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Issue 39 - Unitednations

Whisky Magazine Issue 39
May 2004

 

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Unitednations

AspromisedinIssue36,weaskedsomeexpertstocrosstheusualgenreboundariestoseeifanycombinationsworked,whatmightworkandwhatwasbestleftinits componentbottles.GavinSmithreports

ThePanel

DavidRobertsonCo-founderoftheEasyDrinkingWhiskyCompany
BillyWalkerDistilleryowner
GavinSmithWhiskywriterandauthor
RichardPatersonMasterblender,WhyteandMackay
DavidStewartMasterblender,WilliamGrant&Sons

It'soneofthoseideasthatjusthappensandwhichgivesnoclueastowhereitmightgo.ButwhynotmixScotchwithIrish,JapanesewithAmerican,andallfourofthemwithwhatevertakesthefancy?Soweputtheideatotwohighlyrespectedwhiskymen.Bothlovedtheidea.

SoWhyteandMackay'smasterblender,RichardPaterson,andDavidRobertson,formerlyMacallanmasterdistillerandnowoneofthe‘gangofthree'behindtheinnovativeJon,MarkandRobbo'sEasyDrinkingWhiskyCompany,madeupfivesamplesforevaluation.

Anditwasn'tjustthebigfourthatgotincluded:Americanrye,corn,Canadian,Australian,IndianandevenBulgarianwhiskies/eysalsoappearedinthemixfromtimetotime.

ThenwemettogetheralongwithDavidStewart,masterblenderatWilliamGrant&SonsandwithBillyWalker,whiskyexpertanddistilleryowner,togivethemawhirl.

Herearetheresults.

Forthepurposesofthisexperiment,allwhiskies/eysusedwerefrombottledstock,ratherthanfromthecask,andtheaveragestrengthofthefinishedsampleswasbetween40%and45%.

Richard'ssenseofoccasionandtheatreledhimtochooseemotionallyevocativenamesforhisquintet,whileDavidgavehiswhiskies/eys
titleswhichactedasflavourdescriptors,inkeepingwiththephilosophyofhisnewventure.

ThetastingbeganwiththerangewhichRobbohadcreatedandwhichhedecidedtocall‘David'sDiplomats'.

F3–FloralFragrantFruity

33%12yearoldRosebank,33%10yearoldAuchentoshanand33%JMRSm...

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