It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas…

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the doorbells will start to chime
And the thing that’ll make ’em ring is the deliveries that they bring
Once you’ve added one to your cart….”

It definitely is beginning to look a lot like Christmas…especially so after receiving this wonderful Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar to review from those lovely people at Atom Brands.. thank you again!!

24 little bottles full of expectation and new tastes…and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts of them with you!!

These are available now from Master of Malt for £99.95

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar – Days 12 – 15

That Boutique-y Whisky Company | That Boutique-y Advent Calendar Days 12 – 15

Ho ho ho!! Time for a little review of days 12 – 15 of that Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar. We have been travelling around a bit the past few days from Longmorn to Ireland… time for a dram after all that!!

Day 12 – Longmorn 10 year old – Batch 3 – 48.3% vol.

Longmorn distillery is a stones throw from BenRiach distillery and the keen eyed should be able to spot it from the road on your way past.

From their website we can find this information about the label drawn by Emily Chappell:

“Back in 1894, the Longmorn distillery was founded in Speyside. Four years later, the founder John Duff founded a second distillery a couple hundred metres from Longmorn, called Longmorn 2: Electric Boogaloo (maybe not that last part, but it was called Longmorn 2 until it became BenRiach). The two distilleries worked together, and eventually had a private railroad built between them to transport barley, peat and other sundries. In fact, if you visit Longmorn today, you’ll find a steam engine in the distillery – a sneak peek of which you can see on our Longmorn label”.

The Whisky

Victoria sponge cake and vanilla initially. A nice spicy nose and it’s quite light and floral…a drizzle of honey. Also, there’s a hint of orange… lots of sweet notes.

Lots of sweetness greets the palate, with caramel and a lot of warming spices. This is really quite fruity with a bitterness to it (not a bad thing.) It’s a little drying. The finish is woody…spices leave a lingering warmth.

Day 13  – Ben Nevis –23 year old – Batch 10 – 48% vol.

Ben Nevis Distillery is in Fort William, Lochaber. Nestled I guess you could say at the foot of Ben Nevis… should you decide to climb Ben Nevis, then enjoy the breathtaking views from the summit (should the weather be on your side.)

Back in the mid nineties I actually climbed Ben Nevis (1,345 m and the highest mountain in the British Isles) twice in the space of a month, and three times within the same year… but only once was I treated to those spectacular views.

The Whisky

So, I think this is my second Ben Nevis dram that I have tried, the nose had quite a strange kind of metallic scent briefly, but it’s fruity. Sort of getting a biscuity note. A little waxy…sweet but not too sweet.

Kind of getting a waxy note initially. There’s some nice fruit, but it feels like it flattens on the palate…mocha bitterness.. plenty of spice mulling around. Getting some citrus too.

The finish is warming and a little citrusy.

Day 14  – Irish Single Malt 13 year old – Batch 2 – 48.4% vol.

My lovely horse… drink, feck, arse, girls… down with this sort of thing !! It’s all gone a bit Father Ted as the money was only resting in my bank account. Day 14 is the Irish Single Malt.

The Whisky

The nose, well this has me feeling fruity… strawberries and apples, vanilla biscuits. And it’s fresh and almost like being outside lying on the grass, probably on Craggy Island.

The palate is fruit again, and sweetness. A deep richness with cake spices. And a little woody spice creeping in… it’s quite a pleasant mouthful, as the Bishop said to the actress…

The finish is ginger and spices…ever so slightly drying. A kiss of fruit too.

I would say go on, go on, go on, go on….buy it, but sadly it is sold out.

Day 15  – Islay #3 13 year old – Batch 4 – 48.6% vol.

Day 15 is from Islay and the label has gone back to the future, if you read the t-shirts, you’ll see not only are they names of Islay distilleries, but they also spell Living Room Whisky.

“Jon and Mike from LivingRoom Whisky celebrating their sci-fi-tastic victory at That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s “Islay Ultra Competition Showdown Throwdown Extravaganza To The Extreme Lucky Best Time.”

I am also luck to have a large canvas of this (which I won, hanging in my kitchen.)

The Whisky

Leather notes and Savlon… greet the senses. It’s like being sat beside a bonfire, some apples and mixed fruit wrapped in foil cooking in the embers add some sweetness.

The palate, woah… the fruit has soaked up that smokiness from the fire. It’s sweet, but there’s a lot of warmth in the mouth. The smoky flavours remain on the palate… with a little sourness too.

Many thanks to Atom Brands for this Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar.

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Days 9 – 11 – That Boutique-y Advent Calendar

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar Days 9 – 11 | That Boutique-y Whisky Company

So it’s days 9 to 11 of Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar, and what delights have I been treated to the past few days…well dear reader, read on… hopefully my thoughts and those of ocdwhisky will have you wanting to spoil yourself to one of these too !!

Day 9 – Blended Whisky #2 – 22 year old – Batch 3 – 41.8% vol.

Oh yeah… One I invested in last year upon recommendation. You know it makes sense…

A little hint of coffee… a lovely hint of chocolate. A little whack of leather. A wisp of vanilla… a delicious inviting woody note, with a very lovely sweetness.

Can you see where I am going with this?

The palate has a nice fullness to it, there is a lovely caramel ripple…a little cherry, some soft spices and it just whispers… sip me again.

