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.
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.