Our biggest private whisky event of the year is here again: Burns' Night. dom666 gave this "theme" as a joke, years ago and now, it is implemented. Ha!
While the guests arrive one by one, we have a dram of Dailuaine 27yo 1982/2009 (46%, Speciality Drinks Single Malts of Scotland, C#809, 230b) to clear up some shelf space.
The suspects: adc, sonicvince + Mrs. sonic, JS, kruuk2, dom666, ruckus, Psycho, JD and myself. PS unfortunately calls off.
|The mammoth's bollocks|
Deanston Virgin Oak (46.3%, OB, P030146 L5) (brought by dom666): nose: ballsy (sonicvince; "il a des Burnes," in original version). Plum eau-de-vie, liqueur pralines, then plum fruit. Mouth: almonds, toasted coconut, sweet and oily. The virgin oak is speaking, then. Finish: almond bitterness kumquats (adc). Long and warming; a pleasant dram to start with.
Enters the starter: leek soup with herby toasted croutons.
Linlithgow 24yo 1982/2007 (50%, DL Old Malt Cask 50, C DL REF 3560, 303b) (brought by me): nose: herbaceous, slightly metallic, before it moves towards bonded warehouse and lichen. Then apple comes out, as well as a bit of leather (sonicvince). Mouth: dry and fruity, packed with more acidic apples. Finish: lovely apple juice, spring flowers, barley sugar and hay. The first St Magdalene I ever bought and it still delivers.
Highland Park 8yo (40%, GMP The MacPhail's) (brought by ruckus): nose: peat, heather, slightly animal, with a whiff of smoke. sonicvince finds it medicinal. Mouth: heather honey, really sweet and soft -- splendid. Finish: some sulphur, now, but mostly embers, smoke and light peat. A bit rough, I guess, but very pleasant, if not perfect.
Longrow (46%, OB, ca 2013) (brought by JD): nose: a farmyard and all that goes with it. Mud, coffee, manure, straw, cattle, ... JD finds it too chemical. Mouth: oily and muddy. Finish: woah! farmyard with a touch of dark fruit. Dark cherries, barley sugar and black pepper. Nice.
Psycho has to leave: he has to wake up early for a ballet-dancing jamboree tomorrow. I am in charge of his bottle, though we end up not trying it at all. We had it a while ago and have so many other things to try anyway.
|The 17th serving of everything|
We talk about how the Monty Python tickets sold in seconds when they were put on sale and wonder if the show will be any good.
sonicvince -Isn't one of them dead?
me -Yeah: Graham Chapman.
kruuk2 -There's is brother too...
kruuk2 -Poday. Poday Chapman.
(The above only makes sense if you understand French, I suppose)
|"I'll make a note while you stroke your chin."|