Summer is behind us, and after a lazy few months' on the blog we're returning with a box announcement that'll help warm your spirits as winter begins to creep upon us...
Our box of the month for September 2018 is "Island Fling", a tasting tour of Scotland's wonderful whisky Islands, featuring three famous Islay distilleries, two Island drams and one surprise contestant...which might just have inspired the box's name!*
Here's the low down on the flight - can you spot the odd one out?
- Bartels Whisky - Highland Laird Bruichladdich 2005 - Aged 11 Years - The Ileachs (Islay locals) historically favoured Bruichladdich, and with good reason. A unpeated cask strength beaut from this fantastic indie bottler.
- The Arran Malt - Aged 10 Years - Arran is a stunning Island, once home to 50 distilleries, now only one. Survival of the fittest? This dram says yes! Sweet, fruity and light.
- Clan Denny - Caol Ila 2011 - Aged 6 Years - A savoury smoky coastal affair, typical of Islay whiskies, from indie bottler Clan Denny - a sister brand to Dram Team favourite Douglas Laing.
- Highland Park - 12 Year Old - Viking Honour - Famous for its heather-honey-smokiness and hailing from Scotland's northern-most distillery on the Island of Orkney. Also packed with Vikings.
- Douglas Laing - Old Particular Ardmore 21 - You caught us! Not an Island whisky, but easily mistaken* for one due to its wonderful peaty character (by Chris, who curated this line up of Island whiskies!)
- Bunnahabhain - 18 Years Old - Probably the Dram Team's favourite Islay distillery - this 18 year old has a wonderful sherry influence, rich fruits and spice, with a salty coastal tang - amazing stuff!
You can grab yourself a box here, or if you fancy treating yourself to a box as tasty as this every month, then subscribe here to save over 10% on our monthly exclusive releases (or here if 6 whiskies every 3 months is more your pace...)
Already one of our beloved subscribers? Let us know what you think of the box - and if you've not tucked in yet, make sure to have your water dropper at the ready!
Warmest whisky wishes,
(Founder, The Dram Team)
*Full disclosure: I had a temporary brain malfunction and briefly was under the impression Ardmore was an Island whisky, when in fact it is a Highlander! Oops...