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Small oak cask for whisky maturation: Second attempt

By Miguel in Tasting , DYC , Bell's

The story of four litres of whisky, one American oak cask and a free morning.

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If you read my previous post about this cask you know how it ended. If you don’t, I will try to be brief about it, I fucked spoiled two awesome Laphroaig 10 years old Cask Strength by ageing it a bit more of what it was needed.

So, now that you know where we came from, keep reading about what I did.

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DYC 8 aos, a delicious rediscovery

By Miguel in Tasting , DYC

This last Christmas I got a bottle of DYC 8 aos as a present and it haven’t been till now that I have found a chance of opening it.

Although DYC is the best selling ( even over Scotch whiskies ) whisky on Spain I haven’t had many chances of tasting it ( shame on me! ). It is really hard to find samples of it and as most of you know I have kinda of a logistic problem at home… so no more open full bottles… well, nevermind, I got this one as a present and I thougth it really deserves to be opened.

“Interesting. More woody character than the standard DYC with more spice aromas. Just a bit light for my taste but quite interesting”

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DYC 8 years old

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (82): average. honey, vanilla, spices, citrus. Quite light but with a clean delicious honey aroma.

Palate (83): light, smooth. honey, citrus, vanilla, wood, spices, cinnamon.

Finish (83): short. honey, wood, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC 8 years old with 83 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Quite a surprise. More complex than the standard DYC whisky with more defined notes of vanilla and wood. Not bad at all for a whisky that cost around £7.

On the other hand, it is a bit light and simple. If you have the chance taste the DYC Single Malt as it really shows the lovely distillery character of this southern Balvenie!


DYC Red One: Cherry infused whisky

By Miguel in Tasting , DYC

“For academical purposes tasting. Really recommended for mixing, works great with a Coca Cola and ice”

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DYC Red One
DYC has created a cherry infused Spanish blended whisky targeting a youngsters market.

If you like cherry-like drinks this liquor is really smooth and pleasant.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (81): more than average. cherry,honey, floral.

Palate (79): light, smooth. cherry, vanilla, citrus, honey, bubblegum.

Finish (75): very short. cherry, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC Red One with 78 points over 100.

DYC Red One: Redvolution

By Miguel in Tasting , DYC

Today I am tasting a new different thing. It is a cherry infused whisky with a twist: DYC is using Spanish blended whisky to create this liquor. The first of its kind on the spanish market.

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Against all the advices I decided to taste DYC Red One straight, although the brand really recommends it as a mixing drink.

“For academical purposes tasting. Really recommended for mixing, works great with a Coca Cola and ice”

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DYC Red One
DYC has created a cherry infused Spanish blended whisky targeting a youngsters market.

If you like cherry-like drinks this liquor is really smooth and pleasant.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (81): more than average. cherry,honey, floral.

Palate (79): light, smooth. cherry, vanilla, citrus, honey, bubblegum.

Finish (75): very short. cherry, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC Red One with 78 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Don’t be fooled by the tasting score. This kind of beverages is best enjoyed with mixers.

So how this is expected to be drunk? Like we do it! This is Spain!

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DYC 10 years old Coleccion Barricas Single Malt Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , DYC

“Matured in bourbon casks this whisky is perhaps the best spanish whisky I have tried. Rather good but limited release.”

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DYC 10 year Coleccion Barricas Single Malt
The DYC Single Malt "Coleccion Barricas". It is the first of a set of limited editions whiskies. This first edition has been aged for 10 years in a bourbon cask.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (87): strong. peaches, honey, vanilla, wood, citrus.

Palate (90): smooth, oily, powerful. peaches, malt, honey, vanilla, wood, spices, molasses.

Finish (89): long. honey, floral, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC 10 year Coleccion Barricas Single Malt with 89 points over 100.

WhiskyLive Madrid 2011 Tastings

By Miguel in Tasting , News , Featured , Destilerias Liber , Laphroaig , DYC , The Macallan , Compass Box , Suntory , Yamazaki , Edradour , Talisker

WhiskyLive Madrid 2011 celebrated at May, 26 on Hotel Villamagna, has been a great whisky show against all the odds: Great whisky, pretty girls, good friend. Whatelse?!

Touching a bottle of Macallan 25 years old at Macallan Masterclass in WhiskyLive MadridFinally I got time to write down the tasting notes and here they are. I am quite happy of the result. The whisky show has been great and I tried lots of expressions that it is not easy to taste here in Spain.

During the evening at WhiskyLive Madrid, that I spent with Richard Barr of WhiskyIsrael, we tasted more than twenty whiskies so bear with me if last tasting notes are not accurate.
If you haven’t read yet about our visit to WhiskyLive do it now!. We had a great evening together.

So here are the tasting notes. I am still missing some of them that I wasn’t able to properly write while on the show.

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WhiskyLive Madrid 2011: A whisky show at Spain's heart

By Miguel in News , Featured , Destilerias Liber , Laphroaig , Lagavulin , DYC , Cardhu , St George , The Macallan , Compass Box , Glenfiddich , Highland Park , Bowmore , Suntory , Yamazaki , Redbreast , Edradour , Talisker

Taking place at the Madrid business center, at the Hotel Villamagna, this whisky fair, although small, has been really interesting with lots of surprises.

