Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Timorous Beastie: Review


GIFTED

Region: Highlands, Scotland

Distiller: Various (incl Dalmore, Glengoyne, Glen Garioch)
BlenderDouglas Laing

The guys over at Timorous Beastie Whisky sent me some samples of their whisky, to get me ready for Burns Night and also to try their whisky.

They sent me 3, one has been core bottled and the other two aged for different lengths.

What Arrived

When you hear the name Timorous Beastie, you instantly think Scottish, Robert Burns and a wee mouse so when you look at the bottles label its exactly what you picture.

The branding here is very cool, with the wee mouse and its name Timorous Beastie. 

For those that don’t know Timorous Beastie gets its name from Robert Burns’ “To a Mouse,”  poem. In the poem the line reads “Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! ”

About Timorous Beastie Whisky

Timorous Beastie is a marriage of Single Cask, Single Malt from only the Highland region of Scotland.

They say it’s Timorous by name, but not by nature.

The original Timorous Beastie, immortalized in Robert Burns’ famous Scots poem “To a Mouse” was a timid, little field mouse. Echoing our national bard’s wit, ours is most certainly not for the fainthearted! Inside there’s a medley of vanilla, malted barley, meringue, honey, and citrus flavors just bursting to be unleashed…

The Whisky

I have to be honest I am not really a whisky drinker, its not really my drink of choice but I am always up for someone to change my mind and my taste buds and make me start liking whisky.

I have tried many different whisky’s but none really grabbed my attention.

Was this the brand that turned me? read on…

Previously any time I have tried whisky its always been an instant YUK for me, I don’t know why but just the taste, after taste so it was time to sit down and taste these tonight (25th Jan Burns Night).

Visually I noticed all them where a nice light colour, where the ones I have had previously have looked a lot darker so this was interesting.

Nose : All of them smelled really pleasant for me, and I got hints of honey

So far visually and the smell was all good…now to taste.

I tried the drinks in this order : Aged 10 years, 18 years and then finishing up with Core Bottling.

The 10 year and 18 year had a burn, and then rounded off with a nice taste. I was very surprised at this, as I really did expect it to be an instant nah…now on to the Core Bottling.

This one for me was actually my favourite out of the 3 samples, the burn wasn’t as bad for me and the overall flavour was the nicest and lightest for me.

Overall :

Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the whisky

Well I never would have thought I would be saying this, but if I had to order a whisky or purchase one this is the one I would go for.

The taste, after taste was much better than any previous whisky’s I have tried before. If your a whisky drinker then you need to check these guys out as am sure you will be very very impressed with Timorous Beastie

My Rating :

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Kelvingrove Cafe Cocktail Event

1161 Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8TB

V: 2nd August 2018      T:  0141 221 8988  W: www.kelvingrovecafe.com

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


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This weekend Glasgow starts a big cocktail event, with many places around Glasgow doing big events where you get to try some funky cocktails.

The cocktail weekend is running August 9 – 12th so check out www.glasgowcocktailweekend.co.uk for more info

Tonight I was invited to come to Kelvingrove Cafe for a cocktail launch event so I couldn’t wait to attend and see what they had in store.

On entering everyone was treated to a few different canapés, all of which were very nice so much so I may have had seconds. These were meant to complement tonight’s cocktails, but as they were so nice they kinda were finished before the cocktails.

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So after getting some nibbles I sat down and had a look around.

I have never been in here, so it was interesting to take a look around. The event was in the downstairs part of Kelvingrove Cafe, and I have to say it really had a very nice and cool feel and look to it.

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Everything was perfect, from the atmosphere to the lighting and also the music.

At this event, there were the guys from Makar Gin, one of them I had met before at a few other Gin events so it was nice to see them again….plus I heard they do a rum now which I will HAVE TO TRY!!!!! I love rum.

The other brand that was here was Naked Grouse a whisky company, one, to be honest, I didn’t know much about (but then again am not really a whisky fan).

The first round of cocktails came out, and they looked really good.

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This cocktail was called Strawberries and Dreams, and it was sweet, with lots of flavours and a subtle hint of whiskey in the background/aftertaste.

There were two more cocktails, unfortunately, my photos for these didn’t turn out great but…

The second one was called Courgetti Junction, which had a big thin slice of Courgette in the glass. This was probably my favourite out of all three, I really don’t know why as the first was sweeter and I have a sweet tooth.

The third one I can’t remember its name, well this was defo my least favourite as, to be honest, it tasted like salty water…. not good so I left this one.

Throughout the night we were treated to some really good tunes, by DJ Aisha. Aisha if you are reading this, thanks for the music tonight.

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The event was presented by the whiskey company Naked Grouse so there were some of their products in all of tonight’s cocktails.

Part of the event we got to sit and have a smell and taste season with one of the reps from Naked Grouse.

This was a very fun and interesting part of the night, you got blindfolded to mask what you were smelling or eating and had to describe how it tasted/smelt e.g caramel or rough

Its amazing the flavours and smells that come over, when your not using your eyes to give you clues.

There was an afterparty, but I didn’t stay that long as I had a busy day at work that day and was shattered.

Overall

Tonight was a very very enjoyable night and I enjoyed every moment and the cocktails…well apart from the last one 🙂

A big thank you to Kelvingrove Cafe, the guys at Naked Grouse and DJ Aisha again….it was a great event and a great start to the up and coming Glasgow Cocktail Weekend.

I am not really a whisky fan, but with these cocktails tonight (1st two only) I actually liked the taste of them.

Thank you guys and please do check out the amazing weekend ahead filled with many cocktails am sure.

Cheers

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