Spirit of Islay wrote:Happy Birthday for Yesterday Onefortheditch ! Nice way to spend your birthday being chauffered about drinking whisky in lovely surroundings !
Christ is Aberlour up to batch 17 !
vitara7 wrote:sounds like fun ditch.
i had planned on going up to the event, but im more into special release bottles etc, and as i was up a few weeks ago i got a few things, and as they dont do any single cask bottlings just for the event it doesnt apeal to me.
o the other hand, the islay one does due to the special release bottles, so before anyone jumps on the bandwaggon, im not knocking the speyside one, its just not what i want.
Yes....Speyside is brilliant...but I'm sure so is Islay!!
Onefortheditch wrote:The Benromach 5YO Tokaji Wood Finish turned out to be a mistake....its terrible!!
Some blending required methinks!!
Well, I went to The Glenlivet during the Spirit of Speyside festival. As a Guardian of the Glenlivet, I was so looked after!
The event was a tutored tasting of various Glenlivets, led by Ian Logan, the Global Brand Ambassador. Ian is totally passionate about The Glenlivet and it makes such a difference when a brand ambassador actually likes the product. I forget exactly what the range was, but I suspect it was New Make, 12yo, Nadurra Cask Strength, 18yo, 25yo and the 1972 Cellar Collection (I think - I may have the year wrong). This was a little bit hurried - The Glenlivet deserves longer - but it was brilliant to be able to compare and contrast all the expressions. I have a bottle of Nadurra 48% at home, but the Cask Strength is even better. Get it if you can find it!
Then we all trooped off to the warehouse, where Ian produced a Valinch and tapped into a 1973 cask - perhaps the next addition to the Cellar Collection range. This was different to the 1972(?), with more oils, a goodly amount of fruit, and a very rich and long sherry finish.
So far, so good. This was available as part of the ticket. But the day before I left for Dufftown, the Guardians of Glenlivet sent out an e-mail inviting us to a barbecue that evening. I signed up and thought that I'd worry about the transport back later - although I had fortunately met a couple of Americans - John and Jenny - who were also going to the barbecue and driving back, so problem sorted.
Well, I had a bit of time to kill before the barby, so I followed the smoke and found a sma' still in the back garden. Although it wasn't working too well at the time due to the wind, there was a bottle of the new make from the morning. I gave it a try and it was an interesting contrast to The Glenlivet official stuff. It had a more vegetably feel to it. And then I got chatting to a chap (whose name I forget), who turned out to have invented the Guardians of Glenlivet. I showed him my key, which was on my keyring, and we went off in search of the door. I found the door and with a bit of wiggling, we got the key to work. I'd love to tell you what was behind the door, but that would spoil the surprise. Suffice to say that it exceeded my wildest expectations.
Before the barbecue, Ian Logan managed to thrust a generous glass of Cellar Collection 1964 into my hand. He declared it to be the finest Glenlivet ever bottled, and I wouldn't disagree. Back in the day, I had tried old G&M sherried Glenlivet whish was dark, woody and marmaladey. This was light as a feather - a gentle orange colour and a fatty, buttery fruitiness. It absolutely sang.
And then to the barbecue. There was an abundant supply of kebabs, trout, salmon, venison burgers, pork and haggis sausages - and also salads and trimmings to boot. All eaten at fully laid tables, with wine laid on, and views for miles over the glens and hills. The sun shone, and it was good.
I cannot thank everyone at The Glenlivet enough for providing my personal highlight of the Festival - and for those Guardians who are in two minds about visiting, then do it! Great whisky, great people, great place.
Nick Brown wrote:I hope people will forgive my cutting and pasting a note I had written under the Guardians of Glenlivet thread:
Wendy wrote:BruceCrichton wrote:It was fantastic and no need to take a ferry either .
I'm writing a report and I'll let you know when it is posted.
As usual, Bruce, I look forward to your next report...
BruceCrichton wrote:My account at:
http://www.dufftown.co.uk/spirit_of_spe ... report.htm
Mustardhead wrote:BruceCrichton wrote:My account at:
http://www.dufftown.co.uk/spirit_of_spe ... report.htm
What an excellent account! I'm glad you had your notebook so you could remember who you are
Wendy wrote:Well Bruce, you have done it again!
You always succeed to introduce a long list of whiskies that I hope to one day (or dream of) sampling. By your account, the Speyside Festival never fails to give the whisky enthusiast the opportunity to experience a wide range of taste variations and age groups, independent bottlers and closed distilleries. The Independent Bottler's Challenge sounds like tons of fun; I would love to throw my hat into that ring!
There is so much that I could comment on but, right off the bat, the Dailuaine 16 yo (sherry trifle, toffee, fruitcake and a little smoke) sounds like the perfect Xmas dram!
And, in particular, the DTC 1972 Caperdonich, 41.3% abv has been on my radar for awhile, so it was good to read your notes. It was also interesting reading your comments on the Adelphi stable; something to keep my eye out for. Arrrr...the list is endless.