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Glen Moray – Tweet Tasting

Glen Moray – Tweet Tasting

I was very privileged to be able to take part in the 3rd Glen Moray Tweet Tasting run by The Whisky Wire. As always with these things, there’s a huge amount of fun involved, as well as the serious business of actually tasting the product.  We were joined by Graham Coull, Master Distiller, his wife, Faye, and Iain, the Brand Ambassador; lofty company indeed!  If you know anything about Glen Moray, they are all about producing the best possible product,…

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Dewars Aberfeldy Tweet Tasting

Dewars Aberfeldy Tweet Tasting

Last night saw my return to Tweet Tastings with The Whisky Wire. It’s been a little while due to other commitments, but it was good to be back. On the menu was a selection of malts from an unsung hero of a Highland Distillery – Aberfeldy. We had three drams to taste and review, so here is a summary of my thoughts. 12 Years Old Nose: Stewed plums, sweetness, the plums give way to pineapple, There’s a malty/gristy aroma there, a…

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UK vs USA Tweet Tasting (Glen Grant, Wild Turkey)

UK vs USA Tweet Tasting (Glen Grant, Wild Turkey)

I’m very late to the party on this one! 22nd March saw Steve Rush of the Whisky Wire host a taste off with Glen Grant and Wild Turkey spirits in the ring. Due to a mix up on dates I was unable to make the night itself, but Steve very kindly sent me through the samples anyway, so here are my thoughts. Round 1 (ding ding) Glen Grant – 10 Years Old This is available for less than £30. Bottled…

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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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Glenfiddich – 21 Years Old

Glenfiddich – 21 Years Old

Dram 6 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 21yr and over category winner. 43.2% ABV. £139. Matured in Caribbean Rum casks. Nose: More hay and apples, my dad’s old leather satchel, definitely exotic fruits. Mango, pineapple Palate: Mellow and creamy, avocado, chilli, lemon, in fact… guacamole!

Cragganmore – 25 Years Old

Cragganmore – 25 Years Old

Dram 5 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 21yr and over category finalist. 51.4% ABV. £313. Matured in refill American oak casks. Nose: Blueberries, hay, light vanilla, bacon? rhubarb Palate: Sweet, but sour, definitely some smoke, very spicy, blueberries in abundance, some meaty hints, slightly chewy. Such a good dram. Deserves more time than could be offered it at a Tweet Tasting. A real treat to try it!

Glenfiddich – 18 Years Old

Glenfiddich – 18 Years Old

Dram 4 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 13yr to 20yr category winner. 40% ABV. £63.95. Matured in Oloroso sherry & bourbon casks. Nose: Spicy, malty, banana, that slightly burnt wood smell from a high power wood saw Palate: Much less spice than the 12. Quite sweet, banana in there, also kiwi, quite dry, aniseed balls.

Glen Moray – 16 Years Old

Glen Moray – 16 Years Old

Dram 3 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 13yr to 20yr category finalist. 40% ABV. £39.45. Matured in Chenin Blanc casks. Nose: Fresh cut hay, a little oak, elderflower, rosemary, galia melon. Some Kellogg’s Frosties. Palate: Creamy and oily, pepper grows, rich tea biscuits, citrus notes REALLY tasty. Quite a dry spicy finish. The melon’s there on the palate too. Surprised by a sudden wave of dark chocolate digestives A really tasty dram and excellent value.

Glenfiddich – 12 Years Old

Glenfiddich – 12 Years Old

Dram 2 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 12 Years & under/NAS category winner. 40% ABV. £30.25. Matured in American and European oak casks. Nose: Boot polish, malt, pineapple cubes, spice Palate: Mild pepper that grows as you go, malted milk biscuits, citrus, heather You can certainly see why this is a staple of the drinks cupboard. It goes down well, but for me there are more interesting drams at the price point.

Glen Grant – 10 Years Old

Glen Grant – 10 Years Old

Dram 1 of the @spirit_speyside #Dram16Winners Tweet Tasting. 12 Years & under/NAS finalist. 40% ABV. £29.95. Matured in bourbon casks. Nose: Malty notes, marzipan, raisins, grapefruit zest, peach, sugared almonds. A little banana bread. Palate: Slightly oily, old-fashioned lemonade, maltiness at the end. Fantastic dram for the money.