Hey! I got my first “Fare” piece in November’s issue of SAVEUR Magazine, something that has ended up being quite a lovely surprise, here at the end of a very long season of writing in a completely different field. To read my article, either pick up a copy of the gorgeous magazine itself, or read a version here.
It’s an idea I’ve had for a while, and in fact, some of you were present for its inception: a taste test of different single-malt scotches from distilleries that no longer exist. There’s something awesome about “spirits from a ghost distillery” that turned me on, and in fact, there are collectors that specialize in scotch from silent stills.
Until the holidays, when (with the help of Steven Garrity) I plan to launch my Scotchtastic blog, I’ll put a few things here about whisky from ghost distilleries you should try if you ever have the chance:
Port Ellen – Hard to go wrong with this peaty, intense Islay malt, but the “official releases” – particularly the 27-year-old from 1978 – is a smoky, explosive treat.
Rosebank – Like many “lowland” whiskies, you have to be careful. It can be either a subtle, heathery masterpiece, or a spirity, grassy bore. Old Malt Cask’s bottling of a 22-year-old from 1980 is a high-wire act of sugary perfection.
Convalmore – This dark-hued Speysider can put some Macallans to shame. Try the Rare Malts 24-year-old; the nose, swear to God, is Starburst candy (particularly strawberry), but on the palate you’ve got wood esters, dark teas and even a hint of mint. It almost feels carbonated. Stunning.
Brora – Perhaps the most-mourned distillery, the 30-year-old official bottling is probably the best whisky in the world outside an auction. The nose, the palate, the finish… wafting peat, complicated sugars, a play with rising and falling action. Four seasons in one dram, and not to be missed.
Oh, and thanks Dana!