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The GlenHatton v1.0 (my final post on this). My take on this blend plus the announcement of a whisky sample giveaway.

GlenHatton – glen · ha · tton\’(g)len · ha · tän\n\ A “luck of the draw, pour the dregs of a shit ton of whiskies into one bottle” whisk(e)y blend.

Last week, as you might have read right here and here, details of the GlenHatton were finally revealed.

As a quick reminder, I created a dregs bottle of whisk(e)y called The GlenHatton.  It is made up of the following whiskies (in no particular order or quantity):

After creating this dregs bottle I sent a message out to friends via the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society Facebook page asking if anyone wants to get a taste of the stuff.  I had enough for 8 samples and got a taker for each one!  Based on the quick response and people’s seemingly burning desire to taste the stuff, I thought it’d make for a great series of posts!

Now it comes time for me to review the stuff.  We’ve already heard from David Blackmore, Jason Johnstone-Yellin, David Bailey, Blair Bowman as well as Ewan Morgan, Malt Impostor, Anne Benner and Richard Barr.

What do I think of the stuff?  Well, let’s see:

On the nose Smokey for sure but, not off the bat.  The smoke is waiting on the sidelines.

Fruity and floral (think pineapple, hibiscus and bananas of the bruised variety).

Very, very peppery – both black and white, like a nun in a habit (with a habit).

The fruits come back and smell juicy.

On the mouthPeppery attack followed by threads of smoke and creamed corn.

I think Jason nailed it with the cumin note.

Very honied and sticky sweet.

I like this – YAY GlenHatton!

Finish Peppery and smokey.

The fruits are gone now yet some honey remains.

In sum All in all, a happy accident.  No complaints here.  I do remember, at one point, that this stuff tasted awful (after I added in the four bourbons).  Once some of the peaty whiskies went in, it all turned around for the better.

When to enjoy this?  Well, I’ve got enough for one more sample to give away.  If you want, let me know and I’ll send you some.  First come first served.  You can email here: jewmalt@yahoo.com

Update – it took about 7 minutes but, the final sample of the GlenHatton has been claimed.  Congrats to Chris K of New Jersey!


As mentioned in the last GlenHatton post it was Jason Johnstone-Yellin who guessed the most numbers of whiskies in the GlenHatton.  That being said, he wins a free whisky sample.  So, what does Jason win?  A 5cl sample of some 18yo,  single cask,  Cask Strength Hanyu bottled by the Number One Drinks, Co.  This 18yo Hanyu was further matured in new Japanese oak.  It’s an odd duck but I’ll tells ya, it’s damn good stuff.  Congrats, Jason!


Thanks again to everyone who participated in this fun experiment.  Twas a blast!

Arran Amarone Cask finished 50% ABV

Islands region – 50%ABV – £38 | €45

Week #2 of my Arran reviews.  To view all of the Arran Malt whiskies I’ve tried so far, click here.

As the holiday season is about us, I’m reminded of just how thankful I am for all of the little things I’ve got.  For me, the holidays are all about getting together with friends and family.  In my family, because we are so spread out, this time of the year is about the only time I get to see some of my family.

So, forget the presents.  Nothing can replace that little conversation you get to have with the uncle you’ve not seen in 355 days.  Or being able to see your cousins, nephews or nieces grow up to be strong men and women…  Or sharing in some nice wine with everyone as your aunt demands you eat more food (even though you’ve already had to unbutton your pants to make room for the 3rd course).

One thing I do not have in my family, believe it or not, is a whisky drinker!  Yeah, my dad will dip into some Dewar’s from time to time and basically any single malt I throw in front of him but he’s not passionate about it like some of my other family members are about their wine.  For that camaraderie, I’ve got my society, fellow whisky bloggers and you – the readers of my blog.  So,while I am thankful for a great many things in my life, I am most thankful for you all.  I really appreciate you coming to the blog and continuing to return for more.  Todah Rabah (Thank you very much – Hebrew).

Oh, I’m also very thankful to Andy Hogan for the samlpe of this whisky!

Color An interesting pink hue to this whisky!

On the nose Lite-Brite nose chockfull of dry wine and pomegranate or perhaps cranberry juice.

Dry Rose champagne.

Grapefruit jolly ranchers.

Real apples with a leaning toward apple Fruit Roll-ups.

Sweet grass and morning dew.

Hints of RC cola.

On the mouth Thin-ish mouthfeel.

More notes of Rose champagne.

Paper lunch bags.

Star fruits and golden raisins.

Some hints of cumin spice.

My mouth is now watering which, joining schwartzes with the whisky, is now giving this a much more chewy mouthfeel.

Finish White pepper and white chocolate.  A touch more cumin.  Medium in length.

In sum The influence of the Amarone wine on this whisky is big.  I loved just starting at the pinkish hue of this whisky in between sips.  Sweet & dry – a nice one for early fall time.  Actually, a perfect Sukkot whisky.