces whisky exclusively for the J&B range Rare blend, and now available as ‘The inchgower diageo-owned distillery that Singleton of Achroisk’ contributes to the Bell’s and Johnnie Walker aultmore Little-known distillery owned by blended ranges dewars knockando One of the earliest distilleries Balmenach Old distillery renovated and to export single malt whisky. Currently one restarted by inver house distillers in 1997 of the best sellers in continental europeand Balvenie Glenfiddich’s ‘little’ sister but still America one of the largest distilleries in Speyside knockdhu (An Cnoc) Renamed as ‘An Cnoc’ Benriach A small independently owned and to avoid confusion with Knockando whisky innovative distillery linkwood Well reknowned light and fresh Benrinnes One of the cornerstones of the whisky that is released as single malt and Johnnie Walker blended whisky range contributes towards blends Benromach Small and experimental longmorn Rich and fruity whisky that is distillery owned by independent bottling well regarded as a single malt but is mostly company Gordon & Macphail used in Chivas Regal’s premium blends Braeval Also known as Braes of Glenlivet, a macallan Iconic distillery that produces distillery built to produce whisky for blending classic whiskies that are amongst the best Cardhu The home of one of the best-selling selling worldwide single malt whiskies in southern Europe mannochmore A 1970s distillery that is and America the home of the haig’s blended range and Cragganmore A typical speyside whisky once produced the legendaryblack whisky that is the region’s representative in the Miltonduff 1 in 7 ‘Classic Malts’ series loch dhu high capacity distillery that Craigellachie distillery that produces produces the lion’s share of whisky for the whisky exclusively for the dewar’s white Ballantine’s and Teacher’s blends 1824 21 label blend mortlach dark and fruity whisky that is dailuaine Environmentally friendly distillery becoming harder to find due to its inclusion glenfiddich that is the backbone of the Johnnie Walker blended range in the popular Johnnie Walker black label Speyburn A light, fresh and zesty whisky The first license to legally distil whisky in Scotland was Macallan is not far behind. Six stills from the 1980s are to be is the world’s dufftown Little-known but large distillery in the town of the same name that is marketed as ‘value for money’ and one of the best sellers in America best-selling granted in 1824 to George Smith and his son John Gordon re-activated this year - taking their total to 21 and boosting Smith of the Glenlivet distillery in Speyside. For many years capacity to 8 million litres per year. glendronach distillery that forms an Speyside A new distillery set up in ancient 60 important part of theTeacher’s blend single malt, afterwards George carried a pair of hair-trigger pistols to farm buildings that releases whisky under protect himself and his family from reprisals by illicit distillers. glendullan distillery that produces whisky the names ‘Speyside’ and ‘drumguish’ accounting John made do with a cutlass. for the Old parr blend for the export market Strathisla One of scotland’s oldest 15 glenfarclas scotland’s second oldest distilleries contributing to Chivas for one in Between them, around fifty Speyside distilleries account for over continual family-owned distillery Regal blends 60 per cent of single malt whisky production in Scotland, and glenfiddich pioneering distillery that is Strathmill Llittle known distillery that is the seven bottles this figure will obviously increase when Roseisle, Glenlivet and the home of the world’s best selling home of the J&B Rare blended whisky brand Before the advent of modern trademark legislation, at least 15 Macallan are operating at full capacity. single malt whisky Tamdhu Large distillery with one of the of single malt 15 distilleries had a ‘Glenlivet’ suffix appended to their names by glenglassaugh distillery that has been largest malting facilities in Scotland. owners or bottlers at some point. Notable culprits included recently re-opened in November 2008 by Contributes to the Famous Grouse blends whisky bought Macallan-Glenlivet, Glenfarclas-Glenlivet and Aberlour-Glenlivet. private investors Tamnavulin 1960s distillery recently re- 10,000,000 glen grant A large and famous distillery that opened by owners Whyte & Mackay worldwide At the time of writing there are 15 active distilleries operating is one of the biggest sellers worldwide Tomatin independently owned large in Speyside whose names begin with ‘Glen’ (if you include glenlivet Scotland’s first legal distillery and distillery whose single malt is popular in Glenfiddich distillery is Scotland’s largest producer of single Glenglassaugh and Glendronach, and most people do). See how many of the rest you can get without cheating. Glen in 2007. one of the best selling whiskies in the world glenlossie A little-known distillery that Japan and contributes to the Antiquary blend Tomintoul At 1,170ft, the highest distillery malt whisky, with a capacity of 10 million litres of alcohol per Keith doesn’t count as it is currently mothballed produces spirit for a variety of diageo blends above sea level in speyside year. When Diageo’s Roseisle distillery is opened later this year glen moray popular single malt that Tormore Large 1950s distillery with it will have an equal capacity, as will Glenlivet when planned 1824 The Glenlivet Single, the single was recently taken over by French spirits pioneering architecture designed by Sir expansion is complete. malt that started it all company La Martiniquaise Albert Richardson 20 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 21
  • 12. Competition Win! The TriP oF a liFeTime For TWo To sCoTland! For your chance to win a Vip trip for two, complete the enclosed form and hand it to your local MMi, Spinneys and OUA retail shop. Alternatively you can send an email to singlemalt@mmi.ae Competition closes 31st december 2009 m MI Single Malts Society is men who make the whiskies, to sample each offering you a once-in-a-lifetime precious dram, and to see some of the most opportunity, to win an exclusive remote and beautiful locations in Scotland. trip to five of the top distilleries in Travel to the Highlands, Islands, Lowlands Scotland – Glenrothes, The Macallan, Highland and Speyside, stay in luxury accommodation, Park, Scapa and Auchentoshan. spend time with some of the industry’s most This is a unique opportunity to travel to five influential characters, and savour some of the world-famous distilleries, to meet with the finest whiskies in the world. 22 SINGLE MALTS exclusively available in all MMI, spinney’s & OuA retail shops SINGLE MALTS 23
