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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Smokehead – 43%

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NOSE: 18

Herbal peat, strong iodine and campfires.

PALATE: 22

Slight sweetness with heaps more peat and iodine with oil and brine.

FINISH: 26

A long rounded finish with gentle warmth and the peat vapours carrying on forever.

PERSONAL: 6

A lively but slightly unrefined peat monster – but then who wants delicate when it comes to peat?

Baby Ardbeg in a bottle and an absolute steal at the price (RRP £38.99 but can readily be found for just North of £30.00).

I’ve also heard rumours, several times in fact, that this is actually a 7 year old Ardbeg, but they’d never admit it. If that was the case then the value for money just gets even better.

 

TOTAL SCORE: 72


 

Whisky Bristol Underground 2017

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt – 43%

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NOSE: 24

Smoky wood and caramel with some spirit overtones.

Quite closed initially, not giving a lot away except for some sweetness and a little oak but as it sits in the glass for 5-10 mins the smoke really comes through and the oak notes soften.

Before being given chance to breathe I noted a possible slight hint of tropical fruit, pineapple perhaps?

PALATE: 22

Sweetness dies back and allows some of the lighter fruitier notes to shine through.

Oak is still there with vanilla beginning to rise up but the smoke still whirls and some tobacco-ey notes pop up.

When the smoke grabs you it’s very reminiscent of Pure Malt Black.

A little spice showing through, cinnamon predominantly and maybe a little coffee.

FINISH: 21

Medium length drying finish.

Caramel sweetness raises its head again, albeit briefly, and the tobacco notes ride with you through to the end.

Little to no heat/fire.

PERSONAL: 6

Despite being rather underwhelmed with this dram to start with I gave it some time to breathe and it became a much richer, deeper experience. That said, from the online reviews and my love for the rest of Nikka’s range, I was expecting a lot more.

It’s definitely enjoyable but nowhere near the best that Nikka put out; a little simple on the nose and, to me at least, not rich a rich enough flavour profile on the palate.

Texture is pleasant, as are the individual elements, I was just hoping for more.

For a richer but similar collection of flavours I think I’ll stick with the FTB or Pure Malt Black.

TOTAL SCORE: 73


 

Bottom of the Barrel #4: Strathisla 12 Year Old

Okay, I’ll start with the apologies – time has gotten away from me over the last month or two.
I started a new job in May, but that’s no excuse (within the alcoholic drinks industry no-less; more brewing than distilling for now, but it’s a step in the right direction).
I’ve slapped myself on the wrist and aim to do better in coming months – either that or rethink the monthly nature of these posts and maybe head down the every other month route.

Anyway, on to the task at hand…

Strathisla 12 Year Old is this month’s selection for BotB.

A fantastic, sherried dram that almost evokes more typically Highland qualities than those of Speyside, not unlike Glenfarclas’ output. Continue reading Bottom of the Barrel #4: Strathisla 12 Year Old

Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old – 43%

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NOSE: 23
Big sweet, fruitful sherry nose.
A little nutty note shines through with a trace hint of spices and rich fruit.

PALATE: 20
Less sherry than expected.
Some dry leathery notes present along with the nuttiness from earlier.
No sign of the fruitiness that was promised though.
FINISH: 22
Sherry re-emerges on the finish, but it’s all over rather quickly.
That christmas-cake fruitiness makes an appearance again and takes over from the dry leather of the palate.
Little to no fire carrying through.

PERSONAL: 6
Fair dram that comes up a little flat for what the nose hints at.
The mouth-feel is little thin, but not offensively so.
Perfectly drinkable and one of the more enjoyable Glenmorangie expressions of recent years.

TOTAL SCORE: 70 Continue reading Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old – 43%

Inchgower 2002 (13 Year old) – 46% – Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice

Inchgower 2002


NOSE: 25
Next to no trace of any sort of spirit or fire.
Sherry, butter and faint demerara notes all obvious.
Hints of baked apples begin to make themselves known.
PALATE: 23
Sweet but restrained sherry influence appears straight away with the baked apples from the nose pulling through, but the demerara dying back.
Slight nuttiness hits the back of the throat, pecans maybe.
Mediocre mouth feel; not thin yet not thick.
FINISH: 20
Medium, gentle finish with resurgent butter.
Traces of nuttiness and demerara still present.
PERSONAL: 7
A very light, pleasurable dram – reminiscent of apple crumble after a Sunday roast.
Very easy to drink and inoffensive.
Would be interesting to taste with a slightly higher ABV to see if the finish develops a little more.
All in all a sweet, soft dram that I challenge anyone to dislike.

TOTAL SCORE: 75 Continue reading Inchgower 2002 (13 Year old) – 46% – Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice