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Whisky Lady – October 2017

October was the 1st month that I juggled a new full-time ‘regular’ job that immediately plunged me into a demanding yet incredibly interesting project. And yet, what is a Whisky Lady to do but keep up with tastings too!

Thankfully it was a ‘slow’ month with only the Whisky Ladies and Original club’s having full tasting sessions. To keep things interesting, there were also were a few minis sessions too!

Our Whisky Ladies celebrated Diwali in all our finery and accompanied the festivities with Asia focused whiskies:

Rye (Photo: Nikkhil Shirodkar)

Whereas our original club had a remarkable rye focused evening:

  • Cody Road Rye (Iowa)
  • Cascadia Rye (Português Port Barrels) 43.5% (Washington)
  • High West Whiskey Double Rye 46% (Utah)
  • Pikesville Straight Rye

My mini sessions had three distinctly different bents… The 1st was peaty with:

  • Peat Chimney 12 year 40%
  • Big Peat 46%, Longrow 46%
  • BenRiach Quarter Cask 46%
  • Ledaig 10 year 46.3%

The 2nd was a revisit of Glenfarclas with:

  • Glenfarclas 15 year 46%
  • 105 60%
  • 21 year 43%
  • 25 year 43%

And the 3rd was not whisky at all but rum!

  • Diplomatico 40%
  • Zacapa 23 Solera 40% vs XO 40%
  • El Dorado 12 year 40%
  • Criterion 10 year 56%

October also introduced a new guest writer from our original club – Nikkhil Shirodkar – who provided the terrific notes on the September session I missed:

While I missed Mumbai, I did explore a whisky watering hole in Toronto… where I sampled a trio of bourbons at 1602 Dundas:

The month closes with my hopping on a plane to Germany… let’s see what can be discovered next!

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Whisky Lady – Just July

July was honestly just a lot of fun. Just as June was full of travels, July was very much Mumbai focused.

Glenkinchie, Clynelish, Jura, Cardhu, Ardbeg

Our original club and Bombay Malt & Cigar club took a break, however no mere monsoon could hold back our intrepid Whisky Ladies who tackled 5 whisky regions with:

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Whisky Lady – June Jaunts

June was full of travels! Which just so happened to prompt a few whisky adventures with:

June featured three tasting sessions! (more…)

Whisky Lady – May missive

Whisky Lady sampling remained strong in May with four whisky sessions!

2016-05-22 Westin Whiskies Cards

It kicked off with a special “Gourmet Affair” whisky and food pairing by The Singleton and TheWestin Mumbai featuring:

  • Glenkinchie 12 year with asparagus and burrata
  • Caol Ila 12 year with stuffed morels and mushrooms
  • Talisker 10 year with seared scallops and prosciutto or corn fed chicken
  • Lagavulin 16 year with Australian lamb loin or Indian lamb shank
  • Singleton by Glen Ord 12 year with mignardises

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Whisky Lady – Jolly January

Yeah! This is officially the beginning of “Year 2” since I started sharing a monthly round-up of Whisky Lady sampling adventures!

January started off slow… then picked up pace to cover 25 whiskies – including back-to-back whisky tastings last night and the night before!

Light, bright, delight and woah!

Light, bright, delight and woah!

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Whisky Lady – May merriment

Welcome to Whisky Ladys 5th instalment summarising May’s whisky tasting adventures. Finally after a two month hiatus, our merry malt tasting group had our ‘proper’ session. We sampled blind whiskies from three countries:

  • USA (NY) – Hudson Single Malt NAS 46% – Something ‘different’ in a small barrel, hand crafting, unusual 375 ml bottle… doesn’t mean the whisky is any good. Just skip it! 
  • Scotland (Highland) – Deanston Virgin Oak NAS 46.3%Decent delicate and slightly dull dram. Perhaps a refreshing spring cocktail made with a light hand and subtle flavours
  • Ireland – Teeling Single Malt NAS 46%Trust the Irish to create a sociable whisky! A complete treat – the kind of whisky you to pull out and enjoy with friends
May tasting session trio (Whisky Lady)

May tasting session trio (Whisky Lady)

In addition to our monthly sessions, I held a most enjoyable tasting with another whisky lady where we tried:

Auchentoshan quartet (Whisky Lady)

Auchentoshan quartet (Whisky Lady)

HITS – Unlike most months where it is tough to chose a ‘favourite’, the Irish Wishky Teeling is the only one I would consider stocking in my whisky cabinet for sociable evenings.

MISS – Also unlike most months, there was a clear ‘warning’ too – I still shudder at the Hudson. Don’t… I beg you just don’t…

Another highlight was Whisky Lady invaded Man’s World May edition with an interview with Dr Bill Lumsden.

MW May 2015

MW May 2015

In honour of Ardbeg’s 200 year, I also published further extracts fro the Bill Lumsden interview focused on Ardbeg.

June should bring some interesting tasting adventures as I will be traveling to Singapore, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada then carry on to London in July. Let’s see what mischief and merriment can be had! Slainthe!

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Jameson, Green Spot + Redbreast

Part of a series of tasting notes from a monthly private whisky club in Mumbai, India. This session was a special event focused on Irish whiskey.

Tasting Notes from 21 Nov 2013

We departed from our usual format in honour of a couple Irish lads from Jameson. Our evening included Irish whiskey history, making, trivia and tales – including a sniff of malted vs unmalted barley, new make spirit from pot vs column still.

The Jameson lads with their set-up for the eve

The Jameson lads with their set-up for the eve

The whisk(e)y  sampling began with a blind tasting of American, Irish and Scottish: (more…)

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