Well, I'm back from my "Week of Whiskies" in the Bay Area. As promised, a small review of the WhiskyFest.
Mikey and I arrived about 4 PM and decided on sushi for dinner. Following dinner we walked over to the event and found no lines. Those that had paid the extra amount were allowed into the waiting area where they could register and nosh before being allowed onto the floor. this was one of the best ideas I've seen for one of these events.
At 6 PM we were allowed to enter this area to register and nosh ourselves. While waiting for our 6:30 PM floor time, we planned out our places to go. Do you remember those times as a child when your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well in this case, it was more of the time constraint.
Upon entering the floor we immediately came to Benriach, one of the distilleries that we haven't spent much time with in the past. This really provided some food (figuratively) for thought with the 20 yo and 25 yo. Immediately adjacent to Benriach was Duncan Taylor and then Springbank and then.... You get the picture.
Well about 8 PM we decided we needed a break from the floor to get a little bit to eat. We retreat to the area to find most of the food gone and the rest being put away.
We grab a little bit, use the facilities and decide whether to attend one of the lectures or return to the floor. Floor wins.
Here's tonights listing:
Benriach 10yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Curiositas) R-, M-5
Benriach 15yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Dark Rum) R-5, M-5
Benriach 20yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07) R-7, M-8
Benriach 25yo (50%, Original Bottling, WFSF07) R-7, M-7
Imperial 13yo 1994 (46%, Duncan Taylor, WFSF07, NC^2, 1994-07) R-5, M-4
St. Magdalene's 21yo 1982 (63.5%, Duncan Taylor, WFSF07, (Linlithgow), Rarest of Rare, d: 10.82, b: 7.04, 32/633, cask 2214) R-5, M-8
Macallan 37yo 1969 (40.9%, Duncan Taylor, WFSF07, Cask 6845, 99/183, d: 6.69, b: 3.07) R-9, M-9
Springbank 8yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Hazelburn Ed. 2) R-, M-4
Springbank 15yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, black/green label) R-7, M-7
Springbank 10yo 1996 (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Longrow) R-6, M-5
Aberfeldy 12yo (40%, Original Bottling, WFSF07) R-3, M-4
Aberfeldy 21yo (40%, Original Bottling, WFSF07) R-5, M-7
Bunnahabhain 25yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, XXV) R-8, M-9
Deanston 30yo (46.7%, Original Bottling, WFSF07) R-6, M-9
Tobermory 10yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Ledaig) R-4, M-5
Highland Park 25yo (48.1%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, new bottling) R-10, M-10
Glenmorangie 10yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, The Original) R-3, M-
Glenmorangie 12yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Asanta (sherry)) R-4, M-6
Glenmorangie 12yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Quinta Ruben (port)) R-5, M-5
Glenmorangie 12yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Nectar D'or (sauternes)) R-6, M-5
Glenmorangie 18yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, new bottling) R-5, M-7
Bladnoch 15yo (55.8%, Wild Scotsman, WFSF07, /230) R-4, M-5
Mortlach 13yo 1994 (46%, Wild Scotsman, WFSF07, 1994-07, cask 6776) R-4, M-5
Lagavulin 16yo 1991 (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, DE limited edition lgv. 4/495, 1991-07) R-8, M-8
Oban 15yo 1992 (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, DE OD 156.FS, 1992-07) R-4, M-4
Dalwhinnie yo 1990 (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, DE) R-4, M-4
Highland Park 33yo 1973 (54.4%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, binny's bottling, 1973-06, cask 13308) R-9, M-9
Highland Park 25yo 1981 (55%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, binny's bottling, 1981-06, cask 7380) R-8, M-8
Mortlach 17yo 1989 (56.9%, Signatory, WFSF07, binny's bottling, butt 2883, d: 30.5.89, b: 21.8.06, 74/486) R-7, M-7
Springbank 10yo 1997 (58.2%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, binny's bottling, d: 5.97, b: 7.07, cask 1518, 97/613) R-7, M-6
Laphroaig 16yo 1991 (55.1%, Signatory, WFSF07, binny's bottling, d: 25.6.91, b: 28.6.07, 153/199, cask 6989) R-7, M-8
Laphroaig 7yo 2000 (59.4%, Signatory, WFSF07, binny's bottling, d: 6.6.00, b: 28.6.07, 62/621, cask 3672) R-4, M-5
Laphroaig 7yo 1999 (58%, Signatory, WFSF07, binny's bottling, d: 25.3.99, b: 23.8.06, 278/624, cask 06/693/1) R-5, M-6
Bunnahabhain 9yo 1997 (59.9%, Signatory, WFSF07, binny's bottling, d: 1.12.97, b: 28.6.07, 338/593, cask 279, peated) R-4, M-6
Bruichladdich 14yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Carnoustie Links) R-5, M-5
Bruichladdich 12yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, 2nd ed) R-4, M-4
Bruichladdich 14yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, It Coll. Sassicaha cask) R-4, M-5
Bruichladdich 14yo (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, It Coll. Barolo cask) R-4, M-4
Bruichladdich NAS (46%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, 3D3) R-5, M-6
Lochside 16yo 1991 (46%, Murray McDavid, WFSF07, K&L bottlings, 1991-07, cask 15193, /200) R-5, M-4
Mortlach 13yo 1993 (46%, Murray McDavid, WFSF07, K&L bottlings, /3600) R-5, M-5
Glenlivet 17yo 1987 (43%, MacKillop's Choice, WFSF07, d-26/11/87 b-9/05) R-4, M-6
Macallan 16yo 1989 (43%, MacKillop's Choice, WFSF07, d-27/1/89 b-9/05) R-5, M-5
Mortlach 22yo 1982 (43%, MacKillop's Choice, WFSF07, d-14/12/82 b-9/05 c-4180) R-6, M-6
Edradour 22yo (51.8%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, 482/547 Port) R-6, M-8
Edradour yo (%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Ballechin - Peated) R-3, M-4
Tullibardine 14yo 1992 (46%, Signatory, WFSF07, 1992-06) R-4, M-4
In addition, we tried several vatted and blended malts and retried a couple of single malts.
Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to attend any of the lectures/debates so I can say how these were run but they were constantly making announcements about them.
The two best things that the sponsors did to ensure that the show was enjoyable was to not have all the lines to get in and to give plenty of space so that attendees and presenters were not climbing all over each other. And before you ask, no vouchers. In general, I would say the attendees were very good about tasting and pouring out excess.
What they did wrong was to have no food available basically from 8 PM on.