Yes, I did taste the mesquite-mellowed McKendric. David Stirk came back to the Cadenhead table and gave me his glass. What's this, do you think? Nose full of citrus, oranges. Almost like Cointreau, but in a non-cloying way. Completely baffled (and quite impressed) I had a taste. Coming through the orangey-sweet notes came something resiny, almost like Greek retsina wine. At that point I was utterly lost as to what I was tasting. Turned out to be McKendrick, a bourbon which has had chips of mesquite wood added to it during the maturation process. I did know of the existence of this 'Texas-style' or 'Western-style' whiskey, but had never had the opportunity to taste it. Personally, I like it very much (and it doesn't taste like a bourbon at all, can't compare it to anything I've ever had), but my feeling is that this will be a whiskey that people either love or hate ..... And my father-in-law asked me a few days later whether there was a special whisky I'd like as a birthday present, so a bottle was ordered from TWE!
[This message has been edited by lexkraai (edited 21 March 2002).]