  • 13. Whisky Trails - speyside Bonded Warehouse s peyside is rightly known as The Trail The Malt Whisky Trails the heart of whisky country – there are something like 55 Benromach: boutique distillery on the separate distilleries in and outskirts of the ancient market town around the area all producing single of Forres malts for various markets. Some are Cardhu: in the heart of the parish of well known, some almost invisible, Knockando, and of the Johnnie some open, some working away Walker empire behind closed doors. The question dallas dhu Historic distillery: gain an insight into how it used to be, in Forres Whisky Coast is, how best to sample this unique Bowmore distillery islay landscape? glenfiddich: the world’s best selling That was the challenge answered by the launch of the world’s first single malt, and its home in dufftown glen grant: the only distillery still to Less than an hour away behind you that are the envy of the smooth and potent. distilleries ‘Malt Whisky Trail’. A group of local carry the name of its founding owners is the cosmopolitan buzz of Glasgow, world. To travel through “Travel the There are whiskies ardbeg - islay distilleries got together to plan a glenlivet: the single malt that started it yet here the landscape is different, this landscape and to length of the here from global arran - Arran Whisky Coast manageable and illuminating tour, all, in the glen for which it is named very different. At your feet stirs the savour the whiskies created brands and individual Ben nevis - Mainland giving visitors full access to the glen moray: in the coastal town of Atlantic Ocean, quiet now but rarely here is to experience artisan distillers, from Bruichladdich - islay fascinating range of distilleries and Elgin, where the barley grows so for very long. Scotland at its most and you’re household names Bunnahabhain - islay crafts engaged in this fascinating Strathisla: in the Banff town of Keith, the core of Chivas Regal Behind you is a wild and rugged magnificent and intense, the never far to secret favourites, Caol ila - islay glengyle - Campbeltown from another business. The trail takes in seven landscape, carved by this very ocean, wild beauty of the country long established unique distilleries including some Speyside Cooperage: at Craigellechie, and home to some of Scotland’s most reflected in the complexity favourites and bold isle of Jura - Jura of the biggest global brands, and surrounded by distilleries defining and appealing qualities – and depth of its drams. delight.” new ventures. And kilchoman - islay includes a visit to the bustling abundant hospitality, specatular views There are 16 distilleries yet they all share lagavulin - islay Speyside Cooperage, a vital part of the and the sort of solitude all too rarely along this intricate coast, from one thing, proximity with the sea. laphroaig - islay flavour of every dram. Here you can small band of artisans. In a very real encountered in the modern world. phenolic Talisker on the Isle of Skye Travel the length of the Whisky Coast oban - Mainland watch real craftsmen at work, marvel sense, that dram in your glass is still It is no surprise, then, that this is to seductive Springbank in sleepy and you’re never far from another Springbank - Campbeltown at their speed and accuracy, consider genuinely ‘hand-made’, dependent also the origin of many of Scotland’s Campbelltown. And the whiskies they delight. For tours, bookings and other Talisker - Skye how such a vast industry still relies on on the skills of men no machine can most revered and enticing drams, a produce are just as diverse, including information,go to www.whiskycoast. Tobermory - Mull the skill and manual ability of such a replace. roster of distilleries and expressions peaty, sweet, sherried, salty, light, co.uk 24 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 25
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  • 15. an oVerVieW oF single malTs of a single distillery • Malt means it must be made only some Whisky from malted barley – no grain • Scotch means it must be distilled and definitions aged in oak barrels in Scotland for a Cask Strength: Malt whisky bottled at minimum of three years cask strength has a higher alcoholic content. The higher strength also gives Where it all began more intense flavour and texture. It is thought that the origins of distillation go back as far as 7000 BC to Chill Filtration: There is a whisky either China or North Africa, probably process called chill filtration. This for medicinal purposes. Fortunately, means it is chilled before bottling to within the last thousand years or so, remove fatty acids that can cause the technique reached Ireland, and was clouding if the whisky is stored at low brought over to Scotland by monks temperature. But many single malt following the in the footsteps of St producers are bottling malts that have Patrick and St Columba. The earliest not been through this process and so certain record of whisky in Scottish are ‘non chill filtered’, retaining a fuller history can be traced back to 1494, in a ‘mouthfeel’. ledger entry recording the order of ‘eight bolls of barley for uisge beatha, for one The angel’s Share: A small amount friar John Orr. It is in Scotland that the of whisky stored in casks evaporates art of whisky making has reached its through the wood during the maturation zenith. process. This is known as The The word ‘whisky’ comes from the Angel’s Share. Gaelic phrase ‘uisge beatha’, meaning Whisky: To water of life, first abbreviated to ‘uisge’ then ‘usky’ andfinally ‘whisky’. No two Scotch whiskies are the same. Each distillery reflects several individual made in scotland characteristics. The natural ingredients, There are four legally defined malt the shape of the stills, the distiller’s whisky regions in Scotland – Highland own processes and the wood used for (including Speyside and the Islands maturation all add to the complexity of except Islay), Lowland, Islay and each malt. Campbeltown. Each region has its own Over one billion bottles of Scotch broad character, and the Speyside and were exported during 2006. The biggest Island regions are widely regarded as a export markets by value for Scotch all you need subset of Highland with characters all of whisky outside the UK are USA, France, their own. Spain, South Korea and Venezuela. knoW, disTilled… An overview of single malts What is whisky? But they can never be scotch - only Grain whisky is only rarely bottled = Blended malt scotch whisky Single malt, vatted malt, deluxe blend, whisky distilled and aged in Scotland in its pure form, as almost all of it (sometimes also called ‘Vatted Malt’) single grain – all these and more for a minimum of three years has the goes for blending with malt whisky to • Malt whisky + grain whisky are terms applied to different types right to bear the description of ‘Scotch create blended scotch. = Blended scotch whisky of whisky. But what exactly is this whisky’. There are two main types of The result is that there are actually • Grain whisky from one distillery precious liquid? Whisky is, at heart, Scotch whisky - Scotch malt whisky five classifications of whisky that you = Single grain whisky the purified liquid resulting from and Scotch grain whisky. Scotch need to know, and the differences are • Grain whisky + grain whisky cereal-based distillation. malt whisky is distilled from barley fundamental: = Blended grain scotch whisky In fact, whisky is produced in a alone, while Scotch grain whisky is To earn the title ‘Single Malt Scotch’, number of countries all around the predominantly made from either wheat • Malt whisky from one a whisky must meet some very world using a variety of cereals, and or maize, though a small percentage of distillery = single malt whisky strict criteria. Macallan still house some of them can be very good indeed. barley is also used for flavour. • Malt whisky + malt whisky • Single means it must be the product 28 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 29
  • 16. xxxxxxxxx nose of the month nose oF The monTh W e have invited some of the leading figures from the world of whisky to describe their favourite dram, and now you can share the experience. All the single malts featured here are now in stock exclusively at MMI outlets across the city. Why not pick up a bottle, pour a glass and taste along with the masters? Slainte! october: The glenrothes november: The macallan december: auchentoshan Ronnie Cox, Brand ambassador keith Bonnington, Regional director david Paterson, Regional manager No age statement (Glenrothes bottles on The Macallan 18 Year old, distilled in the Auchentoshan has a sweet ‘sherry and maturity, not age). Ripe fruits, spice and heart of Speyside, is one of the great malts honey’ nose, balanced by spiciness toffee on the nose, with a whiff of Golden of the world, famed for its continuing and a touch of Jaffa oranges. Caramel Syrup. Faint wood polish in the mouth, use of ex-sherry wood. The nose is sweet and quite dry Sherry on the palate, vanilla, spicy and slightly citric. Creamy and distinctive, Soft and rich, with hints with barley sugar in the medium- and complex. Slightly nutty, with some of citrus, spice and wood smoke. The long sweet finish. Auchentoshan is orange, in the drying finish. 43.0% ABV sherry influence lingers long in the finish, gaining a deserved reputation as a » 70cl Exclusively available at all MMI , accompanied by heady exotic floral aroma, well-priced and enjoyable example of Spinney’s & OUA retails outlets. with hints of jasmine, tropical fruits and the definitive Lowland. 40.0% ABV » peat.. Lingering with hints of orange zest. 70cl » Exclusively available at all MMI , Deservedly considered a classic. 43% ABV Spinney’s & OUA retails outlets. 70cl , Exclusively available at all MMI , Spinney’s & OUA retails outlets. 30 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 31 exclusively available in all MMI, spinney’s & OuA retail shops
  • 17. The Cooper’s art Balvenie Cooperage The CooPer’s arT WANT TO KNOW ThE REAL SECRET OF WhiSKy? iT’S ALL iN ThE BARREL… B y law, in order to earn the right to be called Scotch, a whisky must be matured in Scotland in a wooden barrel for a minimum of three years. So much for the legal bit – time spent in cask, and the cask itself, are fundamental to the quality and character of the whisky produced. In fact, it may be responsible for more than half of the flavour in the whisky you taste. In the days before regulation, whisky was produced in very small stills and consumed as soon as it was produced. Sophisticated it was not. But legend has it that in order to conceal their precious Balvenie Cooperage drams from the prying eyes of the exciseman, some highland distillers “generations of skill and began storing their whisky in small barrels, either buried in some remote place or hidden in a dark corner of their but’n’ben. Once craftsmanship go into every glass the coast was clear, it was brought back into the light of day and the of single malt you enjoy!” contents sampled. Miraculously, the whisky was much improved by its time space of time. The most common sizes are the casks used typically held sherry or in hiding, and so the process of aging in barrels (40 gallons, 180 litres), hogsheads port before they came to Scotland. These wood began. (56 gallons, 250 litres) and sherry butts casks are chosen for the flavours of sherry Today, all whisky must be so aged, and (110 gallons, 500 litres), though other sizes sweetness they will impart to the whisky the casks used come from all over the of cask are sometimes used. – think of the rich, sherried Speysides like world. The majority (around 80 per cent) What the cask held previously is also of Macallan and Royal Lochnagar for a great are American Oak ex-bourbon casks, huge importance in determining the effect example of this. and most of the rest are European oak, on a whisky. New American oak casks Many distilleries maintain their own “There is still no machine that ex-sherry or port. But by no means all – are charred inside before being filled with on-site cooperage (The Glenrothes, for distillers love to experiment, and will fill bourbon, and this has two effects; charring example), in order to control the quality can replicate a rum casks, burgundy casks, maderia casks, greatly increases the internal surface area of the casks they fill. or even make their own new casks from of the cask, exposing more of the fill to And there is still no machine that can scratch, in search of perfection and the elusive quality that a particular kind of contact, and it also removes some of the more intense flavours from the wood, replicate a cooper’s skill – the casks are to this day largely hand-made, a cooper’s skill” cask can impart. Different sizes of cask are moderating its impact on the fill. Bourbon process that takes years to learn and also used - the larger the cask, the slower takes its colour and sweet vanilla flavours one of the few trades that still takes and the maturation. Small casks allow a greater from this charred oak, and the resulting trains apprentices in the traditional way. proportion of the whisky they contain cask is perfect for knocking the rough Generations of skill and craftsmanship to be in contact with the wood, and so edges off a new whisky. European oak go into every glass of single malt will exert a greater influence in a shorter is much more dense than American, and you enjoy! 32 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 33
