Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Independent Bottler The Single Cask & Glen Keith 20 Years Old Review



Worn by the same mother, but born as two opposites of each other, stands our previously Independent bottler Maltbarn and The Single Cask. Just as low-key, let the whisky do the talking and we don’t care about the rest attitude that Maltbarn carries, it seems that The Single Cask is charring themselves like the new hip independent bottler in the class. 

The players behind The Single Cask have given each other nickname’s like; The Whisky Daddy, The Dude, The Whisky Mate and The Mixologist! Bit of advice, calm your tits, it’s all getting a bit hyped up in here. But who knows, maybe that approach works wonders in Singapore.

Another thing that comes to mind, when reading about The Single Cask, is the philosophy behind the brand: “First and foremost, we believe in good whisky!” “Rather than fill our shelves with bottles over marketed big brands, we intentionally source our products from the smaller players within the whisky industry.” “They make up for their lack of a marketing budget with a huge dose of heart, quality and an unshakeable belief in their product.”      

Damn straight and well put Whisky Daddy! It might be a fact, that you are not bottling the big brands yourself, well maybe except for Bowmore, but you are defiantly filling your shelves up with Glenfarclas, Bruichladdish,  Bunnahabhain, Macallan, Ben Nevis and Highland Park, just to name a few, and I’m defiantly not going to hold that against you, in fact it all sounds pretty darn great to me, but you really can’t have it both ways, by bottling the smaller players whisky and singing their prayers with one hand, while serving and selling the big brands in your whisky bar and from your web store, blaming them for being a marketing hype, or it really seems that you can, doesn’t it? But maybe you should think about changing your marketing strategy.

I know it seems like I have already made up my mind about The Single Cask before even tasting "their" whisky, but by the end of the day, it is of course all about what’s inside of those barrels The Single cask have selected.  

The Single Cask was founded in 2010 by Ben Curtis and are located in Singapore.

The Single Cask runs The Single Cask Bar in Chijmes, Singapore.
Beside The Single Cask’s own bottlings, The Bar carries a wide selection of Independent Bottlers from around the world, but also official releases from a handful of different Scotch distilleries. The Bar offers over 300 different Single Malt whiskies and rum’s, so there should defiantly be something for everyone here.
The Bar hosts whisky master classes, whisky ambassador trainings and a numbers of different tasting sessions.

The Single Cask is presented in an absolutely beautiful double walled glass bottle, and before deciding on witch bottle to buy, you can flip through a catalog of extraordinary beautiful photo of the different bottles surrounded by the tasting notes, illustrated as the actually fruits, spices, chocolate etc.

Click here to visit The Single Cask's website 

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The Single Cask. Cask 171225
Glen Keith – From a single Cask – 20 yrs

Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring
Distillery: Glen Keith
Bottler: The Single Cask
Region: Speyside
Age: 20 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 45,8% 
Distilled: 08-11-1995
Bottled: 22-02-2016 
Dk price: $121USD/850Dkk.   
Release: Limited 169 bottles release

Points: 78/100




Glen Keith was build with one purpose, and one purpose only, distilling whisky for blended malts. Chivas Brothers build the distillery in 1957 in Keith, Moray in the Scottish whisky region Speyside, who also owned the nearby Strathisla distillery. Glen Keith was original used in Passport, 100 Pipers and Chivas Regal. For a short decade, Glen Keith had 2 officially bottling, the 1883 and a 10yo offering, but both are discontinued today. Glen Keith distillery was mothballed in 1999 and sold to Pernod Ricard in 2001 who reopened the distillery again in 2013.


Nose:
Very light on the nose. Actually so light that I’m having a hard time picking anything up. 
A bit of acacia honey, some dried peaches and a bit of citrus. 

Palate:
Fruity and rounded. The peach is the dominant factor on the palate, followed by vanilla, sweet malt and cinnamon.

Finish:
Medium finish, with muskmelon and dry oak

Overall impression:
Too lightheaded for my taste, and the nose leaves a lot to be desired. Sadly it lacks character and are a bit uninspiring. That being said, it’s a straight out of the road enjoyable daily dram, with a good balance, but the problem is, that’s it’s no way near the price range of a daily dram. 

Review By: Hasse Berg

Photo by: Goldendrops.dk (All rights reserved)

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.