- 100 U.K. Proof: A Taste of History
- The whisky Olympics
- New springtime releases for all tastes
- The eternal battle between peat and sherry
- 3 Milan medals… some months later!
- Exciting news for the New Year
- Some special treats for Christmas
- A very smoky Autumn
- Malt Maniacs Awards 2020
- Summer 2020
- Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2020
- Awards RWF 2020
- Roma Whisky Festival 2020
- Awards Milano Whisky Festival 2019
- Milano Whisky Festival 2019
- Time again for a good dram
- Summer 2019 News
- Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2019
- Malt Maniacs Awards 2018
- Roman Gold
- Whiskyfun says NINETY!
- Rome Whisky Festival 2019
- Two medals at MWF 2018: Golden Tradition
- Milano Whisky Festival 2018
- Rome Whisky Festival 2018
- Two Medals at Milano Whisky Festival 2017
- malt maniacs award 2016
- Whisky Live Shanghai 2016
- Malt Maniacs Awards 2015
- Two medals at whisky festival 2015
- 2015 Milan Whisky Festival & Fine Rum show
- Whisky Show 2015
- WhiskyL! Shanghai 2015
- House Malt 06-15
- New packaging for the "Twenties & older" series
- Whisky Live Shanghai
- Paris Whisky Live
|Have you ever noticed that, since two years ago, some of Wilson & Morgan’s bottlings have been released at a curious "100 U.K. Proof" with a red statement on the label? Well, it’s not only a quirk…
We started in 2019, with the release of a Macduff distilled in 2006. The initial reason was rather practical: it was an almost brutal whisky when tasted straight from the cask. At cask strength, it would have been not only too strong, but its alcohol would have covered all its complex nuances. Of course we wanted to retain its bold character, but at a more reasonable proof. 50%? No, too low. 55%? Already better. By tasting, we found out that the best compromise was around 57%, and this sparked some “history lesson” in Fabio Rossi’s mind…
|During the 16th/17th century in U.K., there was an easy method (said to be developed in the Navy) to check if a whisky had been watered down. A method which involved no scientific measurement, but rather an empirical test: adding gunpowder to the whisky, and setting fire to the mixture. If the gunpowder would explode, the whisky was considered “pure” and “above 100 U.K. Proof”. If it wouldn’t, then it would be “below 100 U.K. Proof”.
Later studies determined that the threshold was equivalent to an ABV of exactly 57.1%... and that is what we are bottling some of our releases at!
So, while our bottlings are made according to precise measurements… it’s a homage to a method rooted in tradition, a funny old "standard" that we revived to make a little piece of whisky history known again! And it's also a nice ABV for an experienced taster: less brutal than cask strength, but still with a huge impact.
Are you ready to discover the magic of traditional 100 U.K. Proof? What a better way to do that, than by trying our new LINKWOOD 2008-21 “Sherry Finish PX” 100 U.K. Proof 57.1% (W&M369)?
It’s a fruity and juicy Speyside malt, with big notes of sultana raisins, oranges and dried plums…
You won’t be disappointed!