At the Apex of Single Malt Scotch

Welcome back, whisky fans.  Last week—if you remember— we cracked into a bit of background on Scotch whisky, and the seductive single malt. And today, as promised, I’m narrowing our focus a bit, to a small but legendary distillery called The Dalmore.

Beginning

An enterprising chap (and future member of parliament) named Alexander Matheson founded The Dalmore Distillery in 1839, among the sloping fields of the Northern Highlands, at the banks of the Cromarty Firth, where bracing waters feed out to the North Sea. The area is known as The Black Isle, because of the dark and fertile farmland found there. In fact, The Dalmore (which means big field, big meadowland in Scotch Gaelic) was established on an operating farm. And from the jump, Matheson had everything he needed to make word class single malt: a plentiful barley crop, mineral rich water from nearby Loch Morie, and the cool climate of the north, ideal for whisky maturation.

Alexander Matheson
Alexander Matheson, founder of The Dalmore Distillery

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Introduction to Single Malt Scotch

It’s a great time to be a whisky fan (or a whiskey fan, if you must). Thanks to the swing of the pop-culture pendulum away from vodka, our on-going obsession with all things “craft,” and Don Draper’s penchant for an old fashioned, there are now more brown bottles on shelves than ever before, from all over the world. That’s exciting. But at the top of that shelf, where it’s always been, you’ll still find the granddaddy of them all, unequaled in age or complexity: single malt Scotch. (These days at Mollie Stone’s, you’ll even find the telltale silver stag on a bottle of The Dalmore, but I’m getting ahead of myself.) Continue reading

California Avocado Grower Feature: Simpatica Farms

When Jamie Johnson and Bryan Berkett first met at a restaurant in the spring of 2012, a 20 minute chat turned into a four-hour discussion of values, culture and shared experiences. Both were influenced by their family businesses, Johnson from a fourth generation California farming family and Berkett from a fourth generation real estate family. They each cite their grandfather as having positive influence on their life. Continue reading

Yeti Cooler Giveaway with Bavik

Bavik Super Pils, from Global Beer, is a true Belgian Pilsner with a smooth bitter taste. It’s 100% malt with absolutely no dilution, keeping true to its pilsner form. All of the delicious ingredients are added during the brewing process. It’s very light with a fine white head and its aftertaste is soft and round. This pilsner is made with no heat treatment, bringing you an unpasteurized Belgian pilsner with a super unique flavor that all beer lovers will enjoy. Learn more about this special product here.

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The Traveling Chefs are back!

The Traveling Chefs are back! Again this year, Mollie Stone’s will be hosting our a series of pop-up lunches around the Bay Area at our different locations. Find Mollie’s Traveling Chefs at their pop-up tents outdoors firing up the grill this summer! See the current schedule above. We’ll be serving up delicious grilled sandwiches like Pesto Portobello Mushroom, Smokey BBQ Aioli Chicken Breast, Roasted Red Pepper Honey Aioli Tri-Tip and more. If you’re not a fan of sandwiches, we’ll also be offering these gourmet proteins as plates.

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