Dram 6 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 21yr and over category winner. 43.2% ABV. £139. Matured in Caribbean Rum casks. Nose: More hay and apples, my dad’s old leather satchel, definitely exotic fruits. Mango, pineapple Palate: Mellow and creamy, avocado, chilli, lemon, in fact… guacamole!
Dram 5 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 21yr and over category finalist. 51.4% ABV. £313. Matured in refill American oak casks. Nose: Blueberries, hay, light vanilla, bacon? rhubarb Palate: Sweet, but sour, definitely some smoke, very spicy, blueberries in abundance, some meaty hints, slightly chewy. Such a good dram. Deserves more time than could be offered it at a Tweet Tasting. A real treat to try it!
Dram 4 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 13yr to 20yr category winner. 40% ABV. £63.95. Matured in Oloroso sherry & bourbon casks. Nose: Spicy, malty, banana, that slightly burnt wood smell from a high power wood saw Palate: Much less spice than the 12. Quite sweet, banana in there, also kiwi, quite dry, aniseed balls.
Dram 3 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 13yr to 20yr category finalist. 40% ABV. £39.45. Matured in Chenin Blanc casks. Nose: Fresh cut hay, a little oak, elderflower, rosemary, galia melon. Some Kellogg’s Frosties. Palate: Creamy and oily, pepper grows, rich tea biscuits, citrus notes REALLY tasty. Quite a dry spicy finish. The melon’s there on the palate too. Surprised by a sudden wave of dark chocolate digestives A really tasty dram and excellent value.
Dram 2 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 12 Years & under/NAS category winner. 40% ABV. £30.25. Matured in American and European oak casks. Nose: Boot polish, malt, pineapple cubes, spice Palate: Mild pepper that grows as you go, malted milk biscuits, citrus, heather You can certainly see why this is a staple of the drinks cupboard. It goes down well, but for me there are more interesting drams at the price point.
Dram 1 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 12 Years & under/NAS finalist. 40% ABV. £29.95. Matured in bourbon casks. Nose: Malty notes, marzipan, raisins, grapefruit zest, peach, sugared almonds. A little banana bread. Palate: Slightly oily, old-fashioned lemonade, maltiness at the end. Fantastic dram for the money.
@TheWhiskyWire @spirit_speyside I am very excited to have been selected to take part in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Tweet Tasting with The Whisky Wire on 15th June at 7pm. We’ve got a glorious gaggle of drammage lined up: Glenfiddich – 12 Years Old Glen Grant – 10 Years Old Glenfiddich – 18 Years Old Glen Moray – 16 Years Old Glenfiddich – 21 Years Old Cragganmore – 25 Years Old It promises to be another excellent night of tasting.
Dram 6 of the @TheDramTeam launch Twitter Tasting. The sixth dram. The real treat of the package. Another bucket lister for me. 47.5% ABV Nose: Very subtle and inviting. Toasted hazelnuts. Syrup sweetness. Vanilla fudge. Palate: Very oily, grapefruit zest, golden syrup sucked off a spoon, pepper, sticky malt loaf, @ConistonBrewCo Oatmeal Stout And then it was all gone. Like a sultry maiden luring you in with subtle charms, leaving you helpless to resist then leaving you wanting more. A Lionel Richie…
Dram 5 of the @TheDramTeam launch Twitter Tasting. I’ve been looking forward to this, particularly with it being on my 101 whiskies list. 60% ABV Nose: Bags of acetone to start, but that’s expected due to the strength. Leave it to rest and loads of oak. Some marzipan, bay leaf and rosemary hints, morello cherries. Palate: Do I dare taste this neat? I’ve got to really. Surprisingly mellow to start. Sweet and spicy. Sending a warming shot of hot sugar straight…
Dram 4 of the @TheDramTeam launch Twitter Tasting Off to Islay we go. 43% ABV Nose: Smoke of course, but damp smoke. Warm apple pie with cream as it opens out. Palate: Very thin to start with, but then the claggy oily peat swirls through engulfing the mouth in a spicy bonfire Finish: Dry and leathery I’d happily drink this if given it, but I’d rather spend my money on something punchier like Port Charlotte or Lagavulin for the money.