The Dram Team is a relatively new company offering a subscription service, each month they put together 6 drams in order for you to try and decide if the whiskies are to your liking and then you can decide if it is worth you buying a full bottle..
Each box is made up of 5 x 25ml samples plus a 10ml sample, the first 5 are all expressions that are affordable to most with the 6th sample described as a teaser coming from a bottle that will cost over £125 .. Also included in each box is a set of tasting notes if you decide to taste while reading ( a great way in learning to nose and taste whisky) You can subscribe to this service on a one off monthly box for around £30 or take a longer subscription ( 3 months / 6 months and 12 months ) Then all you have to do is sit back and wait for the postman to bring you your box !!
The latest box which is titled “ The Great Drams Of Scotland “ is a celebration of the book released by one of the partners Greg Dillon which goes under the same name.. Greg who runs a very successful blog which actually won the Uk Food and Drink blog of the year in 2017 released this book in October 2017 which takes the reader on a journey through 28 distilleries and 23 of the most iconic brands out there..
This latest box which also comprises in the chance to take part in live tastings on Twitter arrived and upon opening I found the following Drams..
The Famous Grouse 16 Year Old..
A limited edition age statement release of this world-famous blend. A cut above its more mainstream sibling expression.
Glenfiddich 18 Year Old..
The older brother to the very popular 12 year old dram from Glenfiddich, and a beautiful apple-y Speysider.
A lovely peated Highland dram, from the very first distillery Greg visited, and still a firm favourite (indeed, he selected it for his very own GreatDrams bottling!)
Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney..
A stonking sweet, smoky, peaty, salty blend featuring a famous Islay malt.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old..
Probably Greg’s favourite distillery, and still a staple on his shelves – a heavily peated classic.
Kininvie 23 Year Old..
The special sixth dram in this box is a well-aged gem from the rarely seen Kininvie distillery. Coming with a price tag of £125 for a half-bottle.
The tasting night came and the Drams were poured in anticipation.. The team decided to turn it all upside down and we went straight in at the deep end with an absolute belter of a dram in the form of Kininvie 23yo..
Nose.. Quite sweet at first with lots of fruit and spice.. Heather honey drizzled over pear, dried fruits and chocolate, cinnamon, apricot and toffee..
Palate.. I Love the way this just flirts with the senses.. Those citrus notes, toffee, caramel and vanilla balance out with the dried fruits, spices and gentle oak.. lovely..
Next up is the limited edition The Famous Grouse 16yo..
Nose.. Quite fruity with a spicy backbone, pears, toffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and candied orange.
Palate.. A spicy little beast with cinnamon, ginger and a little pepper.. some fruits and a sweetness that balances it all out.
A little more Abv wouldn’t go unnoticed !
Next on the night was an old favourite in the form of Glenfiddich 18yo..
Nose.. Fruity and clean.. Those typical fiddich notes are there with citrus notes, apples, pears, chocolate and wood spices… love it !!
Palate.. Fiddich through n through.. Fruits, spices and a little oak, apples, pears, citrus peels, chocolate, cinnamon ginger and dried fruits.. what’s not to like.
Next delight was the beast known as Peat Chimney from Wemyss Malts..
Nose.. An instant blast of smoke and smouldering charcoal, honey, caramelised orange peel, ginger, cinnamon and cinder toffee..
Palate.. Again the smoke coats the palate with toasted tea cakes, citrus, cinnamon, ginger root and honey ( Manuka Honey with that earthy note) Hints of oak and soft fruits.
Although the tasting did finish here with the intention of letting us taste the remaining two Drams at our own pleasure I have made a few notes for the Ardmore Legacy..
Nose.. Vanilla, toffee, honey and cinnamon all wrapped in smoke with Smouldering oak, pears drizzled in honey, burnt sugar, cinder toffee and a little citrus.
Palate.. An instant hit of smoke entices out some spices with some fruits, digestive biscuits and a little dried fruit.
Another great and informal tasting with the Dram Team and a group of friendly tweeters !!
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Thanks to all involved and especially all at the Dram Team !!