I’ve been in the BTC competition the last 3 years and I found this one to have a very high standard of quality overall. Not really any bottles which were substandard and a whopping 3 which I score 90+.
An onsetting cold couldn’t prevent me from being very partially right yesterday, so yay! Today, that cold has broken through, which means I’ve had to pick my moment this morning and nose and taste today’s dram fairly quickly before I clogged up again.
Yesterday a record of 7 100-point scores were given out, with another 2 people scoring 98. Astonishing scores, but understandable as it was an astonishing dram with characteristics you’ll remember if you’ve had it.
Yesterday’s dram turned out to be a Bladnoch, which reaffirms my belief that I need to find some more stuff from this little Lowlander. Today is… well, you see, it is… simply… pfff…
We’re back in bourbon country today. After the stunning surprise offered by yesterday’s Glen Scotia, this better be a little more guessable, Ewald!
Today’s sample is peated, fruity and a bit odd. The last two of those characteristics tend to be in my list of ‘yummy’-factors, so let’s find out whether they add up to a good and/or tasty whisky!
After yesterday’s lovely ex-bourbon matured dram, we are now back on the continent. Heavy sherry, lots of oak and high ABV. A bomb if there ever was one.
Yesterday’s dram was nice. Today’s dram… I want to marry it and have its beautiful babies (who, despite my gargoyle-infused genes, will still be exemplars of their kind).
Lovely dram yesterday, a totally unexpected young Balmenach. Today we resume our bourbon-sherry pingpong in the direction of sherry once more. A lovely dram on the nose…
Yesterday was weird sherry from Blair Athol. Not a lot of points were given out due to nobody having a clue what it was (except for Floris, for which he should get a well deserved applause. I’ll hold for a few seconds while you all do that. Ok. Tnx.). Today we’re back in bourbon or even virgin oak territory, from the first nose…