16 December 2014

12 Drams of Christmas 2014


For the last four years we’ve brought you our ’12 Drams of Christmas’ as chosen by you! So we thought it would only be rude not to do the same again this year, and use it as a great excuse to start getting into the festive spirit.

Since November 24th you’ve been nominating your top three favourite festive drams in abundance, and after trawling through all the entries and tallying up all the nominations here are our '12 Drams of Christmas' in ranking order as chosen by you!

Just in case you're thinking of picking up any of the aforementioned drops of dramspanking festive drammage as a gift or indeed for yourself, we've done the hard work and have also included the most current and competitive retail details. Hootendrammy!


A huge thanks to all those who took part and entered, the response was absolutely phenomenal. In return for your nominations we added the names of everyone who entered into our virtual Santa hat for a chance to win a bottle of Glenlivet 18 Year Old.

We’re delighted to announce that Peter Lane from Exeter had his name drawn from the hat and is our winner, congratulations! Your bottle will be winging its way to you this week.


11 December 2014

Whisky Insiders Interview - Mark Reynier



Company:
Renegade Spirits

Job:
CEO

Website:
Coming Soon



What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Resurrecting Bruichladdich; and now Waterford in Southern Ireland, albeit on a somewhat different scale, budget - and time. It's very, very exciting to have such a modern distillery with an exceptional opportunity to try different things with very fancy kit.

Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
Bruichladdich some-thing-or-other from the sixties with Jack Milroy in Soho Street. The first dram I am aware of was nosing a glass of my father's Laphroaig on Kintyre in the seventies when I was about twelve.

What does whisky mean to you?
A living. A chance to be a producer rather than a mere re-seller; to put in to practice ideas and concepts that challenge common held perceptions.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
I don't know about five years time, but I have distilled on one remote west coast island; now on another, further west; ultimately I would like to be even further west still, for a twilight hat trick.

What was your last dram?
Bruichladdich Islay Barley. I love its purity, honesty and integrity. It genuinely thrills me.

Do you have a favourite whisky and food pairing combination?
No. I'm not a great believer in whisky and food combos; it smacks a bit of desperation to me. Wine is clearly so much better for that.

What’s your favourite time and place to enjoy a dram?
Outside, sharing with a mate. I spent a glorious afternoon on a beach with a neighbour and a youthful, vibrant bottling - Around the kitchen with a lighter, fresher dram as an aperitif - A bolder, heartier dram in a fishing hut, by a river or at a lunchtime picnic - Something deep and moody in my study late at night. Thinking about it, either on my own or with one other.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the whisky horizon?
Unfortunately, flavoured whisky.

What’s the one dram you couldn’t live without?
I could give you some facile marketing department answer - but I won't. There isn't one.

Many thanks to Mark Reynier. Who will be the next Whisky Insider? Click back soon to find out!

2 December 2014

Royal Salute Tweet Tasting


Not only are we thrilled to launch our 60th Tweet Tasting, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that on the evening of December 15th, we’ll be sampling a bounty of blended bling from Royal Salute.

On the night a specially invited ensemble of whisky weavers will be sampling and savouring a quintessential quad of blended finery in the form of Royal Salute’s 21 Year Old, Diamond Tribute, 38 Year Old Stone of Destiny and 62 Gun Salute expressions.
We'd absolutely love for you to follow every pour and sip on the night, so join us with a dram in hand over on Twitter on Monday December 15th at 7:30pm GMT via #RoyalSaluteTT
Until then Happy Dramlaxing!
For more information on Ballantine's visit: royalsalute.com

27 November 2014

Laphroaig Tweet Tasting


More Tweet Tastings you say? Well allow us to oblige, as we go full throttle with our social media based dramspankery on the run up to Christmas.

Following the huge success and response to our first Laphroaigian Tweet Tasting outing last year, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on the evening of December 17th we’ll be exploring and enjoying a cracking core range of corkers from the iconic Islay distillery, Laphroaig.

