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…
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.
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
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.
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.