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Closing Off Whisky Manipulations

Author: Matt Wooler - Sunday, February 07, 2016

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Saturday 30th January 2016 saw Dramnation host its first tasting at Castle Hills local small bar Crooked Tailor. We have spoken about Crooked Tailor before including when the bar opened to when we assisted in the judging of Pocket Group staff cocktail comp.

Opening to a sellout crowd, Dramnation presented Whisky Manipulations. Working with Crooked Tailor bar and kitchen we aimed to create a dynamic tasting that delivered some of the insights in how whisky is used in the bar scene including how whisky manipulates beverage and food to how whisky is manipulated through its creation process.

The afternoon began with arrivals receiving a whisky punch that combining several of the whiskies to be tasted with a selection fruit juices and other spirits. Light, refreshing and just a little smoky. Whiskies tasted were Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Michter’s Straight Rye Single Barrel, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Ardbeg Uigedail.

During out session and once guests discovered the virtues of Buffalo Trace, the same spirit was then re-poured as we began our Make Your Own Old Fashioned class. This was an excellent opportunity for all to experience first hand how the world’s first cocktail style is created and how just a few ingredients can create something magical.

Throughout the session a small tasting board was laid out with cheeses, house made crackers, and some double smoked pork sausage infused with Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Bourbon we prepared the day before. To close off a round of delicious beef sliders were on offer laced with our celebrated Dramnation BBQ Sauce also heavily infused with Woodford Reserve.

Guests continued to carry on into the afternoon sampling more whisky from the bar and exploring the new Crooked Tailor menu.

We want to thank all involved and contributed to such a fun afternoon. For a full visual recap of the event view our facebook image album. Also be sure to like and follow Crooked Tailor on facebook for updates on events at the bar.

Dramnation will be back on the 27th February 2016 at Crooked Tailor for our follow up tasting Made In Japan.

Whiskies Tasted

Following are the personal notes we supply at our tastings. 

Buffalo Trace, Straight Bourbon

Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Region: Franklin County, Kentucky, USA   ABV: 40%   Wood: New White American Oak
Nose: Sweet corns, vanilla, the prickle of rye spice with a hint of  herbal coriander.
Taste: Rich spices on the lips married with mouth coating silky smooth sweet corns & vanilla oaks.
Finish: Medium to long that leaves a lengthy draw in the breath concluding the sweetness initially met in the taste.
Other: This distillery was previously known as George T. Stagg Distillery. It now produces a wide variety of premium whiskies namely Blanton’s, Eagle Rare,  Elmer T. Lee, George T. Stagg, Van Winkle, Sazerac. Claim to be Americans oldest continuously operating distillery.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Straight Bourbon

Distiller: Wild Turkey Distillery
Region: Kentucky, USA     ABV: 56.4%     Wood: New White American Oak
Nose: Rich & thick with lots of sweet toffees, corn, rye, oak, elements of dry straw and oranges.
Taste: Tingling dry spices, citrus notes, warm butter, sweet corn, rich & heavily chewy.
Finish: Very long on the draw with a sweetness that slowly builds up in. Develops elements of tobacco smoke dryness.
Other: All Wild Turkey whiskies come from the same mash bill. Changes to the spirit only occur during the distillation processes & maturation in barrels. This is a blend of 6 to 12 year old whiskies targeting a very specific profile.

Mitcher’s Single Barrel, Straight Rye

Distiller: Mitcher’s Distillery
Region: Louisville, Kentucky, USA     ABV: 42.4%     Wood: New White American Oak
Nose: Herbal tomato stalks with rich sweet vanilla oak, boiled lollies, wax paper & spicy white pepper.
Taste: Chewy & assertively spicy, notes of pepper corns followed by vanilla oaks.
Finish: BOOM! Extremely long & bold. Delivers obvious tingles to the gums and tongue with a heat filled chest.
Other: Historically America’s first whiskey company though current owners have no personal relationship to the company itself. Mitcher’s was re-established in 1990’s after the distilleries 1989 bankruptcy. The distillery has had many owners and names prior.

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years Old, Single Malt

Distillery: Glenmorangie Distillery
Region: Highland, Scotland     ABV: 46%     Wood: 10 years ex-Bourbon, finished 2 years Portuguese ex-Ruby Port Pipes
Nose: Refined texture with a wisp of grape, dark chocolate, mint, oranges, nutmeg and black pepper.
Taste: Fine vanilla, oranges, fruit and nut chocolate, sticky pudding, woody spice.
Finish: Long & warming with trace crystallised oranges. Extremely smooth & soft.
Other: Master Distiller, Dr Bill Lumsden oversees the sister distillery Ardbeg in Islay.

Ardbeg Uigeadail, Single Malt

Distiller: Ardbeg Distillery
Region: Islay, Scotland     ABV: 54.2%     Wood: Ex-Bourbon & Ex-Sherry
Nose: Chocolate mocha coffee, plum pudding, sweet dry sherry, smoke, salt air & boggy marsh.
Taste: Dense chew with earthy all spices, sweet raisins, coal, mocha coffee, thick peat smoke & salty air, a bit leathery.
Finish: Deep, long & drawn with a dry wood fire in the chest. Continues to display sweet malts, coffee & almonds return to the mouth.
Other: Ardbeg displays fine characteristics of cocoa & coffee often at its freshest when a  bottle is first opened.
Uigeadail is not cask strength but it is bottled at high proof to encompass the true nature of what Ardbeg whisky is.

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