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Found this superb Gouden Carolus Single Malt Whisky hidden away on another website. Well worth a try, it’s my new favourite for this year…..



Gouden Carolus Single Malt is a refined whisky distilled from the mash of Gouden Carolus Tripel beer. A first for Belgium are the hand hammered, copper pot stills, in which the pure mash is distilled. The result is a pure and clear distillate.

The ensuing aging in classic Bourbon barrels followed by a further aging in Het Anker barrels (wooden barrels made by a barrel maker in accordance with our own specifications) results in a refined whisky with a full and balanced taste.

Gouden Carolus isn’t the first Belgian Single Malt I’ve tasted or bought, it certainly has quickly become my go to whisky to help people introduce to the wonderful world of whisky. It is surprisingly soft to drink, lacking the harsh burning sensation of some more aged whisky varieties. But it also features just a hint of “crème brulée”, which manifests itself after a little while.

Nose: attractive nose, despite the obvious youth. Fruity notes (apricot jam and apples), moving to fruit gums and eventually also nice Guimauve / marshmallow notes. There’s a slight Irishness to it. Quite some vanilla. Scented wax candles. Hints of fresh oak shavings as well. Slightly ahead of its age, good. Mouth: full-flavoured, very malty, still quite fruity although there is also a slightly harsh grainy note (which may disappear with some extra years). Vanilla, soft ginger and pepper. Finish: medium long, drying with the oak moving forward. Nutmeg and vanilla.

This new Gouden Carolus single malt is better than I expected. The obvious beer notes of the previous release are gone and replaced by classic malty notes and spiced fresh oak influence.

Winner of 2 Silver Medals
Country of origin: Belgium
Aged: 3 years 1st Fill Bourbon barrels (30 months), Het Anker barrels (6 months)
Aroma: Fruit, vanilla and creme brulee
Taste: Full and balanced; notes of wood, vanilla
Serving Temperature: Room temperature (21°C)
Serving tip: Pure or with a drop of pure, fresh water
Size: 1 x 500ml
Strength: 46% abv

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Scotch whisky’s opponents will appreciate blast times somewhere around 2015 and 2020, with development of almost 5% every year, as per another study.

Global Wine and Spirits Research’s most recent report into whisky/bourbon made outside Scotland demonstrates the fragment is ready to develop deals by 4.7% a year to 363.4million cases by 2020.

The Global Non-Scotch Whiskies Insights Report says almost 75% of development will originate from India, where the business sector is overwhelmed by local items, while US and Irish refineries are additionally anticipated that would flourish.

US bourbon deals are conjecture to hop 4.4% a year through 2020, helped by “another flood of item advancement”.

Irish bourbon oversaw yearly increments of 10.5% in the six years to 2014 to end up the quickest developing spirits class, and its development is relied upon to proceed.

The report says the principle challenge for US and Irish organizations is to deliver enough bourbon to adapt to request.

Worldwide offers of whisky created in Scotland have been mauling their way back towards development.

The estimation of universal Scotch deals fell 7% in 2014 as political instability in key markets took its toll however, notwithstanding the drop, Scotch was still the nation’s top fare that year – getting £3.95billion.

Furthermore, the decrease is moderating. The 3% dunk in the estimation of fares in the initial six months of 2015 was a change on the 11% year-on-year drop recorded in the main portion of 2014.

Single malt fares, in the interim, were up 5% to £406million in the principal half of a year ago.

Scotch deals expanded 2% in the UK a year ago, a business sector which has been powerless for two decades even with elevated amounts of tax collection.

Exchange body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) demanded yesterday what’s to come was splendid for Scotland’s refineries.

The non-Scotch section may kick-begin individuals’ enthusiasm for a measure however those same devotees will in the long run make the movement on to Scotch, on account of its “unmatched” quality, SWA included.

SWA CEO David Frost said: “The viewpoint for Scotch is solid. The Scotch whisky industry has a profundity, assortment and nature of item that unavoidably attracts customers to Scotch, regardless of the possibility that they start their whisky venture with another class.

“Scotch remains the world’s driving fantastic soul drink, with fares of £4billion yearly. Without precedent for a long time the UK advertise additionally expanded in 2015.

“And also creating developing markets, for example, India and Columbia, SWA will keep on pressing the case for more pleasant tax collection of Scotch whisky in the UK so we can keep on growing markets at home and abroad.”

By Jamie S. The Cocktail Guru

I recently read an article published by one of the daily newspapers about very alcoholic cocktails and it contained so many errors, it was clear the author had no idea about how alcohol is measured. Not that there’s any shame in being confused by all the different terms and units of measurement – it can get quite tricky so I thought I’d help to clarify some of the facts about alcohol measurement (Although I probably wouldn’t write any newspaper articles on the subject until I DID know the difference)

First things first – even the term ‘alcohol’ is misleading. What we generally refer to in the booze world is specifically ethanol. Ethanol is a type of alcohol which our bodies are able to safely metabolise when drunk in moderation and produces the familiar feelings of euphoria and giddiness. There are other types of alcohols which we cannot process and can lead to serious injury and death when consumed. It is ethanol which is the ‘alcohol’ in beer, wine, vodka, Whisky and blue WKD.

