Provenance: Speyside (Scotland)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry butt Refill, ex-Sauternes Wine barrique First Fill
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
It takes a lot of passion and a desire to invent, to test oneself, to take risks to be an independent bottler.
And it takes a profound knowledge of whisky to know how to choose the casks from which to make your own bottles: individual, unique, unrepeatable casks, which can lead to great success or bitter disappointment.
The Macdonald family believes deeply in their project, born in a town rich in whisky history, that Dumbarton where Ballantine’s was born and where Chivas Brothers is today, and launched in 2019 with the first single cask bottlings that, quickly, have built a solid base of fans.
Starting a new business only to be swept away by the pandemic in a short space of time isn’t the best of beginnings, but it hasn’t deterred Viktorija, Kenny and Ruaraidh from continuing on their way, following up the first four bottlings with five more single casks this Autumn, split between four distilleries across the vast Scottish landscape.
Thanks to Viktorija’s immense kindness, I was able to receive samples of the entire new series, and decided to start with Tomintoul to compare this cask strength with the distillery’s own version, which is kept at the minimum gradation as a production signature.
Cask strength, then, entirely natural, 317 bottles produced after spending 15 years in a ex-Sherry cask and a four-month finish in a ex-Sauternes Wine cask.
Straw yellow, very pale, in the glass.
The wine stands out immediately on the nose, with the grape must dominating the olfactory component, enhancing a herbaceous and vinegary profile that tends to prevail over the rest. Allowing the whisky time to breathe, it exudes sweeter, more accommodating tones of white peach, green apple, almonds, caramel, cinnamon and lime. Caress of wood in the background. It almost seems younger than its 15 years.
On the palate, the Sherry takes the place of honor, with a spicy push of ginger and cloves that punctuates ripe plums, white grapes, apple pie, panna cotta, honey. Orange peel. The herbaceous aspect is almost completely covered, though it remains as a slight background impression.
Medium-long finish of spices, wood, citrus, dried fruit.
An unbalanced whisky, the final influence of the wine cask disrupts the aromas especially in the olfactory part, while on the palate it takes up the Tomintoul profile giving it a stronger but ruffled thrust.
Not a fully successful bottling, but not lacking in points of interest.
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Dràm Mòr Glen Garioch 8yo
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Moscatel Finish
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Spanish Red Wine Finish
Dràm Mòr Linkwood 10yo
Dràm Mòr Tullibardine 5yo