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Brawl At The Bridge

The evening opened with two specially created whisky cocktails based on Douglas Laing's Scallywag and Rock Oyster blended malts. The action then moved to the ring. With Richard 'The Nose' Paterson of Whyte & Mackay out due to trickery (re-analysis of Tussle In The Townhall footage revealed 'The Nose' used his nose to unfair advantage in the final arm wrestle) Sam 'The Doctor' Simmons of The Balvenie stays on as challenger. Meeting him glass to glass, glove to glove, Dr Bill 'The Bruiser' Lumsden promises to skelp young Sam's face with whiskies.

The fighters are ready, the whiskies are ready. Ladies and Gentlemen... It's time to start dramming!

  • Simply Whisky Fight Night 3 - Brawl at the Bridge © Colin Hampden-White

  • Simon 'The Reverend' Roser - Ringside referee for Whisky Fight Night © Colin Hampden-White

  • Franchi 'The Don' Ferla - MC for Whisky Fight Night © Colin Hampden-White

  • Responsible drinking - don't spill any, and of course the no knockback rule is in effect © Colin Hampden-White

  • Sam 'The Doctor' Simmons of The Balvenie - Whisky Fight Night Contender © Colin Hampden-White

  • 15 seconds on the nose, and a standing 10 second count in the mouth for each dram © Colin Hampden-White

  • Dr Bill 'The Bruiser' Lumsden of The Glenmorangie - Whisky Fight Night Contender © Colin Hampden-White

  • Francesca - Ring girl for Whisky Fight Night © Colin Hampden-White

  • Locked in battle in three rounds of heavyweight dramming - Ding Ding! The Fight is ON! © Colin Hampden-White

  • Keeping one eye on the action and both lips on the glass! © Colin Hampden-White

  • Scottish roulette - 5 pistols and 5 audience members - but which pistol contains the new make spirit? © Colin Hampden-White

  • Brawl At The Bridge reaches fever pitch as the contenders roll like casks around the ring © Colin Hampden-White

  • The crowd cheer on the contenders as the heat rises in the ring © Colin Hampden-White

  • There was only one way to decide things: an arm wrestle! © Colin Hampden-White

  • Dr Bill 'The Bruiser' Lumsden of The Glenmorangie claims the Whisky Fight Night Battle Belt © Colin Hampden-White

  • Simply Whisky Fight Night 3 © Colin Hampden-White

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Ringside Commentary - Full Review by The Whisky Exchange

Scoring.  Three points available each round.  One for best whisky, one for best contender, and the final point won by an audience member for their chosen team.

DING, DING Round 1. The Glenmorangie Lesanta and The Balvenie Doublewood went glass to glass and were evenly matched, the choice of winner went to the crowd with the clapometer declaring a narrow win for the Glenmorangie. WFN Judge Tomas 'The Saint' Magdalene decreed Dr Sam best contender. The final point for this round was won in the “Float Like A Butterfly, Drink A Large Whisky” game by Team Glenmorangie aided by Elsa, our lucky audience member. The scores after Round 1 — 2/1 to Glenmorangie.

DINGALING Round 2. A comeback from The Balvenie with the Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old stealing victory over the Glenmorangie Ealanta, but this time 'The Saint' gave the thumbs up to Dr Bill as best contender. Not to be outdone Team Balvenie displayed nerves of steel in the second game of the evening 'Scottish Roulette', which Ozzie Joel claimed with a lip smacking win and a mouthful of new make, egged on by MC Franchi 'The Don' Ferla. The scores after Round 2 — all tied at 3/3.

DING DONG Round 3. With everything to fight for The Balvenie commanded the centre of the ring, The Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood victorious over the Glenmorangie Signet, stretching the audience clapometer to its limit. Bamboozled by the witty and wicked put-down's in the ring 'The Saint' declared a contender draw. Seeing victory in sight Team Balvenie bobbed and weaved until the final bell, anticipating the last point available in the ultimate game 'Malt Mastermind'. Initially the Team Balvenie brains matched their brawn and they were triumphant, however the crowd contested the win, and with a show of hands declared Team Glenmorangie should be awarded the point. Controversial. The scores after Round 3 — all tied at 5/5.