Hotel Villa Magna at Madrid

Before attending the show, I meet Richards Barr, a member of Whiskyisrael that was also attending the show and we went there together after having a tasty Spanish lunch.
Richard Barr and Miguel Angel Blanch after 25 drams of whisky at Whiskylive Madrid

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Los fusilamientos de la montaa del Prncipe Po de Francisco Goya

By Miguel in DYC

The Third of May 1808 is a painting completed in 1814 by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya, now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. In the work, Goya sought to commemorate Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies during the occupation of 1808.

The picture

Los fusilamientos del tres de mayo Francisco GoyaThe painting’s content, presentation, and emotional force secure its status as a groundbreaking, archetypal image of the horrors of war. Although it draws on many sources from both high and popular art, The Third of May 1808 marks a clear break from convention. Diverging from the traditions of Christian art and traditional depictions of war, it has no distinct precedent, and is acknowledged as one of the first paintings of the modern era.

According to the art historian Kenneth Clark, The Third of May 1808 is “the first great picture which can be called revolutionary in every sense of the word, in style, in subject, and in intention”.

The Third of May 1808 has inspired a number of other major paintings, including a series by douard Manet, and Pablo Picasso’s Massacre in Korea as well as his masterpiece Guernica.

The dram: DYC Blended Whisky

a bottle of DYC 5 years
Irregular Spanish forces considerably aided the Spanish, Portuguese, and British armies jointly led by the 1st Duke of Wellington, who first landed in Portugal in August 1808. By the time of the painting’s conception, the public imagination had made the rioters symbols of heroism and patriotism.

So which better rebel whisky to chose than DYC. DYC whisky is marketed to be low budget and is popular in Spain as it is much cheaper than Scottish, Irish or American whiskies. It is designed to be mixed with non alcoholic beverages and be easy drinking in the hot weather. This regular DYC release is a blend of malt and grain whiskies that have been matured in crianza red wine casks.

DYC, like the guerrilla members, isn’t an outstanding whisky but add two rocks and a coke and enjoy the hot spanish night!.

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DYC Fine Blended Whisky Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , DYC
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DYC 5 year
The whisky is marketed to be low budget and is popular in Spain as it is much cheaper than Scottish, Irish or American whiskies. It is designed to be mixed with non alcoholic beverages and be easy drinking in the hot weather. This regular DYC release is a blend of malt and grain whiskies that have been matured in crianza red wine casks.

This dram has a white-like color.

Nose (76): inexistent. sweet, honey, vanilla, alcohol, peaches, cherry. First nosing data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

Palate (88): . sweet, honey, vanilla, malt, wood, cherry. Bouquet data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

Finish (76): no finish. vanilla and wood. Finish length is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC 5 year with 80 points over 100.

DYC: Spanish oldest whisky distillery

By Miguel in Featured , DYC

Destilerias Y Crianza del Whisky is the result of a man’s determination: Nicomedes Garcia, to create a whisky with the highest standards of the scotch whisky but with a reasonable price. Fifty years later, DYC is the best selling whisky in Spain and they are entering the market of the single malts.

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Humble origins

DYC stands for Destilerias y Crianza del Whisky ( distilling and maturation of whisky ) and it is an enterprise created in 1958 by Nicomedes Garcia Gomez. He started working on his father’s humble distillery of liquours at Valverde del Majano in Segovia, creating in 1919, with just only 18 years, Anis Castellana.

Nicomedes was a bussinessman and started all kind of things like a bus company, a marketing agency, a ships company. But he started making whisky just by bad luck.

A bad luck strike

In 1929 a batch of Mahou beer was rejected by a client because it was faulty. So instead of dropping the beer, he distilled it and stored in oak butts. After three years he gave a try to the potion and he realized that it wasn’t that bad at all, so he spent all the war drinking that whisky and started up the interest in distilling whisky.

Inspiration

Pot stills at DYC
In 1955, after being travelling around Scotland he talked with some friends and they founded a whisky destillery at Palazuelos de Eresma on the place where the old Marques del Arco’s mill was standing. The place was choosen for the great quality of the water supply from the river Eresma, the good climate for whisky maturation so near the sierra de Gredos and the near supply of good quality barley from the fields of Castilla.

Success

The first distillation started in February of 1959 after having fought to change the law that forbid distillation of malt in Spain. It wasn’t till 1963 when the firsts bottles were made available to consumers.

The DYC distillery includes the distilling factory, a bottling plant and a warehouse for maturation.

DYC began to grow exponentially and by 1987 its sales stock up to 40 million and owned the 46% of the spanish market. DYC even bought a scottish distillery, Lochside, to secure an extra supply of whisky to create their blends.

In 1989 DYC was sold to Pedro Domecq group and at a later time sold again to Beam Global.

The process

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DYC uses a double distillation process similar to scotch whisky. The mash is distilled in pot stills made with the same techniques than scottish ones.

For the grain distillation, that is done in Valverde del Majano, DYC uses a column still. The grain is mainly corn.

Later whisky is usually matured in american oak barrels of 190 litres that contained bourbon before. The angel’s share is around 3%.

Malt whisky is later blended with grain whisky prior to bottling. Bottling is also done at Valverde del Majano on the distillery plant.

DYC has now two plants in Segovia, with around 100 workers and produce annually around 2.3 million litres.

DYC whisky bottles