Drinks by the Dram’s 2017 Advent Calendar selection
Now in it’s 6th year, the Drinks by the Dram 2017 Advent Calendar selection has expanded to include even more goodies than ever before… now’s the time to grab yourself a booze filled Festive calendar before December hits!
Classic favourites are back including Whisky, Gin and Rum calendars, and are now joined by exciting new additions, including a Calendar packed with whiskies from renowned independent bottler Douglas Laing, and another filled to the brim with incredible gins from the world’s best distillers, bottled by That Boutique-y Gin Company.
Whisky Mag’s Battle of the Blends
in association with Master of Malt
So, Dave ‘The Rummager’ Broom and Neil ‘Copper Dog’ Ridley have been set a challenge by the Whisky Mag along with Master of Malt… which of the two can produce the best blend… and it’s now time for selected
blaggers judges to compare, contrast and submit their favourites. Want more info on the fight? Head to Master of Malt’s blog here.
As regular readers of my blog may have noticed I’ve run a small selection of blend reviews over the last few posts, so this seems a great way to finish that round up.
Annnd it’s on to my thoughts…
Back in May Maverick Drinks announced the launch of Darkness! – ‘a range of exceedingly dark single malt and single grain whiskies with an enormously punchy, unashamedly brazen character’.
I take a look at five of them below, but before I do, here’s a little more info…
These so-called “sherry monsters” are sourced from Scotland’s top distilleries and are gloriously dark in colour thanks to the use of small, specially crafted sherry casks for finishing. The range is the first of its kind.
The World’s First Educational Range of Whisky Just Got Bigger
So, last month saw Maverick Drinks update their Reference Series with 9 of the latest additions. There’s a quick review of four of those releases below, but first let’s look at the official PR blurb…
Maverick Drinks is proud to announce the release of 9 additions to the world’s first educational whisky range, Reference Series. The range of blended malt whiskies was first launched earlier this year, and showcases the effects of various production techniques and ingredients used to make Scotch.
Reference Series – The First Educational Whisky
There’s a new funky experiment in town. I say new, it’s been out for a wee while, but I’m catching up, and for those that missed the initial announcement then this is a good follow up! It’s from those crazy people at… what… I have no idea which brand to pick… Master Of Malt / Drinks by the Dram / Blended Whisky Company / Maverick Drinks / That Boutique-y Whisky Company / Reference Series. More brands than you can shake a fist at… however you know who I mean I’m sure, basically that Ben chap.
Here’s the PR text which explains probably better than I can… Once you’ve read it, please find my tasting notes of the initial three releases at the bottom! 🙂
Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old – MoM – 46%.
Light straw in colour.
A light vanilla nose with malt and wisps of smoke leading to light summer citrus fruits – this is unpeated (as are most Bunnas).
The abv works well here, a wee bit of a spicy sweet kick. A fairly full oily mouthfeel allowing the sweet summer fruits to come through. The finish is warming, sweet and long with faint smoke wisps returning on the finish.
A great middle aged island dram presented without the usual Islay peat that you’ll most certainly enjoy.
Sample provided by Master Of Malt – £74.95
It doesn’t have to all be about whisky… so for tonight’s review I’d like to introduce:
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Rumbullion! Navy Strength.
By / from Master of Malt…
The official blurb reads as such.. “Rumbullion! Navy Strength is made using a secret recipe with a Caribbean rum at its spicy core. Expect big spicy flavours of cardamom, clove and vanilla in this legendary spiced rum.” For my notes, please read on…