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Lagavulin – 16 Years Old

Lagavulin – 16 Years Old

This was always a bit of a go-to dram in bars before I really started getting in to whisky. I’ve never formally sat with it and explored the flavours, so thought I’d get hold of some and give it a going over. It’s the archetypal smoky scotch that you’ve got to try and either love or hate. I don’t know if I got a bad sample, but I really didn’t get on with it. It’s meant to be a big,…

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Kilchoman – Sanaig

Kilchoman – Sanaig

Kilchoman is the newest distillery on Islay. They also only produce relatively small batches of their products. These two things combined make their spirit quite desirable, and therefore quite expensive to buy. Vatted in bourbon and sherry casks, bottled at 46%ABV.   Nose: Peat smoke, followed by damp charcoal, treacle toffee, baked apples with cinnamon, traces of cordite. It’s November 5th in a bottle! Old leather bound books, rain on a hot day. So much going on. 10/10 Palate: Loads…

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Port Charlotte – 10 Years Old (2012)

Port Charlotte – 10 Years Old (2012)

First of all, great big thanks to Sean of Dramming UK for the donation of this sample. We did a dram swap but I definitely came off better. This is the 2012 addition to the Bruichladdich core range under it’s peated brand Port Charlotte. This is peated at 40ppm so should be nice and smoky. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Immediately get the smoke of a freshly lit peat fire, but there’s also mango, caramel, roasted pine nuts, vanilla. The…

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Port Charlotte – Islay Barley

Port Charlotte – Islay Barley

This is a real treat. Thanks to @StevePrentice once again for the sample. The last Port Charlotte I tried was the PC9 a good few years ago and I loved it. I’ve read a lot about the work Bruichladdich are doing and it’s intriguing. I’m very pleased to get to try another of their Port Charlotte branded peated expressions. Bottled at 50% ABV. Nose: Smouldering peat fires, but not overpowering. There’s malted milk biscuits and green apples as you go looking….

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Glen Moray – Elgin Classic – Peated

Glen Moray – Elgin Classic – Peated

I’ve actually tasted this drop before as part of a tweet tasting where we sampled three Glen Moray expressions as well as their new make spirit and their new make peated spirit. If you’re looking for ‘bang for buck’ then Glen Moray is usually very reliable. This bottle weighed in at £25. That’s nothing for a single malt! Bottled at 40% as expected for the price point. The new make is 69% and well worth sampling if you can get…

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Lagavulin – 8 Years Old

Lagavulin – 8 Years Old

This is a limited edition 8 year old Lagavulin to honor the 200th anniversary of the distillery. When you consider that the standard offering is 16 years old, it’s quite a surprise that this hits a similar price point. I guess that’s what a limited release will do. There’s a lot of chatter on sites about it being a disappointment because it’s quite different to the 16 year old. In my opinion though, if you want the 16 year old,…

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Famous Grouse – Smoky Black

Famous Grouse – Smoky Black

This is a rebrand for the Black Grouse which has had some acclaim as a blend. The packaging claims to have Glenturret whisky in the blend, along with a specially selected gamut of others. Yes it’s a cheap blend. Let’s see if you get what you pay for. Bottled at 40% ABV and with colouring added. Nose: Initially foam bananas, vanilla, quite a lot of acetone which evaporates quite quickly. There’s hardly a hint of the promised smoke. The vanilla…

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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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Robert Graham – Hoebeg Islay Single Malt

Robert Graham – Hoebeg Islay Single Malt

Dram 4 of The Dram Team’s Incredible Indies box is this Islay malt from Robert Graham. The original distillery of the spirit is undisclosed. Bottled at 40% ABV. Nose: Proper smoke! Fireplace embers, leather, heather. A little TCP. Palate: Very smooth, lingering smoke, slightly oily, some citrus, light caramel, oak tingle Huge surprise this one. The smoky nose gives way to a very gentle palate and it’s actually very delicious to drink. Star of the box for me.

Connemara – 12 Years Old

Connemara – 12 Years Old

Dram 4 on my The Dram Team #WorldwideWhiskies Odyssey takes me to the Emerald Isle, and more specifically, the Cooley distillery with the 12 year old Connemara. This is unusual for an Irish whiskey, being peated. I’ve tried the NAS Connemara in the past and didn’t get on with it, but this dram has won a number of prestigious awards so it could well be a lot better. Bottled at 40% ABV it has a very light colour. Nose: The…

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