OK hands up how many distilleries can you name in Switzerland? No looking in the Malt Whisky Yearbook..... Well if, like me, you'd be hard pressed to name one never mind the twenty or so that are actually there here's a clue - it's also the name of a brewery! Still no idea?
I was really excited to be invited to take part in a JJ Corry @WhiskeyGate@TweetTastings but unfortunately the parcel office at Shannon Airport decided they wanted to take part in my place so my parcel didn't arrive. I later found out that a few others had suffered the same fate or had received damaged parcels. The great people at JJ Corry sent replacements and I arranged a 2nd chance tasting for us all.
For this 'side by side' blog I've picked 2 NAS drams from the @Bunnahabhain current range and one that's recently been discomtinued. I'm sure we all know (and love) the entry level 12yo, the 18yo and the 25yo but these drams fit somewhere in between.
A chance chat with @Pop_Noir and a sample swap delivered me a little piece of Australian history courtesy of Cadenheads. At first I thought "Nice - this will be from one of those new Australian distilleries that are popping up, I've tried a few Starwards, I wonder what this is like?"
When I started to look into the history of Cradle Mountain the story got a little interesting!
OK I admit it I'm a bit of a @LochLomondMalts fanboy, in fact I've tried more whiskies from this distillery than any other! Imagine the level of excitement in our house when Steve @TheWhiskyWire announced they were going to be the next @TweetTastings and then when I received a little note saying I had a place!
A lovely parcel arrived in plenty of time for the tasting allowing us grateful recipients to take loads of photos and ramp up the publicity. Last year Loch Lomond agreed a five year deal to sponsor golf's Open Championship in the UK, and released a number of new bottles under their #SpiritOfTheOpen campaign. This year they've added a few more which we were going to try for the tasting.
A couple of lovely drams for this side by side, a pair of @GlenScotiaMalts single casks.
Glen Scotia is one of the smallest Scotch whisky distilleries in Scotland and still maintains much of its original design, including the fermenters, the stillroom and the dunnage warehouse dating from the 1830s.
When @TheWhiskyWire announced an @AerstoneWhisky@TweetTastings I didn't bother applying - not because I didn't fancy trying the whiskies but because I had full size bottles of each already! I'll start this review by saying if you haven't - go and get a pair - they are currently Tesco exclusive and normally retail at £30 each but you can regularly get them on offer for £20.
There are two 10yo drams from Aerstone named simply Sea Cask and Land Cask. The packaging is really nice with wrap-around pictures joining across the boxes showing the sea and land.
A number of new distilleries have come on stream over the last few years - some with lots of publicity and some with hardly any. I've talked about some of them in my Newer Distilleries series, the latest of which talked about Kingsbarns. Well today I'm going to compare the standard 3 year old releases of two of them Kingsbarns and Cotswolds.
So this time the #MiniTasting gang received an interesting surprise in the post from @WhiskynStuff: a pair of unnamed drams and a blue Glencairn tasting glass! @ScotchB78 & @jwbassman_ and myself were in for a true blind tasting!
Series 5 of #BlindTasting has recently finished and as usual I'll post a summary. This ended up being our longest series due to Christmas and pressures of work - it extended over 4 months!
This one, like all the rest, has brought up a few surprised with the five of us trying to identify 15 mystery drams through smell and taste, having #NoPreconceivedIdeas to sway our opinions.
An interesting combination in our latest #MiniTasting, a pair of drams which may owe a lot of their heritage to Loch Lomond Group! Drams from @ScotchB78 & @WhiskynStuff for @jwbassman_ and myself to try!
I'm sure you've read my recent #FanBoy post about Bain's launching a 15yo Single Grain, the 'standard' NAS dram bring one of my favourites. Well a recent visit from the postman delivered an unexpected surprise!
Three large samples of @BainsWhisky 15yo Single Grain, @ThreeShipsSA 8yo and 10yo. A few tweets and I found out a few lucky whisky tweeters had received a similar parcel from @TheWhiskyMaker, so there was nothing else for it but to share out the samples and arrange a tasting!
We finally got around to completing Series 5, the team have swapped more drams and tonight we need to try and work out what they are, but more importantly tell us what we think of them without knowing where they are from. #NoPreconceivedIdeas! If you haven't followed us before you can catch up with all the previous series here.
I first came across the Australian Starward whisky a couple of years ago through a drample swap with Adam the @WhiskyPilgrim, I think he'd picked up a bottle from a trip to Australia. Since then I've tried a couple of their drams including the Solera which is matured in 40+ year old Apera casks - an Australian take on Spanish sherry.
In 2017 the distillery celebrated its 10th anniversary and released a commemorative whisky the 10th Anniversary Bottling a 52% NAS release. This was a vatting of 28 barrels of 8 different types of Australian wine and fortified wine casks from across their 10 year history.
In the build up to St. Patrick's Day I'm reviewing Irish drams, this time it's two finished in Rum casks, the @TullamoreDEW XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish and @WalshWhiskey The Irishman Founder’s Reserve - Caribbean Cask Finish.