"It's an absolute sherry bomb. We have to podcast it!", said Stu.
"Yeah cool.", replied Andy
Such is the level of planning and forethought that goes into producing each episode of The Is My Dram. Still, Stu was on the money with Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 57, a cask-strength corker crafted from largely sherry-cask finish, ranging from what is estimated to be between 5 and 25 year old, whiskies. Andy and Stu were in full agreement about the quality attributes of this particular batch; the nose is sweet and comforting, the palate is warm and comforting, the finish is sweet, warm and comforting. Never mind message in a bottle, this is a full-scale embrace with a thoughtful love poem and gift certificate for a spa weekend in a bottle. It's increasingly difficult to source a bottle of Batch 57 and the general consensus seems to be that current release, Batch 58, is less impressive so don't spare the horses if you want to try this one.
Our playlist theme for this episode was first singles released by bands or artists, taking our cue from Aberlour's "origin" theme with A'bunadh. Stu selected some rock-out nostalgia from his formative years to perfectly compliment the shoulder massage in a glass we were sipping on while Andy explored the origin theme with a near-tedious history lesson on the pioneers of jazz and blues. No prizes for guessing which of our presenters you'd rather be cornered by at a party...
The tracks that feature on the podcast, in full, are:
Stu’s 1st selection: Eels - Novocaine For The Soui
Andy’s 1st selection: King Oliver's Creole Band - Chimes Blues
Stu’s 2nd selection: Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)
Andy’s 2nd selection: Muddy Waters - Country Blues (No.1)
For the playlist, we had some more 90s throwback indie and grunge as well as infectious beats, blues organ and Feist-y vocals. Have a listen to the full podcast here:
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