The letter reads “Greetings Dearest Dram-Teamer!
Welcome to our whisky-based gameshow-in-a-box, “Play your drams right”…our chance to go “Highland or Lowland”
So I decided to try this box of delights from Douglas Laing to Ailsa Bay.
Dear reader please note, these are my thoughts on the drams.
First card picked and it’s a…
Douglas Laing – Timorous Beastie Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 46.8%
Light straw colour
Sherry on the nose. Sugar and fudge with a slightly creamy note. Floral honey. Some spice sprinkled on top.
Smooth on the mouth. A slight bitter cocoa. But with fruit and spices and lovely vanilla just accompanying the other flavours.
Medium finish but with a lovely oak and a gentle spice just warming as it leaves.
Douglas Laing – The Epicurean Lowland Blended Scotch Whisky 46.2%
Very light in colour
The nose offers light fragrant sweetness. Vanilla and fresh cut grass. Orange freshness.
Another smooth sip with a bit of a bite. Peaches and burnt sugar adding a depth to it. Spicy warmth.
Warm finish with burnt sugar and a hint of grass once more.
Now to the wonderful tease to our senses that is the sixth dram…
Let’s go low again.
Auchentoshan 21 years old Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 43%
Deep golden colour
Rich honey first greets the senses, along with vanilla. That gorgeous sweetness just draws you in. There’s a certain woodiness to it.
Note: to The Dram Team you really do tease us with the sixth dram 🙂
The palate is oh so smooth and delicately invites you to have another sip. The wood is still there and comes through as oak. And honey. There’s chocolate and sweetness and it’s light and mmmm.
Delicious finish that just echoes the flavours you’ve already savoured. It’s smooth, delightful and ever so easy to enjoy.
Now a bit closer to home with…
GlenGarioch – Founder’s Reserve Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 48%
I did have a little giggle at the “Glen Girrie” rather than “Glen Garry-Och” though I’m sure the distillery is used to many a mispronunciation 🙂
Golden in colour
The nose is deliciously soft fruity with vanilla and light spices. Crunchy green apples and a subtle touch of orange.
Quite a rich mouthfeel. Oak is followed by apple and a bit of nutmeg as spice just makes you gently suck your cheeks in. A slight tartness to it. The vanilla lingers.
Finish has that touch of oak and the gentle spice again just leaving a certain warmth.
AnCnoc 18 years old – Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 46%
Rich copper colour
Lovely vanilla and butterscotch. A touch of ginger and oak.
Creamy caramel and ginger with some cloves. Honey richness, fruity with a touch of lemon.
The finish gives black pepper, yet still retains that fruitiness.
Ailsa Bay – Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 48.9%
Another golden dram
Woah smokiness… but sweet & creamy. Warm leather and that unmissable smoke. Another moment passes and smoky bacon crisps creep out. There’s definitely a sweetness though.
Initially sweet on the tongue and delicately so with soft smoke and a real warmth and a slight kick just to keep you focused.
A long sweet finish with a prickly smoke remaining.
Another box of delights and some hope of a Twitter tasting on the cards?