Old Masters – Cask strenght
Distillation : 1992- Mise en bouteille : 2012– Fût n° : 125282 – Alcool : 54,70 %
(89 =very good to excellent whiskies definitely worth buying.) nose 22 attractive interplay between newly cut hay and a squeeze or two of lime; taste 24 one of those satisfying deliveries where the malt, as this distillery has a tendancy to do, appears to multiply in intensity not long after first delivery. The spies in the mid-ground are sublime; finish 21 lightens with almost indecent haste, leaving the vanillas to fight on alone; balance 22 one of those drams where the delivery is truly irresistible. (Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012)
La distillerie Allt-a-Bhainne
Allt-a-Bhainne est une distillerie de whisky située à Glenrinnes dans le Banffshire dans la grande région productrice de whisky, le Speyside. Son nom est en gaélique écossais ; il signifie la « ruisseau de lait ».
L’eau permettant la fabrication de l’Allt-a-Bhainne provient du Scurran et de la source Rowantree.
Le whisky de Allt-a-Bhainne est fleuri, un peu sucré, possède une note légèrement épicée et convient plutôt comme apéritif. Il coule exclusivement dans le blend Chivas Regal. Quelques bouteilles seulement de certains embouteilleurs indépendants sont sur le marché.
The bottler : James MacArthur
James MacArthur was established in 1982 with the aim of selecting whiskies from Scottish Distilleries which were either not very well known or had ceased to operate and bottling them at cask strength, thus introducing whisky drinkers to distilleries they had never heard of.
This policy has been continued, with top quality single barrel bottlings from a wide selection of distilleries. Whiskies are currently bottled at ages ranging from 10 years to 30 years and at both cask strength and 45%vol. These are fine examples of the quality and variety available from each whisky producing region and the Company has won several awards over the years for its bottlings, both internationally and in the UK. Our bottlings are also well received by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible, the Spirit Journal in the U.S.A. and by Malt Maniacs in Europe.
James MacArthur’s Old Masters, Cask strength whiskies are bottled at natural strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered or having colour added. The 45% bottlings, although reduced in strength, are similarly non chill-filtered and have no added colour. The aim is to offer a product which is as natural as possible and which retains its original characteristics and flavours.
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.