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Month: November 2016

Ardbeg – Uigeadail

Ardbeg – Uigeadail

You’ve probably read all this before, but this is a champion whisky. Back in 2009 it was Jim Murray’s whisky of the year. Uigeadail is the name of the Loch that Ardbeg takes its water from and it means ‘Dark and Mysterious’. I love good smoky whisky, and this is a treat. Many thanks indeed to @RealDramRob for the sample. It’s also one of my 101 Whiskies. Bottled at 54.2% and not chill filtered. It has had some colour added though. Nose: Smoke,…

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Nikka – All Malt

Nikka – All Malt

Thanks to No Nonsense Whisky for firing me over this sample. Another of my 101 Whiskies list. This is Japanese blended whisky. It features Yoichi and Miyagikyo whiskies, along with some whisky that’s made at Myagikyo in a Coffey still, so it’s technically grain whisky, but it’s made from barley malt only. Bottled at 40% ABV and with colour added. Nose: The ethanol is quite strong to start, but it’s quickly replaced by cinnamon and chocolate. A little honey. Hints…

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Tom of Tom’s Whisky Reviews

Tom of Tom’s Whisky Reviews

This week we welcome Tom Thomson to the Dram Dialogues interrogation chair. Tom is the curator of Tom’s Whisky Reviews, a reviews blog with an eye-watering number of reviews. It’s not just whisky either, other drinks get a fair mention as well. Without further ado, though, to the questions! When did you first get into whisky? I’ve been drinking whisky regularly since my 18th Birthday back in 1993 (wow that was a while ago) but have memories of dipping my…

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Tomatin – 1995

Tomatin – 1995

This rather special 21 year old limited release from Tomatin spent 18 years in refill casks before finishing in Oloroso Sherry hogsheads. 1912 bottles were released. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: You immediately get wafts of sherry when you pour. Sultanas soaked in sherry. Very good dark chocolate. A little marzipan. A little orange zest. Palate: Very waxy. Lots of oaky spice over mellow honey sweetness. Dried fruit again. The chocolate from the nose is there but in the background….

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Tomatin – 9 Years old Caribbean Rum Cask

Tomatin – 9 Years old Caribbean Rum Cask

This whisky has spent the whole of its maturation inside Caribbean Rum casks, and is apparently the first of its kind from Tomatin. Huge thanks to Steve Prentice for the sample. Bottled at 46% ABV Nose: Loads of coconut and pineapple. A smattering of mango. A little oak. Milk chocolate. Palate: Oily and sweet. More coconut and chocolate. Like Bounty bars, but without the annoying bits stuck in your teeth. Finish: Salty and sweet. Fades quite quickly.

Jon of Scotch & Sci-Fi

Jon of Scotch & Sci-Fi

This week’s installment features Jon, aka DVD Bloke, from the blog Scotch and Sci-Fi. Go and check out his very detailed reviews. He puts a lot of effort in which makes for some really interesting reading. When did you first get into whisky? About 6/7 years ago when I was given Jura 10 for a Christmas present.  Before that I never really explored whisky as an option.  I really enjoyed the Jura at the time, and it got me looking…

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Vin PF of No Nonsense Whisky

Vin PF of No Nonsense Whisky

Welcome to this week’s installment of Dram Dialogues. This week I am delighted to present Vin PF from the No Nonsense Whisky Youtube channel. This is a channel for folks who want short sharp introductions to a wide selection of whiskies. Vin tastes as he goes and provides excellent insight to what he’s doing. Go and check it out! When did you first get into whisky? When I first met my wife around 10 years ago, she was about to…

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Chris Borrow of The Dram Team

Chris Borrow of The Dram Team

Here we are for the second installment of Dram Dialogues, and I’m delighted to announce that Chris Borrow from The Dram Team has answered my questions. When did you first get into whisky? About three years ago, when, at the last minute, I decided to save my sister’s boyfriend from flying solo for his birthday gift outing to a tasting at Milroy’s of Soho. At that time, I didn’t own any whisky and didn’t think I was a fan –…

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Rebel Yell Bourbon

Rebel Yell Bourbon

This evening, being Election Eve in the USA was the perfect night for a big slice of liquid Americana. It came to us courtesy of The Whisky Wire and Rebel Yell Bourbon. Rebel Yell has distilled wheated whiskey since 1849. The Weller family were the first to produce Kentucky straight bourbon using wheat instead of rye in the mash bill. Over 150 years later and they are still doing it. In fact in 2017 they will be opening a new…

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Tomatin – Cù Bòcan 2005

Tomatin – Cù Bòcan 2005

Matured in sherry and bourbon casks for over 11 years. The malt in this has been lightly peated so it promises to have some nice smoke in the mix as well. Non chill filtered and no added colours, bottled at 50% ABV. Nose: Stewed apples, very light smoke, bracken, damp bog. A little vanilla, and sweet fudge. Palate: Quite a lot of spice, bursting with honey sweetness, a smoky earthiness. Roasting coffee beans. Finish: Sweet and spicy.