Ok so I had two excellent drams yesterday, however, I was with a non-whisky friend so couldn’t get all nerd like and take notes. These don’t really count for the year.
SMWS 4.181 A muscle man from Orkney
Distillers Edition Caol Ila Moscatel Cask
Went to Whisky and Alement as part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival for a floral whisky tasting. I’m not going to count these 3 in my tasting for the year, as W&A was packed with flowers and it was quite difficult to smell just the whisky. That said what a lovely idea it was to really explore the floral nature of whisky.
The three whiskies for the afternoon were; Glenore 8, Old Pulteney 12 and a Singleton 12.
Surprisingly, I thought the combination of geranium and whisky was quite good.
Would be nice to see bars do more interesting tastings like this.
30 – Nikka 17 Taketsuru
Chestnut flour, cola and vanilla. Green grass, cola, salt, vanilla. Too underpowered for me.
I had a look at my notes from last year on this one: ‘Honey, toffee, easy. Vanilla and some cola to finish. Not much too it to be honest.’ Glad I’m sorta consistent.
31 – Redbreast Single Pot Still 21
An incredible nose. Tropical fruits (mangos, lychees) with cream, dust, carob, chocolate, yoghurt. Tropical fruits, long passionfruit, oyster shell, bracken, fresh yeast.
32 – SMWS 123.8 In the Spanish mountains
Plump raisins, orange zest, brown sugar and hay. Dried peaches and figs, iced tea, milk chocolate, chewy meringue and vanilla cream.
29 – Edradour Natural Cask Strength
Store bought cake mix, milk chocolate, vanilla, dried apricots, bread and salty butter. Melted butter, milk powder, and golden syrup.
26 – Cadenhead Strathclyde 25
Rye and digestive biscuits, dried apple, candle wax, butter, exploded caps and some rubber. Dried pineapple, pepper, cloves and loads of creamy goodness to finish.
27 – Cadenhead Glenburgie-Glenlivet 29
Maraschino cherries, stewed fruits, dark chocolate and wood – brilliant stuff. Warm earthy palate; mushroomy, bitter herbs and green almonds… Oh and slight rock melon at the end.
28 – Smith’s Angaston Whisky 2000 Vintage
What an interesting drop. Smells like a cheap cinnamon candle with a slight brandy note with some candy sweetness and maybe proper cola. The palate is like German spice Christmas cookies, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves… Hot spice almost like Red Hots or Big Red gum. Salt and pepper lingers. As an Adelaide boy, I’m well impressed.
Last night’s drinking.
22 – Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15
Cordial, pink musk, vanilla, marshmallows and buttery popcorn. Formic acid, light rubber, vanilla, honey.
23 – Signatory Fettercairn 1996
Grains toasted in butter, a touch of caramel and banana. Cucumber, a little smoke.
24 – Signatory Miltonduff 1995
Rock melon, slight kiwi and chocolate. Instant hit of cocoa, some spring onion, greenery, hay and dry grass. Normally I react poorly to this onion taste but I like it in this.
25 – The Whisky Exchange Edeadour 2006 oloroso sherry cask
Rubber, coffee, maple syrup, milk chocolate and caramel, slightly salty and dusty note. Vanilla, cola, oysters. Delicious.
19 – Nikka Coffey Grain
Underwhelming compared with the Malt some candy sweetness but for me little complexity something like spearmint lollies and glue. A bit of chocolate and vanilla on the palate.
20 – Nikka Coffey Malt
Chocolate banana lollies and a slight cola note – love the nose on this thing. Choccy-nana pud, cloves, pepper and powdered ginger.
21 – Connemara Turf Mor
Lovely caramel behind the peat, stone fruits and dried pears. Reminds me of Caol Ila smokey peanuts but then a lovely juicy fruit hit and finally some mushroom earthiness. Must drink more Irish whiskeys.