Today is a special day. By the time you read this, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have not only been released, but I will have seen it. I’m booked in to the midnight showing, so as not to have to avoid the internet due to it being filled with spoilers for the film.
When looking through my whisky collection, there was only one dram that could possibly fit the day. Maybe the geekiest bottle on my shelf, and one of my favourites: an independently bottled Bruichladdich 1992, the Save Lars Whisky.
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While the Christmas season is normally fairly quiet when it comes to whisky releases, occasionally one pops up. While the regular market is saturated with gift packs and stocking stuffers, there’s one place that a new product can get a bit of space at this time of year – global travel retail, the market formerly known as duty free.
The latest arrival on the airport shelves is a new bottling from Diageo – introducing Talisker Neist Point.
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Something a bit different today. It is a whisky, unlike some of my other choices for my advent calendar drams, but it’s not one that I can actually say all that much about and still be useful. It’s not even as if a picture will help…
So, for day #15 I present to you Glen Billy – my house blend.
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A quick post this, as it’s one of our busiest days at work, I have a tasting to attend this evening and yesterday afternoon, when I actually wrote this, I had a brewery open day to go and drink at. It’s a hard life.
[I’ve just looked over this before publishing, and it worries me that I count this as a ‘quick post’…]
For day #14 I present one of my favourite whiskies of all time: Single Malts of Scotland Clynelish 1982, 28 Years Old.
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I’ve met a lot of cool people over the past decade of whisky geekery, and amongst those is a gentleman by the name of Darren Rook. I’ve known him since his days managing the Scotch Malt Whisky Society rooms in London and being the original whisky guy for Whisky Squad, and he’s always talked about opening a distillery. That and orgies in hot tubs, but mainly distillery plans.
So, he opened a distillery – The London Distillery Company. They’re mainly known for their gin – Dodd’s – but they’ve got some spirit maturing that will one day become whisky.
I popped down to the distillery yesterday to pick up a bottle of a new gin – Kew Organic Gin – and came away with a sample of something that Darren had been pouring at the Whisky Picnic: my 13th advent calendar spirit and yet another ‘not a whisky for legal reasons, but sort of’: London Distillery Company Aged British Rye Spirit.
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I’m a man of habit. I wake up at the same time every day, go to bed about the same time, walk the same route when I go wandering around town, and almost every Saturday I go out for a whisky or two at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Today, my schedule has been disrupted by various booze related activities (of which more tomorrow), but I have a brief trip to the SMWS planned shortly – hello Phil, Martyn and the gang, I’m on my way now. In the meantime, here are some notes about a dram from their latest outturn that they sent me a sample of – 33.132 Beauty and the Beast. Eight-year-old whisky from Ardbeg.
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I don’t often do Tweet tastings, but recently I not only did, but subsequently deleted my tasting notes for the whisky in question before I could save them for posterity. With 24 days of drams to fill, it seems that I now have an excuse to have another taste.
So, for day #11 of my advent calendar – Paul John Bold.
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Sometimes I get to do particularly ridiculous whisky things and today’s post is about one of them.
It’s not every day you get to drink whisky that was distilled four days after you were born, on a boat, motoring down the Thames and going underneath Tower Bridge, which had been raised to allow you through.
I bloody love boats.
So, day #10 – Balvenie 1978, part of Chapter One of the DCS Compendium.
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