25 Days of Drams - Day 2 - His Excellency, 25 Year Old Blended Grain (Bartel's Whisky)

Sunday greetings folks!

Here at Dram Team HQ I'm diving eagerly into a very unusual dram for day 2 of our whisky advent - a real whisky unicorn.

If you don't know what 25 Days of Drams is, then catch up with our introduction and drop in on any days you've missed here.

Our second day of advent is the second dram in our "A Very Sherry Whiskymas" Christmas box (spoiler alert again!).

It's a dram from the His Excellency range by independent bottler Bartel's Whisky: a 25 Year Old Blended Grain.

Blended Grains are very unusual in the world of whisky, and here's how this one came to be:

Recap: For each day of the 25 (we're Christmas day drammers here at the Dram Team), I'm going to give a few brief reasons I think each dram is worth your time and attention - which are the same reasons I picked each one to be in our boxes in the first place. And, we're giving away the full set of drams:

Reasons why Chris recommends the His Excellency 25 Year Old Blended Grain by Bartel's Whisky:

Reason 1 - It's a blended grain! The chances are you've never had one, and may never have one (Tip: If you want to try one and can't get this one, check out "Hedonism" from Dram Team fave Compass Box). And grain whisky is a favourite of mine.

Reason 2 - There is a great story behind how this particular blended grain came to be...upon sending the cask to the bottlers (to be bottled as a single grain), it was reported back to Bartel's that the ABV had fallen below the magical 40% needed for the liquid to legally be whisky. Thus, 5% of another higher ABV cask of single grain from a second distillery was blended in, upping the ABV to a satisfyingly quirky 40.3%, and this release was born. A very happy accident!

Reason 3 - It's 25 years old! That makes it the oldest whisky in our advent calendar. Well-aged grains are much more price-accessible than their single malt peers, and well worth trying.