A dram for the end of a hard day

My House

When you write a blog, you feel after a while you get to know the readers of the blog. We meet at events, we talk online or through email.

I need a bit of advice from you.  I’ll explain:

Let me tell you something about my Spirits collection in my home (forgive me, currently it’s quite depleted). I have a cupboard (fire hazard!) in my kitchen which contains some of my Whisky and vodka. Currently sitting in there is a bottle of SMWS Ardbeg 33.96, 1/2 a bottle of Ballantines 17, a 1/4 bottle of Glenfarclas 21, a 1/4 bottle of Scotch Whisky Experience 21 YO Blend, A hip flask full of Glenfiddich 14, 2 bottles of Chopin Polish Vodka and  a bottle of Good Stomach Polish Honey Vodka.

That’s not the end of it. In terms of samples, I have a bespoke blend made by friend Jason when we were at Glengoyne (Jason’s Tasty surprise), Lark Tasmanian Single Cask, Drambuie, Greenore 18, Linkwood 15, Master of Malt Tamnavullin 16 and many many more!

The Advice

So I have described what I have in my drinks cabinet. What’s the problem? Well, here it is. At the end of a hard day, I enjoy having a dram. If it has been one of those days. You know the kind of day. The kind of day that pushes you to the very limit. The kind of day that makes you pour yourself a large dram, slump in your chair, put your feet up, stop and contemplate the day you have had. As you reflect on the day, you take a large swig from your favourite whisky glass (either my chunky Balblair glass or my rocking Talisker glass) and plan tomorrow, because tomorrow will always be a better day. Tomorrow is the day where it will all go right.

My problem is that my chosen whisky’s for these particular moments have run out. For a while, I was dramming Jameson 18, as it took me back to Ireland and a brilliant trip. Then there was my Midleton Single Cask Port (A cask sample), which again took me back to Ireland (both of these are unbelievable drams). For a short while, I was dramming a 35 Year Old Chivas Blend, before I decided to do it as a tasting with the Edinburgh Uni Water of Life Society (totally worth it. They loved it). I tried to use the Ardbeg 33.96, but while being an excellent whisky, a cask strength, super peaty Ardbeg  is just a bit too strong. I think the dram for these moments needs to have flavour, but not be too strong. It needs to have sweetness too.

This is where I need your help. What should I go for as my new dram for the end of a hard day? I am going to buy a bottle. What is your dram for the end of a hard day?

Your help is always much appreciated.

Chris