The 12 drams of xmas: Day 7

Continuing the series of reports on the 12 drams of xmas twitter tasting event:

Quick reminder: 11 online whisky enthusiasts poured half a bottle of whisky into 10 sample bottles and sent them to the other 10 taking part. The bottles were marked only with the number of the day we were due to start. On the given day, we all blind tasted the chosen dram and tried to guess what it was.

Though I did well on some of the drams and embarrassingly badly on some others, I’m posting my tasting notes, my unedited guesses and revealing the answers.

Dram #7 was from Jonathan Webb (@DVDbloke on twitter). Here are my notes:

Nose: Vanilla and lots of spice. Melted neapolitan ice cream, rye?, chocolate raisins and choco coffee beans. It’s got a real bourbon feel to it this.

Palate: Vanilla, bourbony burst and a touch of rye. Chocolate raisins.

Finish: Drying oak and then nesquik milkshake, foam shrimps and foam bananas.

My guess: Wow another day, another tricky one. On the one hand I’m thinking, totally bourbon, and on the other I’m thinking it’s just a well blended cask strength scotch. I’m leaning towards American, but I’ve written a huge “Is this even American?” note in my book. I’m going American, and since my bourbon experience is very limited I’m going with Buffalo Trace.

The answer: BenRiach 16 Year Old Speyside Whisky at 55.2% (Cask Strength and Carry On bottling)

Well, for the second day in a row I missed by an entire continent. *Sigh*. Still, this was a brilliant dram, so all was not lost. I’ll be trying to get the next cask strength and carry on bottling, whatever it is.


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