11 October 2019

Quick Fire Whisky Tasting Notes

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
46% ABV
Nose: The leaking engine from a fishing trawler as it crashes through the salty waves of a choppy sea – iodine – peat smoke – seaweed - a pile of old dusty newspapers – thick and slightly undercooked bacon rinds – a just opened jar of cornichons - bramley apples - lemon sherbet - bread pudding - honey – white pepper and a tenacious tease of five spice.
Palate: An initial palatable pound-ette of sweet peat smoke and coal tar – charred oak – a salty kick of the coast - espresso coffee – malt loaf smeared with lime marmalade – Edinburgh rock - lemon green tea - Thai sweet chili sauce - white pepper and Quality Street mint matchmakers.
Finish: A sweet, smoky, wish it could stay around a tad longer, linger-ette of a finish!
Summary: It has to be said that the Aerolite Lyndsay isn’t the punchiest of Islay’s, and nor should it feel like that it needs to be. Actually, quite often it’s great to sip and savour something that has all the characteristics of this mesmerising island, but subtler and without getting a big slap on the chops in the process.
This is a superb easy sipper, which is ideal for those warmer evenings. It also just happens to make for a great and honest bridging dram, allowing you to test those peaty waters before progressing onto something more medicinal and phenol-menal!
Also just in case you’re wondering, the name Aerolite Lyndsay, which is the first expression from the new ‘The Character of Islay Whisky Company’, is simply an anagram of ‘ten year old Islay’. Now you know!

7 October 2019

Glen Moray Tweet Tasting

Continuing our teeming throng of industry leading, Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up again with our very good friends at Glen Moray, to host our 165th evening of dramfotainment!
On the night we’ll be sharing sipping and savouring two single cask, one small batch and one core range drop of Speyside splendour, so if you fancy taking part in what promises to be an epic evening of dramspankery click here to register your interest by emailing your full name, full postal address, date of birth and Twitter handle, remembering to mark the subject line #GlenMoray
The closing date to register is October 26th, and if you are registering to take part please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of November 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 evenings dramfotainment. So, we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter on November 13th at 7pm GMT via #GlenMoray
Registration open to over 21's only!
For more information on Glen Moray, visit: glenmoray.com
Be part of the dramfotainment!

4 October 2019

Whisky Insiders Interview No.99 - Dariusz Plazewski

Bimber Distillery

Founder & Master Distiller


How long have you been working in the whisky industry?
I founded Bimber back in 2015, so that would technically mean only four years. But my family from Poland has a generations long history within moonshining, and so I’ve been learning and mastering the art of distillation since a very young age. Founding and creating Bimber distillery was a culmination of that lifelong passion.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Launching our inaugural English single malt whisky has been a true highlight. It requires a lot of patience to wait the three years from when our first casks were laid down, until they’re legally whisky. But I’m delighted that the wait has been worth it – our first release possesses the qualities and style that I have been aiming for from our production methods. It’s light, accessible and very fruity. We’ve all put in a lot of hard work into making the best possible whisky we can, so finally seeing people getting to enjoy the fruits of those labours is a career highlight I’m unlikely to ever forget.

Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
It was likely a blended whisky such as Ballantine’s.

What does whisky mean to you?
For me, whisky has been a near lifelong passion and at times, a (healthy) obsession! It’s about the art and craftsmanship, the incredible array of aromas and flavours and above all, about the sharing of experiences and memories. There’s nothing like a good dram with good friends!

Where would you like to see yourself in five years’ time?
Probably exactly where I am now – leading a truly exciting whisky distillery that does things a little differently from most. We’d like to be recognised as a leading producer of the best quality English single malt whisky and renowned for the care and attention to detail we place in to every single stage of our whisky making process.

What was your last dram?
It was Bimber 'The First'. We’ve just released our inaugural London single malt whisky, so I’m enjoying sharing it with friends and whisky lovers as much as possible. I’m really pleased that people seem to be enjoying as much as I do!

Do you have a favourite whisky and food pairing combination?
I’m quite a carnivore so I always enjoy the pairing of steak with whisky. A lot of the more robust whiskies can hold up to the big beefy flavours of red meat and sometimes, I find that the ‘grill’ flavour can copy that of a well charred cask. Beef and whisky – it’s hard to go wrong!

What’s your favourite time and place to enjoy a dram?
At the distillery with friends after a long day. For me, there’s still a great connection between the aromas and flavours of a whisky and its creation.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the whisky horizon?
I’m starting to see more and more distillers experimenting with yeast. Whilst some believe that yield is everything, others recognise that many of the aromas and flavours are developed long before the liquid reaches the distillation and maturation stages.

What’s the one dram you couldn’t live without?
Again, it’s likely 'The First'. It’s the opening chapter of the ongoing story of Bimber!

Many thanks to Dariusz Plazewski. Who will be our 100th Whisky Insiders interviewee? Click back soon to find out!


1 October 2019

That Boutique-y Broadcasting Co Competition

To help celebrate the launch of the new Uncorked: Whisky Sessions podcast series from That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company, we’ve teamed up with our Boutique-y friends to give away a bottle of their Caol Ila 11 Year Old – Batch 12.

Home to some of the biggest whisky discussions and hosted by That Boutique-y Whisky Company Brand Ambassador Dave Worthington and Atom Brands Master Blender Sam Simmons, Uncorked: Whisky Sessions will be filled with dram and distillery chats, providing interesting facts on TBWC’s many distillery partners, tasting notes for new and interesting whiskies and interviews with whisky fans from both within and outside of the industry.

To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila 11 Year Old – Batch 12 Click Here and email us your contact details along with the phrase that dramming pays:

“Tune in and Dram on, with
That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company”
*Remember to mark the subject line of your email with: TBBC Comp

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

Uncorked: Whisky Sessions episodes are now available for listeners to stream and download from Spotify, Apple Podcast and Amazon Alexa. New episodes will be released every month.

For more information on That Boutique-y Whisky Company, visit: thatboutiqueywhiskycompany.com

Competition closes at 23:59 on October 31st 2019. You have to be aged 21 years or over to enter!
Good Luck!