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- Brand: Destilerías y Crianzas (DYC)
- ABV: 40%
As everyone knows the Spanish are a dab hand at wine-making and produce a bewildering array of fine and sticky liqueurs, but whisky ... ?
I'd tried the bog-standard DYC from time to time and been left feeling ... Meh. Nothing wrong there, but it seemed to have very little character. So when a kind friend sent me Jim Murray's Whisky Bible for a recent birthday, in addition to lining up my next "drinking with friends" special bottle, I also checked what the Bible had to say about our "güisqui nacional" and came across a warm recommendation for the DYC 8yo. Well, at around 11 euros a bottle it was worth a punt.
... and it´s a damn fine drink! Smooth and well-behaved with a balance between sweet vanilla and slightly bitter oak. It's a consummate blend. Spanish barley and malt combined with water from the sierra de Guadarrama conspire to produce that weakening of resolve leading to "just another wee sip". It hasn't quite shook Ballentine's finest from the top spot for everyday drinking but it's a damn close run thing. ¡Viva España!