Whisky Tastings – Triple Guest Tasting

It is Wednesday 17th of November 2010, tonight’s tastings are extra special as you can see, and three special guests were invited to attend this grand evenings event.

The Whisky Boys guest tasters for the evening are:-

Mr. Robert Heeps a publican and owner of the Canal Inn in Camelon, Falkirk.

Mr. Reg Aulds who is a local business man and is also a partner in an Architect’s Practice based in the centre of Glasgow.

Mr. Alex Milne a businessman and entrepreneur from Kirkintilloch, on the outskirts of Glasgow.

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Now that our guests for the evening have arrived Jim and Nicola laid out our tasting table with glasses, water jugs, ice, plain and milk chocolate pieces and some fine mini oatcakes.  After all the introductions were made we all sat down for the serious business of a fine evening of tasting some fabulous Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

Our first dram of the night was from Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin.

Glen Moray Limited Edition Centenary Vintage Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Finished in Port Wood, 40% Alc/vol, 70cl.

Glen Moray Distillery
Bruceland Road
Elgin
IV30 1YE

Telephone: 01343 550 900

Website www.glenmoray.com

Owners. La Martiniquaise

This fine Malt was created to celebrate its 100th Anniversay, they used only four casks from the years 1976 through to 1979 and spent the first seven years in ex-bourbon oak casks then re-racked in Port Wood from the Douro valley in Portugal.

Colour…Silky golden honey

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Quite a mild nose, honey sweet, you can get the Port coming in.
Taste
…Very smooth, the honey and Port cannot me missed, a nutty woodiness and a little oily, deliciously complex..
Finish
…Medium finish, elegant with gentle notes of oak and a little vanilla drifting in.

Score…3.5 Corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Not much here, quite pleasant, a very good start.glen-moray-centenary-vintage-speyside-single-malt-scotch-whisky
Taste…Very enjoyable, ultra smooth till the end, Port is strong and this makes a very important mark on this Whisky.
Finish
…Short and smooth, give me another.

Score…3.5 Corks

Alex’s Tasting

Nose…Sweetish and mellow.
Taste
…Smooth and succulent absolutely beautiful.
Finish
…Medium finish, leaves a clean palate with a glow.

Score…4 Corks

Robert’s Tasting

Nose…Smooth and honey sweet.
Taste
… Mellow.
Finish
…Lovely medium finish on the palate.

Score…2.5 Corks

Reg’s Tasting

Nose…Slightly sweet but oh so pleasant.
Taste
…Smooth with some honey and wood.
Finish
…Short but pleasant aftertaste.

Score…4 Corks

Overall score…3.5 Corks

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Well our first tasting was great and we all really enjoyed this dram and we also all agreed that it would make a fantastic aperitif.

From our previous Glen Moray tastings we the Whisky Boys have no hesitation in recommending any of their expressions for your Whisky cabinet or for an after dinner dram, and as a gift, especially at this time of year, would be ideal.

Now lets move on to the second tasting of the evening. The second tasting is extra special and we would ask our readers to go to ” Glenfiddich WOW the Whisky Boys ” and there you can see how special this bottle really is.

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bottle No. 26, Personally Bottled at the Distillery, 54.8% Alc/vol, 70cl.

The Glenfiddich Distillery,
Dufftown,
Banffshire,
AB55 4DH

Owners, William Grant & Sons

telephone 01340 820373

website www.glenfiddich.com

Colour…Autumn sunshine

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Sweet, sweet wine, add a teardrop of water and it opens right up, spice and fruit.
Taste
…A spicy warmth, complex and still sweet, a touch of dark chocolate, a mature chewable dram.
Finish
…Long finish, leaving your palate warm and wishing for another,still some chocolate at the back.

Score…4 Corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Overpowering on the alcohol, wow this is without doubt a big boy.
Taste
…Hot and spicy, lots of wine and raisins and a hot citrus flavour.
Finish
…Long and warm.glenfiddich-15-year-old-speyside-single-malt-scotch-whisky-bottle-no-26

Score…3 Corks

Alex’s Tasting

Nose…Powerful strong eye watering spirit! What is to follow? Slightly apprehensive.Taste…I need to dilute with a drop of water and an ice cube, result, a fabulous warm and mellow dram.
Finish
…This is excellent, very mellow and a lovely warmth.

Score…4.5 Corks

Robert’s Tasting

Nose…Fasten your seat belts.
Taste
…Very complex, many flavours, much better with an ice cube or two.
Finish
…Staying with me for a long time.

Score…3.5 Corks

Reg’s Tasting

Nose…Soft and delicate, a delight.
Taste
…A warm and smooth special dram, wasted on the angels.
Finish
…Like a winter evening by the fire, long, warm and lingering.

Score…4 Corks

Overall score…4 Corks

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This dram lived up to all it’s expectations one of the best that Jim certainly has tasted.

There is still a bit left in the bottle and Jim intends to keep it for himself, and on a snow covered winter evening, sitting in front of his open coal/wood fireplace he will enjoy a long sip of this dram from one of his Edinburgh crystal thistle Whisky glasses, canny wait.

This is a special dram to be given only to the best of friends on special occasions and best served as an aperitif.

Now for our last tasting of the evening.

Nicola, who has tasted this dram before has bailed out of this tasting, all our readers know that Nicola is not a lover of the heavy peaty/smokey Islay drams.

Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 10 Years Old, 40% Alc/vol, 70cl.

Laphroaig Distillery
Port Ellen
Islay
Argyll
PA42 7DU

telephone… 01496 302418

website… www.laphroaig.com

Owners, Beam Global Spirits & Wine.

Colour…Just golden

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Seaweed, peat smoke, tar and a barbecue just outside the hospitals main ward.
Taste
…Big on the palate salty fish from the smokery, intense peat/smoke, only from Islay.
Finish
…Never ending phenolic sweet, salty, peaty beautifulness.

Score…4 Corks

Alex’s Tasting

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Nose…Soily earth, so much peat that I recoil.
Taste…Does nothing for my palate, far too peaty.
Finish
…Finish is the best bit, this tasting is over,I am not into peaty malts, sorry.

Score…1 Cork

Robert’s Tasting

Nose…Very rich and heavy.
Taste
…Very rich and heavy.
Finish
…guess what? Very rich and heavy.

Score…3 Corks

Reg’s Tasting

Nose…Rich, peaty and beautiful.
Taste
…Barbecue on the beach, peaty smoke, just wonderful.
Finish
…A fantastic and enjoyable peaty dram that lasts and lasts.

Score…3.5 Corks

Overall score…3 Corks

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The Islay’s always do that, you either love them or you hate them, as all our readers know Jim actually adores all of them, some Whisky drinkers have to go and persevere with some of the big and heavy Islay drams, you will get to love them as many others do.

This dram is certainly an after dinner drink, sitting enjoying the chat of family and friends while the logs crackle in an open fire. A BIG THANKS to our three guest tasters for their time and we hope that they enjoyed Jim and Nicola’s choice of Whiskies for this evening.

The Whisky Boys had a great night, the chat and the drams were equally great, looking forward to our next tasting.

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