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The whisky behind dram 1 will be revealed at 12:00pm on the 02nd December. The mystery whisky will be revealed in a newsletter, on the website, our Facebook Page and Twitter. The daily dram will always be revealed the following day at mid day.

In order to partake in the competition whereby you have the opportunity to win a R6000.00 bottle of whisky, you will need to taste the dram, guess what whisky it is and then post it on twitter or Facebook using the #dailydrams hashtag and @dailydrams handle. Should you not have a Facebook or Twitter account you could also email us your answer.

The winner of the competition will be notified on the 28th December 2016. In order to win a R6000.00 bottle you will need to get all 24 drams correct with your answer being posted before 12pm the following day. There is a total of 20 bottles to be won.

We hope you thoroughly enjoy tasting all these different whiskies and we look forward to sharing this journey with you.

#Daily Drams - Dram 24 - Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year

Colour
Rich straw
ABV
43%
Nose
Sublime and full with a hint of rose and cinnamon
Palate
Intense rich chocolate with a hint of orange and raisin
Finish
Lingering with a hint of chocolate, orange and dried fruits

#Daily Drams - Dram 23 - The Singleton 12 Year

This smooth, naturally rich Single Malt Scotch Whisky has sweet fruity notes and a lingering, pleasurable warmth.

#Daily Drams - Dram 22 - Balvenie 12 Year

NOSE

Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla.

TASTE

Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours ~ nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.

FINISH

Long and Warming

#Daily Drams - Dram 21 - Highland Park 12 Year

Colour: Glowing amber

Nose: Heather-honey sweetness, peaty smokiness

Palate: Rounded smoky sweetness, full malt delivery

Finish: Sweet and lingering with heathery notes and subtle smoke

#Daily Drams - Dram 20 - Macallan 12 Year - BUY NOW

Colour
Pale Straw
ABV
40%
Nose
Complex with a hint of fruit and heather honey
Palate
Medium, balanced with fruit, oak and spice
Finish
Lingering with dried fruits, oak and spice


#Daily Drams - Dram 19 - Tomatin 12 Year OldBUY NOW



Cask Type: Matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Sherry casks

Strength: 43% alc./vol.

The Tomatin 12 Year Old is smooth and silky, having been matured in traditional Scotch Whisky, ex-Bourbon and ex-Spanish Sherry casks. A rich, fruity aroma is the prelude to sweet flavours of ripe apples, pears and a subtle hint of nut before the long, pleasantly oily finish. 


#Daily Drams - Dram 18 - Bowmore 15 Year Old - BUY NOW

Tasting Notes

On The Eye:
treacle dark amber.
Breathe In:
delicious dark chocolate, sun-dried fruits and a tell-tale wisp of Islay smoke.
Sip:
wonderful cedar wood and rich treacle toffee.
Savour:
the robust and complex finish with a hint of sherry tannin.

#Daily Drams - Dram 17 - Talisker 10 Year Old - BUY HERE


STRENGTH

45.8% ABV

APPEARANCE

Brilliant gold

NOSE

Powerful peat-smoke with just a hint of sea-water saltiness, fresh oysters, and a citrus sweetness.

BODY

Full.

PALATE

A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.

FINISH

Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetising sweetness.

#Daily Drams - Dram 16 - Three Ships 10 Year Old - BUY HERE


#Daily Drams - Dram 15 - Cardhu 12 Year Old - BUY HERE

The malt itself - which is presented in an elegant decanter with a beechwood stopper - is pretty typical of a Speyside malt. It is highly approachable - smooth, sweet, mellow and uncomplicated and has good body and length.

#Daily Drams - Dram 14 - Caol Ila 12 Year Old - BUY HERE


Heritage

Caol Ila means the "Sound of Islay" describing the stretch of water between Islay and the Island of Jura. It was across this stretch of water that little steamship the Pibroch brought the coal, barley and oak barrels for the distillery. Caol Ila is one of the lead whiskies for Johnnie Walker Black Label.

How this whisky is best enjoyed? Enjoy with light cheese

Tasting Notes

Nose: Blazing saddles. Characteristic prickly fresh sea air aromas only run to smokiness after a while, though adding water brings out a smouldering beach bonfire. Behind these lurk acid drops, lemon, pomegranate, citrus zest and kumquats.
Palate: Big flavours, but the smokiness is restrained. Peaty and dry.
Finish: Liquorice and light smoke with a long, smooth finish.

#Daily Drams - Dram 13 - Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - BUY HERE

Bunnahabhain 12 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been re-introduced as an un-chillfiltered spirit, a move which has excited whisky lovers and experts from across the world. With the move to un-chillfiltered, the packaging has been revised to complement the new expression. Smoked oak glass has replaced the traditional emerald green of the 12 year old bottle, with dual labelling conveying an overall sense of speciality, subtlety, confidence and luxury, reinforcing the premium quality and heritage of the brand. A revised neck label has been developed displaying the product’s age. The bottle is presented in a quality gift carton containing a booklet with information on the brand.

The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience.

Natural colour and un-chillfiltered @ 46.3%

#Daily Drams - Dram 12 - Glen Moray 16 Year Old - BUY HERE

Sweet, full and exceptionally well-rounded. The flavour is initially of toffee, progressing to mint humbugs and barley sugar and followed by a hint of smoke and peat flavours.

#Daily Drams - Dram 11 - Isle of Jura 10 Year Old - BUY HERE

Colour

Warming golden glow.

Nose

Soft nuances of American white oak with a smooth, sweet aroma of honey.

