Hopefully I'll give a fair account of the 'straight from the cask at the distillery' tasting soon. Briefly the Glengarioch was a real crowd pleaser, quite expensive for a 14yo but not so much for the quality. The Arran had subtlety to it that rewarded the patient amongst us while the Glenfiddich should have been placed earlier in the line up as its mellower qualities were to a great extent lost amongst the more muscular first two. Star of the show was the Glendronach with only one attendee's account of the Devil's matchsticks spoiling the balance for them. The Longrow wasn't as impressive as earlier single casks but I noted all glasses were empty...
Next tasting Thursday 18.04.13 Kilderkin, Canongate, Royal Mile Edinburgh £20/17*:-
* £10 discount for first timers and members - membership costs £10 for 13 months
Glenfarclas 25yo 43%, we've never tried this for some reason (I think, anyway). The standard range is so solid (although a 21yo never made the line up due to a lack of presence) and it is expected this expression will be warmly received.
Van Winkle rye, highly lauded and thin on the ground, the rye revolution continues.
Mortlach 17yo, from whisky broker another fine example of Dufftown's best.
Caol Ila 21yo 46%, yet to taste this one actually so a provisional at the moment. This is from the first round of a new series of whiskies from Cadenheads.
Mystery dram, this is code for not sorted this one out yet - but loads of oddities needing a home if something special doesn't come along. Maybe make it a 6 dram tasting if budget permits and our glorious landlord host doesn't mind us over-pouring the glasses.