This evening I decided to sit down with the Myth-Busting Blends from The Dram Team..
“For a few brief moments he had touched with the very tips of his fingers the edge of a magic world.” – George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
Tonight’s solo session started off with:
Hibiki 12 year old – Japanese Blended Whisky 43%
Colour: light gold
Nose: light spice, biscuit, pineapple, plums and raspberry jam. Vanilla. Do I detect a little smoke? Toffee.
Palate is quite gentle. Banana & Custard like old school deserts. Pepper and wood, and a gentleness just playing across your tastebuds.
Finish is warm and woody. Sweet and a tad tangy, but quite an interesting finish.
Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend – Blended Scotch Whisky 46%
“a replication of a rediscovered, perfectly preserved 1920s bottling, carefully recreated from the antique liquid”.
Colour: light gold
Nose: Initially there’s a huge smack of freshly baked banana cake. Vanilla with caramel nudging in. Tart apples and warm spices. Again a bit of smoke.
Palate is smooth with caramel and playful spice. Lovely honey and butterscotch and a bit of bitterness.
Finish is long and lovely.
Compass Box The Spice Tree – Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 46%
“composed solely of Highland single malt from Brora (lending fruitiness), Carron (bringing meatiness) and Alness (for perfume)'”.
Warm golden colour.
A lovely rich nose. Ginger and cinnamon and cloves. Lovely nutmeg meets vanilla whilst toying with your nose. Wonderfully fragrant.
Palate is full and smooth and sweet with those warm spices dancing in your mouth playing around the vanilla with oak.
Finish is long, and still offering up the spice and a certain tinge of oak.
Douglas Laing Rock Oyster – Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 46.8%
“containing single malt spirit from Islay, Arran and Orkney and Jura”.
Colour is a light pale gold.
Nose is light with smoke and salt, like sitting at Arisaig with the fine sea spray teasing your lips while you gaze out to Rhum and Eigg with a camp fire gently fading.
Palate offers smokiness, and peat creeps in with sweetness, and honey and pepper on the tongue. There’s a bit of drop (Dutch liquorice) too.
Finish is lovely and long and just lingering…
I’m rather surprised and I think I want this again.
Compass Box Great King Street – Blended Scotch Whisky – 43%
“they have drawn on the 19th century archive recipes, blending them with their own modern cask maturation techniques”.
Colour is light golden.
Nose is light, fresh and fruity yet a bit reminiscent of an old study some good old fashioned comfort.
The palate brings warm with smoke and sweetness. Sherried fruits just play around on the tongue, and there’s a bit of wood and that smoke just compliments deliciously.
The finish; the smoke just lingers and the warmth remains whilst just ever so slightly encourages a gentle smile to play across your lips 🙂
I’ve sort of moved away from peat of late but this lightness just reminds that it’s still perfectly fine to enjoy them. And this just hit the spot deliciously.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 Batch 3 – Blended Scotch Whisky 46.5%
“the youngest whisky in the incredible mix is 35 years old – and boy does all that maturity show in the character…this is nectar-of the-gods that’ll have you praising the name of blended whisky to the high heavens!”.
Colour is light amber.
The nose is fresh and fragrant like laundry on a fresh summer’s day. Chocolate and aniseed balls, just, well…rolling by.
Fruit, rich and juicy. That freshness I mentioned just keeps coming back around.
Palate delivers a full mouth feel, chocolate melts in with some lovely spice and honey but also, cherry, just lovely and easy and oh so more-ish.
The finish is warm and playful, the spice and sweetness just settle to a nice end.
I liked this one too…oh so nice.
Another fabulous box of delights from The Dram Team.