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Té Bheag Nan Eilan Gaelic Whisky (Scotland) Add to ...

  • Rating 92
  • Price $37.35

The late Sir Iain Noble, who founded and later sold his holdings in British merchant bank Noble Grossart, bought land on the Isle of Skye with his fortune. He also funnelled money into causes to advance Gaelic language and culture, which explains the unusual-looking name of this dram made by his distillery called Praban na Linne. Té Bheag (pronounced “chey vek”) can either mean “the little lady” or “wee dram.” It’s unusual for a blended whisky in that it’s not chill-filtered, a cosmetic practice that removes fatty-acid esters that turn a spirit cloudy when mixed with ice. The technique also is believed to strip subtle flavours and oily texture. This is one of the finest blended Scotches anywhere, based in part on sherry casks and containing a good amount of single malt from Talisker, the only single malt distillery on Skye. It’s richly textured, with luscious toffee and cereal in perfect proportion, supported by a whiff of smoky peat. $35.25 in Quebec, $36.99 in Nova Scotia, $37.06 in Newfoundland, $36.90 in Prince Edward Island.

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