  • 18. Whisky & Cigar Pairings xxxxxxxxx PeaT & smoke, Fire & The WaTer oF liFe… By FELix hARTMANN Whisky & Cigar pairings s ome things just go so well together that you know it is right and life is good. One such combination is a good single malt and a fine cigar, a pairing so felicitous that Oscar Wilde was prompted to quote “a drink is just a drink, but a good cigar is a smoke.” Here we take three superlative single malts selected by Felix Hartmann, and pair them with three magnificent cigars from the humidor of Casa Habanos. Punch robusto The macallan 12 This medium bodied cigar has a fine oak aroma with year old Fine oak hints of dried fruits and vanilla which complement The 12 year old Fine Oak is matured the smoke without overpowering it. A elegant in a mixture of bourbon casks and whiskey for a rare cigar. sherry butts. Leading with fresh orange and apricot culminating in toffee, fudge and cinnamon. The finish is classic Speyside with dried fruit and honeyed sweetness. h. upmann sir Winston Churchill The Balvenie Port Wood The cigar with an format named after the famous politician 21 year old delivers a wonderful balanced aromas of wood-spice and fruit The 21 Year Old Balvenie with and develops its’ flavour continuously as you smoke it. its hints of sweet fruitiness is the dignified companion. The strong tobacco taste is greatly balanced with herbal flavours, especially when you get hold of an older produced date, such as 2004. montecristo Petit edmundo ardbeg 10 year old The Montecristo Petit Edmundo delivers from the first draw, strong A clean and young Single aromas of spice, coffee and earth. Bitter Chocolate and black pepper Malt with expressions of are also present during the entire smoke. The Petit Edmundo is a deep peat notes, tobacco short and strong masculine smoke and strong espresso cigar with a well balanced coffee. The Peaty Malt is very structure is perfect for an pronounced and coats you experienced smoker who palate allover with is looking for a short yet various spices. delightful smoke. 34 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 35 exclusively available in all MMI, spinney’s & OuA retail shops
  • 19. evolution of a marque no 1 Glenfiddich is the world’s No 1 selling single malt Scotch Whisky 180 sold in 180 Standing proud on top of a ridge, with a countries around the world range of mountains in the mist behind, the painting remains one of the most enduring 1887 The first drop of Glenfiddich icons of Scotland ever produced. ran from the stills on Christmas day 1887 So how did it become so intrinsically entwined with Scotland’s best-selling single 5 Glenfiddich has had five generations of malt whisky? In fact, the painting was the Grant’s family at its helm originally sold privately, and it became the property of the A & F Pears Soap Company, 1957 Glenfiddich introduced the whose co-founder Thomas J. Barratt was famous triangular bottle in 1957– wildly one of the founders of modern advertising. eccentric at the time – and was the first to A & F Pears company had links with John put products into tubes and gift tins Dewar and Sons distillery, and subsequently sold the painting on to that company. 1914 it was the first single malt Despite improvements in production, scotch whisky to export internationally, by whisky at the time was regarded as rough 1914 they had over 60 agencies abroad and unrefined, so Dewars set about making maximum use of the painting and its associations with refinement and nobility. “The Monarch” became the hallmark of “The house of lords. Painted in 1851, it • The Glenfiddich distillery means ‘Valley depicts a ‘royal’ stag, of the deer’ in Gaelic. The River Fiddich one with a full set of is fed from many sources including the Monarch of the twelve-point antlers, Robbie dhu spring which has provided the water for Glenfiddich single malt Scotch which was a sign of full whisky since its first distillation maturity and power” • it is the only highland single malt scotch the company, and was reproduced in whisky still to bottle at source and uses everything from advertising to ceramic the same source of water throughout the glenFiddiCh flagons. bottling process Dewars logo changed over time and concentrated more on the ‘Dewar’s 2009 Every Year Count is the latest Highlander’, leaving ‘The Monarch’ free campaign building upon the experience to become the symbol of the Glenfiddich, gained in the past in order to create rich possibilities for the future hOW A pAiNTiNG COMMiSSiONEd FOR ThE hOUSE especially fitting given that the name comes from the Gaelic for ‘valley of the deer’. OF LORdS BECAME ThE SyMBOL OF ThE BRANd History turned full circle – even though ‘Fine Old Glenfiddich’ was being sold in the i US and Canada as far back as 1904, it was n many ways, the history of the proud emblem adorning only in 1963 that Sandy Grant Gordon was The Glenfiddich’s logo is as colourful and romantic as reluctantly persuaded to bottle and package the origins of the brand itself. Certainly, the image itself The Glenfiddich for export and sale as a was created with a very different purpose in mind. ‘single malt’ whisky, with ‘The Monarch’ as In the mid 19th century, Sir Edwin Landseer was a popular its figurehead. Nearly 50 years later, it is and highly sought-after painter of romantic images of the world’s best-selling single malt whisky, 50 Renowned for its rare Scotland – landscapes, wildlife-dramatic scenes of rural and and the logo is recognised worldwide as noble lifestyles were all part of his prolific output. a symbol of quality and consistency. And The ‘Monarch of the Glen’ was one of many commissions, though the logo has been refined several and limited releases, the brand one of a series of three panels destined for the Refreshment times in response to changing consumer has just unveiled the Glenfiddich Rooms of The House of Lords. Painted in 1851, it depicts a preference and to compete in an ever more 50 year old. Only 50 bottles will ‘royal’ stag, one with a full set of twelve-point antlers, which The independent Spirit crowded marketplace, it remains instantly be release every year over the was a sign of full maturity and power. Campaign 2002 City Scape recognizable and a direct link to the pride next 10 years and nobility of the original. 36 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 37
