An interesting tasting event with @dlaingwhisky at @milroysofsoho. I always enjoy Milroys tastings as they are done with good knowledge and they challenge you in terms of your palate. Last time DL were in town I ended up purchasing an excellent sherry cask 12Yr Glenrothes which I might have otherwise overlooked. . . This evening the line-up included three of the Provenance range, an 8Yr Balblair, a 10Yr Benriach and a 12Yr Speyburn. These were described as entry level whiskies and TBH lived up to that billing. I’ve had some enjoyable Provenance previously, such as Talisker and Bunna, but none of these got me going. . . Moving onto the Old Particular, three interesting whiskies but ultimately all flawed in their own way. Read on. . . Auchroisk 2009 - 62.1% Nose - ice cream cones, sweet malt vinegar, very spirity. It needs water. That’s better, nutty, stewed Apple and sultana. . . Palate - even with water it runs very hot and metallic. Another big dollop of H2O. Icing sugar and croissant with strawberry jam. There’s still spice along the cheeks. One to work with. Longmorn 15Yr - 48.4% . . Nose - tinned pears, custard, freshly cut grass, bee pollen and Demerara sugar . . Palate - much more palatable than the Auchriosk. Grapes, honeydew melon, a dash of resinous maple syrup and buttered crumpets. Not the most complex but good drinking whisky. Can’t complain. . . Octomore 8Yr - 48.4% . . Nose - lactic, sour cream, smoked cheese, Bacon Frazzles and saucisson sec. . . Palate - cheese and marmite chips, salted peanut butter, oysters and a sweet, thin peat smoke. The finish is very short. Good but wanted more, maybe a higher ABV needed? . . The Auchriosk needs a lot of water to work and is nearly undrinkable at cask strength. As for the other two, the main issue here is price. £90 for the Longmorn and £195 for the Octomore. I appreciate it’s a single cask, unadulterated Octomore (albeit diluted) which is a USP, but can’t help but think the price, like the
Whisky tour haul. Part one. Not all of these whiskies will win awards, but they all made me happy for one reason or another. And isn’t that the important thing? Not pictured are the three that we’ve opened and have been enjoying in various B&Bs throughout the east of Scotland. Not pictured also- my credit card bill. Because if I don’t see it it doesn’t exist.
Really enjoyed the last two tasting sessions by Mark from Edrington Singapore, with today’s whisky from @the_macallan! Was fortunate enough to taste the Rare Cask Batch No. 1, which was rich, bursting with vanilla and oak, hints of cardamoms and anise, and dark chocolates at the end!