Ethanol is very neutral. In its purest form, it is odourless, colourless and has practically no flavour. When we are talking about measuring alcohol during distilling we are usually referring to the percentage of purity of the ethanol. e.g. If we say a Whisky has been distilled to 72% that means there will still be 28% of impurities (flavour compounds called congeners) and you will still have some flavour of the base ingredient. When you make vodka, you are looking at an ethanol purity of at least 95% which is why even if they were both made from the same ingredient (e.g. barley), the vodka will not taste like the grain in the same way that Whisky does.

Under European law, which we adopted in Britain in 1980, we retail alcoholic products according to how much pure ethanol is in the liquid as a percentage of its total volume (ABV = Alcohol By Volume) so in a bottle of Whisky at 40%abv, 40% of the liquid is ethanol and the other 60% is mainly water and some dissolved flavouring matter. In a bottle of wine, you may find that it is 14%abv and the other 86% could be water, sugars, preservatives and other flavouring matter.

Recently there has been a lot more emphasis on the effect of alcohol with regards to general health and the World Health Authority have placed guideline limits on the recommended consumption of alcohol for men and women. This is measured in ‘units’ so you can supposedly accurately gauge your intake regardless of how it is being consumed (beer, wines, spirits etc). In Europe, one unit is equal to 10ml of pure ethanol which works out to be a 25ml measure of spirit at 40%abv, a half pint of beer at 3.4% or a small glass (125ml) of 9%abv wine. This is where it gets a bit confusing because a lot of beers are ‘export strength’ and wine is generally stronger nowadays so few people are able to know exactly how many units they are consuming and find that they regularly exceed the guideline amounts (2 per day for women 3 for men and no more than 21 (women) and 28 (men) in a week)

The Americans often use a system where the ‘proof’ is double the abv of the spirit – this is commonly seen in 151 proof rums (75.5%abv) and Wild Turkey 101 (50.5%abv) and is not to be confused with the old British proof system when we used to use the Sikes scale of proof. This laid down proof as being 57.15%abv – the concentration of alcohol needed in a liquid to allow gunpowder to still ignite. It is thought that it could be ‘proved’ that the alcohol was strong enough for taxation purposes in the 16th century by the revenue collectors adding a pellet of gunpowder and lighting it. This also became crucial on board ships where lots of rum was being transported for the ratings’ daily ration because if a barrel sprung a leak on board, it wouldn’t endanger the powder if it was over-proof.

According to the Sikes scale then, 57.15 was 100 degrees proof and therefore 100% pure ethanol would be 175 degrees. Whisky was most commonly bottled at 70 degrees (40%abv) – The Canadians still largely employ this method of displaying alcohol content.

So yes, proof, degrees, units, percent and the like can make the whole business of measuring alcohol quite tricky to the uninitiated but once you have the hang of it, you will clearly see that a drink containing a shot of vodka at 40%, a shot of gin at 40% and a shot of rum at 40% is still only 40%abv and NOT 120% alcohol!.

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About Appreciating Malt Whisky

Appreciating malt whisky is something several people wish to accomplish. The main problem is that the majority have no clue how to start. A person might believe drinking malt whisky is a way to get started. Some might end up briefing for that, while not noticing they were on the wrong path. It is absolute key to recognize that drinking malt whisky and appreciating malt whisky are two completely different challenges. We will review what precisely you have to do to appreciate malt whisky.

 We wish to examine the progression to appreciating malt whisky productively. We can prepare you for a heightened level of success. Please consider several thoughts one would think of before attempting to buy malt whisky. Before appreciating malt whisky, you need to gauge and verify that buying malt whisky is a good option for you.

Now that you recognize that you should be in the appropriate mindset to appreciate malt whisky, we will examine a few preliminary practices that an individual appreciating malt whisky will already be doing. Use that opportunity to absorb these specific practices into your life because it would make training to appreciate malt whisky easier.

The easiest method to make that assessment is to ask yourself these questions:

Do you like malt whisky?

Does drinking whisky make you happy?

Do you appreciate the finer points behind the production and ingredients of malt whisky?

Optimistically, your answer to the questions was “yes”. These characteristics are typical among individuals who appreciate malt whisky. You have swiftly taken the first step towards appreciating malt whisky!

Here are a handful of suggestions to help you to get started:

— Thinking

Thinking helps you appreciate malt whisky. Understandably, it could be tough to get into the habit of doing it. Begin thinking each day, and it ought to be second nature when you appreciate malt whisky.

