After featuring Gordon & MacPhail-owned Benromach 10 100 Proof back in Series 2, it was only matter of time until we took a punt on one of their independently-bottled, or independently-matured we should say, drops of whisky. Following a chance encounter at a tasting event in the wild outer reaches of the North-East coast with Gordon & MacPhail sales rep and Mr A-Dram-A-Day himself, Ben Bowers, we were able to set up a live guest-related plot twist for this episode. We were delighted to be joined across the dramming table by Ben, who brought with him an exclusive not-on-the-shelves Bunnahabhain Cask Strength whisky to review, produced in 2009 and as we later learn, matured until March of this year in first-fill sherry casks.
At the time of going to press, this whisky is currently sold out on Master of Malt but you may be able to source a bottle at one of the many independent whisky merchants who stock Gordon & MacPhail whiskies. Hey, why not check out our #buylocaltimd map to see if there's one near you.
Our playlist theme was, at Ben's suggestion, covers and remixes to reflect Gordon & MacPhail's philosophy of taking a spirit produced at another distillery and seeing what their maturation experts can come up with in their mad science lab of cask-finished creations. This was the sort of playlist theme that we have begun to recognise as seeming simple enough at first glance then increasingly and fiendishly difficult to choose a valid and worthy selection. We do think, however, that we pulled it out of the bag between us...
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Andy’s 1st selection: Hackney Colliery Band - No Diggity (a cover of the Blackstreet song)
Ben's 1st selection: Hybrid - If I Survive (VIP Mix)
Stu’s 1st selection: Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (a cover of the Leonard Cohen song)
Andy’s 2nd selection: The Fall - Lost In Music (a cover of the Sister Sledge song)
Ben’s 2nd selection: Peter Gabriel - Mirrorball (a cover of the Elbow song)
Stu’s 2nd selection: Johnny Cash - Hurt (a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song)
For the playlist, we had a nice mix of New Orleans brass, classic rock, soulful folk...and a Soulwax remix, sitting awkwardly in the corner of the party not speaking to anyone.
We also subjected ourselves to the masochistic ritual of the Relegation Dram, this time a Japanese contender from the foothills of Mount Fuji - the infamous Fujikai. Opinions ranged from anger to fury, with Andy drifting off into apocalyptic visions normally reserved for a David Lynch movie. It did not, it's fair to say, score very highly.
Thanks very much to Ben for joining us on this episode and do visit his fundraising page to make a donation to a wonderful cause. Let us know if you can find a bottle of that Bunnahabhain anywhere...