23 May 2018

Five Big Bang For Buck Belters for under £30

Over the last few years there’s been a never-ending cascade of focus, on the more premium and limited-edition end of the whisky market, which has resulted in many of us forgetting and neglecting those cracking core range classics.
Not only that, as a result another one of those horrible whisky misconceptions has started to wriggle its nasty head; with anything under £30 starting to be perceived as inferior compared to anything above that price point – bullsh*t!
There are equally as amazing, as slightly lesser amazing drams at all price points, but at around this time every month, we’re now going to celebrate those big bang for buck bargain belters, by recommending five top notch drops of dramspankage for under £30.
Here are our first five recommendations:
Bains Cape Mountain Whisky
An insanely priced single grain whisky from South Africa, which not only is a superb solo sipper, it also makes for a marvellous base in a multitude of whisky cocktails, including a pretty dram impressive Old Fashioned.
£27.98 - drinksupermarket.com
Glen Moray Elgin Classic
Glen Moray has to be one of the most, if not the most underrated Scotch whisky distillery’s in our opinion. This classic standard expression, delivers a wealth of gentle Speyside elegance. They also have a number of excellent cask finished; Sherry, Peat and Port bottlings, for around the same 'you'll have to pinch yourself to believe' price point.
£18.00 – Asda
Johnnie Walker Black Label
As iconic in its name, look and taste, this richly rewarding blended Scotch whisky never fails to deliver. It always makes for a reassuring sight in a bar wherever you are in the world. It's also the perfect pour for when you simply want to enjoy and savour all the splendour of a blend!
£24.00 – Waitrose
Jameson Irish Whiskey
There’s a very good reason why this is the biggest selling Irish whiskey in the world, it’s simply superb! Not only does it make for a rich, rounded solo sipper, it just happens to serve up jubilantly and joyously well in a Julep. In our opinion, it also still makes for the ultimate whiskey component in an Irish coffee.
£22.50 – Sainsbury’s
Buffalo Trace
When it comes to big bank for buck belting balanced bourbons, you’ll have to try very hard to beat this. Delivering as much vivacious vanilla and spiced complexities as other bourbons at twice the price. This really is a lush drop of liquid Americana!
£23.00 – Morrisons
We’d love to hear your thoughts on our £30 and under dramming recommendations, so tweet or post your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #BigBangForBuckBelters
*Prices correct as of 23/05/18

22 May 2018

Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range Tweet Tasting

Continuing our teeming throng of industry leading Tweet Tastings, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on June 13th, we’ll be teaming up again with our very good friends at Gordon & MacPhail, to help celebrate the launch of their dramspankingly new ‘Discovery’ range, of single malt Scotch whiskies.

The first expressions to be released within the new ‘Discovery’ range, are bottlings from the Balblair, Tormore, Miltonduff and Caol Ila distilleries, which were matured in Gordon & MacPhail’s own hand-selected casks.

This latest range of whiskies from the leading whisky specialist, have been grouped and colour-coded under three flavour profiles; ‘Smoky, ‘Sherry’ and ‘Bourbon’, and are designed to help whisky drinkers to begin an exploratory journey through the Gordon & MacPhail portfolio.

Full details to follow, but if you fancy being one of the first to pour and explore their way through some of the bottlings in the new ‘Discovery’ range from Gordon & MacPhial, click here to register your details by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle, remembering to mark the subject line: #GordonAndMacPhail

The closing date to register is June 1st, and if you are registering please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of June 13th to take part!!!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on June 13th at 19:00 BST via #GordonAndMacPhail

Registration open to over 21's only!
For more info on Gordon & MacPhail, visit: gordonandmacphail.com
Be part of the dramfotainment!

9 May 2018

The Singleton Malt Master's Selection Competition

To help celebrate the launch of the latest new expression from ‘The Singleton’ we've teamed up with the brand to give one of our followers the chance of winning a bottle of their dramspankingly new Malt Master’s Selection.

The Singleton Malt Master’s Selection, is said to offer a more delicate, slightly sweeter take on the classic Speyside style used in the Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old, with a greater proportion of refill wood allowing its sweet, yet refined distillery character to shine through.

To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of the new Singleton Malt Master’s Selection, Click Here and email us your contact details along with the phrase that dramming pays:

“I’d love to sip and savour the
dramspankingly new single malt
from The Singleton”
*Remember to mark the subject line of your email with: The Singleton MMS

If you’re on Twitter you can also follow us and RT one of our related comp tweets for another chance to win!


The Singleton Malt Master’s Selection, which is bottled at 40% ABV, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £30.00.

For more information on The Singleton, visit: thesingleton.com
Competition closes at 23:59 on May 31st 2018. You have to be aged 21 years or over to enter.
Always Drink Responsibly!

8 May 2018

Jameson Bow Street 18 Year Old Cask Strength

Without doubt, one of the most, if not ‘the most’ exciting and progressive categories in the whisk(e)y world over the last seven years, and indeed the one that is now experiencing the most growth, is that of all things Irish! In fact back in 2011, when we reviewed the then newly released Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength (our whisk(e)y of the year) and a number of other releases, including some stunners from the Cooley Distillery, we confidently predicted that it was the start of an Irish Whiskey Renaissance - and how right we were!

Moving forward to 2018, there’s now an ever-growing, great gaggle of new kids on the Irish whiskey distillery block, who are driving the category further forward. But those big established heritage brands, have well and truly kicked away any lingering cobwebs of complacency and are now giving the newbies a good run for their money, with regards to innovation and the targeting of a new younger generation of whisk(e)y consumer.

On the big heritage brand front, Irish Distillers are without doubt leading the way. Not only are they doing some truly exciting and innovative things at the Midleton distillery, including last year’s launch of their new Method and Madness range, but they’ve also managed to evolve and grow the most iconic of all Irish whiskey brands, Jameson!

Still and for very good reason, Jameson is the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey by a mile. After a busy couple of years, restructuring their portfolio, redeveloping their brand home in Dublin and doing some sterling work in making the whisk(e)y category as a whole more millennial friendly, they’ve just announced the launch of something special; an 18 Year Old Cask Strength expression, which we’ve recently had the pleasure of pouring and exploring.

The nose: Kicks off with an affluently alluring, richly rewarding, wondrous wave of teasing toffee, vivacious vanilla and seductive spice. Then it continues to seduce the senses with aromas of warm strawberry jam tarts, Jamaica ginger cake, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, smoked walnuts and oodles of opulent oak.

Sherry soaked sultanas, slightly overripened mango and slices of bread pudding and treacle tart make for the next set of nasal niceties, along with an infusion of sun bleached leather, grounds of white pepper, damp grass and a freshly polished oak table.

The palate: Kicks off with a tenacious taste of toffee, salted caramel and an abundance of wood and baking spices. Followed by a confident kiss of toasted oak, bourbon soaked cherries, sugared almonds, clove infused honey and another slice of that bread pudding.

Sheets of ready rolled cake icing, grilled peaches, dried apricots, mixed candied peel and wood varnish fumes (in the best possible way) make for the next plethora of palatable pleasures, before you're then left with a sassily sweet and spiced finish, which is fabulously full and feisty.

Having always been a huge fan of the Jameson range, and indeed a fan of their standard (though there’s nothing standard about it) 18 Year Old bottling, I have to say that this is one epic, cranked up to 11, cask strength cracker!

Could this be our dram of the year? We’ll nearly 6 months into 2018, it’s certainly lining itself up to be our dram of the half year!