Village of the Drammed - it's about anything that's about Scotch whisky, and other things besides! Made by people who are passionate & spirited. Join hosts Darren "The Whisky Guy" Rook, Billy Abbott and Jason B. Standing as we sample our way through single malt, single cask, grain, and blended whiskies, and discuss what's on our minds.
We promised - the one and only Dr Sam Simmons, drawing the winner of our Whisky Travelbeard contest out of a pinata! Feast your eyes on this magnificent spectacle... A huge thanks to all of our entrants, and to all of our viewers for this season, and of course congratulations to the grand prizewinner - @Mooley
For the final instalment in this series, conversation turns to distillery tours. What do we like about them? What don't we like? What anecdotes to we have to back any of it up? The only way -you- can find out is to watch this episode! Or ask one of us what we talked about, I guess.
Billy, Darren and Jason turn their keen insight and comprehensively researched opinions on to the controversial subject of "special release" whisky... limited editions, commemorative pieces, or just a way for distilleries to rake in some cash?
Ever get the feeling lately marketers are taking over whisky production, with their increasingly blingy bottles, boxes, and general "look here, buy me" shininess? We had a couple of thoughts on the topic too - so what better to do than focus an episode on it, eh?
The chaps delve in to a little investigation of the practicality of buying a cask of whisky and what that might end up costing. Warning: features some slightly shonky mathematics.
Making cocktails isn't the only way to get more versatility out of a bottle of booze! In this episode, we talk about a few options of things you can do with spirits to produce an entirely new drink, and we get to try Billy's amazing Sloe Gin.
Some folks like whisky with a beer chaser, and then some visionaries have brought the two even closer... Barrel-aged beers (and stouts) have been growing in popularity, so the team thought it'd be worth having a look at some of the different offerings and possibilities of this corner of the beer world.
At Christmas we sent Jason down to Brighton to the Malt'n Copper Christmas dinner & tasting, and aside from enjoying a wonderful tasting session he also managed to nab a few minutes to chat with the founder of their club.
Wisely avoiding referring to themselves as "The Village People", the chaps discuss their favourite whiskies of 2011, and spend a little time pondering what lurks on the 2012 whisky horizon that we're most excited about. All whilst trying Ichiro Akuto's new Chichibu bottling, "The First".
In episode four our intrepid sofa astronauts investigate the murky world of celebrity alcohol tie-ins, including sampling new rum "Ron de Jeremy". We also try an old "Against the Grain" bottling, dip into A Beer Named Sue, discuss the Diageo Special Releases for 2011, and talk about our amazing trip to Maltstock. Pure entertainment.