The Birmingham Whisky Club Blog :: Richard’s January Roundup

January 26, 2017

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Dry January, dry Schmanuary, ay? Here at The Birmingham Whisky Club, we’re certainly not believers in this strange tradition. Evidently, neither is our resident blogger – the lovely Duke Of Drams – who has three top whiskies to recommend to you (as well as where you can get your hands on them). Without further ado, over to Rich…


The roundup this month is a selection of non-age statement whisky’s travelling around Scotland. Whilst all of the whiskies are interesting to taste the Finlaggan is really an exceptional dram, especially at the price point.
What: Nadurra First Fill FF1014 Glenlivet, 48%, Single Malt Whisky

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

Nose: Pear Drops, Butter

Palate: Oak is very prominent, tobacco leaf,

Finish: Medium long finish with custard vanilla emerging. Oddly refreshing however!

Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill are a range of small batch expressions made using American white oak first fill barrels. This results in a very distinct oaking. It
is well worth checking out the cask strength version as well.

What: Tullibardine 228 (Burgundy Finish) Tullibardine, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky 

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

Nose: Burgundy finish was immediately apparent. Toasted oak and some red berry

Palate: Coats the mouth, almost viscous. Notes of blossom honey and a nutty undertone.

Finish: Subtle anise and white pepper. Long length

Water really allows you to pull out the wine notes but makes this whisky very one dimensional. Avoid!

What: Finlaggan Cask Strength, The Vintage Malt Whisky Co, 58%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Where: Hotel du Vin, 25 Church St, Birmingham B3 2NR

Nose: Smoke, earth, medicinal on a bed of biscuit. If you’re smelling from a fresh bottle it may have a slightly unpleasant meatiness. Give it 10 mins and it should go away.

Palate: Peat comes through prominently but softened by honey. Really good punch.

Finish: Good finish length, reminiscent of a char oak barrel.

Finlaggan is a ‘mystery’ barrelling but I’m sure you’re all going to have your own theories as to what single malt this really is so post your responses back on twitter!