All posts by Rob W

Picaresque bon vivant living for the simple things in life: a fine drop of whisky, a roaring fire, dark nights and good company. My whisky ratings are out of 100 unless otherwise stated.

Whisky Bristol Underground: Claxton’s Spirits

So, this is definitely the last brand we will be announcing for Whisky Bristol Underground.

We are extremely pleased to announce that Claxton’s Spirits have been in touch and suggested dropping a couple of bottles over to us for Bristol; who are we to say no?

On our table-top, alongside our other delicious wares, you will find a ridiculously good Glen Elgin 20 Year Old (only 294 bottles produced) and a huge Ledaig 9 Year Old (only 334 bottles produced).

Claxton’s bottles always impress and we’re certain these two will blow Bristol away!

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Whisky Bristol Underground: Paul John

So, looks like the dram announcements haven’t finished yet!

Come one, come all, to the DBC stand on Saturday, at Whisky Bristol Underground, where we you will now be able to find 2 fantastic whiskies from Indian distillers, Paul John.

We will have both Brilliance and Bold expressions available to sample.

Brilliance is the smooth, bourbon cask matured core expression of the Paul John range, while Bold is a fully peated dram with in your face smoke and peppery notes to get those tastebuds tingling.

 

 

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Hellyers Road Slightly Peated – 46.2%

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NOSE: 20

Slight wisps of smoke with peat notes developing.
Orangey citrus notes make a very gentle appearance.

PALATE: 23

Soft, and very delicate peat kick off the palate underpinned by a smooth sweetness not usually found in peated malts.
Hints of vanilla are obvious along with possibly ginger notes.
Complex and quite difficult to decipher.

FINISH: 18

A long lingering finish with the peat softly surging forward to take on more of an active role.
Soft and sweet, with creamy cereal notes showing and vanilla rising up in a crescendo.

PERSONAL: 7

A unique peated expression which at times you would have to re-read the label to know was peated.
Very pleasant and enjoyable.
The combination of the soft creamy vanilla and the extremely gentle peat make for an interesting combination.
I would have enjoyed the orange/citrus notes making an appearance on the palate or finish but the dram as it stands is enough to enjoy.
Not a huge mouth feel, quite light, like it’s peat.

TOTAL SCORE: 68


Available from:

La Maison Du Whisky

 

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish – 46.2%

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NOSE: 17

Very faint redcurrant aromas present initially with a hint of vanilla.
A remarkably soft and restrained nose with no spirit to speak of.
Not enough to really get a true idea of what the dram is about.

PALATE: 24

Immediately, and quite surprisingly, pepper notes make themselves known, yet, at the same time, big, bold and fruity flavours come forth.
The pepper notes drop off as quickly as they appeared, allowing the whole dram to open up completely.
Blackberries rise up to feature prominently and seem to offer a velvety quality to the mouth feel.
Very gentle, not fiery in the slightest.

FINISH: 21

A very gentle, finish with, again, no fire whatsoever.
A soft fruitiness carries right through.

PERSONAL: 8

A gentle and rounded dram with some big fruity flavours.
Lovely waves of dark summer berries are the predominant flavour and run from start to finish
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A decent amount of complexity to keep things interesting.
Not too much bulk in the mouth feel, quite thin.
Way too easy to drink.

TOTAL SCORE: 70


Available from:

The Whisky Exchange
La Maison Du Whisky

 

Hellyers Road Original Roaring Forty – 40.0%

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In the first of our dram previews ahead of Whisky Bristol Underground we have the first of 3 bottles that we will be presenting which originate from the island of Tasmania’s Hellyers Road Distillery.


NOSE: 21

Bold, fruity and sweet, to the point of tasting sherried.
Notes of white grapes, lemons and definitely ripe pears rising up.
The level of spirit tones hint that this could be a fiery one. 

PALATE: 21

Oak and vanilla are immediately obvious.
Much softer than the expectation the nose produces.
The citrus and white grape notes from earlier are still there but the huge levels of sweetness back off to allow the dram to open up.

FINISH: 19

Quite a short finish, that stings the cheeks a little.
Vanilla is by far and away the dominant flavour that comes through, lasting until the close.

PERSONAL: 6 

A very good, light, everyday dram – but with plenty of character.
Sweet on the palate with a heavy presence of the
American Oak.
Quite a thick mouth feel for only being 40% ABV with enough substance to it to make it interesting while remaining extremely quaffable.
The sort of dram I’d drink at a summer garden party while everyone else drank white wine.

TOTAL SCORE: 67


Available from:

Amazon
Master of Malt
The Whisky Exchange
La Maison Du Whisky

 

Whisky Bristol Underground: Win A Bottle of Glendronach 12 Year Old

So, we thought to ourselves, it’s the week of what is set to be an amazing whisky festival, how can it possibly be any better…

Oh yeah, free whisky!

Head down to the DBC stand, this Saturday, at Whisky Bristol Underground for your chance to win a bottle of Glendronach 12 Year Old.

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Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength (2017) – 56.5%

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NOSE: 26

Luscious and opulent.
Unadulterated molten fudge and toffee with notes of fortified wine.

PALATE: 25

Huge sherry hit straight away with quite a viscous, chewable mouth-feel.
The toffee from the nose is still there but in a much smaller, more refined quantity that allows the stewed fruit flavours to burst through.
Raisin and christmas cake flavours take centre stage while being underpinned by some very light woody notes.

FINISH: 22

Not quite as long as I would like but all of the flavours from the palate carry through; predominantly the fruity notes.
Some heat is present but not enough to hint at the above 55% ABV.

PERSONAL: 9 

An absolutely stunning bottle of whisky.
Not having ever really understood the hype Springbank recieve I have to admit that this bottle has completely blown me away.
Rich sherried fruits are the focal point and thankfully there is enough ABV to really allow them room to shine in full force.
I can think of little to improve such a dram except perhaps a slightly longer, richer finish with a little more complexity to it, but otherwise, all I could ask for is more of the same.

TOTAL SCORE: 82


 

Bottom of the Barrel #5: Ardmore Legacy

Ardmore Legacy is very lightly peated, at 12-14ppm, but even that was too much for my Dad’s dedicated middle-of-the road palate.

My Dad is not a big whisky drinker.
He tends to stick to Chivas Regal 12, Glenlivet 12 and Aberlour 12; which is fair enough.
I’ve “forced” him to try almost all of the bottles I’ve opened in recent years, in an attempt to broaden his horizons.
He likes sherried whiskies, but not too sherried.
He likes sweet Virgin Oak whiskies, but not too sweet.
He does not like cask strength offerings and he definitely does not like peat.
Which is why I was more than happy to accept the offer to “Drink this, will you?” when he had been given a bottle of Ardmore Legacy as a gift.

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Murray McDavid Tasting @ The Wellington, Birmingham – 14.07.17

FULL TASTING NOTES AT END.

Have you ever had a room of 20 or so, slightly inebriated whisky-heads sing happy birthday to you?

No, I don’t suppose you have, but that’s what happened to me when I attended the Murray McDavid tasting that Birmingham Whisky Club had very kindly organised, coincidentally on my birthday.

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Whisky Bristol Underground: That Boutique-y Whisky Company

After some wrangling and rough-housing we have somehow managed to pry 2 epic drams from the hands of That Boutique-y Whisky Company to present at Whisky Bristol Underground!

Joining the rest of our cracking lineup, we are overjoyed to announce that you will be able to sample both a 15 year old Bruichladdich and an Invergordon that clocks in at a whopping 42 years old!

These are both drams not to be missed and with demand expected to be through the roof get over to us sooner rather than later!

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