The Birmingham Whisky Club Blog :: Richard’s Festive Drams

December 1, 2016

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With today being advent, Richard has gone a little bit festive with December’s selection. We’re sticking with Scotch, but looking at a selection from the Highlands and the Islands… All available from Birmingham Whisky Club favourite, The Wellington.

What: Ledaig 10Tobemory, 46.3%, Single Malt Whisky

WhereThe Wellington, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN

Nose: Soft Islay nose of peat and smoke with hints of cereal and honey

Palate: Much richer than you would expect from the nose! I got black pepper and spice with a nice briny rounding on tongue.
Sweetens slightly on the finish but holds on to the smoke and salty character. Really interesting how it changes.

Finish: Given my long standing love of Islay Whisky this is one I keep meaning to try a bit more carefully and I have to say I was really impressed. The price point is very reasonable for such a depth of flavour.

This is a good whisky for those wanting to try something with an Islay taste profile but maybe not keen on a big peat monster!


What: Caol Ila 18, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whiskycilob-18yo

Where: The Wellington, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN

Nose: The nose on this really reminds me why I love Caol Ila as a distillery. Soft initially but with hidden depths. Aromatic with vanilla and peat

Palate: Creamy in the mouth, vanilla becomes more apparent, with notes of milk chocolate and then smoke and subtle autumnal notes of a bonfire.

Finish: Subtle but long finish with the bonfire just smouldering away in your mouth.

Extremely enjoyable Islay dram. On the higher end of the price scale but worth every penny. Age has really mellowed out this Islay gem!


glendronach-12yo-bottle-infront-of-tube-415x820What: Glendronach 12, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Where: The Wellington, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN

Nose: Sherry sweetness, rich and spicy fruit and candied lemons and limes.

Palate: Sherry, lightly spiced, prune and orchard fruits. Hints of vanilla and tobacco

Finish: Raisins and oak, sweet and long with tobacco mellowing to the close.

This is one of my favourite Christmas whisky’s. I tried it first at the Birmingham Whisky Festival and I’ve bought at least 3 bottles from Glendronach since. If you have whisky or rum in your Christmas pudding / cake, this is like having a little Christmas cake in your whisky ☺ If you like this, try the 18 also.