Today's dram comes from the prescriber of all things good. A man who quite possibly purchased his doctor-ship in whisky from a drunken gentleman in Uganda, but we'll forgive him, as his musings for the past few years have kept us highly entertained and informed. Sam is also Global Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie, but don't let that sway your opinion on his choice below...
Ladies and gentleman, we give you Sam Simmons, aka Dr Whisky.
'I love whisky. And I love Christmas.
And my Christmas whisky is the same as it has been since 2002:
The Balvenie Doublewood.
(Long before I worked with William Grant & Sons!)
Do with this as you will'
The Balvenie - Doublewood - 12 yo - 40%
Nose: An entertaining mix of lighter, vanilla, lemon & orange zest and sweet caramels, mixed with some richer Oloroso sherry notes, dark honey and woody spices.
Palate: The vanilla, honey and orange zest all hit the palate first, backdropped by moist raisins, some fig and a big spoonful of the Oloroso. Very open and balanced.
Finish: Drying cask notes, with a long fruity/nutty note. Warming and most definitely festive!