Monday, 28 July 2014

Jim Beam Devil's Cut

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes

Tumbler-glass against the wall,
Who is sweetest of us all?

Bourbon producer Jim Beam launched The Devil's Cut in 2012. Just like the angels, the devils arrogates himself a few glasses of the spirit that has been lounging around for some years. The angels claim 2 to 3 percent on an annual basis.

The devil hides his share in the cask itself. Unfortunately for him, the people at Jim Beam use a tried and true method to filch him his share. Pour a few liters of water in the "empty" cask and start shaking it. After half an hour you will get a decent ammount of whiskeywater, ready to blend with the actual whiskey.

This concludes the marketing story around The Devil's Cut. On to the real deal: the tasting notes.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Malts of Scotland Images of Tain - Mansfield Castle

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes

Having a coffee with an instrument builder in Cordoba

Malts of Scotland is a German indy bottler since 2009. In 5 years he was already awarded multiple times the title of "Independent Bottler of the Year".

The Images series is a range of "secret" bottlings that do not (or cannot) disclose the identity of the distillery. Every label gets a name and landmark hinting at the provenance in return. Most of the time you will have enough information to make an educated guess. Behold the perfect example: Port Ellen Lighthouse (I think you can easily guess its identity).

This Images of Tain bottling was named after Mansfield Castle. A castle that is only a four minutes drive away from ... Glenmorangie.

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Macallan Ruby

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes

Sunbathing in a Spanish garden

The Macallan reorganised its core range in 2012. Most of the age statements were ditched and replaced by colours. Yes, you've read it right: colours. A small risk for a company stating a few years ago that not colour, but maturation was the most important aspect of a good quality whisky. Because colour could be faked...

The new range consists of Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. Luckily no additional colouring is used. Ruby is a vatting of first fill and refill sherry casks and is the darkest whisky in the class of four. If it is also the most mature, that remains to be seen.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Douglas Laing Single Minded Auchentoshan 12

Leaving the nest early

The Single Minded series from independent bottler Douglas Laing is a collection of small batch single malts. All bottled at 41.5% ABV and relatively young.

Up till now a 7 year old Dailuaine, a 10 year old Tamdhu and a 12 year old Braeval have been bottled. And of course this 12 year old Auchentoshan, triple distilled and famous for it’s gentle style.