Tasting: Ben Nevis 1966-2015 49yo Spirit by Whiskybroker – “Spirit of the Highlands”

Ben Nevis spirit 49 years by WhiskybrokerDram data:
Distillery: Ben Nevis
Bottler: Whiskybroker.co.uk
Distilled: 15.03.1966
Bottled: 10.04.2015
Age: 49 years
Limitation: 524 bottles (50cl)
Casks: –
Alcohol: 29,5%
unchillfiltered; natural colour
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
The nose opens with very noticeable, fragrant old wood on dried dark fruits. Like entering a carpenter’s cupboard where he hides his old dried snack plums. Continue reading

Tasting: Arran Tweet Tasting, including: Sauternes Finish / 18yo limited edition / UK exclusive 13yo / 1st White Stag bottling

Arran Tweet Tasting

All set for the Arran Tweet Tasting!

On the 22nd of April 2015 whisky geeks on twitter followed the call from Steve Rush (@TheWhiskyWire) and @ArranWhisky to taste four different drams from the beautiful distillery on the Isle of Arran under the Hashtag #ArranWhisky
Thanks everyone involved for the great time and organising the event – looking forward to the next tweet tasting!
You can find detailed tasting notes on all the drams we tasted on the night below. (The 18yo tasting notes are a bit expanded from my original review on this site, no need to completely rewrite them 😉 )
Also see my travel report here for more information about the distillery. Continue reading

Glen Elgin 26y 1980-2007 for The Scots Whisky Forum

Glen Elgin 1980 26 yearsDram data:
Distillery: Glen Elgin
Bottler: Scotch Single Malt Circle for Scots Whisky Forum, Collection No. 4
Distilled: 12.1980
Bottled: 06.2007
Age: 26 years
Limitation: 111 bottles
Casks: –
Alcohol: 47,8%
unchillfiltered; natural colour
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
The nose opens rather dark and moody, driven by active wood. It doesn’t say on the label but I’m going with European Oak (possibly 2nd fill with a not too long previous fill). Old oak spices, like licking an old cabinet from the room of a heavy smoker. This isn’t peated whisky, but oak can impart smoky smelling flavours, that’s the case here. Continue reading

Tasting: Five Lagavulin. Vertically. From the cask. At the distillery.

Lagavulin Warehouse Tasting with Iain McArthurWhen on Islay one of the must-do tours is the warehouse tasting at Lagavulin, especially if Iain “Pinkie” McArthur is hosting it. This year will mark his 45th year in the whisky industry and during that time he’s probably forgotten more about whisky than some of us will ever learn in a lifetime. He’s fun, engaging and famous for baptising people with Lagavulin when sloshing it around after pouring from the casks. But this article is not about the warehouse experience – it’s about the whisky we (my two brothers and I) got to taste in the summer of 2014. I was the designated driver so I decanted most of what I was served into sample bottles and tasted them later on.

10yo “Baby Lagavulin” from an ex-Sherry cask (Hogshead?)
Colour: red copper
Nose: Young, a bit harsh and spirity, peat smoke, hints of dried fruits in the background. With water: Sweeter, less peaty, still young-ish in style
Palate: Alcoholic, strong, some new make still to be detected? Bonfire smoke. With water: Less intensity, still young and metallic, more sweetness and fruits in the background
Finish: Coating, sweet, phenolic, lingering for some time, not overly complex
Verdict: Very young, really “baby” Lagavulin – too young to “die”.
Score: 79 Continue reading

Tasting: Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2004-2013

Benromach Sassicaia Finish 2004 - 2013Dram data:
Distillery: Benromach
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: 2004
Bottled: 10.2013
Age: 8-9 years
Limitation: 3600 bottles
Casks: 18 months Sassicaia finish
Alcohol: 45%
Probably chill filtered; natural colour
Whiskybase link (where you can also find my initial tasting notes on this dram from a year ago 😉 )

Tasting notes:
The nose opens with a hint of light, fragrant campfire smoke paired with a summer fruit sweetness which begs to be investigated further.  Continue reading

Tasting: Auchroisk 1989 24y by Cadenhead’s

Auchroisk 24 1989 by Cadenhead'sDram data:
Distillery: Auchroisk
Bottler: Cadenhead’s
Distilled: 1989
Bottled: 10.2014
Age: 24
Limitation: –
Casks: Sherry Cask
Alcohol: 56,5%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
Bright gold
The nose is light and a wee bit shy with the alcohol dominating slightly over the delicate notes. Dried summer flowers mixed with hay. Violets, roses and the faintest hint of lilac. Continue reading

One year blogging anniversary


Lots of barrels to still stick my nose in and tell you all about it!

It is exactly one year to the day since the first article was published on the blog: http://dokla.net/dailydram/2014/04/10/yet-another-whisky-blog/

In the past year there were 68 whisky reviews, 3 dedicated picture posts and 12 miscellaneous articles.

I am very happy to report I am still staying true to my initial vision: An industry-independent blog, focusing on reviews of drams and stating my thoughts. The site is also completely free from advertising and the big corporate Analytics networks tracking us all over the web. I am very happy with the way it is progressing, visitor numbers are on the rise (especially the last 3-4 months) and the feedback is amazing.

There are still some areas with room for improvement. I haven’t completed the 2014 Scotland travelogue series, I haven’t managed to put up a report from any of the events I attended. I was just too busy chatting and dramming to think about taking pictures. Sorry about that. There have also been less articles on current topics and issues than I would’ve liked, but there are only 24 hours in a day.
I’m hopeful I’ll manage to post more general articles in the next 12 months and I hope I can expand my reader base the way it has been going for the last several months. I will definitely carry on publishing 2 tasting notes per week (Sunday and Wednesday) with the odd review and whisky related picture sneaking in here and there off schedule.

Thank YOU for all your support, may it be comments, suggestions or samples. If you haven’t done so already, please like and share the site on Social media and keep the feedback coming!

Tasting: Glentauchers 8y 2005 by Dewar Rattray

Glentauchers 2005 8 years by Dewar RattrayDram data:
Distillery: Glentauchers
Bottler: Dewar Rattray
Distilled: 16.09.2005
Bottled: 17.09.2013
Age: 8
Limitation: 403
Cask: Sherry Puncheon 900389
Alcohol: 46%
unchillfiltered and uncoloured
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
The nose opens with a very distinctive sweetness of honey and malt. Creamy toffee, milk chocolate, caramelised almonds and custard with a flowery (lilac, violets), powdery perfume note on top. Continue reading

Tasting Tomintoul 8y

Tomintoul 8 years, vintage bottleDram data:
Distillery: Tomintoul
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: Unknown / 1990s?
Age: 8
Limitation: –
Casks: –
Alcohol: 43%
probably chill filtered and coloured
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
reddish gold
The nose offers a rich, fragrant mixture of fruits and sweetness. Honey melon, honey, malty sweetness, ripe pears, apricots, mango, apricots, orange oil, custard, toffee, creamy hot chocolate.   Continue reading

Tasting: Tobermory 17y 1995 by Whiskybroker

Tobermory 17 years 1995 by WhiskybrokerDram data:
Distillery: Tobermory
Bottler: Whiskybroker
Distilled: 06.06.1995
Bottled: 07.11.2012
Age: 17
Limitation: 278 bottles
Casks: Hogshead No. 697
Alcohol: 52,0%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
light gold
The nose starts out creamy and jammy with vanilla pudding, sweet cream, strawberries, gooseberries, green peaches, kiwi, slightly sour grapes, grape kernel bitterness, a hint of lemon, malt and woody notes in the background.  Continue reading