Some Surprises from Robert Graham

Invergordon 1984 30yr Treasurer (Robert Graham) I was lucky enough to have been invited along with my friends at EH10 Whisky Society (@EH10Whisky) to Robert Graham's (@WhiskyCanongate) Canongate store for an intimate tasting of some of their recent bottlings.

I'd passed by the Robert Graham shop in Glasgow a few tiems without going in, and had in January of this year popped into the Canongate store, mainly for a nosey about (although i did buy some of their Living Cask then, which i will review in the next couple of weeks... but suffice to say it's seriously drinkable), but other than that I didn't know much about the Robert Graham shops or bottlings, I really wish i'd discovered these sooner.

The two main bottling "brands" from Robert Graham are Dancing Stag which is single cask bottlings at 46% and Treasurer which are cask strength single cask bottlings. All of the bottlings are non chill filtered and are natural colour.

The four drams we tried, reviewed below, are all worthy of purchasing, they all have a breadth of flavour and lots of complexity, It's obvious from speaking to Steve and Aga, who took over the business last year, that they are excited about whisky and that they are looking to take this business, which has been going for over 100 years, to the next level.

The guys and girls who work for Robert Graham a few of whom we met on this tasting evening, really are passionate about whisky, and cigars - please remember that Robert Graham is also a cigar merchant with a fabulous selection of cigar pipe and tobacco products, and are definitely worth a visit if you are passing one of their stores.

Many thanks to Steve and Aga at Robert Graham for the invite to this tasting and I look forward to seeing what the future hold for this company, if these drams are anything to go by though, it's going to be a rosy future.


Ben Nevis 18yr Dancing Stag (Robert Graham)

Ben Nevis 18yr Dancing Stag (Robert Graham) I was lucky enough to have been invited along with my friends at EH10 Whisky Society (@EH10Whisky) to Robert Graham's (@WhiskyCanongate) Canongate store for an intimate tasting of some of their recent bottlings.

The first dram of the evening was this Ben Nevis 18 year old from the Robert Graham Dancing Stag range which is a range of single cask bottlings at 46% with no added colouring and non chill filtered.

This bottle won a Bronze Medal in the International Spirits Challenge award for Independents single malt in the 13-20 year old.

This is a really fruity dram, with lots of tned fruit salad, vanilla and smooth galaxy milk chocolate, it's a complex yet easy to enjoy dram that is full of flavour and would be as ideal in the glass of a whisky beginner as it would in the glass of a whisky connoisseur. Understandable why this is winning awards.

You can buy this dram online from Robert Graham now.

 

When I first stuck my nose into the glass I got a,massive hit of tinned fruit salad in a light syrup, vanilla pods straight from the packet, some slightly underripe greengages and plums, it grows more and more in the glass, adding wood spices, oak sap and edges of galaxy chocolate

Quite a bit different to the nose, lots more fresh fruit salad than the tinned salad in syrup, talks melon coming strong, vanilla essence and a caramel centred toffee like the soft centred werthers, more galaxy chocolate

A spicyness and pepperyness on the finish also also quite fresh and mouthwatering with it

Bottle Name: Ben Nevis 18yr Dancing Stag (Robert Graham)
Age: 18
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Ben Nevis
Bottler: Robert Graham
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


Benrinnes 1995 19yr Treasurer (Robert Graham)

Benrinnes 1995 19yr Treasurer (Robert Graham) I was lucky enough to have been invited along with my friends at EH10 Whisky Society (@EH10Whisky) to Robert Graham's (@WhiskyCanongate) Canongate store for an intimate tasting of some of their recent bottlings.

The third dram of the evening was this Benrinnes 20year old from the Robert Graham Treasurer range which is a range of single cask bottlings at cask strength with no added colouring and non chill filtered.

This is one of the first casks selected by Steve, who took over Robert Graham last year, and it's a fabulous start to his selections. With an abundance of sweetness throughout the dram, from the nose to the palate, this dram really worked for me and was my favourite of the evening, yes i think the sweetness was what won it for me.

if you like sweet drams go get one of these now, it really is brilliant.

