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October 30, 2021



Angus’s Nook
From our correspondent and
expert taster Angus MacRaild in Scotland
& a ebook assessment

To start with, apologies for that title, it is actually one for the ‘Twomintoul’ fan membership.
Earlier than we get to those Dailuaine samples, I wish to give you my assessment of Billy Abbott’s new ebook ‘The Philosophy of Whisky’, printed by the British Library as a part of their ‘Philosophy of’ sequence. Mr Abbott’s ebook is brief and pithy, and as such I’ll try and assessment it in comparable style.


Angus’s quick assessment of The Philosophy of Whisky by Billy Abbott…



Billy Serge
Who’s the actual one? Warning, there are pretend Billy-Abbotts round.
(picture Jon Seashore, Glasgow, circa 2017)

They are saying one of many indicators of excellent writing is a transparent authorial voice, which is probably the most instantly hanging side of this ebook: you may hear Billy Abbott speaking in your head as you learn it. I learn this ebook in a single sitting as a break whereas midway via Basis by Isaac Asimov, this solely served to intensify the sense that I used to be in dialog with Billy whereas on the pub, veering as our conversations often do between booze and science fiction.



The brevity of the ebook is an asset as it may be digested simply in a single go. It is witty, sharp and intelligent and there is loads of well-articulated factors which might be gratifying to each agree and disagree with. For instance, the writer’s critiques of Scottish porridge are of the type solely a London-based craft beer fanatic might think about severe (cheese?!?!?!). My grandmother would have dutifully hewn him a chilly briquette of porridge from a drawer for functions of re-education.



Abbott additionally makes some shrewd factors about whisky, with one specifically about ‘100% of a whisky’s flavour coming from the cask’ nonetheless inflicting my inner-head to chime with cognitive dissonance as I each agree and disagree with him. The ebook isn’t aimed toward hyper nerds like us, however there are nonetheless loads of these thought upsetting takes littered all through that make it effectively well worth the learn. Certainly, sneaky traces in regards to the truth whisky can change in bottle give the impression a level of ‘whisky geek inception’ is being undertaken by the writer upon his extra informal readers.



The pitch in direction of a broader readership is the ebook’s biggest energy. It’s welcoming, beneficiant and vastly approachable (like Billy, as soon as once more). I not too long ago needed to get a ebook for somebody as the right introductory examine whisky, however I could not consider an apparent or ‘go to’ title. This ebook serves that objective completely. Abbott takes us on an expertly guided paddle amongst the murky pond of whisky manufacturing and historical past. All of us of us have pals, household and colleagues in our life who is perhaps curious in regards to the topic we’re captivated with to the purpose of weirdness, they might even ask us recommendation or course from time to time. Billy’s ebook is the right learn for anybody who seeks a simple inroad into whisky’s unusual however enjoyable little universe.

Philiosophy of Whisky Abbott



Higher than going to sure different web sites and serving to to fund the twanging of hairless tax avoiders into orbit on their glimmering space-phalluses.



Dailuaine 13 yo 2008/2021 (57.1%, The Single Cask, cask #301698, bourbon barrel, 276 bottles)

Dailuaine 13 yo 2008/2021 (57.1%, The Single Cask, cask #301698, bourbon barrel, 276 bottles)
Color: pale straw. Nostril: cereals and icing sugar at first, plenty of issues like sugar puffs, Shreddies and Frosties. Goes on with just a few tiny drops of clove oil, sandalwood, mineral oil and new leather-based. Fairly fascinating in some ways with a distinctly pure and pure vibe total. With water: takes on some very humorous notes of linoleum, clay and play dough with extra mineral oils and new leather-based. Dailuaine is a fairly large distillate typically is not it? Mouth: a little bit extra on freshly milled grist and plain toasted cereals right here. Toasted oats, fennel, sunflower oil, path combine – quite drying and with this dusty side to it. Targeted on uncooked substances and with out the identical playful candy impressions from the nostril. With water: getting fairly uncooked and punch now, with sheep wool oils, vase water, grass, aspirin and even hints of blanco tequila and tiger balm. End: good size, richly on malted barley, malt syrup, barley sugars, white pepper, watercress and sandalwood. Feedback: fairly a boisterous and assertive dram – you’re left with the impression that Dailuaine can pack fairly a charismatic punch at instances. I prefer it so much, nevertheless it’s a method you actually must be within the temper for – or it might most likely make a really sensible highball?
SGP: 461 – 86 factors.



Dailuaine 12 yo 2008/2020 (57.8%, Watt Whisky, bourbon hogshead, 312 bottles)

Dailuaine 12 yo 2008/2020 (57.8%, Watt Whisky, bourbon hogshead, 312 bottles)
Color: straw. Nostril: a little bit richer and drier in fashion maybe, which is to say extra instantly on uncooked cereals, shoe polish, breads and a little bit yeasty, tangy beer be aware. The distinction between a barrel and a hogshead? With water: as soon as once more it goes in direction of vase water and a few contemporary inexperienced herbs reminiscent of parsley. Maybe additionally sandalwood touches too. Mouth: we’re in very comparable territories however I’d say there’s extra textural weight right here and a bit extra emphasis on issues like sunflower oil, shoe polish as on the nostril, grass, wintergreen, toasted cereals and grist. With water:  some cider apple, extra fermentary sourdough notes, quite rustic in total fashion in actual fact. Nonetheless numerous uncooked cereals and contemporary barley. End: good size, extra cereals, olive oil, frivolously vegetal, white pepper and a barely inexperienced sharpness within the aftertaste. Feedback: I most likely want this one by a notch, the entire feels a bit extra cohesive and extra textural. However we’re splitting hairs as there’s numerous similarity. These Dailuaines are wonderful, uncooked and pure distillate, however quite difficult kinds in that sense I would say.
SGP: 461 – 87 factors.










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