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A Gift of Rare Scotch From a Love

MG is an air warrior and a global traveler who loves to visit and explore new places.

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Background

Life has a peculiar dimension, that it moves only forward. One would not mind Einstein's theory of time and space to come true but perhaps it's not practical. One would hope that the Time Machine of HG Wells would appear but again that doesn't happen.

One constant factor is a woman who you have loved and the choices of wine and whiskey. Poetry is not my forte but I can write a rhyme or two.

Drink to me only with your eyes,
And I will pledge mine;
Or let the goblet have an imprint of your lips,
And I’ll not look for anything.
The thirst that I feel can only be quenched from your lips or wine.

You are not here, so I make do with good single malt divine;

Well, the long and short of it is that the old flame of four years sent me a gift. The courier brought the package. I was intrigued but when I opened the package the contents thrilled me. Here was a woman who knew my taste. The carton contained two of the finest bottles of scotch-rare single malt whiskey.

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The Ardbeg


The carton contained two neatly packed bottles. The first was Ardbeg, which is advertised as the "ultimate Islay Single Malt Scotch whiskey". It is guaranteed as 10 years old and distilled at the Ardbeg Distillery at the Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland. The Arberg distillery lies on the most southerly part of Islay and situated right on the rugged shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Ardbeg is a distinctive whisky with a compelling history. In 1997 it was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company. Since then, Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt,

It is a “star” among whiskies, Ardbeg single malt has been awarded innumerable awards by connoisseurs of single malt. Jim Murray the global whiskey experts and the man behind Murrays Bible has declared Ardbeg “scotch whisky of the year” three years in a row .it won “best single malt in the world” and ‘best Islay single malt’ at the World Whisky Awards in 2013 and 2014

The whiskey is non-chill-filtered and has a strength of 46%. This is supposed to be the ultimate single malt whiskey that other whiskies aspire to reach. Well here is my assessment; Nose: Peat, smoke, lemon, salt, maritime.

Taste: Peat, tar, bbq smoke, it’s got some earthy notes, pepper, licorice, lemon, and hints of vanilla.

Finish: A long, smoky finish with some sweetness and pepper.It's a great drink, but till this bottle came I hadn't drunk it.


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The Duthac

Now I come to the second bottle. The second bottle was Glenmorangie's special brand the Duthac. This whiskey is supposed to be inspired by King James IV who made an annual visit to the distillery and the inventor of this concoction Dr. Bill Lumsden set out and created this whiskey for the king. So it is a royal whiskey and associated with royalty and that alone will give you a wonderful feeling. I am told the Maharaja of Patiala drank gallons and gallons of this whiskey and it was really available like water in his gala parties. Well, he could afford it.

I was wondering how the name Duthac appeared. A small booklet along with the bottle says that he was the patron saint of Tain in Scotland (1000-65). Most likely King James came to this place to pay homage to Saint Duthac.

The whiskey has a special taste, but I will confess that I have never tasted it earlier. What a girl, to pick up a rare scotch which I had never tasted earlier. The whiskey is around for long years and is marketed only in limited quantities to the elite. It's a deep bronze whiskey. I will delineate a few properties of this whiskey for connoisseurs.

Aroma: Seductive aromas of pear, toffee apple, Brazil nuts in toffee, with an underlying spicy note, some toasty oak.

Taste: Mouth-filling flavors of milk chocolate, toffee, Brazil nuts, leather, and some aniseed. The spiciness is definite, but gentle, with hints of ginger and clove.

Finish: The aftertaste once again reminds drinkers that this is a Glenmorangie, with vanilla, apricots in cream, and some almond marzipan.


Adios

I will add that I rang her up in America and thanked her for it and mentioned that she knew my taste also included fair women! Adios friends till we meet again on Hub Pages.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 11, 2021:

Sangre, thanks for commenting

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 11, 2021:

What a nice surprise. I don't know much about whiskey brands but it's nice to read about some of the well established ones on the market.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 10, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, it's one of the sweetest comment I have ever read.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 10, 2021:

Thank you, Tom, nice you commented.

tom on May 10, 2021:

wine and woman haram to me

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

That would have been an expensive gift! She surely knows your taste! Perhaps, as Pamela mentioned, there will be a Mrs. Singh in the future?

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on May 10, 2021:

Pamela thank you so much for your valued comment. Thanks for your good wishes.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 10, 2021:

This is an interesting article about some whiskeys that I also have never tasted, and maybe could not afford (at east on a regular basis). I think this girl got attention with this generous gift. Maybe there is a future together at some point.

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