Here’s one brand of Scotch whisky that traces its roots to a headgear! And not just any common hat – the ‘Glengarry’ was a bonnet worn with great pride by Scottish men for hundreds of years, a time when kilts and tartan were banned and whisky was quietly being made in illicit stills, away from the prying eyes of the excise sharks.
Before we move onto the whisky, a little peg on The Glengarry bonnet – it’s a traditional Scots cap made of thick-milled woollen material, and is rather a chic piece of fashion, with a toorie on top, a rosette cockade on the left side, and ribbons hanging at the back.
Normally, the Scottish military wear it or carry it as a civilian Highland dress. It’s a ceremonial head-dress, named after Alexander Ronaldson McDonnell of Glengarry, one of the last great Highland chieftains who adopted this headgear in 1794 for his regiment of local men, the Glengarry Fencibles.
McDonnell’s spirit, in fact lives through the Glengarry brand of whiskies – bold, adventurous yet refined and an everlasting taste of tradition that is still carrying the legacy of the bonnet.
It’s a scotch of the quintessential Scottish, and matured in finest oak barrels and rendering a rather smooth blend with a hint of peat. One can taste toffee, soft fruits and citrus orange in this golden barley.
You can enjoy it neat (I’d still recommend a splash of water) or have it with ice or mixed.
The nose reminds you of crisp golden barley, mildly soft honey at places. On the palate, sweet toffee apart, you are reminded of soft fruits and particularly enhanced by flaming orange peels. Whats most impressive for a whisky at this price point is the way it finishes with a smooth mild peat intertwining with the toffee yet again.
So, it’s time to don this ‘festive’ ceremonial hat, pour a Glengarry and welcome the year with a dram in your hand, bagpipes, tartans and everything that’s originally Scottish !
In the meantime, I will be saying adios with this Scottish legend:
The Scots used to light some of the scotch on fire to determine how much alcohol was in it because the color of the flame would show whether or not the alcohol content is right. If it burns too hot, there is too much alcohol and so, this was sold to the distillery workers cheap!
Not a drop was wasted!
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