.caol ila – 18yo

Sometimes I am sipping a Caol Ila on the shores of the island of Islay. My feet dipped in the ocean, the heat from a fire roasting a good local beef nearby, the smoke coming from the Port Ellen maltings filling the air around me, just enough not to bother or overwhelm me. Too bad … Continue reading .caol ila – 18yo

.deanston – that boutique-y whisky company – batch #2

"Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's bottling of Deanston single malt features a graphic-novel-style label showing the stills being installed at the cotton mill where Deanston made its home in the 1960s. A pair of hippies watch as this happens, sat on the roof of their camper van alongside the River Teith, which powers … Continue reading .deanston – that boutique-y whisky company – batch #2

.big peat – christmas 2015

Ho ho ho... Big Peat is back with the fifth Christmas edition of his all-Islay blended malt (still including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and even Port Ellen), and his sleigh is on fire! Smoking hot at that because of the cask strength release...53.8% abv, €50, blended maltNose: sweet, liquorice, salted butter, cinnamon, smoke, charcoalPalate: hot, smoky, sweet, … Continue reading .big peat – christmas 2015

.teeling – small batch blended – rum cask finished

Day 22 of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calendar 2015. Only 2 more days to tick off before Christmas, we make a sidestep to the middle-Americas with this Nicaraguan rum-cask finished Irish whiskey.46% abv, €35, blend, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: Cuba Libre, sour red apples, rums soaked raisins, milk chocolate, creamy, citrus, limes, olive oil, salt, … Continue reading .teeling – small batch blended – rum cask finished

.mackmyra – midvinter

"Mackmyra Midvinter was the second edition in a standalone season series that has followed the popular Mackmyra Special series. Mackmyra Midvinter was a complex limited edition whisky, something new to experience for both new consumers and collectors. With finish from French Bordeaux casks, glühwine casks and sherry casks, it’s a grownup alternative to other traditional Winter … Continue reading .mackmyra – midvinter

.dalwhinnie – winters gold

Day 21 of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calendar. This time, the door revealed the latest official release of the Dalwhinnie distillery. A dram that is said to come from matured stock that has been distileed between October and March, when the picturesque location of the distillery is normally covered in snow.43% abv, €35, single maltNose: … Continue reading .dalwhinnie – winters gold

.jura – elixer – 12yo

Day 20 of the Drinks by the Dram AdventCalendar reveals another single malt from the island of Jura.40% abv, €45, single maltNose: sweet, toffee, dried fruits, plums, apricots, dates, spicy, cinnamonPalate: sweet, honey, spicy, cinnamon, anise, cumin, citrus, orange-peelFinish: medium long, sweet, honey, dried fruit, plums, dark chocolate, citrus, orange-peelMark: +++++ Conclusion: way too sweet for my liking, a bit … Continue reading .jura – elixer – 12yo

.mackmyra – bruckswhisky

The 17th door of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calendar 2015 reveals Mackmyra's core expression. A light Swedish whisky matured primarily in first fill bourbon barrels but also includes whisky aged in Sherry and Swedish oak casks, as well as some smokier malt.41.4% abv, €40, single maltNose: sweet, vanilla, marshmallows, fruity, berries, raspberries, mint, … Continue reading .mackmyra – bruckswhisky

.the balvenie – 12yo – double wood

Day 16 of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calendar 2015. If someone asks me what whisky they should buy as a step up from the average blend or the one single malt they have ever tasted, I normally advise to have a look at the Balvenie 12yo DoubleWood.40% abv, €35, single maltNose: sweet, vanilla, honey, floral, … Continue reading .the balvenie – 12yo – double wood

.fettercairn – fior

On the 15th day of the Drinks by the Dram WhiskyAdvent Calenday 2015, I went back to a nice Fettercairn. She is quite easy to like...42% abv, €40, single malt, non-chill filteredNose: sweet, clover-honey, a hint of peat, salt, coffee-beans, citrus, blood-oranges, slight malty, white beer with a slice of limePalate: firm, dry, sweet, honey, spicy, white pepper, fruit, … Continue reading .fettercairn – fior