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Glenlivet XXV

Thanks to /u/Tsefly for this sample.

Been a busy couple of weeks. And not “I gotta catch’em all” busy, that just started, and can be managed easily enough. 564 more words

從酒單比較看威士忌入門課

前言

早陣子有朋友send了兩張酒單給Mr. J,說是一些威士忌入門品酒會用的,希望Mr. J比較和評價一下。其實Mr. J很少評論其他威士忌教育者的品酒會選酒,因為每款選酒,都應該符合著威士忌教育者想要講的主題,有其意義。我們不如看看兩張酒單(淺藍色字是Mr. J加上去的,方便讀者理解下文),推測一下講者想傳遞的知識,這樣更好玩。


(圖:兩張威士忌入門課的酒單)

Mr. J第一眼看兩張酒單的反應:「咁似嘅喂!哈哈。」(意思:怎麼那樣相似?哈哈。)兩邊似乎都想講下不同原材料造成的威士忌和蘇格蘭威士忌不同的產區,酒單A用上的是一般威士忌愛好者的六分區方法,而酒單B則用產業界向來的五產區標準。順帶一提,有些「狂熱者」(如著名威士忌作家Dave Broom)甚至會分作17個產區,好不嚇人!但一般來說,將蘇格蘭威士忌的產區分作低地(Lowlands)、高地(Highlands)、斯貝纚(Speyside)、坎培爾鎮(Campbeltown)、艾雷島(Islay)五區就可以了,將艾雷島以外的島嶼區(Islands)從高地中分出來作第六產區也屬方便合理。


(圖:蘇格蘭威士忌六大產區;Source: http://www.highestspirit.com)

單憑產區是判斷不出威士忌所擁之風味的

從產區談威士忌的不同其實不容易,與深根性的葡萄不同,雙重蒸餾的做法,加上普遍使用專業發麥廠(commercial maltings)的供貨,威士忌的「風土」(terroir)常常被人忽視。Mr. J在品酒會中也常對入門者提及別以為同一產區造出來的威士忌都一樣,要看蒸餾廠在製作過程中每項細節的決策才能了解其風味。日本秩父蒸溜所(Chichibu Distillery)的創立人肥土一郎(Ichiro Akuto)說過,他們相信威士忌的風土最主要是源在熟成的環境;而澳洲Lark Distillery的創立人Bill Lark說過在威士忌入樽前用以稀釋的水也是大家意想不到的風土元素,不少酒評家以看葡萄酒風土的方法搬字過紙的去評鑒威士忌的風土是不適當的做法,當中的複雜因由遲下另文再談。簡單來說,以不同產區的威士忌去介紹蘇格蘭的地圖是可以的,只是遠遠不足夠談產區的風土與風味罷了。

現在進入正題,先看看一些A和B兩張酒單都有選用的酒款。

低地區(Lowlands

(1) Auchentoshan 12yo – 位於低地區的蒸餾廠本來就不多,只有四間(其實還有一間2005年開始造酒的Daftmill,只是至今還未有入樽作品在市面推出)。Bladnoch和Ailsa Bay在香港都較難找到,Glenkinchie和Auchentoshan的OB款在香港較易找,所以選其中之一來介紹低地區無可厚非。Mr. 467 more words

香港威士忌

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 01/12/15

Glenlivet sometimes releases single cask bottlings of their own for all sorts of reasons and niche markets. I tried this one last year at a very interesting little pop-up store that they had in Tel Aviv, styled like a European designer lounge. 168 more words

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Glenlivet 21

Originally reviewed on reddit: 01/12/15

This is ‘The Archive’ from Glenlivet, the oldest of their core range and it comes in a neat book sleeve box thing too. 148 more words

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Glenlivet 18

Originally reviewed on reddit: 16/10/15

Not much to say in the way of an introduction here, it’s a Glenlivet, it’s 18 years old. 129 more words

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Glenlivet 15

Originally reviewed on reddit: 03/04/15

This expression is one of Glenlivet’s more popular expressions. It’s partially matured in Limousin Oak, usually used to make casks for maturing Cognac. 139 more words

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Glenlivet 12

Originally reviewed on reddit: 05/03/15

Everyone knows the Glenlivet 12 year old. This Speyside malt is among the most widely available and popular single malt whiskies, and it also happens to be the very first single malt I ever tried. 248 more words

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