Wednesday, June 2, 2010
My previous post got me thinking about whisky and, as the weather is becoming a bit wintry I thought that it is time to check out some of the Malts that we have in the cellar. We don't drink a lot of whisky but have always kept a nice little selection of them for special occasions and for enthusiastic visitors. As I hadn't imbibed for a while a refresher was necessary. Instead of drinking wine last night I had a little whisky tasting. The portions were all small, poured into small whisky, sherry and port glasses livened up with a splash of soda water.
The whiskies I tried were:
Bowmore 12 year old. Islay. Strong and iodine-flavoured. Some sweet heather notes off-set the seaweed. Finishes hot and short.
Glendronach 12 year old. Highlands - Speyside. Rich sherry nose. Quite a sweet and rich flavour which carries through to the finish.
Glenmorangie 12 year old. Highlands - Northern. A spicy, oaky medium style that finishes long.
Highland Park 12 year old. Highlands - Orkney. Smoky aroma with touch of sherry. Rich and smooth taste with one of the best finishes - long and luscious.
Aberlour 10 year old. Highlands- Speyside. This is a rich and smooth malt with a distinctive spicy aroma. It has a nice clean and lingering finish.
Laphroaig 15 year old. Islay. Seaweedy (iodine) nose with a slick almost oily texture. Very rich with a hot finish.
Glenlivit 12 year old.Highlands - Speyside. Beautiful floral nose. A light and elegant body with nice fruity flavour finishing long.
The Macallan 12 year old. Highlands - Speyside. Beautiful honey and sherry aroma. Fruity and powerful flavour. Long and hot finish.
Tamdhu 15 year old. Highlands - Speyside. Elegant sherry and smoky nose. Medium bodied and equally elegant flavour that finishes soft and mellow.
Cragganmore 12 year old. Highlands - Speyside.. Beautiful heathery aroma with sweet herb characters. Elegant palate and a very long lingering finish.
Tomatin 12 year old. Highlands - Speyside. Fresh, bright nose with a smooth palate. Nice balance of wood, alcohol and fruity flavours.
I didn't try any of the nice aged blended whiskies we have and the older malts as eleven was enough. Even with a splash of soda in the mix the alcohol tends to dull the palate (and the brain).
It needs to be said that I didn't drink all of the pours. I tipped out what was left in the glasses after evaluating them. It was still enough to give a buzz though, not unlike drinking a bottle of wine. I went to bed happy. Also, probably obviously, Lynn was away so I was able to conduct this 'tasting' without feeling that I was a total dipsomaniac.
My favourite whisky is Tamdhu and I have a really great appreciation of The Macallan and Highland Park. The best whisky of the night though was Cragganmore.
A great restauranteur and great 'Mine Host' in the South Island, Frank Pipe, is also a rabid rugby follower. After any game, whether international or provincial and whatever the result Frank would loudly exclaim "Rugby's the winner". Well, last night Malt Whisky was the winner.