I knew there had to be a reason that I didn't get the Glen Ord.
That reason is that I am merely Bruce Crichton, minion at work, and not Michael Crichton, writer of many books that are made into movies.
Makes a note mentally - avoid drams that you have had before and stick to the ones that you have never had or haven't tried since Gandalf was clean shaven. It saves a lot of trouble at the end of the day.
The event was dominated, in my view, by the smaller fry of the whisky industry. I was already well familiar with most of the big boys' stuff, except for the outstanding Ardbeg Uigeadail and the excellent Jura Superstition.
Having the Irish and the bourbons that were there was a nice touch as well.