Robert Graham Whiskies

Robert Graham Ben Nevis Dancing Stag

Our good friend Andy invited Lucas and I to his new place of employment, Robert Graham Whiskies on the Royal Mile, to taste some independently bottled juice and chocolate. How could we say no? We couldn’t. Will power is not a strong point.

We sat down, and Andy put some wine glasses in front of us (he sold all the whisky glasses that day, the new apprentice!)

Robert Graham Whiskies have an independent bottle range and an excellent range of cigars as well as standard bottlings. They have two shops in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow and one in London.

On to Whisky number 1:

Glenallachie 1995
46%

Nose: Nutty, lemons, grassy and a maltiness which is a little like hamster food.

Palate: Spicy, chillies and peppers

One of the spiciest whiskies I have ever tasted! A real kick to start the evening.

The conversation is flowing. Lucas has been away up north, and some of our other friends who we had not seen in ages were in town. Perfect for a few drams and a chat. Paintings adorn the wall of different images. Basking sharks, hills, stags. All painted by the owner.

Time for whisky number 2 me thinks:

17 Year old from the Speyside Distillery

Nose: Christmas Mince pies. Awesome!

Palate: Again, Christmas mince pies.

I want to drink this whisky on Christmas eve. Hint to Santa.

Ben Nevis 1996

Nose: Briney and pungent honey

Palate: Grapefruit Caprisun


The Hoebag!

Nose: Smokey bacon and bacon fries

Palate: Not a big fan of this one, but I am struggling with smoky whiskies just now. I think I over smoked when I started drinking whisky. I am hoping I get over this mental block. It worries me. Everyday.

Chris

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