Our World Whisky Day tasting note competition has a winner!

Our World Whisky Day tasting note competition has a winner!

World Whisky Day has been and gone, and we now have a winner for our competition that we launched in celebration of the day! Although, we really struggled to pick just one.

We asked you for your tasting notes, and wow(!) did you deliver. Picking five, let alone one, was a challenge. The lucky winner was in it to win any bottle of their choice from the Member Store – quite the treat. We wish we could have given you all a bottle, but sadly one tasting note must take the cake. 

Our winner is Pete Jeffrey, whose evocative tasting note for Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish stole our hearts. But there were so many other great contenders that we couldn’t ignore, so we picked four runners up, who got to pick a dram of their choice. 

Thanks so much to everyone who took part – we loved reading every single one!

Let’s take a read of the top five, shall we?


Pete Jeffery: Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish

"Like someone doing tire burnouts in-between a jam tasting and a food van selling cranberry, bacon and brie baps. A really great, smoky, rubbery, jammy, meat filled dram."

Runners up

@thedramduo: Arran Quarter Cask 

"Toffee Apples on a crisp slightly damp Octoberfest evening at the fun fair. Sharp fresh air hits the back of your throat with warming cinnamon and cloves. Coming home to warm up with cereal, warm milk and honey."

@gbear678: Ardbeg Uigeadail 

"Like a fire at a seaside chocolate raisin factory. 🔥🍫"

@bourne_to_dram: Jura 1988 SMWS 31.36 

"Greasy margaritas. Dirrrty peat; like being hit with a dunnage machine gun."

@robhalford92: Waterford Single Farm Origin - Ballykilcavan 1.2

"Some of these notes remind me of being in my Gamma's Farm House ❤️

Nose: Thick earthy aroma with rich sweet notes. Musty and damp forest floor, buttery earthy spices, Garibaldi biscuits, raspberries, nougat, almond dust, Werther's originals, rich white wine sweetness and green grape skin bitterness, old wine gums and boiled sweets, black olive brine, liquorice and a hint of dark cooking chocolate.

Palate: Sweet and complex arrival with a mouth filling oiliness. Dry wood, milk chocolate, fruity sweetness, apple sauce, dried banana chips with barley sugar, apricot, runny caramel and a kick of peppercorn and wood tannins.

Finish: Soft and warm finish that becomes slightly dry. Crushed cinnamon and another hint of cocoa, fruit sorbet, apricots and green apples."

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