That Boutique-y Advent Calendar – Days 4 – 7

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2020

Day 4 – Langatun 5 Year Old – Batch 3 – 51.2% vol.

Day 5– Speyside #3 6 Year Old – Batch 2 – 49.3% vol.

Day 6– Glen Spey 21 Year Old – Batch 1 – 49.7% vol.

Day 7 – Glentauchers 21 Year Old – Batch 8 – 47.1% vol.

On the 2nd day of Christmas Boutique-y gave to me…a sample from a distillery near me!!

I was sent this Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar in order to sample its delights, and to reveal my thoughts to you dear reader!! Will they all delight my palate? Time will certainly tell.

Day 4 is from Langatun Distillery, and it’s a 5 Year Old – Batch 3 – 51.2% vol. £89.95

Some information about the Langatun Distillery from Master of Malt:

“Swiss single malt whisky brand Langatun was created in 2007, but the family behind it has a history in brewing and distilling that stretches back for over a century. In the year of 1857, Jakob Baumberger returned home as a newly graduated master brewer, and founded a distillery at his father’s farm. Three years later, he took over the local brewery and continued his work. The distillery was based in an old grain store in the village of Langatun, situated about 30 miles north-east of the capital, Bern.

Shoot forward to the present day and his grandson, Hans Baumberger III, has continued the story, producing Langatun whisky as well as rum, vodka and liqueurs. However, whisky production has been relocated to the Kornhaus in Aarwangen – demand grew slightly too large for the original distillery!”

This has quite a fresh nose…I’ve just been out for a walk, fresh and grassy. There’s a little something astringent… There’s a little hint of banana, maybe? It smells like clear nail varnish? (not a bad thing…) Something sweet like honey too…and a kick of spice to bring you back. Honey and cinnamon on the palate and a biscuity note.

The palate is fruity, getting some lovely soft flavours coming though. It’s a little waxy on the tongue…pepper. A little heat, and banana again. The finish leaves a lovely sweetness on the palate.

Day 5– Speyside #3 6 Year Old – Batch 2 – 49.3% vol. £34.95

Back to Speyside again, and believe me, that’s no bad thing…

Custard and caramel greet the senses albeit briefly (first poured), a hint of citrus follows. A little butter, is there a hint of sweetness coming again? I think so. There’s a feint smokiness…

The palate oozes honey and sweetness, oh I like a good old ooze, there is definitely some orange in there, and hit of spice and fruit. Toffee coming through later… It’s quite lovely, spices and citrus flavours remaining.

Day 6– Glen Spey 21 Year Old – Batch 1 – 49.7% vol. £119.95

Staying in Speyside but heading for Rothes, and the Glen Spey disillery… It’s a blink and you’ll miss it distillery (set back off the road as you drive through.) Well, I have.

This has rather a fresh nose, sweet with vanilla and a lovely freshness to it. Think a cold day and a good walk…there’s a nice juiciness too, maybe some apple.

On the palate, there’s a lot going on, there’s a little tartness of orange, a lovely woody spice, a hint of ginger. There’s a lot of sweetness and warmth of spice with chocolate too, with a little fruity jammy note, yet it is drying, so slightly. Yet I feel it on my lips. The finish is sweet.

Now I have to admit, I giggled when I read the explanation of the label “it features a Porridgemacgorium! Just look at all those different types of porridge you could try! No wonder it’s so popular among those hip Victorians.” I have only just explained what a spurtle is!!

Day 7 – Glentauchers 21 Year Old – Batch 8 – 47.1% vol.

Off to Glentauchers Distillery now, this is situated between Keith and Aberlour in Mulben. I was lucky to have taken a ‘drive-by” pic of it last week…it was so cold, I was wishing I could have stopped for a little something to heat me up!!

Initially there is a hint of pear drops / clear nail polish… it’s a little salty once you allow it to open a while, the first scents noted have become more like caramel and some biscuit notes (a little malty?) there’s a sweet vanilla and jam, maybe a bit like those Happy Face biscuits…the palate delivers an almost waxiness on first sip, the sweetness from the nose has turned into woody spice. There’s a bitterness that almost challenges my senses from what I enjoyed on the nose. Spices remain on the finish. I might need to revisit this one.

The advent calendars were available from Master of Malt plenty of delicious Boutique-y Whisky to tempt your palate too!!

James E Pepper 3 Year Old – That Boutique-y Advent Calendar – Day 3

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2020

James E Pepper 3 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish – Rye Whiskey – 50% vol.

On the 3rd day of Christmas Boutique-y gave to me…a little rye whiskey!!

I was sent this Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar in order to sample its delights, and to reveal my thoughts to you dear reader!! Will they all delight my palate? Time will certainly tell.

So, day 3 is from James E Pepper, and it’s rye whiskey and also an oloroso cask finish – 50% vol.

This is actually one that I first tried on a tasting last year, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to do so again. Sugar puffs (I’m sure it is those sticky things) and a lovely sweetness. A hint of coffee perhaps? The palate had a lot of warmth with the first sip, quite like a warming cough sweetie (if you get my drift?) cloves and warmth, it’s either that or rub a little something on your chest… there’s a nice bitterness to this too, some dark chocolate. But it’s sweet and caramelly too.