The finish is lovely, a little dark chocolate…a little orange bitterness.

I do like this, and was so happy to find this sample in the advent calendar and I am grateful I’m able to have this in my collection.

Day 10  – Strathclyde – 31 year old – Batch 4 – 45% vol.

A little grain… for me? Ooh. 

Quite a freshness on the nose, slight acetone hint… a teeny bit of menthol briefly. Buttery note, a little cherry. Light nuttiness and some coffee aroma. The delicious woody notes that I love are there too. Luscious vanilla…yep.

The palate is not as sweet as the nose suggested… a chewed pencils kind of taste. There is still some vanilla there and delicious woody spices… burnt sugar. Oh hang on…creamy custardy sweetness when I poured it again. Caramel skips by…

I like this, but I ain’t seeing it on Master of Malt… yoo hoo guv’nor, got any more?


Day 11  – Speyburn 10 year old – Batch 3 – 49.5% vol.

The nose delivers vanilla with ginger spice. A slice of malty cake like Soreen…there’s a creamy kind of note too. A hint of fruit. Maybe apple?

There is ginger on the palate, albeit briefly. Caramel sweetness, but then a whack of salt or something? There’s a definite black tea bitterness… then caramel sweetness. Then saltiness…

Definitely a hint of salt on the finish fading to a little sweetness. Nosing the glass afterward gave a slight sourness. Maybe not one for my palate, though I am sure other’s will love it… you might want to read anothereview of this by ocdwhisky. 

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Many thanks to Atom Brands for this Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar.

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That Boutique-y Advent Calendar | Days 5 – 8

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Have you ever had a Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar before? If not, why not? This is my second year… ((or third year (the first one I bought was the Glenfarclas one)) Can’t you just imagine the excitement of carefully opening the little door to reveal the latest little dram!! I can… this has also had me thinking about what it is about Boutique-y Whisky that I love… I’ll tell you about that another time.

Anyhoo.. this is a review of days 5 to 8.

Day 5  – Blair Athol 21 year old – Batch 5 – 51.5% vol.

This hails from a distillery nestled in the Highlands, in Pitlochry not far from the River Tummel (then Loch Tummel.)

Originally called Aldour after the alt dour (or burn (river) of the otter) in 1798, this was then revived in 1826 as Blair Athol. After briefly closing in 1932 it was saved from closure by Arthur Bell and Sons. 1949 saw the distillery being reopened after being rebuilt, and it has been in production ever since.

Outdoorsy grassy aroma initially, quickly turning floral and fresh and a fruity character. A little apple… There’s a light sort of caramel note, with vanilla and the feintest hint of Trebor mint. Almost a cake note too.

Yum !!

Fruity and a little spicy on the palate. That cake that I got on the nose is coming through too…. There’s a touch of honey and it has an ever so slightly woody note. And as we all know… I love a bit of wood on the palate. A nice strength to this too.

Day 6  – Auchroisk – 12 year old – Batch 7 – 47.9% vol.

1972 was the year Auchroisk distillery was built in Mulben, this is not far from Keith (Banffshire) and official production commenced in 1974.

The label is adorned with Zombies, there’s no real reason, but it has me humming ‘Kernkraft 400’ by Zombie Nation…

This has a very sweet nose, a slightly pastry-ish, light floral hint and citrus. The palate delivered sort of a bitter sweetness… a little vanilla and honey with ginger, there’s a slight lemony bitterness there. That pastry is still there.

The finish is pepperiness that lasts, with a touch of vanilla.

Day 7  – Royal Brackla12 year old – Batch 1 – 47.9% vol.

A first bottling of the Royal Brackla from Boutique-y Whisky. The label depicts well I will let them tell you… “If you haven’t had the chance to meet King William IV or the steelworks’ owner in person then you can get an idea of how this distillery bagged themselves a Royal Warrant. The steelworks’ owner is gesticulating towards the pouring metal and saying boldly to the king: “New formulation. Good for a number of very specific applications. The Brachyuran overlords are delighted.”

A rather delicious hint of cinnamon, vanilla and apples a little red fruit too. Caramel.. and it’s fresh. A twist of lemon, but it’s not in your face, it is subtle. A sort of pastry scent coming through after letting it sit.

Palate delivered a slightly acetone type hit on the first sip. Caramel sweetness..Again it’s fruity, a bit like the tin of fruit you’d stick in a 70s trifle. Lemon bitterness…

The finish is long and warming.

Day 8  – Blended Malt #1 – 18 year old – Batch 3 – 47.3% vol.

Oh halo… or all hail the teaspoon. So what the chuffing hell has that got to do with whisky? Well… this is because the whisky is predominantly made with whisky from one distillery, and a teeny bit from another distillery… ooh ah just a little bit, and this then means it can’t be labelled with the distillery name from which it came or be classed as a single malt. But if it’s as lovely as this… you don’t mind, not one bit !!

This little gem of which I also have a big gem is from one of my favourite distilleries…one of which may or may not have a smiley face drawn in some dust on a pipe, by me, last year on a tour.

The nose is light and floral, sweet pear drizzled with honey. Almost getting a pencil scent… some lovely woody notes too. Oh the palate, this has honey again and a little chocolate… lovely spice too. It’s almost peppery on the palate.

The finish leaves you with lovely honey sweetness lingering…. and a kiss of peppery warmth.