Actually, I quite enjoyed this event.
It didn't augur well when the glasses on offer were tumblers. Neither did it augur well when they said that there was no masterclass. And when I went through the door to see only a handful of stands and even fewer punters, I really started to worry. And as for the bagpipes - HIGHLAND PIPES ARE NOT AN INDOOR INSTRUMENT!!!
However, amongst the debris, I got to try a number of whiskies I have never had before. Star of the show - if only for rarity - was Mackmyra 03 - a curious farrago of flavours - including new make, salt, fish, aniseed, and various fruity tones. I was also very taken by the Yamazaki and Hakushu whiskies which were very fragrant and delicate, but exquisitely balanced. I confess to being disappointed by the Murray McDavid stand, which had some rather weird finishes on some rather plain whiskies. The Ben Nevis, in particular, was far too young and new makey - and the use of port and zinfandel casks for a number of their offerings resulted in a ubiquitous blanket of cherryade flavours over everything. But at least they came, I suppose. Along the way, I had drams of Magilligan Irish Single Malt, Penderyn, an unnamed Speyside malt, and a Bruichladdich Waves - none of which really stood out (the Waves, perhaps, deserves tasting again on a clean palate).
I then finished off with three bourbons (Blantons and a couple of Jeffersons) which seemed reasonable if unexciting.
Nice, also, to bump into Mark from Cadenheads and Darren from The Whisky Shop.
So, all in all, it was worth the tenner, but there is much room for improvement.
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