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Top 10 Summer Drams

I recently read a post by Tom Thomson on his top 10 summer drams which got me thinking about what mine would be, so I though I would spend a little time thinking about it. I have not had that many to judge from at this point (around 170 at time of writing) but this is what I came up with:

Aberlour 16 Year Old
I found the Aberlour 16 year old was an easy drinking sherry finished dram, plenty of flavour there as you would expect from a sherry finished whisky, but not as bold and heavy as may I have had. I think it would be suitable for a late evening dram.

Balblair 2003 1st Release
A light, fruity and refreshing dram with just a hint of spice. Benefits from a drop of water so maybe a cube of ice instead on those hot summer days.

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
It’s been a while since I’ve had this but I remember it being really refreshing with coastal notes, which I always find helps make a good summer dram. There was some good flavour there with just a bit of sweetness going on.

Clynelish 14 Year Old
One of my stable drams and one of the few that I have purchased more than one bottle of. Again this is a light, fruity, smooth, coastal and refreshing dram with enough complexity to keep you interested.

Glenglassaugh Revival
Would you believe it, the Revival is light with some coastal notes to it making it refreshing and easy drinking. It can handle a little water at 46%, but not loads, so a little ice could work well during summer again.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
This is another late evening dram for me, sitting out with the chiminea going, the smoky, peaty qualities would work well along with the slightly heavier and bolder body. Alternatively it might work well during a BBQ.

Mackmyra – The 1st Edition
I was really impressed with this dram, the bottle went down quicker than expected. It is light, fruity with just a bit of citrus to it, which always makes for a good summer dram, and a hint of spice to the end.

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old
I had this at a whisky festival earlier this year and could see why people rave about it. A wonderful dram that is light and easy drinking yet with lots of complexity there also. It has the Old Pulteney coastal qualities plus so much more. Could work well during the day due to if freshness, or evening due to it’s complexity. Alternatively you can just go with the 12 year old, another great dram.

Springbank 10 Year Old
Really impressed with this one, light, fruity with a peaty and slightly coastal finish to it. It has enough complexity and strength that will mean it would probably handle a little ice well, helping to make it a good summer dram.

Tobermory Ledaig
I have had both a NAS and the 10 year old Ledaig and find them both light, easy drinking with a nice level of peaty freshness to them. The 10 year old has slightly more body than the NAS but both are great offerings.

Mackmyra Brukswhisky

Distillery: Mackmyra
Name: Brukswhisky
Region: Sweden
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 41.4%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £36 (70cl)
Nose: Light fruits, vanilla, slight spice
Taste: Light, caramel, smooth, oak
Finish: Short, spicy
Rating: 5/10

Thanks to Tom Blumsom (@Tom_Blumsom) I have the opportunity to do a side-by-side tasting of 2 Mackmyra, which I have been looking forward to as I feel you can get a much better idea of how a whisky can differ this way.

So the Brukswhisky has a similar nose to the 1st Edition, just lighter and more delicate with a bit more vanilla, slightly less spice though. The palate is very light and refreshing with a lovely caramel smoothness to it. Once aired, it gets a little oakiness coming through which carries on to the short but spicy finish, not dry however that often goes with the oakiness.

Overall I would have to say that I prefer the 1st Edition, it has more going on, yet still remains light and refreshing. That is not to say that the Brukswhisky is bad, on a lovely summers day it could be a dangerous dram to have to hand, and around friends I feel it could disappear quite quickly due to it’s freshness.

I would like to thank Tom for the sample, it was great to be able to compare them.

Mackmyra – The 1st Edition

Distillery: Mackmyra
Name: The 1st Edition
Region: Sweden
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 46.1%
Batch No.: ME-001 (Art. nr. whatever that is)
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £41
Nose: Light fruits, vanilla, caramel, crisp, citrus, subtle spice
Taste: Light, fruity, spicy
Finish: Dry, spicy, medium length
Rating: 7/10

This is my first bottle of what would be known as a ‘world whisky’. I have to admit, when I saw the bottle I knew nothing about it, never heard of Mackmyra so had no idea what to expect. If you don’t try however, you’ll never know, and for around £45 that it cost me I though it was worth a punt.

So, was I disappointed? Hell no! As soon as I got to nosing this dram I was impressed, very different to what I have previously had on the nose, to me it was quite unique. Weather this is the Swedish oak that is used, ingredients or just the distillation process, I don’t know, but I do know I liked it.

On the nose it has a lovely sweet fruitiness, all light fruits, with some vanilla and caramel there also. It is kept fresh by a citrus note and finishes with a slight spice. The 46.1% abv is very well disguised on the nose, you do not get the burn that you can with some.

Onto the palate and the lightness is continued, it is a very refreshing dram, this. The fruitiness is also there still as is the caramel; that spice really begins to kick in also. The spice continues for a medium length, with a dryness continuing for a longer period on the finish.

Overall I have been very impressed with the Mackmyra 1st Edition. It is a light, refreshing dram with a lovely, unique nose that has gone down very well. I will certainly be looking out for more from them.

My Own Blend – Tasting Number 1

So as you can see in my Own Blend post, I decided to try something different. On my first tasting of the blend I have the following included:

  1. Cardhu 12 year old
  2. Clynelish 14 year old
  3. Dalmore 12 Year Old
  4. Edradour 10 year old
  5. Edradour 13 year old Natural Cask Strength
  6. Jura Superstition
  7. Jura Diurachs’ Own
  8. Mackmyra The 1st Edition
  9. St George’s Chapter 11
  10. Talisker Storm
  11. Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

That’s quite a list of some very different whiskies so I don’t know what to expect..so lets get stuck in.

So the result of these whiskies is a light golden coloured dram with the most bizarre nose I have ever experienced, unsurprisingly. There is an initial hit of smoke and then sherry, both quickly giving way to marzipan and an amazing amount of sweetness; summer fruits also have a high presence.

Onto the palate you again get hit with an initial smokiness from the Talisker Storm which actually continues onto the finish. Funnily enough the second flavour coming through is again sherry, but quite subtle, and then onto the summer fruits with a little sweetness, reminding me of the Mackmyra, it seems to follow the nose almost exactly on the first sip. The finish is relatively short but has a lovely smokiness combined with a spicy, dry oakiness to it. I obviously have no idea what the abv is but it does have a bit of heat to it, but only on the finish.

Well it’s interesting I’ll give it that, strangely enjoyable as well actually. Okay it’s no award winner but then I it was never going to be, but it is nicer than I was expect if I’m honest. I am looking forward to future tastings to see just how this progresses, because lets be honest, I have no idea what else will be going into this and therefore no idea what the next iteration of it is going to be like. I’ll keep you posted.