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Old St. Andrews Whisky is distinctive with it’s famous golfing name and amazing golf ball packaging. If you’re wondering what I mean just check out their 5cl. miniatures!
So I was pleased to be asked to take part in the Old St. Andrews Whisky Tweet Tasting held on October 15th.
Four whiskies were sampled:-
- Clubhouse Blended Scotch Whisky
- Twilight 10 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky
- Fireside 12 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky
- Nightcap 15 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky
In a way, each whisky represents a part of ‘A Day In The Life’ for us dramming fans – not a bad way to spend ones day!
If you want to catch up on what all the tweet tasters had to say (and there was quite a few of them with lots of thoughts!) you can view the tweets by searching for the hash tag #OSAWhisky on Twitter.
So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and the one which was my favourite on the night!
Tasting Notes – Clubhouse Blended Scotch Whisky ( 40% )
Nicknamed ‘The Rich And Fruity One’, Clubhouse is described as The Perfect Accompaniment To An Evening With Friends.
Clubhouse is crafted & blended with around 15 premium quality malts & 3 grain whiskies.
Clubhouse – 82/100
Good Whisky Worth Trying ‘…The Delivery Is As Sweetly Struck As You Might Hope For.’
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012
Nose: Quite sweet n’ spicy with a touch of caramel. Hints of vanilla & orange, woody with a slight smoke. Lovely fudgyness if there’s such a word!
Palate: Plump raisins, caramel chocolate then a spiciness that cuts thru after the sweetness.
Finish: Pepper, zingy lemon with a slight tanin dryness. Nice fiery finish.
Overall: Very drinkable dram and at the bargain price – irresistible!
£19.49 (See ABOVE for a special offer!)
Tasting Notes – Twilight 10 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky ( 40% )
‘The Fresh And Delicate One’ is the tag-line for Twilight. It is A Perfect Salute To The End Of The Day.
Twilight is matured in American white oak casks for at least 10 years.
‘Fabulous: A Classic, Clean Speyside-Juicy Style That Is Quite Irresistible. Not A Single Harsh Or Discordant Note Here… Full Of Invigorating Freshness That Fills The Heart With Hope And Joy. Lipsmacking Scotch Malt Whisky As It Should Be.’
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012
Nose: Orange caramel & spice. Rose wine, apple and pear driving thru now … and there’s some coconut!
Palate: Smooth orange and vanilla with a hint of licourice. More body than the Clubhouse, buttery, tropical fruit.
Finish: The sweetness lasts mixed in with grapefruit. Long, spicy, oaky finish.
Overall: A light, enjoyable dram with a pleasant sweetness – perfect for unwinding after a hard day!
£31.49 (See ABOVE for a special offer!)
Tasting Notes – Fireside 12 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky ( 40% )
‘The Slightly Smokey One’ is an apt description of Fireside. The Ideal Complement To A Relaxed Fireside Conversation With A Friend.
Fireside is slightly peated (a result of the ancient process of drying malted barley in kilns using peat as fuel) & has been matured for at least 12 years in oak casks.
Fireside – 88.5/100
Very Good To Excellent Whisky, Definitely Worth Buying ‘…Sharp Clean And Full Of Malty Freshness… Beautifully Driven.’
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012
Nose: Peaty and smokiness hits straight away! Lovely oaky aromas with hints of grass.
Palate: Sweet sherried fruits, Xmas cakey with light chocolate. Slightly treacly.
Finish: Mild smoke n’ peat, grapefruit and ends with a short spice n’ pepper finish.
Overall: A great introduction to peaty drams, not too imposing on the palate – throw another log on the fire and chat the night away!
£34.00 (See ABOVE for a special offer!)
Tasting Notes – Nightcap 15 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky ( 40% )
‘The Rich Honeyed Oak One’ is the banner under which Nightcap, the final whisky of the tweet tasting, goes under. Just The Perfect Way To End The Evening!
Nightcap is matured for at least 15 years in European oak casks.
Nightcap – 89/100
Very Good To Excellent Whisky, Definitely Worth Buying ‘…Beautiful Weight On Delivery And The Muscavado Sugar Edge Is A Pure Delight….’
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012
Nose: Bourbon nose akin to Jack Daniels. Sweet and gloriously oaky. Peach jelly sweets and ice cream, lilt and tropical fruit. In fact, a smorgasbord of aromas here!
Palate: Rich sweetness, lots of mango & tropical fruit abounds. Touch of grapefruit.
Finish: Very smooth – peppery with a satisfying spicy finish!
Overall: Incredible array of aromas here backed up with fantastic sweetness and spice – a nightcap that could easily become plural!
