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The Dramble reviews Boutique-y Whisky Langatun Batch 3 5 year old

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.4

Posted 05 December 2020

Boutique-y Langatun bottles come festooned with an antique looking map showing the cross-continent / cross-country journey that the casks utilised have taken. Commencing in the US for some American white oak, moving across the Atlantic to Spain and then onward to Switzerland where the casks are filled with Langatun’s spirit. Finally, they reach the UK and Boutique-y's parental - Atom Brands.

Other Tastings

The Dramble reviews Boutique-y Whisky James E. Pepper Oloroso Cask Finish

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.3

Posted 04 December 2020

We all have our favourite bottlers. And we select our whisky darlings based upon our perceived views of the qualities of their ranges and an overall sense of the appeal of their offering. Price is of course important – and particularly the relationship between price and professed quality – but it’s not the only influence. Favoured distilleries always have an allure and bottlers who regularly obtain liquid from these well-supported sites will always attract an audience. Similarly, brand and design do matter – and whilst some might wish for poorer packaging as a sop to lowered prices, these are but a few lonesome voices screaming into a much wider void. But when looking at That Boutique-y Whisky Company, for me, it’s not the immediately recognisable labels that hold the highest appeal, nor the overall quality level – it’s the sheer variation of styles that can be found within the bottler’s selection.

The Dramble reviews that Boutique-y Whisky Company Macduff 10 year old Batch 10

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.2

Posted 03 December 2020

When I look over The Dramble annuls (now 1,136 reviews strong) there are a range of distilleries who have been under our spotlight more often than others. Musings and reviews on Bunnahabhain, Tobermory (largely Ledaig focussed) and Laphroaig account for a shy under 10% of our total review coverage. And that’s likely a fair reflection of my drinking preferences, as well as the concentration of the samples that have been provided to me for writing about. But these numbers are also a (rough) reflection of the output of distilleries that manifest themselves into current day OBs and IBs.  

The Dramble reviews Boutique-y Whisky Speyside #2 25 year old

Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2020 - Door No.1

Posted 02 December 2020

And we’re off. For the next 24 days we’ll be presenting you with quick fire reviews of each and every dram contained in the 2020 Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar. We’ll be posting a day in arrears - to give us time to sample and write our notes, and of course, to not spoil the surprise for those of you who open your doors a little later in the day.

Practice swing

Posted 30 November 2020

With December on the doorstep, it’s almost time for The Dramble to transition to what has, over the years, become a tradition - a month of seven-day-a week, daily postings <deep breath>. It’s no easy feat trying to find (make) the time to write each and every day (and I doth my cap to all those who do). Whilst longer-form writing requires considerably more research and input per piece posted, daily postings comes with a different rhythm – and a different pressure. And as we sit here on the cusp of the final month of 2020, it’s honestly feeling a little alien.

The Dramble reviews The Whisky Exchange Black Friday 2020 Edition

The power

Posted 27 November 2020

In no real surprise to anyone, this year’s Black Friday looks a lot more like a Cyber Monday amid COVID. More toilet paper or another discounted TV? Tough call. And as such, throughout the wider world of retail, what was previously a short pre-Christmas fire sale has morphed into near month-long series of mini promos. But whilst one never expects snaking cues and stampedes for whisky (except when one does), chase-y online bottle sales have been part and parcel of the whisky world for some time. Indeed, they seem now to be an almost daily occurrence. And to my mind the events of this year have both heightened and exacerbated this phenomenon.

The Dramble reviews Dingle Fourth Single Pot Still Release


Posted 24 November 2020

Whisky outreach is about more than a perfectly remembered buzzy catchphrase accompanied by a well-learnt sales pitch. Whilst there is still a large cohort of ‘by the numbers’ ambassadors and distillery hosts rolling out the company line (which invariable includes tales of the finest quality water), this number is steadily dwindling. As the Internet has become interwoven into the fabric of both our lives and of whisky – outreach has become increasingly undertaken by those who are working within whisky because of their inherent passion for the liquid, its creation and its enjoyment. Engagement has become less about staying on the rails of spoon-fed information and more about helping people explore and enjoy whisky through personal experience. The days of the robotic recital of facts and figures together with an outstretched arm offering a charged glass are a relic of the past.

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