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Tasting Notes from 16 October 2014
This month featured whiskies from Japan’s Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu’s The Floor Malted 3 year, Blair Athol 16 year and Glen Deveron 20 year.
- Colour – Light, young and sassy
- Nose – Bright fresh peaches, dried apricot and coconut… after airing a bit, bananas and sweet honeyed caramel also made an appearance
- Taste – Strong, dry and nutty with a coffee bean bite, bitter sweet and very woody
- Finish – Woody, coffee lingered
- Water? Too piquant for most, water spoilt it with even only a few drops
Reactions – Scottish or not? Must be matured in burboun casks, hence the honey and fruit, age indeterminate…
The reveal – A more difficult to find Japanese offering that is a mere three years old! From 2009, bottled in 2012. We sampled bottle # 8791 of 8800.
Blair Athol 16 year (Old Malt Cask) 50%
- Colour – Deep gold
- Nose – Heather, saddle ready to go horseback riding, subtle caramel, more distinct matured cheese, sour curd, citrus orange, in the ‘rancio’ category
- Taste – Coconut oil, sweet and clearly an older whisky from a bourbon cask
- Finish – Long, delayed spice
- Water? Too enamoured with the full flavours to be distracted by a drop of pani (water)
Reactions – An excellent winter whisky without smoke
Quote of the eve – As though an elegant lady sauntered in the room, then turned out to be completely wild in bed!
The reveal – Part of Hunter Laing & Co’s Old Malt Cask series. From May 1997, bottled in Oct 2013, 1 of 545 bottles.
Glen Deveron 20 year, Royal Burgh of Banff Collection
- Colour – Dark amber…. So dark couldn’t help speculate perhaps some of the colour was ahem… enhanced?
- Nose – Sweet all spice, some jackfruit, banana pie, perhaps a hint of caramel too?
- Taste – Oily sweet, sherry with caramelized orange
- Finish – Fresh mint, brass
- Water? Spice and nothing else
Reactions – Oddly disappointing… perhaps as the Blair Athol had such an unmistakable character or the Chichibu was such an interesting start, the Glen Deveron didn’t stand out. The nose was promising, taste was somewhat familiar and the finish had more of that toothpaste mint than a fresh sprig.
The reveal – While I initially blithely listed this as “Glen Deveron” distillery, turns out it is actually part of Macduff Distillery, which was acquired by William Lawson Distillers, which became part of the Martini & Rossi corporation in 1980, acquired by Bacardi in 1992, who put their subsidiary John Dewar & Sons in charge of the Macduff distillery. So… think I’ll stick with calling it Macduff distillery?!
Calibrating the palate…
We also discussed that while somewhere along the way we abandoned the ‘spit the first sip’ rule, there is a very clear rationale behind it.
Why spit? Acquaint the palate with high alcohol content, let it go so can clear the way to enjoy the real flavours. In a sense, it is all about calibrating the palate for the delights to come.
So does age really matter? At the hands of a master, apparently a mere 3 year old ‘toddler’ can out-class a 20 year old ‘adult’!
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