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official 100 proof tasting Edinburgh 13.6.13

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official 100 proof tasting Edinburgh 13.6.13

Postby jmrl » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:47 pm

Okay let's try again, the first attempt at this tasting didn't get organised in time for the proposed date as finding the drams proved challenging. £20/17*, Kilderkin, 65/67 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, 7.30pm, Thursday 13th June.

Here is the challenging list of drams:-

Avonside 8yo blend - the now discontinued G&M bottling

Arran - also now discontinued, although no age statement is given I seem to recall 8 years being mentioned.

Springbank 10yo - again discontinued

Talisker 57 North - should be discontinued (only joking, it's actually much more to my taste than I remember it)

Glenmorangie Astar - I'm not sure this is still bottled, I believe it is/was (not Tiswas) the graduation from the earlier designer cask at 50cl now sold as Elanta but I'm probably wrong.
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Re: official 100 proof tasting Edinburgh 13.6.13

Postby jmrl » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:19 pm

A quick mention about the 100 proof tasting:-

The Arran for me felt a bit disjointed = almost not fully mature with a lack of balance although that was the very characteristic that a couple attending found attractive. It was quite drinkable but nothing inspiring.

The G&M Avonside 8yo blend was quite the thing - medium bodied and I was a bit surprised it wasn't more popular -we tried it again yesterday and concluded it was pretty classy.

The Glenmorangie however was the opposite, flawless, polite, rounded, and typical of the distillery character - the whole package was a bit too polished for some of the guys, for me it was a great example of how a big company can create a consistent and quality product on a significant scale. No challenge though.

For most of us the star was the Springbank, offering real character with plenty of guts, confident and complex with a great finish, proper.

We finished with the Talisker which dispatched itself well although I remember Talisker as an awesome dram not as an also ran.

The next tasting on Thursday 11th July will feature a Ben Nevis 17yo 46% from Duthies, Glendronach cask strength batch 2, the recently released Campbeltown Loch 21yo blend at 46% from Springbank, potentially a Banff 36yo from Cadenheads then something peaty.
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