Dràm Mòr are the new kid in the block of independent bottlers. So far they had a initial launch of four bottles followed by a sherried Ben Nevis (for Belgium and Netherlands).
In that first wave, they had an interesting 10 Year Old Glenrothes that seemed to be finished for an unknown time period in a Sherry hogshead.
Glenrothes 10 Year Old (Dràm Mòr) (58%, £59.95/€73.95)
Nose: Punchy, sweet dried dates and figs, toffee, caramel, sultanas, somewhat sour vanilla, hazelnuts and cinnamon, butterscotch and pudding. With a few drops of water it’s gaining fruitiness (green shade) and gummy bears sweetness.
Palate: Dried fruit, mainly dates and figs, toffee, caramel, here come the spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, then a soft belly of spice and oak bitterness, rolls into milk chocolate. With water far less bitterness but gains more wood spice.
Finish: Medium long, spices bitterness, dried fruits, milk chocolate, again more spices.
Thoughts: All in all quite a nice sherried Glenrothes. The sherry cask and the finish period did lend extra fruitiness and spice to the original (probable ex-bourbon cask) whisky. I liked the fact that the sherry influence isn’t overpowering and too dominating. Real solid offering from Dràm Mòr.