Whisky Geek Master Dave Broom Pays Tribute to The First Dual Capacity Release From Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection

2019-12-11 20:32






The First Ever Flora & Fauna 

- Reserve Cask -

Private Collection



After 30 years of uninterrupted distribution, the " Flora & Fauna Collection" forges a generation of collectors that will reminisce and pay tribute in times to come.



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Born in the early 1990s, The Flora & Fauna Collection is the only series in the world to earn distinction in being the first to receive applause across three generations of whisky masters, geeks and writers, including:


Mr. Michael Jackson, The first generation of Whisky Master

Mr. Charles MacLean, The second generation of Whisky Master

Mr. Dave Broom, Whisky Geek Master

Mrs. Vivi Shen, Single Cask Whisky Collection Adviser

Mr. Dominic Roskrow, Whisky Critic

Ms. Martine Nouet, Whisky Critic

Mr. Sam Lu, Single Cask Sample Evaluation Master - Greater China

The Flora & Fauna Collection earned notoriety among "Whisky Geeks" during its uninterrupted releases over 30 years - possessing an origin tracing back to the early exploration of unique malts in Speyside and Highlands, Scotland. This series boasts an irreplaceable geek whisky status in the rankings of high-end geek collectors. Cherished by those who value distillery character, it has also formed a powerful flavor guidance for worldwide geeks & collectors.









Dave Broom Travels Through China to Pay Tribute to First Ever Dual Capacity Release From Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection



The first ever Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection was sourced for the subsequent bottling of OB 200 mL, to make its first appearance in December 2019. This news quickly attracted the attention of Mr. Dave Broom, Whisky Geek Master. He came to China to privately meet geek collectors who'd acquired and collected items from the Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection.



Mr. Dave Broom, Whisky Geek Master

Mrs. Vivi Shen, Single Cask Whisky Collection Adviser

Mr. Sam Lu, Single Cask Sample Evaluation Master - Greater China




Dr. Craig Wilson,  Diageo Single Cask Master

Mrs. Vivi Shen, Single Cask Whisky Collection Adviser

Mr. Sam Lu, Single Cask Sample Evaluation Master - Greater China




Whisky Geeks Private Event for 

Double First Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection



Mrs. Vivi Shen and Mr. Sam Lu were invited by Whisky Geek & Collector Mr. BaiCheng Zou to attend the private geek event as authorized representatives of Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask independent Asian Collectors. In addition, Mr. Rin Shen (The Keeper of the Quaich) and a number of heavy-weight geek collectors from across China were also attended.




Mr. BaiCheng Zou, Whisky Geek & Collector




Mr. Rin Shen, The Keeper of the Quaich




Whisky Geek & Collector






A Visionary Collection



Mr. Dave Broom, Whisky Geek Master


Mr. Dave Broom came to China from Scotland for a private event hosted by inner circle Whisky Geek members. When explaining the rare value of Dual Capacity Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection to the geeks & collectors, he said: 


"The Dual Capacity Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection was boldly initiated by independent collector in Asia. This influences a deep idea within that, in today's globalization, a new generation of private Asian collectors and professional consultants who rely on profound knowledge and macro attitude in whisky appreciation, have succeeded in challenging our expectations on the collection of single cask single malts."












Awakening the Geek Community Through Resonation



This unique one-off single cask collection reshapes "ICON" boutique distilleries in the minds of collectors today from previously abstract ideas to more concretely presented, tangible representations.


Global whisky ICONs have been deeply rooted in the hearts of whisky geeks and collectors, such as generations inspired by Flora & Fauna collections. Due to cultural background differences, drinkers and collectors in Asia over the past century have based their understandings on value of ICON whiskies on those of their mainstream European and North American counterparts. Now more than ever, this Dual Capacity Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection brings the perspective from the abstract background to the concrete forefront, awakening the resonance of geek collectors today and bringing the ICON back to life.










Private Collector Special Sharing OB 200 mL from the first ever Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection



Shared on behalf of a private collector, the OB 200 mL from the first ever Flora & Fauna Reserve Cask Private Collection made its first appearance at the geek collector private event.


Each bottle in the Dual Capacity release is precisely measured out to the 700 mL prototype ratio, and includes meticulous details such as individual label numbering. These are indicators that stimulate the honor of the geek collection, presenting the meaning of appreciation for high-end geeks.








The Maybach Among Sherry Whiskies




Mr. Dave Broom, Whisky Geek Master

Mr. Sam Lu, Single Cask Sample Evaluation Master - Greater China



Mr. Dave Broom and Mr. Sam Lu led the tasting and explained the connoisseur’s value of appreciating Blair Athol 1993 (26 Yo) "the Maybach among sherry whiskies".



Blair Athol 1993 (26 Yo)



Through the eyes of high-ranking whisky geeks, Blair Athol was coined the "the Maybach among sherry whiskies". Differentiated from the "Rolls-Royce" designation typical of subtle styles, Blair Athol possesses a more liberating vigor with acute notes known for provoking a superior satisfaction. This makes for an avenue begging to be explored by geeks with Sherry preferences looking to explore new ambitions.



Sherry whisky lover Mr. BaiCheng Zou (Whisky Geek & Collector) gave affirmation and high evaluation







A Glance at Flora & Fauna
- Reserve Cask -
Private Collection



GEEK's Sherry
Blair Athol isn’t the Rolls Royce, 
but rather the Maybach among Sherry whiskies.

