On our social media pages we asked for 5 questions that you would like to ask our MD Kenny MacKay about our blended malt whisky Old Perth.
Andrew from The Amateur Drammer.
Andrew – How easy is it to keep a similar taste when the ingredients vary? Does this become more challenging as the whisky market continues to boom?
Kenny – The overall structure of the blend of malts remains pretty consistent at the “core” although there could be quite a variety of casks on the periphery. If we continue to invest in laying down stocks of the style of whiskies at the “core” of the blend we are pretty confident in maintaining our “house” style.
What and where do the separate components of the blend originate? And what are the age ranges of those separate components?
Kenny – They are all either Single Malts or, on a very odd occasion, blended malts and are all either Speyside, Highland or Lowland and never Peated or Islay for Old Perth Original. The core malts are 4 to 6 years old but we have used malts over 20 years old in the blend in the past albeit in small quantities.
The core of Old Perth at the moment is Bourbon barrels of Aultmore.
Hugh (Twitter) @hughmacphail2
Hugh – How do you go about selecting good quality casks for the blend?
Kenny – In truth, there are a lot of good quality casks out there and like the other independent bottlers we have a variety of sources.
A lot of our casks from the ages we are looking for were filled in to pretty good wood so that task is not too onerousJ
Because we are small and Old Perth is made in small batches we are able to make sure we get the results we want by sampling every cask as they come on site.
Ian – What was the flavour profile you were looking for when you put this blend together?
Kenny – We wanted something quite sweet and really approachable that would appeal to novices and whisky enthusiasts alike. That’s why we used Aultmore in good bourbon wood as the core. The Aultmore distillate gives us the structure and the Bourbon casks the sweetness.
Callum from Taste of Perthshire
Callum – What do you think makes Old Perth stand out from other blended malt whiskies?
Kenny -Really believe it is fantastic value for money.
We think we have achieved a really good glass of malt for the price!!!!
We thank you for taking part and giving us some great questions.
We will be looking for some more questions to other Q&A’s on our products like Carn Mor and Bruadar so look out for this on our Facebook page.