Full details to follow, but on the night we’ll be nosing and tasting their 10 Year Old, Select, Quarter Cask and Triple Wood expressions. If you would like to take part and sample a melange of malty, medicinal marvels, register your interest by emailing your name, postal address and Twitter handle via the contact tab, remembering to mark the subject line: #LaphroaigWhisky

The closing date to register is December 4th and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the night!!!

This particular tasting is open to UK residents only.

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the night’s dramfotainment, so we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on December 17th at 7pm GMT via hashtag #LaphroaigWhisky

Until then Happy Dramlaxing!

For more information on Laphroaig visit: laphroaig.com

24 November 2014

The Whisky Wire's 12 Drams of Christmas 2014

 

For the last four years we’ve brought you our ’12 Drams of Christmas’ as chosen by you! So we thought it would only be rude not to do the same again this year, and use it as a great excuse to start getting into the festive spirit.

Between now and Thursday the 11th of December we’d love to hear your nominations for your favourite festive drams. Then on Monday the 16th of December we’ll publish the list of the top 12 drops of festive dramspankage in ranking order, as chosen by you! Along with accompanying retail details so they can be enjoyed by all over the festive period and indeed beyond.

To take part click here and email us your top three favourite festive whiskies, that we’ll then use to help compile our ’12 Drams of Christmas 2014’. Please remember to mark the subject line of your email ’12 Drams of Crimbo’.
Everyone who enters will automatically have their name added into our virtual Santa hat, for a chance to win a 70cl bottle of one of our favourite festive dramspankers; Glenlivet 18yr. The winner of which will be announced on December 16th. Hootendrammy!
Which drams will make the final 12?
You decide!
t&c’s You must be over 18 years of age enter in the UK and over the legal drinking age of your respective country if entering outside the UK. Competition closes on December 11th 2014 at 11:59pm GMT.
#12DramsOfChristmas

21 November 2014

Benromach Tweet Tasting


Continuing our triumphant teaming throng of Tweet Tastings, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on December 10th we’ll be spending an evening sampling and savouring all the Speyside splendour and belting bounty of the award winning Benromach Distillery.

On the night we’ll be sampling Benromach’s 10 Year Old, NEW 100° Proof, Organic and Peat Smoke expressions. Full details to follow soon, but if you would like to take part in what will be a dramspanker of a night and the perfect way to kick off the festive season in great spirit, register your interest by emailing your name, address and Twitter handle via the contact tab, remembering to mark the subject line #BenromachTT

The closing date to register is Friday November 28th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of December 10th to take part!!!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evenings dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on December 10th at 7pm GMT via #BenromachTT

Until then Happy Dramlaxing!

For more information on Benromach visit: benromach.com

17 November 2014

Quick Fire Whisky Tasting Notes #43

Compass Box Great King Street
Glasgow Blend
 
 
Nose: A newspaper fuelled bonfire, sea spray, sherry soaked sultanas, spiced port poached pears covered in white chocolate sauce, Sainsbury's Taste the Difference spiced apple strudel, mixed spice, sugared almonds, candied fennel fronds and a sprig-ette of rosemary.
 
Palate: The last smoke plumes from a dowsed beach bonfire, Roquito hot & sweet chilli pepper pearls, sherry soaked sultanas, Dentyne cinnamon chewing gum, foam bananas, coconut ice, Häagen Dazs Dulce De Leche ice cream, Frank Cooper Oxford orange marmalade with ginger, Braeburn apples, wood spice, ground cloves, a pinch of Maldon sea salt and a sprinkle-ette of freshly chopped parsley.
 
Finish: A sumptuously sweet, smoky, spiced smacker of a long lush lingering finish.
 
Summary: Yet another bountiful, balanced, belter from Mr Whisky Willy Wonka himself - the man with the dramming Midas touch; John Glaser from Compass Box. An amazing big bang for buck sub £30 bottle of blendage.