Blind Whisky tasting with Tom Healy

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In this tasting @Tomsdram sent out 3 blind whisky samples to @MCDrammer, @whiskeychap and myself, we had to try and work out what they were. Twitter follow buttons can be found at the bottom of this summary.


Blind Dram #1

Appearance

Deep gold with amber in colour, nice thick swirl line and thick oily legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

Nice ABV, cream soda, pine needles, wood shavings, earthy, smells spicy. Darker fruits with icing sugar, tobacco leaves and dark treacle. #thewhiskeychaps

It’s becoming dusty, old leather, Sherry notes? #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Super mouthfeel, and this seems familiar too. Lovely and spicy, got to be Sherry cask, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black liquorice, black coffee and pepper, with dandelion and burdock. #thewhiskeychaps

I’m going to add strawberries here, a touch of Pepsi max cherry too, and becoming spicier, is this a scotch Tom? #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Quite long, lovely and warming, real chest warming and mouth tingling. Loads of baking spices, 5 spice, alcohol laden Christmas pudding.

My thoughts

Super dram to kick off this blind tasting, lots of Sherry cask aromas and flavours. Very robust and deep, spicy and chest warming, a bottling i’d definitely purchase.

And blind dram #1 is

glengoyne legacy

Blind Dram #2

Appearance

Damp straw in colour, decent swirl line that beads up quickly, with slow medium thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

Another good ABV, foresty this one, with red berries in the background initially. It’s a little dusty, bitter lemon, chippies workshop all day, and cereals too. #thewhiskeychaps

There’s also a perfume note with this one, and some floral notes, royal icing too. Lighter this one, quite easy going. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Spicier than I expected and definitely Smokey, seared pineapple, bitter lemon, ginger again, hot cinnamon kids sweets, scotch again Tom? #thewhiskeychaps

White pepper, dried apricots, grapefruit/pomelo like @MCDrammer said on the nose. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Again quite long and warming, definitely chilli and orange zest, espresso, lovely mouthfeel too. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

After a strong sherry cask dram this one comes across rather gentle on the nose, but the palate makes up for it for me. There’s first fill bourbon cask spiciness here, it’s smokey too. I really enjoyed this one, i do love bourbon cask whiskies, @whiskeychap didn’t really like it so it’s not one for everyone, if you like first fill bourbon spice this could appeal to you.

And blind dram #2 is

high coast hav

Blind Dram #3

Appearance

Deep gold heading into chestnut, nice thick swirl line, and super syrupy thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

Higher ABV this time, lots of wood treatments here, dusty old leather chesterfields, slight menthol note, possibly cask strength I’d say, my nose hairs are history. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Sooooooo much spice, wow, and no sulphur, woooooow. Black tea, Garibaldi biscuits, black liquorice, cask char, raspberries, cranberries, dates, figs, peppercorns, hot cinnamon, lots of oak too. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Very long and again chest warming, spicy and really lingering, and much like the palate, with perhaps a touch of salinity near the top of my tongue, very nice indeed. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

Now this is a right rollocking mouthful of sherry cask goodness, an absolute belter in my humble opinion. It’s lovely and spicy and is very long indeed. I would 100% buy a bottle of this, and it’d be gone far too quickly 😆.

And blind dram #3 is

cotswolds

Overall tasting thoughts

Well Tom managed to spoil us this evening. Great choices for the tasting, that really made me think very hard, and we made some good guesses too concerning abv, cask type, regions and distillery. But best of all we had a good time and enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for sending these out Tom, your a gent 🙏.


Thanks to @Tomsdram for the blind samples, and to @MCDrammer for joining us for the tasting. @MCDrammer is also owner of the Spirit of Birmingham distillery, the best of luck with that, and we’re all looking forward to their whisky in the future 🥃


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Continuing my whisk(e)y and music thing, songs iv’e listened to either during my tasting or review. I hope you enjoy this one.

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