Stephen's Whisky of the Month
Message from Stephen Davies, General Manager
As one would expect the cellars of Culloden House brim with Malt Whiskies, a passion for over 10 years which has resulted in us being recognized as Malt Whisky Ambassadors and a Malt Whisky Embassy by the Scottish Malt Whisky Society.
Many of our malts are rare, exclusive and not available to purchase in even the more famous whisky shops, that is because we buy many of them from private collectors and specialty auctions which provide 100% provenance as well as the best possible price.
So, what of this impressive collection, is it under lock and key? Is it that exclusive that it becomes elusive? No, whisky is to be enjoyed, they make it to drink it, as they say “Save it for a rainy day” well maybe that's why God affords us so many rainy days in Scotland! You are invited to visit our famous whisky trolley, 160 of the best bottles around, some expensive but mostly affordable so as not to draw your breath like a big peaty Islay malt.
Uisge Beatha, 'the water of life', is without doubt Scotlands greatest export, so, sit back in our Forbes Library Bar and allow us to pour you a good dram, Slainte Mhath!
Port Ellen, 27-year-old
Signatory Cask Strength Collection (Scotland)
Diageo has released a number of highly-acclaimed expressions of Port Ellen under its ‘Special Release’ programme, but some very good independent bottlings are also to be found. They include this 27-year-old single cask bottling, distilled in February 1983, just a few months before the distillery closed, and finished in a wine-treated butt before being bottled in April of this year. It comes courtesy of Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co Ltd, formerly of Edinburgh, but now based at the Perthshire distillery of Edradour. The nose is sweet and fruity, with vanilla, peat, black pepper and tobacco notes. Sweet and malty on the palate, with subtle peat and soft oak notes. Barley sugar with the addition of water, and the peat becomes much more muted. Steadily drying in the lengthy finish, with no adverse oak tannins. Stands up very well for its age. 55.7% ABV, 70cl, £160.00, specialist whisky merchants.