A good 10-15 years ago i bought a bottle from Royal Mile Whiskies for a blind tasting with friends that was meant to fool them, it was a bottle of Amrut Single Malt, my first World Whisky that wasn't from North America and it went down a storm with me and my friends.
Today I've been helping Tom with his back to the basics campaign , by drinking Hazelburn 10yr (tough job).
The top of the range dram from Glen Morays Elgin Heritage range and matured in a first fill american oak barrels is this 18 year old.
The next level dram from Glen Morays Elgin Heritage range and matured in a combination of american oak and european ex sherry oak.
The entry level dram from Glen Morays Elgin Heritage range and matured exclusively in American Oak casks, this dram was described to me by The distillery’s Iain Allan as the typical Speyside dram and to be fair I can’t disagree.
The most expensive release from Glen Moray that i've seen in my time drinking whisky, and that includes me having drank through some SMWS bottlings around the same age as me, so this has to be pretty special.
Big Peat, as anyone who knows me, is a huge favourite in my whisky collection and when a 25 year old version is available well thats just even more exciting.
Another from the 2017 Drinks By The Dram Rum advent calendar, this time the Trois Rivieres Cuvee de lOcean.
This limited edition Bowmore made up from four casks from 1991 marks the retirement of Morrison and Mackays chairman Brian Morrison
Following on from the first two drams in the Experimental series, the IPA and the XX this third in the series has been finished in sweet Canadian Ice wine casks, a delicious sweet dessert wine.
Presenting Smokey Monkey! Currently bar trade only and is only at a select few bars 30 in London, 10 across the rest of the UK and some in France (don’t know the exact numbers for France).
Another from the 2017 Drinks By The Dram Rum advent calendar.
Back at the tail end of last year i was offered the opportunity to sample a Drinks By The Dram advent calendar, my biggest issue with that is that the Whisky ones offer a large amount of drams that i've already sampled and reviewed for the blog, and with a backlog already of samples it was time for something different.
'Phenomenology: The Philosophical study of the Structures of experience and consciousness' Epic Name.
This is Compass Box's 'Peatiest Dram Yet' (Damn Right) this Whisky is an absolute beast, 75.5% of this liquid is from Ardbeg (one of my personal favourites) and it really comes through.
It has been a quite a while since I last reviewed for Tom, no real reason other than work, tasting whisky without dissecting the flavours or taking notes, just enjoying whisky the way I fell in love with whisky and probably to annoy Tom, some laziness.
I'm a big fan of Ardbeg distillery, Ardbeg 10 year was the first 'heavily' peated whisky I had tried many moons ago (well I thought it was the smokiest thing I had ever tasted at that point) so Ardbeg holds a special place in my heart.
We use Woodford Reserve Straight Rye as our house pour rye for the last year or so, it’s got a decent back bone and stands up in classic rye based cocktails, but I have never got really into it in depth straight up as I always use it for mixing, so this should be interesting.
As a brand Few are extremely trendy, with cool branding and a great backstory.
Bulleit predicted the rye boom before I had even properly got into whisky