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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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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

Bottom of the Barrel #3: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Nestled in the North-Eastern corner of the island, just down the road from Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain is unique in the fact that it is the only Islay distillery whose core range of whiskys are completely unpeated.

There is of course the Toiteach (Gaelic for smoky) expression which is heavily peated and limited releases, Moine (Gaelic for peat) and Ceobanach (Gaelic for smoky mist), but these are really exceptions to the rule.

Gaelic for foot of the river and pronounced Bunna-harven; something I learnt the hard way a few years ago in a Fort William basement bar to an audience of disgusted locals. Continue reading Bottom of the Barrel #3: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Bottom of the Barrel #1: Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish

Welcome to the first instalment of my new monthly column, Bottom of the Barrel.

The aim of this feature is to highlight and review a new whisky each month that is on the market at a very low price-point.

Specifically below, a soft, £30.00.

I started taking an interest in more reasonably priced (aka cheap) whiskies when I started getting more into it a year or two ago. I wanted to be able to sit down after a long day at work and have a few drams, but found that I’d be reluctant to, given, that would mean digging into one of the 2 or 3 bottles I owned at the time, which were all £80+.

This is where my quest for a low-cost, “everyday” dram arose.

I’ll be doing my reviews after spending a month living with each bottle (70cl), so hopefully I get a truer measure of what it’s like to actually live with each of these whiskies.

Over time I’ll close in on my elusive quarry and enjoy a good glass or two along the way.

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