Last Friday I had a couple of friends over with whom I celebrated my blog’s first anniversary. The idea was to have a blind tasting for which everyone present brought a bottle.
Of course, I had to spread a bit of gospel so I more or less forced everyone to have a Punk IPA before we started. Half an hour in, we decided it was time for the first dram. Luckily, the weather was terrific and we could sit outside in the garden.
I didn’t take too many tasting notes, partially because I knew many of the whiskies or, because I was too busy having fun!
Auchentoshan Three Wood
I recognized the bottle shape immediately, but not the expression. Fruit, woody with caramel and slightly nutty taste. Quite dry actually… Thanks SJ!
Zuidam Dutch Pot Still Genever
No new notes, you can read the review here.
Aultmore 17, Clydesdale, 55.8%, 1989-2006
Slightly chalky on the nose, with anise and some orchard fruits like apple and white grapes. The taste was rather sharp with anise, loads of liquorice and very dry. The finish was long and lingering. With quite some water a creme brulee sweetness came up with a heap of vanilla. It turned out to be a whisky finished in sherry casks for 18 months, but I didn’t pick up on that. Thanks Thomas!
No new notes, you can read the review here. Thanks Henk!
Springbank 28, Dun Bhaegan, 48%, 1974-2002
Not reviewed yet but I’ve still got a drop, so it’ll turn up here eventually.
Ben Nevis 25, Single Cask, 1984-2010, Double Matured
Also one of my bottles, my newest one actually. I’ll review it in depth at some later stage.
Bowmore 12, Adelphi, 1998-2010, 61.9%
Reviewed after my visit to the Whisky Live Leiden festival last year. Read the notes here. Thanks JP!
Caol Ila Unpeated 8, 64.9%
Didn’t take notes since I thought I had them already. I am wrong. I will try to get a sample to get notes after all… Thanks JP!
Bunnahabhain 9 (peated), Gordon & MacPhail Reserve, 59.7%
Ronald brought this bottle and was worried it would hold its own after the violence of the previous two. While it wasn’t a kick in the nuts like the Caol Ila, it still is a very very tasty dram. I had it on my bottle sale page, but I took it off ;-) Thanks Ronald!
After that we had some other random drams and when it was around midnight we went inside to do a bottoms up with all kinds of leftovers I had sitting around. Eventually, only two bottles were emptied of which only one was mine. No success there ;-)