October 2022 – Issue #2
Abov: Elevate Your Whiskey
Issue 2 of Abov the Noise pours out a dram in memory of QE2, a monarch who saw more change in her lifetime than most ruling families have seen in generations. This month’s edition highlights different scotch whiskies in homage to the Queen as well as one of our favorite whiskey clubs here in the US. So as before, pour yourself a dram and come with us as we help your whiskey news rise Abov the Noise!
With the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth, not enough coverage has focused on her favorite whisky. Although apparently not shy in her consumption of a variety of beverages, she was especially fond of Royal Lochnagar, made more convenient by its close proximity next to her Scottish summer home. Good to know that the queen also has a favorite ‘pub around the corner’, just a little fancier.
“Royal warrants” are titles issued by the ruler and her heir to suppliers of the British royal family. Besides Royal Lochnagar, other brands with the claim are John Dewar, Johnnie Walker, The Famous Grouse, and Laphroig. It remains to be seen if the same brands will serve the new King and his heir.
WHAT WE'RE INTO
Rackhouse Whiskey Club
Rackhouse Whiskey Club offers its members a subscription service that sends them a whiskey in the mail. We loved the idea and tried Rackhouse to see what the buzz was about.
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WHAT'S IN YOUR GLASS?
Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend
Unintentional, but a fitting bottle name given the passing of the Queen. This blended whiskey isn’t overly complex, but has subtle notes of fruit, vanilla, and honey. While blended scotch often gets a bad rap, this one may be worth a try!
USER REVIEW OF THE MONTH
VWTDI02 – Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye – 80/100
WHAT THE ABOV TEAM IS DRINKING
Adam – @OldestCrow
MOST COVETED WHISK(E)Y THIS MONTH
Caol Ila 12 year Old
Balancing smoke and peat with a blend of sweet and savory, this single malt may just be the perfect introduction to the Islay region of Scotland. Not quite as intense a smoky flavor as some other Islay expressions, Caol Ila 12 is an excellent gateway to this unique style of scotch. The Abov community must agree, as this is consistently one of the most frequently wishlisted whiskeys in the app!
ABOV COMMUNITY INFORMATION
We’re closing in on the final stages of development and getting ready to plan the launch of the new app! Across the next month, you can expect to see communications about when the new app will be going live, what that means for you, and how to upgrade to the new experience. While this process has taken longer than we initially expected, we’re genuinely excited to bring all of you into a more modern, streamlined, and user-friendly experience in the coming weeks.