Sunday, February 28, 2010

02/28 - Pre-Tasting some Laddies

Twice a year we (a group of 6 to 8 guys) host a Whisky Tasting combined with cigars at the Lounge in Kreuzlingen. The first was with 6 different Whiskys, a good representation what Scotland has to offer... The guys liked the peaty ones so the motto of the second tasting was: "The peaty way..." And it was peaty.... ended up with the Ardbeg Supernova, having app. 100 ppm of Phenol....

The third tasting, taking place in April, will be a Bruichladdich Vertical Tasting with the following range:
  • Bruichladdich 1998 Oloroso Sherry Edition, 10 yo.
  • Bruichladdich 12 yo., First Edition
  • Bruichladdich XV, Second Edition
  • Bruichladdich XII, First Edition
  • Bruichladdich 18 yo., Second Edition
  • Bruichladdich Black Art 1989

To find out the taste and to be able to give the participants an impression of what they have in their glass I usually pre-taste all the stuff, that´s what I did at the weekend. Another point is to know the Whisky and to choose two cigars which match with it.

One cigar, which will definetly match, will be the Sancho Panza Belicosos. The salty aroma will get into a perfect balance with the Scotch. I'm a bit unsure about the second one, maybe a Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra or a Upmann Magnum 46.

But this will be another story and will be part of the report after the tasting has taken place.

Today I put my focus on the Whisky, drink it, taste it... and make the notes.... Because the notes are the only reason for drinking it....

Let's start with No. 1 on the list, the youngest, Bruichladdich 1998 Oloroso Sherry Edition, 10 yo.:

Nose: Dried fruits, rum raisins, bloomy
Taste: Dry, Sweetness of orange and apricot, some toffee, vanilla, light spicyness, decent peat aroma
Aftertaste: Black tea and menthol (refreshing)

The second one is the Standard 12 yo. which I don't have here right now, so I cannot review it, will do it later when I get this missing bottle.

No. 3 is the 15 yo: Bruichladdich XV, Second Edition:

Nose: Wine, vanilla, decent sweetness
Taste: Spicy, fresh milled, black pepper, fruity (apricot and quince)
Aftertaste: Very long, decent saltiness, oak wood

The one following now is: Bruichladdich XVII, First Edition:

Nose: Oak, apricot, salty sea air
Taste: Creamy with a certain fruitiness and nutty flavors
Aftertaste: Very long aftertaste with salt and oak wood

No. 5 one the list: Bruichladdich 18 yo., Second Edition

Nose: Oak, decent grassy flavors, citrus
Taste: Tropcial fruits (Mango), vanilla, citrus, malt
Aftertaste: Long with citrus and salt

The last one, which will crown it all: Bruichladdich Black Art 1989

Nose: Spicy, wine cellar, cassis, earthy
Taste: Complex, balance between earthiness and sweetness, cassis, red berries
Aftertaste: Short and sweet

All Whiskys are bottled with 46 % alcohol, they are non-chill-filtered and without any additional coloring.