Day 8 - GreatDrams Ardmore 8 Year Old (Douglas Laing)

Saturday salutations!

As we enter week 2 of our 25 Days of Drams advent adventure, we've got a special dram from a special guest: Dram Team co-founding resident whisky expert and www.GreatDrams.com owner/author Greg Dillon is joining me with his very own GreatDrams Ardmore 8 Year Old (bottled by Douglas Laing).

Before Greg and I chat about this lovely whisky, be sure to gen up on 25 Days of Drams via our introduction and catch up on any days you've missed right here.

(and once you're signed up for your chance to win all 25 drams, please fill out our advent calendar survey so we can make a really great one for you next year)

On with Day 8!

This GreatDrams Ardmore featured in our Malt Odyssey box in the summer, which featured 6 excellent single malts from Scotland and around the globe (you might see a few more in the coming days...stay tuned!).

If you're tempted to try this yourself after listening to us wax lyrical (and you act fast!), Greg has the last few bottles available over in the GreatDrams.com shop.

Here's Greg & I catching up over his very own GreatDram:

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 and Greg recommend this whisky:

Reason 1 - This dram was hand-picked by Greg. Not only is he our in-house whisky expert here at The Dram Team, he's an industry-renowned authority on whisky, spirit competition judge and published whisky author. In other words, he's more than qualified to select a fan-flipping-tastic whisky for us! Not only that, but this bottling was brought to fruition in collaboration with Dram Team indie-bottling favourites Douglas Laing - so this Ardmore really has an unbeatable team behind it.

Reason 2 Ardmore stands out amongst its distillery neighbours (just outside Speyside, in the Highlands) for being peated as standard - unusual for whiskies made in this area.

Reason 3 - As Greg tells it: "I looked at loads of casks with Douglas Laing...I picked this one as the flavour was incredible and what I wanted (not too polarising but had tonnes of depth) and was also from the first Scotch distillery I ever went to. The flavour, for me, is all about gentle smoke married with a lovely honey and toasted pineapple note, with a smoky white pepper spice on the finish." If that doesn't make you thirsty for a drop, nothing will!