£37.00 (See ABOVE for a special offer!)
My Favourite On The Night
The Clubhouse is an amazing whisky and is available at a fantastic price but out of the four, I think it’s got to be the Nightcap – I thought it was wonderfully complex and morish!
My fellow Tweeters were:-
@TheWhiskyWire @WhiskyDiscovery @ifotou @steveprentice @WhiskyCorner @WhiskyPlease @TheGreenWelly @GreatDrams @ben_cops @dvdbloke @AbbeyWhisky @johnniestumbler @Alpacajo @WhiskyRepublic @raithrover @RobbiesDrams @warburton81 @msykesjones @MikeJack1976 @Nickolls_Perks
Ballantine’s has released a humorous new film to reveal what could have happened if Ballantine’s history had taken an unexpected and alternative route through the years …
It aims to highlight to its fans around the world both its vibrant personality and its commitment to staying true to itself throughout its near 200 year history.
Conceived and created by M&C Saatchi, the campaign goes live with the release of two films; The Could-Be-True Story and The Stay True Story, both of which can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/Ballantines.
The Could-Be-True Story first takes the viewer through Ballantine’s impressive heritage in an unexpected and humorous way, illustrating what could have happened had Ballantine’s not stayed true to founder George Ballantine’s vision.
The Stay True Story of Ballantine’s then supports and complements the lead ‘Could-Be-True’ film, recounting Ballantine’s true brand story and demonstrating the ways in which the brand actually has stayed true since its creation in 1827.
This new campaign is the latest in a series of successful marketing initiatives from Ballantine’s, which has seen the brand make a concerted effort to connect with consumers through digital media.
This consumer engagement strategy is paying off, with Ballantine’s showing a strong performance in key markets such as South Africa (109% annual growth), Brazil (51% annual growth), India (18% annual growth), and Poland (13% annual growth).
Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, Peter Moore, said: “As a brand that prides itself on its reputation for innovation, we have long understood the potential that engaging, digital content provides, allowing us to connect with independent-minded adults. With these new films, we’re aiming to tell the story of Ballantine’s in a surprising and light-hearted manner, and one that is unexpected of a Scotch whisky brand. We are hopeful that this approach will capture the attention of our audience, showing them that whilst Ballantine’s is a well-established brand with a long history of tradition, we have a sense of humour and an individual style, making us a brand that remains relevant today.”
Follow this alternative timeline on Twitter: #CouldBeTrue
Are you sitting comfortably? Well you could be!
The Glenlivet has unveiled the latest innovation from its Nàdurra range, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair.
A celebration of modern craftsmanship, the Dram Chair aims to provide the perfect setting in which whisky connoisseurs can relax and enjoy a dram of single malt Scotch whisky.
The Dram Chair is the result of a collaboration with award-winning British designer, Gareth Neal, whose original furniture is popular among discerning customers around the world.
Neal drew inspiration from the traditional, nineteenth century productionmethods at the heart of Nàdurra, meaning ‘natural’ in Gaelic, to design a contemporary piece that captures the spirit of the range. The frame of the chair is hand-crafted from oak, so crucial to the maturation of The Glenlivet spirit, while the leather seat has been steeped in oak bark by the only remaining oak tannery in Great Britain.
The copper rivets, which mirror the distillery’s copper pot stills, secure the chair and ensure that it will withstand the test of time and a dram can be nestled comfortably on the chair’s arm The original design will be on display for a limited time at The New Craftsmen store in Mayfair, London, before it becomes an exhibit at The Glenlivet Distillery. Members of The Guardians of The Glenlivet online community can commission a chair to order at a cost of £6,200, and customise which arm of the chair should be equipped to house a dram. Each bespoke chair will be etched and numbered to create subtle variations and originality for collectors.
Commenting on the launch, Gareth said: “My core values are people, process and place, so spending time with the handful of people who make The Glenlivet Nàdurra and witnessing first-hand the time-honoured processes that are used to create this fine whisky was truly inspiring. I have used a similar, hand-crafted approach to my own production methods for this unique dram chair. “Enjoying a dram is a moment of escapism and I wanted to immerse the sitter in the materials that have brought this moment of pleasure about, in absolute comfort. The piece is so lightweight that it can literally be transported to a location of choice. I imagined a dramatic vista of the Scottish Highlands but the collector can create their own perfect Nàdurra moment.”
Nikki Burgess, Global Brand Director of The Glenlivet, added: “Neal and The New Craftsmen were obvious partners to commission to make The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair. They are passionately committed to a shared vision: combining the unique heritage of British craftsmanship with a sense of modernity. The partnership has resulted in something naturally crafted that is surprising and unique – a timeless original.”
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