It was a dark and stormy night… Thunder storms are a regular occurrence in summer. After a hot day, afternoons cool down with dark clouds gathering and lightning that streak across the sky. When a storm hit in the dark of night, it can be really scary. I was standing in the doorway, listening to the thunder and seeing the lighting flash accross the horizon. The wind howling around the house and rattling at the windows; rain pouring on the roof. The noice made by the storm drowned out all other sounds.
This is the time that you need something to give you a bit of courage. Dutch courage perhaps, but courage nevertheless. Perhaps you love the sound of a storm. It might be a time where you are in your element and love nothing better than to sit down and watch the nature show. Regardless of your view on storms, I made a list of some drams to appreciate when the weather is unpredictable. Thunder storms or winter storms, here are a few of whiskies to enjoy.
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It was a dark and stormy night
1.Highland Park Dark Origins
A dark sky has dark origins. What better way to appreciate a storm than with the Highland Park Dark Origins. Inspired by the cunning spirit and courageous personality of Highland Park’s infamous founder, Magnus Eunson, this Highland Park expressions has a high percentage first-fill Sherry casks balanced with some first-fill American oak. This creates an exciting, spicy, chocolatey whisky with toasted hazelnuts, coffee cream, peat and a little orange alongside some pastries.
2. Ardbeg Dark Cove
Second on the list is the Ardbeg Dark Cove. Released in 2016 for Ardbeg Day, this extraordinary whisky was matured in Bourbon casks as well as dark Sherry casks, imparting waves of treacle toffee, coal tar, squid ink, noodles, ginger with bits of charcoal, wood polish and toasted coffee grounds. Dark Cove was inspired by Islay’s turbulent past. According to Ardbeg, the darkest Ardbeg ever.
3. Nikka Pure Malt Black Whisky
A subtle smooth balanced dram from Japan. If the storm threatens to overwhelm you, imagine zen gardens and patterns. This whisky is perfect to help you achieve balance. It has fruit and refined peaty notes without loosing any of the complexity. Mellow, yet intriguing. Its aromatic depth is the result of a selection of very different whiskies, combining the fruity elegance of the Miyagikyo malts, with the smokier notes of Yoichi. I see it is available via Master of Malt.
4. Bruichladdich Dark Art 4
Islay has weathered many a storm and Bruichladdich is no stranger to tempests erupting. The Bruichladdich Dark Arts is a combination of the finest American and French oak casks to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich. Tasting notes include rich, plump, crystallized grapes, honey. Chocolate and coconut, grilled peach and papaya balance with barley sugar, cinnamon and aniseed. What could be better on a dark and stormy night?
5. Kavalan King Car Conductor
While the sky conducts a storm symphony, sit back and savor the King Car Conductor from Taiwan. Bottled at an ABV of 46% to ensure all the flavor is retained, this release is complex yet delicate. The King Car Conductor aromas are multi-layers of fruitiness. Tasting notes include vanilla and honey, followed by some fresh tangy green fruit, sultana and dried apricot, malty barley and liquorice. There’s fragrant oak spice along with cloves, polished wood and boiled sweet sweetness. All of this balanced with freshly baked apple pie sweetness. Delicious!
6. Talisker Storm
Last but not least, a whisky from the beautiful Isle of Skye. People have been living on the Isle of Skye since the 7th millennium BC. On Skye you can feel the power of the sea and watch the storm approaching. Intense and smoky, Talisker Storm has vibrant smoky notes, smoothly balanced by Talisker’s signature hot sweetness. Cream, banana, smoky barbecues balanced with pepper, brine and oaky dryness. What can be more perfect than sitting back, sipping on a Storm from the Isle of Skye while watching the heavens erupt in blades of light.
So, on a dark and stormy night, sit back, grab a drink and watch the magnificent display across the dark sky. Sip on these complex flavorful drams while contemplating life.
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