Whether it be job interview feedback, parents’ evenings at school or honest conversations with friends, there’s a process which is known as ‘the shit sandwich’. Last Saturday’s (25.11.17) Whisky Lounge Birmingham festival left a shitty taste in my mouth (which had nothing to do with the whisky…), so it’s only appropriate that this process is applied in this review; because there were some positives to take from the evening session, which I can use to make the shit layer a little more palatable. So, let’s kick off with some of the amazing whisky I got to try: Continue reading Whisky Lounge Birmingham – the drunken uncle at the wedding.
See Tom’s full write-up of the Whisky Exchange Show for more. Continue reading TOP 4 DRAMS – The Whisky Show @ Old Billingsgate, London – 02.10.17
We are at an impasse. Literally. The train doors will not open. Pressing the shiny green button is entirely futile, the doors remain firmly closed. Half of our train will soon be speeding towards sunny Wolverhampton. The other half will remain fixed in Milton Keynes. We are currently located in the half that is a train to no-where. No-one wants to remain fixed in Milton Keynes. Being a seasoned train traveler I know for a fact that if the button doesn’t work it’s a simple matter to pull the doors open. They’re designed for this. In fact, there may even be a sticker on the doors advising you to do so. I try to gently encourage my friend to push on, lest we be left behind in Milton Keynes. “Fear not fellow traveler, these doors are designed to open with the merest of pulls, we shall soon be merrily on our way down the carriage”. That is what I say in my head. What comes out is nearer “lloooooookkkkk, jusssssssssss force the faaaaaaaking thinnnnng”. Robin is not convinced. He decides we need instead to exit the train, and re-enter further down. Cue a trainspotting style dash down the platform, only very slowly, and very wobbly. To think, just a few hours earlier I’d been on a different train full of such excitement…
So it’s been and gone; DBC’s first whisky festival, from the other side of the table is over.
And with all modesty, it was a roaring success.
Tom and I caught the train down from Wolverhampton and after hitting delays at New Street, diversions via Newport we finally arrived at Bristol Temple Meads, burdened with around a dozen bottles of whisky.
The Loco Klub, was just around the corner and on entry we were completely in awe.
The atmosphere was amazing, perfect for the event. The venue was expansive yet intimate, if that’s possible; kind of labyrinthine in layout with more whisky waiting round every turn and in every alcove.
We met up with Rob B and promptly switched into our fancy new DBC shirts (Represent yo!), set out our bottles and gave ourselves a bit of Dutch(Scotch?) courage with a drop of Springbank 20 year old (1st fill sherry cask) that Tom had brought along, before sampling a drop of the Claxton’s bottles each to be 100% confident we had a good grip on what we were presenting.
We braced ourselves for the first festival-goers. Continue reading Whisky Bristol Underground 2017
So, today we start our (belated) look at the wonderful products we were fortunate enough to present on our stand. The first of which is the only non-whisky product we served up on the day, an awesome gin from independent whisky bottler Gleann Mor.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Dead Bottle Collective are extremely pleased to announce that we have been invited to run the ‘Bloggers Choice’ stand at this years Whisky Bristol Underground.
After graciously accepting this offer, we have managed to source a stellar line-up for festival-goers to sample, marvel at and fall in love with:
- We will have Scottish stalwarts, Glenfarclas’ legendary cask strength offering, 105, available to try – one dram every whisky drinker should be well acquainted with.
- Our next distillery is one you may not have tried before.
After sampling a measure or two of their Pinot Noir finished expression, we made sure to make contact with Hellyers Road Distillery, of Tasmania, who will have 3 of their brilliant drams on show, for you to try.
- Islay farm distillery, Kilchoman, have linked up with us in order to bring their Sanaig expression to the festival.
Matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, to offer a fantastic twist on the traditional Islay peated malt.
- To throw a true curve-ball at you, we will have 2 cask aged gins from Firkin Gins available to try, either neat, or with a splash of something else.
We will be announcing more brands in the coming days and weeks, as we continue to work to give the attendees of Whisky Bristol Underground the best drams possible.
See our Whisky Bristol Underground page for further information.