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This is the second edition of our very popular Brown Drink! But just what is this charmingly named concoction? Well sit a moment dear friends, and we shall tell you…
Some time ago we began turning full-sized bottles of whisky into 3cl samples. This meant that whisky lovers could try all kinds of malts and other fine spirits without having to shell out on the whole bottle first (to literally try before buying). A bottle of whisky is 70cl, so we can make 23 little 3cl drams and there’s a little extra left over. The question is: what do we do with what was left over? We can't feed it to the Colobus monkeys; that would be cruel! So, we decided to pour all the surplus yumminess into one almighty carboy, and tried it only to find, astonishingly, it was actually really rather good. The first batch of "Brown Drink" sold out pretty quickly, and now we present to you batch 2!
Nose: A lovely mix of heady malt and hints of cool wood smoke on the nose with notes of Demerara sugar, prunes and molasses. Rhubarb and apple crumble with caramelised sugar and warm custard. Hints of soy sauce, black pepper and truffle oil, pine resin and butterscotch.
Palate: Sweet and creamy. Notes of potpourri and barley malt, hints of sherbet lemon and Cola bottle sweets and even a tingle of salinity. After a time it becomes very much like old-fashioned lemonade and digestive biscuits.
Finish: Lemon-y and spicy with hints of gingernut, pepper and cinnamon-flavoured porridge.
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I admit this was bought more as a "well it's unusual, it will keep folks guessing" and didn't really expect to be overly taken with it as a drink in its own right.I was rather taken by it, it has a strong peatyness about it (of the sort of level you might expect in Lagavulin) but a softer side which reminded me a little of a "Remy / Courvosier" flavour.If you want something very different to round off the order with that will certainly provoke some comments and questions, this is probably a good one to add. I just wish I had been able to try Batch No. 1
13th February 2012