# 544 • Haig Club Single Grain Whiskey

40% alc./vol.
Cameronbridge Distillery, Leven, Highlands, Scotland

In about 2015, we were treated to a highly anticipated grain whiskey, a spirit spearheaded by none other than David Beckham, produced by Diageo's Cameronbridge distillery, the Haig Club.

Cameronbridge was founded in 1824 by John Haig, taking inspiration from his legendary ancestor Robert Haig who allegedly had his hand in 1655 distilled on the Sabbath day! His grain whiskey has always been used in many Scottish blends, Haig has now decided to follow the fashion and offer us a single grain expression.

As the American comedian Julius Henry Marx, better known by the nickname of Groucho Marx (1890-1977) said so well:

An intellectual is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.

As pale as an albino.

Nose:
Heated rubber, vanilla, cumin and oak. Slightly sweet grain. Smells very much alcohol for a whiskey diluted to 40%, which has the effect of hiding its more complex aspects well.

Taste:
Very creamy and sweet. pears and melon, vanilla and oak. Much better executed than on the nose.

Finish:
A few spices full of alcohol remain in the mouth for a long time with a touch of oak. Ginger and vanilla.

Balance:
I have a hard time justifying the price of a bottle like this. David Beckham clearly doesn't drink whiskey. As some would say, I have no hesitation in calling him the "Beats by Dre" of the whiskey world.

Note: ★★★★★

# 543 • Glenfiddich 19 years old Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

40% alc./vol.
Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

Since a Glenfiddich do not wait for the other, I will continue here with an expression in the same vein as the last, the Glenfiddich 19 year old Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish.

Part of the “Age of Discovery” series, exclusive to the duty-free market, this 19-year-old single malt has been matured, as its name suggests, in red wine barrels. Not just any, South American red wine. Why? To commemorate the journey of HMS Beagle, who went to South America in 1831, with none other than Charles Darwin on board, to collect fossils that will be used to support the theory of evolution.

As the English naturalist and paleontologist rightly said Charles Darwin (1809-1882) said so well:

What a good thing it would be if scientists died at 60, because past that age their opposition to any new theory is certain.

Still the classic Speyside amber, this time with a slight reddish tinge.

Nose:
Barley, oak, berries and red wine. Touch of tropical fruits. Rather happy I would say.

Taste:
Raisins, vanilla and butter cookies. A sturdy oak tree supports it all, soaked in honey. Vinous.

Finish:
Warm, long, spicy, dry and chocolatey. A fireplace edge dram.

Balance:
Much better than the other offerings in the "Age of Discovery" series. A brilliant success in the “Finishing in wine barrels (fortified or not)” category.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★