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Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007 Review

28th November 2019
Glengoyne release the 7th batch of its big sherried cask strength Teapot Dram which this year contains the oldest selection of whiskies to date.

Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007You know Christmas is on the way when Glengoyne unveil the next expression in their popular limited release Teapot Dram series, this year we are up to Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 007 which they unveiled on Wednesday night this week via a live online tasting from Warehouse No.1 at the Glengoyne distillery.

Fans of the Teapot dram will know that to date (excluding the first release IMO) this has been an outstanding series of expressions of big sherried, cask strength drams and without beating about the bush I can say that the Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 007 is another cracking release in the series.

Matured in first fill Oloroso sherry casks, a combination of first fill sherry butts and hogshead casks, notably this years release contains the oldest selection of whiskies in the vatting that any Teapot Dram has had to date with the oldest contributing butt around 14 years old having been filled back in 2005 and the youngest contributing whisky in Batch 007 being around 8 years old.

Just like previous releases which came before it batch 007 is un-chill filtered and has been bottled at its vatted cask strength which is 59.9% ABV, if memory serves me correctly it is the largest release in the series so far with 3,993 bottles available which is a sign of the Teapot Drams popularity and I am sure this increase will be welcomed by fans of this big sherried dram

As I am sure those of you who have already had the pleasure of previous releases will already know the story behind the Glengoyne Teapot Dram came, it was created in tribute to an old Glengoyne Distillery tradition of dramming the workers every day which stood until the 1970s. The Glengoyne distillery workers would be given three fingers of whisky, three times each day. Many distilleries would only dram the workers with un-matured new make spirit, but not Glengoyne. At Glengoyne, the finest whisky from first fill Oloroso sherry casks was chosen for the distillery workers’ drams. The less seasoned stillmen would, to save face, discreetly pour some of their untouched drams into a copper teapot which sat on the canteen windowsill, ready for their older colleagues.

The Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch No. 007 will only be available direct from the distillery shop or via the Glengoyne web site priced at £120, you will also find the current Glengoyne whisky range as well as a few limited releases available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 007 Review

Bottled at 59.9% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: M
ildly spicy, sweet treacle toffee apple, burnt raisins, glazed cherries and a distant touch of marzipan.

Deliciously sherry rich, dark treacle toffee infused with raisins, sultanas and orange, lovely sweet Demerara sugars break through the layers of sherry along with just the faintest touch of vanilla and honey. Some lovely late gentle oak spice, black pepper, cinnamon and a touch of dry ginger add to the pleasure.

Finish: The deliciously juicy Oloroso sherry hangs in there for an age before before fading leaving some lingering sweet sugars clinging to the mouth along with a little touch of cinnamon, some mildly drying oak spice and that touch of marzipan picked up on the nose.

Comment: I have probably mentioned this before when writing up the Teapot Dram but as I am feeling sentimental I thought I would mention it again. The whole story behind the Teapot dram has always has always touched on some memories for me as my own father and my uncle would have spoke about getting a dram every day when they worked at Kinclaith distillery which was situated within Glasgow's Strathclyde grain distillery back in the 1950's. They were also drammed daily with brown whisky, not new make spirit, they wouldn't drink there daily drams at work, they would bring their daily drams home in a bottle (a ginger bottle, you need to be Scottish to understand that) which they took to work every day although I doubt it was of the quality of the Teapot dram but I do wish my father had kept some as I would have loved to have tried a whisky he had a hand in producing.

Back to Teapot Dram 007,
I have had the pleasure of all 7 batches of the Teapot Dram and for me this one, I have to say, stands out above them all to date. There are some quality blemish free Oloroso sherry casks at play here and the addition of some slightly more mature whisky into the mix has created a stunning big sherried dram, some very talented creative blending/vatting has gone into this.

If you are looking for a big sherried dram to spoil yourself with over the Christmas holidays or just want something special to sip on those cold winter nights I can highly recommend this, a stunning big sherried dram!

SMW Score 94/100

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