Whisky Tasting from the Midlands

Posted by Leo | Posted in , | Posted on 22:47

What : Whisky Tasting - Malts of the Midlands

When : April 29th, 2009, 6pm
Where : Regional Wines & Spirits - Wellington

Who : Me (of course), my friends Donna & Ian + 24 other fine citizens

Why : Duh!

Well last Wednesday I attended latest regional whisky tasting - "Malts of the Midlands" with a couple of mates. Now, I'm crazed Islay fan so I was a little skeptical of the whole 'Midlands' thing, but the whole reason I go to tastings is to learn what I like and don't like. You can usually find one or two standout drams amongst some truly filthy whisky.

The tasting as always was blind, and we had 7 whiskies to contend with including a mystery malt.

Our average scores are as follow:

Malt: Gordon & McPhail, Glenturret 16yo 40%
Score: 5.86

Malt: Chieftans, Glenturret 11yo Port finish 43%
Score: 6.2

Malt: Glengoyne 21yo 43% unpeated
Score: 7.19

Malt: Glengoyne 16yo unpeated Ltd Edition Scottish Oak Finish 53.3%
Score: 7.89

Malt: Adelphi GlenGarioch 17yo cask #2689
Score: 8.2

Malt: Edradour cask strength Gaja Barolo finish Mystery Malt
Score: 7.53

Malt: Edradour 'Straight from the cask' 10yo sherry butt finish
Score: 8.44

Highs and Lows

Filthiest whisky of the night - Edradour cask strength with Gaja Barolo finish (96 Octane)

Find of the night - Edradour straight from the cask, Sherry Butt #84

It's amazing how two whiskies from the same distillery can be so very different. But there you have it, that's why you go to whisky tasting, to find these things out! And that's why I have booked the next two already! Hooray for great company and good whisky!

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