Choosing the right Christmas present can be hard. You have to weigh up your recipient's passions and ambitions with your price budget and choice of tax-dodging delivery services. Choosing a Christmas present for someone you've presented almost 25 podcast episodes about whisky, it turns out, is somewhat easier. This year, knowing our respective love for sherried Speysiders and their inherent "liquid Christmas cake" nature, both wrapped a delicious Glenfarclas expression for our festive blind tasting charade.
Stu was up first with an accidental litre of Glenfarclas 105, a cask-strength heavy hitter, which sent Andy to the right vicinity quite quickly in the taste test but required a couple of minor hints to narrow it down to the correct dram. It's a firm favourite at This Is My Dram HQ and is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any whisky drinker. Andy took a punt on a bottle of Glenfarclas 1996 Premium Edition (bottled 2017), which is a bottling generally prepared for the German market as the label on the back of the bottle confirmed (Spricht irgendwer Deutsch?). It was a lighter dram than the 105, with pleasing hints of aniseed and menthol, that reminded us of aspects of the 15, 17 and 25 year expressions available in the core range. Stu picked out all the right notes in the blind test but couldn't reasonably be expected to guess the bottling. It turns out 'distillery beginning with G' is one of the least useful clues in a whisky guessing game. Glen-everything!
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Andy’s 1st selection: The Futureheads - Christmas Was Better In The 80s
Stu’s 1st selection: Phoenix - Alone On Christmas Day
Andy’s 2nd selection: Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul
Stu’s 2nd selection: Gaz Coombes and Adam Buxton - I Believe In Father Christmas
For the playlist, we covered all the bases with 20s jazz, 70s soul, poetic folk, indie rock, Christmas film soundtracks and of course, Sufjan Stevens...Have a listen to the full playlist here:
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