I have just returned from the latest Mainly Malts event in Bawtry. This was Ron's first blind(ish) event. All that follows is subject to editing once I sober up and read whatever drivel I have come up with...
So, this idea of the night was to compare Scotch vs. Irish whiskey. To that end Ron (Brummie) took the Irish side while Eric (Geordie) and brand amassador of G&M took the Scotch side. Because this was our first blind tasting the first two whiskies were introduced as normal to ease us in. We were given a form to score each out of five on nose, palette (this is Ron's spelling on the form, not mine...) and finish making a total of 15.
Tonight's drams were, with my scores:
1. G&M Royal Brackla N3 P2 F2 T7/15
2. Tyrconnell N3 P2 F1 T6/15
3. G&M Pultney N2 P1 F3 T6/15
4. Locke's 8yo N4 P3 F2 T9/15
5. G&M Secret Stills Bowmore 1989 17 yo N4 P4 F4 T12/15
6. Connemara Peated N2 P3 F3 T 8/15
Meaning on my scores a win for the scotch 25 to 23, and most votes went to the Scotch on the night too.
Ron's "mystery malt" thrown in at the end to confuse everyone wasn't a mystery to me as it was my idea to put it in. Celtic Nations went down pretty well with most people, although noone sussed what it was. My scores N3 P5 F3 T11/15.
Overall there were no "Oh my God" malts on the night. Had second helpings (and then some) of the Locke's, Bowmore and Celtic Nations. Came home with a bottle of the Bowmore and put a bottle of Celtic Nations aside.
Overall another fun evening. If anything it shows me how much I have left to learn. While I managed to tell Irish from Scotch right every time (so I'm not a complete
spiv) and got the regions pretty much spot on I didn't get any of the distilleries right apart from the Connemara because I've got a bottle at home, and I got the Bowmore right on the nose, but changed my mind to an Ardbeg on the palate. Must try harder...