Well from last week's tasting the Miltonduff, if not universally appreciated, went down very well, The Glen Keith, actually 29yo, was even more popular, the Woodford Reserve was a deal more than fine, classy stuff but maybe higher strength might have helped on the night but 45% is grand for a casual Bourbon while watching the telly etc, the private Arran was a stormer and the Feis Ile Bowmore didn't disappoint.
So next Thursday's tasting is up in the air - the new Cadenheads bottling program is under way in Campbeltown but it is not yet clear that all will be ready for arrival on Wednesday, if not it will be the Friday - too late. Also I've not tried any of the new bottlings so what sounds good on paper might not produce the goods as required for the shortlist of five so:-
Plan A - everything arrives and is up to snuff:-
Glen Mhor 31yo 1982 52.9%
Glenfarclas 41yo 1973 52.5%
Mortlach 25yo 1988 56.8% Sherry cask
Heaven Hill 17yo 58%
Ardbeg 20yo 1993 55.9%
Sorry but £40 a ticket.
PLAN B - nothing arrives in time or some/all contenders are not of the manner in which we have become accustomed.
The pick of the bunch fit for purpose with perhaps:-
Spirit of Freedom 30yo 46% blend
Glenfarclas 105 - yet to be poured at one of the Canongate tastings, quite an oversight.
A Bourbon - Noah's Mill perhaps
A cask strength anonymous Islay single malt
perhaps something from the latest small batch release - a Tamdhu 22yo is likely.
Confirmation forthcoming but as usual 7.30pm at The Kilderkin.
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