As the rules state “There can be only one brand left standing at the end of the night”, so with the Whisky Fight Night Battle Belt gleaming, referee Simon 'The Reverend' Roser presided over a vicious arm wrestle with Dr Bill going over the top and snatching victory. Licking his wounds, and claiming 'a fix' Dr Sam handed his title to Dr Bill who is the new WFN champion. For now...

The Balvenie Doublewood12 Year Old 40%
A great place to begin your whisky journey

Dae ye ken?
The Balvenie Doublewood goes very nicely with Blue Monday cheese (created by Alex James of Blur)

Cask
Initially American oak bourbon before being finished in European sherry oak casks

Nose
Sweet fruits, Oloroso sherry and vanilla

Taste
Sherried top notes with fruitcake, vanilla crème anglaise, almond nuttiness and spicy oak undertones culminating with spicy honey

Finish
Long and warming

Distillery Info
The distillery still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings, has coopers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to tend the stills

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Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old 46%
Warm and inviting, I'll have two!

Dae ye ken?
Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion

Cask
Ten years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain

Nose
Warm spices mix with smooth chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb and caramel toffee

Taste
Sweet sherry flavoured sultanas, orange segments, walnuts and butterscotch

Finish
Long and satisfying with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts

Distillery Info
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were billeted at the distillery during the First World War (1914-18) when the malt barns were converted into makeshift barracks for the duration of each summer

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Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year Old 47.8%
Rich with elegant oak and subtle spice

Dae ye ken?
The term ‘Single Barrel’ conveys the unique nature of the expression, which has been drawn from a single cask of a single distillation

Cask
Matured exclusively in a single European oak sherry butt for at least 15 years

Nose
A rich combination of elegant oak and subtle spice

Taste
Smooth and complex with clear hints of dried fruit and spice overlaid with a gentle nuttiness

Finish
Long and sherried

Distillery Info
Balvenie pot stills have a ‘ball’ to concentrate and sweeten the flavours….and you can see this shape echoed in the neck of the bottle

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Glenmorangie Ealanta 4th Annual Release, 19 Years Old 46%
Another great whisky from Dr Bill's Private Edition range

Dae ye ken?
Ealanta is Scots Gaelic for 'skilled and ingenious'

Cask
Fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance stretching back to the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forests

Nose
Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and a curious hint of stewed fruits. Classic Glenmorangie mentholic top-note, interwoven with an unusual nuttiness, reminiscent of Brazil nuts in toffee

Taste
Candied orange peel, sugar coated almonds, sweet vanilla and marzipan

Finish
Looong, finally giving way to some oak-derived spices - clove, ginger and a hint of aniseed

Distillery Info
The distillery continues to maintain the tradition of only employing Sixteen Men, who work around the clock, all year round, only stopping each year for Christmas and essential maintenance

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The Balvenie Portwood Finish21 Year Old 40%
Perfectly balanced, naturally rich and smooth is the wording on the label; the ideal summary of this striking malt

Dae ye ken?
‘Balvenie’ means ‘Village of Monks’ in Scots gaelic

Cask
American white oak ex-bourbon followed by a marriage in Portuguese port pipes which have previously held fine port wines

Nose
Perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a brazil nutty dryness. A distinct mustiness in the background verifies the age

Taste
Refined with remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes. Deep and complex

Finish
Long, gentle and nutty

Distillery Info
The distillery was built in 1892 around a haunted mansion. Today the distillery is still independent and family owned by William Grant and Sons

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Glenmorangie Signet NAS 46%
The richest tasting whisky in the Glenmorangie range

Dae ye ken?
Signet is the culmination of a lifetime's experience containing a blend of Glenmorangie's oldest whisky - distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site

Cask
'Designer casks' made bespoke for Glenmorangie from American white oak

Nose
Strong Aruba espresso fused with a treacly plum pudding, rich with sherry, and candied orange peel

Taste
Rich sweetness with an explosive crackle of sizzling spices and bitter mocha

Finish
A fresh spring-like breeze of mint with a bright citrus lemony-green quality

Distillery Info
The Matherson brothers founded the Glenmorangie Distillery in 1843; however rather than buy brand new stills, second-hand swan necked stills that had been used in a gin distillery were used. This is why the stills have narrow, arching swan necks. They are exactly 16 feet 10¼ inches tall (5.14 metres): making them the tallest stills in Scotland

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