With the days rapidly getting chiller here in the Northern Hemisphere and October almost half over my thoughts definitely start to turn like the autumn leaves away from the frivolous and refreshing into a desire for something full and warm.
In fact I get positively over the top with excitement sometimes thinking about all those lovely drams that I am yearning for over the next 6 months. With all the special holiday moments soon to come it is also a time of year that I crack open or re-open some special drams to share with family and friends and I can hardly wait.
Below and in no particular order are some of the awesome drams that I will be drinking and writing about over the course of the frozen season. Here is my top 10 as it stands now.
- High West – A Midwinter Nights Dram
- Stranahans Snowflake – Paladise Cask Finish
- Auchentoshan 1973 Single Sherry Cask
- Tullibardine 1966 Single Cask
- A.D. Rattray Batch No. 1 “Rattray’s Selection” Blended Malt 19 year old
- The English Whisky Peated Single Malt
- Amrut 100
- Armorik Double Maturation
- A.D. Rattray Girvan Single Grain 25 year old
- Samaroli Evolution 2011
No doubt there will be other contenders that will come along to grab my attention but the list above really does get me salivating in anticipation.
Although personally I find the long harsh Calgary Winter hard to cope with, after 13 years my one solace is that it makes for a great environment to get into whisky.
This is the time of year that I hang up the Pipe and hopefully finish off my last cigar of the season or buy a bulk pack of those little humidity sachets to keep my stash moist during the dry furnace ravaged months cooped up at home. Thank goodness one vice can be replaced by another 🙂
So please write in and let me know what special drams you have lined up ready to go to keep you alive through the long Winter months. Either that or tell me your sob story about how you don’t have anything in your cupboard and are desperate for something different.
Name all the Islay Distilleries for a chance to win a bottle of A.D. Rattray Cask Islay Batch #1 Blended Malt Whisky.
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I am on a mission to get some decent dialogue going about the ‘when and where’ of your dramming habits so am willing to pimp out some freebies to do so.
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