A while back we talked on here about the new Darkness Range from Maverick Drinks of Sherry finished and matured whiskies which added a bit extra to the drams.
This time last year I was lucky enough to try a work in progress version of this dram. It was at the same 40% ABV as this one.
Back in July I managed to miss the Twitter tasting for this range of Murray McDavid drams due to being held up at work and it's taken me a while to catch up and get to these drams.
It's not just Whisky on this blog and I'm reviewing her another fruity Cider, this time the Stella Cidre Elderflower.
I've not had much from the English Whisky Company, and what I've had has been hit or miss for me with some great and some poor, so I've gone into this with a bit of trepidation and a cup full of hope.
This wheated bourbon contains no rye and the wheat gives it a lot more sweetness along with the corn. At 67.3% abv this is a lovely dram that hides the abv.
The Sazerac straight rye 18 year old was distilled in 1985 then aged 18 years it was all transferred from the casks into containers and has been released in batches annually since.
A more affordable version of the full George T Stagg this is younger at around the 8/9 years old mark
A single barrel version of Buffalo Trace aged for around 2 years longer, so around the 10 years mark or more.
The standard bottling of Buffalo Trace, with corn and rye giving a mix of sweetness from the corn and spices from the rye.
This Edinburgh based closed grain distillery was a lucky choice at Queen St as it was the malt of the month on the bar.
This 2000 vintage 14 year old Arran from cask #2000/1106 is exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. I'm a big fan of Arran drams which usually give them a mix of sweetness and something older, usually either tweed like or a bit dusty.
This recently announced The Dalmore 21 is initially matured in American white oak and finessed in hand-selected first-fill Matusalem oloroso sherry butts from the Gonzalez Byass bodega in Jerez de la Frontera.
I've deliberately decided not to read much about this whisky before trying it, there's always something intriguing about Compass Box whiskies and I've never had one I haven't enjoyed, here's hoping this is no different.
Flaming Heart from Compass Box has a bit of a cult following amongst whisky enthusiasts, it features light to medium smoke and that fabulous highland waxy note, a brilliant whisky,
If there's a company out there producing consistently great blends and blended malts its Compass Box, over the last 10-15 years of my whisky consuming I've always enjoyed what compass box are doing
Being from Livingston my local distillery is the Linlithgow (or St Magdalene’s) distillery which is around 10 miles from the house, mothballed in 1983 and converted to some luxury flats this distillery is one which I would like to spend more time exploring but the cost of the bottles is now quite prohibitive.
One of the things I was originally planning to do was catch up more with distilleries I've not reviewed in the past
There's no secret at all about the fact I'm a huge fan of Jura so I was really excited when Barry (@thewhiskyphiles) from The Whiskyphiles dropped of this sample.
I've left this for a while after my issues with seriously sherried drams was making it difficult for me