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Yesterday saw the World’s Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards.
Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create an easy way to taste a whole bunch of these award winners! Head over to our World Drinks Awards 2016 page to browse their selection of 8 different World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners Tasting Sets.
Categories : Armagnac
, Irish Whiskey
, Japanese Whisky
, Scotch Whisky
In your best Stevie voice: “Yesterday Superstition, today Fettercairn Fior.” That’s right, there’s another wonderful highland whisky dram from White & MacKay behind window 15 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!
Fior, like Superstition, has no age statement, but is made up primarily of 14-15 year old single malt whiskies, which are blended with some 5 year old peated malt (and age statement of 5 years old would therefore be somewhat misleading). Fettercairn, meaning ‘foot of the mountain’, is named after the town in which the distillery is located and carries the emblem of a unicorn! If you didn’t know, despite being supernatural (like Whisky Santa), the unicorn is in fact the national animal of Scotland too! They’re said to be have legendary magical qualities that people have long sought to use for personal gain. People (and wizards) have been known to try and acquire unicorn hair, blood, or even tears. That’s why Firebox spend so much time getting unicorns to cry, the fiends! They say Chuck Norris’* tears have special qualities too. Apparently they can cure all known diseases! Too bad he never cries.
Away from Islay peat and back into the warm embrace of some truly top notch Sherry now, as we open window 13 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar…
A change of theme, perhaps, but another 12 year old expression today, this time from Glendronach! Interesting, up until 2005 (with this whisky having been distilled before that date) Glendronach were operating direct-fired stills, a tradition some distilleries in Scotland have maintained to this day (Glenfarclas, for example). Glendronach, however, were still using coal and were in fact the final distillery in Scotland to do so. The uneven heating provided by direct-firing creates hotspots in the stills and is thought to lead to different notes in the spirit produced and in the finished whisky, some of which you’ll be able to taste in today’s dram.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a satsuma (not especially exciting) and a chocolate orange (Woo! Get in! Let’s chuck this in an unnecessarily aggressive manner at the nearest solid object to disperse its delicious segments!) in your stocking. Well, what if you could have liquid chocolate orange that was also 40% abv? Chuck in a slice of Christmas cake and you’re getting pretty close to what’s behind window number five of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar!
Incredibly, it’s not made of Christmas though, it’s actually made at a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands using malted barley, water, yeast and time (at least 15 years in this case) in ex-Matusalem, Apostoles and Amoroso Sherry casks (all made of oak). So, yes, it’s single malt Scotch whisky! Dalmore to be precise!
Some whiskies can be said to have a ‘coastal’ or ‘maritime’ character, and invariably these are also whiskies that I absolutely love. In fact, these seaside malts are the reason I became interested in whisky in the first place, and the very best examples are still probably my favourite spirits in the world. This is personal taste, of course, and whilst I love most of the gods’ rich tapestry of whisky flavour profiles, I just happen to be a sucker for the Neptunian ones. So, consider me your Neil Oliver as we embark on a journey of discovery and also consider exactly how is it that some malts seemingly take on the very taste of the coast. This, is whisky on the edge… *Cue music*
Born in London in 1788, George Frederick Read was an illustrious merchant, believed to have brought one of the first merchant vessels through the Torres Straight (which runs between Papua New Guinea and northern Australia). During his career, he traded between India, China and Australia, though it was in the latter country in which settled, first in a town allotment in Sydney, then later, owing to asthma, in Hobart, Tasmania’s largest city.
This week we’ll be looking at Nant – one of the most critically acclaimed distilleries on Tasmania, with high profile fans including legendary whisky commentator Jim Murray.
It began in 2004, when Brisbane-based property developer Keith Batt purchased the Nant Estate, just an hour from Hobart. This ancient estate was built in around 1821, and since the 2004 purchase, it has been lovingly and carefully restored with an investment of some $5 million. The result is arrestingly beautiful; a stunning estate surrounded by breathtakingly scenic countryside.
Antarctica? Pah. They have land beneath their ice and snow, that’s cheating. And all those penguins that a certain retailer seems to think have something to do with Christmas!? No, no, no. The Arctic, that’s the place for me. Polar bears, reindeer, narwhals and Father Pugmas. North side massive.
In fact, it wasn’t until Ranulph Fiennes popped by for tea a few years back that I gave much thought to the likes of Ernest Shackleton, who always seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with the wrong pole for my liking. Chose a great whisky for his men back in 1907 though did ol’ Ernest, so I was delighted when Richard Paterson recreated it (twice) over one hundred years later! The Journey blended malt contains rare Glen Mhor (1980) and heavily-peated Dalmore(!) as well as whiskies from Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin, Ben Nevis, Aultmore, Fettercairn, Pulteney and Jura.
‘Twas six nights before Christmas, when all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse!
Not just the situation in Jake from Master of Malt’s home, but also in the homes of all those with Whisky Advent Calendars. In the latter case though, the mouse in question is fortunately none other than Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie! A tongue in cheek name for a corker of a Highland blended malt that’s created by the jolly folk behind one of my other favourites, Big Peat at Christmas. (Plus, I like his beard.)
Timorous Beastie is made exclusively with malts from Highland distilleries including Dalmore, Glen Garioch and Glengoyne!