BruceCrichton wrote:Did you try the Auchroisk?
I've had a port finished Auchroisk from MMcD before and it was wonderful and so was this. Enjoyed the Waves. Bought a bottle and my mate was off with the Auchroisk. The Caol ila was rather good too.
I tried all the MMcD bottles (well, I had to drink something) but I thought they were all dreadful, I'm afraid. At best, the base whiskies were invisible and at worst (Ben Nevis) it was positively horrid. The finishing was sweet, cloying and had a very artificial smack to it - have you ever tried Vanaa Tallinn? Lo and behold, you had a counter full of cherryade, Vimto and Ribena from the days when they did different flavours.
The girl on the stall was telling everyone that the finishing was a mark of "Jim's genius" and that he knew every whisky perfectly and times it all to perfection - to the very hour. I said I thought it looked more like a random collection of exotic sounding casks and each whisky was allocated a finishing cask that came to hand. She became very defensive and justified it in terms of how expensive the finishing casks were
, told me again about Jim's genius was that he could use the finishing and still let the character of the original whisky shine through. I confess it was mishievous, but I asked her what she thought the character of Bruichladdich was supposed to be - and she told me it was less peaty and less strong than the other Islay whiskies. Hardly a proud assertion of Bruichladdich's identity. She then said that the distillery has the lowest output of any Islay distillery, yet it employs more people than the others and so, de facto, was a good thing.
Separately, she was advocating investing in Port Charlotte as a sure fire way of getting a good return, which was naughty...
But, as I said, at least they turned up.