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Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar
Reviewing the Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar is a work in progress but I thought that twenty four different blog posts would be a bit much; for both you and me. So I decided to post the drams on here as a weekly round-up with some quick fire tasting notes and a wee score out of five.Scores aren't something I would normally give (on this blog at least) but, as there'll be 24 different drams and this is Christmas, I thought I'd try something new. It'll also help you decide which ones you'd like to read.Just click on each image for the tasting notes.Just so you ...

Milk & Honey

Milk & Honey
This sample from the Milk & Honey distillery is my next step into the world of Israeli whisky. My only previous experience of Israeli (and this may depend on your political stance) whisky has been a few samples from the Golan Heights Distillery passed on to me by Jason a wee while ago. Although I've only tried the sample from Cask 16, I don't think I was as impressed as he was. As a result, half of it ended up in the infinity bottle which I have affectionately termed the Blend of Doom.This M&H dram was a bit odd. Acknowledging in advance that it might need a ...

Tamdhu Batch Strength #4

Tamdhu Batch Strength #4
Tamdhu wouldn't have always been my first choice of dram on a November evening. Over time, though, it appears as though my tastes have changed. Ordinarily a cold, winter’s evening would have called for a peaty dram without the need for further contemplation. However, I’m finding more and more these days that I’m veering away from the peat. Although I haven’t turned my back on it completely, I am way more partial to a sherry bomb than I ever used to be. Of course, you can have the best of both worlds; I recently tasted Smokehead Sherry Bomb from Ian Macleod which ...

That Boutique-y Dram Good Club 2: The Revenge

Dram Good Club
This is the second Dram Good Club box from That Boutique-y Whisky Company which again includes a little something from That Boutique-y Rum Company added for good measure.Once again, this Dram Good Club selection offers something new. I mentioned in a previous post that one of the things which puts me off whisky subscription boxes is that there's a fair chance I've already tried, and possibly even bought, the whisky it includes. So, with the exception of one of these samples, they were all new to me. The exception was the Cotswolds 3 years which I'd tried at the ...

The Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 1

The Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker's Reserve
Fair play to the Lakes Distillery. This time last year, after my review of their blended malt, Steel Bonnets, I thought I would've ended up on their shit list. Instead, I received an email thanking me for my honest review. There were many people out there who enjoyed Steel Bonnets; I just wasn't one of them. Once again, I'll reiterate that whisky is entirely subjective and tasting notes simply reflect one person's opinion. Also, credit where credit's due. I've heard about a number of reviewers who've been taken off PR lists due to their not so favourable take on certain ...