We love whisky at Whisky Squad (obvs), so decided just to do some sessions with whiskies that we love. First up: Elise.
Compass Box No Name (48.9% abv) [BUY]
Teeling/DOT Brew Collaboration (60.7% abv)
OOLA Waitsburg Bourbon (47% abv) [BUY]
Highland Park Full Volume (47.2% abv) [BUY]
Bushmills Distillery Reserve (40% abv)
Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Cask Strength (Park Ave Liquors) (54.7% abv)
Continuing last month’s theme, this time it was Billy’s turn to choose some drams.
Longrow 2001 Chardonnay Finish (2008) (aka Longrow White) (56% abv)
Laphroaig 10yo (bottled 1990s) (43% abv)
Tomatin 1978 25yo (40% abv)
Balcones Texas Single Malt (53% abv) [BUY]
Starward Anniversary (52% abv) [BUY]
Bowmore Black Rock (40% abv) [BUY]
This was meant to be our January session, but nevertheless we celebrated the turning of another year with a selection of new(ish) drams from new(ish) distilleries.
Strathearn Triple Distilled New-Make (53.5% abv)
Macaloney Mac Na Braiche (50% abv)
Milk & Honey Young Single Malt Cask #036 & #037 (46% abv)
Spirit of Yorkshire 001 (46% abv) [BUY]
Cotswolds Inaugural (46% abv)
Kilkerran 12yo (46% abv) [BUY]
Wolfburn Northland (46% abv) [BUY]
Billy visits distilleries quite often and, good boy that he is, he usually picks up something for the Squad. In this session, we drank a load of them. They were nice.
Slane Distillery Blend (45% abv)
Strathisla 15yo Batch 2 Distillery Only (55.9% abv)
Benromach 2010 Cask #280 Distillery Exclusive (61% abv)
Glen Scotia 2005 Cask No.818 (Distillery only) (58.2% abv)
Glen Moray 2011 Peated Port Distillery Selection (55.6% abv)
Springbank 2006 11yo Refill Butt (Cage bottling) (58.1% abv)
Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask Finish (51.8% abv)
With summer madness in full swing at both Elise and Billy’s offices, it was time for a less elaborate session – a selection of tasty new releases.
Bladnoch 10yo (46.7% abv)
Daftmill 2006 Summer Batch Release (46% abv)
Give ‘n’ Tell 25yo (51.4% abv) [BUY]
GlenAllachie 18yo (46% abv) [BUY]
Method and Madness Single Pot Still finished in virgin Hungarian oak (46% abv) [BUY]
Port Charlotte 10yo (50% abv) [BUY]
Another instalment of our semi-annual high-end session, with big-ticket whiskies all tasted blind. This time saw something rather special – the earliest vintage whisky tasted at Whisky Squad. Well, the earliest stated vintage anyway: 1962.
North British 1962 The Last Fetish (46% abv)
Balblair 1991 Third Release (46% abv)
Jameson 18yo Bow Street Edition (55.4% abv)
Bowmore 1998 Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange (48.8% abv)
Cladach (57.1% abv)
Mortlach 1976 Gordon & MacPhail (43% abv)
An evening of whisky, cookies and talking rubbish – an almost perfect Whisky Squad. Add in loads more whisky than usual, no formal tasting and £1000 raised for charity, and we got a successful end to 2019. Top work all involved.