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Glenfarclas – 105 Cask Strength

Glenfarclas – 105 Cask Strength

Dram 5 of the @TheDramTeam launch Twitter Tasting. I’ve been looking forward to this, particularly with it being on my 101 whiskies list. 60% ABV Nose: Bags of acetone to start, but that’s expected due to the strength. Leave it to rest and loads of oak. Some marzipan, bay leaf and rosemary hints, morello cherries. Palate: Do I dare taste this neat? I’ve got to really. Surprisingly mellow to start. Sweet and spicy. Sending a warming shot of hot sugar straight…

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The Dram Team – The Launch

The Dram Team – The Launch

@TheDramTeam What an honour! I’ve been selected to join in with the Twitter Tasting to mark the launch of The Dram Team’s whiskies by post service. Join me and the other lucky tasters on 7th June for a cracking evening of virtual drams. We will be tasting: Inchmurrin – 18 Years Old Auchentoshan – Three Wood Glen Scotia – Double Cask Bowmore – “Darkest” 15 Year Old Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Highland Park 21 Year Old Selected tasters are: @ifotou, @cowfish, @dramming_uk, @whiskyrepublic, @kaskwhisky, @AdvInWhiskyland, @WhiskyDiscovery, @mynameisgone, @TheWhiskyMiss, @ocdwhisky, @whiskyfreak123, @dvdbloke, @GreatDrams, @TheFinestCut, @steveprentice, @TheWhiskyphiles, @allthingsbooze, @champdenwhite, @kizzsmyth, @RealDramRob, @annawizauk, @tomlavin1, @JamesIGlen, @ben_cops, @GraemeG_EWB, @SigneSJohansen…

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The Arran Malt – 10 Years Old

The Arran Malt – 10 Years Old

@Arranwhisky I’ve heard great things about the Arran distillery and their whisky. I’ve yet to try any so thought I’d better rectify that. This is bottled at 46% ABV Colour: Very light gold straw colour Nose: Sweet honey, fresh cut grass on a sunny day, toasted almonds, some marzipan pushing through. Hints of elderflower as it opens up, along with vanilla fudge. A really inviting nose – panders to my sweet tooth! Palate: Again sweet, biscuity and luscious, but also…

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The Dram Team

The Dram Team

So far all my posts have pretty much been explicitly about whiskies I’ve tasted or want to taste. I want to make a slight deviation from this habit to talk about The Dram Team. The Dram Team is a new venture launching in a couple of weeks to bring mail order samples of whisky to your door on a monthly basis. It promises to be a really great chance to sample some fantastic whiskies for a fraction of the cost…

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Sheep Dip

Sheep Dip

Nose: Oak, green apples, sweet sherry, very youthful Palate: Surprisingly smooth given the youthful nose, mild pepper spice, oak, malted milk biscuits Finish: More spice as it finishes, leaves a tanginess in the mouth Pleasant enough but not one I’d return to in a hurry.

Amrut – Fusion

Amrut – Fusion

Nose: Very woody, peat too Palate: Packs a punch at 50%, peaty, salted caramel, dark chocolate Finish: Long finish with pepper and salt

Laphroaig – Select

Laphroaig – Select

On 25th January 2016 I was able to take part in The Whisky Wire’s tweet tasting of 4 Beam Suntory malts. We tasted Ardmore Legacy, Connemara, Bowmore Small Batch and Laphroaig Select. Laphroaig Select Nose: Wet dog, brine, slightly acrid, suggestions of much lighter notes initially. As it opens up fresh figs and prosciutto ham push through. Palate: Smoky and medicinal, but nowhere near as powerful as expected. Still puts short and curlies on your chest! When the initial smoke hit fades…

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Ardmore – Legacy

Ardmore – Legacy

On 25th January 2016 I was able to take part in The Whisky Wire’s tweet tasting of 4 Beam Suntory malts. We tasted Ardmore Legacy, Connemara, Bowmore Small Batch and Laphroaig Select. Ardmore Legacy Nose: Smoke immediately as you’d expect. Dried fruits with a damp/musty hint. Grass progressing to damp hay as it opens up. Palate: Very light smoke in the background, but citrus tang and quite creamy. Not much burn so you can really roll it around your mouth. Finish:…

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Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder

Nose: Light oak, vanilla, dried fruit, hints of malted milk biscuits Palate: Slightly oily, creamy, spicy notes, tangy apples and sultanas, quite dry Finish: Short and quite dry

Bowmore – Small Batch

Bowmore – Small Batch

I was given a bottle of this as a gift. Here are my thoughts. Tasted on 15th January 2016. From Bowmore: “Good Things Come In Small Batches Exclusively matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, then blissfully married together, Small Batch exhibits the best qualities of both. First-fill bourbon offers delicious vanilla sweetness, subtle spices and bourbon oak smoke to complement Bowmore’s gentle peaty smokiness, while the second-fill cask enhances Bowmore’s fresh fruity complexity and showcases its trademark…

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