We just hit temperatures of over 20 degrees for a full week here in the uk so summertime might be over but I thought I would take a quick look at those drams that will be on offer here in the OCD office..
It’s time to reach for those lighter, more floral, fruity drams that just feel right in the blistering heat ( ok 20 degrees might not be blistering to some but to me it is melting point ) We all reach for different drams at this time of year and I am sure that many of you out there might even be adding mixers or ice ( each to their own ) for me it is generally time to pour something Lowland and yes you guessed it.. It’s Auchentoshan time..
The lightness of the malt from the distillery just fits the bill perfectly at this time of year, the delicate, floral nature that the straight bourbon maturation offers is perfect, it’s light and very easy to drink but what else is out there that would make a perfect summertime dram.. Here is my list of favourites for this time of year ( in no order )
1, Ancnoc 12.. Extremly light, floral and fruity, this makes a perfect summer’s evening pour.
2, Glen Moray Classic.. Simple, light and fresh, do you really want anything more !!
3, Glenfiddich 12, Still a classic go to whisky that needs no introduction.. light and fruity what’s not to like.
4, Glenmorangie Original.. Often overlooked, but still a great summertime dram..
5, Highland park 12, Ok not as light as some but still a winner at this time of year..
6, Paul John Brilliance.. An anytime dram that just slides down with ease.. Light and fruity and always one that deserves a second pour.
7, The Epicurean ( Douglas Laing) A Lowland blended malt that just screams light and floral with a touch of class..
8, Tomatin Legacy.. This might be an entry level NAS from Tomatin but it’s a winner.. A lovely fruity dram from the highlands.
9, Balblair 2005.. A light sipping Highland whisky that just shows of the distillery so well..
10, Glenkinchie 12, Again this is simple but light and fresh and isn’t that what you want on a hot summers evening.
These are some of the more obvious entry level summertime drams that I find easy to drink on the hot evenings when a big “Sherry bomb” or heavy peated expression just won’t cut it.. Something for those night when all you want to do is sit back and think about nothing.. Don’t overlook those Irish malts like Tullimore Dew who generally offer a light and floral whiskey.. And of course there is always a younger light grain whisky..
I am sure most of you out there will have many more suggestions so please do t hesitate to add your summertime drams in the comments below..