Another dram that I've been hogging and sipping my way through before realising that I hadn't previously reviewed with this Deanston Virgin Oak. In fact this will actually be my firest review of an Own Bottling of Deanston which shocked me as I was sure i'd reviewed some in the past, and i will definitely be fixing that in the future.
I've had this bottle of 6 year old Tobermory, distilled in 2006, from Douglas Laing for quite some time and been sipping on it for some time without realising I hadn't previously reviewed it so was time I got round to it.
I've had this dram sitting in my to do list for probably two years after it was sent to me by my friend Matt Veira (@mattveira) from the Guildford Whisky Blog and thought it was time to get it done.
A while back after a chat with my friend Barry Bradford (@thewhiskyphiles) from The WhiskyPhiles blog, about the fact I wanted to review more supermarket drams, he popped up with this one, and a few others.
Many thanks to my good friend Johnnie Stumbler (@johnniestumbler) who kindly sent me a sample of this dram
This dram was part of the Murray McDavid tweet tasting a while back, I unfortunately missed the tasting and have caught up since.
I've not had a huge amount of the Elements of Islay range but those I have had I've certainly enjoyed.
We've all considered making our own blended malts, and some even do it using the heels of bottles or samples to make their own and then there are companies like Robert Graham who do it for you as part of the Living Cask series.
Most of the whisky I've had from this distillery has been in ex sherry casks but this ex bourbon from distillery 27 really does add a fresh fruity tropical note that I wasn't expecting.
Peated to 20PPM this 2nd batch of cask strength Machrie Moor was given to me as a sample from Andy (@andysinc41).
I picked up this bottle of Jura 1998 Elements Fire whilst at the distillery in 2014 and opened it recently for a few drams.
Thanks to Andy (@andysinc41) for this sample of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 5.48 Stave New World from one of my favourite distilleries.
This The Scotch Malt Whisky Society dram I've had sitting about for a while, I believe it didn't appear on the official outturn and is one of only 147 bottles matured in a 2nd fill port barrique.
Another from Henry Westons is this Rosie's Pig which I tasted on a recent night out in Edinburgh
I tasted this Bowmore Tempest Batch 5 whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.
I tasted this Aberlour aBunadh Batch 53 whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.
I tasted this Strathclyde 13yr Cask Strength Edition whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.
I tasted this Cutty Sark 12 Year Old whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.
Glen Scotia is one of those distilleries where i really quite like the character of and yet i'm guilty of not trying or buying as much of it as i would normally.
Another cider this time a Stowford Press which i tried in the Bow Bar, which still holds the title as the first Edinburgh pub i ever drank in bank in 1992.