What will I be dramming for Christmas?

Last Year

Before we discuss this year, what did I dram last year? Last year, at Santa time, I had quite a few things to dram. And happily we had an extra guest at the table for Xmas, as Andy (Ewb guest blogger and shop keep at Robert Graham) couldn’t get home due to the snow (Don’t worry folks, he saw his family and exchanged gifts a few days before)

Me, Andy and my brother had quite a bit of walking todo before we got our drams though. We picked Andy up outside the Scotch Malt in Leith (he lives near there) at about 10am on Christmas Morning and walked to my Aunties house in Portobello (if you don’t know Edinburgh, Portobello is on the beach). So we had a nice walk along the sands of Portobello. We popped into a pub on the way for a cheeky wee Christmas pint. We asked the landlord why he was open, and he said that many of his regulars were alone on Christmas, so he felt it was only right to open on Christmas. He would go and see his family in January. Nice to see a local pub doing its bit!

We got to my Aunt’s for about midday and had some bacon rolls. Then came the chance to take a look at what whisky we were going to taste. The first round of Whiskies definitely had an Irish feel to them. Jameson 12 Aged Reserve, Jameson 18 and Redbreast 12 were all drammed before lunch. Then after lunch, while watching the Gruffalo followed by Edward Scissor Hands, we tasted some of Robert Graham’s excellent selection of bottlings, Master of Malt 30 year old and some Ballantines Christmas reserve. All whilst digesting a mountain of Christmas food (we don’t do turkey in my house, instead it tends to be beef). It was a brilliant day, and all the drams were tasty (As Lucas pointed out recently, Whisky is bloody good)

This Year

It being Santa time again, I am now looking at my cabinet and thinking, what am I going to taste this year? (whilst watching kids films, I love kids films at Christmas) Well, I have a nice bottle of Glenlivet 18, Movember Glenfarclas 9 year old (selected by yours truly), Ardbeg 10, Master of Malt Tomatin 19, Master of Malt Cragganmore 20, Master of Malt Inverleven 36, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength and a Berry Bros and Rudd Blair Athol 11 year old. I think that should be enough for the short holiday period.

What will you folks be tasting?

Chris Hoban

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