Oban – 14 Years Old

Oban – 14 Years Old

It’s International Scotch Day, and that calls for a decent dram, or 2! Bottled at 43% ABV. Nose: Raisins, peat smoke but very gently, a little vanilla, lots of briny seawater, almond essence 6/10 Palate: Brine, pepper, oak, quite mellow and smooth, gentle peat 5/10 Finish: Dry and warming 5/10 Value for Money: We’re talking £46 a bottle here. A good price for 14 years of storage, but, honestly, I wouldn’t buy it at that price. 5/10 Looks: Understated and…

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Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark

A staple bourbon – one you’ll see in so many popular TV series and films from America. Interestingly this has no rye in the mash. It has been replaced with Red Winter Wheat. This is to reduce the burn you get from rye and make it a lot smoother to drink. Bottled at a decent 45% ABV. Nose: Vanilla, malt, stewed fruits, brown sugar, artificial strawberry flavouring – like you get in strawberry laces. 6/10 Palate: Medium spice. Sweet, sugary…

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Compass Box – Great King Street – Artist’s Blend

Compass Box – Great King Street – Artist’s Blend

This is a blended whisky from the folks at Compass Box. It’s the sort of blend that works neat and in cocktails, which in itself makes it quite a desirable bottle to have on the shelf. Compass Box are not shy in giving as much information as they legally can about the components of the whisky. In fact there is a graphic on their website which shows fairly accurate details of what’s there, along with the characteristics that malt gives…

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Sarah of I Love Whisky

Sarah of I Love Whisky

Well spin my nipple nuts and tune me to Classic FM. You wait a year for a Dram Dialogues post and then two pop up at once! This week we hear from the wonderful Sarah who not only curates her I Love Whisky blog, but also makes absolutely delightful whisky fudge. By the way, if you want to try some, now is the time as she’s going to be making a batch at the weekend. Full details available here. When…

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Franck Debernardi of La Cave De Cobalt

Franck Debernardi of La Cave De Cobalt

It’s been a good while now since I last published a Dram Dialogues post. And for this one we’re venturing across the English Channel, all the way to France. La Cave De Cobalt is Franck Debernardi’s French whisky blog. But fear not if you don’t do French! I don’t do it much! Google Translate has your back. In fact it does a very reasonable job of making the text understandable. And whisky itself is an international language. Go and check…

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Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey

Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey

This is quite an interesting addition on the 101 whiskies list. The first American whiskey to be a straight wheat whiskey. It’s not solely wheat, but they do purport to include at least 50% wheat in the mash bill along with the more standard barley, rye and corn. Aged for 7 years, and bottled at 45% ABV.   Nose: Acetone is quite strong initially, then mellows to gloss paint. So there’s still the solvent smell, but something more organic in…

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Talisker – 10 Years Old

Talisker – 10 Years Old

The 101 whiskies journey continues with a jaunt across to the Isle of Skye. Aged in American oak for at least 10 years and bottled at 45.8% ABV. Nose: Peat smoke, ash, caramel, orange zest, sesame brittle, a little oak. 8/10 Palate: Oaky spice, hints of peat but it’s quite subtle. Quite sweet. A little briny and there’s a frutiness as well. 8/10 Finish: Ends up dry, but spicy, citrus zest and malt. 8/10 Value for money: Decent value at…

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Laphroaig – Quarter Cask

Laphroaig – Quarter Cask

The 101 whiskies continue with this cheeky number from Laphroaig. I have, once again, to thank Brian of Malt Musings for his generous contribution of this sample. Go and check out his blog, or find him on Twitter. Whilst this whisky has no age statement, we know it was aged for around 5 years by the usual process. After that it spent some months in a quarter cask, hence the name. A quarter cask is a quarter of the size…

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anCnoc – 18 Years Old

anCnoc – 18 Years Old

The next stop on my 101 whiskies list is this little gem of a dram from the Highlands. Forget about the unpronounceable name, and let’s dive in to the golden liquid they produce. This is matured in a combination of European and American oak. No additional colours or chill filtration which is great. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Coconut, pineapple, banana, sweet vanilla. There’s also a slightly minty medicinal note in there which is hard to place. Fantastically inviting. 9/10…

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Clynelish – 14 Years Old

Clynelish – 14 Years Old

I finally have a functioning nose after the Christmas cold season, so it’s time to get cracking with a backlog of samples to try, and in particular a good few of the 101 whiskies list. Thanks to my friend Crask for the sample. This is a Highland distillery, but with a coastal location so it will be interesting to see how the two factors come out in the whisky itself. Bottled at 46% ABV.  Nose: Fresh, citrus zest, mellow savoury…

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