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monsteralice, deboranter and I went to the SMWSA Single Malt and Scotch Whisky Extravaganza last night. This event has become one of the highlights of the fall for me, and this time was no exception. Excellent food and good company...

Plus, of course, the whisky- I sampled 15 different ones, as well as four Irish whiskeys and a New Zealand whisky. Good thing that they were doing teeny pours for the most part, or I would have been obliterated. As it was, I was very glad that we cabbed there and back.

Stand-out winners for this tasting:

Ardmore Traditional Cask- fantastic. Extremely full-flavored, with a nice touch of honey.

Glenrothes Select Reserve- ohh, yeah, baby. Complex, rounded and well-balanced... not a beginner's drink.

Jameson's Rarest Vintage Reserve- Irish whiskey in deified form. A long-running and extremely subtle mix of flavors... impossible to describe.

Knappogue Castle Single Malt- What Irish whiskey would taste like if the Sidhe ran the distillery. Very nice.

The Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask- yummy, very smooth and aromatic. (It seems like there are a lot of "rum cask finish" whiskies coming out... something to investigate)

Glenmorange Quinta Ruban- mmmmm. honey and smoke, in a perfect balance.

I tried two of the Society whiskies, and both lived up to their "nicknames"- "Coffee, Toffee and Fudge" was dark, smooth, and smoky-sweet... Noted as a possible future buy... it also induced deboranter to up and march over to the Society table and join (thus netting me a discount coupon as a referrer, yay!) The other one was "Gun Smoke and Flesh Wounds", which had a medicinal aroma and was just plain weird. Definitely a non-starter.

The Milford New Zealand whisky was also odd, but definitely more pleasant. Complex, and somewhere between the Scottish and the Irish in taste... a little jumbled, though. I also got to try the range of Macallan Fine Oak (12, 15 and 18 year old), and although they are fine, I think I like their sherry oak line better- that hint of sweetness really makes the Macallan taste for me.

Oh, and apparently Clontarf Irish Whiskey is connected to girl-kissing-o'clock. Good to know.

And for one last post-Roast stab at sophistbastard (inspired by the_smith_e's presentation):

"Let philosophers dabble in science and babble
'Bout Oxy-gin, Hydro-gin, Nitro-gin's fame
For their gin, to my thinking, is not worth the drinking
Their labour's all lost and their learning a drame
They may prate by the score of their elements four
That all things earth, fire, air and water must be
For their rules I don't care, for in Ireland I'll swear
By St. Pat there's a fifth and that's whiskey, machree! "


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Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Maybe next year I'll have the funds as this sounds delightful.

I will certainly post about it in enough time for people to sign up! It would be grand to have you along!

Thanks. I've heard about the event before but it never is a good financial time. (see icon) This shall not happen again!

Of course there was a minor tasting this past weekend at the renaissance faire. A friend had a nice flask to share. Then at dinner on Sunday two singles were purchased. The toured the table. I had to threaten someone to get the Aberlour back. Meanwhile no one cared for the more peaty taste of my 14 year old Oban. Yummah!

Edit: In retrospect this year's would have gotten "canceled" for me.... my fashionable "head bump" would have eliminated me from the tasting. *sigh* So I can look at it as a savings this time round.

Edited at 2008-10-24 07:47 pm (UTC)

Ok, this has turned into a must join, must go next year event for me. I am now trying to talk Tif into joining forces with whom-ever she can (my Mom and Sister maybe good ones to hit up...but they won't contribute much) to give this to me for Yule. Of course I would have her use you as the referal and also to help her pick the bottle that comes with membership (maybe the Coffee, Toffee and Fudge).

What sort of whisky do you like? The smokier Islay stuff? Or more like the Speyside or Highland kind (tendency towards sweeter, some smoke but more balance)?

why the hell can't I have stuff like that here! CRap!

going to Intercon MA? I can bring a couple of things...

whiskey and girl kissing o'clock for the win!!! FWIW, there is more gin in the apartment than whiskey or scotch....because the whiskey and scotch have been consumed!

just don't give the gin to sophistbastard... the_smith_e and I are trying to cure him of his laziness. ;-)

So which ones can we buy in the states?
I mean, which ones could be bought, without breaking the bank?

I need to investigate that. Quinta Ruban is at the VA ABC for about $65... kmusser knows a good store in DC that I'll have to check out.

next year no MBA, no certifications, and much more free time to enjoy the good things in life.

My gods I love that song - are you familiar with Andy M. Stewart's rendition?

yes, as a matter of fact that's the one I have on my Zen... love it...

Knappogue Castle Single Malt- What Irish whiskey would taste like if the Sidhe ran the distillery.

Egads. I must know.

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