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Whisky Advent: part 1

December 1st: Glenrothes 9, by Douglas (Sherry Butt)

The first whisky on the calendar is a 9 year old Glenrothes, bottled by Douglas. It is one out of 210 bottles of a single cask (#9928) distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2013, aged in a Sherry Butt.

Tasting notes: Oily on the tongue. Sherry flavours with a hint of fruits. Smokey after taste.

About Glenrothes: "Established by the burn of Rothes in Speyside in 1879, The Glenrothes distillery has been producing its characteristic Speyside single Malt for over 130 years. The maturity of The Glenrothes is determined not by age, but by Vintage, resulting in some memorable moments, captured forever in specific expressions of this remarkable spirit."

December 2nd: GlenGrant 170th anniversary

Tonight's dram is a GlenGrant 170th anniversary, bottled to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Glen Grant distillery. Now owned by the Italian Gruppo Campari, the distillery was founded in 1840. It is a non-chill filtered whisky at 46% ABV.

Tasting notes: Sweet, raisins and rich fruits. Long finish with hints of peat smoke. Actually, a very long sherry flavoured finish.

December 3rd: Benromach 2001 Cask Strength

Tonight we have a dram from Benromach, a distillery that I actually visited as part of our big whisky trip last year. It is a 2001 cask strength whisky is matured in first fill Bourbon barrels, and no longer available. At 59.9% ABV it is stronger and benefits from a drop of water.

Tasting notes: Honey, sweet, and vanilla. I also taste some nuts, and a little bit of peat. Quite a nice dram, but it does definitely need a drop or two of water.

December 4th: Arran Single Cask Sherry

A single cask whisky from Arran distillery aged in Sherry Casks. It is 16 years old and one of only 269 bottles. It is going to be difficult to find another bottle. Amazon has 8 left, and this whisky is well worth its price. The whisky is at 55.3% ABV and of course non-chill filtered. It needs a drop of water for its flavours to fully develop.

Tasting notes: It's very much like sweet sherry, with hints of ginger and other spices.

This concludes the first four whiskies on the calendar. I am looking forward to the following 20!


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