Monday, 17 July 2017

The blind leading the blind #BlindTasting Pt2

Following on from our successful #BlindTasting Part 1 a couple of weeks ago we followed up with Part 2!

In case you missed the idea was very simple, the five of us would each bottle up five sets of three identical samples of our own whiskies, they didn't have to be expensive, just the ones we were drinking ourselves at the time. Then we'd post a set of three to each of the other members of the group. At £2.90 a parcel it cost us just over a tenner each and we'd each receive 12 'new' drams to try.

My samples were labelled A1, A2 & A3 @jwbassman_ had B1, B2 and B3. @SpiritAndWood had C-red, C-blue and C-green. @GentlemanGrimm had D1, D2 and D3 and finally @WhiskyWings bottled and posted E1, E2 and E3. We were all set!

Obviously apart from our own we don't know what they are so there's #NoPreconceivedIdeas we're tasting each on it's merits. This time we'd be tasting the second set of samples we'd swapped.

There was quite a range of colours in the different drams!

So first up was @SpiritAndWood's C-blue sample - here's some of the thoughts:

A cryptic comment from Alistair "what kind of distillery did C-blue come from" got us all thinking...

So we finally guessed as Haig Club Clubman - a whisky that has had a lot of bad press but when tasted blind is was quite likeable!

Here are Gentleman Grimm's thoughts on the dram!

Next up was John's B2 sample!

We tried to guess where it was from...

Eventually it was revealed to be the Glenallachie Distillery Edition - a new dram for most of us - not one I'd heard of before - but the distillery has been in the news recently...

Here are Gentleman Grimm's thoughts on the dram!

Third of the night was Grimm's D2...

This one got us thinking, Wings was a little closer to home than his Mongolia suggestion from last time...

We managed to correctly work out this dram was  Glengoyne 10yo!

Here are Gentleman Grimm's thoughts on the dram!

Next up was Wings' E2 and the smoke hit you straight from the glass!

We thought we were getting somewhere with this one....

Ahhh a blend - but which one?

E2 was Compass Box's Great King Street Glasgow Blend

Here are Gentleman Grimm's thoughts on the dram!
 Here are Whisky Wings' thoughts on the dram!

So on to the final dram of the evening C-red from Alistair and what a beautiful colour it was...

This was turning out to be a great dram....

So the final dram turned out to be the Glengoyne Teapot Dram

Here are Gentleman Grimm's thoughts on the dram!

I think this final dram was our favourite of the night

Once again a great time was had by all