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Singleton, GlenDronach, All Malt, The Belgian Owl

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Part of tasting notes from a monthly private whisky club in Mumbai, India. Our January 2014 session was cancelled, so pulled out brief notes from an earlier 2013 session – missed taking photos so have borrowed with credit to the source.

Tasting Notes from 16 May 2013

Following our standard format, we blind tasted samples before revealing the whisky. This month featured: Singleton, GlenDronach, All Malt and the Belgian Owl.

The Singleton – We found it tasted better when chilled otherwise a fairly ‘standard’ whisky. A Speyside offering from the Auchroisk distillery.

The Singleton (Photo: The Singleton Website)

The Singleton (Photo: The Singleton Website)

GlenDronach 12 year – Unique on the nose and on the palate. Another Speyside worth revisiting.

GlenDronach (Photo: GlenDronach website)

GlenDronach (Photo: GlenDronach website)

Nikka’s All Malt – A beautiful offering that which was quickly categorised as a `woman’s whisky’ for its delicate, nuanced character. Refreshing to sample a whisky from Japan!

All Malt (Photo: Nikka website)

All Malt (Photo: Nikka website)

The Belgian Owl – Nothing exceptional and not even up to our regular standards. Perhaps it needs to perch itself longer in the cask maybe? Sigh… or maybe our Belgian friends should stick to beer? Pity this eco-friendly, colouring free whisky isn’t…. well… better…

The Belgian Owl (Photo: United International)

The Belgian Owl (Photo: United International)

Our favourite of the evening? It was a toss-up between the All Malt and GlenDronach – both delightful in their own way.

More than just a tasting, we were treated to an evening in the historic Dadar Parsi colony in a beautiful home that was recently renovated with much love and care. Our hosts put on a special Parsi sit-down dinner in their gorgeous dinning room that even featured home-made panir (cheese). Yum!

For more posts on our tasting sessions and whisky explorations… check out my other blog Whisky Lady.

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  1. Brad Pragnell says:

    Yes I can see a smooth Japanese whiskey being called a “woman’s whiskey”! Reminds me when I was in Japan with a male Japanese friend and I suggested we have lunch at a nice looking place with pasta and fresh salads etc – and he sniffed that the place served “food for girls”. Needless to say we ended up at a noodle bar filled with men!

    By the way I am off to Jakarta in a few weeks for work and am using your blog posts to help put together an itinerary of things I might do! Thanks!

    • I’m so amused at the ‘poo pooing’ of pasta / salads as a “girls food” place!

      Hope you are enjoying Jakarta – my posts are much of a guide but there are a couple good places to check out. Looking forward to hearing what you discover!

  2. rowanhayward says:

    Thanks for the education about whiskey drinking, I find myself wanting to learn more about it and go to a tasting event. I’ll pass on what I find in Bangkok. Cheers!

    • You do that! From my recollection, can get the usual stuff in Bangkok… it is the rarer ones that may be tough to track down in Thailand. Singapore – for a price – does have a couple places like La Maison du Whisky that has a good collection.

  3. Mary says:

    Our club had a tasting last night ….Duthies 20yr.Auchroisk ,Glenmorangie 10yr. ,Glenmorangie Finealta,,Ben Riach Septendecim 17yr,, and Port Charlotte- The Peat Project.. The Auchroisk was a disappointment but adding a drop of water seemed to help….have never tried chilling. The favourites were the Finealta ( “stylish Audrey Hepburn of malts”)and Septendecim but don’t know if you would be able to find them. Good price point between 90.-100 CAD We won the Duthies and Peat Project heels .Thinking your venue/experience certainly topped ours :o) Slainte

    • Stop!! The only one I can track down is the Glenmorangie 10 yr…. whereas I’d quite like to try the balance!

      One of these years we’ll have to whisk me away to Fort Francis conveniently when your whisky tasting is happening. I will insist on crashing as a visitor!

      Til then – slainthe!

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