Would the real “Golden Cask” please stand up!
by Jeffrey Topping
For those of you who do not know there are some general rules and guidelines in the Scotch Industry which Distilleries, bottlers, and blenders tend to follow. One of those R&G for an Independent bottler is never to make the name of the bottled distillery a focus on your label as to not confuse the consumer. Another is never put the name of a William Grant & Sons distillery or brand name on your bottled or you may face legal action.
It seems that R&G was broken by William Grant and Sons with their new bottling called, Balvenie Golden Cask. There is actually an independant bottling brand called, Golden Cask, which was created by John McDougall and Jane MacDuff of (cumbrae Supply Company). This brand is sold in the UK, EU, Asia, and some parts of the United States. The confusion is real as seen by a recent posting of Whisky Pages, which inadvertently used a picture of “Golden Cask” in an article about “Balvenie Golden Cask”. I am sure Balvenie would take extreme exception to Golden Cask coming out with Golden Cask- Balvenie or Golden Cask -Double Wood.
In the end I would give W&G the benefit of the doubt and wait to see if they do the honorable thing of acknowledging this perceived error and make amends with the small bottler.
Wild Scotsman Black Label Vatted Scotch Malt
John McDougall’s Bladnoch 16yr Single Cask Single Malt
Wild Scotsman 15yr Vatted Scotch Malt Whisky
Wild Scotsman 12yr Royal Lochnagar Single Cask Single Malt
Come join me at Bella Vino Wine Mechants for an evening of great food, entertainment, and Scotch. Jeffrey Topping, Master Blender of the Wild Scotsman Brands will be leading the group through several different styles of Scotch Malt Whisky.
cost: $25 Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location:
495 North Main St.
Come join me at the Woodstock Country Club in Illinois for an evening of Scotch and Food. We will be tasting the following brands:
15yr Wild Scotsman Vatted Malt- pre dram
Wild Scotsman Black Label vatted malt
12 year royal lochnagar single cask single malt
18 year John McDougall’s bladnoch lowland
13 year John McDougall’s Vatted islay.
WCC Presents… an evening of
Scotch and Wild Game
Herb Roasted Breast of Pheasant
served with a wild mushroom creamed risotto
and a Pheasant Red wine jus
(15 year wild Scotsman)
a duo of …
Bacon wrapped rabbit loin and crispy sweetbreads
with a potato gaufrette
and a sherry wiskey reduction
(12 year Royal Lochnager)
Juniper and Coffee Dusted Loin of Venison
with a slow cooked bean ragout with sausage
and a juniper sauce
(18 year Bladnoch Lowland)
Chocolate Toasted Hazelnut and Rolled Oat Trifle
with fresh raspberries, cream and liqueur
(13 year Islay)
Working hard or hardly working? I am hardly working at working hard as it is just second nature. I will spend both Tuesday and Wednesday in Champagne, IL and then head to the big city Wednesday evening. Looking foreword to trying my brands matched with the food of Chef Scott Commings at the Woodstock Country Club on Thursday Feb 26th. I will finish off the week getting my sales team prepared for selling the new brands.
I delievered the first shipment of my new Wild Scotsman Black Label Scotch Whisky and Blend No. 888. It should be available in the Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and Cleveland warehouses by Monday. Blend 888 will be a special order item, however, at less than $20 per bottle I am sure it will not take long to become a regular shelf item. Approx WS Black Label retail price is approx $68.
Many thanks to the fine people at The Whisky Life Magazine for making it possible for me to attend this years Whisky Classic on March 5th in Morristown, NJ. We plan to show the following brands:
Wild Scotsman Black Label Vatted Scotch Malt at 47%
John McDougall’s Single Cask Single Malt Bladnoch 18yr at cask proof
Wild Scotsman’s Single Cask Single Malt Royal Lochnagar 12yr at 46%
John McDougall’s Vatted Islay at 54.7%
Wild Scotsman 15yr Vatted Malt at 46%
Blend No. 888 Scotch Whisky at 40%