They did it again.. Another great night of tasting great whisky with some fun and laughter thrown in.. last night ( 27-10-16) had the dram team hosting the monthly live tasting on Twitter for this months box of delights. On offer this month was a single cask grain whisky finished in a rum cask and released by the ” Creative Whisky Company” second one on the night was from Douglas Laing and was an 10 yo Fettercairn from the Provenance series, third on the night was a Craigellachie 12yo from Gleann Mor spirits company, then we had a ” Hoebeg” Islay single malt released from Robert Graham before a Tobermory 21yo ( batch 4 ) released by ” That Boutique-y Cimpany” and the grand finale was a Mortlach 21yo from the mission gold series from Murray McDavid..
My thoughts on the night were…
10yo grain finished in Rum by the Creative Whisky Company
Slow to open but once it does then it really does delight your senses.. lots of vanilla and tropical aromas, cigar box and liquorice go hand in hand with dark fruits and subtle floral notes.. palate feels young and grainy but then the sweetness takes over and those rum flavours start to work their magic.. once opened this is very good..
Douglas Laing Fettercairn..
I am a big fan of Douglas Laing but this one just did not do it for me.. felt very raw.. everyone else in the night really liked this though with lots of comments on fresh, clean notes.. this is why whisky is such a great topic.. it’s all individual thoughts.. I will re try this just to be sure myself.
The Gleann mor spirits company..12yo craigellachie..
Lots of floral notes with very nice vanilla and honey aromas before giving way to dark fruits, apple peel, spices, dark chocolate and molasses.. Tropical notes and spice dominate the palate with that ssweetness exploding on the tongue..
Hoebeg by Robert Graham
Well you guessed by the name this might be an Islay malt.. The name just screams a certain distillery but I don’t think in reality it is that one ! .. everything about this malt was smoke and earthy notes, smouldering wood, burnt jacket potatoes, burnt toffee notes, kind of brought thoughts of sitting on a beach with a dying camp fire and roasting marshmallows.. palate just carried on the same road.. a great winters evening dram..
21yo Tobermory from ” That Boutique-y Whisky Company”..
A lovely malt that it very clean and fresh.. lots of floral notes with grassy, heather notes, lots of honey, Apple peel, pear, and citrus notes. A underlying earthy note mingles with a little oak and soft spices..
Mortlach 21yo from Murray McDavid..
This is one of those malts that just makes you sit up and think.. the nose screams sherry, lots of dark fruits, liquorice, dark chocolate, liquorice, butterscotch and dark treacle but you take a sip and the mind boggles, “bourbon it’s bourbon I tell you”.. you start to question your senses, is it bourbon or sherry, the colour says bourbon but boy does that nose say sherry.. it turns out it’s a first fill bourbon.. I’d say a very active cask too.. absolutely brilliant whisky!!
So another great night and great whisky too.. you really should try to get involved, if your on Twitter then look up ” @thedramteam or Facebook /thrdramteam ..
Thanks to everyone involved and especially to the dram team .. Chris your a star !!