Orphan Barrel – Castle’s Curse 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

When selecting today’s Sunday Sipper, I toyed with the idea of doing either Castle’s Curse or Dewar’s 21-Year-Old Double Double. After having selected two of Whisky Advocates Top 20 for the calendar this year (Glenglassaugh Sandend #1 & yesterday’s Teeling Wonders of Wood #18), had we picked the Dewar’s, we would have had three to date. But, I really liked the Castle’s Curse, and we did last year’s Dewar’s Double Double (which was also a Whisky Advocate Top 20) on the calendar last year. So we missed that mark, but just by a little.

Founded in 1817, the Teaninich Distillery has established itself as a leader in whisky distilling and cutting-edge technology. The Distillery and neighboring Teaninich Castle are located in the Highlands of Scotland, overlooking the shores of the Cromarty Firth. This area, know for its aquatic wildlife, is also designated as a Special Protection area for wildlife conservation purposes.

This 14-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from selected casks was matured in European oak. The label pays homage to the legend of the Kelpie centers on a supernatural, shape- shifting aquatic spirit or ‘water-horse’ that symbolizes both summoning water and Scotland’s rich history of cultivating the land for barley..

  • Name: Orphan Barrel – Castle’s Curse 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
  • Country of Origin/Locale: Highlands, Scotland
  • Proof: 94.8
  • Glass: Glencairn
  • Temperature: Room
  • Cocktail Options: None
  • Available: Yes. Retail and in JJ’s Bar
  • Price: List Price – $229.99 JJ’s VIP Price – $183.99

Tom’s Tasting Notes: 14 years in European Oak has provided this whisky with a substantial amount of complex tabgy citrus and pear-like fruit notes on the nose. The aromatic sweetness is coming from the glass is intoxicating. Kind of reminds me of what my kitchen smells like when Jean is baking Christmas cookies. It’s got some edginess to it, but drinks super smooth and finishes with apple, vanilla and a hint of mint.