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Macaloney’s Caledonian Peated Darach Braiche Whisky

Review: Macaloney’s Caledonian Peated Darach Braiche Whisky  (84/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published March 15, 2021

The Caledonian Distillery has been on my radar for a while now. I first heard of it when founder Graeme Macaloney invited me to an information seminar and whisky tasting several years ago. At that time the distillery was just in the planning stages and Graeme was touring the country raising money to build his distillery.

Twin Pot Stills at Victoria Caledonia Distillery and Brewery

Twin Pot Stills at Victoria Caledonia Distillery and Brewery

In the fall of 2016, word reached me that the Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery had began to produce and age new make spirit. Then in January of 2017 the distillery reached out to me asking if they could share some samples with me, and soon thereafter I published a review for theie ‘whisky in progress”, Victoria Caledonian Mac na Braiche.

As we fast forward to 2021, the Macaloney Caledonian Distillery is now producing spirit which has reached the required maturity to be sold as Whisky in Canada. Their world-class distillery is built on a foundation of traditional Forsyth’s copper pot stills. Using Canadian barley, with island water the distillery produces a range of produces a small range of Island Whiskies.

The Peated Darach Braiche is matured in the Ex-Bourbon casks. The whisky is not age stated and is bottled at 46 % alcohol by volume.

In The Bottle 4.5/5

used for the Peated Darach Braiche delivers classic oak and vanilla notes from the pure N. American Quercus alba oak wood. Its tasting notes include our house-style creamy mouthfeel with tropical fruit, a light peat nose and big peat delivery on the palate.

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