Saturday, April 30, 2005
I believe the Glenmorangie 10 yr. was the favorite of the evening, with the Aberlour 10 yr. being a close second. The Glenmorangie does have its distinctive, unusual notes of sea-salt air at the same time it has a hint of cinnamon, making it an exquisite and fine malt from the Highlands. The Aberlour 10, from the lowlands, began with a sweetness that disappeared into a punch that was quite pleasant. Its later spiciness made it a crowd favorite. I brought the Talisker 10, a peppery, spicy, "volcanic" malt - the only malt from the Isle of Skye. Poeple enjoyed it, but not as much as the aforementioned. It had more in common, if more explosive, with the Ardbeg than any of the others. All that said, we all agreed we need to do this again sometime - it was a heck of a lot of fun and I got to taste a bunch of malts I've never tasted before! And, best of all, I maintained my goal of not becoming drunk! Well, I am a little tipsy, I've been drinking Scotch all night after all, but I am not drunk, which makes me and nine o' clock tomorrow morning very happy indeed.
Correction - The Aberlour 10 is from Speyside.
That sounds awesome! I've been toying with a similar idea - let me bounce it off you. The Coke tasting party. Basically, what we'd do is go out and buy Coke in several forms - canned, bottled (20 oz, 1 and 2 liter) and taste it from the original container, poured into a glass or poured over ice. I think there's an untapped fun reservoir here...
I think I read somewhere that the unique character of the West Islay malts arises from the use of seaweed on the fires when drying the malt.
Not that I know anything about this, having had the "water of life" but once in my life. At least it was at the Glenfiddich distillery.