A fantastic night was had by all I think I can say, great to see Gordon and Rob from these very forums.
Scores on the doors were...Laphroaig 25 Y.O 40% 7 1/2 out of 10
Quite closed, subtle and lacking real verve. A bit of a disappointment but we all agreed we'd love to try it at 46%+ and unchillfilteredArdbeg Lord of the Isles 46% unchillfiltered 8 1/4 out of 10
What a contrast! All the spices, mintiness, chocolate and peat embers we have come to expect from older 'Begs.Laphroaig Cairdeas 55% unchillfiltered 8 1/4 out of 10
Brilliant stuff. Laphroaig as it should be with overdriven medicinal and earthy tones but balanced by the presence of the 17 Y.O stock. A real revelation to all here.Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2% unchillfiltered 8 1/4 out of 10
Not quite up there with the Oogies of old, but it still hits the mark with many folk, hence the high group score. Good but longer great.Laphroiag 10 Y.O Cask Strength 55.7% unchillfiltered 8 1/4 out of 10
I was beginning to get deja vu with these scores! This, for me, was the whisky of the night and epitomised what great whisky should taste like. Sweet, but balanced with herbaceous fresh peat and an elegant long finish. Ardbeg Renaissance 55.9% unchillfiltered 8 1/2 out of 10
A definite hit with everyone, Ardbeg have pulled off another winner. I felt, personally, it lacked the balance of the 10 Y.O 'Phroaig on the night but clearly I was out-voted by the masses!
As you can see from the scores, this was a hugely well-received raft of whiskies. Any whisky scoring more than 8 in this group scenario is generally outstanding so to have 5 out of 6 over the mark was nothing short of amazing.
Thanks again to all for attending, I look forward to the next tasting in the Toon which is on Friday October 3rd at Blackfriars - Scotland Vs Ireland...
Hope to see you there, anybody interested please go to the website - http://www.thewhiskylounge.com