You can buy this dram online from Robert Graham now.

 

For me this opened with early morning wet dewy grass, like opening a tent in spring, then strong orchard fruits, pear especially, herby and leafy, touches or geranium, menthol and sugary sweetness

Sweet, really really sweet, sugary, buttery, old fashioned jars of sweets, sugar and chocolate coated fondant mice,

Super sweet, lovely wet grass, thorntons Viennese truffles

Bottle Name: Benrinnes 1995 19yr Treasurer (Robert Graham)
Age: 20
ABV: 50.30
Distiller: Benrinnes
Bottler: Robert Graham
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Bunnahabhain 1989 25yr Treasurer (Robert Graham)

Bunnahabhain 1989 25yr Treasurer (Robert Graham) I was lucky enough to have been invited along with my friends at EH10 Whisky Society (@EH10Whisky) to Robert Graham's (@WhiskyCanongate) Canongate store for an intimate tasting of some of their recent bottlings.

The second dram of the evening was this Bunnahabhain 25 year old from the Robert Graham Treasurer range which is a range of single cask bottlings at cask strength with no added colouring and non chill filtered.

Limited to 228 bottles this dram is subtle to the nose, and really hides the beast of a dram that it is on the palate. The nose grows the deeper you can get your nose into it, although it's light and subtle, the palate is the opposite with a big up front arrival with lots of leathery peat and pepper and fruit mixing

This is a fabulous dram, and shows the beauty of single cask bottlings and how they can be so complex and yet so much of a pleasure to drink.

You can buy this dram online from Robert Graham now.

 

This is very light on the nose, freshly scraped Madagascan vanilla pods,hints of a light peat / char, fruity rowntrees fruit gums, oak woodiness with edges of sugary whipped cream (like the stuff on your mocha at Starbucks) a hint of menthol and a dash of light syrup

Lovely sweetness first, then a barrel load of peat roars up and explodes across your senses, a tingle of spices, very sea salty, leathery with some hints of gentle sherried dried fruits and a waxy, oily mouthfeel

leathery, lots of salty starchy chip shop chips with oriental spices and menthol

Bottle Name: Bunnahabhain 1989 25yr Treasurer (Robert Graham)
Age: 25
ABV: 47.40
Distiller: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Robert Graham
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Invergordon 1984 30yr Treasurer (Robert Graham)

Invergordon 1984 30yr Treasurer (Robert Graham) I was lucky enough to have been invited along with my friends at EH10 Whisky Society (@EH10Whisky) to Robert Graham's (@WhiskyCanongate) Canongate store for an intimate tasting of some of their recent bottlings.

The fourth dram of the evening was this Invergordon 30 year old from the Robert Graham Treasurer range which is a range of single cask bottlings at cask strength with no added colouring and non chill filtered.

This is another of the first casks selected by Steve, who took over Robert Graham last year, and it's a beauty, this is how i like my grain whisky, old, and high in ABV, initially a little spirity due to the high ABV, but a touch of water calms that completely, sweet and buttery with that brown bread/rye note that comes with many grain whiskies, this is a cracking dram and if you like Grain whisky you will want to buy one of these.

There are only 240 bottles of this, so go get one, quick.

You can buy this dram online from Robert Graham now.

 

Quite spirity, which is no surprise at 64.1%, but dies off quickly to reveal lightly toasted brown bread and rye notes, air fix glue, boot polish, with buttery popcorn and a shy hint of fresh watery fruits

Sweet and sugary, artificial sweetener, sugar coated almonds without the nuttiness, crispy m&m shells, some hints of spicy heat

Short but sweet, artificial sweetener and spice

Bottle Name: Invergordon 1984 30yr Treasurer (Robert Graham)
Age: 30
ABV: 64.10
Distiller: Invergordon
Bottler: Robert Graham
Type: Single Cask Single Grain
From: Scotland, Highland


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