The finish is sweet and spicy and nicey…

I really quite liked this, going back to my first sips of rye whiskey back in 2016, I can’t say I was too taken with them…back then.

The label is “set in an old school soda float shop, smartly dressed distillery owner Amir is having his order taken. Against a backdrop of all kinds of sweet treats, he chooses from three barrel shaped soda fountains and for this time, he goes for an Oloroso”, say the good folks at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Artwork as ever by the very talented Emily Chappell.

The advent calendars were available from Master of Malt plenty of delicious Boutique-y Whisky to tempt your palate too!! You can purchase the James E Pepper for £46.95

Macduff 10 Year Old – Batch 10 That Boutique-y Advent Calendar – Day 2

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2020

Macduff 10 Year Old – Batch 10 – 52% vol.

On the 2nd day of Christmas Boutique-y gave to me…a sample from a distillery near me!!

I was sent this Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar in order to sample its delights, and to reveal my thoughts to you dear reader!! Will they all delight my palate? Time will certainly tell.

and we’re off…

So, day 2 is from Macduff, and it’s a 10 Year Old – Batch 10 – 52% vol.

Day 2’s little treat…

The label shows “deleted scenes from the play on the label of our Macduff bottling. Press the stopper down to hear the director’s commentary from Shakespeare himself (probably a lie.)” say the good folks at That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Artwork as ever by the very talented Emily Chappell.

Macduff is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is situated on Banff Bay close to Banff, across the estuary of the River Deveron. I was there but a few weeks ago, and it was blinking freezing, but a good bracing sea air never hurt anyone… I could have done with a little something to heat me up.

On the nose, there was a sharp estery hint initially, a tiny hint of sweeties (parma violets (briefly)), a little malty note too, and it’s floral and vanilla sweet. There is apple in there with a little ginger spice nipping the senses.

On the palate, it is a little peppery, but the vanilla is plentiful, apple and a little ginger again. A little kick of heat, and ever so slightly drying. The finish is gentle with vanilla remaining.

The advent calendars were available from Master of Malt plenty of delicious Boutique-y Whisky to tempt your palate too!!

Speyside No.2 25 Year Old – Batch 1 That Boutique-y Advent Calendar – Day 1

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2020

Speyside No.2 25 Year Old – Batch 1 – 51.6% vol.

Time to get this little treat unlocked… what will be revealed? Let’s see.

I was sent this Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar in order to sample its delights, and to reveal my thoughts to you dear reader!! Will they all delight my palate? Time will certainly tell.

Eager to escape…

So, day 1 is the Speyside No.2 25 Year Old – Batch 1 – 51.6% vol.

I’m free!!!

The label bears a question mark, and words such as ‘very smoothness, such mystery, and wow!!” That accompanied by a doge (see below) and as all we know is that this is from Speyside, I am sure it will be a good un!! Artwork as ever by the very talented Emily Chappell.

Doge

I thought that if I can, I would share some little story or other with you while I write my tasting notes. Be honest, you love it!!

I’m hugely grateful for the fact that I live very close to Speyside, I know, lucky me eh? So within ‘x’ amount of time I can drive there and take in the scents and sights of a whisky region that I love.

There is a sugary sweet nose maybe a little overly ripe banana, and it’s a little estery to be fair, with honey and a few malt biscuits chucked in for good measure. A hint of ginger pricks the senses, and a fresh grassy notes lurks in the background.

So with the year we’ve had and having some time to play with, I have managed a few extra scenic tours of the area…not only the beauty and scents of the distilleries and warehouses, but the scenery too. It’s good to kick back from life and take it all in.

The palate delivers caramel and vanilla, there’s a slight nuttiness too and butterscotch. The vanilla is sweet. The grassy freshness remains with fruit and a little kick of citrus, and some woody spices too.

The sweetness of the honey is delicious, it’s nice tasting that, as it really carries on from what the nose was offering me…the spice is warming, the finish is quite long and it has a lovely heat to it, the caramellly sweetness lingers.

Again, many thanks for the opportunity to sample this advent calendar.

These were available from Master of Malt The whisky is still available for £116.95

Merr-y Christmas Boutique-y Whisky Style

Drinks by the Dram Unveil New Lineup of Boozy Advent Calendars for 2020

The original spirit-filled advent calendars are back with a range to suit every budget and taste

  • The original boozy advent calendar creators are back for 9th year
  • Ranging from £50 all the way up to £1,000 this year’s range offers something for everyone
  • Drinks by the Dram have again teamed up with That Boutique-y Gin Company to create an advent calendar for the gin and flavour curious, priced at just £50 
  • Showcasing some of the most exciting spirits brands from around the world, the new range is designed to take you on a journey of spirit discovery

This year Drinks by the Dram have again teamed up with That Boutique-y Whisky Company to create another awe-inspiring calendar crammed with 24 exquisite-y drams from all over the world of whisky. Including bourbons, blends and bold barrel finishes, this year’s offering is everything a whisky lover could want for Christmas! Some exciting drams to look out for from the independent bottler are Cotswolds 3yo, Japanese Blended Whisky #1 21yo and Speyside #4 24yo.

These are available now from Master of Malt for £99.95

I’m really lucky to have been sent a calendar to review, thanks again.

Join me in December as I give you my thoughts on them.