This was a really nice event. Not being an Islay expert I was looking forward to a smokey and peaty evening
Started the evening with a sample of Blasda. Very light colour, not what I expected from an Islay malt. Nose not overpowering but a hint of vanilla with peaty overtones, again not what I'd expected. Very smooth and light on the pallet, medium finish. Surprisingly Blasda is chill filtered which probably added to it's lightness.
Next was a standard 2008 bottling of 'ten'. Much more what I'd imagined an Islay malt to be, full of peaty and smokey aromas but still smooth and with a longer finish with hints of the salty sea air.
This was followed by a dram of Ugedail. I though it has a slightly sweeter nose than the ten but the difference on the pallet was quite amazing. Full bodied and delivered a really pwerful finish without be at all harsh.
A real treat followed. a sample of 1975 single cask bottling from a sherry butt (13.75). More of a fruity, sherry nose with more oily? taste and long finish. I think the Whisky Exchange sells this at £600 a bottle.
Then Micky gave us an opportunity to sample two more drams and asked our opinion. Mixed feelings in the audience with some preferring the first of the two, some the second. They were slightly different but distinct enough to differentiate between the two. They were, in fact, the same 1998 distillation(?) from two different American oak casks, 11.89 54.6% and 11.90 55.2%, stored side by side in the warehouse. It'll be interesting to see how these are marketed.
Great night. Thanks Micky and the crew from WE. I'm just waiting for the right moment to open the Ugedail Ipicked up on the night.
AH! the right time is here