Nov 3rd 2006 5:05PM DKB has noticed a point here but missed another I think. The vast majority of single malts that are bottled (from the same distillery and mostyle from the same year of distillation) are in fact blends of many different casks. Each cask has a degree of indivduality, sometimes they can be quite different if the cask has been used often, or is of a different oak specie, and many distilleries will very conciously 'create' a house style by careful selection and 'vatting' of a variety of casks. Macallan demonstrate this approach on their tours.
Total purity is a single cask bottling, but this is a much rarer item. Each cask - ballpark - will output 200-500 bottles. Many standard single malt scotches are created with an output of between 5,000 and 20,000 bottles per batch - and that's a lot of casks.
Sep 12th 2006 8:30AM this is going to be an interesting lifestyle channel to watch. MacLean is a seasoned expert and a very nice guy - and that helps.
Sep 12th 2006 7:32AM its good to see a large brand like Glenlivet offering this - but it is worth noting that stright-from-the-cask, AKA single cask bottlings, have been around for years and have been bottled by smaller bottlings companies who bought random casks from various single malt distilleries. Only now have the big companies followeds suit. They innovate slowly - very slowly.
Aug 8th 2006 6:19PM Dry or not so dry - I find Rose a refreshing change for summer - but Jennifer in comment 11. above gets my vote for the most refreshing comment to this post. Rock on Jen!
Aug 8th 2006 5:11PM I called in at Julian Temperly a few years back after a trade trip around the Calvados producers. His cider, his pomona and his cider brandy are all worthy products and both he and his wife extremely charming and true artisanal producers. He is still, I believe, the only distiller of aged spirits in England (as opposed to Scotland) although not for long.
Aug 8th 2006 5:04PM In my opinion the guy doing the Single malt tastings (Paul Pacult) at this event is enough to make this event a must visit - too bad I'm the wrong side of the pond!
Aug 8th 2006 4:57PM To me this wins three ways; The producer saves money (so more will go this route); if the bottles do not make it to landfill they use less resources in manufacture and less space in landfill; as a trend for the dire state of over packaging in food and drink this is a step in the right direction so shouldn't be knocked.