Burns Tasting 2016

It's been a quiet January  but we made up for lost time on Tuesday evening when Glasgow's Whisky Club held a combined AGM and Burns night in the Bon Accord and it was a busy evening!  We had traditional Burns fare with haggis, neeps, tatties etc. (all fantastic!). We then enjoyed eight (yes eight!) interesting and varied drams (photo's below) including a Clynelish 7 yr old, the 8 year old The Quiet Man, the Benromach 5 year old, a 23 year old Aberlour from Whiskybroker, a 22 year old Bruichladdich from Dream Drams, "Portsoy Boy" a private bottling of Glenglassaugh, the Kilkerran Sherry Wood (work in progress) and bringing up the rear the 2014 Kilchoman (Land Rover) Tour bottling.

Dram of the night? "Portsoy Boy" a private bottling of Glenglassaugh from a port cask which was donated by a club member.

Moral of the night?  If you love whisky and can pool resources to buy a cask go for it you could find yourself with a right cracker!

Review - Benromach 10 year old

Yet another dead bottle!  This really is a spring clear out! Rally's whisky of the year 2014 it's matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a final year in sherry casks.

There not much I can say that hasn't been said by others, its been met with almost universal acclaim and its not hard to see why as it's a cracking dram, with a clear age statement and a very reasonable price.  It's become my favourite everyday dram and I'll certainly be buying it again.

  • ABV 43% vol
  • 70cl
  • Price £35
  • Nose 23/25 - lots of malt, a hint of sherry and clean oak coming through late on.
  • Taste 24/25 - again plenty of malt, ginger, some smoke in the background; so much more than you'd expect from a 10 year old.
  • Finish 22/25 - medium dry, with a continued spicy under note. it's not overly long but remember this is only 10 years old!
  • Balance 23/25 - great nose, mouth and finish it's almost impossible not to enjoy this.
  • Total 92/100