Today we look at two new releases from Dram Mor.
Dram Mor Tullibardine 7yo Cask #140
This Dram Mor release was distilled in 2015 and matured in a 1st fill bourbon barrel for 7 years. There was an outturn of 263 bottles.
Golden syrup, custard cream biscuits, a touch of yeast. It's got a slightly overcooked cake aroma along with some light oak spice. The alcohol seems nicely balanced, with more of those bourbon cask scents taking centre stage. There's a slight funk here too, a little furniture polish and light cereal notes. Not overly sweet, more biscuit and cereal forward.
Honey nut cheerios appear on the first sip, moving into Empire biscuits (a Scottish "delicacy" comprised of two shortbread biscuits with a little jam in the middle, topped with white glace icing and a jelly sweet), going into a sweet, oaky finish that lasts for a good length, We're also finding some barley sugars, fresh cut grass and a little hazelnut in the background.
Nose (with water)
We're finding the nose to be heavier on the barley and cereal notes, with some of the sweeter aromas pushed into the background. There's more of that furniture polish and oak appearing too. We're not feeling like the addition of water helps the dram, at least on the nose.
Palate (with water)
In the similar vein to the reduced nose, the palate has more of the cereal and barley notes appearing, a touch of white pepper spice and some oaky richness. We're finding the age appearing a little more prominently now, there's a younger, spirit forward flavour that we're finding on the finish. It does retain some of that vanilla glace icing with a hint of nuttiness.
Quite a pleasant dram that balances cereals and biscuit flavours with a nice sweetness. It feels a little young and a little thin on the palate, but it's only 7 years old. It's a reasonable price and we'd happily go back for another dram.
Dram Mor Glenglassaugh 6yo Cask #65
This Dram Mor release was distilled in 2015 and matured in a bourbon hogshead before being finished in a 1st fill oloroso hogshead. It was bottled at 6 years of age. There was an outturn of 252 bottles.
Oh that's a lot of sherry. Raisins, dates, maraschino cherries, baking spices and a little bit of fresh mint leaf in the background. There's a fair bit of ginger and spice in here, mulled wine, treacle and a touch of armagnac aroma too. Going back we're finding some worn leather and burnt caramel.
Syrupy on the palate, and surprisingly well balanced for a sherry bomb. There's treacle toffee, dark chocolate coated raisins, cinnamon, toffee and oak. The sherry finish has masked the age of the spirit, making us believe it to be around 10 years old. We're finding the finish to be a little short, with chocolate, walnuts and nutmeg flavours most prominently on display.
Nose (with water)
Water brings a touch more spice, but also more fruit, strawberries, cherries, and a little sour lemon. There's a freshness that's appeared now, but it still maintains some of those richer dried fruits and spices. We'd avoid adding water if you're looking for that big sherry hit.
Palate (with water)
Similar to the diluted nose, we're getting fresher, zestier flavours with lemon, strawberry and raspberry coming to the forefront. This is quickly followed by ginger, chocolate and cinnamon buns. Water has extended the finish a little, but it's still slightly short for our liking.
This must have been an extremely active cask to impart this sort of sherry influence in a (presumably short?) finishing period. We thought we were in for an overpowering beast on the palate, but it was well balanced, giving warmth and richness from the mixture of alcohol and cask. We were a little disappointed on the finish, but if you love a sherry bomb you won't go wrong with this, and it's a steal for £65.
- 10 - Perfection. A whisky that we’ll remember forever.
- 9 - Amazing. We’d pay through the nose for a bottle.
- 8 - Great. Pick this up at RRP.
- 7 - Good. Happy to have a dram or two but wouldn’t buy a bottle.
- 6 - Passable. Would accept a dram, but wouldn’t seek it out.
- 5 - Poor. Would drink if it was the only option.
- 4 - Bad. Maybe it can be saved by ginger beer?
- 3 - Awful. It can't be saved by ginger beer.
- 2 - Pour it out
- 1 - We’ve never tried a whisky rated this low and hopefully never will.
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