Friday, 19 October 2018

A Johnnie Walker Stroll

It may be surprising to learn but before this tasting I'd never tried a Johnnie Walker whisky before, they'd just not come on my radar! Yes one of the biggest brands in the world, and yes of course I'd heard of them and seen their whiskies for sale but they just hadn't struck me as the kind of whisky I'd enjoy.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Lindores Abbey #TweetTasting

In 1191 on the banks of the Estuary of the River Tay, to the east of Newburgh, David, Earl of Huntingdon, built the ‘Church by the Water’. It was built with local red sandstone, and covered a very large area, the extent of which is still discernible today The position of the Abbey was chosen because of its plentiful supply of timber and stone, and for the swift running waters of the Pow of Lindores running over the land down to the Tay.

Sometime after that the Monks started distilling Aqua Vitae, it must have been good stuff as in 1494 The Friar, a John Cor, was commissioned to turn 8 bolls of malt, enough to make about 400 bottles of today’s whisky, into Aqua Vitae for then then King, James IV.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Mini Reviews (Updated 6th October)

This is a blog entry to cover off quick reviews of individual #dramples or tastings, usually it will be a copy of some Twitter posts. I'll updated it as and when required with drams in date order.

Date: 6th Oct '18
Caol Ila Moch 40% sample from @Mcfcivo100

In the glass: Pale gold, slow thin legs when swirled
Nose: Antiseptic smoke and maritime notes sit side by side. Lemon and wet grass develop.
Palate: Sweet honey, grassy notes and some citrus all blanketed in smoke. Quite dry, not creamy like the 12yo.
Finish: Dry, smokey and sweet.
Comments: Lovely dram, smokey and sweet but I think I prefer the 12yo.

Youtube clips (updated 13th October)

I've appeared in a few Youtube clips talking about whisky or doing reviews - here's an updated list of them!

Maltman Mike & Friends 

The Quintet tasting with @TopWhiskies

Friday, 5 October 2018

#BlindTasting Series 4 - Part 2

After a really interesting Series 4 Part 1 the #BlindTasting gang were ready for some new surprises!

This is the 2nd part of our 4th series of #BlindTasting. We've each send the others 3 #dramples, mine are labelled A10, A11 & A12, John's B, Alistair's C, Grimm's D & Mike's E. Tonight we'll #BlindTasting the number 11's : 🥃A11, 🥃B11, 🥃C11, 🥃D11 & 🥃E11 but what are they?