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- Hidden Draggin
March 29, 2010, 3:37 am
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I work in the retail liquor business in Florida
and a couple of bottles came in.
They are labeled McClelland's and "Single
Malt". They come in attractive cardboard tubes
The only specifications are Islay for one
bottle and Highland for the other.
I tasted them. They are both very good
and drinkable even though there is no
source noted and no age claimed.
The Islay had considerable smoke and
a little vanilla and a hint of iodine.
The Highland was sweet, lightly peated
The price? 17.99 for the Highland and
19.99 for the Islay.
This is a no-brainer as an everyday affordable
single malt. I have no idea how long they
will be available or whether this is a limited issue.
Hidden Draggin - Gilbert Hansford
CEO of the Brown and Mushy Corporation
Hello, HD. The McClellands has been available where I live at least 10
to 15 years, so it's not going to disappear as long as your shop's
owners choose to keep buying it. And yes, the price is right. The only
one I'm familiar with is the McClelland's Islay, which is unmistakably a
young Bowmore. I don't like it very much, but then I'm not a big Bowmore
fan. I do keep a bottle around most of the time in case I want to add a
little peat and smoke to a malt or blend I'm not very happy with.
bill van wrote:
Same in NC. We have been getting McClellands for many years.
It's a good low-end malt. The Islay is a young (6 yrs?)
Bowmore. The Lowland is an Auchentochen. Can't remember
what the Highland is, perhaps a Glen Garioch??
I believe the McClellans line is owned by the Japanese
firm of SunTory.
I've only seen the Islay Dun Bheagan, which a friend brings me from
Ontario from time to time, and it's excellent. It's in the good company
of The Ileach, Finlaggan and Smokehead, all inexpensive young south
Islays with similar profiles that are among my favourite malts. I am
thoroughly respectful of the more mature Islays, but I love the fiery
young ones. They're right in your face, like a cheerful drunk in the
kitchen at a good house party.
Ah, but Jock, I was born Dutch. I speak Dutch very badly (it has been 51
years since my family emigrated), but I still read it and understand
I found your video very informative. I may try to convince the British
Columbia liquor distribution branch to order the Dun Bheagans. There are
not nearly enough quality budget-priced malts available around here.
Oh, and your Dutch is excellent. My ear is no longer trained, but I
detected little or no accent. How long have you lived there? ... Oh,
never mind. I just had a look at your website. More than 30 years.
Excellent, Jock. Work that consists of being given single malts, tasting
them and talking/writing about them sounds very rewarding to me.
I know what you mean with regard to the language. I can still pronounce
"Achtentachtig kacheltjes" without hurting myself.
Bill (or Wim, as my mother still calls me)
Don't think this is a limited edition. They are available at a local shop
http://www.mcclellands.co.uk/about-us/ About Us
T&A McClelland's was a Glasgow based whisky blending and export firm
established in 1818. The company was purchased in 1970 by Stanley P Morrison
(later to become Morrison Bowmore Distillers) and to this day many of the
T&A McClelland's malt whisky brands are still produced and distributed on a
The McClelland's range offers a chance to explore Scotland and four of the
key whisky distilling regions. The McClelland's Single Malt Whisky range was
first launched in 1986 with an Islay, Highland and Lowland expression. Due
to its success and demand, a Speyside expression was introduced in 1999.
Each Single Malt expression is carefully selected to reflect the true
essence and character of the region in which it is produced. The packaging
reflects the key elements of the region with stunning landscapes by British
illustrator Kathy Wyatt.
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