Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/somanywhiskies.com/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/gantry.class.php on line 1043

Deprecated: implode(): Passing glue string after array is deprecated. Swap the parameters in /home/customer/www/somanywhiskies.com/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/gantry.class.php on line 1044
My Alfred Barnard Blend Project Part 1

Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/somanywhiskies.com/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/renderers/gantrymodulesrenderer.class.php on line 85

Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/somanywhiskies.com/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/renderers/gantrymodulesrenderer.class.php on line 85

logo

My Handcrafted Opinions on Whiskies, Distilleries and Other Related Stuff

Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/somanywhiskies.com/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/renderers/gantrymodulesrenderer.class.php on line 85

Most Recent Whisky

Most Recent Whisky Review

Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Straight Rye

This bottle was labelled #3031 from Batch 0887 and bottled at 45.2% ABV.  The nose was very nice, herbal tea with mint and sweet vanilla notes.  The mouthfeel is fresh, light and oily, bittersweet on palate with more vanilla, candy, black coffee and dark chocolate.  The finish has peppermint, wood and grassy rye notes.  With water it gets sweeter, even honeyed, while heat builds in the finish with chilli spiced dark chocolate.  Overall very delicious; a light and subtle of straight rye.

Read More
  • Thursday, 22 December 2011 23:31

    My Alfred Barnard Blend Project Part 1

    Written by
    Whisky buffs will know Alfred Barnard for his famous, and very collectable, book "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" written in the 19th century.  He also wrote another book called "How to Blend Scotch Whisky" for Mackie and Co and I found a reprint of that book in the Islay Museum of Islay Life in 2010 and it contained a recipe for blended whisky.  To quote the book: "We give an example of a blend that has been most popular both home and abroad.  Average age, seven years.  3 Glenlivets x 5 parts, 2 Islays x 3 parts, 2 Lowland malts x 3 parts, 1 Campbeltown x 1 part and 2 Grains x 4 parts".  Total = 16 parts.

    I had not thought much about this until Master of Malt began offering home blending kits and it occurred to me that I might be able to recreate this blend (or at least something close).   Rather than describe that kit in detail here is link to the webpage.... http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/the-home-whisky-blending-kit/  I do have to make some substitutions, so I will use Speyside for Glenlivet and as there is no Campbeltown in the Master of Malt kit I will replace that with Highland malt.

    Barnard Blend Recipe:  Speyside single malt (1 ½ cl of sherry matured) and 1 cl old Speyside single malt,  1 cl of Islay single malt and ½  cl of very old Islay Single malt,  1 ½  cl of Lowland single malt, ½  cl Highland single malt, 1 ½  cl of single grain and finally ½  cl of very, very old single grain.

    If my mathematics are right that should be 8 cl (ie 16 x ½ cl parts) of blended whisky, which is enough for my wife and I to taste and write notes.  I received the blending kit (an early Christmas present to myself) this week and will make up the blend as above and review on my blog under Alfred Barnard Blend.   Happy Christmas everyone!

    Leave a comment

    Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

    Whiskies Tried...

    Total to Date: 694

    Distilleries


    Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/somanywhiskies.com/public_html/modules/mod_aiixql/mod_aiixql.php on line 48

    Visited to Date: 66

    Follow Me on Twitter!

    Random Whisky

    Chivas Regal 25 year old

    This is good.  The nose has sweet orange, almost like a Fanta, and little a sherry.  The taste is smooth, creamy and sweet.  The orange from the nose is there, and toffee and chocolate, spices in the finish and some subtle, subdued oak (considering 25 years in a cask).  There is also some smoke in the finish.

    A great smooth, sweet and complex dram... the only problem is the price.  I bought a dram in a whisky bar and it cost over $40!!  However on balance I have to say this is a spectacular whisky and once again it shows just how good blended whisky can be.