Justine Hazelhurst has been working as a secondary school French teacher for 18 years. However in 2014 she took the Certificate of Expertise in the Sales and Service of Scotch Whisky at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre and decided that it was time to set off on a completely different path.
Hence, Kask Whisky was born…
She regularly hosts tastings at various venues in Edinburgh and has spent the last year or so setting up tours under the name Fife Whisky Trail. Justine is hopeful these will be up and running shortly.
In her spare time Justine also runs a smallish whisky group in Edinburgh, is a keen runner and is currently teaching herself Gaelic so she “can pronounce the names of all these new NAS whiskies!”
My desert island dram would be this Gordon & Macphail Cask Strength Caol Ila.
Distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2012, at a fabulous 61.4%, it was matured in first-fill sherry butts.
At tastings, I’m often asked the question ‘what’s your favourite whisky?’ and, of course, I answer that I have many favourites; it depends on the occasion.
Whereas I am, admittedly, a huge fan of Caol Ila, so might be a little biased here, this still has to be one of the most memorable drams I’ve ever tasted. Plenty of peat, Frazzles crisps, tobacco, spice, chocolate brazils and oak on the palate with a wonderful zesty, fruity freshness to boot as well.
It was impossible to think of an occasion that this whisky wouldn’t be perfect for!
The day I poured the last dram from this bottle was, indeed, a sad day at Kask Whisky HQ.
Justines website is KaskWhisky.com