The Malt Whisky Cluster Vortex Surfing The Flavour Spectrum



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The Malt Whisky Cluster Vortex -- Surfing The Flavour Spectrum




Origins of Scotch whisky

  • Irish giant jumped to Scotland with a cask of whisky on his back, from the Giant’s Causeway

  • Irish monks passed their know-how to Scotland and Holland by St. Columba and St. Patrick (whisky and gin)





Medieval monks made beer … then distilled it (aqua vitae)







First whisky record, 1495

  • King James IV – “Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey, by which to make aqua vitae

  • (Alchemy)

  • Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1495



Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1494-95

  • Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1494-95



Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1494-95

  • Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1494-95



Management School Research, 2007

  • School of Management M.Litt fieldwork at Lindores Abbey “A wee dram of aqua vitae, with which to toast Brother John Cor”

  • 27 October 2007



Research continued …..





The Sma’ Still of Glenlivet





Highland Line 1779



Smuggler and pony



The Prince ….



The Storyteller …



and the Cellarer …



George IV lands at Leith 1822



Lady Elizabeth Grant



Lady Elizabeth Grant



George IV, Sir Walter Scott and Lady Elizabeth Grant



Whisky Wars





Whisky production at the farms





Hieronymous Braunschweig

  • The alchemist’s art of turning barley into liquid gold – aqua vitae as a medicine …. “purifying of the grosse from the subtyll, and the subtyll from the grosse”

  • Alchemy - transmutation

  • Das Buch zu Destillieren, 1519

  • Vertuose Boke of Distyllacyon, 1527



Primitive still – 1664



Robert Burns, 1759-1796

  • John Barleycorn was a hero bold,

  • Of noble enterprise;

  • For if you do but taste his blood,

  • 'Twill make your courage rise.

  • …..

  • Then let us toast John Barleycorn,

  • Each man a glass in hand;

  • And may his great posterity

  • Ne'er fail in Old Scotland!



Medicinal properties

  • “If a body could find out the exac’ proper proportion and quantity that ought to be drunk every day, and keep to that, I verily trow that he might leeve for ever, without dying at a’, and that doctors and kirkyards would go oot o’ fashion” - James Hogg, Ettrick Shepherd (circa 1825)

  • Sadly, he died in 1835 aged 65.



Medicinal properties

  • “If a body could find out the exac’ proper proportion and quantity that ought to be drunk every day, and keep to that, I verily trow that he might leeve for ever, without dying at a’, and that doctors and kirkyards would go oot o’ fashion” - James Hogg, Ettrick Shepherd (circa 1825)

  • Sadly, he died in 1835 aged 65.







Queen Victoria loved whisky



The coachman’s dram



French phylloxera plague

  • The phylloxera aphid devastated the French vineyards from 1863…

  • Imported into France on root stocks from America

  • Solved by grafting French vines on to American root stocks

  • But … cognac drinkers had already turned to Scotch whisky



Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Isla, or Glenlivit!”

  • The Scotsman’s Return from Abroad, Underwoods, 1887



Whisky as a comfort



Prohibition USA, 1920-33



Whisky as a medicine



Prince of Wales loves whisky







Whisky flavour spectrum



The Dalmore 12yo

  • Award-winning Christmas cake “cigar” malt



Edradour 10yo

  • Nutty malt from Scotland’s smallest distillery



The Glenlivet 12yo

  • The king o’ drinks as I conceive it - RLS



Tullibardine 1993



Highland Park 12yo

  • Orcadian dream award-winning malt



Laphroaig 10yo

  • Peaty medicinal full-bodied malt, Islay



Clusters



Principal Components Analysis



In summary ….

  • Whisky Classified helps you choose a single malt whisky that suits your palate, not someone else's



Today’s Vertex 2010 Tasting



Whisky Classified

  • Whisky Classified

  • Choosing Single Malts by Flavour

  • David Wishart

  • Pavilion Books, London, Second Edition May 2006

  • Price £14.99

  • whiskyclassified.com

  • English, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian

  • SIGNED COPIES





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