by wjw on February 22, 2019

IMG_0180So the other night we held a scotch tasting with our friend Sue Lampson.  (Fortunately her nondrinker husband Alan was available to drive her home.)

The bottles I contributed are shown above, ranging from sweet/sherry/vanilla on the left to smoky and peaty on the right.

Sue brought her own box of goodies, and so we spent a pleasant evening sipping this and that.

The problem with spending an evening sipping a dozen or more scotches is that it’s difficult to remember afterwards what you liked and didn’t, but I can remember a few surprises.   The Dalwhinnie 15-year-old tasted better in company with other scotches than it did by itself.

We both liked Glenfarclas 12-year better than Glenfarclas 15-year, which was noticeably sharper in taste.  (Glenfarclas is my favorite Highland, but it was nice to have my opinion confirmed by another.)

A very pleasant discovery was the Glengoyne 18-year, a very fine Highland with a notable absence of peat.  (Those of you who hate peat might want to give it a try.)  The Glen Scotia 15-year was delightful.  Glen Scotia is one of three Campbelltown distilleries left in what was once the largest scotch-producing region of Scotland, and its distinctive and attractive taste made me wonder why all those other distilleries closed.

I also liked the Tomatin 18, but damned if I can remember why.

I don’t have a problem with hangovers, usually, at least not when I’m drinking the good stuff.  But for those of you who do, Caro Emerald has been there.

Scott Hawkins February 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

A couple months ago the grumpy guy who works at the liquor store suggested I try Aberlour A’bunadh — it wasn’t something I was familiar with, but it was fantastic.

Etaoin Shrdlu March 9, 2019 at 11:27 pm

No Caol Ila? It’s like Laphroaig-lite with a touch of iodine.

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