  • 20. events events eVenTs WhAT’S BEEN hAppENiNG iN ThE WORLd OF WhiSKy i f you’re a fan of a good dram, there’s never been a better events Planned over the next Three months opportunity than right now. we’ve got a full programme of fascinating and entertaining events planned for the rest of MMI has created a rolling the year. To give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s the latest schedule: programme of events featuring some of the best speakers and month event description whisky experts ever to appear in October Laphroaig Master distiller Robert hicks Dubai, all ready to share their skill Chivas Regal Master Blender Colin Scott and expertise and give you greater dewar’s Global Brand Ambassador Stephen Marshall insight into the dram in your hand. November Glenmorangie Sensory Whisky Creator Annabel Meikle Events are as varied as the speakers Cuban Cigar Roller To be confirmed themselves. We’ve brought in Master Whisky Week To be confirmed Distillers, Master Blenders and december highland park Brand Ambassador Gerry Tosh industry experts for whisky dinners, The Macallan Brand director Fine & Rare Collection david Cox tutored tastings and sampling Whisky & Cigars pairing sessions at Casa La habanos with Felix hartmann sessions just for you. If you’d like an invitation to any of the forthcoming For more information on any of the above please email singlemalt@mmi.ae events, make sure you’re registered with the Whisky Club. So far this year we have seen: • Isle of Jura and Dalmore, Capital Club, Jonathan Castle • Burns Supper, Emirates Golf Club Master Blender Richard Paterson • Glenrothes, The Kindred Spirit, January 2009 by Jonathan Castle, • Glenlivet “The Single Malt that started it Ronnie Cox Master Blender Whisky Expert all”, by Ian Logan, Brand Ambassador For more information on other events and • Glenfiddich & Dunhill launch, Emirates • Bruichladdich by Andy Hogan, activities taking place across Dubai as well Golf Club by Ian Miller, Master Blender Brand Ambassador as ideas on things to see and do please visit • Aberfeldy Experience, Capital Club •Taste of Dubai, Whisky Tour by www.mmidubai.com exclusively available in all MMI, spinney’s & OuA retail shops 38 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 39
  • 21. Cocktail Cocktail recipes Whisky Sour reCiPes NOThiNG GOES dOWN BETTER ThAN A BEAUTiFULLy BLENdEd The Whisky Sour is often seen as a fusty drink, mediocre in quality and boring in taste. But if you are revealing its real soul, it shines and only few other concoctions can compete. Usually the Whiskey Sour it is made with Straight Bourbon, dominik, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the bar business, is well COCKTAiL iN hOT WEAThER – MAKE SURE yOU ATTENd hEAd which has a much more dense and dulcet character known for creating completely new BAR ChEF dominik mJ SCHaCHTSiek’S CLASSES ANd LEARN than scotch. beverage concepts, selecting and combining extraordinary cigars and ALL ABOUT WhAT MAKES ThE pERFECT dRiNK, WiTh pERFECT Here the Highland Park Single Malt is used; it is medium- spirits. For more information on dominik COMpLiMENTARy BAR FOOd pROVidEd. full bodied with malty heather notes, a hint of peat and highlights of orange peel. and his mixology masterclasses: contact dominik.Schachtsie@hyatt.com The formula stays the same: Whisky as the backbone of the drink, with little freshly squeezed lemon juice, to awake the taste buds, a dollop of rich syrup to make it tasteful and the optional egg white to make it frothy and soothing. Additional The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters [or other Cocktail Bitters] are improving the formula and are bringing out more complexity and depth. ingredients • 50 cl Highland Park 12 years old • 20 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 cl rich syrup • 3 ts fresh egg white • 2 dashes TBT method Pour all ingredients into a pre-chilled shaker filled up with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, very strong and long [at least 30 sec]. Strain the drink into a pre chilled glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a cocktail pick of brandied cherry, half orange and half lemon wheel. Malt² Old Fashioned rich syrup • 0.5l water • 1kg sugar Warm both ingredients in a skillet until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a clean glass bottle and refrigerate. Can be stored The Malt² Old Fashioned is based on one of the most for up to three months at ambient room temperature. classic concoction in history - which displays the true method Win! meaning of a cocktail. Pour all ingredients into a whisky glass and stir until In distinction to the classic which uses Straight Rye, everything is homogeneous. Fill with ice cubes and stir sugar and aromatic bitters, it substitutes Rye with scotch until very cold. Add optional an orange twist as garnish. malt whisky and adds malt syrup to the recipe. The result This drink can be tweaked with fortified wine - depending is a drink, with the real character of whisky, though with a on the malt whisky, a dash of port [e.g. Glenmorangie an exClusiVe chocolaty, malty edge. It might not have the most attractive Quinta Ruban], Sauterne [e.g. Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or] or appearance, but the taste is not only delicious, it connects sherry [e.g. Glenmorangie Lasanta] can be floated on top of the true nature and facets of single malt scotch. the drink to even more add unique yet matching flavors. maCallan deCanTer ingredients Barley malt syrup Email your name, mobile number and subject heading The Macallan • 50 cl Glenmorangie The Original Add 50 ml spring water, 50 g white sugar and 50 g Competition to singlmalt@mmi.ae • 1.5 ts Barley Malt Syrup malt syrup into a saucepan and warm it, until syrup is Closing date is 31st November 2009. winner will be contacted by email • 2 dash Aromatic Bitter homogeneous. Cool down before usage. • 2 cl Spring Water Malt syrup can be found in all organic department stores. 40 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 41
