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TheEnglishman
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Scotch tasting results - Big sucess



Huge success on the tasting this past weekend. Ill start with the digs.

Food -
Smoked bbq trout sliders -
I used the below stove top smoker. Never used before but it was a big hit. It comes with wood chip/grinds. Very easy.

I rubbed the trout with my traditional bbq rub. smoked for 1 hr and placed in the oven to dry the fish a bit. I like the fish a little bit dry because i was placing them in sliders and needed them to hold together a bit more. They were still moist.

Cilantro and Poblano pepper cream sauce (for sliders).
Sour Cream, mayo, garlic, cilantro, poblano, and siracha. Made the night before so it got to mold together very well.

Cheese tray as well with high quality cheeses.

I set the tasting up in order from mildest in smoke and peat to strongest in smoke and peat. The crew eagerly moved thru each bottle from mild to strong a 1/2 oz at a time. Then everyone went back thru and drank there favorites.

We used Glencairne crystal glasses. All attendee's got there own for the night.

Japan
Yamazaki 12 yr. - Biggest surpise of the evening. This stuff was a crowd favorite/surprise. Smooth and very light. As close to a bourbon as a scotch could get.

Perthshire
Dalwhinnie 15 yr. - Fuller in body than the Yamazaki. Very light and smooth. Close to a smokey bourbon with vanilla.

Speyside
Balvenie 12 yr. - Crowd favorite. Smoother than the maacallen (below). Good smoke with vanilla. I don't remember it being very peaty.
Maacallen 12 yr. - Crowd favorite. Smooth, hint of vanilla, low peat and smoke.
Aburlour Abunaclh (cask strength) - Very good. Similar to the Dalmore, but dryer and more peaty taste.
Cragganmore Special Reserve 10yr - This stuff was the odd ball of the group as it was triple the cost of the others. (150 Bones). Definitely not a crowd favorite. Full bodied, very dry and finished smokey with a little caramel or vanilla.
- I can see it being more for a seasoned pallet than most of ours. The strange part was that it was labeled a 10yr, but they started distilling in 1993 and didnt bottle till 2003. I call that a 20yr. But what the hell do I know.

Upper Highlands
Glemoragie Quinta Ruban - Good. This is a lighter version of the dalmore (below). didnt stand out.
Damore 12 yr. - One of my favorites. Very smooth, lots of caramel and vanilla, low smoke, but strong peatyness.

Islay
Japhroaig Quator Cask - "campfire in your mouth" was the overwhellming statement about this stuff. Personally I liked it a lot. very dry and smoky. No vanilla like the others. Color is also very light.
Lagavullin 16 yr. - Very smokey and full bodied. started full, but ended dry.

The flask on the end had "dessert" Apple Pie Moonshine. Also a good palette cleanser.



Above is the layout. The map on the right highlighted the scotland regions we would be tasting from that night. The wheel was to help people describe their palette better. No one used it.

This party was a ton of fun. I plan on trying it again with beer and another with bourbon.



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notiger1997
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Yeah, I think your tasting kicks ass. Good job.

edited to fix my stupid spelling.



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Yeah, I think your tasting kids ass. Good job.


Ummm....I'm guessing this was supposed to be *kicks*






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tetu
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Nice tasting. I enjoy a good scotch tasting bc you can pick up the regional differences.

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The strange part was that it was labeled a 10yr, but they started distilling in 1993 and didnt bottle till 2003. I call that a 20yr
i always understood that aging liquor in bottles doesnt do anything (unlike wine). Maybe it does something though otherwise why would they let it sit so long?

In any case, they have strict rules to follow, one i believe is the # of years labeled is how old it was when bottled.






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TheEnglishman
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The Cragganmore bottles were numbered because of this "special reserve" shite.

I have to believe something was going on with the bottles other than that they sat in a bottle for 10yrs






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lilwineman
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It's the special reserve bottling because it is done at cask strength rather than the traditional 43% abv. Very limited release. The age is 10 years because of time spent in cask. Once in bottle, if anything, the product slightly loses aromatics. This whiskey would've been much better with a small amount of water added or a cube of ice to dilute it closer it it's standard bottling strength. Lagavulin does one as well at 12 years which is a good bit more than the standard 16. I personally find that cragganmore to be one of the most complex they make and an exceptional scotch.





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I personally find that cragganmore to be one of the most complex they make and an exceptional scotch.


This is what i thought. I don't know much about scotch.

Will try it again after i get my scotish legs.






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It takes time. I understood scotch before I liked it oddly enough. And feel free to message if interested in recommendations. From the looks of it u prefer a scotch with more oak tones and milder peat, and obviously not cask strength bottlings from your notes. Balvenie is a good grower brand with some diversity within their bottlings. Lagavulin is personally one of my favorites. Just like wine, to each their own.





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tasting kids ass.


Best typo ever






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LSUBoo
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The strange part was that it was labeled a 10yr, but they started distilling in 1993 and didnt bottle till 2003. I call that a 20yr. But what the hell do I know.


The "vintage" is always labeled as the youngest barrel that went into the mix. And it effectively stops aging once its bottled and no longer barreled.

Good stuff all around.






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Japan
Yamazaki 12 yr. - Biggest surpise of the evening. This stuff was a crowd favorite/surprise. Smooth and very light. As close to a bourbon as a scotch could get.


Doesn't it have to be made in Scotland to be scotch?






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TheEnglishman
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Doesn't it have to be made in Scotland to be scotch


Technically yes. I think all scotch is a single malt whiskey. It taste like a scotch, so that is why we had it at our tasting.






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Id much rather hear about the debauchery that took place after all of the scotch was tasted than the actually tasting of the scotch...............but that may be more of an OT subject.





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Technically yes. I think all scotch is a single malt whiskey. It taste like a scotch, so that is why we had it at our tasting.


Yeah, it's a scotch-styled whiskey, not a legit scotch.






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Looks awesome.


Bookmarking this thread for future






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TheEnglishman
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It got ugly. My father was quite wasted and chatting it up with one of the girls.

One guy was drinking directly out of the bottle.
Duncan was throwing out a bunch of I love you man's.

BD was cussing that his wife was coming to get him.

Everyone had a ride home safely

Definitely was a good time






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It got ugly. My father was quite wasted and chatting it up with one of the girls.


That motorboatin SOB.....that ole sailor. Lulz






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