JON MARK AND ROBBOS - The Rich Spicy OneVatted Malt Whisky
Jon, Mark and Robbo are mates (two of them brothers), who passionately believe that decent quality whisky should be enjoyed and not worshipped.
It all started with Jon and Mark heading out for a post-Christmas walk in 2002. As they wandered up Glen Bruar and the nearby Munro, they started chatting. The chat got more and more animated as the conversation turned to whisky. Both of them loved whisky, but hated all the waffle and reverence that always seemed to get in the way of enjoying a glass. They decided their world 'needed' whiskies that removed all the waffle, tasted amazing and was for them, not some 80 year old Laird.
There are three choices available for their range. The Smokey Peaty One, The Rich Spicy One and The Smooth Sweeter One.
The Rich Spicy One...
Mark set Robbo quite a challenge on this one. Create a whisky that tastes like two of his existing favourites, Macallan Gran Reserva and ESC 1 (ironically, Robbo's babies from his previous job).
It took several versions, but No.8 finally cracked it, giving a bold, intense flavour, packed full of Rich Spiciness.
What's in it?
Tamdhu Spanish Oak Sherry Butts 50% Tamdhu American oak bourbon dump hogsheads 10% Highland Park Spanish Oak Mature Butts 10% Glenrothes Spanish Oak Sherry Butts 20% Bunnahabhain American oak sherry puncheons 10% Robbo's Taste Teller
What the experts say...
Michael Jackson in Whisky Magazine Nose: Nutty. Sherryish, clean. Attractive. Palate: Syrupy. Full of flavour. Good oak extract, sherry, malt, fruit. Finish: Ginger. Bitter chocolate. Comment: The best of the three. A hint of The Macallan. Score: 8/10
Martin Isark - Scotland on Sunday 2003 Make Mine a Rich Spicy One - this whisky competes with and beats most 10 yo's in this flavour spectrum
May 2004, Wine International Magazine Dave Broom, Spirits Writer. Colour/nose: Rich gold in colour. An unctuous nose with plenty of fruit cake, hot buttered muffins and masses of rich nuts and dried citrus peels. Palate: Rounded and chewy with a sweet, rich centre. Well-balanced oak and a hint of tarte tatin, dried fruits and toffee. Conclusion: A serious but approachable dram. My favourite of the three. Score: 90 points.