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Danger In The Chamber

Sam 'The Doctor' Simmons of The Balvenie engaged Simon 'The Reverend' Roser of Simply Whisky in three rounds of heavyweight dramming as fists and facts were thrown to help guests decide the best tasting drams of the evening.

  • Simply Whisky Fight Night - Danger In The Chamber

  • The whisky contenders

  • This is serious business

  • The chamber

  • A heated exchange between Simon 'The Reverend' Roser and Sam 'The Doctor' Simmons

  • A tie break means an arm wrestle

  • Balvenie's Sam 'The Doctor' Simmons wins and goes through to the next round

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Ringside Commentary

In Round 1 The Balvenie Doublewood snatched victory over the Aberlour 12 Year Old with its assault of almond nuttiness and spicy oak undertones. Round 2 then saw a tie between the very compelling and closely matched Highland Park 18 Year Old vs. The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year Old - you have to try this match yourself to believe it! With fervour in the ring rising, Round 3 was claimed by the Japanese with their Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old harmoniously swiping at the Portwood finish of The Balvenie 21. It was close, but in a final showdown 'The Doctor' snatched victory and the Whisky Fight Night battle belt in a combative arm wrestle. This isn't over!

The Balvenie Doublewood12 Year Old 40%
A great place to begin your whisky journey

Dae ye ken?
The Balvenie Doublewood goes very nicely with Blue Monday cheese (created by Alex James of Blur)

Cask
Initially American oak bourbon before being finished in European sherry oak casks

Nose
Sweet fruits, Oloroso sherry and vanilla

Taste
Sherried top notes with fruitcake, vanilla crème anglaise, almond nuttiness and spicy oak undertones culminating with spicy honey

Finish
Long and warming

Distillery Info
The distillery still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional floor maltings, has coopers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to tend the stills

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Aberlour 12 Year Old 43%
One of the best value Speyside malts around, and double matured to boot

Dae ye ken?
In traditional Scots gaelic Aberlour means 'Chattering Burn'

Cask
Twelve years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, then a three year finish in three different European sherry woods - Amoroso, Apostoles and Matusalem oloroso

Nose
Very soft and rounded with fruity notes of red apples

Taste
Sherried character and fruity aromas balanced with a rich chocolate, toffee, cinnamon and ginger spiciness

Finish
Warming and lingering. Sweet and very slightly spicy

Distillery Info
James Fleming, who founded Aberlour Distillery in 1879, was a man of enterprise, vision and compassion who left a positive and lasting legacy for the whole community of Aberlour. He built, for the benefit of all, the Aberlour Town Hall, the Cottage Hospital and the Penny Bridge

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The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year Old 43%
Once it's gone, it's gone. So buy two

Dae ye ken?
In 2001, a heavily peated batch of barley was distilled at The Balvenie Distillery and was allowed to mature until The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart, decided it was time to rejuvenate the maturation process and so the whisky was transferred to newly prepared traditional casks

Cask
American white oak ex-bourbon (originally holding the result of the heavily peated batch of barley), followed by finishing in new American white oak

Nose
Gentle floral aroma with hints of violet and lavender. Delicate smoke beautifully balanced with honeyed vanilla and spicy oakiness

Taste
Prominent smoke softens to reveal oaky honey and vanilla. Cinnamon and nutmeg develop with time

Finish
Sweet and spicy with a hint of smoke

Distillery Info
Balvenie pot stills have a ‘ball’ to concentrate and sweeten the flavours….and you can see this shape echoed in the neck of the bottle

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Highland Park 18 Year Old 43%
It's elegance and soothness make the 18 year old a delight to the malt whisky connoisseur

Dae ye ken?
The distillery cuts its own peat, and uses traditional floor malting of the barley on its premises. Heather is sometimes burned with the peat

Cask
American oak bourbon barrels and Spanish sherry casks

Nose
Rich, mature oak, top note of aromatic smoke, notably flowery, heather-honey

Taste
Rich, full flavour; honey and peat. Nuts, honey, cinnamon, dryish ginger

Finish
Soft, round and long. Spicy, very dry, oaky, smoky, hot

Distillery Info
The Edrington Group owns several malt whisky distilleries, including The Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes, Tamdhu and Glenturret. Edrington has over one million casks, made either from American Oak (ex bourbon) or European Oak (ex sherry wine)

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The Balvenie Portwood Finish21 Year Old 40%
'Perfectly balanced, naturally rich and smooth' is on the label; the ideal summary of this striking malt

Dae ye ken?
In traditional Scots gaelic Balvenie means ‘Village of Monks’

Cask
American oak ex-bourbon followed by a marriage in Portuguese port pipes which have previously held fine port wines

Nose
Perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a brazil nutty dryness. A distinct mustiness in the background verifies the age

Taste
Refined with remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes. Deep and complex

Finish
Long, gentle and nutty

Distillery Info
The distillery was built in 1892 around a haunted mansion. Today the distillery is still independent and family owned by William Grant and Sons

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Suntory Hibiki 17 Year Old 43%
Hibiki means 'harmony' in Japanese and after tasting this whisky you will know why...

Dae ye ken?
Suntory's blenders use Mizunara Japanese oak barrels that once contained Umeshu - a traditional Japanese plum liqueur – to endow this whisky with a singular bouquet of fruit aromas and a silky texture

Cask
Ex-Umeshu Mizunara Japanese oak

Nose
Citrus leaf, cocoa, cooked apricot, ripe banana, and hazelnut giving a crunch

Taste
Toffee sweetness stretches along the palate. Very clean and clear. Sweet with sultana and cherry

Finish
Long and silky

Distillery Info
This fantastic Japanese blend is made with aged malt and grain whiskies from Suntory's three prized distilleries - Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita

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