28 Whisky loving folk blind tasting 5 drams, for this session the drams were picked by Callum – @glen_scotia and kate – @kccjf, follow buttons to their Twitter accounts are at the bottom of this summary.
The idea is to blind taste all 5 drams, rate them in order of preference, and reveal the drams after we’ve put them into our orders, so a truly blind tasting. Use #BlindDrams through Tweetdeck to follow along in future or to check out older tasting notes and sessions.
Blind dram #1
Very light gold in colour, white wine ish, swirl line beads up straight away and is quite thick. Legs are slow and syrupy #BlindDrams
Quite sweet initially, I’m thinking honey throat sweets, cream soda, icing sugar, but darkness hangs back waiting to pounce. More time brings wood and wood treatments, linseed oil, and slightly vegetal too.
I’m going with royal icing now, sherbet, but still very cereal/grain like. #BlindDrams
Very refreshing for me, nice mouthfeel, lots of honey and sweet lemon, pineapples and apricots, some ginger, ginger nut biscuits, slowly becoming more spicy now. #BlindDrams
White pepper, cinnamon, nice and warming tbh. Vanilla custard with Apple strudel, I rather like this one. Perhaps 46% ABV. #BlindDrams
Quite long, and becoming more vegetal, and milky coffee, with cinnamon in it. #BlindDrams
This was a very strong start to the evenings tasting, and i really enjoyed this dram. It’s actually the first single cask Glenmoray i think iv’e tried, and i’d definitely buy a bottle, a good steady dram.
And blind dram #1 is
Wick is a wee town in the north east of Scotland with a population of 7,000.— Callum and Kate’s Party (@glen_scotia) August 21, 2021
It is home to @OldPulteneymalt, single casks from which are fairly rare.
Cask #1448 was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2019 at 51.4% by the Whisky Shop, exclusively for its W Club members.
Cost £99 pic.twitter.com/2EwztBKeSU
Blind dram #2
Again very light in colour, white wine ish, a decent thick swirl line with slow medium legs.
Menthol and bacon first off, juniper/conifer, sawdust, pva wood glue, definitely getting bacon, but I’m finding the nose quite closed up atm. #BlindDrams
Really unripe bananas, lemons, and quite a lot of wood. #BlindDrams
The palate is a little thin, there’s definitely smoke here, low ABV, this is unusual, bananas, lemons, some spices but not dark fruit spice. Slightly vegetal, tobacco leaves, herbs too, some cinnamon coming through now. #BlindDrams
I’m so not getting what others are here, I’m finding it light, more spirity, oranges at a push, perhaps cranberries.#BlindDrams
Short to medium in length, lemons, grapefruit/ pomello, char, spirity again for me, I’m not clicking with this one 1-2 at a push #BlindDrams
I have to say i did struggle with this dram. I poured and let it sit for around 40 minutes by the time we got to tasting it, and i largely found spirit not flavour. I did pour another later on and let it sit for over an hour and got a little more from the glass, but not much more. It’s not a bottle i’d buy, but it was good to try it.
And blind dram #2 is
James Eadie was born in 1827 in Blackford, a wee town with a population of 900.— Callum and Kate’s Party (@glen_scotia) August 21, 2021
His Trade Mark X blend was: “a wee drappie… dispensed to a favoured few”.@JEadieWhisky’s dram was recreated from the original ledgers.
Bottled at a decent abv for a blend of 45.6%.
Cost £33 pic.twitter.com/hWQ4e2Uagt
Blind dram #3
Deep gold/ amber mix in colour, swirl line beads up immediately, leaving an overall film on the glass and small teardrops. #BlindDrams. I updated this to thick and syrupy legs.
Lots more here, strawberries, cherries, brown sugar, vegetal, hazelnuts, wood and wood varnish, caramel, decent ABV a I think too. #BlindDrams
Old style glazing putty, the back of a carpenters van, chocolate raisins. #BlindDrams
Nice mouthfeel first of all, oily/buttery, and then a full on spicy bomb for me. Hot cinnamon, ginger root, vanilla pods, pecan pastries, red berries still too, a touch of salinity #BlindDrams,
I like this a lot, hot mince pies with a dusting of caster sugar on top, cigar leaves, leaning towards Black Forest gateaux, warming into the chest, a lovely winters dram #BlindDrams
Long, warming, dark fruits and 5 spice, Christmas in a glass for me, I’d definitely buy one.
