Malty and Dry

If you’ve had the pleasure of reading Dave Broom’s “World Atlas of Whisky1)”World Atlas of Whisky” (2nd ed) is also available as an interactive Apple iBook, as demonstrated by Dave here, you’ll know that he divides malts into flavour camps 2)See also David Wishart’s book “Whisky Classified” which did the same thing using statistical analysis of descriptions from dozens of distillery managers.

We were intrigued by the “Malty and Dry” camp, which is the smallest category and includes some less well-known distilleries. For our next tasting, we’ve chosen five malts from this camp and have added one more for context. Some are cleaner or more subtle than others, some you may already know, one is recommended to accompany sweeter ales (perfect with a pint of Harvey’s!), and one might divide opinion … but definitely has character!

We hope that this tasting will help you get more out of these “lighter” drams that could otherwise be overlooked – there’s no sherry, no smoke, no finishing; simply the essence of barley spirit matured in oak.

  • Glen Spey 12yr old. From the Flora and Fauna range.
  • Tomintoul 14yr old.
  • Loch Lomond Single Malt.
  • Auchroisk 1996 (bottled 2014) – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
  • Auchentoshan 12yr old.
  • Bruichladdich 10yr old – The Laddie Ten.

The tasting will be on Thursday 19th February at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station. Tickets will be £15 on the night.

Booking is now closed – we’ve emailed everyone who signed up to let them know whether they have a place.

   [ + ]

1. ”World Atlas of Whisky” (2nd ed) is also available as an interactive Apple iBook, as demonstrated by Dave here
2. See also David Wishart’s book “Whisky Classified” which did the same thing using statistical analysis of descriptions from dozens of distillery managers