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Murray McDavid – Mission Gold Mortlach 21 Years Old

Murray McDavid – Mission Gold Mortlach 21 Years Old

The 6th and final dram of The Dram Team’s Incredible Indies box. Just 292 bottles of this gem were produced. The most prestigious 6th dram yet. Nose: Vanilla, lots of malt, chocolate, a little cardamom maybe, sweet honey. Treacle as it opens out, salted liquorice. Palate: So smooth! Chocolate. Salted liquorice here too. Cinnamon spice warms the palate. Apples, so sweet. Black grapes. We were definitely spoilt this time around with the 6th dram, and it was a treat. But at £180 odd…

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That Boutique-Y Whisky Company – Tobermory 21 Years Old Batch 4

That Boutique-Y Whisky Company – Tobermory 21 Years Old Batch 4

Dram 5 of The Dram Team’s Incredible Indies box is this 21 year old Tobermory. Bottled at 51.2% ABV. Nose: Really lively, particularly considering the age, sultanas, cinnamon, Nice biscuits, pineapple Palate: Raspberries, cooking apples baked with plenty of cinnamon slathered in thick double cream.

A Rare Find – Craigellachie 12 Years Old

A Rare Find – Craigellachie 12 Years Old

Dram 3 of The Dram Team’s Incredible Indies box is this Craigellachie from A Rare Find. Bottled at a hefty 57.2% ABV. Nose: whew! Potent! Raisins, toffee, nutmeg, ground ginger, brown sugar Palate: Nice and oily, mango, shreddies, digestive biscuits, gooseberries

Douglas Laing – Provenance Fettercairn 10 Years Old

Douglas Laing – Provenance Fettercairn 10 Years Old

Dram 2 in The Dram Team’s Incredible Indies box is this Fettercairn from Douglas Laing. Bottled at 46% ABV without chill filtration or added colours. Nose: Foam bananas, rosemary, lavender, a little oak. A little WD40 suggests itself. Palate: oily and mouth coating, citrus zings, ginger, watermelon Unfortunately this was rather underwhelming. It was as if the cask had been a little lazy over the 10 years and not imbued the spirit with much flavour or character.

Creative Whisky Company – Grain 10 Years Old

Creative Whisky Company – Grain 10 Years Old

Dram 1 from The Dram Team’s Incredible Indies box. This is a Grain, Girvan, I believe. Bottled at 50% ABV. This has been aged in a rum cask. Nose: Vanilla, Raisins, Stewed rhubarb. Pepper spice with some brown sugar sweetness. Palate: A lot smoother than the nose suggests. Still peppery though. Sweet with honey. Tart fruits on the edges of the tongue. Oaky lingerings with rum and raisin fudge.