Tastings

The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Allt-a-Bhainne 22 year old Batch 3

Allt-a-Bhainne 22 year old Batch 3

Posted 16 December 2017 / In Allt-a-Bhainne
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Allt-a-Bhainne 22 year old Batch 3

Door number 15 offers us the slightly uncommon sight of Allt-a-Bhainne in the form of Boutique-y’s 22yo, no onto batch 3. Bottled at exactly 49% and with a label with lots of cows and a river of milk. It’s all in the name I guess.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bunnahabhain 35 year old Batch 4

Bunnahabhain 35 year old Batch 4

Posted 15 December 2017 / In Bunnahabhain
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bunnahabhain 35 year old Batch 4

Master of Malt really are wonderful chaps – my Bunnahabhain was sadly missing in action from the Boutique-y Advent calendar (accidentally replaced with a duplicate of Saturday’s upcoming dram). A short conversation later, and here it is first thing this morning ready for tasting – thanks guys! This is the oldest Bunna from Boutique-y so far, coming in at 35 years of age – seemingly it wouldn’t have lasted too much longer in the cask as the ABV is right on the cusp at 40.2%.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glen Ord 20 year old Batch 1

Glen Ord 20 year old Batch 1

Posted 14 December 2017 / In Glen Ord
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glen Ord 20 year old Batch 1

Boutique-y offer us their first foray into Diageo’s Highland powerhouse Glen Ord for door number 13. It’s presently unreleased (so watch out in early 2018) and bottled at 51.9% ABV.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Ledaig 18 year old Batch 3

Ledaig 18 year old Batch 3

Posted 13 December 2017 / In Tobermory
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Ledaig 18 year old Batch 3

We’re at the mid-way point in the Boutique-y Advent Calendar and today’s offering is an 18 year old Ledaig. Bottled at 51.7% and showing off the heavily peated side of Mull-based distillery Tobermory.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Cambus 24 year old Batch 2

Cambus 24 year old Batch 2

Posted 12 December 2017 / In Cambus
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Cambus 24 year old Batch 2

The label on this nicely aged Cambus seems pretty appropriate right now – the iron foot bridge near to the distillery all covered in snow. Boutique-y have Batch 2 of their 24 year old Cambus waiting behind door number 11 in their 2017 Advent Calendar. Let’s try to warm ourselves up a bit…


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 35 year old Batch 3

Blended Whisky No.1 35 year old Batch 3

Posted 11 December 2017 / In Blend
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 35 year old Batch 3

Boutique-y have a well-aged blend for us behind door number 10 in their 2017 Advent calendar in the form of their Blended Whisky #1 35 year old Batch 3. Bottled at 46.5% this one sold out in no time at all.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glentauchers 17 year old Batch 2

Glentauchers 17 year old Batch 2

Posted 10 December 2017 / In Glentauchers
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glentauchers 17 year old Batch 2

Door number 9 delivers us a Boutique-y Glentauchers. Released around April 2016 it was amount the first bottlings released by Boutique-y that displayed an age-statement – a decision which the company has stuck with ever since.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Invergordon 42 year old Batch 15

Invergordon 42 year old Batch 15

Posted 09 December 2017 / In Invergordon
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Invergordon 42 year old Batch 15

Day 8, and a quarter of the way through the highly enjoyable Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent calendar. When you get up to your fifteen batch of a single malt whisky you should probably rest easy that what you’re producing is ticking a few boxes for at least a few people. It’s therefore no surprise to see another Boutique-y Invergordon within the 2017 advent calendar. In fact, thinking back, this label is possibly one of the very first that I can remember seeing back in 2012. 15 iterations later…


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Auchroisk 20 year old Batch 2

Auchroisk 20 year old Batch 2

Posted 08 December 2017 / In Auchroisk
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Auchroisk 20 year old Batch 2

Day 7 and Boutique-y deliver us an Auchroisk. A relatively new Scottish distillery, Auchroisk was founded in 1972 by Justerini & Brooks to produce malt whisky to support their J&B blend. Our Auchroisk is a 20 year old and is bottled at 47.9%. If you’re a fan of the zombie genre you’ll love this Emily Chappell designed label (we’re using the image of the previous NAS bottling until this new 20 year old is released proper).