Yes more of this please, i thought this was an absolutely cracking dram. Lots of flavour and depth for me. I wouldn’t have guessed it was English whisky to be honest, but i really did enjoy it, i’d definitely buy a bottle.
And blind dram #3 is
Cotswolds Distillery is based in Stourton, population of 159.— Callum and Kate’s Party (@glen_scotia) August 21, 2021
Our fav English distillery, this dram was recommended by @Cotswoldistill owner, Dan Szor.
Ex red wine casks seasoned with Pineau de Charentes, in their Hearts & Crafts collection and bottled at 55.2%.
Cost £75 pic.twitter.com/wcBpTdvZ4X
Blind dram #4
It’s just becoming fruitier for me now, green grapes, then plums, raisins, dark chocolate, it’s a great nose.
WOW! That’s a monster. BBQ bacon, gentle smoke, we’ll married I’d say, blood oranges, perhaps a tough of Germoline here too. Seared pineapple, nectarines, cereals, big ABV, dark chocolate on the back of the palate from smelling.
Full, bold, Rich, yes lots of smoke and some bonfire ash, red berries, germoline like the nose suggested, prunes, Dr Pepper, char, black pepper, anise, black and red liquorice, icing sugar, dates, perhaps a touch of sulphur.
Long, loads of dark fruits, blackcurrants, grapefruit, high cocoa content dark chocolate, perhaps a touch of salinity, char, espresso, turning slightly bitter right at the end.
This is a full on monster of a dram, it’s a whisky riot on the palate to be honest, and in general i really did enjoy it, and it was a privilege to have tasted it as a pre-release. It is a lot of whisky for the money, but as to whether i’d buy one i’m not sure, i’d have to visit it again.
And blind dram #4 is
Clachan on Raasay has as many folk as this group – and is home to Isle of Raasay distillery.@RaasayWhisky is a star in the new breed of distilleries and has transformed the island.— Callum and Kate’s Party (@glen_scotia) August 21, 2021
This is the first in their Na Sia SC series, peated ex-Bordeaux.
288 bottles at 59.5%.
Cost £75 pic.twitter.com/CINsDWwUrq
Blind dram #5
Deep gold in colour, medium thick swirl line, beads up straight away with slow medium thick legs.
Another WOW here, Plasticine, black cherries, a touch of menthol, big ABV, caramel, dark plums, interestingly a touch of menthol, royal icing, pontefract cakes, liquorice torpedoes, slightly dusty, red apple skins.
There’s also a perfume note and rose water, Parma violets, quite floral in general.
Super mouthfeel, Rich, spicy, warming, chest clearing, 5 spice, baking spices, Xmas fruit cake with iced top, dates, prunes, a touch of cloves, dark chocolate, anise, nutmeg, wood shavings, perhaps smoke but the fruit is so strong.
Black peppercorns, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon swirl pastry, mocha, raisins, so much depth for me, love it.
Long, so spicy warming, takes my breathe away tbh with the ABV. Grapefruit, espresso, cranberries, a touch of drying, char, black peppercorns still, pomello, almost molasses, dark rum like, very nice indeed.
Now, this was my winner from the evening, but i have to say that it did have pts awarded from 0 to 5. For me it’s a stonking good Oloroso cask whisky, so bold, so deep, so spicy, as a sherry cask whisky it’s one of the best iv’e tasted, but not all agreed. I’d definitely buy a bottle, and i know i’d thoroughly enjoy every drop.
And blind dram #5 is
Bunnahabhain is the tiniest of wee towns, with a usual population of 2.@Bunnahabhain was a lockdown go-to for us.— Callum and Kate’s Party (@glen_scotia) August 21, 2021
SMWS 10.215 Sunset Over Loch Indaal is a 13yo “Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits” profile, finished in ex Oloroso.
168 bottles at 59.3%
Cost £79 pic.twitter.com/eNQFiMSA5m
Overall tasting thoughts
Another superb Blind Tasting Consortium session with a super spread of drams, it’s been a privilege to try them all, a cracking evenings entertainment.
Thanks to – Callum and Kate for the samples, party pack and images 🙏.
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Now for something completely different
Continuing my whisk(e)y and music thing, songs iv’e listened to either during tasting or review. I hope you enjoy this one.