This review is the first in a series of 12 for an online tasting event we did called “the 12 drams of xmas.” The event was organised by Tom Thomson of Toms Whisky Reviews fame. The idea was simple:
12 whisky fans each send the other 11 a 3cl sample dram. We taste them in the 12 days running up to christmas and guess what they are. Points are given for guessing the region, ABV, distillery and age. The winner gets a bottle of Ardbeg.
In the end we got together 11 willing whisky fans and were assisted by Tomatin distillery who sent us a sample of their 15 year old expression to us all.
As this series goes on I’ll post what the dram was, my tasting notes, and my guess. Sometimes I’m pretty close, others I’m embarrassingly off, but it should prove entertaining. However, for this first dram, as everyone knew what it was, I’ll just write tasting notes. Here are the dramstats:
- ABV 43%
- Age 15 years
- Price ~£40
Nose: Vanilla, lemon sherbet, quite floral. Lemon tart, with the pastry and all and a hint of parma violets.
Palate: Vanilla, woody and quite chalky. Surprisingly unlike the nose.
Finish: A touch of pepper followed by chalky oak.
Verdict: An unusual dram with a very pleasant nose that seems quite in contrast to the palate. I wasn’t excited enough to part with £40 for a full bottle, however, I have picked up a bottle of the 25 year old at only £70 from drink finder so it’s all good!