WHISKEY CHAPS BLIND TASTING #14 10-02-22

whisky tasting

This was our fourteenth Whiskey Chaps blind tasting, in which @newdramrising (there is a link to follow Damian on Twitter at the bottom of the page) became our fourteenth volunteer to send us three blind whisk(e)y samples to nose and taste, and to see if we could guess anything about each of them, in return we send samples back.


Blind dram #1

Appearance

Light gold in colour, damp straw like, syrupy thick swirl line and legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

I don’t think I’ve had this before, it’s… different I’m thinking. Lowish abv, dusty, faint tropical aromas, white pepper, cereals, gin like with botanicals, slightly floral? Quite light on the nose. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

The palate offers more, nice and warming with a nice mouthfeel. Tropical fruits and sweet lemon, guava, like a fizzy drink. Weetabix, apricot crown pastries, cinnamon and ginger slowly arriving, it’s a grower that’s for sure. #TheWhiskeyChaps

Finish

The finish is medium long, a mix of sweetness and bitterness by this point, there’s tropical fruits but now they’re joined by cocoa powder, espresso, black liquorice, char, cigar leaves and cloves. #thewhiskeychaps

And blind dram #1 is

My thoughts

It’s been a good while since iv’e tried anything from Dalwhinnie, not because i don’t like it, i’m just trying to taste something from everyone else, tough job (he giggles). I hadn’t tasted this one before, i knew i hadn’t, but it is a very nice dram. I’m sure the couple i’d tasted previously weren’t as high in ABV as this bottling, and that definitely has some impact on the experience, i’d happily have a bottle tbh. There was no searching for aromas and flavours, they are readily available, and i’m so pleased i got to taste it.


Blind dram #2

Appearance

This is more of a mid gold colour, medium thick swirl like that beads up straight away, and slow thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

This is higher ABV for me, and a damp forest walk all day. Evergreen boughs, damp earth, overt toasted tea cakes, a little nutty, oily, and wood varnish #TheWhiskeyChaps

Palate

Nice mouthfeel again, and spicy. Chest warming with darker fruits, more mince pie filling for me, or Xmas pudding with lots of Sherry in it. Figs, dates, black pepper, cumin and cinnamon, cigar leaves, ponefract cakes, brown sugar, molasses #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Quite long for me, chillis, raisins, blood oranges, more cigar leaves, some dunnage, and yet red berries hang around. #thewhiskeychaps

And blind dram #2 is

My thoughts

Iv’e tasted a few Glen Ord whiskies now, all have been Ex-Bourbon casks, and i have to say that iv’e rather enjoyed them. I will say that the experience can vary though, for me the lower abv bottlings are quite easy going, flavourful but quite light. Cask strength bottlings are a totally different event, with loads of spices, a big palate in general, i hope to try more i the future, and i’d love a bottle of this one.


Blind dram #3

Appearance

Back to light gold again, again nice thick swirl line with thick legs and teardrops. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

WOW, lots of fruity peat for me, standing close to an outdoor bbq fire, cooked meats and lots of fruit sweetness. Red berries, not overly medicinal, and just got a whiff of cap gun caps? Perhaps a touch of germoline now but no tcp. #thewhiskeychaps

Palate

Man this is good, lots of peat, mixed with a real fruit laden platter. Red berries, tropical fruits, then white pepper, it must be up close to 60% abv, reminding me again of Port Charlotte with the fruit. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Long finish, so much peat and fruit still for me, I’m going Bruichladdich in one form or another, cask strength too. My mouth is anaesthetised. #TheWhiskeyChaps

And blind dram #3 is

My thoughts

We both felt this was an Islay dram, and for me specifically Bruichladdich, the Port Charlotte’s and Octomore’s i have tasted so far both have high levels of peat and lashings of fruit sweetness too, which i love to be honest. I know these bottles are going up in price, which is a nuisance, but it is what it is it seems, and i would make a budget exception now and then to try and get a bottle from either range, just delicious whiskies in my humble opinion.


Overall tasting thoughts

Well another banger of a tasting, Damian picked three super drams, and iv’e got to say i thoroughly enjoyed all three of them 🥰


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