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Speyside Trio – Balvenie Carribean Cask, Tomatin, Knockando

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This is part of a series of tasting notes from a monthly private whisky club in Mumbai, India.

Tasting Notes from 18 April 2013

For this evening, we tried ‘blind’ three selections of which one was an interesting non-whisky whisky! Featured whiskies included: Belvenie Carribean Cask 14 year, Tomatin 12 year and Knockando 12 year.

“A delightful evening! A perfect beginning to all things summer…”

Balvenie Carribean Cask 14 year (aka Golden Cask) 47.5%

From the first whiff, you knew this was a whisky with a twist – the toffee fruity banana nose hints at something more. The taste clearly has sweet rum influences with a little spice just to jazz things up a bit. Alas the finish is light and doesn’t linger long. However even without much of a finish, I must admit, this one kept us coming back to enjoy its hints of rum.

Bavlenie Golden Cask (Photo: media.peat.se)

Balvenie Golden Cask (Photo: media.peat.se)

Tomatin 12 year 43%

Better known for supplying whisky for blends, this distillery recently replaced its 10 year with this 12 year single malt offering. It was a bit, well, ordinary. Easy to picture this being a terrific base for a fine blend. On its own? Recall being a tad disappointed.

Tomatin 12 Yr (Photo: www.prestigedrinks.com)

Tomatin 12 Yr (Photo: http://www.prestigedrinks.com)

Knockando 12 year

Another Speyside… and again mostly used in blends. Light, a little fruity with a faint hint of smoke.

Knockando (Photo: www.scotchwhisky.net)

Knockando (Photo: http://www.scotchwhisky.net)

Though not planned as a Speyside special evening, it is no surprise that we would coincidentally end up sampling three bottles from this popular region.

This is another from the ‘archives’ when few tasting notes were taken… so happy to hear if others have opinions on these offerings!

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

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  1. can’t say anything about any sorts of whiskeys, ’cause whiskey is just not my cup of… well, drink 🙂 Unless there’s no option to choose from, and that’s usually not the case. So moving on.
    Just this funny thought I’ve had after reading ‘Tomatin’ in the title. I have plunged into this piece of yours ready to learn about some sort of totally new and innovative whiskey with a note of tomato flavor in it. or, well, a tomato reddish colored one, like you know that Pure White all clear whiskey? 😉

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