Whisky Advent Calendar

“The 2nd and Final Chapter”

In the meanwhile Christmas 2020 is past tense and so is our Dutch Whisky Brothers – Whisky Advent Calendar. We’ve had a very good time (due to the circumstances) on surprising each other with blind samples from our own kabinet bottles. During the The First Chapter we explored some amazing drams, so we’re buzzing to continue our journey with you guys 🥃.

We’ve already received some positive reactions about our own Advent Calendar so we decided to continue this and make it a December tradition for us. Off course we would continue it anyway, because why wouldn’t we 😅?

Whisky Advent Calendar by @Dramtastic.86 for his little brother @Whiskypeater

Let’s continue our journey and find out if there are more surprising drams to explore in our Calendars…

On this side you’ll read about the samples I, Dramtastic.86, received from my brother Whiskypeater

@Dramtastic.86
@Whiskypeater

On this side you’ll read the opposite from the left side 😉

Sample 7

A.D. Rattray – Williamson 2005
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Williamson 🐸
  • Bottler: A.D. Rattray
  • Vintage: 2005
  • Age: 12yo
  • ABV: 56.4 %
  • WB: 112687

Waardering: 3.5 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: an Orkney
  • Bottler: Single Malts of Scotland
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Age: 12yo
  • ABV: 48 %
  • WB: 141075
SMoS – an Orkney 12yo

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Sample 8

Smokehead – Rum Rebel
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: undisclosed
  • Bottler: Ian MacLeod
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 46 %
  • WB: 163536

Waardering: 2.5 uit 5.
  • Spirit
  • Distillery: Ardnamurchan
  • Bottler: Adelphi
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: 2yo
  • ABV: 57.4 %
  • WB: 140484
Ardnamurchan – 2019/AD

Waardering: 3 uit 5.

Sample 9

Douglas Laing – Auchentoshan 1996
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Auchentoshan
  • Bottler: Douglas Laing
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Age: 22yo
  • ABV: 55.4 %
  • WB: 139465

Waardering: 4 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Glengoyne
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: 21yo
  • ABV: 43 %
  • WB: 41501
Glengoyne – 21yo

Waardering: 4.5 uit 5.

Sample 10

3006 – Cameronbridge
  • Single Grain
  • Distillery: Cameronbridge
  • Bottler: 3006 Whisky
  • Vintage: 1992
  • Age: 27yo
  • ABV: 52.6 %
  • WB: 143868

Waardering: 4 uit 5.
  • Blended Grain
  • Distillery: North British, Strathclyde & Port Dundas
  • Bottler: Compass Box
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 53 %
  • WB: 163778
Compass Box – Hedonism Felicitas

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Sample 11

Ledaig – 18yo
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Ledaig
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: 18yo
  • ABV: 46.3 %
  • WB: 66055

Waardering: 3.5 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Mortlach
  • Bottler: Cooper’s Choice
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 61.5 %
  • WB: 164398
Cooper’s Choice – Sherry Beast

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Sample 12

Laphroaig – Cairdeas
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Laphroaig
  • Bottler: OB
  • Vintage: –
  • Age: NAS
  • ABV: 52 %
  • WB: 159937

Waardering: 4.5 uit 5.
  • Single Malt
  • Distillery: Sutherland (Meow 😻)
  • Vintage: 2000
  • Age: 19yo
  • ABV: 51.9 %
  • WB: 159295
Thompson Bros. – Distilled in Sutherland 2000

Waardering: 4 uit 5.

Comments

@Whiskypeater: What a surprising second chapter it was… a Creamy, fruity and delicious smokey Orkney. I didn’t expect that at all. I thought it was a blended malt by Compass Box (you might know my brother is a sucker for CB bottlings) with some Clynelish in it, chapeau SMoS 👌🏼.
Crazy thing was that I didn’t really like the 2019/AD, while I had it before and really loved it at that time… Might be because of my dinner, or it just evolved weirdly 🤔.
The Hedonism Felicitas was really a surprise for me and actually the only Compass Box in the Calendar. I didn’t expect that at all! It wasn’t really my thing, but I might need to explore some more grain whisky’s. That Mortlach Sherry Beast was really a delicious treat!
And what can I say about that weird “Sutherland”… It’s got a weird but interesting nose… and it develops all the time. I actually enjoyed it for about an hour an a half… weirdly deliciousness 🥃🤤!
My favorite of this chapter… definitely that Glengoyne 21yo. What a dram! I was waiting for a while to try it and luckily it finally happend, because my brother killed the bottle recently 😉

@Dramtastic.86: Again some weird surprises this time! First of all a rather disappointing Smokehead… I normally like the Smokehead releases, but this just didn’t do it for me. It was to flat and simple…
Also a little bit (and just a little bit) disappointing was the Ledaig 18yo. I expected more of it when I found out it was an 18yo Ledaig 🤔 I might just stick with those Indy bottlings 😅👌🏼.
A big surprise of recognition was the Auchentoshan. Just a very good and tasty dram. I had it before and scored it almost the same (some kudos to me 😜). I’m normally not a huge fan of Auchentoshan. I actually don’t know why, but I might need to grab those older release of them.
I do like me some old grain whisky’s and that Cameronbridge release by Jop Boer’s “3006 Whisky” was spot on! Complex, interesting and the ABV was well balanced.
Off course I could expect some Laphroaig Bottles from my brother and he sure didn’t disappoint me at all. Especially that final dram… a Cairdeas on Port and Wine Casks! Indeed a marriage of sweetness and smoky peat. Just yummy 🥃🤤.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey just as much as we did. And we hope that we inspired you to make your own Whisky Advent Calendar next year 🥃😉

Slàinte,

Dutch Whisky Brothers

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