.glengoyne – 15yo

GlenGoyne, Probably known best for it's disputable location in either the Highlands or the Lowlands whisky regions of Scotland. Typically, a GlenGoyne has a sweet, toffee like character, driven (helped) by the use of first fill ex-Sherry casks. This 15yo from their core range has received an additional maturation in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, which … Continue reading .glengoyne – 15yo

.auchentoshan – three wood

Triple distilled like any Auchentoshan, this particular one has had triple maturation as well - Pedro Ximénez ex-Sherry casks, Oloroso ex-Sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks. 43% abv, €45 single malt Nose: a fruity nose, right from the moment you first stick your nose in the glass. Lots of dried fruit, like raisins, plums and dates, … Continue reading .auchentoshan – three wood

.peat’s beast

What can I say about this one: a single malt, from an undisclosed distillery on Islay. Most often this means we are either working with a young Laphroaig or a Caol Ila, where - at this moment, the first is more difficult to obtain for blenders and indie bottlers, so my money is on the … Continue reading .peat’s beast

.glendronach – 12yo

Back in 2015, this same dram was to be found behind a different door of the Whisky Advent Calendar. From the Highlands of Scotland, just shy east of the Speyside region, the Glendronach picturesque distillery can be seen and visited. Something we have done with WhiskySpeller in 2014, but is still on our list to … Continue reading .glendronach – 12yo

.inchmoan – 12yo

Drinks By The Dram Scotch #WhiskyAdvent Calendar door four hid a rather unknown single malt. The island in the middle of the Loch Lomond, where in the old days the peat for the neighbouring villages came from, lends its name to this 12 year old single malt from the versatile Loch Lomond distillery. A heavily … Continue reading .inchmoan – 12yo

.port askaig – 8yo

For us, most of the times we arrived on Islay our ferry landed on Port Askaig, one of the two ports of the island. Although there is no distillery with this name, the spirit in the bottle comes from one of the islands many distilleries, in this case, most likely from the distillery you encounter … Continue reading .port askaig – 8yo

.glenfarclas – 21yo

Today, the first day of the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram opens to a 21 year old Glenfarclas. Always known for their typically sherried whiskies, so I expect this to be nothing else... 43% abv, €100  single malt Nose: *BOOM* fino sherry! Then, with a little more patience, juicy red apples, … Continue reading .glenfarclas – 21yo

.the dublin liberties – copper alley

After ten years in ex-Bourbon barrels, this Irish single malt received a finish in 30 year old ex-Oloroso sherry casks. In total, 31 casks were married together in this bottling. Copper Alley is next to Christ Church Cathedral – a chance juxtaposition of the celestial and the infernal. By day, the high-born and the pious … Continue reading .the dublin liberties – copper alley

.glen grant – 1954 – g&m

I have been lucky enough to have tasted a Glen Grant from the cellars of Gordon & MacPhail on an earlier moment, which was grand - with a side-note on the rather present wood notes. Now, another Glen Grant of the same year is in my glass, with at least a year extra in a … Continue reading .glen grant – 1954 – g&m

.millstone – 1996 – american oak – special #12

Quite possibly the oldest Dutch whisky that has ever been bottled to date. On October 25th 1996, this was distilled and put into an American Oak cask. This year, on the 29th of August, it was bottled at cask strength into 301 bottles. I am pretty sure there is not much produce of this age … Continue reading .millstone – 1996 – american oak – special #12