  • 22. The World’s Cocktail recipies THE WORLD’S FINEST WINES AND SPIRITS HAVE A NEW PORT OF CALL mosT exPensiVe CoCkTail The Burj Al Arab 27,321 Welcome to an extraordinary shopping experience C This extraordinary creation is the world’s most M Discover the very best wines & spirits from around the globe at duty-free prices. The extensive Le Clos portfolio expensive and exclusive adaption of the renowned includes rare and highly sought after wines from stunning vintages to iconic New World wines and Spirits steeped in Y “Old Fashioned Cocktail”, made with The Macallan 55 year old single malt scotch whisky from the limited CM tradition and history. Lalique decanter “Natural Colour”. MY This precious whisky is stirred with The Bitter Exceptional Customer Service forms the cornerstone of Le Clos, and our highly qualified in-store team are on hand CY Truth Dried Fruit Bitters. produced exclusively for to guide you through our extensive range, either in-store or via our pre-ordering and arrivals services. Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel. CMY Prepared with ice cubes, the 27,321 is made of K Pre Order before you fly. Simply purchase via our online cellar, email or telephone and a personal wine adviser will water from the Macallan Distillery and stirred with a piece of wood from the original sherry casks. process your order before you arrive in Dubai and greet you with your purchase. The cocktail was served in a baccarat 18 karat gold glass. The glass in its tailored leather box and Choose on departure, collect on arrival. Simply make your purchase when you depart Dubai, and a personal wine a personal numbered certificate adviser will meet you with your purchases in arrivals when you fly back in. was issued for the limited drink to every of the ten buyers. The first two drinks were sold Browse our extensive portfolio before you fly, visit our online cellar at www.leclos.net or ask in-store for details. on 16th of April, two on the 8th of May and another couple on Contact us 24 hours a day - Telephone: +971 4 220 3583 the 12th of July. The cocktail #7 Email: customerservices@leclos.net was purchased on the 7th of August and the cocktail #8 on the 4th September. 27,321 #9 and #10 were sold on the 15th Newspapers & Magazines December 2008. The Confectionary & Toys Dubai Duty Free Dubai Duty Free cocktail is featured in the Guinness Book of World Food Records 2009. Lifts Court Savour the very last drops Terminal 3, Concourse 2 Towards Terminal 1 of this extraordinary and Lifts Dubai Dubai Dubai Food exclusive limited single malt Duty Free Duty Free Duty Free Court Electronics Wines & Sports & whisky and experience the Spirits Leisure marvel around the malt and the world’s most expensive Find Le Clos between gates 214 & 215 in Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport. cocktail. Open 24 hours a day. 42 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 43
  • 23. “At Highland Park we make whisky the traditional way: hand-turning the malt; cutting peat by hand from our own moor; maturing the spirit in our custom-made sherry butts; nurturing it in Orkney’s gentle maritime climate; marrying the whisky in cask to allow it to settle. Our intention is to make the best whisky possible. That can’t be done by cutting corners in the name of efficiency. This philosophy has earned us many plaudits, including Distiller of the Year 2007 *. A lifetime in the making, H I G H L A N D PA R K 4 0 Y E A R O L D is the flagship expression of the most respected single malt whisky in the world.” Russell Anderson, Distillery Manager www.highlandpark.co.uk * San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2007 44 SINGLE MALTS Exclusively available in all MMI, Spinney’s & OUA retail 45 SINGLE MALTS shops
  • 24. What’s new le Clos If you’re travelling through the new Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, come along and immerse yourself in one of the greatest collections of Fine Wines and Luxury Spirits at Laphroaig duty-free prices. In a unique shopping experience we offer a selection of the maxxium launChes rarest and most sought laPhroaig 18 year after wines in the world, old Whisky and with our specialist in-store wine and spirit The much loved Laphroaig 15 year old will be advisors, you’re sure to replaced with Laphroaig 18 year old. The Islay find the perfect bottle. malt whisky will launch next month with an To browse or highland Park ABV of 48 per cent and a recommended retail purchase from our auchentoshan price of 600AED for a 70cl bottle. Availability extensive portfolio Highland Park, the Scotch whisky will be limited. “Having been aged for an before you fly, visit our distiller based on the Orkney extra three years, it is being bottled at a higher strength of 48 per cent ABV enabling online cellar at www. leclos.net, Find Le Clos Islands, has released a flagship expression. Highland Park 40 gets a face lift us to avoid the chill between gates 214 Year Old has been matured Auchentoshan has given its premium filtering process.” and 215 in Emirates predominately in refill casks. range of malt whiskies a major packaging Only 65 bottles of Terminal 3, Dubai It is described by whisky maker, revamp and introduced two new products Laphroaig 15 year old remain, International Airport Max McFarlane, as having “sweet - the Classic (above) and 18 Year Old and distillery manager John toffee notes, dark chocolate, (£50) - which join the 12 Year Old (£25), Campbell will be reserving sun-dried orange zest and Three Wood (£35), and 21 Year Old (£70) them for the Friends of aromatic heather peat smokiness.” expressions. Laphroaig on a first come, Edrington, which owns Karen Murray, marketing manager first serve basis. Highland Park, says it will release for Auchentoshan, says: “We’ve made There are more than approximately 1,000 bottles of bold changes to the packaging design 300,000 Friends of the 40 Year Old in the foreseeable and introduced some new expressions Laphroaig around future. It comes in a heavy, bell- to widen our market appeal. It was shaped glass decanter, embossed important for us to consider existing WhaT’s with the brand’s pewter “H “, in single malt enthusiasts while creating a a dark oak wooden box look that would appeal to first-time malt with a leather-bound drinkers.” The Auchentoshan distillery booklet. near Glasgow produces Scotland’s only triple-distilled single malt whisky. neW? William granT ChiVas BroThers launChes uPgrade sCaPa glenFiddiCh 50 14 WiTh a neW MORE ChOiCE, MORE VALUE, MORE LOCATiONS. REASONS TO BE ChEERFUL WiTh MMi… year old exPression William Grant & Sons has unveiled the Glenfiddich 50 year Scapa’s 14 year old Scotch has become a t MMI, we’re constantly working to bring you more choice, old - one of the most rare and expensive single malt whiskies a favorite over the years because of its convenience and even better value all the time. So we’re ever to be released. The whisky is priced £10,000 a bottle. affordability and sweet, smooth character. delighted to announce the opening of our new flagship Between now and 2009, only 50 per year will be released Now, to replace that expression, the store conveniently located in Dubai Festival City. Visit our new from a stock of 450 bottles. The Glenfiddich 50 Year Old will distillery has released a slightly older, store, or any of our other 10 outlets across the city, and pick up a be available in the “Le Clos Terminal 3 Dubai airports” considerably tastier 16 year old Scotch. bottle from the largest wine and spirit portfolio in the gulf – there’s in September. This new Scapa shows its extra two always great in-store promotions ensuring you get more for less. The Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is 46.1 per cent ABV and each years with a velvety palate and is the Plus of course you’ll find all the fabulous single malts featured in bottle comes presented in a case including a leather bound pride of the three-man distillery headed this issue of your Whisky Magazine. book detailing the whisky’s history with pages to record by Master Distiller Stuart Pirie. personal tasting notes for each occasion the whisky is enjoyed. 46 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 47
