It’s been a while since our last whisky tasting, over 2 years in fact! So we were delighted when Peter Mackay from Morrison and Mackay Whisky Co. agreed to do a tasting with us on August 17th. We had a great turn out of over 30 people who were keen to try the latest and greatest in whisky production.
Peter’s father Kenny is a huge influence in the Scottish Whisky scene, co-creating Auchentoshan Three Wood and Glen Garioch. He was the first agent in Scotland for Macallan 10 year old in the 1970s, back when its production was only 300 cases per year. Now, Macallan produce around 3 million cases a year, showing how high the demand for premium Scottish whisky is.
Morrison and MacKay were established in 2004, and began making whisky liqueurs such as Bruadar (on our shelves at £22) and began bottling rare, collectable whiskies in 2008 under “Celebration of the Cask” and “Black Gold” collections. By 2012, they had tapped into a more approachable market with their “Carn Mor Strictly Limited” collection, where the whiskies still maintained their excellent quality and unique-ness, but their prices were more affordable.
In our tasting we were lucky enough to sample the world debut of a few of their newest whiskies, some of which had never been bottled by Morrison and Mackay before.
Some stand outs of our world debut whiskies were:
Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 2010 Sherry Puncheon Cask (£45.00)
This was actually our bestselling whisky on the night, which seems to be a theme with the Glentauchers bottling. Their first batch of 4 year old whisky sold all 918 bottle within a week of its release!
Celebration of the Cask ‘Wardhead’ 1997 Cask Strength Hogshead Cask (£115.00)
This whisky was only bottled 16 days before our tasting on 01 August 2018 and was number 203 of only 354! It was also a brand new whisky for Morrison and Mackay, and a very special one at that. A teaspoon blend Glenfiddich! A teaspoon of Bowmore was added to a vat of Glenfiddich whisky, which is commonly done to protect the brand’s name when it’s used in other products such as cocktails or when it’s sold to independent bottlers like Morrison and Mackay. It’s highly unusual to find a cask strength Glenfiddich (at an affordable price that is…) and even more so to find a Glenfiddich from just one cask! This makes ‘Wardhead’ a true whisky lover’s dream!
Find the full range of whiskies that we tasted below!
We’d like to thank Peter MacKay for his informative and fun evening tasting a wide range of high end whiskies. If you’d like any information about our upcoming tastings, please subscribe to our newsletter, where we put out all tasting info.