We have a winner! Six proud independent bottlers entered the IronDram Colosseum in downtown LA with their handpicked gladiators. Eighteen scotches available in the Western US market were poured into a new bottle so that everything could be tasted blindly. The bottlers entered a scotch each of the three tiers: Low price (Star Wars tier), Mid price (Breakfast Mascot tier), and High Price (Gilligan’s Island Tier). Our blind tasting participants didn’t even know which tier was being tasted. All bias was gone, the scotch tasted, and the votes counted.
A.D. Rattray won the low tier with Ben Kenobi, which was revealed to be a cask strength Cragganmore 14. Our reviewers noted that with water (it runs hot) some fruit notes come out as does a faint hint of peat (is there any peat? We don’t know for sure)
Chieftain’s annihilated the mid tier with Cap’n Crunch, a cask strength Caol Ila aged 14 years in a Jamaican Rum barrel. Our reviewers found heavy and obvious peat, yet with a bit of sweetness hiding within. Mmmm.
Gordon & MacPhail won the high tier with The Skipper, a Glen Grant aged 21 years. Our reviewers thought it had a great sherried nose and just about everything you would expect in a sherry beastie like this one.
So we had three winners in three categories but still had to pick out which company was going to be the overall IronDram champion. We tallied up all of the scores to get a grand total, and it was a close one. Chieftain’s just barely squeaked by A.D. Rattray and are our 2011 IRONDRAM CHAMPIONS! Congrats to both companies and to Chris Uhde of JVS Imports, who selected Chieftain’s winners.
Special thanks go to our contestants: Chieftain’s, Duncan Taylor, A.D.Rattray, Signatory, Gordon & MacPhail, and Hart Brothers.