  • 25. What’s new glengoyne launch limited edition 40 years old highland single malt For the first time in its macallan 50 175 year history, award- sold out at winning Glengoyne auction for gBP Distillery is to release its 11,750 oldest, most valuable, and On 5th of August in very best, Highland Single Glasgow the 50 year Malt: the Glengoyne 40 old Macallan bottle was Years Old. sold at McTear’s Rare & The embodiment BruiChladdiCh Collectible Whisky Sale at of Glengoyne’s famed BreWs World’s the highest price ever - GBP unpeated and authentic PeaTiesT Whisky 11,750 to a private collector ‘Real Taste of Malt’, the The folks at the from California. That was natural strength 40 Years Bruichladdich Scotch the most expensive sold Old Highland Single Malt is distillery on Islay, who among other 600 lots. This regarded by the distillery to produced the strongest single auction represented the be one of the finest whiskies malt ever made at 180-proof, largest collection of over 60 they have ever produced. have now bottled the world’s Macallan blends. peatiest whisky, distilled from barley peated to 131 ppm. Like all Bruichladdich whiskies it was made in glenFiddiCh distillery’s tall, narrow- launChes dediCaTed necked stills designed to make the purest online CommuniTy spirit possible. Young, powerful and William Grant & Sons has launched an online social network brash, Octomore is described for Glenfiddich, making it the latest Scotch whisky brand to as “an iron fist in a velvet build a community for its consumers. Glenfiddich Explorers glove.” Only 6,000 numbered is being launched as an online community this month bottles were produced at according to William Grant. Consumers who register on the a natural cask strength of site will gain access to interviews and special features about 63.5% ABV, or 127-proof. For From the most remote distillery in Scotland on Glenfiddich and its history, while they will also be able to something that strong and chat to other registered ‘Explorers’ around the world. smoky, a special matte black the ruggedly beautiful Isle of Jura in the Inner For more information http://www.glenfiddich.co.uk bottle was in order. Hebrides comes a range of Scotch whiskies that are particularly special. Jura’s delicate BruiChladdiCh PC8 Won island malt owes its intriguing blend to the Fringe Whisky aWards purity of its water, the lightly peated malt and The Scotch Whisky Bruichladdich PC8 of Whisky Fringe” for the second was awarded as a “Spirit of Whisky time in last three years. the century’s old distillery practices and slow Fringe” at annual Whisky Fringe festival PC8 is the fourth and final release in the end of August in Edinburgh. in the six-tin image series. The maturation’ The whisky received the largest picture tins have featured various number of votes from the general images relevant to the production of public and was named the best “Spirit Bruichladdich and its Islay heritage. exclusivity available in all MMI, Spinney’s & OUA retail shops In a world of its own 48 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 49
  • 26. Whisky & Food ingredients 4..................................................... duck Legs 3tbsp ............................................Sesame Oil 3................................Shallots, Finely Chopped 200ml ............................................. Rich Wine . A Spirited 40g ........................... Sesame Seeds, Toasted . 160ml ...................................... double Cream . 150ml ........................ Caraibe Chocolate 66% . ..........................................Soy Sauce To Taste example of an appetisers ............................................... pepper To Taste from the book ‘duck pastille with Chocolate sesame and 250g .............................................. Filo pastry . ginger soy sauce’ 50g ...........................................Butter, Melted . The ususual bitter and sweet maTCh flavours of this dish harmonise For the ginger soy sauce perfectly with the creamy rich oakiness of The Glenlivet 15 5tbsp .............................................. soy sauce year Old French Oak Reserve. 4tbsp ..................................................... Water Serves 6-8 people 2tbsp .................................Root Ginger, Grated 1tbsp .................................................. Sesame 3tbsp .............................................Sesame Oil T he A Spirited Match book is a comprehensive long-term food pairing method initiative based on a collaboration between The Glenlivet and Chef John Williams, the Executive Chef at the Ritz, London. 1. dry-roast the legs, removing a little A Spirited Match involves a sense of the passion fat as it is released. and flair that has gone into both the creation of 2. When they are thoroughly roasted and the Glenlivet single malt scotch and into the work the meat is almost dropping from the in selecting the perfect dishes to accompany each bone, remove the legs. Add the sesame of the individual whiskies included. oil and fry the shallots until golden brown. Add the rice wine and deglaze the pan, return the legs and simmer them turning occasionally. Add a little water if necessary. Allow to cool and remove the skin and bone 3. Shred the meat in your fingers and add the sesame seeds 4. pour the cream into a pan and bring to a very gentle boil. Add the chocolate and mix to a smooth ganache. Leave to cool slightly ComPeTiTion 5. Blend the duck meat with the ganache For your chance to win one of five copies please 6. adjust seasoning with soy, salt answer the following question and pepper, set aside “When i was asked to create a 7. Cut the filo pastry into strips 30cm by Can you name the pioneer who founded The glenlivet ‘The 6cm. keep the filo covered when single malt that started it all’ menu of recipes that married not used Email your name, mobile number and subject heading The food with The glenlivet range 8. Brush the filo with melted butter and Glenlivet Competition to singlmalt@mmi.ae spoon a little of the duck mix then Closing date is 31st November 2009. winners will of whiskies, i looked forward to wrap into triangles be contacted by email drawing on my years of culinary 9. Brush with melted butter and refrigerate for 15 minutes experience and experimenting 10. preheat the oven to 180oC , For the ginger soy sauce with a variety of ingredients” 350oF, Gas Mark 4 Blend all the ingredients together and allow to 11. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes infuse – john Williams mBe executive Chef, The ritz hotel london or until golden brown To serve 12. Meanwhile make the sauce. Blend all Serve the pastilles on a warm plate drizzled with the ingredients together and allow to infuse the ginger soy sauce 50 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 51