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Port Charlotte 13 year old Batch 4

Port Charlotte 13 year old Batch 4

Posted 07 December 2017 / In Bruichladdich
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Port Charlotte 13 year old Batch 4

We’re now a quarter of the way through the 2017 Boutique-y Advent calendar, and door number 6 offers us some heavy peat in form of Port Charlotte. This is batch number 4 (batch 3 seemingly has been and gone and we missed it?!) and is bottled at 53.2%.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Malt No.3 19 year old

Blended Malt No.3 19 year old

Posted 06 December 2017 / In Undisclosed
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Malt No.3 19 year old

Door No.5 and Boutique-y are having fun with their tea spoon again. This blended malt is composed of 99.9% single malt from a ‘famous Speyside distillery’. So whilst the label indicates a blended malt, and technically it is, for practical purposes the 0.01% tea spoon is not going to have any discernible impact on the original single malt contents of this bottle. It’s 19 years old and is delivered at an ABV of 50.2%.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Williamson 6 year old Batch 1

Williamson 6 year old Batch 1

Posted 05 December 2017 / In Laphroaig
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Williamson 6 year old Batch 1

Inside door number four and it’s a 6 year old Williamson. If you’ve never heard of Williamson Distillery, fear not, it’s actually not a distillery in its own right, rather, it’s the name given to ‘tea spooned’ Laphroaig. Tea spooning is the process whereby a small amount of whisky from one distillery is added to a cask containing whisky from another. By doing so, the cask is, technically, no longer 100% one thing or another (and perhaps not even a technically a single malt anymore, but that’s a discussion for another time) and therefore has to be sold under a different, new name. Distilleries tea spoon to allow the sale of their whisky (often to independent bottlers), whilst protecting their currently traded brand names.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caledonian 29 year old Batch 2

Caledonian 29 year old Batch 2

Posted 04 December 2017 / In Caledonian
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caledonian 29 year old Batch 2

Door No.3 presents us with a well-aged grain whisky from Edinburgh-based Caledonian distillery which sadly closed its doors forever back in 1988. At one time it was the biggest grain distillery in Britain. This bottling was released earlier in 2017 which means, that at 29 years of age, it was amongst some of the last ‘Cally’ to be distilled.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila 6 year old

Caol Ila 6 year old

Posted 03 December 2017 / In Caol Ila
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila 6 year old

Door No.2 reveals a youthful 6 year old Caol Ila. Bottled at 52.2% and deceptively pale in colour.


The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1

Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1

Posted 02 December 2017 / In Glenlivet
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1

It’s time to commence the joy that is the annual Christmas calendar - and this year we’re going full Boutique-y for the next 24 days. The Dramble will be bringing you tasting notes of each and every dram in the lovely looking Boutique-y Whisky Company calendar, posting the following day – 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. So, deep breath, let’s make a start…..innnnn one…..


SMWS December 2017 Outturn Review

Posted 30 November 2017 / In Group

It’s the first of December and it’s also a Friday which means two things - opening door number one on our whisky calendar (more on that tomorrow), and the final outturn of the year from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The Dramble has once again had an early peek at a selection of the single cask goodies which the Society are unveiling for you all today.  


Tomatin Vertical Tasting - Part 3

Posted 30 November 2017 / In Group

The final part of our vertical tasting of Tomatin brings us some more mature expressions from the distillery in the form of the 18 year old and 1988 27 year old. Both are multiple award winners having picked up trophies and nods from a range of industry competitions. 


Tomatin Vertical Tasting - Part 2

Posted 28 November 2017 / In Group

Today brings the second part of our vertical tasting of the Tomatin core range with two middle weight expressions from the distillery in the form of the Cask strength and 14 year old Portwood finish. If you missed the first part of our tasting, fear not, here it is. Founded in 1897, Tomatin has seen ups and downs in its production, moving from highs of over 12 million litres in the 1970’s down to a mere 2.5 million in 2007. Nevertheless, the distillery has endured the changing market conditions and now seems well positioned to capitalise on the current boom for single malts with a wide variety of expressions.


Tomatin Vertical Tasting - Part 1

Posted 27 November 2017 / In Group

For the next few days we’re going to spending some time with Highland Distillery Tomatin, tasting our way through their core range of aged expressions, and later in the week catching up with Master Distiller and General Manager Graham Eunson. Whilst many of you might not have heard or experienced Tomatin as a single malt whisky as yet, it is likely that you’ve tasted a blended whisky that contains malt from the distillery  - 80% of the Tomatin’s output is destined to end up in blended whiskies sold worldwide. 


The Dramble's tasting notes for TWE Black Friday 2017 Edition

TWE Black Friday 2017 Edition

Posted 24 November 2017 / In Undisclosed
The Dramble's tasting notes for TWE Black Friday 2017 Edition

Black Friday  - unofficially the beginning of the Christmas season, now more commonly recognised as the one day of the year that most personifies the good-will, humility and frugality of the human race. Scenes of stampeding frenzied shoppers flattening each other to sate their inante bargain-hunting mentality have always rather baffled me, whilst at the same time provided a timely reminder of just how astute George A. Romero’s 1978 film Dawn of the Dead really was/is. Fortunately for us, the world of whisky doesn’t tend to devolve in to a sadistic version of supermarket sweep all that often – indeed, The Whisky Exchange are looking to bring us something altogether more sophisticated for this year's annual celebration of consumerism.