Whisky Review: Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 4
- Category: Highland single malt Scotch Whisky
- Origin: Glengoyne distillery
- Bottling: Ian Macleod
- ABV: 58.7%
- Cost: £90 from Glengoyne distillery shop
What they say:
Deliberately young and bold
Until the 1970s, Glengoyne workers enjoyed a thrice-daily dram that flowed from a bashed copper teapot in the distillery canteen. Our tribute is teeming with brown sugar, sweet fruits and soft spices.
A teapot full of whisky
A full tumbler of whisky a day was wonderful, certainly, for the seasoned workers – but a bit much for the younger ones. To save face, they’d discretely pour their untouched drams into a copper teapot on the windowsill. However, it certainly didn’t go to waste. Our cooper would pour his ‘tea’, to enjoy a little – or a lot – more than the daily ration.
Only available at Glengoyne, the Teapot Dram IV has been lovingly recreated by men with a hazy recollection of those times. And because the daily dram would never be taken from an old cask, this is a deliberately young, bold whisky.
The daily dram: an ingenious answer to smuggling
When William McGeachie became distillery manager in 1899, he had a difficult problem to solve. He noticed that it wasn’t just the angels taking their share from the maturing casks – the workmen were at it too.
So McGeachie gave them exactly what they wanted: a daily dram. He thought that giving them three very large drams of full strength single malt would stop them having the inclination, or indeed the wherewithal to steal quite so much. It obviously worked.
What I say:
Matured in 1st fill Oloroso casks and a Teapot! Just kidding, this great little story from Glengoyne distillery concerns drink aware! employee’s gathering their daily whisky rations into a suitable receptacle for later consumption. This story usually is accompanied at the end of the Glengoyne distillery tour, whereupon the tour guide pours out your daily ration from their copper teapot. This expression is made from young whiskies matured in 1st fill Oloroso sherry casks, serving 2 purposes, 1 bottling the liquid before it is frankly overpowered by the cask and 2 providing seasoned 2nd fill casks for maturing much older Glengoyne expressions in. If you are a fan of sherried whiskies and like similar expressions such as Aberlour A’Bunadh then you know that age doesn’t matter here, it is all about the required intensity of flavour!
Blood orange & ruby (15/20), medium-sized well-defined tears with strong fine legs
Fruity! Dried fruit, sherry, leather, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, musty dunnage warehouse, nutty with toasted hazelnut and walnut.
Leathery and tannic, red, black and dried fruits combine to give a rich fruitcake or fruit pudding, cherries and blackcurrants are prominent along with figs, damson and raisin, leather-bound old books/library, woody oak, tannic tea, sweet maple & pecan tarts, chocolate covered strawberries and toffee, cocoa and hazelnut.
Long, dried fruits and treacle toffee.
Simply wonderful, a sherry bomb at its finest, who needs age-statements and fanciful marketing stories.. well, just age-statements then. It’s not ‘young’ or ‘new-make-y’ tasting. Like the A’Bunadh here is another expression that celebrates the power of 1st fill sherry cask maturation with the zip of youthful spirit keeping it interesting. If you come across a Teapot Dram bottle, or visit Glengoyne distillery, be sure to grab one if you can!
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