Another Christmas has come, and another BTC has gone.
After all my nagging halfway through the competition I still think it was a thrill ride. Especially from the view point of it being 18 nice drams, and even from the point of the competition. Not all drams were guessable and I still think the competitive feel would improve with more approachable drams (no Lepanto Brandy, no Strathisla 19xx-197x), but I still had a lot of fun.
This year’s highlights were the Longmorn 23, the Mortlach 1994, the Ben Nevis 15 and the Longrow 16 from a Manzanilla cask. Even though I had way too much to drink tonight I am still conscious about my spending and know that I have to start saving booze money like mad for next year’s Blind Tasting Competition, Maltstock and a planned week in Scotland with friends. Otherwise I would have already been checking auctions sites for these drams.
So, just before getting into the annuals lists of what was hot and what was not, massive kudos to the hosts of the Blind Tasting Competition, Ewald and Leon. They managed to get some impressive drams through-out the year and surprise me at every step of the way.
I still can barely cope with the fact that I forgot about the analytical half of my brain which caused me to lose a lot of points for a lot of drams. Not that I would have had a chance otherwise, but it wouldn’t have been a degrading 45th place.
Thanks guys! I’m in for next year!