The 12 drams of xmas: Day 10

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 #10 was from Femke Tijtsma Sijtsma  (@Girl_Whisky on twitter) and author of The Whisky Girl Blog. Here are my notes:

Nose: Malty wash (that you might get to try on a good distillery tour), white wine and pears.

Palate: There is a touch of white grape and it’s quite savoury.

Finish: Malty and very (too) short though slightly drying. In my notes I’ve written “Meh!”.

My guess: A pretty dull dram for me. I guessed a blended whisky at 40% ABV, but it wasn’t a blend I recognised. I went for VAT 69.

The answer: Bowmore 12 year old 40%ABV

This really surprised me. I’m a Bowmore fan, though I prefer to go for the indie bottlings or the cask strength expressions. It didn’t even strike me as an Islay. I think the answer surprised many of the bloggers, so I’m not alone.


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