Mr Fjeld wrote:Maybe what he smelled would refer to the same sensoric experience that would make a trained whisky drinker utter the words: tarry ropes?
JPYank wrote:Esteemed fellow inebriates,
Being a novice to the world of whisky, I am studying the excellent "Nosing and Tasting Course." I noticed the assertion that there are only 4 basic flavors, which made me wonder, whatever happened to umami? Or is that not relevant to whisky tasting? I would imagine it might come up in the context of seaweed or nuttiness. (And do I detect it in the Yoichi NAS? Well, I wouldn't even know enough to try to make any tasting notes yet, though I do concur with the pepperiness reported by Ed.)
Any opinions, enlightenment and/or rebukes welcome to further my education.
peergynt323 wrote:The most important thing is that you can get similar tasting notes from the same whisky sampling it two different times.
Another thing that is rarely remarked on is noticing similarities between different distilleries. It's bad form for the professional tasters to say, "it's like Highland Park 12yo but with more...." But I think it's perfectly fine to do if you're not a professional. It shows critical thinking.
I once thought I could smell plasticine until a friend suggest 'wet hay' it it was kind of a eureka moment.
Yeah, I realized that referencing another distillery was probably cheating, but the first comparison that came to mind was Glenkinchie. If I think about it, I guess it is something about the shading on the vanilla that reminds me of that but not, for example, Jameson. Maybe someday when I understand why Glenkinchie tastes the way it does I can pin it down more precisely. Anyway, thanks for being gentle.
peergynt323 wrote:.......... I have remarked about the similarities ................... It's what they tell you to do in school with poetry and paintings, why not whisky?
JPYank wrote:Thanks again everyone for your comments. I tried making a first stab at making tasting notes with some Hibiki last night, for which there are tasting notes on this website to compare with. For what it is worth, here is what I came up with (warning: rank amateur at play):
Age: 17 years (? Actually NAS, but a whisky guide I have shows the same bottle and states that it is 17 years. The bottles now on Suntory's website all have age statements, and the 17 year looks the same as my bottle except for the age statement. This bottle is probably a few years old [unopened until a few days ago], so perhaps Suntory has changed their labeling practices since it was purchased?)
Color: light bronze
Nose: honey, vanilla, nashi pear, green apple
Taste: cognac, floral, lavender, pepper?, grapefruit, oak, hints of Glenkinchie 10
Finish: creamy -> aspirin -> hint of lychee after a long while
There is a review of this same bottle (I think) in Whisky Mag. #13:
By the way, it is erroneously classified as a single malt there, when it is really a blend.
Hmm, not much overlap between my impressions and either of the two listed...
More training indicated.