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When it comes to Whisky I know very little about it to be perfectly honest with you. My Dad did and was often seen of an evening nursing a small wee dram and my stepdad is a real lover of Whisky with it being his preferred drink.
Me though I have always found it too harsh, too heated and so strong I'm on my knees after just a couple of sips however recently he introduced me to to Johnny Drum Black Label and I have to admit that although it sin't my favourite tipple it is one I rather enjoy with him occasionally.
This comes in a really lovely black box with gold writing on it. It gives off a good quality look just from the look of the box and I think its a great one for gifting as it looks so special. On the box we are told of course what it is and who it is by very clearly and that it is a product of Scotland and is aged for 12 years then on the sides of the box we are given lots of information about the product and that there are 28 units of alcohol in the bottle we have and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
The bottle is again very classy being made of thick see through glass with a black and gold twist on and off lid/cap to it and on a black and gold label again we are told what it is and who it is but, that it is 40% vol and 70cl in size with again a little information telling us once again what it is on and details of a drink aware campaign website are stated. Like I say I think is really nice packaging which it should be by the price my Stepdad pays for this!
Well it is 12 year matured, distilled whisky. Its a rich honey colour with a spicy and warm smell and of course you can blend this with coke or tonic or whatever but in my Dad Davids point of view this should be drunk neat, with water or over ice as he is a bit of a purist and feels mixing it with pop is just plain wrong!
Taste wise well its obviously like whisky however it is more drinkable to me than many as it has a smooth quality to it. This has almost top notes and detections to it though of vanilla and raisins which gives a very slight sweetness and dimension to it and its rather malty, yet bitter and really warming if you slug it down too quick believe me.
If you like a sharp and slightly bitter at the same time, quality whisky for enjoying and savouring this could be the one for you. I wouldn't want to drink too much of this at all as its high in its alcohol content but of a cold evening with a drop of cold water I think it is great and so smooth!
Available from all good supermarkets and off licences and so on and my Dad David paid £31.12 for our bottle we are currently getting through from Asda.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Handmade in the heart of Bluegrass, Kentucky's famous Bourbon country. Johnny Drum contains only the finest natural ingredients and is aged to the peak of maturity, yielding a bouquet of character and taste found only in this Bourbon. The character and flavour of this superb sour mash whiskey never varies. The method of production has remained unchanged through five generations of the same family of master distillers. Johnny Drum is produced in limited quantities to ensure the finest quality possible in their old family tradition.