Re: What did you drink last night?
Went to the SMWS tastings evening in Inverness last night with Mrs B. Mine host, Olaf Meier, had brought up a selection of five malts from next month's 'First Friday' bottling's from Edinburgh.
We started off with a 125.60 'Expanding universe of flavour' a Glenmorangie 10yo 60.8%ABV ex-bourbon hogshead refill a very palatable dram and even more so with a wee drop of water added, a very characteristic bottling of Glenmorangie from the society. A sweetness on both the nose and the palate with notes of vanilla, fruit cake and a few more which Mrs B was able to detect but which somehow past me by.
The next offering was a Longmorn 7.72 'Buxom and comforting', to drew any similarity between the title of this bottling and my companion for the evening would I think land me in a spot of trouble only to say that like Mrs B this was a 21yo. This dram had an ABV of 52.9% and was a refill ex-bourbon barrel. A light sweet dram, the sweetness was not as intense in comparison to the Glenmo, with notes of vanilla, chocolate and lemon. In my opinion this was far the best offering of the evening.
We then moved on to a 9yo Arran 121.50 'Xmas cake and Afghan coats' a sherry butt refill with a 61.3%ABV. Got the Xmas cake part with hints of liquorice, as for the Afghan coat I can only say that there are probable too many old hippies on the tasting panel in Queen Street. Not a dram which I warmed too, I did detect a slight hint of sulphur.
The penultimate offering was a Glen Scotia 93.52 'Wench with a wrench'. A smoky 9yo dram with an AVB of 58.4% this was a refill bourbon barrel. There was vanilla on the nose and a syrupy sweetness with hints of pear on the pallet. No comparison what so ever can be made towards my good lady on this one, I don't think she knows what a wrench is for.
The final dram of the night was a Caol Ila 53.161 'Manuka honey and Rooibos red tea'. This 10yo had a 57.6%ABVand was a refill bourbon hogshead. A smoky peaty dram with a hint of TCP on the nose but it was not over powering and a lemony zest on the pallet. I don't know how the tasting panel come up with the titles for their bottlings. Rooibos red tea! I've never seen that on the shelves in Tesco's