Bruichladdich X4!! - Wow

Posted by Leo | Posted in , , , , | Posted on 13:15

Well now, how do you follow up a great event like Dramfest Obscura? You go out on the town for a beautiful meal and some very tasty whisky!! Accompanying me on this phase II of Dramfest Obscura evening was my thirsty friend Donna. Ian went AWOL, no doubt somewhere near 'Matterhorn' or 'Mighty Mighty' and was not seen again that evening.

We first visited 'Sweet Mothers Kitchen' which is one of my favourite restaurants in Wellington. We tried hush puppies and Gumbo accompanied by a glass of tasty 'Elijah Craig' 12yo Bourbon. I'm not usually a Bourbon fan as it's all sweet lolly water but this was a lot more refined and has a very earthy (not peaty) flavour that makes it very drinkable!

Anyway, on our travels around downtown Wellington we visited a few fine establishments that I will review in later posts, including 'Hooch' which looked closed because the sign was definitely switched off!!, Hawthorne lounge, Alice and my personal favourite establishment, MOTEL.

Now, 'Motel' has a great selection of single malts as you can see above, including Ardbeg 'airaigh nam beist' and the salubrious Port Charlotte 6. But every once in a while they get in something quite special and they put it in their shiny display case behind the bar. On this occasion it was a bottle of Bruichladdich X4, which is quadruple distilled raw spirit! Called Usquebaugh-baul, pronounced 'oosh-ker-vah-voll' translates from the Gaelic as 'perilous whisky'. It comes out of the still at 90% and is diluted down to 50% ABV for consumption. It is almost sweet to the taste and I did not detect much peatiness. Not like any raw spirit I have tasted! Also interestingly, it comes in the same bottle as Octomore except it lacks the jet black covering.

So get down to MOTEL and try some before Donna drinks it all!

Go now!

WAIT.... this just in!!!

SR4 race car from Radical Sports Cars Runs on Bruichladdich X4!!

Dramfest Obscura - Regional Wines & Spirits

Posted by Leo | Posted in , , , | Posted on 16:33

What : Whisky Tasting - Dramfest Obscura

When : Wednesday 27th May 2009
Where : Regional Wines and Spirits
Who : The usual team! My mates Ian & Donna and of course myself
Why : To sample some tasty whisky & enjoy my life

Dramfest Obscura, what the hell does that mean? Well in February of this year, Michael Fraser-Milne of Whisky Galore in Christchurch, hosted the Bi-yearly 'Dramfest' whisky festival.
I attended this wonderful event and it was the 5th all time top weekend of my life. Such a wonderful array of fine Islay and non-Islay whiskies.

Dramfest Oscura celebrates some of the standout non-Islay whiskies from that salubrious weekend. As per usual it was a blind tasting, with 7 whiskies (See the above photo) including one mystery malt.

The Malts were as follows:

Malt : Benromach Organic 43%
Score: 6.35

Malt : Murray McDavid, 1989 Highland Park 17yo, (2500 bottles) Aged in Banyuls casks
Score: 7.55

Malt : Adelphi, Clynelish 14yo (1993-2008), 57% cask#7541 282 bottles
Score : 8.09

Malt : Adelphi, Breath of the Highlands 22y0 (1985-2008), 55.2% 159 bottles cask#1066
Score : 8.76

Malt : Adelphi, GlenGrant 22yo (1985-2008), 62.1% 167 bottles cask#10184
Score : 8.92

Malt : Adelphi, Mortlach 17yo (1990-2008), 57.5% 516 bottles
Score : 8.83

Malt : Benriach 15yo, 46% finished in Pedro Ximenez casks MYSTERY
Score : 6.95

Highs and Lows

Find of the night - GlenGrant 22yo! I mean 62.1%, Adelphi, come on!

Filthiest whisky of the night - Benromach Organic. Organic Ewww, Fresh oak No !

So there you have it. Another successful tasting. New favourites found. They weren't from Islay but they are still not too bad.
I will give an after action report on the evenings activities shortly, including additional whiskies consumed, fine establishments visted, why I was so late for work the next day and whose fault that really was!!

But anyway.............................Yay for Tasty Tasty Whisky!!!