The Dram Team is a UK-based, whisky organisation that specialises in curating out-of-the-ordinary whisky tastings that are delivered straight to your door. No matter whether you’re a complete beginner in the world of whisky or a seasoned dram expert, The Dram Team has a box of great whiskies for you to explore in the comfort of your own home. And that’s exactly what I’ll be taking you through in this post; my at-home whisky-tasting experience with The Dram Team. Join me as we explore their Glen Collection Box together.
The Glen Collection Box
An at-home whisky tasting is even more fun when you’ve got a few friends to share the experience with. So, to explore The Dram Team’s Glen Collection Box, I called up a few of my nearest and dearest to join me in the tasting experience and made a bit of a night of it. To keep things profesh, we all decided to write down our thoughts and tasting notes, share them with each other and then, at the end of the tasting, check how we did. Let’s get into it.
Whisky 1: Douglas Laing (aged 9 years) 46%
Smell: creamy and vanilla.
Taste: smooth, initial lightness, then more depth. Clean and pure, reminds you of Christmas.
What we were supposed to get from it: Fresh, fragrant and fruity with soft vanilla. Sweet with white chocolate, butter and layered with fruit. Medium-long before becoming dry and orangey.
Whisky 2: Skene Whisky (aged 11 years) 43%
Smell: like a sherry, sweet and orange.
Taste: nutty (walnut, acorn, hazelnut). Orange, almond with a lingering taste. Potentially cinnamon as well.
What we were supposed to get from it: Honey and cinnamon with a touch of oak. Vanilla and sugar with an after flavour of cashew and peach. Spices that stick around for a good long while afterwards.
Whisky 3: Clan Denny (aged 7 years) 48%
Smell: light, perfume-like, floral (heather?), stronger scent when put into a glass, intoxicating.
Taste: caramel, syrup and spice.
What we were supposed to get from it: initial freshness before developing into vanilla. Macerated fruit, sweet spices and cloves. Medium-long finish with a herbal quality.
Whisky 4: Bartels Whisky (aged 8 years) 61.6%
Smell: citrus, lime, vanilla and honey.
Taste: strong, maybe should add water to it, caramel, cake, spicy, fruity, raw and powerful.
What we were supposed to get from it: smokey with intense oak, gooseberry, lime and barley. Honey and apple as well. Hints of apricot and straw. Long, juicy and vanilla finish with spice and fruit.
Whisky 5: That Boutique-y Whisky Co. (aged 8 years) 53.9%
Smell: floral, light, botanical and sherbet.
Taste: like a brandy, orange (Cointreau), oak and honey.
What we were supposed to get from it: crisp orchard fruits, ginger, sherbet lemons. Nutmeg, ginger and leather. Lingering spice and hints of burnt toast.
Whisky 6: Berry Bros & Rudd (aged 23 years) 58.2%
Smell: honey, bourbon, smokey, sweet, caramel. Syrup, leather and toffee apple.
Taste: lavender, honey, clove/star anise.
What we were supposed to get from it: aromas of wood glue and furniture polish. Lime zest, apples and boiled sweets. A finish that lingers of vanilla pods, nutmeg and stewed apples.
So, how did we do?
As a whole, I’d say for a group of amateur whisky drinkers we did a pretty bang-up job. If I was to choose one of the drams for myself, it would definitely be the first whisky as it just felt a little bit lighter than the rest. For anyone who is looking to try out a whisky for the first time, I think the Douglas Laing would be a great start. Fancy gathering some friends and hosting your own at-home whisky night? Head over to The Dram Team and choose the dram delivery that works for you.