The Good Spirits Co – 1st Birthday Tasting Evening

Last Friday night was the official 1st birthday tasting evening of the Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow.  It is hard to believe that it was just 1 year ago Jim and myself were at the Grand Opening.

In the 1st year the shop has gone from strength to strength with the variety of Whiskies, Rums, Champagne, Vodka and Gins growing by the month.  Mark, Shane and Matthew also host regular tasting events within the shops own spacious tasting room, there should be an event to suit most peoples palate.  The Good Spirit Co is definitely worth a drop in.

So back to the tasting… just after 7pm we entered the tasting room, took a seat and positioned in front of us were the 8 spirits ready for tasting, below are my notes.

Maxime Trijol XO (Cognac) – 40%
: floral perfume, light afternoon tea
Taste: eucayptis, rancio, peaches, mangoes

Darroze 1970 (Armagnac) – 42%
: emulsion paint, painters van, brushes and tins
Taste: pineapple cubes, aniseed, butternuts, sugared almonds, hot cross buns, treacle toffee

Glenglassaugh 3YO – 60.5%
: toffee popcorn, butterscotch, sweet spirit young
Taste: toffee liquor, spiced rum, lion bar, banana bread

Balblair 1978 – 46%
: pear, apples, grapes, green fruit
Taste: peach melba yoghurt, vanilla pods, coconut, peaches, nectarines

Compass Box – M is for Magic – 46%
Nose: cereal, cherry, breakfast bar
Taste: pepper notes, savory, tomato vines, crumble toppings, ginger biscuits

The Good Spirit Co. Macduff 11 yo – 54.6%
: burnt insense sticks, musky, varnished wood
Taste: dark chocolate treacle scone, cherry black gateux, fruits of the forest

Bowmore 17yo – 43%
: soapy, coal, light smoke, cling film, ashy
Taste: bbq sauce, minty, soap suds, fish, wet leather, sushi fish

Longrow – 57.2%
: salt and vinegar, perfumed, sea salt
Taste: honeyed, mouth coating, long hot, toffee chewy bar, fudge chunks, light smoke, coal bunker

A fabulous selection – personal favorite was the 11YO MacDuff, so of course I bought myself a bottle before leaving. (I got no23 – 23 is my lucky number and it is also the door number of the Good Spirits Co)

The night was rounded off with a few drams at the famous Pot Still Whisky Bar on Hope Street – Great night – well done guys, here’s to the next year.

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