Whisky Review – Aerstone 10 year old Land Casko

Aerstone 10 year old Land Cask
40% ABV
£30.00 from Tesco (currently on offer at £20)

Nose.

Quite pungent and smoky. Bonfire smoke, rich honey, touch of vanilla and cask char. There’s some maritime notes, tar and wet rope, cigarette smoke, an earthy moss and some damp grass. Very autumnal. With a little time the smoke turns more medicinal, some hospital cleanliness and plasters, with a touch of germolene. Some old leaves and an autumn forest comes to mind.

Palate.

Chewy honey, some spiced toffee, vanilla. Burnt toast and marmalade, some sweet ginger. Not so much active smoke on the palate. The mouthfeel suffers from the 40% and chill filtration, but there is good flavour here and it’s perfectly sippable.

Finish.

A touch of smoke, a lot of runny honey and some ginger remains. Short to medium in duration.

Adding water.

Small drop added. Very little difference on the nose. The smoke is more enhanced on the palate, and things become more integrated, I’m pleasantly surprised to say a small drop of water improves this whisky.

Conclusion.

Again, my critical comments regarding the ABV are just personal. I would love to try this dram at 46% and non chill filtered. I think it will be a belter, just like Aisla Bay is in its official bottling form. However, as this whisky stands and at a reduced price of £20 currently at Tesco, this is a bargain. It’s a tasty, affordable midweek dram, which I will be seeking out a bottle ASAP. This is my favourite of the pair of Aerstone single malts, but they are both pretty damn good at this price point.

See my review for the Sea Cask here.

Thanks to Aerstone for the official review sample.

Whisky Review – Aerstone 10 year old Sea Cask

Aerstone 10 year old Sea Cask
40% ABV
£30.00 from Tesco (currently on offer at £20)

Nose.

Certainly salty sea air right up front. Very coastal. A touch of lemon citrus, lemon peel, and zest. A full house of lemons! There’s also a hint of oranges. It’s a vibrant fruity dram with an overcoat of seaside influences. There’s a hint of smoke, but not a lot. A little time and we have some additional tropical fruit notes, some mango and a hint if grilled pineapple.

Palate.

Honey, clove studded and baked oranges, some liquorice. The mouthfeel is unfortunately quite weak. There are hints at some nice oiliness but is lost in the ABV. The balance of the flavours as is is good though, rich fruit and honey offset with some nice spices and a salty edge. It’s a chewable and moreish Whisky.

Finish.

Spiced orange and liquorice root sticks around for a short while, replaced with some light vanilla ice cream.

Adding water.

Not reviewing with added water. It killed it for me.

Conclusion.

Actually surprised me. As critical as I am of the ABV and the effect it’s had on the overall feel of the palate, I really like this whisky, it’s a good tasty midweek drinker which doesn’t break the bank. As it’s currently on offer for 20 notes it’s well worth hunting one down. I will be.

See my review for the Land Cask here.

Thanks to Aerstone for the official review sample.

Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar’s 2018 / @DrinksByTheDram #toosoon?

Advent 2018

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Here we go again!  Just another year, they go so quickly the older you get, and I’m no exception!  In fact, in truth this is a lot earlier to shout about these, but Ive gotta get the hints in, just like yourselves!  So here we go!

Master of Malt are at it again!

There are 30 different Advent calendars to choose from. Priced from £99.95 to £9999.95.

This year the full Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar range includes Whisky, Premium Whisky, Old & Rare Whisky, Very Old & Rare Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, American Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Single Cask Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Cognac, Tequila, Armagnac, Mezcal and Absinthe.

There are also some brand specific calendars to choose from –  That Boutique-y Whiskey Company, Glenfarclas Scotch whisky and Douglas Laing whisky.

There is something for everyone here, and if you’ve been a good boy or girl this year I suggest you remind your loved one and take a look right here.

Personally Im loving the new labels on the Boutique-y Whisky Company calendar!!  Beautiful stuff!  They looked great in person when I saw them at the Whisky Show a few weeks ago.

If you do get yourself one of these calendars Id love to hear from you on twitter @dvdbloke when you  open them up each day on the run up to Christmas.  Send me your thoughts in a tweet and a mini review!  If you’re lucky I may even choose your tweet for a free festive dram!