  • 27. le Clos sales ever recorded for a duty free retailer we’ve managed to keep them at bay! Amongst some of our top sales has been the predecessor to the impending Macallan release, their 55 Year Old. This whisky is famously employed in the world’s most expensive cocktail, served at the Burj Al Arab Skyview Bar. When you consider the AED 27,321 price tag for each cocktail, our AED 50,000 duty free price tag pales into insignificance! Of course for most of us we can only dream of pulling out the cork of such a bottle and breathing in over fifty years of history. Thankfully in Le Clos we have a great team of professional wine and spirits advisors and I for one would love to help you find your perfect malt partner. Come into the store at any time le Clos and you will be guided through the range and even offered a sample at our Old malt is the oldest whisky to be put tasting counter; what better way to start into bottle in recent times and is so rare a journey? Alternatively, drop me a mail only a handful of worldwide whisky and I’ll send you a portfolio with a few specialists are offered the opportunity recommendations. You don’t even need to to display this antique gem for their visit the store if you’re pressed for time; l customers. Gratefully, we are one of simply order online or give us a call and e Clos celebrates its first birthday new products as they’re released to the depart the city and then collect them malt whisky producer comes the 50 Year the chosen ones! Due in store at the we’ll arrange to meet you in the arrivals this October and with that comes retail market. As such we have stocks of as they return home. Due to Dubai’s Old Glenfiddich. As the rarest and most beginning of November the whisky is hall with your purchase when you return. time to reflect on all that has the rarest wines and spirits to be found generous 5 bottle tax free allowance, precious expression of authenticity ever presented in a Lalique Finest Cut decanter You can contact me directly with any happened in the last year. Based anywhere in the world and with our regular customers have been building released by this distinguished distillery, and as one of only 400 bottles to be filled, queries or requests at fraser@leclos.net in Dubai International Airport Terminal growing reputation for malt whiskies you a collection (and drinking!) wines and the 50 Year Old is a true one off and will the lucky buyer will be in a very exclusive <mailto:fraser@leclos.net> or alternatively 3, for the past year our dedicated team can expect to see some incredible new spirits of the highest quality. And all have instant appeal to collectors around club. check out the website at www.leclos.net has been welcoming customers to our bottlings over the next few months. at duty free prices! Our access to the the world. Due to Le Clos’ strong links Strangely, when offering such <http://www.leclos.net/> . Our team are exclusive Fine Wine and Luxury Spirits In addition to our stunning portfolios extensive MMI spirits portfolio ensures with Glenfiddich we have been offered exceptional whiskies it’s almost with a also by the phone 24/7; call them on +971 store, uninterrupted for 24 hours a day! Le Clos has set a new benchmark in that there is a malt whisky for every up the opportunity to present this to our sense of regret that we have to let them 4 220 3633. Centre to the Le Clos offering is our customer service with our arrivals occasion and budget, whether you’re customers in Dubai International Terminal go at all! However despite the urge to I look forward to hearing from you and distinguished portfolio that constantly collection service forming the benchmark after a 50 year old rarity or an every day 3. Not to be outdone by their Speyside keep some the rarest bottles as antique will keep you up to date with future malt evolves to match our customers’ of our offering. Dubai residents have been drinker. neighbours it’s particularly exciting to be pieces, our finance team is not so keen on whisky news in future editions. expectations. As the Middle East’s making great use of our personalised Come Autumn distilleries all over a part of The Macallan’s global launch the concept of creating a whisky museum Slàinte Mhath premium wine and spirits store we’re meeting service that allows for customers Scotland let loose their hotly awaited for their third installment of the Crystal within the airport! Still, by recording Fraser always the first to be offered exclusive to choose their wines in store as they new releases. From Scotland’s biggest Lalique series. Quite simply this 57 Year some of the biggest individual single malt 52 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 53
  • 28. join us! Are you a whisky enthusiast looking for a great deal? Join the Single Malts Society now! Email your full name, contact number, email address and of course your favourite single malt to singlemalt@mmi.ae Single malts Society BeneFiTs • Subscription to our Quarterly malt magazine • Access to the most exclusive malt club in the Middle East • Access to monthly malt experiences such malt dinners and cigar evenings • 10% discount on all single malts at MMI, Spinney’s & OUA • Advance notice of special whisky releases and special deals offered by the whisky companies • Win an exclusive trip to Scotland • Free bottle of whisky when you recommend a friend to the malt society to value of 250AED • Total value of this package is worth 800 AED • ‘Free’ for the first 2,000 members who register before the 31st November 2009 54 SINGLE MALTS Exclusively reserved for all Red Card holders only SINGLE MALTS 55
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