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Destilerías y Crianzas (DYC) DYC Ocho Años

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@KalekasReview by @Kalekas

25th Sep 2010


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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!




dbk commented

Spanish whisky?! That's a new one on me. I'll have to look for this one when I'm next on Spanish shores. Thanks for the review, @Kalekas.

12 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

It's funny because everyone in Spain is pronouncing this as "dick". I'd like to order two beers and a dick, please. DYC was also the owner of the Lochside distillery in Scotland by the way, until it was closed down.

12 years ago 0

Kalekas commented

You're right WhiskyNotes: the Spanish, being very literal about pronunciation do call it 'Dick' so I'm always careful about ordering a 'large DYC' when the urge takes me. I get the impression it's not taken very seriously over here (Comunidad Valenciana) - one of my Spanish friends is very disdainful about 'dick' and the supermarkets tend to bundle the bog-standard stuff with a 2 litre bottle of Coca-Cola. Didn't know they owned Lochside - I wonder if some Scotch still creeps in to their premium whisky.

12 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

They closed down Lochside at the moment when DYC started to produce their own whisky. There's no Scotch involved in their current production but you could say they've bought their knowledge from a Scottish source.

12 years ago 0

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