Chilly nights call for a warming dram and this gorgeous golden fella looks like it’ll fit the bill!
The nose on this dram suggests that it’ll be sweet, much like you’d get on a sherried whisky, but it also has a salty side that reminds me of a walk along the prom on a stormy day. After a while there’s also a very light hint of smoke
The first taste brings a nutty caramel flavour that reminds me of an old bar from Rowntree’s called Nutty. I also taste digestive biscuits and there’s a definite hint of seaweed and sea salt. It packs a punch as well as it’s 46.3% ABV
The finish when neat gives a great burn like an “old school nippy” and lasts ages. There’s also that salty residue. When I add water it becomes very mellow with the malt and Sherry to the fore
I’ve gravitated to this expression after discovering the awesome Stiúireadair and it’s as lovely but with subtly different characteristics.
Not a typical Islay as it’s peat free but a fabulous dram. Slàinte mhath 🥃
My go to dram is the Balvenie Caribbean Cask so when a friend posted a bottle of this (online and not actually to me unfortunately!) I was keen to try it.
A portion of this dram was finished in barrels which previously held Caribbean rum so the nose is all toffee, fruit and vanilla. I get lots of red apples in particular with overtones of banana fritters
Neat, the palate has loads of toffee with vanilla and summer fruits but when you add water it’s not as punchy as I’d hoped
The finish isn’t particularly long and is a bit “thinner” than Balvenie but it’s a nice enough dram which I’d be happy to drink anytime.
Not as much character (or age) as the Balvenie nor does it coat your mouth, but it’s pleasant enough without being outstanding
The nose offers toffee, honey, brown sugar, Terry’s chocolate orange and sweetie bananas. It’s been finished in Reserva barrels that previously held rum so those notes are unsurprising but very warm, sweet and welcoming
The initial taste has a real kick and is spicy. Neat I get vanilla and toffee but when I add water the palate manifests many more notes including spicy ginger, dark chocolate and overtones of Christmas cake
The finish is a joy. It lingers long and has a taste of orange marmalade and a hint of lime
This is a special dram which is definitely worth the investment and makes you realise that every day is special in some way!