The big, boisterous Blair Athol demands attention from whisky geeks, with its vibrant, rich, sophisticated and elegant Sherry oak character. Therefore it goes by the term "GEEK’s Sherry".

1. Blair Athol 1993 (26 Yo )

Cask No.:  0001
Wood:  Bodega ex-Sherry cask wood
Distilled:  1993
ABV:  58.9%






A distinguished flowery Speyside malt

A distinguished Speyside malt with full embodiment of fruit and flower characteristic coated in complexity & depth. Linkwood’s unique 75 hour fermentation process and slow distilling to maximize copper conversation make for a thick texture which slows the whisky down to allow for enough time on the palate. 

2. Linkwood 1996 (22 Yo)

Cask No.:  9318
Wood:  Bodega ex-Sherry cask
Distilled:  1996
ABV:  52.4%





Sultry tones subsumed in its dark aromas

A combined process of partial triple distillation, worm tubs cooling, and 100% ex-Sherry maturation come together to produce something deliciously dark and mellow - quite unlike the usual fruity, fresh notes that Speyside whisky fans are accustomed to. As early as 2004, Benrinnes was highly praised in the《Malt Whisky Companion》by whisky master Michael Jackson as big, creamy, and flavorsome, perfect as a post-dinner refresher.

3. Benrinnes 1992 (26 Yo)

Cask No.:  9001
Wood:  Bodega ex-Sherry cask wood
Distilled:  1992
ABV:  58%




Futurism in a New Classic

Auchroisk is fairly new when compared to some of its ancient Speyside counterparts. Futurism is the new classic with this young distillery, which is reflected in the process of rapid mashing, quick fermentation, and rapid boiling regime. The maturation process involved in decanting ex-Bourbon matured whisky into ex-Sherry casks for a further secondary maturation makes it the first example of finishing, leaving Balvenie and Glenmorangie to be regarded as pioneers of the technique.

4. Auchroisk 1990 ( 28 Yo)

Cask No.:  0002
Wood:  American Oak Refill Hogshead
Distilled:  1990
ABV:  51.5% 




Reticent and Rare

Reticent and rare in character, Strathmill distillery’s main production quirk comes in the form of a purifier pipe running from the lyne arm into the body of the spirit stills. This adds a light oily character to the new make, resembling light shining through olive oil, where a sweet and nutty spirit is fortunately available to be enjoyed.

5. Strathmill 1988 (30 Yo)

Cask No.:  9002
Wood:  American Oak Refill Hogshead
Distilled:  1988
ABV:  52.6%




Distinctly Coastal

Being one of the workhorses of northern Speyside, Glenlossie distillery’s proximity to the sea lends Glenlossie a little coastal malt to its Speyside character. Glenlossie’s stills were fitted with purifier pipes which carry any heavier alcohols. It is the use of these purifiers which adds a certain oily textural quality to the spirit, while long fermentation helps to promote a grassiness in the new make.

6. Glenlossie 1996 ( 22 Yo)

Cask No.:  9942
Wood:  American Oak Refill Hogshead
Distilled:  1996
ABV:  50.5%






Speyside’s Andalucía 

A long history with maritime notes is solidified by this distillery’s proximity to the fishing port of Buckie. Due to its resemblance to the gorgeous flavors of Manzanilla dry sherry, this distillery is recognized as Speyside’s Manzanilla - preferred in the Andalusian region of Spain.

7. Inchgower 1990 ( 28 Yo)

Cask No.:  9001
Wood:  American Oak Refill Hogshead
Distilled:  1990
ABV:  55.7%




A complex whisky impress mightily

Diageo Group has maintained a high-quality small number of OB (official bottling) boutique distilleries. Daluaine produces a heavy ‘meaty’ make in part due to long fermentation, rapid distillation, and the use of stainless steel in the condensers therefore cutting down on copper interaction. This offers a new take on the profile, with something complicatedly enticing to shape a complex, warm distillery taste.

8. Dailuaine 1990 ( 29 Yo)

Cask No.:  3464
Wood:  Wine-Seasoned American Oak Hogshead
Distilled:  1990
ABV:  53.5%




A fragrant exotic grassiness

Utilizing the Hammer mill and mash filter is specific to a single operational Scottish malt distillery, installed at Teaninich. The use of technology, which was meant produce ultra-clear wort, gives a clue as to the character of Teaninich distillery: a fragrant exotic grassiness that brings to mind the beauty of harmony in East Asian green tea.

9. Teaninich 1997 ( 21 Yo)

Cask No.:  7640
Wood:  American Oak ex-Bourbon First Fill Hogshead
Distilled:  1997
ABV:  52.8%





The most keen-nosed malt hunters’choice

Despite being at the center of Scotland’s whisky producing capital, Glen Spey whisky has remained hidden from all but the most keen-nosed malt hunters for over a century. There’s a purifier pipe at work which injects a pleasing light touch into the pleasant spirit adding thereby adding texture to its nuttiness.

10. Glen Spey 1990 ( 28 Yo)

Cask No:  2546
Wood:  American Oak ex-Bourbon First Fill Barrel
Distilled:  1990
ABV:  45.1%



An Atypical Malt

An atypical malt among Speyside, Mannochmore was built in 1971. It is subject to loyalty to original taste - a light style without an oily background under its direct expressive way often results in clean and dry character.

11. Mannochmore 1992 ( 27 Yo)

Cask No.:  7744
Wood:  American Oak ex-Bourbon First Fill Barrel
Distilled:  1992
ABV:  47.4%



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