— Appreciating

The most critical misstep that a person could make when seeking to appreciate malt whisky is falling short on this critical consideration. If you decide to not consciously practice appreciating, it would be difficult. This is how dependent appreciating malt whisky is on appreciating. In case you are curious how to appreciate, then continue exploring as we will explore that here!

— Drinking

Appreciating malt whisky is a mental responsibility equally as it could be a material one. Mentally, you need to be enjoyment and outgoing. Drinking each day would help you concentrate your energy on meeting your ambitions. Carving time out of your schedule to drink ensures that you would be primed once that moment comes to appreciate malt whisky.

Appreciating malt whisky takes loads of effort spent over time. Consequently you will see, the ideal way to become primed for appreciating malt whisky is to give yourself the suggested amount of time for your footwork so you can prevail. Do that, and appreciating malt whisky could be much easier.


Appreciating Malt Whisky – A Look Back

If you have been thinking about appreciating malt whisky, be aware you have a challenging road ahead. If this were easy, everybody would accomplish it. A lot of people who choose to buy malt whisky end up not ultimately making it.

So now, what exactly do we know? Basically we know appreciating malt whisky is no easy task like drinking malt whisky. Appreciating malt whisky definitely needs you to be enjoyment, outgoing, and appreciative. Now we will move on to what you really need to do.mature

Ask yourself once more: Do you like malt whisky? Think of that question fully, because individuals who have previously appreciate malt whisky share one major thing in common: every one of them are enjoyment. You also ought to be enjoyment so that you can make your ambition of appreciating malt whisky a reality.

You asked “Does drinking whisky make you happy?”  You wouldn’t have made it to this point if you answered no. The harsh reality is a specific individual wants to appreciate malt whisky, and a thoroughly different personality ultimately does it.

You asked those questions and looked inside your mind to decide if you even have everything that it takes to appreciate malt whisky. And you have achieved quite a bit to prepare. A lot of people who have failed appreciating malt whisky did so because every one of them were not totally primed. By simply seeing if you had whatever it requires to appreciate malt whisky ahead of time, you have invested your mind into moving ahead.

If you examine others who have done well in appreciating malt whisky either recently or in the past, you will discover something mutually shared among the personalities who have done well. They understood what was required before day one, and they understood what type of person is likely to succeed. When you realize what type of personality is needed to appreciate malt whisky, there is nobody that stands in the path between you and your success!

Being totally focused to appreciate malt whisky requires dedication mentally, and physically. The ideal way to work all around is to maintain a strong consciousness and become mentally prepared.

Keep in mind that appreciating is the ideal way to guarantee your accomplishment. In the event you start feeling beat, remember that by appreciating in your footwork, you will be able to defeat this challenge. Let’s move ahead to preparing to appreciate malt whisky.


Appreciating Malt Whisky In Everyday Life

Appreciating malt whisky may not be something that you decide to do daily, however if you analyze the effects of appreciating malt whisky, you could include that into your day-to-day life. The reality is that appreciating malt whisky brings side effects that would benefit other parts of life.

Do you recollect being asked:

Do you like malt whisky?

Does drinking whisky make you happy?

Do you appreciate the finer points behind the production and ingredients of malt whisky?

Along with analyzing your life, these questions were also attempting to analyze your strengths and desires. So if you answered “yes” to those questions, there is an suggestion of everything that is of extreme importance to you.

By considering the role those attributes play in your day-to-day routines, you are acknowledging the role that appreciating malt whisky plays in life. Appreciating malt whisky is not child’s play. Most rewarding activities need commitment. Appreciating malt whisky is no exception.

One should have an outgoing nature to appreciate malt whisky too. This is another virtue that shapes your life. The more you call on that virtue to buy malt whisky, the more you would see that virtue within unrelated areas of life.

The reality is that appreciating malt whisky helps you in every part of your life. This is undeniable when you start buying malt whisky. Considerations such as thinking, drinking, and appreciating all need skills that you could use in every part of life. Appreciating malt whisky provides many useful skills, before and when you accomplish your goals.

Whenever you evaluate appreciating malt whisky as a lifestyle as opposed to a goal, you would find it effortless to adopt the practices that augments your success. The adjustment in your schedule has a bigger purpose beyond realizing a single goal.

To accomplish your goal, you might need to update how you think. Basically there’s a precise state of mind that individuals who may appreciate malt whisky would have. Firstly, anyone who may appreciate malt whisky may be definitely enjoyment. This is an example of a virtue that could affect other areas in your life.

People who are committed to the overall objectives will find appreciating malt whisky totally enjoyable. Congratulations for taking the jump toward this lifestyle!


Welcome to our blog for Big thanks to Mark for his IT input in bringing this together. Contributors to date will be Kate, Jamie, Mark, Sam & myself. If you’d like to contribute please feel free to contact us.

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Cheers, Peter R.