Taste

A refined, smooth and clean tasting liquid with gentle oak flavours, followed by highlights of caramel and soft liquorice. The warmth of roasted coffee beans lingers long in the mouth.

Cask Finish

To mark our rebirth, Origin is aged in ex-Bourbon casks for 10 years to give it the distinct Jura house style, flavour and exceptional structure.

#Daily Drams - Dram 10 - Aberlour 12 Year Old - BUY HERE

As with most Aberlour whisky, this 12 Year Old single malt has been matured in two types of cask. This double casking adds depth of character as well as balanced notes of fruits and spices.

Colour
Golden amber with hints of ruby red

Nose
Very soft and rounded with fruity notes of red apples

Palate
Sherried character and fruity aromas balanced with a rich chocolate, toffee, cinnamon and ginger spiciness

Finish
Warming and lingering. Sweet and very slightly spicy

#Daily Drams - Dram 9  - Ardbeg 10 Year Old - BUY HERE

Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.


Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!

AROMA

A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate.

Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. As you dip your nose in further, savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice.

Add water and breathe in the vortex of aromas rising from the glass. An oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny seaspray on chalky cliffs. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer in the background with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.

TASTE

An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions on the tongue: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. This is followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils

#Daily Drams - Dram 8 - Glenfiddich Rich Oak 14 Year Old - BUY HERE

We bring a completely original finish to single malt Scotch whisky. After 14 years maturing in fine Spanish oak and American Bourbon casks, our Malt Master carefully selects virgin Spanish and American oak casks to release extra layers of aroma and flavour into our whisky. 


With precision timing and handling he allows just the right amount of sweet vanilla, soft toffee, spice and gentle nutty notes to come through.

The first virgin American and European oak finished whisky in the world.

#Daily Drams - Dram 7 - Glenfarclas 12 Year Old - BUY HERE

Colour: Vibrant amber-gold.


Nose: Fresh and beautifully light, sherried fruit combined with a tempting spicy sweetness and a hint of sappy oak.

Flavour: Full bodied, delightful sherried fruit, with oak, a hint of peat and delicious sweet sensations.

Finish: Long and flavoursome, with a lingering spiceness.

Comment: An excellent introduction to the distillery style. Glenfarclas means Glen of the Green Grassland, and the freshness on the nose reminds me of grassland in spring. So, for me, this is the ‘farclas’ aroma. In 2006 this was named the ‘Best Sherried Whisky’ in the Single Malt World Cup. More recently Glenfarclas 12 Years Old won Gold at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival in 2007 and again in 2008.

#Daily Drams - Dram 6 - Glendronach 12 Year Old  - BUY HERE

This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill filtered, of natural colour and bottled at 43%, the GlenDronach 12 year old Original is a sweet, creamy dram.

TASTING NOTES

EXPRESSION

The GlenDronach Original 12 Years Old

APPEARANCE

Deep amber-red gold.

NOSE

Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger. Spiced mulled wine and pear.

PALATE

Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.


#Daily Drams - Dram 5 - Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban - BUY HERE

The darkest and most intense whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal.

Aroma

Dark mint chocolate, tangerines and Seville oranges mingle with sandalwood and walnut before giving way to a spicy finish of pepper and nutmeg.

Taste

Mint chocolate and walnuts envelop the palate like velvet, laying the foundations for rose, Turkish delight and sweet Seville oranges.

Finish

Long lasting silky aftertaste leaving dark chocolate mints and traces of orange.

Colour

Sunlit rose gold


#Daily Drams - Dram 4 - AncNoc 16 Year Old - BUY HERE

Wholly maturing anCnoc in American bourbon barrels allows the characteristic intense citrus notes to shine through. anCnoc 16 Years Old has been bottled in its most natural form, as it’s neither chill-filtered nor coloured. As a result, it may develop a light haze with the addition of water or if kept at a cold temperature. This haze is a natural characteristic of whisky that is unchill-filtered.

Colour

Sparkling gold with a slight yellow hue.

Nose

An intense aroma that awakens your senses with bursts of citrus fruit, before slowly melting into a soft and sweet, fragrant vanilla.

Taste

Light and zesty with a hint of spice, warming up to what can only be described as ‘stick to your teeth’ toffee. A long and lingering finish leaving you ready for the next sip.

Alc vol 46%

#Daily Drams - Dram 3 - Laphroaig 10 Year Old - BUY HERE

Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced "La-froyg", is a Gaelic word meaning "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay".

In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour.

Laphroaig is best savoured neat, or with a little cool water. Roll it around on your tongue. Release the pungent, earthy aroma of blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley, the delicate heathery perfume of Islay's streams. It is as unique as the island itself.

COLOUR : Full sparkling gold

NOSE: Huge smoke, seaweedy, "medicinal", with a hint of sweetness

BODY: Full bodied

PALATE: Suprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness

FINISH: Lingering

#Daily Drams - Dram 2 - West Cork 10 Year Old - BUY HERE

a delicate blend of grain & malt whiskey matured in bourbon casks to deliver a smooth and approachable whiskey with a light vanilla finish.

West Cork- 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey A non-chill filtered whiskey matured in first fill, flame charred Bourbon barrels to deliver an exquisite aroma, rich taste and pleasantly lasting finish.

#Daily Drams - Dram 1 - Bowmore 12 Year Old - BUY HERE

Complex yet perfectly balanced, our 12 Years Old reflects the raw essence of Bowmore - thrashing waves, windswept landscapes and generations of tradition. Bowmore 12 Years Old has received much critical acclaim; the late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson proclaimed it "remarkably long and complex". We like to think of it as vanilla ice cream at a beach bonfire.