Santa’s list Part One

T’was the night before christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring,

because the inlaws had been at the advocaat again and no-one was stupid enough to wake them up.

I digress..

It’s that time of year again, where stockings are hung by the chimney by care, someone from accounts/HR/Management has a little too much wine at the xmas party and Indie Spirit makes your xmas shopping as painless and easy as possibly by showcasing their wares and reminding you that we are your somethingth emergency service.

So, without further ado, here’s some fancy things you may want for xmas this year. Remember of course if you see something on twitter, facebook or instagram that you would like put away for someones perfect present you can message us and we will make to keep you one so no-one is disappointed with socks this year.

The Tweeddale

We may have noticed how fond of Raasay and Borders we are and quite rightly so.

In 1895 a young Richard Day walked into a licenced grocers at No1 Duke Street in the Borders town of Coldstream to begin his first day as an office boy at J&A Davidson. Richard Day took over his employer’s business in 1923, having mastered the art of blending, and so began the family whisky tradition that lives on in R&B.

Richards cellar book became the cornerstone to the families blending skills and later, with all its blended whisky recipes, passed into the capable hands of R&B’s Alasdair Day, his great grandson. After a 70 year gap the Tweeddale was recreated.

We have 2 very special whiskies available.

The Tweeddale: A Silent Character

R&B Distillers studied Alasdair’s Great Grandfather’s recipes to create The Tweeddale A Silent Character. They discovered that Single Grain from Cambus Distillery was the whisky most consistently used in blending during the early 1900s and had been favoured by Richard Day.  Cambus distillery is now silent, hence the name, having stopped whisky production in 1993.

This 27-year-old Single Grain Scotch Whisky is a vatting of two ex-bourbon casks:

Nose: Fresh oaky, with peach pastries, lemon and lime, followed by a honey, toffee. A sweet and rich nose.

Palate: Hints of pear, mixed in with a spicy cognac.

Finish: slight grassy and a mineral structure.

Limited edition with 564 bottles available worldwide.


The Tweeddale: The Evolution

The oldest Tweeddale whisky to date, a blend of classic Speyside single malts and a Lowland single grain, with the youngest component whisky being 28 years old.

Going back to Richard Day’s cellar book R&B Distillers have managed to take the recipes contained within to the next step. Evaluation of the stocks available they have created an evolved blend that would have been one of the pinnacles of Richards work had blending continued after WWII. Rich, full bodied and very smooth it is a whisky to showcase at the heart of any malt aficionados collection.

Nose: Juicy Blackcurrant, creamy waxy notes, cherries and plums. A lemon icing note. On a second nosing, freshly baked pastries, and a hint of honey.

Palate: Big, full, juicy front palate. Christmas cake notes, blackcurrant and pear (almost glühwein-like fruity, sweetness) and a dash of orange zest.

Finish: Slight hint of American oak sharpening and structuring the finish. Touch of milk chocolate too.